- 20.2MP CMOS Sensor>
- 25x zoom 24-600mm (35mm equivalent)
- Max ISO – 12,800
- Physical dials for ease of use
- Built in Wi-Fi with NFC
The PowerShot G3 X camera can be ideal for capturing and sharing all your adventures, indoors and out. With a compact, rugged design that’s easy to carry, this premium camera gives you inspirational image quality through its 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, plus the power to zoom to an incredible 25x. You’ll be able to capture what you see wherever life takes you: broad, majestic landscapes, virtually blur-free low-light images, and beautifully detailed wildlife. You can also capture action as it happens in beautiful 1080p Full HD video, and share your images/videos with easy Wi-Fi® connectivity, which now includes built-in NFC for touch communication with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Whether you’re traveling around the world or enjoying your favorite outdoor activities close to home, you’ll want to pack the PowerShot G3 X camera.
25x, f/2.8–5.6 Optical Zoom Lens (24–600mm)
The PowerShot G3 X incorporates a powerful 25x Optical Zoom (24–600mm) lens for seamless telephoto shooting and unmatched versatility. You'll capture everything from the widest landscapes to dynamic close-ups in precise detail – all without changing a lens. The culmination of decades of EF lens know-how, the bright, all-new f/2.8–5.6 lens uses cutting-edge construction to prevent aberration and peripheral illumination loss over the entire telephoto range, delivering reliably high image quality with every shot. The lens's 9-blade aperture diaphragm creates beautiful circular background blur. Micro USM II drives the high-speed, silent zoom, with smooth, high-precision focusing for professional-quality video shooting.
It's easy to capture clear, steady images with PowerShot digital cameras, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Active Tripod IS modes. New icons clearly mark the image stabilization mode, whether you're shooting still images or video.
1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
The PowerShot G3 X camera's 1.0-inch sensor achieves a beautiful balance between high sensitivity and high image quality. The sensor is able to collect more light in a shorter time period without the overflow that causes blown-out highlights. This means better detail and sophisticated tonal quality, with rich gradations even at high ISO speeds all the way to 12800. A high signal-to-noise ratio delivers minimal noise and distortion with breathtaking dynamic range, particularly notable in bright areas. And photography enthusiasts will appreciate the changes in image processing for the PowerShot G3 X, which include target exposure value and contrast characteristics of highlights. Thanks to this change, dynamic range in bright areas is expanded with gradation attributes that are similar to EOS. Also, by changing the exposure index standard, it is possible to shoot at almost the same brightness with the same aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings as EOS. The PowerShot G3 X natively captures images in the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is the same as Canon EOS SLR cameras. The camera's image creation technology was designed with post processing in mind, and features an Aspect Ratio function, enabling RAW image capture in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3 and 1:1 aspect ratios while maintaining the same angle of view.
Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The PowerShot G3 X camera is powered by the latest iteration of Canon's proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which takes still and video image quality to a beautiful new level. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of thePowerShot G3 X, powering full resolution high-speed continuous still shooting (even in P, Av, Tv and M modes) and the advanced star shooting modes. The processor allows for MP4 video recording for better compatibility with mobile devices and tablets. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices. The new processor also supports an MF Peaking function, giving you a pro-level focusing tool.
Capture More Angles - Even Selfies
High-resolution Multi-angle Touch Panel LCD
The PowerShot G3 X camera's LCD screen can tilt up 180°, so taking that perfect selfie is a snap! In fact, the multi-angle LCD encourages creative framing because it's easy to achieve a flexible array of camera angles. Capacitive touch-panel operation feels familiar right away: simply touch to access quick control settings, focus and shutter release right on screen. A resolution of 1.62 million pixels makes the glare-free display ultra crisp and clear, so it's easy to compose your shots, choose camera settings, and review and share your images.
1080p Full HD and Expanded Movie Options
With its large sensor and high performance lens the PowerShot G3 X camera creates spectacular 1080p Full HD video, but this premium model takes video-making even further with several high-end features. Set video capture to your shooting needs: 24p, 30p or 60p, with MP4 format available for easy sharing. Advanced audio includes expanded dynamic range, better S/N ratio, and external microphone and headphone jacks. Improved Dynamic IS significantly reduces shaking caused by handheld shooting. Manual controls (Av, Tv and ISO) can be set prior to and during shooting for full creative expression, and Manual Focus is also available. Shooting to commercial specifications is now possible with five aspect ratio grid line options, HDMI Live Out for checking images on an external monitor, and an Advanced Tripod Hole for smooth panning and tilting.
Dust- and water-resistant construction
Just like with select EOS models, the PowerShot G3 X camera features pinpoint alignment and rubber sealing that results in dust- and drip-proof durability. Along with the camera's extreme versatility, this convenient rain- and dust-resistance make the PowerShot G3 X camera the ideal take-along in various weather conditions.
Digital camera with built-in flash, 25x Optical, 4x Digital and Approx. 100x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Image Capture Device
20.2 Megapixel*, 1.0-inch CMOS (sensor aspect ratio: 3:2)
*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
Approx. 20.9 Megapixels
Approx. 20.2 Megapixels
8.8 (W) - 220 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24 - 600mm)
Auto/Manual: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 2.8 ft. (85cm) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 2.8 ft. (85cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
TTL Autofocus (Continuous, Servo AF), Manual Focus
Supports Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1 (optional accessory)
3.2-type TFT color liquid crystal
Approx. 1.62 million dots
Aperture and Shutter
f/2.8 (W), f/5.6 (T)
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv & M mode)
BULB, 30, 25, 20 (in M mode only)
Auto, ISO 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/ 4000/5000/6400 (When in Auto mode)
Max. ISO Speed 12800 (When in P mode)
Expansion to ISO 25600
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center Weighted Average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated (Face Detect AE) in Face Detect.
** Fixed to Center, linked to AF frame
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto, Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom1-2
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
2.0 (60cm) - 22 ft. (6.8m) (W), 2.8 ft. (85cm) - 10 ft. (3.1m) (T)
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 7.4 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot*1, SCN*2, Creative Filters*3, Movie*4
*1 Portrait, Smart Shutter*4, Star*5, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, Fireworks
*2 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
*3 Standard Movie, Short Clip, Manual Movie, iFrame Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer
*5 Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available.
Off, Approx. 2 sec. delay, Approx. 10 sec. delay, Custom*
*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
1) Normal in Auto/P modes: Approx. 5.9 shots/sec. (When set to One-Shot)
2) AF in P mode: Approx. 3.2 shots/sec. (When set to Servo AF)
SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards
Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) compliant; DPOF (Version 1.1) compatible
Image Recording Format
Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (DCF 2.0), RAW (Canon original: 14-bit, CR2)
Video: MP4 (Image: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
1) 16:9 - Large: 5472 x 3080; Medium 1: 4320 x 2432; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 720 x 408;
2) 3:2 - Large: 5472 x 3648, Medium 1: 4320 x 2880, Medium 2: 2304 x 1536, Small: 720 x 480
3) 4:3 - Large: 4864 x 3648, Medium 1: 3840 x 2880, Medium 2: 2048 x 1536, Small: 640 x 480
4) 1:1 - Large: 3648 x 3648; Medium 1: 2880 x 2880; Medium 2: 1536 x 1536; Small: 480 x 480
RAW: 1) 16:9 - 5472 x 3080
2) 3:2 - 5472 x 3648
3) 4:3 - 4864 x 3648
4) 1:1 - 3648 x 3648
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 59.94 fps
Full HD iFrame: 1920 x 1080: 29.97 fps
Full HD Star Time-Lapse Movie: 1920 x 1080: 14.985 fps / 29.97 fps
HD 1280 x 720: 29.97 fps
640 x 480: 29.97 fps
Miniature Effect: 1280 x 720: 6 fps (5x speed) / 3 fps (10x speed) / 1.5 fps (20x speed)
Miniature Effect: 640 x 480: 6 fps (5x speed) / 3 fps (10x speed) / 1.5 fps (20x speed)
Short Clip: 1280 x 720: 29.97 fps
Number of Recordable Images
|File Size (KB)||16 GB||File Size (KB)||16 GB||File Size (KB)||16 GB|
|Medium 1 (M1)||SF||5,164||2,980||5,910||2,612||5,253||2,926|
|Medium 2 (M2)||SF||1,095||13,497||1,819||8,377||1,617||9,344|
|File Size (KB)||16 GB|
|Medium 1 (M1)||SF||3,940||3,886|
|Medium 2 (M2)||SF||1,213||12,459|
Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
• The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
Time of Recordable Movies
|Shooting Modes||Pixels||Frame Rate||Movie Size (KB/sec.)||Approx. Total Movie Time Recordable to 16 GB Memory Card||Single Clip Approx. Recording Time*1||Video Recording Bit Rate|
|Other than Below||1920 x 1080 (Full HD)||59.94 fps||59.94 fps||4288||59 min. 30 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||Approx. 35 Mbps|
|29.97 fps||29.97 fps||2945||1 hr. 26 min. 5 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||Approx. 24 Mbps|
|23.98 fps*2||23.98 fps*2||2945||1 hr. 26 min. 5 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||Approx. 24 Mbps|
|1280 x 720 (HD)||29.97 fps||29.97 fps||992||4 hr. 5 min. 15 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||Approx. 8 Mbps|
|640 x 480 (VGA)||29.97 fps||29.97 fps||382||10 hr. 22 min. 35 sec.||1 hr.||Approx. 3 Mbps|
|Miniature Effect||1280 x 720 (HD)||6 fps (5x Speed)||29.97 fps||195||21 hr. 12 min. 38 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||—|
|3 fps (10x Speed)||29.97 fps||98||40 hr. 43 min. 15 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||—|
|1.5 fps (20x Speed)||29.97 fps||49||75 hr. 43 min. 35 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||—|
|640 x 480 (VGA)||6 fps (5x Speed)||29.97 fps||73||52 hr. 57 min. 51 sec.||1 hr.||—|
|3 fps (10x Speed)||29.97 fps||37||95 hr. 55 min. 27 sec.||1 hr.||—|
|1.5 fps (20x Speed)||29.97 fps||18||162 hr. 53 min. 25 sec.||1 hr.||—|
|iFrame Movie||1920 x 1080 (Full HD)||29.97 fps||29.97 fps||4898||52 min. 32 sec.||29 min. 59 sec.||—|
|Short Clip||1280 x 720 (HD)||29.97 fps||29.97 fps||977||4 hr. 12 min. 55 sec.||Depends on setting*3||—|
*1 Using an SD Speed Class 10 / UHS-I compatible memory card.
• Recording stops automatically once the file size reaches 4 GB or the memory card becomes full.
• Recording may stop unexpectedly if a memory card with a low Speed Class is used.
*2 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
*3 Recording time setting can be selected from 4–6 sec.
Playback Modes File
Playback Function Menu:
Rotate, Protect, Favorites, Image Search, Resize, Cropping
Album Playback, List/Play Digest Movies, Slideshow, Erase, Protect, Rotate, Favorites, Photobook Set-up, i-Contrast, Red-Eye Correction, Cropping, Resize, My Colors, Face ID Info, Transition Effect/Transition, Index Effect, Scroll Display, Group Images, Auto Rotate, Resume, Set Touch Actions, Set Shortcut button, Print Settings
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Battery Pack NB-10L, AC Adapter Kit CA-PS700 (ACK-DC80)
Approx. 300 shots with Screen On
Approx. 240 shots with Viewfinder On and displayed in EVF-DC1
Approx. 410 shots with ECO Mode
Approx. 6 hr.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.85 x 3.01 x 4.15 in. / 123.3 x 76.5 x 105.3mm
1.62 lb. / 733g (including battery and memory card)
1.52 lb. / 690g (camera body only)
Lens Cap (with Strap)
Neck Strap NS-DC11
Battery Pack NB-10L
Battery Charger CB-2LC