• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 84.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon EOS M3 advantages over Canon G9X Mark II

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.72 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,169 vs 522 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 31 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G9X Mark II advantages over Canon EOS M3

  • Less expensive
    $399* vs $549
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 44 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    16 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    206g vs 366g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.1 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • DSLR image quality & resolution in a mirrorless body; Higher-res 24MP APS-C sensor; Much improved AF performance; Better ergonomics with full PASM dial; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC; Tilting LCD.

  • No built-in EVF; Limited native lens selection; Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; No 60p video frame rate or 4K video option.

  • Impressive image quality; Improved JPEGs and good high ISO quality for its class; Compact camera body; Fast maximum aperture; Reliable autofocus; Improved performance.

  • No tilting display; No viewfinder; Lens is not very wide; Slow buffer clearing; Mediocre battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Canon EOS M3
Sony RX100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G9X Mark II
Sony RX100
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony A6000

Canon EOS M3
Sony A6000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon G9X Mark II
Sony A6000
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX3000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G9X Mark II
Samsung NX3000
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX500

Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX500
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon G9X Mark II
Samsung NX500
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G9X

Canon EOS M3
Canon G9X
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G9X Mark II
Canon G9X
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger RAW buffer
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