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PowerShot G3

PowerShot G3

PowerShot G3

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Marketed November 2002

The Canon PowerShot G3 succeeds to the PowerShot G2 released in October 2001 and The PowerShot G3 developed as the flagship model in the PowerShot range. In addition to a high-resolution 1/1.8″ 4-megapixel CCD sensor, the PowerShot G3 combines an increased optical magnification of 4x (equivalent to 35-140 mm in 35 mm format) with a bright f/2.0-3.0 lens, for enhanced imaging performance.

Catering to the needs of advanced amateurs and semi-professionals alike, the PowerShot G3 features an extensive range of high-end photo features. Newly added features include: Active Frame Control, which enables the AF/AE frame to be shifted within the viewfinder to the desired position without having to reposition the shot; Second-Curtain Flash Sync, which fires the flash at the end of the exposure, allowing streaks of light to flow naturally behind the movement of the subject when shooting in Slow Synchro Mode; and an internal ND (neutral density) filter, which decreases the amount of light passing through the lens to enable the use of slower shutter speeds, or wider apertures, in bright conditions to achieve background blur and slow-sync effects.

Moreover, the PowerShot G3 newly features two Custom Modes on its easy-to-use mode dial, enabling users to freely program their favorite settings for instant access when needed, as well as an electronic dial to adjust aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation, located conveniently on the top of the handgrip.

Camera effective pixels Approx. 4 million
Image sensor 1/1.8″ CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 4.1 million)
Lens 7.2 (W) – 28.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
F 2.0 (W) – 3.0 (T)
Digital zoom Up to approx. 3.6 X (Up to approximately 14 times in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
Field of view approx. 83%
Dioptric adjustment -3 to +1m -1 (dpt equivalent)
LCD monitor 1.8″, TFT color
LCD/Field of view 100%
Autofocus method TTL autofocus (continuous or single)
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing point 1 focusing point (Any position is available)
Shooting distance
(from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal AF : 50 cm (1.6 ft.) – infinity
Macro AF : 5 cm (W) / 15 cm (T) – 50 cm
(0.16 ft. (W) / 0.49 ft. (T) – 1.6 ft.)
Manual focus : 5 cm (W) / 15 cm (T) -infinity
(0.16 ft. (W) / 0.49 ft. (T) -infinity)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter speeds 15 – 1 / 2000 sec.
1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-Priority mode or Manual mode
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or more operates with noise reduction
Light metering system Evaluative, Center-Weighted Averaging or Spot (Center or AF Point)
Exposure control method Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control
AE lock is available
Exposure compensation ± 2.0 stops (in 1/3-stop increments)
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available
(equivalent film speed)
Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200 and ISO 400 equivalent
White balance TTL auto white balance, pre-set white balance (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Flash) or Custom white balance (Custom1/ Custom2)
Built-in flash Auto, On, Off
Red-eye reduction On: Red-eye reduction auto / Red-eye reduction On / Off
Red-eye reduction Off: On / Off
Flash range 70 cm – 5.0 m (2.3 – 16.5 ft.) (W), 70 cm – 4.0 m (2.3 – 13.1 ft.) (T)
(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)
Terminals for external flash Sync-terminals at accessory shoe
Use of following external flashes is recommended:
Canon Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Flash exposure compensation ±2.0 stops (in 1/3-stop increments), FE lock, Slow-sync and 1st-curtain / 2nd curtain flash are available
Shooting modes Auto
Creative zone: Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom1 and Custom2
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Stitch Assist and Movie
Continuous shooting High-Speed continuous shooting : Approx. 2.5 image/sec.
Standard continuous shooting : Approx. 1.5 image/sec.
(Large / Fine mode with LCD viewfinder off)
Self-timer Activates shutter after a 2-sec. / 10-sec. delay
Wireless control Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is included in the camera kit)
When shooting, image is captured ontime / 2-sec. / 10-sec. after shutter button pressed
PC-connected shooting Available
(Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit)
Recording media CompactFlash™ (CF) card (Type I and Type II)
File format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF-compliant
Image recording format Still images : Exif 2.2 (JPEG) or RAW
Movies : AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE [monaural])
JPEG compression mode Super fine, Fine or Normal
Number of recording pixels Still Images: Large : 2272 x 1704 pixels
Medium1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium2: 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies : 320 x 240 pixels (approx. 3 min.)*
160 x 120 pixels (approx. 3 min.)*
Approx. 15 frames/second.

* The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.

Replay modes Single (Histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor), Sound annotations (up to 60 sec.), Slide Show or Image output to direct Printer (CP-100 / CP-10 and Bubble Jet Printer with the direct print function)
My Camera Settings (customizing) The Start-up Image, Start-up Sound, Shutter Sound, Operation Sound and Selftimer Sound can be customized using the following methods.
  1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
  2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B) (Normal or PTP selectable), Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
  1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511) (included in the camera kit/optional)
  2. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-512) (optional)
  3. Compact Power Adapter (CA-560) (included in the camera kit)
  4. Car battery adapter (Optional Charge Adapter/Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 is required)
Operating temperatures 0 – 40°C (32 – 104°F)
Operating humidity 10 – 90 %
(w x h x d)
121.0 x 73.9 x 69.9 mm (4.8 x 3.0 x 2.8 in.) excluding protrusions
Weight Approx. 410 g (14.5 oz.) (camera body only)