The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the latest in Canon’s series of powerful compact cameras, and it is differentiated by its bigger sensor and comprehensive all-around photographic capabilities.
The G1 X Mark III is the first PowerShot camera to have an APS-C CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 7 engine, resulting in exceptional picture quality, a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, an impressive continuous shooting rate of up to 9 frames per second, and Full HD 1080p/60 video recording.
It is also possible because of the sensor’s architecture to use Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides rapid and precise phase-detection autofocus that is beneficial for both still and video applications. Providing a counterbalance to the better sensor design is a flexible 3x zoom lens that spans a 24-72mm equivalent focal length range, making it suitable for a wide range of shooting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer is also included, which helps to reduce the impression of camera shaking, resulting in better pictures when shooting with the camera in hand.
Canon G1 X Mark III
Apart from enhanced sensor and processing capabilities, the G1 X Mark III has a revised physical design that includes a built-in 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a 3.0″ vari-angle touchscreen for more intuitive control.
There are dedicated knobs on the camera’s body that allow for quick and easy changing of shooting settings and modes, and a pop-up flash and a hot shoe are both included.
Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity allows for wireless pairing with a mobile device for remote live view shooting and picture sharing, as well as image transferring through the cloud.
Even though the G1 X Mark III is the smallest PowerShot G1-series camera to date, it has the biggest sensor to date, an APS-C sensor, which is more usually found in Canon’s EOS DSLR lineup. There are just a few small cameras with such a huge sensor – the Ricoh GR, for example, has a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and is one of the best examples.
The Ricoh GR, on the other hand, does not have a 3x zoom lens like the Canon G1 X Mark III; instead, it has a fixed 28mm lens (which some users might actually prefer).
The new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III measures 115 x 78 x 51mm and weighs 399g, which includes the battery and memory card. This is a significant reduction in size and weight over the previous Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II model, which it replaces.
This camera’s size is remarkably similar to that of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 camera, although the sensor on that camera is smaller (Micro Four Thirds).
As previously stated, the APS-C sensor in the G1 X Mark III should provide better image quality, particularly in low light, as well as greater depth-of-field and enhanced dynamic range, all of which are things that most compact cameras struggle to deliver and are major reasons why people opt for mirrorless or DSLR cameras instead of compact cameras.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Specifications
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary Color Filter|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||4 stop(s)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Canon 14-bit CR2)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–72 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||10 cm (3.94″)|
|Macro focus range||10 cm (3.94″)|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Scene modes||Panoramic ShotPanningStarHandheld NightGrainy B&WSoft FocusFish EyeArt BoldWatercolor PaintingToy CameraMiniature EffectHDRUnderwaterFireworks|
|Flash range||9.00 m (at Auto ISO)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, on, sl0w synchro, off|
|Flash X sync speed||1/2000 sec|
|Continuous drive||9.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Modes||1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 30p / 8 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (wired or smartphone)|
|Battery description||NB-13L lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||200|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||399 g (0.88 lb / 14.07 oz)|
|Dimensions||115 x 78 x 51 mm (4.53 x 3.07 x 2.01″)|