Canon's G3 X Camera Combines Huge Zoom With Compact Size

by Devin Coldewey /  / Updated 
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The latest camera from Canon is the G3 X, which straddles the line between a "superzoom" and a luxury compact point-and-shoot. The 24-600mm equivalent lens gives a 25x zoom, which is about as much as anyone needs who isn't taking snapshots of satellites. That long lens is supported by solid image stabilization, too, in case you're holding coffee in your other hand. The 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor should capture sharp images in normal light, though the F/2.8-5.6 maximum aperture on the lens means you'll have to be a bit more careful in low light.

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There's a pop-up flash, tilting LCD and a quick exposure compensation dial, much like the others in the G series of cameras (the G3 X, curiously, is an upgrade from the G7 X). There's also a chunky grip on the front that looks like it was borrowed from one of the company's Rebel line of DSLRs.

For $1,000, though, you have your choice of a lot of cameras, including not a few well-reviewed superzooms, compacts and mirrorless interchangeable-lens systems, some of which have features the G3 X lacks. If, however, you like the look and feel of Canon's newest device, you'll be able to pick one up in July.

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