• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon G3X advantages over Nikon D500

  • Less expensive
    $849* vs $1797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 200 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon D500 advantages over Canon G3X

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.22 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    24.0 vs 21.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,324 vs 521 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 12.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1240 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.17 vs 0.41 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.2 fps vs 7.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Good overall optical performance from the 24-600mm eq. lens; Very good image quality and high ISO performance for this class, especially with RAW; Lots of external controls; Comfortable grip; Shoots 1080/60p video; Includes both mic and headphone jack, Focus peaking for video; Clean HDMI.

  • No built-in EVF; Mediocre AF speeds; Sluggish burst rate with RAW/RAW+JPG and with servo AF; Below average battery life; No 4K video unlike competitors.

  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic FZ1000

Canon G3X
Panasonic FZ1000
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D500
Panasonic FZ1000
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Canon G3X
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon D500
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Canon G3X
Pentax K-3 II
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Panasonic FZ2500

Canon G3X
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D500
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax KP

Canon G3X
Pentax KP
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D500
Pentax KP
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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