Controls on the top: Out on the grip is the new Main Dial that's used to
change many camera settings. The zoom lens control is built around the shutter
button. Over to the left is the Drive button to select either the continuous mode
or the selftimer/remote control mode. The Power switch has a safety button that must
be pressed before selecting the Record or Playback mode and in the center is the
The Mode Dial has positions for:
- Custom 1 - User settable mode
- Custom 2 - User settable mode
- Manual - you set both the shutter speed and aperture
- AV (Aperture priority) - the camera automatically selects
a shutter speed to match the aperture you set. Aperture settings available are:
F2.0, F2.2, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
- TV (Shutter priority) - camera automatically
selects an aperture setting to match the shutter
speed you set. Available shutter speeds are:
1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200,
1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20,
1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1,
1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 15 seconds
- Program AE - camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture
settings like AUTO but the user can change many options like white balance,
exposure compensation, saturation, sharpness and more.
- AUTO - camera sets everything automatically, this is "point and shoot" mode
The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes include:
- Portrait - Sets a large aperture value to have a minimum depth of field
so your subject is sharp but the background gets blurred.
- Landscape - Sets the focus to infinity and uses a small aperture
- Night Portrait - Uses slow shutter speed (tripod recommended) to capture
night backgrounds and synchronizes
the flash to illuminate foreground subjects
- Stitch Assist - The user will be aided by the LCD when creating multi-image
panorama pictures. Five types of assistance are available:
- Horizontal - left to right
- Horizontal - right to left
- Vertical - top to bottom
- Vertical - bottom to top
- Clockwise starting at top left.
Onscreen view of Stitch Assist mode
- Movie - capture full motion video with sound for up to 180 seconds in length
at 15fps in 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution.
The data LCD located on the top displays the major camera settings at a glance.
Shown here with spot metering enables, a shutter speed of 1/125 and an aperture of
F4.0, Large/Fine image setting, single exposure mode, flash set to On, battery
level is full, ISO (other than Auto), 441 shots remaining, white balance set to Auto
and flash exposure compensation (other than 0.0).
Depending on the operational mode other icons are displayed on either the monochrome
data display or the color LCD for the various programmed AE modes, drive modes,
metering, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation, AE lock, manual focus,
digital zoom and raw mode.
Controls on the back: Flash mode button (thumbnail display in Play
mode), Spot Metering button and Macro focus mode button (acts as the Jump buton in
Play mode). To the right of the eyelevel viewfinder is the Manual Focus button (in
Play it is the Voice Annotation button). The 4-way controller lets you navigate menu
screens, change Exposure Compensation and White Balance options in Record and select
images in Play. The SET button accepts menu selections and in Record mode it is
used to change the active Focus Point. The Menu button enables onscreen menu system,
The "Star" button is used to pre-calculate and lock the exposure. In Play mode this
is the single image Delete button. The FUNC button brings up the menu of options for
changing ISO speed, Color Effects, Exposure or Focus Bracketing, Flash Exposure
Compensaton, Image size and Quality. The DISPLAY button controls the color LCD and
the amount of data that is overlayed on it.
The I/O ports are also on the left side:
The DC IN port is for the battery charger/AC power supply.
The DIGITAL connector is for the USB data port cable.
The A/V OUT handles both the audio and video (NTSC or PAL, selectable).
On the right side is the Compact Flash Type II card slot. The G3 is supplied with a
32MB CF card and can use any Type I or II solid state flash memory card or one of
the IBM Microdrives.
The G3 is powered by a high-capacity BP-511 lithium rechargeable battery pack.
This same battery is used in the Canon D30, D60, Pro 90IS, G1 and G2 cameras and
has proven to be one of the best rechargeable batteries ever supplied with a digicam.
We don't have the exact specs on runtime or number of shots per charge but with
the new image processor and focus system it should go even longer on the G3 than
on the G2. (G2 specs: approximately 260 images when using the
LCD or up to 800 images when you use only the optical viewfinder. Or a
playback time of approximately 160 minutes.)
A 90% charge takes 80 minutes and a full charge is reached in another two hours.
The included CA-560 battery charger is also an AC power adapter. The battery is charged
while it is in the camera but cannot be charged when the camera is turned on.
There is an optional external battery charger and car (12VDC) power cord available.
The supplied WL-DC100 infrared remote controller can be used up to approximately 5m
(16.4 ft) directly in front of the camera to shoot or control playback. In record
mode it can trip the shutter (with a zero, two or ten second delay), control the
zoom lens and toggle the overlay information displays shown onscreen. In Playback
mode it can display the next or previous image, play and replay movies, enable
zoomed playback and pan around the magnified view and toggle the various onscreen