Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

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

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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 typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 7
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
CIPA image stabilization rating4 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Canon 14-bit CR2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–72 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2.8–5.6
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range10 cm (3.94″)
Macro focus range10 cm (3.94″)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesPanoramic ShotPanningStarHandheld NightGrainy B&WSoft FocusFish EyeArt BoldWatercolor PaintingToy CameraMiniature EffectHDRUnderwaterFireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range9.00 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, on, sl0w synchro, off
Flash X sync speed1/2000 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timerRemote
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes1920 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 typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (wired or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
Battery descriptionNB-13L lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)200
Weight (inc. batteries)399 g (0.88 lb / 14.07 oz)
Dimensions115 x 78 x 51 mm (4.53 x 3.07 x 2.01″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

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