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Canon PowerShot G3 4MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
- 4.0 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 8 x 10 and beyond
- 4x optical plus 3.6x digital(for 14x total) zoom lens with autofocus
- Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds 54 images at Large/Normal resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
- Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
- Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)
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|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|Effective Still Resolution||4 MP|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 4.8 x 2.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle)/ 15cm (0.5 ft.)|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Limited|
|Maximum Focal Length||140 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||0.0005 seconds|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,272 Pixels|
|Minimum Focal Length||34 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||4 MP|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Resolution modes||Super Fine,|
|Shipping Weight||4.75 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium Ion Rechargeable|
Optics and Resolution
The PowerShot G3 owes its brilliantly detailed images to a high-resolution, 4-megapixel CCD that delivers a postcard-size image with no visible pixilation. On-chip primary color filters provide vivid and realistic color without the noisiness associated with other primary-color filters. The G3 can capture images at resolutions of 2,272 x 1,704; 1,600 x 1,200; 1,024 x 768; and 640 x 480. This range allows for prints up to 11 by 14 inches, as well as easy-to-upload images for the Web and e-mail.
The G3's lens features a 4x optical zoom, the first on a PowerShot camera, which moves from wide-angle to extreme telephoto with the touch of a finger. The lens aperture is a large and bright f2.0-f3.0, so you can shoot in low light without flash. The G3 also features a 3.6x digital zoom that when combined with the 4x optical gives you a total zoom of 14x.
Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Type I or II CompactFlash memory cards. The included 32 MB card will store approximately 27 images at 2,272 x 1,704 pixels (at large/fine settings). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.
In addition to taking still photos, the PowerShot G3 can also record movie clips of up to 3 minutes. You can choose from either 160 x 120 or 320 x 240 pixel video formats.
The G3's electronic dial, with its independent mode dial and lever, replaces the functions of the previous two-stage main dial and mode dial. The control layout is functional and simple to use. The display panel at the top of the large, 1.8-inch LCD monitor has been redesigned for a clear layout of icons, and larger fonts make the menus easy to read.
Exposure metering is selectable among evaluative, center-weighted average, or spot. AE lock and FE lock let you store ideal auto and flash exposures until you're ready to shoot, while the exposure compensation enables you to adjust the exposure up or down as much as two full stops.
You can add power to the PowerShot G3 by adding optional components, from Canon's EX series Speedlight external flashes (which connect easily to the G3's hot shoe) to a variety of converters and conversion lenses.
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a proprietary Canon rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included), and measures 4.8 by 3.0 by 2.5 inches and 14.5 ounces. This package includes the PowerShot G3 digital camera, a 32 MB CompactFlash card, a lithium battery (model BP-511), a compact power adapter (model CA-560), a wireless controller, USB and AV cables, neck strap, and a CD-ROM with Photoshop LE imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.
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Top Customer Reviews
Not only was I was shopping for a camera that would suit MY casual and artistic photographic needs, I had to keep in mind that my fiance wanted to use this camera as well. Her main focus was having a camera that is easy to understand and use.
The Nikon's are great cameras. + They have great optics (CP5700 has great optical zoom)and features, not to mention take great pictures. - The drawbacks were that they were not user friendly for the casual photographer, the LCD screen is a little too small, CP5000 does not take photos in RAW format.
Olympus C5050 is a very solid camera with a metal body. + Takes sharp 5mp photo's, has great features and relatively easy to use. - I didn't care much for the tilting LCD screen, it seemed very limited and not very usefull. Photos had some artifacts and noise. My fiance just didn't like the way it felt in her hands.
We also looked at the Fuji FPs602. Nice Camera but doesn't take as sharp as pictures I thought they would, and again... fiance didn't like the feel.
The Canon G3... 4mp, 4X optical zoom, takes absolutely beautiful photos with detail that challenges all of the above 5mp cameras, easy to understand and use (has a great swivel LCD screen), a LOT of features and add-on options, comes with great software (not to be overlooked), and last but by far not least, received my fiance's stamp of approval (two thumbs up!)
A LOT of research went into digital camera's before I made this purchase, and hands down, the G3 had everything I needed plus more. The other cameras were great and I'm sure many people will beg to differ from my observations, but to each his/her own. I have no buyers remorse with this baby, and I never will.
Always remember, cameras don't take great pictures, people do!
The Canon allows you to change lenses, and it accepts the IBM Microdrive (Type II Compact Flash), so you can have up to 1 Gigabyte of storage. For me on the Fine resolution setting (not maximum but very close) this adds up to over 1000 images with the 1 Gig card. The battery life of this camera is twice that of the Nikon 5000 and is better than anything else I've seen.
The only minor nits I have with the camera are it is fairly boxy looking, it needs a wrist strap instead of a neck strap, and it is a bit slow between shots. Even with these shortcomings, I still think it is the best digital camera available under $1200.
In general it is easy to use and well laid out. For ``cool factor'' buffs it looks and feels like a small plastic brick brick and doesn't have any wow factor. It makes up for this by being extremely easy to use with well laid out controls that can be learned quickly.
The G3 has most if not all of the features that you would want from a semi-pro/pro SLR with a good range of manual options for those who know something about photography. In the hands of someone who doesn't, it will yield good results on idiot program/auto mode. My wife, who has never used a camera before, picked it up and soon got the hang of the fact that if you don't like what you have created you just delete and try again. The photos she took are better than the results I got from my Nikon SLR and range of lenses! This is a big plus for those who a shifting to digital and the G3's large mobile screen helps with this.
The included memory card is too small. Go out and get a 256meg card, it's worth the expense.
It is made of plastic. For those who are used to brass cameras that can be dropped, picking up a camera like the G3 is an unnerving experience. This is by no means unique to this model, I'm sure. The zoom lens unit feels fragile and it is worth buying a good camera bag if you are going put to carry it round a lot.
This is not a handbag camera. While light, it will not easily go in small handbags or pockets.
The function lever - the one which switches between capture and view mode feels fragile.
Flash - as with all built-in flashes in small cameras, you get overilluminated main subjects with depth being lost.Read more ›
The two limitations I knew I would have to deal with are the very long lag time before it focus-locks (even in bright light), and the unsatisfactory light quality of the built-in flash. As of this writing, technology has not solved the focus-lock lag time problem for point-and-shoot digicams and anyone who is satisfied with it simply has never used a modern film SLR. At least once you've got focus lock, the shutter release lag time for the G3 is about 1/10 of a second, which from what I've read, is better than just about anything else available. What makes the focus-lock lag time something I can live with is the extreme depth of field obtainable with these point and shoot digicams at f8. Once I get focus lock, I can then wait until my restless subject (a pet or a child) strikes an amusing pose and then fire the shutter with some reasonable probability of getting my subject still in focus.
Now what about the flash problem? Relative to what I can easily achieve with external flash on my Nikon SLR, the internal flash on the G3 produces harsh, flat images with ugly hot spots.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent service from vendor. This is a good, basic digital camera with lots of exposure/control options. Used camera in excellent condition, as described. Thank you.Published on September 14, 2013 by Richard V. West
About two years ago, I bought this decade-old camera as a replacement for a lost G5. At the price I got it, about $70 at the time, it was a great value with an excellent, fast lens... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Paul M. Ruffins
I am delighted with the the Canon PowerShot G3. I love the G1 and this is very nearly the same. The major difference for me is with the CCD Color Filter Array which is GRGB in the... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by R. WHITBY
Received camera quickly with the case, power cords, usb cord and TWO extra memory cards and also batteries. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by artemis502
I purchased this camera in an upgrade to my G1. Main differences are more megapixels, a longer zoom, and longer movie clips. Love both cameras. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by D. Stewart
I love my Canon PowerShot G3. Since being purchased new in early 2003 I have used it to take literally hundreds of thousands of photographs. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by SkyPie
Excellent camera. Used in an orthodontic office to take intraoral dental photos as well as facial photos. Easy to use. Good quality images.Published on February 10, 2010 by Pa Remmes
When I bought this camera 3 years ago, it was the advanced "point-n-shoot" I had been waiting for. While it's outdated now, it's successors (the most recent is the just-launched... Read morePublished on November 20, 2006 by skojo