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Canon PowerShot G5 / G3


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Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

With a few strokes of a pencil, the Canon PowerShot G3 designer has catapulted Canon back to the forefront of good camera design. The Canon PowerShot G3 is a camera to get excited about. Though it is basically the same size and shape as the G2, its redesign makes it one of the few rare cameras with personality that has a refreshing originality all its own. Bravo, Canon, for daring to be bold!

The Canon PowerShot G3 looks to become an all-time favorite, just like the G2 was. It stills retains a resolution of 4 megapixels, and the shutter speed range is 15 - 1/2,000 sec. It's optical zoom is now higher at 4x with a 35mm equivalent of 35-140mm. The G3 can also be connected to a PC and controlled by software (included) on the PC.

With this new design, Canon has ushered in a new era of good design that other camera manufacturers will be trying hard to emulate. This bodes well for all of us tired of living with poor cookie-cutter camera designs. We award the G3 our OriGenial™ Seal of Approval for excellence in camera design and richness of features.

The Canon G3 is targeted to advanced amateur photographers who desire total control over the features of their cameras and know how to get the most them. (What this means is that if you are basically a point-and-shoot beginner, the G3 might require you to fiddle with more settings than you would want to.)

The Canon PowerShot G5 updates the G3 with a 5MP image sensor.

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Canon PowerShot G5 / G3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon PowerShot G3 Home PageG3 Home Page
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  Image Sensor G5: 5.0 effective megapixels
G3: 4.0 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 7.2-28.8mm (35-140mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.0  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus
Center AF Point or FlexiZone AF: user can move AF point freely around most of picture area
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Low-light focus-assist illuminator
  Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2,000 sec. (1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-Priority mode or Manual mode; Slow shutter of 1.3 sec. and more operates with noise reduction.)  
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE or Manual; AE lock is available; Built-in ND filter  
  Shooting Modes Auto; Creative Zone; Image Zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Photo Effect (Black & White, Sepia, Neutral Color, Vivid Color), Stitch Assist and Movie (3 min. of QuickTime AVI 320x240); Continuous 2.5fps high-speed, 1.5 fps standard (Large / Fine mode with LCD viewfinder off)  
  Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (Center or AF Point)  
  White Balance TTL Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent , Fluorescent H or Flash) or Custom (Custom1 / Custom2)  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom; 83% coverage; Dioptric adjustment  
  LCD 1.8 in. LCD (G5:118K / G3:114K pixels); G5: 100% / G3: 97% coverage  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or II (incl. IBM 1GB Microdrive)  
  Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery  
  Included Accessories
32MB CF Card with case
Li-Ion Battery; Power Adapter
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Wireless Remote Controller
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROMs (Adobe Photoshop LE)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 121.0 x 73.9 x 69.9 mm /
4.76 x 2.91 x 2.75 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 410g / 14.5 oz.  
  MSRP G5: $799 / G3: $649  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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