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Canon PowerShot G3 X
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
FUJIFILM X-S1
Canon PowerShot G3 X
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
FUJIFILM X-S1 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Jul 2014
Jan 2012
Optical Zoom
25.0 x
16.0 x
26.0 x
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
13.23 mm
11.0 mm
Max. ISO Speed
12800.0
12800.0
12800.0
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Light Field Camera, SLR-like (bridge)
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.

  • The new Canon PowerShot G3 X is a solid super-zoom camera for enthusiast photographers, offering a wealth of options for shooting both stills and video, excellent image quality, speedy auto-focusing, intuitive and configurable handling, and solid construction. Unfortunately, it's rather ham-strung by the strange omission of a built-in viewfinder - trying to hold the Canon PowerShot G3 X at arm's length whilst using the full extent of the 25x zoom lens results in too many misses due to camerashake.

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    The Canon PowerShot G3 X certainly has some of the same drawbacks that you find with other fixed lens, large zoom cameras, but its extremely good image quality more than makes up for those issues. Add in a tiltable, high-resolution, touch screen LCD, a 25x optical zoom lens, a good mix of manual control and auto shooting modes, and great battery life, and the G3 X is a really good camera.


  • The G3 X delivers SLR-like zoom capabilities in a compact package thanks to its excellent lens and image stabilisation, only falling down when faced with fast-moving subjects. It's not a beautiful camera, but it's well built and easy to handle.


  • - Body materials feel a little plasticky compared to the Sony RX10.
    - Connector compartment door is fiddly to open and close.
    - Smartphone app used with built-in WiFi is a bit clunky and unituitive.
    - Plenty of dedicated, customizable controls keep you out of the menu system.
    - Bright, versatile 25-400mm eq. f/2.8-4 lens with very good optical performance is incredibly fun to shoot with.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a formidable still and video camera thanks to a big 1-inch sensor and 4K recording capability.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a premium bridge camera for a premium price. And yet, for anyone who requires 4K-video shooting without the need to change lenses, the FZ1000 is a so far unique product within its bridge camera class. But it’s not just about video; as that one-inch sensor and broad focal range equivalent to 24-400mm in 35mm film terms further attests: as it stands Panasonic’s latest bridge camera is arguably its most ‘future proofed’ yet.


  • The Fujifilm X-S1 is as big and as expensive as an SLR, but packs an amazing 26x zoom lens and excels at low-light shooting.

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    Superzooms are treated like overpowered point-and-shoots, the happy medium between pocket cameras and DSLRs in terms of price and target audience. But they don't make everybody happy. There are photo enthusiasts (not many, to be honest) who own a nice DSLR but would fork over the cash for a high-quality, all-in-one camera if they had the choice, rather than compromising for a glorified point-and-shoot with a big lens. Fujifilm thinks these folks are mostly nature photographers.


  • With the new X-S1, Fujifilm have produced the ultimate super-zoom bridge compact camera, with a long list of desirable features, intuitive user interface and excellent image quality. The only real drawback is the price-tag, which puts the X-S1 up against mid-range DSLRs and high-end compact system cameras as well as its main superzoom rivals.


Top 5 ultra zoom camera for low light:

  1. Canon PowerShot G3 X
  2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
  3. FUJIFILM X-S1 Light Field Camera