With the Canon G3X being such a popular camera it is no surprise that we constantly see a number of people reaching out every month looking for the best accessories for it. Now, as most photographers know, this is usually down to them wanting to pick up a new gadget for their camera rather than them actually needing it for a specific purpose but we all get that itch now and then and usually, it has to be scratched.
We have made a list of what we feel are 8 of the best Canon G3X accessories on the market right now that are worth adding to your camera accessories. Depending on where you are on your photography journey, you may already have a number of these already, additionally, it is not essential for you to purchase all of them, different people work in different niches and will require different things from their accessory collection.
Now, if you have been in the photography space for any length of time, chances are that you already own a tripod. That said, the Canon G3X bridge camera offers some excellent zoom potential and we consider a decent tripod an essential bit of kit when using it at the higher zoom levels to guarantee you have image stabilization available to help improve your image quality.
Although there are an absolute ton of tripods on the market right now, we feel that the Zomei Z818 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is an excellent option for your G3X. Not only is it pretty budget-friendly considering the performance it offers you, but it also has some excellent functionality, a great build quality, and a fully detachable monopod leg too. In addition to all of this, it also has one of the best reputations in its price point within the community and its customer base is growing at an almost exponential pace.
Picking up a set of spare batteries for all of your cameras is a no brainer. Not only does it let you use your camera for longer when out and about away from a power outlet but it also ensures you have no downtime if you lost or damage your primary battery. There is nothing worse than wanting to go out for a session with your camera only to find that there is a problem with the battery and not have a spare.
The Canon G3X uses the NB-10L Battery (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that is very budget-friendly so we would always recommend that you have at least one spare battery in your camera accessories kit.
A Camera Bag
In our opinion, a decent camera bag (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is an essential bit of kit for every camera that you own and the Canon G3X is no different. Not only does a decent quality bag allow you to carry the camera with you easily but it also offers an additional layer of protection for your expensive camera body while in transit.
We know that there are many photographers and videographers who will simply put their camera body in their regular photography kit bag and crack on. Although this is a popular option, we still prefer to put our cameras in their own individual bags. If needed, once in their individual bags with the additional protection you can then put it in your general photography kit bag as it has the protection of the smaller camera bag to keep it safe from the other kit bumping around.
Now, some people absolutely sweat by adding a decent electronic viewfinder to their G3X camera accessories but personally, we feel that this is one of the camera accessories that can be avoided without much of an issue. Additionally, we know that a large number of our readers are entry-level photographers and an electronic viewfinder is a pretty pricey bit of kit for what you are actually getting.
That said, if you do want to add an electronic viewfinder to your G3X camera accessories then we would recommend the official Canon EVF-DC1 (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Not only is it specifically designed to work seemly with the G3X but it also has a large number of G3X owners who use it and report very good things.
You can read the reports below for the Canon EVF-DC1 that have been posted by independent Canon G3X users who also use this viewfinder to get an idea of why it has such a great reputation within the community:-
Lens Filter Adaptor
Unfortunately, the Canon G3X does not have any native lens filter threads on it meaning that you have to pick up a lens filter adaptor to allow you to mount a filter to the lens. Now, we have seen countless people think that this is a pointless step but we would highly recommend that you do it!
Although it was a Nikon P900 owner rather than a Canon G3X owner, we kept recommending that they use a UV filter with the camera to help protect the front lens element on their camera but they kept brushing it off. A few weeks later, they had an accident while using their P900 and the forward lens element was totally shattered resulting in a $125 bill to fix it.
Bridge cameras can be a total nightmare when it comes to this type of thing due to the fixed lens making the whole camera is essentially useless if you have a problem with the forward lens element. Now, the filter adapter costs less than $10, a basic UV lens filter will cost around $30 depending on what one you want and help protect your lens during use.
We would recommend the Altura 67-77mm lens filter adaptor (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as it is very cheap but is very effective and will mount directly to your G3X. Additionally, there are already G3X owners using it for their camera and reporting good things.
Following on directly from the lens filter adaptor above, we now have the actual lens filter. Now, we know that there are a bunch of different lens filters that you can pick up these days that all do their own unique jobs. In our opinion though, you should definatley be using a UV filter as a minimum to help protect the forward lens element on your Canon G3X.
The photograph below shows exactly how effective they can be and the level of protection that they offer your lens. As you can see, the UV filter is totally destroyed but it has protected the forward lens element leaving it in full working order.
In our opinion, the Gobe 77mm UV filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is the best to pick up. If you know that you will be using your G3X in a photography niche where you expect a high chance of punishment coming your way then we would recommend the premium Gobe 77mm UV filter with German Schott glass (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for additional protection.
Now, the filter thread size of the filter you need to pick up will depend on the lens filter adaptor that you purchase for your camera. If you went with the Altura one we linked to above then any 77mm lens filter will mount directly to it.
Now, we have seen a number of people say that they use a lens hood as their primary source of protection to prevent any damage to their forward lens element on their lenses. This is NOT the primary job of a lens hood and we would always recommend you use a UV filter instead as explained above.
That said, a nice lens hood (Click here to check for product prices and availability) allows you to quickly and easily prevent any unwanted stray light from being able to get into your lens and reach your camera sensor. A lens hood can be a decent addition to your camera accessories but in all honesty, we rarely use them so they can easily be avoided.
A Cleaning Kit
Anyone who has been involved in photography or videography for any amount of time will probably already have a basic cleaning kit (Click here to check for product prices and availability) but they are excellent accessories to have. Not only doe they allow you to clean your Canon G3X as required but they also help you with basic maintenance of your camera too.
Wrapping It Up
That concludes our list of Canon G3X accessories that we feel our readers should consider adding to their collection of camera accessories. As we mentioned, there is no need to pick them all up but we would highly recommend the UV lens filter and an adapter as a minimum to help protect your Canon G3X when using it.
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