Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III First Impressions
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a new premium compact camera that boasts a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO range of 100-25600, 7fps burst shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, 4-stop in-body image stabilisation, an articulating touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder. We've spent some time getting to know the Canon G1 X Mark III, so check out our first impressions of Canon's new flagship compact camera...
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III - Ease of Use
The Canon G1 X III looks very much like a DSLR camera that's been shrunk in the wash, weighing in at just 398 grams. It has a centrally located electronic viewfinder, swiveling vari-angle LCD touchscreen and a chunky handgrip, all adding to the impression that this is a serious camera for serious photographers.
The G1 X Mark III is also a fast camera, featuring 7fps burst shooting with Full AF/AE tracking for up to 29 JPEG images images in one high-speed burst. Battery life isn't so great, though, only promising to deliver around 200 shots per charge, one of the concessions made to make the camera as small as it is, although the ECO mode does enable the battery to last up to 25 per cent longer.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark III features an electronic viewfinder with approximately 2.36k dots and a 3-inch LCD screen with 1.04k dots, which although not class-leading do make the camera very nice to use. We especially like the fact that the EVF is positioned in the centre of the camera. The LCD screen is also touch sensitive, which can be used for some elements of operation, including operating the auto-focus with Touch and Drag Auto Focus whilst looking through the EVF.
Other DSLR-like features include a control ring that surrounds the lens, a dust- and drip- proof construction, and a tactile shutter release button that mimics the action of Canon's latest EOS DSLRs.
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III - Image Quality
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III has a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor that's very similar to the one used in the EOS 80D DSLR, no mean feat considering the diminutive size of the G1 X Mark III. Along with the 3x, 24-72mm zoom lens with 9 aperture blades and the latest Digic 7 processor, this should result in great image quality from what is after all a compact camera.
On the video side, it can record 1080p movies at up to 60fps, which is going to seriously disappoint people looking for 4K recording, especially as Canon have not included a microphone socket either. Despite having a fully-articulated screen, the G1 X Mark III is therefore not the best camera for vlogging or serious video work, a real shame given the the sensor size.
We've only had a limited time with the camera so far, but the early signs on the stills side of things at least are very promising...
Take a look at some sample images and a movie taken with a Beta sample of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III - Early Verdict
In terms of specification, the Canon G1 X Mark III outperforms its main rivals in many ways, but will it prove to be as mature and reliable as the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, which is now in its fifth generation? And will its lack of serious video support prove to be a thorn in the side of the G1 X Mark III?
In terms of pricing, at £1149 / €1399 / $1199 the Canon G1 X III is the most expensive PowerShot camera ever, and more expensive than the popular market leader, the Sony CyberShot RX100 V.
So what do you think of the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III? Leave a comment below..