Canon G3 X PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Canon PowerShot G3 X? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Canon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the G3X offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Canon PowerShot G3 X below.
In any case, the G3X is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This fixed lens compact camera was announced on June 18th, 2015, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3094 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the G3X from Canon.
Canon's user guide for the G3X
The camera's user guide is 219 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the G3X is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Canon PowerShot G3 X manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Canon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Canon G3 X manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Canon PowerShot G3 X
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your G3X by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Canon G3 X is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Canon G3 X FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the G3X.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the Canon G3 X based on?
The camera has a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used in the Canon G3 X to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Canon equipped the G3X with the DIGIC 6 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Canon G3 X?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800.
Can the Canon G3 X be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Canon provides the EVF-DC1 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
Does the Canon G3 X have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the G3X is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Canon G3 X?
The G3X offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Canon G3 X feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
Does the Canon G3 X support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Canon PowerShot G3 X.
|Camera Model||Canon G3 X|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||24-600mm f/2.8-5.6|
|Launch Date||June 2015|
|Launch Price||USD 999|
|Sensor Format||1" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||15.9 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||20 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 472 x 3 648 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||2.41 μm|
|Pixel Density||17.18 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||125 - 12 800 ISO|
|ISO Boost||125 - 25 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 6|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||63|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||21.4|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.3|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||521|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.2 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1620k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||Front-flip possible|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.9 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Headphone Socket||Headphone port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Near-Field Communication||NFC built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||NB-10L power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||300 shots per charge|
123 x 77 x 105 mm
(4.8 x 3.0 x 4.1 in)
|Camera Weight||733 g (25.9 oz)|
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