Canon PowerShot G3 X vs Sony DSC-RX100M3

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Canon PowerShot G3 X
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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
0.099999999999998MP higher megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a megapixel of 20.2MP, but the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is only a 20.1MP digital camera (0.099999999999998MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has an image stabilizer, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100M3 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

22.1x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has an optical zoom of 25x, but the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is only a 2.9x optical zoom digital camera (22.1x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

2.8 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Canon PowerShot G3 X is 5.6 maximum aperture, but the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture digital camera (2.8 bigger).
88% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600mm. That's 527mm longer than the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (73mm).
1mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm longer).
A little larger display diagonal Edit
Canon PowerShot G3 X is 3.2" screen, but the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is only a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

PictBridge Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X supports pictBridge, but the Sony DSC-RX100M3 does not support pictBridge.
$55 cheaper
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is $54.99 cheaper than the Sony DSC-RX100M3.
Available from 26 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 4467 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ranks No. 18332.
4 Reasons For
64% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is an 11x digital zoom digital camera. That's 7x bigger than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (11x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Hugely smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-RX100M3 is 1.8 minimum aperture, but the Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (1 larger).
Two times lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 has a weight of 263g, whereas the Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 690g digital camera (427g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Marginally better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is 94%, but the average rating of the Canon PowerShot G3 X is 90% (based on 30 reviews).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
2x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is an 11x digital zoom digital camera (7x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 1 larger than the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (1.8).
62% heavier Edit
The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 690g digital camera. That's 427g heavier than the Sony DSC-RX100M3 (263g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Moderately Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Canon PowerShot G3 X is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony DSC-RX100M3 is 94% (based on 90 reviews).
12 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 0.099999999999998MP lower than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (20.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 does not have an image stabilizer, whereas the Canon PowerShot G3 X has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

22.1x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is a 2.9x optical zoom digital camera. That's 22.1x smaller than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (2.9x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 has a maximum aperture number of 2.8. That's 2.8 bigger than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (2.8).
Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is a 73mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot G3 X is a 600mm maximum focal length digital camera (527mm longer).
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony DSC-RX100M3 is 25mm minimum focal length. That's 1mm longer than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (25mm).
7% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.2" smaller than the Canon PowerShot G3 X (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 does not support pictBridge, but the Canon PowerShot G3 X supports pictBridge.
More expensive by $55
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is $54.99 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot G3 X.
Not as many stockists
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is only stocked by 3 sellers, however the Canon PowerShot G3 X is stocked by 29 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by over one year
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is 13 months older than the Canon PowerShot G3 X.
Less popular
The Sony DSC-RX100M3 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 18332 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Canon PowerShot G3 X ranks No. 4467.

Awards

8 Awards
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
dkamera.de: Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
focus-numerique.fr: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
20.2MP
BEST
20.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 4320 x 2880
 4320 x 2432
 2304 x 1536
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 720 x 480
 640 x 480
 480 x 480
 12416 x 1856
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3888 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 3872 x 2160
 3648 x 2056
 2592 x 1944
 2736 x 1824
 1920 x 1920
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 4320 x 2880
 4320 x 2432
 2304 x 1536
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 720 x 480
 640 x 480
 480 x 480
 12416 x 1856
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3888 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 3872 x 2160
 3648 x 2056
 2592 x 1944
 2736 x 1824
 1920 x 1920
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13.2 x 8.8
Total Megapixels
20.9MP 20.9MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1
BEST

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
25x
BEST
2.9x
Digital Zoom
4x 11x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
5.6
BEST
2.8
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8 1.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
600mm
BEST
73mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm
BEST
25mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
8.8 - 220 8.8 - 25.7
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 10/9
Combined Zoom
100x Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
Unknown - Click to provide data 9
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 7

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 continuous
 servo
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 continuous
 servo
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Sensitivity
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 25
 2500
 12800
 8000
 10000
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 25
 2500
 12800
 8000
 10000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 125
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Range (tele)
0.85 - 3.1 0.4 - 6.5
Flash Recharging Time
10s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (wide)
0.6 - 6.8 0.4 - 10.2
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
59.94fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
BEST
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,228,800 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39"
Magnification
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.59x
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
20,30 2,10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Camera File System
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Pet
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Pet

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
690g 263g
BEST
Height
76.5mm 58.1mm
Depth
105.3mm 38.3mm
Width
123.3mm 101.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
733g 290g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 320 shots
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 Micro-USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,440,000 pixels
Speakers
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Speakers
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