The Canon PowerShot G3 X compact camera

Canon USA today announced the PowerShot G3 X, an addition to it’s G-Series of compact digital cameras. The G3 X combines much of the power and flexibility of a DSLR in a compact, all-in-one package.

Leading the charge, feature wise, is the G3 X’s large, one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, capable of sensitivity from ISO 125 – 12,800. This sensor, combined with Canon’s own DIGIC 6 Image processor, forms Canon’s HS System for high quality imaging in any lighting situation.

“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.”[image:blog_post:56965]

The dust and water resistant G3 X eliminates the need for carrying a DSLR with a variety of lenses, as it comes with a f/2.8-5.6, 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-600mm). It also has an improved Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system designed to handle even the shakiest of shakes.

New to the G-Series, the G3 X features controls and menu operation inherited from the Canon EOS line of Digital SLR cameras. Some useful controls include an Auto Exposure (AE) lock button, Auto Focus (AF) selection button and DRIVE/AF button.  The PowerShot G3 X camera fully supports both manual exposure control and a 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.

Shooting is aided by the PowerShot G3 X’s 3.2-inch Multi-Angle capacitive touch panel LCD screen with 1.62 million dot resolution. The adjustable screen can be tilted up as much as 180 degrees for capturing selfies and creative low-angle shots, and as much as 45 degrees down for overhead shots.

Video enthusiasts will enjoy putting that one-inch sensor to work shooting1080p video at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format. Several new features include 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.

Fun for video fans is this new feature: the PowerShot G3 X camera 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.

The all-new PowerShot includes high-speed AF and 31 widely spread AF points to help capture fast-action shots in most lighting conditions. Action shooters will enjoy a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.9 frames-per-second (fps) in full resolution with no buffer lag or frame limit.

Add in Wi-Fi for sharing shots and clips with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as NFC and mobile phone connectivity, and the PowerShot G3 X is a portable powerhouse.

Add-ons include a Canon Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1 and the well-known Canon EX-Series Speedlite system.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon PowerShot G3 X compact camera is scheduled to be available in July 2015 for an estimated retail price of $999.99. For more information please visit:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_g3_x
 
Highlights:
•    One-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity 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
•    Compatible with a variety of Canon EOS accessories
 

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