Canon has just announced its new PowerShot G3 X, which we previously saw teased as an “in development” product. Now, we know the camera features a 20.2MP 1″ CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor.
The lens covers a 25x optical zoom range equivalent to 24-600mm (35mm format) with a variable f/2.8-5.6 aperture. Of course, optical image stabilization is present as well.
The G3 X features a 3.2″ 1.62M-dot resolution LCD that tilts 180-degrees and possesses the beloved capacitive touch control. The camera sports 31 AF points with what Canon calls “high-speed AF” and captures stills up to to 5.9fps with no buffer lag or frame limit (for JPEGs anyway). The G3 X can capture RAW, JPEG and RAW + JPEG still image files.
The G3 X also captures 1080p video at 24p, 30p and 60p frame rates and offers both an external mic port and headphone port. In a first for such a consumer-level camera from Canon, the G3 X also offers clean-HDMI output for recording to an external monitor.
The G3 X features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC connectivity. It is compatible with the optional Canon EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder and Canon EX Speedlites.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the Canon PowerShot G3 X is the $999 asking price. Considering Sony’s recent announcement and feature list of the RX10 II, the G3 X seems a little underwhelming at that price point.
The Canon PowerShot G3 X ships in July 2015. Check it out here at B&H Photo.