Canon PowerShot G3 Review
The original three megapixel PowerShot G1 was announced at Photokina 2000 (September 2000), just less than a year later (August 2001) they announced the four megapixel PowerShot G2 with a fairly significant range of improvements. A year after that at Photokina 2002 Canon announced the new four megapixel PowerShot G3, with a sleek new body design, new control layout and image processor and four times optical zoom lens.
Canon PowerShot G3 vs. PowerShot G2 (differences only)
Canon PowerShot G3
Canon PowerShot G2
|JPEG format||EXIF 2.2||EXIF 1.1|
|Lens||4x optical, 35 - 140 mm equiv.||3x optical, 34 - 102 mm equiv.|
|Lens max aperture||F2.0 - F3.0||F2.0 - F2.5|
|Lens thread||58 mm with bayonet fitting adapter||58 mm with screw fitting adapter|
|Auto focus|| Center area AF
FlexiZone AF/AE (300+ areas)
|3 area selectable|
|ND Filter||Internal, menu option||None|
|Custom exposure modes||Two (similar to user memory)||None|
|Shutter speed||15 - 1/2000 sec **||15 - 1/1000 sec **|
|Manual WB||Two presets||One preset|
|Orientation sensor||Yes, with auto rotate||No|
|Manual flash power||Yes, 3 steps internal, 16 external||No|
|Flash sync select||Yes, 1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain||No|
|Photo Effects||Available in all modes||Dedicated exposure mode|
|Time-lapse photography||Yes, Intervalometer||No|
|Continuous shooting||1.5 / 2.5 fps, up to 14 images||1.5 / 2.5 fps up to 9 / 5 images|
|Movie clips (320 x 240)||Up to 3 minutes *||Up to 30 seconds|
|Self timer||2 or 10 sec||10 sec|
|Playback zoom||10x (10 steps)||6x (2 steps)|
|Movie editing||Yes, trimming||No|
|Play / record||Shooting priority||Switched play mode|
|Settings adjustment||Control dial on hand grip||4-way controller|
|My Camera menu||Yes||No|
|Weight (inc batt.)||481 g (17.0 oz)||510 g (18.0 oz)|
|Dimensions||121 x 74 x 70 mm
(4.8 x 2.9 x 2.8 in)
|121 x 77 x 64 mm
(4.8 x 3.0 x 2.5 in)
* Requires high speed CF card
** At certain apertures (G3 considerably better than G2 in this respect)
The PowerShot G3 also includes some new technologies Canon were keen to stress at the time of announcement:
- DiGiC processor - a new processor which is responsible for
CCD control, AE/AF/AWB, signal processing, JPEG compression, memory
card control, LCD monitor display).
- Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space (iSAPS)
- Camera uses variables such as focus distance, exposure brightness
and cross references these against a large internal database of known
scene types and uses this information to optimize image processing.
- Flexible AF point selection - You can now select from any one of more than 300 positions around the image frame.
|Air to Air Refueling-9102 by vbuhay|
from Vehicle Refueling
|On the Catwalk by Lee8282|
|Yosemite Falls Midnight Reflection by Jonathan Shapiro|
from -Mirror in the Night Water- (Landscape in Full Colours Only)
We sat down recently with top Canon engineers to talk about the EOS R, and the delicate balancing act of experimenting with a new platform and the risk of alienating existing users.
Sony has updated its image sensor spec page and as expected, a few of the chips they make bear an uncanny resemblance to sensors found inside Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras.
This week Chris and Jordan are joined by renowned macro photographer Don Komarechka, who demonstrates a few simple techniques that can improve your macro photos in a big way.
The group that provides Canon users with programs to expand the feature set of their cameras has begun cracking the new EOS R mirrorless firmware.
The Pixel 3 represents another step forward in computational photography for Google's smartphone. We're just getting started with our testing – for now take a look at some sample images, including 'computational Raw' files available for download.
Lens Rentals Founder, Roger Cicala, has given the Canon EOS R one of his signature camera teardowns.
Nikon says firmware version 1.03 "Fixes an issue that in rare circumstances would delay the shutter release or the start of the autofocus operation."
The Kickstarter campaign for Yashica’s digiFilm Y35 camera has produced a wave of complaints about delays in shipping product as well as cameras that don’t work.
Pixelmator today released Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver, a major update to its image editing app for Mac.
Although Raw performance of the EOS R is very similar to the 5D Mark IV, Canon's done some tweaking on the JPEGs - take a look at our studio scene to see for yourself.
If you've backed one of the company's crowdfunding projects, the reward will not arrive and you won't get your money back either as Meyer Optik Görlitz's parent company, Net SE, is completely dead.
The importance of APS-C, a future a7S model in development and why customers want two card slots – read our full interview with Sony's Kenji Tanaka.
Google's Super Res Zoom technology uses pixel-shifting methods to achieve zoom results comparable to some optical solutions. Google has published an in-depth explanation on its AI blog.
CyberLink has release the latest version of its photo editing and design program PhotoDirector.
Toy manufacturer Tomy has launched a no-battery-required smartphone printer that is remarkably like the one Holga has been promoting via a Kickstarter campaign but which is already available for $40/£39.
A handful of Sony users have noticed a particular model of SanDisk SD cards is showing errors when used with Sony a7 III camera.
The Fujifilm X-T3's 4K video more than lives up to its impressive specification, making it one of the most capable video cameras we've ever tested.
VSCO has made it easier to find the right presets for your photos with a few interface changes to its smartphone app.
TinyMOS is back with NANO1, an all-new astrophotography camera that's one-third the size of the TINY1 it announced three years ago.
Huawei's latest flagship device comes with the widest range of focal lengths of all current smartphones.
After shaking up the Lightroom ecosystem with Lightroom CC last year, Adobe has released version 2.0 of the cloud-centric photo organizer and editor. We look at new features like People View, how far Lightroom CC has come in its first year, and where Lightroom is headed.
Today, at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe previewed Photoshop CC on iPad, a full-featured, desktop-class version of Photoshop for iOS.
The weather and has most definitely taken a turn toward fall here, and our shooting opportunities have followed suit. We brought the Canon RF 35mm F1.8 along to a harvest festival of sorts and a few of our usual haunts.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1346 into effect, which imposes a fine upwards of $300 to drone operators who invade the privacy or harm the physical wellbeing of citizens.
Sigma is a company in flux, but CEO Kazuto Yamaki is undaunted by the upcoming prospect of developing lenses for eight lens mounts. The challenge will be keeping the company's identity along the way.
If you've been meaning to convert all of your old photos, video, and audio to digital formats, but simply lack the time or willpower to get through it all, a new service from Kodak will help you get the job done.
Almost all new cameras include impressive video features, but for the best results you'll often need an off-camera recorder. Chris and Jordan take a look at the brand new Ninja V from Atomos, and explain why it might just be one of the most useful tools you can add to your camera.
Collect allows you to transform 360-degree into a more easily digestible format by transforming it into directed traditional videos.
Sick of using your plain ol' keyboard to edit your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop? TourBox is hoping to expedite your post-production workflow using a clever combination of dials, buttons, and knobs.