by Anura Guruge
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When I got an e-mail from Canon on June 19, 2015 informing me of the Canon PowerShot G3X I knew I was going to be facing quite a dilemma. I had more or less convinced myself that I was going to get the new Sony RX10 II. Then the Canon which uses the same OEMed 1″ CMOS 20.2MP sensor from Sony.
My birthday is in September and it had been long assumed by Deanna and Devanee (who already in her mind owns my Canon T3i) that I would treat myself to new camera. I got the refurbished Canon T3i, from Canon, for a bargain $330, for my birthday last year after I was disenchanted with a refurbished Nikon L820 I had treated myself with. The Canon T3i, at that price, was a ‘trial’, to let me get back into the swing of things after nearly 3 decades of not paying much attention to cameras.
I am still drawn to the Sony RX10 II. If nothing else it looks beautiful, what a “$1,000” camera should look like. I do not like the shape of the Canon G3x and I really dislike the external, addon — very ugly — Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), the EVF-DC1. But it has the 600mm equivalent 25x OPTICAL ZOOM. That really appeals to me.
Given that I wanted ‘superzoom’ I then looked at the Nikon P900 with its obscene 2,000mm equivalent 83x Optical Zoom. I would buy the Nikon in a heartbeat IF it had a 1″ CMOS sensor. It does NOT. I do not care what anybody says, and Deanna swears by the picture quality of her Olympus SZ-16 with an EVEN SMALLER sensor. But, I, given that I do have a degree in computer technology, know that you can’t beat the laws of physics. Sensor size will come around to bite you at some point. To me 1″ has to be the bare essential.
So here is my comparison.
Click to ENLARGE and study. Check sensor size.
I even downloaded the user guide.
From what I see Canon no longer includes a user guide in the box!
That is a bit naughty.
Click to ENLARGE and study.
I liked this review. I read it twice to help me make up my mind.
Click to access the review.
I am going to wait a few more weeks BEFORE I buy a camera. I am right now 80% sure it will be the Canon PowerShot G3X because of its 1″ sensor and 25X zoom. But I am going to do some serious research into the digital zoom on the Sony. Yes, digital zoom is not the same as optical. BUT if the image quality is superior in the 200mm range, and the Sony has a MUCH FASTER f/2.8 lens, I might still go with the Sony. What a dilema.