Conversely, I should also point out the G3X is the only one of the threesome I’m comparing here to offer a touch-screen. The PowerShot G3X is equipped with Wifi and NFC for wireless remote control and image transfer with iOS or Android handsets running the free Canon Camera Connect app. It is a beast though when it comes to size and weight. This conveniently allows you to set the AF point by tapping where you want to focus and can be used during movie recording to change the focus point. For reasonably close subjects in very dim conditions the AF assist lamp makes a significant difference to your chances of success, but even without it the G3X can lock on to a subject in a fraction of a second, albeit a long fraction when the light levels are very low and your subject is distant. My guess is that Sony won’t provide Panasonic, Canon or anyone else with this new design for at least another year, taking advantage of the new stacked sensor’s superior throughput for its own camera division first. My recent article titled Make it Long, explains this penchant. Also, whereas I have tried to maintain good relationships with all manufacturers, for reasons that remain opaque to me Canon decided at some point to freeze me out. Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II. The G3X’s fastest continuous shooting speed is 5.9 frames per second with the exposure and focus locked on the first frame. Shooting rates are reasonably fast with JPGs, but quite slow with raws. The battery and SD memory slot are housed in a compartment below the camera, alongside a centrally-positioned tripod thread. It doesn’t quite get you in as close as the G3X, but the 4K UHD mode on the Lumix FZ1000 gets you almost there. Finally, I am quite partial to shooting with long lenses. Impressively, it’s the only camera of its class to be fitted with a secondary pin on the underside to mate with video tripod plates. Filed Under: Essays, Reviews Tagged With: member-only. That said, using the Lumix FZ1000 in similar conditions I shot twice as many frames at f4 and all were pin sharp, so if you want to capture fast action with moving subjects the FZ1000 is the one to go for. The Canon PowerShot G3 X and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in June 2015 and September 2017. But even without those p… Not even a press release for quite a few years now. 12,800 is not acceptable in anything above small web use. The other thing worth noting is that for continuous shooting with moving subjects like this the faster speed of the FZ1000 combined with its EVF makes keeping the subject in the frame a lot easier. Canon 6D Review. Above right: Canon G3X : Monochrome, Above left: Canon G3X : Super Vivid. The screen has 3:2 proportions, matching the sensor, which means the whole of it is used to display the image and there are no black bars at the edges. The third option from the home screen is location information which allows you to record a position track-log using your phone’s GPS and then use it to add location information to photos on the card in the camera. Switch the video system to NTSC and 1080 is offered at 50p, 30p, or 24p, while 720 and VGA are available at 30p. In Auto mode on the G3X the Digic 6 processor provides scene detection to optimise exposure for all sorts of situations with a variety of subjects in different lighting conditions. It has a double hinge allowing it to flip up for waist-level shooting and can face forward for selfies. Now, you may be thinking 4K video isn’t all that important to you, particularly if you’re not a pro videographer and you don’t have a 4K capable TV, but the way the FZ1000 impements 4k gives it an edge that may make up for its shorter zoom range when compared with the Canon GX3. With AF enabled, you can choose between Face / Tracking or One-point. Again, this is a quite remarkable performance from the new small Canon. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review; ... Canon G3X’s lens has a dimmer variable f/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens which goes down to f/5.6 at the telephoto end. At USD $250, together with the G3X itself at $1,000, the total comes to $1,250, quite a bit more than the Panasonic FX1000 at $800, and just a tad less than the new Sony RX10 II at $1,300. It’s a slightly odd description, but I welcome it none-the-less. You can register up to 12 faces adding birthday information and other data. I certainly found it useful for my testing, whether it has wider appeal is another question. Choose One-point and the single AF area can be positioned using either dial or by tapping the touch-screen. Zoomed a long way in, even shooting relatively stationary subjects, like wading birds, for example, I found it a lot easier to keep subjects in the frame with the FZ1000’s viewfinder than the GX3’s screen. The Lumix FZ1000 has a wider aperture to its advantage – f4 compared with f5.6 on the Canon G3X. Hence, the G3X and G7X Mark II provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the G7X Mark II has less tele-photo reach at the long end. The first presents thumbnails of the images stored in the camera and lets you view their details and copy them across, either resized (in my case to 3.5 Megapixels) or in their original format; I confirmed the latter were identical to those on the card. In practice the system makes adjustments in steps rather than continuously, so it can sometimes involve a lurch in the coverage, but in general it does a good job at ensuring the subject remains in the frame, which is certainly useful especially if you’re at the longer end of the zoom range. Not exactly pocketable, while the G3X can indeed fit in a coat pocket or on a wrist strap. They both have long-range zoom lenses and one-inch sensors, which means much better image quality than your typical dadcam. This is the same Sony-sourced sensor as used in the Sony RX10 and Panasonic FZ1000, not to mention the Sony RX100 III. Coming out, as it has, at the same time as the Sony RX10II, the Canon G3X is handicapped in several ways. The Lumix FZ1000 slows down by a whole stop to f4 by the time it reaches 175mm and stays at f4 until 400mm. The Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II is a powerful compact camera with a 20 Megapixel 1in sensor, 5x / 24-120mm zoom, popup viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, fast bursts and 4k video. The Panasonic app also offers more comprehensive settings including the ability to change white balance, image size and quality, metering mode and more (though not the shooting mode). Above right: Lumix FZ1000 at 146mm (400mm equivalent). The G3 X sports an F2.8-5.6, 24-600mm equivalent lens with 'Intelligent' image stabilization and its … It’s fascinating to see the set of compromises that each company made. Below I’ve shown a comparison of respective field of view of the G3X and FZ1000 when both are zoomed in as far as they’ll go – 600mm equivalent on the G3X and 400mm on the FZ1000. Sony’s RX10 Mark II and the Canon G3X are both what I call premium superzooms. In the forward-facing position the image flips so it’s the right way up, but there are no special self-timers or other functions which is a bit of a missed opportunity. I set them up, I shoot, I look at the screen and make prints, then make my determination and move on. The Lumix FZ1000 has a 16x / 25-400mm range, while Sony’s RX10 (Mark I and II) has an 8.3x / 24-200mm range. The G7X Mark II offers the faster maximum aperture… Such cameras are fixed lens compacts, but with focal lengths of 400mm equivalent, or longer; sometimes out to 1200mm, and even 2000mm equivalent in the case of the Nikon P900 (a bridge too far in my opinion). What differentiates the Canon G3X is that it has a so-called 1″ sensor. That might not be an issue for screen viewing, but it does restrict your ability to make big prints. But it’s cancelled out by two things in the G3X’s favour – the longer zoom and closer focussing distance. I think on models like the Canon GX3 and Lumix FZ1000 with long optical zooms it’s very important, you might even say essential. Above you can see stills from short video clips recorded of the same scene first with the Canon G3X and then the Lumix FZ1000. In my review below I’ve tested the Canon G3X alongside one of its biggest competitors, Panasonic’s Lumix FZ1000 and I’ve also drawn comparisons with Sony’s RX10 I and II. It wasn’t that long ago than a Full Frame 35mm sensor was praised for producing clean ISO 400 files. Canon G3x // Sony A7II with Sony G 70-200mm f/4 100% Magnification. Slightly disingenuous on Canon’s part, in my opinion. 06/10/2015 ... Fujifilm Instax SQ20 review. That’s bigger and heavier than some DSLRs with their kit lens attached (albeit a kit lens would have a much shorter 3x zoom compared with 16x on the FZ1000) and the FZ1000’s styling more closely resembles a DSLR than the boxy GX3. Canon … (Full disclosure: I am a dad.) We have look at Canon's compact offering with the big lens. Now a 1″ sensor, little more than 1/3rd the size (0.37X) produces comparable image quality at ISO 1600. Canon 7D. Tap the screen in Face / Tracking mode and the camera will frame what it believes is the subject and follow it around the screen as it – or the camera – moves. In my test I timed continuous shooting with servo AF at 3.16fps. The PowerShot G3X is Canon’s long-awaited entry into the big zoom / big sensor category, currently driven by Sony’s RX10 (Marks I and II) and Panasonic’s FZ1000. To my great astonishment, the G3X shows slightly higher resolution. May not be used without permission. The reason why I titled this section the Goldilocks Zone is because this current 1″ sensor provides camera makers with a size that allows for small camera size combined with excellent image quality, mainly giving up—if anything—a bit to larger sensors when it comes to very high ISO performance. To test it I took a sequence of shots at progressively slower shutter speeds with the lens zoomed to its maximum 600mm focal length. Mic and headphone connections. Wi-Fi. Canon T6. You can even tap the screen to reset the focus point during movie recording. There are several special effects modes which allow you to record a short clip of 4, 5, or 6 seconds which plays back at 1x, 2x or 1/2x normal speed and action replay which rewinds the final couple of seconds and then replays it at half speed. The GX3 is equipped with five-axis image stabilisation which shifts the lens elements to compensate for camera movement. Finally you can see the reduction in the field of view with the Lumix FZ1000, still zoomed to 400mm equivalent, but this time in 4K/25p mode (right). Canon 1D X Review. The G3X is a disappointment in the video department. So the 25x / 24-600mm range of the Canon G3X outguns them both, reaching three times longer than the Sony and half as far again as the Lumix. Lots of these involve children and babies, making Auto mode with face detect AF ideal for family photos. The G3X is a little hesitant when changing the focus from near to distant objects and back again and there’s noticeable hunting back and forth, which you get to a degree with all contrast detect AF systems. The tripod socket is off center, but interestingly has a second pin hole for use with video tripod plates. The process is very simple if you have a phone with NFC, if not it’s still pretty straightforward. More’s the pity, because the G3X is a terrific camera that promises to solve some shooting needs in a unique way. Above: For this clip I tested the G3X’s continuous AF performance by zooming the lens in slightly and panning from the coffee cup on the table up to the bar and back again. In fact another tester has found that “The Canon G3X slows down to f4 by 46mm and then to f5.6 by 164mm“. Announced in June 2015, the G3X slots roughly between the PowerShot G7X and G1X Mark II, but offers a unique proposition in the Canon … If I was being really picky, I’d like a mic port, and it would be lovely if it was weatherproof. They are just fine for the typical vacationer’s travel pics, but not for a serious photographer who makes large exhibition quality prints and who wants print-publication quality images. And the fun doesn’t stop there. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II features a … By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Luminous-Landscape.com, 1060 North Capitol Ave., Suite C-375, Indianapolis, IN, 46204 United States, http://www.luminous-landscape.com. Of course, unless the autofocus can keep up that’s not much use, so to test the G3X’s servo AF during continuous shooting I took it to the roadside to shoot some fairly slow moving traffic. At 3 inches diagonally, the Lumix FZ1000’s screen is marginally smaller and it has a lower 920k dot resolution. The G3X has a 25x optical zoom lens with an equivalent range of 25-600mm and a maximum aperture of f2.8 at the wide angle setting closing to f5.6 at the telephoto end of the range. Because of its use of a first rate sensor, excellent build quality, and a familiar first-rate user interface, the camera will have a strong appeal to photographers who want and need a long reach combined with publication-quality imaging capability. That saves on precious battery power and is fine when shooting at shorter focal lengths, but when zoomed in you really need continuous mode to keep things stable enough to frame your shot. These are available from Canon’s web site and other places online. You can choose to have the camera reframe based on the face, upper body or the full body, and it works whether the person moves away or towards you, or moves off to the side. So if you’re prepared to crop the clip in a video editing app you can end up with 1080/25p footage with an effective focal length that actually goes well beyond what the Canon G3X can manage. It works, but its not ideal as you can’t be sure until it’s too late. Sealed against dust and moisture. Starting at the 24mm wide angle successive clicks on the dial take you to 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, and finally 600mm. Sensor: The canon GX3 X camera features 20 MP 1″ sensor and the Canon G1X Mark II features 12 MP 1.5″ sensor, that clearly means that the photo diodes of the Canon G1X Mark II are big compared to the Canon G3X … The G3X’s lens does not have a filter thread. And below you can see the results when both cameras are zoomed in to their maximum telephoto focal length and their widest aperture. Wild rumors, According to the latest rumor surfaced over the web Canon is actively working on upgrading the G3X Mark II camera. I will mention here as well, that the sensor used in the just-shipping Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II is an evolution of this design and differs primarily in its “stacked” architecture, which allows for much faster data throughput. And while features like zoom assist on the G3X help, they’re no substitute for a good viewfinder. In my opinion, this is the smallest sensor size that still yields professional quality results, at least at low to moderate ISOs. So while there’s limited scope for increasing the Lumix FZ1000’s range with stills, for video it’s a different story if you shoot using the 4K video mode. Next, (middle) there’s the Lumix FZ1000, also in 1080/50p mode with its lens zoomed to the maximum 400mm equivalent. These shots were taken hand-held at between 400mm and 600mm equivalence. I’m not going to belabor all of the camera’s details. Canon SL1. The lens is first rate. Luminous Landscape will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Panasonic decided to go for longer reach, offering a variable f/2.8–f/4 aperture range and 25-400mm equivalent focal length. Taking into consideration price, size and weight this is a remarkable result and will cause me to give some serious consideration to what I carry with me on my next shoot that requires a very long lens. The red rectangle on the Lumix FZ1000 shot shows the field of view of the Canon GX3 shot on the left – that’s how much closer you get with the G3X’s 600mm zoom (it’s slightly off-centre because I recomposed the shot with the G3X to get a better view). These are not only complicated devices but they represent compromises of various sorts in terms of price, size, features and intended application. In this next comparison, I wanted to see how the Canon … You can also transfer images to a computer or another camera over Wifi, or print them on a suitably equipped wireless printer. If long reach isn’t needed then the Sony RX10II is likely a better choice, and if lower price is required then the FZ1000 will be found to be significantly less expensive. Sometimes the result can be messy or embarrassing, but at other times it can provide a fun behind the scenes video. Above left: Canon G3X : Nostalgic. In an earlier paragraph, I wrote about small sensor cameras with long reach lenses…. Canon T6s (EOS 760D) Canon T6i (EOS 750D) Canon 5DS and 5DS R. Canon 7D Mk II. If you don’t like me, then there’s nothing to be done about it. The Lumix FZ1000 refocuses as soon as you tap the screen which is a much better way of doing things. This smaller sensor can allow not only for smaller camera bodies, but also for smaller and faster, or smaller and longer focal length designs. Quick Verdict. There’s really no getting away from the fact that if you really do need to get close to your subject from a distance, the Canon G3X’s 600mm telephoto provides a big advantage. Stability is pretty good. Of course, the addition of it adds bulk and expense. Sign up to receive an email when a new article is posted. Above: This clip, like the others below was shot in the Canon G3X’s best quality 1080/50p video mode. Canon T5i. Stabilization works well. It can also be articulated upward. The screen can also be folded 45 degrees downwards which is enough to get a decent view with it held at arms length above your head. But again that’s added expense and you won’t be able to use a flash or other accessories at the same time. ISO 3200 is usable, while 6400 is the limit with some work and compromises, but its there if needed. Instead, Canon sells an accessory lens shade called the Canon Lens Hood & Filter Adapter Kit for PowerShot G3 for about $50. The focal length is indicated on the screen and there’s also a marked scale on the lens. Plus, the … So while the G3X has the longest range, its aperture slows down much faster than its rivals: indeed between 164 and 200mm equivalent, the Lumix FZ1000 is one stop faster and the Sony RX10 I / II is two stops faster. I find the advances in sensor design and image processing circuitry over the past decade quite remarkable. Above right: Canon G3X : Poster Effect. It does show some vignetting, but almost no CA through most of the range. The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a prosumer super-zoom camera with a 1-inch image sensor and 25x zoom lens. The Canon G5 X Mark II earns a Silver Award with its very good image quality, flexibility and the overall engaging experience of using the camera. Once connected the Camera Connect app offers three options: Images on camera, Remote Shooting and Location information. A 1in type sensor has roughly four times the surface area of the 1/2.3in sensors in most superzooms, providing much better quality especially in low light and better opportunities for shallower depth of field effects. Resembling the EOS M3 externally, the G3X has a 3.2in touchscreen for composition which can angle down by 45 degrees or up by 180 degrees for selfies. There’s also manual focus of course, activated by pressing the MF buton on the lens barrel. Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Built-in ND filter. The shade and filter adaptor work as a pair. The Canon G3X slows down to f4 by 46mm and then to f5.6 by 164mm, maintaining this value until it reaches 600mm. If you’re someone who doesn’t want or need an EVF, then the math is simple. But, this means that any quick-release plate needs to be removed when removing SD card or battery. What makes such extreme focal lengths possible is that these cameras use very small sensors, typically the 1/2.3″ type. Creative Shot mode is an extension of the filter effects which automatically applies a selection of them to a shot to produce six variations. 1-inch image sensor. This temporarily zooms out and displays a frame on the screen showing the coverage at your original zoom setting and allowing you to find and reframe your subject. Both the G3X and the RX10 IV … The 600mm vs 200mm equivalent reach is the main issue. It’s not a bad performance, but not a great one either. Canon 80D. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of pho... [ Author’s Page and Articles ]. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact. If you want to compose at eye-level you’ll need to slot on the optional EVF-DC1 viewfinder accessory which, while high quality, adds to the cost and overall size. Like most camera Wifi implementations, the G3X sets itself up as a wireless access point which your phone needs to connect to. The rest of the industry has firmly moved to 4K at 100 Mbps in most new cameras, especially those at the $1,000 price point and above, yet the Canon only does HD at 35Mbps. You do of course have the option of fitting the EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder to the GX3’s hotshot. Case in point is the Sony RX10 and Panasonic FZ1000. To get the full measure of a new cameras, such as the G3X requires placing all of these variables in context. Two reasons; Canon’s product offerings became boring several years ago, with little in the way of technical innovation and even less by way of truly interesting new products. The second frame is of these images magnified on-screen to 100%. The GHI's Tried & Tested verdict of the Canon Powershot G3X Camera. You can also remotely record movies as well as transfer RAW files using the Panasonic app with the Lumix FZ1000, neither of which is possible with the G3X. The first clip (left) was shot in the G3X’s 1080/50p video mode with the lens zoomed in to the maximum 600mm equivalent focal length. Side-by-side with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, the PowerShot G3X looks relatively compact. There’s no built-in viewfinder, but the hotshoe can accommodate the optional EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder accessory. This provides not only some flare protection but also allows for the mounting of 67mm filters. And it can make it hard to compose your shot if you’re zoomed in on a distant subject and the focus is set close – all you can see is a blur until you press the shutter button on your phone. You can apply two other filter effects, Nostalgic and Monochrome, to movies. It’s also possible to set Auto ISO for movies, allowing you to fix the aperture and shutter with the camera adjusting the sensitivity as light levels vary. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II will fit into a trouser or shirt pocket, but is more at home in a deep coat pocket or a small camera bag. The question you have to ask yourself is how important is a viewfinder? It’s going to take a sophisticated shopper who does their research and who knows exactly what they need to appreciate and choose the G3X. It means the camera’s not fully weatherproof, but it should still shrug-off a little drizzle. But for subjects in motion you’ll need to select servo AF so that the GX3 can refocus between shots and then the speed drops to a quoted 3.2fps. The first of these is Frame Assist, which is activated by pressing a button on the side of the lens barrel when zoomed in. The G3X can film 1080p movies at up to 60p with continuous autofocus, manual control over exposure and the chance to record audio via an external microphone input as well as monitor audio via a headphones socket. A choice between the G3X and the Sony RX10 II comes down to whether 4K video and a faster shooting rate trumps lower weight and bulk and a much longer lens reach. The G3X has done a pretty good job of keeping the number plate in focus during the entire sequence. Framing assist function. The former attempts to identify and lock-onto a face and if one isn’t recognised it’ll switch to an auto-area option. But they always come up lacking, and I quickly give up on them. Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only) The same can be said of the Sony RX10 Mk II which like the Lumix FZ1000 has a 2.35 million dot OLED viewfinder. A comparison of the rear panels of two generations of the PowerShot G5 X; the top shows the Mark II model, while below it is the original G5 X. Some are even useful, such  a face recognition and tracking. I doubt that I even need to mention which one is which in the above 100% screen grab. The 1,620k dot screen provides a detailed view that’s clearly visible in all but the brightest outdoor conditions. Above: For this second clip the G3X was mounted on a tripod and the stabilisation was turned off. 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