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PowerShot G3 X, 1" sensor ultrazoom with 5 axis stab
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    • 1" 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
    • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
    • 24-600mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.6 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens
    • Improved Five-Axis Intelligent IS
    • Dust- and water-resistant
      *Multi-Angle, 3.2-inch 1.62-million dot capacitive touch panel LCD screen
    • 1080p Full HD video (24p, 30p, 60p), Live HDMI output
    • External stereo microphone and headphone jacks
    • EOS-inherited control layout
    • 31-point High Speed AF system
    • Wi-Fi and NFC enabled
    • $999 at
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    Canon U.S.A., Inc., announced an exciting addition to its G-series of premium compact digital cameras -- the Canon PowerShot G3 X. Ideal for photographers looking for DSLR-style features and quality in a compact, dust- and water-resistant body, this camera's large, one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 - 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon's HS System to provide photographers with a high-performance point-and-shoot camera that captures vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

    "The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a truly superb digital camera, one that provides so many top-notch features to empower photographers of all skill levels to shoot and share stunning images and HD video with ease," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The compact size will make the PowerShot G3 X camera a pleasure to have on-hand for any occasion and the advanced features will help make sure the moment is captured beautifully."

    This long-zoom, premium compact camera allows users to get close to the action with its bright f/2.8-5.6, 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-600mm). In addition, an improved Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.

    The Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is the most rugged G-series model yet. The combination of enhanced body panel construction with rubber sealing helps ensure this dust-and-water resistant digital camera is ready to shoot action-packed adventures even in some of the most adverse conditions. It also features controls and menu operation inherited from the Canon EOS line of Digital SLR cameras, a first for the PowerShot G-Series. Useful controls include an Auto Exposure (AE) lock button, Auto Focus (AF) selection button and DRIVE/AF button. For photography purists, the PowerShot G3 X camera fully supports both manual exposure control and the user's choice of RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG recording formats. For quick camera setting, the PowerShot G3 X includes a programmable continuous ring on the lens, an exposure compensation dial and mode dial on top, and a rear control dial. Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1 featuring 2.36MP resolution and an adjustable viewing angle is also available as an optional accessory for the PowerShot G3 X to help users compose shots in bright, sunny conditions.

    The PowerShot G3 X camera features a bright 3.2-inch Multi-Angle capacitive touch panel LCD screen with 1.62 million dot resolution, providing a sharp, clear, and vivid display. The adjustable screen enables shooting from a variety of angles with enhanced flexibility by tilting up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies and creative low-angle shots, as much as 45 degrees down for overhead shots.

    The camera's ability to record 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) is enhanced through several new features including an external stereo microphone jack, a headphone jack for audio monitoring while recording, and manual control of exposure and audio levels. The camera also features live HDMI output while recording allowing for direct connection to external video recorders as well as convenient playback of recorded movies on an HDTV.

    For those looking to shoot from the sidelines, the PowerShot G3 X features high-speed AF and 31 widely spread AF points to help capture fast-action shots with accuracy and ease. Paired with a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.9 frames-per-second (fps), the PowerShot G3 X gives photographers the capability to keep shooting in full resolution with no buffer lag or frame limit. i

    The camera's built-in Wi-Fi capabilities allow users to easily share images and videos via social media sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube using Canon Image Gateway through a Wi-Fi access point or directly to compatible iOS and Android devices. The camera is also equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC™)2 , allowing for quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices as well as full support for Canon's soon-to-be-released Connect Station CS100 device. In addition, Canon's free Camera Connect app 3, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows users to share images and remotely control the camera and capture images from one app.

    The PowerShot G3 X camera also includes Canon's Star Mode to capture breathtaking images and video of starry night skies with superb quality. The "Star Trails" mode turns star movement into a luminous still image, while the "Star Time-Lapse Movie" mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background.

    In order to enhance the shooting experience, the Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is compatible with a variety of optional accessories like the Canon Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1, the Canon EX-Series Speedlite system.

    Pricing and Availability

    The new Canon PowerShot G3 X premium compact camera is scheduled to be available in July 2015 for an estimated retail price of $999.99. For more information please visit:

  • What gives? Aren't they at least 2 years too late?

    Why choose this over a FZ1000, or even better, over the new Sony? From what I can see, it's not all that smaller...

  • External stereo microphone and headphone jacks

    For this 9as for run and gun solution). It also has optional EVF. Better OIS, I think.

    As discounts will start it can be good option.

  • The G3 X's image quality is excellent for a compact camera thanks to the 1-inch sensor that lies at its heart. If you've ever wanted DSLR-like pictures from a fixed-lens camera, then look no further than the G3 X, with its fast f/2.8-5.6 lens creating very nice bokeh at both ends of the versatile zoom range when shooting wide-open.

  • CPN: What aspects of the G3 X were you particularly aware of having to focus on?

    Tatsuya Yamada: As it was envisioned that this would function as a second camera for advanced amateurs and pros that normally use the EOS series for telephoto shooting, particular emphasis was placed on specifications so it could be used without feeling any different from an EOS DSLR. Specifically, through feedback gained from pro photographers, the G3 X takes advantage of lots of feedback related to detailed shooting demands, starting with the controls and User Interface (UI) which make it suitable for telephoto shooting. When set to continuous shooting, for example, rather than the UI rules on existing compact cameras, EOS ideas were implemented instead.

    Furthermore, as it is a high-power model I believe that more people will use it to shoot in forests and on mountains, so by ensuring that the dust-proof and drip-proof functionality was equivalent to mid-range EOS models, outdoor performance would be improved. And as it also supports an external viewfinder like the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, it is possible to compose with the viewfinder [as in a DSLR] and thus suppress camera shake.

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    On the face of it the G3X's video specifications look very respectable, it has a best quality 1080 50/60p mode, provides full manual control over exposure during recording and has built-in mic and headphones sockets. But crucially it lacks a 4K UHD video mode, something that is available both on the Lumix FZ1000 and the Sony RX10 II. As I've already mentioned, as well as the obvious quality benefits, on the FZ1000, 4K provides the opportunity to get closer to the action, pretty much negating the G3X's zoom advantage. In its favour you can use the G3X's touch screen to adjust focus during recording.

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    Movie quality is very good with this camera, and you'll have access to the full 25x optical zoom lens while recording video. You can shoot full HD video at speeds of 60 fps, 30 fps, or 24 fps. Canon also included both microphone input and headphone jacks, to further enhance the camera's video and audio capabilities.

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