johnsmith404: Lol. Again, in Japan only the EVF comes for almost free like with the previous GX and the EOS M3.
And next Canon will lament about how the world outside Japan is too stupid to understand their non-DSLR product lines.
Can US customers order from Amazon Japan? ;)
BTW, don't order this camera from Amazon. Instead, order from BHPhoto as they will not charge sales tax outside of NY. Also you can save $50 by asking them to price match 42t St Photo, who is offering it for $849.
But what's the retail price of the G3 X in Japan? I wouldn't be surprised if it's more expensive there than in the US.
jaygeephoto: If this camera were weather proof it would be everything. How much do you suppose it would add to the cost?
"Dust- and water-resistance (approx. equivalent to EOS 70D)"
"The Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is the most rugged "G-series model yet. The combination of enhanced body panel construction with rubber sealing helps ensure this dust-and-water resistant digital camera is ready to shoot action-packed adventures even in some of the most adverse conditions."
Photato: Does the G3X comes with the Lens Hood or is a separate purchase?
From his review's intro:
"Canon’s product offerings became boring several years ago, with little in the way of technical innovation and even less by way of truly interesting new products. Year after year it felt as is I was reviewing the latest Toyota Corolla, over and over and over again."
"for reasons that remain opaque to me Canon decided at some point to freeze me out... So, I simply moved on and now test and use products from companies who do appreciate dealing with me… which frankly is almost every other camera maker on the planet, except for Canon."
Reichmann writes reviews from a very personal perspective. This means that any products that appeal to his sensibilities will get enthusiastic praise while those that don't will either get blunt critique or won't get reviewed at all. I actually prefer this type of frank review, provided I'm familiar with the author and that he's transparent about his personal biases.
When can we expect a full review?
Geno123: Nice quick review Barney. Things I noticed when I unboxed mine was how small it was (almost the size of my SX10IS but heavier) and how nice the heft and build quality is. I continue to explore the ins and outs of this camera and really am impressed with the touch screen and all the things it can do by just touching the screen! Even erase pictures! As I read the getting started book, included with the camera, and the online downloaded e manual I find more and more things I never knew a camera to be able to do. There seem to be three different ways that you can control the camera actions- by touch by front dial and by rear dial. I look forward to your in depth review.
The touch screen is invaluable when shooting video, as it gives you an effortless way to smoothly shift focus from the foreground to the background.
Phototaker41: I don't see any picture taken at 600mm? Why? Not good?
You're confusing actual focal length with the 35mm equivalent. The G3X has an 8.8-220mm lens, which provides a field of view equivalent to a 24-600mm lens on a full frame DSLR camera.
win39: A camera with an optional add on viewfinder is not a serious camera. It is just a big point if you can see it and shoot.
" a 600mm lens that is pretty much impossible to handhold"
Edymagno: Practically the only advantage Canon had over Sony was the fully articulated screen in lieu of the only-tilt screen. Canon now follows Sony imitating their weak features. Holy crap Batman!
"By Francis Carver - This G3 X is so ugly, one could scream just watching it. Look at that lens ring -- have you seen anything cheaper on any camera? (I have not). And how about that truly grotesue, 1950s style add-on "viewfinder", page 6? Gosh, that is puketime central, indeed."
Lighten up, Francis.
Retzius: 600mm equivalent without a viewfinder will be loads of fun!
"600mm equivalent without a viewfinder will be loads of fun!"
I'm OK with it.
A seldom-discussed benefit of the old-style, fully articulated display is that it could be reversed to act as its own screen protector when not in use. This gave you the option of tossing the camera in a bag without worrying about damaging the LCD.
"I don't believe such claims - much like it is difficult to believe anything in these commercial blogs which love each and every new camera given to them."
If you'd bothered to do some research you would know that the guy behind Luminous Landscapes has actually been blacklisted by Canon for failing to provide rosy reviews of their products.
smozes: Long reach is not important in the real world? It's a specialized camera exactly for this purpose. Comparing it with other fixed lens cameras with a normal range is beside the point.
That's like pointing out that superzooms are not that useful in the real world, so one should consider other cameras. A review of a camera like this should already take into account an interest in superzoom by the reader as a given. If the reviewer doesn't see the point, then maybe someone else would be better.
You seem to be making some rather subjective statements based on your own prejudices while dismissing similar subjectivity from those with different viewpoints.
Every camera offers tradeoffs. Different tradeoffs will appeal to different people in different circumstances. This sounds like two people arguing over whether a minivan or a Porsche is a better car, oblivious to the fact that the answer depends on the vehicle's intended use.
Folks should take a step back and consider that just because a particular product is not ideal for them doesn't mean it's not ideal for someone else.
jonby: I'm struggling to see who would buy this over the Sony or Panasonic. I was thinking maybe the trekker/traveller with an interest in landscape - versatile range in a small weather-sealed camera, where an EVF, wide aperture or fast operation are perhaps not so important. But then, battery life isn't great and I suspect the lens isn't quite as good at the edges as the PanaSonys.
The only other niche I can see is for people wanting to do candids from a distance without looking like they have a 'serious' camera, as the Canon looks more like a point and shoot than the others. But then the slow frame rates and shot to shot times would be a hindrance for this.
It's quite a capable camera overall, but at this price point, those in the know will go with the competition - perhaps it's principle market will be those who don't know any better? I don't know - am I missing something?
"I'm struggling to see who would buy this over the Sony or Panasonic."
Me. Someone who wants a secondary camera that offers powerful telephoto with high image quality in a relatively light and compact body.
The other cameras you mentioned have neither the reach nor the compact design.
steelhead3: Luminous Landscapes sure likes the lenshttps://luminous-landscape.com/canon-g3x-review/
"The problem is the price not the lens."
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM $11,400.
KW Phua: 1. External EVF is ok to keep the size down2. fps still can accept as to be use for travel3. Slow Len is biggest problem for this camera 4. 4k is good to have, not the mush as many do not has 4k display yet5. Price is too high.Give me 400mm with f4, I will give my money.
"Slow Lens is biggest problem for this camera"
Which other cameras offer a 1" sensor combined with a faster 600mm lens (or 600mm at any aperture)? If the G3X offered f2.8 throughout its focal range, it would no doubt be drool-worthy but it would also be so big, heavy, and expensive that few people would buy it.
Francis Carver: http://www.eoshd.com/2015/07/canon-profit-down-16-as-demand-for-cameras-continues-to-fall/
"it isn’t just compact camera sales which have dropped 70% from their peak.... but DSLR sales which are dropping at an alarming rate as well.
Canon continue to place the blame for the shrinking DSLR market in a tricky world economy..."
Seems like Canon is still in constant self-denial, whilst they are about to kick the proverbial $$$€€€ bucket. So long, Canon. Sometimes, it has been quite nice... other times, not so much so.
"the reason for DSLR sales falling is everyone uses their camera phone now and they take really good photos. So, blame Apple and Samsung, really."
No, blame camera makers for letting their guard down and allowing Apple to out-innovate them in photography. Companies like Canon should be aggressively recruiting top talent to help them compete against tech companies in software, not just hardware. Why do I need a clumsy desktop application to create panoramic photos when my iPhone can do it automatically with zero effort?
Incidentally, notice I said Apple. Samsung isn't exactly known for their innovation. They are by their own admission a "fast follower" that specializes in copying competitors' designs and selling copies at a discounted price.
guydr: A lot of whiners here over the VF, and why should you mention it one time if you can mention it 40 times. You're right it is a stupid decision to leave an small VF out (like in SX60) ,but it is not the end of the world because not everybody feels the need to hold the camera at arms lenght. If you're not have intrest in the camera iust for that, move on to the next. Something else here in my country it is 949€ for the camera and 1149€ for camera + EVF. 1149€ is the same price of RX100m4 here. The RX10m2 cost 1599€, so 450€ more is not a bit more expencive, it's huge.I'm gone buy one for the 600mm reach and the water resistant, but the price has to drop.
"Unfortunately for Cannon, the FZ1000 and RX 10, RX 10 II are reasonable alternatives and ripe for comparison."
To each his own, but none of those cameras are the least bit appealing to me. Way too big and heavy. I already have a 5DMII and I'm not looking for anything remotely as big. What I wanted was a G-sized camera with a powerful zoom and a larger sensor to complement my G16.
Received my G3X yesterday and pretty happy with it so far.
orion1983: For ME, it is a good move to come with no EVF. Why? Besause I have glasses and hate it to take them off or to touch the rubber/plastic of the EVF resulting in fatty patches on my glasses. Just my VERY personal view...
What makes you think the only option without an EVF is to hold the camera at arm's length?