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Canon PowerShot G3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1009 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and screen are generally positive. The performance and value for money also get good opinions. Opinions are divided on the memory, and the shutter and low light performance get less positive reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon USA Powershot G3 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: Having greatly admired its predecessor, the PowerShot G2, we had great expectations for the 4-megapixel PowerShot G3--and in most respects it didn't disappoint us. It takes great shots in nearly all settings, though the 5-megapixel Olympus...

The G3's photo-stitching mode (found on several Canon models)helps you line up several vertical or horizontal shots so you can later combinethem, using included software, into one very tall or very wideimage

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Canon PowerShot G3


This model represents a modest incremental improvement on an excellent predecessor, the PowerShot G2.

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Canon PowerShot G3 Digital Camera (Canon-8120A001)


The PowerShot G3 rates as a minor update of the very good G2, but other cameras have seen more significant improvements. We like the G3's picture quality and sophisticated features, but it still has room to get better.


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Canon's Feature-Filled PowerShot G3


New model takes some of the best pictures of any digital camera.

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Canon PowerShot G3


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...

Excellent resolution, one of the best performances of a four megapixel ; Good metering, good tonal balance which maintains shadow detail ; Good natural light white balance, strong and balanced colours ; Control over cameras internal processing...

Some chromatic aberrations at or around maximum aperture ; Noise at ISO 100 worse than the competition ; Shallow angle jaggies' visible on resolution chart, although not yet seen in 'every day' shots ; Viewfinder partially obstructed by lens barrel ;...

The PowerShot G2 has been hugely popular, it graced the number one position in our 'clicks table' for many months. Not surprising because it offered the best combination of image quality, manual flexibility, features and included kit (good battery...

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Canon PowerShot G3


The PowerShot G3 is an updated version of Canon's extremely popular, four-megapixel Powershot G2 camera. Improvements in the new Powershot G3 begin with its exterior. It has a larger handgrip and the control layout was re-designed for easier access to key

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Canon PowerShot G3 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Canon U.S.A. has long been a dominant player in the film and digital camera markets, well-known for their high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive product development. Over the last few years, they've developed a powerful lineup of...

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Canon PowerShot G3


After a bit of a delay, I finally got a production model PowerShot G3! Judging by all the e-mails asking me what was taking so long, I can tell that there is a whole lot of interest in this camera

Excellent photo quality in most situations ; Amazing expandability in terms of lenses, flashes ; Super fast performance ; 4X zoom a nice change from the usual 3X zooms ; Impressive movie, playback modes ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Tons of manual...

Redeye worse than expected (even with repeated tests) ; Strange chromatic aberrations (rare, but annoying) ; Images not as sharp as the very best 4/5 Megapixel cameras ; Diopter correction knob difficult to operate ; Lens blocks view from optical...

So I hope this helped somewhat in your decision making!

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Canon G3 Review


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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot G3 (kalevala25666, 25 Nov 07)


Used this G3 for more than 4 years now. In first used it just like a P&S camera, but nowadays more like a DSLR because of its possibilities, even totally manual operation is possible and indeed use it sometimes. Combined with a decent Metz-flash, a...

Of course, related to camera's of these days, the G3 is really slow but if forces me to think about composition, almost Leica M-like

Product Specifications

It's all up to you with the PowerShot G3. With its 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor providing amazing resolution images, which stay sharp even when printing up to A3, this digital camera is destined to capture your imagination as well as super sharp images. The secret behind the PowerShot G3 isn't just one innovative feature. It's the intuitive way all of its advanced technology works together to make tricky shots look simple. The PowerShot G3 lens is in a league of its own. It is a super-quick, high-resolution 4x optical zoom lens (f2.0 - 3.0) with a focal length of 7.2 to 28.8mm (35 - 140mm equivalent in 35mm format). This gives you a larger zoom range and a faster aperture, especially useful in low light conditions. This camera also features Canon's new, high-performance DIGIC (DIGital Imaging Core) processor for superb color reproduction, fast operation and long battery life. Combine this with the iSAPS (intelligent Scene Analysis based on PhotoSpace) technology, which allows faster auto-focusing, accurate auto-exposure and precise auto white balancing you can be sure you'll achieve faithful image reproduction. The PowerShot G3 contains a full set of scene-based and creative shooting modes, as well as a custom mode where you can set and store parameters to suit your photographic style. What's more, the PowerShot G3 has separate shutter and aperture functions, offering you extensive manual control in a digital camera. Open shutter, closed aperture, less light for longer - whichever you choose, your options are wide open. You'll also find FlexiZone AF/AE and Focus bracketing, to ensure you can achieve perfect focus and exposure. Ergonomic and comfortable in the hand, the camera has a maneuverable LCD screen, while a jog dial combined with the Function button makes it simple to navigate through the creative options.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-3.0
Max Focal Length:28.8mm
Min Focal Length:7.2mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical