Giant Zoom and top images thanks to the large sensor – great for travel photos. What the Canon Power-shot G3 X can still reveals the test of ULTIMATE TECH NEWS.
Test Conclusion: You Need to Know
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a top camera for photographers who do not want to drag a lot, but still put emphasis on high image quality. Thanks to the large zoom range can be manhole also very distant subjects. Who photographed much out there, you should still set the external viewfinder. For sports and action photographers, the Power-shot G3 X is less. But the pace is not high enough.
Super zoom cameras are very popular. Went there early users – like the Nikon Cool-pix P900 – to an ever larger zoom factor, super zoom models are now coveted with larger image sensors – which usually shoot better photos and videos. In the Canon PowerShot G3 X sensor in a 1-inch infected (Sensor Size 8,8×13,2 mm), the largest sensor size in super zoom cameras. These builds a Canon a 25 times zoom. The focal length range 24-600 mm (converted into small picture format) – record for a camera with 1-inch sensor. ULTIMATE TECH NEWS has the Canon Power-shot G3 X subjected to a thorough test.
Despite huge push quite compact
The Canon Power-shot G3 X Although no longer fits in your pocket, with 13,0×8,0x10,6 centimeters but still relatively compact and light enough with 728 grams to spend hours hanging from the shoulder. In a pinch, even without photo tote – the camera is quite solid and protected by seals against dust and moisture. The zoom lens falls despite large zoom range from quite small – at least as long as the camera is off. When zooming the lens will then extend a few centimeters. A tribute to the 25-times zoom is the luminous intensity: the wide angle end, the zoom with 1: 2.8 high speed, when zooming the light intensity decreases then to 1: from 5.6. Camera shake, there are still only rarely, the optical image stabilizer in the lens compensate for movement by the photographer pretty good. In telephoto it resembled in the test well 3 guards in – so you can take pictures with an 8-times longer exposure time, the wide angle of the image stabilizer managed nevertheless still 1.4 aperture. Although other super-zoom models referencing even greater zoom factors – 25 times is enough in most cases slack off (see picture gallery).
High image quality even in low light
Compared with a compact camera, the sensor has a little higher resolution, the individual sensor cells fall so significantly greater and gather more light per pixel. This is the image quality visible benefit: The difference between a system camera or DSLR falls right from small, the distance to a conventional compact camera on the other hand quite clearly. The recordings of the G3 X are so crisp and very detailed. With higher ISO setting, the image quality declines, seen with ISO 1600, the images still rich in detail, but softer than the default ISO 100 from. The noise stops against it within limits. Only at ISO 3200 it is more visible and interfere on the screen in the 100-percent-view (see picture gallery). The G3 X filming in Full HD resolution and also offers manual controls in video mode, such as for the aperture, shutter speed or ISO value. In addition, the frame rate of 24p to 60p can be adjusted. In addition, there is one microphone and a headphone jack, so that the tone of film recordings can be enhanced with an external microphone. The sound of the built-in microphone sounds neat, but is in a quiet environment, the autofocus to quite clearly heard. The picture quality of the videos is good, in the resolution, the G3 X does not hold but with the 4K-capable Sony RX10 Mark II with. This difference does, however, only noticeable on a large 4K TVs.
Switching takes a long time in the G3 X. Only after one and a half seconds, the camera is ready for use. Auto-focus usually works fast and very accurate sharp. The auto-focus speed depends primarily on the focal length. In wide-area, the G3 X swiftly sharp because you missed hardly a snapshot. But the farther the zoom moves out, the longer it takes. In the test, the G3 X needed with shorter focal length about half a second to focus, and trigger. She was at moderate light even slightly faster (0.45 seconds) than in daylight (0.55 seconds). Good: The autofocus performs the focus, even with videos quickly and exactly. At longer focal lengths (from 300 mm), it is useful to provide sharp only by lightly pressing shutter release button and then zoom in with the rocker button on the timer to the subject. Then the camera focuses noticeably faster. A tribute to the contrast-measurement method used in the G3 X, which does not keep up at long focal lengths with the faster phase-change process. Sports photographers take better as a DSLR like the Canon EOS 750D or the Nikon D7200. Who still sees action series with the G3 X, gets quite a high Burst Tempo: In the test the Canon managed 7.6 frames per second.