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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review

23 Dec


The Canon PowerShot G1 X III is a high-end compact camera with a 24MP APS-C sized sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus and a 24-72mm equivalent F2.8-5.6 zoom lens. It’s Canon’s new flagship for the PowerShot G-series, and the sensor is the largest they’ve ever fitted to a fixed-lens camera. It also has the company’s latest DIGIC 7 processor, Wi-Fi with Bluetooth connectivity, and promises a degree of dust and water resistance.

While sales of compact cameras at the low end continue to evaporate, manufacturers are still churning out premium, high-end models in an attempt to lure enthusiasts and amateurs with deep pockets. The G1 X III is certainly an interesting proposition in this segment – indeed, it’s the only compact on the market with an APS-C sensor and a lens that zooms, and is designed to be weather sealed to boot.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video
  • DIGIC 7 processor
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 3″ fully-articulating LCD
  • 9fps burst shooting (7fps with continuous AF)
  • 1080/60p video recording
  • Wi-Fi and NFC with Bluetooth
  • 200 shot-per-charge battery life (CIPA standard testing)
Processed and cropped to taste in Adobe Camera Raw.
24mm equiv | ISO 125 | F2.8 | 1/1000 sec
Photo by Carey Rose

There are, of course, sacrifices to be made when shoehorning such a large sensor into such a small body. First, the MSRP is pretty high, even for this market segment. Though the lens has a respectable range, its maximum aperture range isn’t exactly impressive, and battery life is just plain bad. Regardless, as an overall package, the G1 X III is likely to attract the interest of a wide variety of photographers.

Compared to…

That the G1 X III is a unique offering makes it difficult to really draw comparisons to other models; regardless, those shopping for a fixed-lens pocketable compact at this price are likely to stumble across the RX100 V and the older RX100 IV. They offer much smaller sensors, but come with similar zoom ranges and brighter maximum apertures for their lenses.

Canon G1 X
Mark III
Sony RX100 V Sony RX100 IV
MSRP $ 1299 $ 999 $ 899
Sensor 24MP APS-C CMOS 20MP 1″-type
stacked BSI CMOS
20MP 1″-type
Lens 24-72mm equiv. F2.8-5.6 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8
ISO range
100-25600 125-12800 125-12800
AF system Dual Pixel on-sensor phase detect On-sensor phase detect Contrast detect
EVF 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot
LCD 3″ 1.04M-dot fully articulating
(720 x 480 RGB)
3″ 1.28M-dot tilting
(640 x 480 RGBW)
3″ 1.28M-dot tilting
(640 x 480 RGBW)
Touchscreen Yes No No
Burst rate with AF 7fps 24fps 5.5fps
Video 1080/60p 4K/30p 4K/30p
Wireless WiFi w/NFC + Bluetooth WiFi w/ NFC WiFi w/ NFC
Battery life (CIPA 200 shots 220 shots 280 shots
Dimensions 115 x 78 x 51 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Weight 399 g 299 g 298 g

It’s worth noting that there are older options (in some cases, discontinued) that may be of interest. The Panasonic LX100 comes with a 4/3-type sensor and similar zoom range, but only offers 12MP of resolution. Fujifilm’s X70 and Ricoh’s GR II both have 16MP APS-C sensors and are even smaller than the Canon, but both have fixed 28mm-equivalent prime lenses.

In terms of other current cameras that aim to strike a balance between being pocketable and taking decent photos, Panasonic’s LX10 comes with a 24-72mm equiv. F1.4-2.8 lens in front of its 1″-type sensor, and Canon’s own G7 X Mark II has a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens in front of its 1″-type sensor. And they’re all much cheaper than the G1 X III.

The lens

What’s likely to cause the most consternation for serious photographers considering the G1 X III is the lens. The camera is impressively compact, but as noted earlier, at the expense of its maximum aperture range. This limits the usefulness of the larger sensor, particularly in terms of depth of field control (blurry backgrounds) and low light capability – though you should retain a dynamic range advantage in bright light.

Let’s see how it compares to some of the other zoom-equipped models we’ve mentioned here.

LensEquivalentApertures([“Equivalent focal length (mm)”,”Canon G1 X II”,”Panasonic LX100″,”Canon G7 X II”,”Panasonic LX10″,”Sony RX100 V”,”Canon G1 X III”], [[24,3.84,”Canon G1 X II at 24mm: F3.8″,3.7434,”Panasonic LX100 at 24mm: F3.7″,4.90909090909091,”Canon G7 X II at 24mm: F4.9″,3.8181818181818183,”Panasonic LX10 at 24mm: F3.8″,4.90909090909091,”Sony RX100 V at 24mm: F4.9″,4.5170606663860564,”Canon G1 X III at 24mm: F4.5″],[25,4.224,”Canon G1 X II at 25mm: F4.2″,3.9636,”Panasonic LX100 at 25mm: F4.0″,null,””,4.0909090909090917,”Panasonic LX10 at 25mm: F4.1″,5.454545454545455,”Sony RX100 V at 25mm: F5.5″,null,””],[26,4.8,”Canon G1 X II at 26mm: F4.8″,4.1838,”Panasonic LX100 at 26mm: F4.2″,null,””,4.90909090909091,”Panasonic LX10 at 26mm: F4.9″,6.0000000000000009,”Sony RX100 V at 26mm: F6.0″,5.1623550472983508,”Canon G1 X III at 26mm: F5.2″],[27,5.3759999999999994,”Canon G1 X II at 27mm: F5.4″,4.404,”Panasonic LX100 at 27mm: F4.4″,null,””,5.454545454545455,”Panasonic LX10 at 27mm: F5.5″,null,””,null,””],[28,null,””,4.6242,”Panasonic LX100 at 28mm: F4.6″,null,””,6.0000000000000009,”Panasonic LX10 at 28mm: F6.0″,6.8181818181818183,”Sony RX100 V at 28mm: F6.8″,null,””],[29,null,””,null,””,null,””,6.8181818181818183,”Panasonic LX10 at 29mm: F6.8″,null,””,5.646325832982571,”Canon G1 X III at 29mm: F5.6″],[30,6.144,”Canon G1 X II at 30mm: F6.1″,4.8444,”Panasonic LX100 at 30mm: F4.8″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[31,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic LX10 at 31mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””],[32,null,””,null,””,6.0000000000000009,”Canon G7 X II at 32mm: F6.0″,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX100 V at 32mm: F7.6″,6.4529438091229379,”Canon G1 X III at 32mm: F6.5″],[34,null,””,5.0645999999999995,”Panasonic LX100 at 34mm: F5.1″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[37,null,””,5.2848,”Panasonic LX100 at 37mm: F5.3″,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.2595617852633048,”Canon G1 X III at 37mm: F7.3″],[39,null,””,null,””,6.8181818181818183,”Canon G7 X II at 39mm: F6.8″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[40,6.72,”Canon G1 X II at 40mm: F6.7″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[41,null,””,5.505,”Panasonic LX100 at 41mm: F5.5″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[44,null,””,5.7252,”Panasonic LX100 at 44mm: F5.7″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[45,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,8.0661797614036725,”Canon G1 X III at 45mm: F8.1″],[52,null,””,6.1655999999999995,”Panasonic LX100 at 52mm: F6.2″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[54,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Canon G7 X II at 54mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[57,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.0341213327721128,”Canon G1 X III at 57mm: F9.0″],[70,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX100 V at 70mm: F7.6″,9.0341213327721128,”Canon G1 X III at 70mm: F9.0″],[72,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic LX10 at 72mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””],[75,7.4879999999999995,”Canon G1 X II at 75mm: F7.5″,6.1655999999999995,”Panasonic LX100 at 75mm: F6.2″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[100,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Canon G7 X II at 100mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[120,7.4879999999999995,”Canon G1 X II at 120mm: F7.5″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””]], {“isMobile”:false})

As you can see, both Panasonic models offer larger aperture diameters at the widest end of their zooms, meaning greater scope for low-light work. Meanwhile, the Canon G7 X II offers more subject isolation and potential for low light image quality once you pass 29mm – all of this is in spite of the fact that the G1 X Mark III’s sensor is the largest, by a fair margin. It speaks volumes to the trade-offs that have been made in getting the G1 X III to fit in your coat pocket.

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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review

14 Dec

The PowerShot G9 X Mark II is an ultra-compact camera that features a larger-than-average 1″-type CMOS sensor. It serves as the entry-level model in Canon’s Gx-X series, and has an MSRP of $ 529. Being the entry-level model, Canon has given the camera a touchscreen-based interface that’s will be familiar to smartphone owners who are looking to trade up to something better.

The main problems with the original G9 X were performance related. Continuous shooting was slow, especially when using Raw or continuous autofocus, the menus were sluggish and the battery didn’t last for long.

The G9 X Mark II took care of most of the performance problems, due mostly to its new DIGIC 7 processor. The burst rate is faster, buffer larger and interface snappier. While improved, battery life still isn’t great, though an ‘Eco mode’ gives you another 80 shots above the industry-standard CIPA estimate of 235. Canon also added in-camera Raw processing, Bluetooth capability and improved image stabilization for video shooting.

Key Features

  • 20.1MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 processor
  • 28-84mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens
  • Built-in neutral density filter
  • 3″ touchscreen LCD
  • Up to 8.2 fps burst shooting
  • 1080/60p video capture
  • In-camera Raw conversion
  • Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth

The G9 X II’S 20MP sensor is found on all of Canon’s 1″-type compacts, and is likely the same one found on Sony’s RX100 III. The DIGIC 7 processor is what took care of the original G9 X’s performance issues, and it makes a world of difference. As before, there’s a built-in 3-stop ND filter, with on/off/auto settings. While essentially all cameras now have Wi-Fi, the Bluetooth feature is a nice extra, as it allows for very quick re-pairing between camera and smartphone.

Compared to…

The camera that is most similar to the G9 X Mark II is Sony’s original RX100. It has an older sensor than the G9 X II, but it’s closer in price than its successor, the RX100 II. We’re throwing in the slightly more expensive Panasonic LX10, as well as the G9 X II’s step-up model, the G7 X II, into the chart below.

Canon G9 X II Canon G9 X Sony RX100 Canon G7 X II Panasonic LX10
MSRP $ 529 $ 529 $ 449 $ 699 $ 699
Lens (equiv) 28-84mm 28-100mm 24-100mm 24-72mm
Max aperture F2.0-4.9 F1.8-4.9 F1.8-2.8 F1.4-2.8
LCD 3″ fixed 3″ tilting
Touchscreen Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Burst rate

8.1 fps (AF-S)
5.3 fps (AF-C)

6 fps (AF-S)
4.3 fps (AF-C)

10 fps (AF-S)
2.5 fps (AF-C)

8 fps (AF-S)
5.4 fps (AF-C)
10 fps (AF-S)
6 fps (AF-C)
Video 1080/60p UHD 4K/30p
Wi-Fi Yes, with NFC+BT Yes, with NFC No Yes, with NFC Yes
Battery life 235 shots 220 shots 330 shots 265 shots 260 shots
(W x H x D)
98 x 58 x 31 mm 98 x 58 x 31 mm 102 x 58 x 36 mm 106 x 61 x 42 mm 106 x 60 x 42 mm
Weight 206 g 209 g 240 g 319 g 310 g

Look at the spec comparisons, there doesn’t appear to be much of a difference between the G9 X Mark II and its predecessor. Same sensor, same lens, same display. That’s because most of the changes are under the hood, which boost its burst rate, battery life (barely) and reduces overall sluggishness.

The G9 X II gets mixed results in terms of spec compared to its peers, though again, it’s an entry-level model. On one hand, it’s the smallest and lightest in the group, with a fast burst rate and Wi-Fi with all the trimmings. Its lens is the real weakness: it’s slow (more on that below) and has a focal range that doesn’t have a lot of reach. While better than on the original model, battery life on the G9 X II is poor, so bring along a spare battery if you’re out for the day.

Lens comparison

Just like ‘equivalent focal length’ that we use throughout the site, equivalent apertures allow you to compare image quality potential across cameras with different sensor sizes by taking sensor size into account. The equivalent aperture figure gives a clear idea of how two lenses compare in terms of depth-of-field. It’s also related to diffraction, which reduces sharpness as the aperture is stopped down. In other words, the higher the F-number, the softer the images will be.

Finally, equivalent aperture also gives an idea of low-light performance, since it also describes how much light is available across the sensor’s area. However, differences in sensor performance mean this can only be used as a guide, rather than an absolute measure.

LensEquivalentApertures([“Equivalent focal length (mm)”,”Sony RX100″,”Sony RX100 III”,”Canon G7 X II”,”Panasonic LX10″,”Canon G9 X II”], [[24,null,””,4.90909090909091,”Sony RX100 III at 24mm: F4.9″,4.90909090909091,”Canon G7 X II at 24mm: F4.9″,3.8181818181818183,”Panasonic LX10 at 24mm: F3.8″,null,””],[25,null,””,5.454545454545455,”Sony RX100 III at 25mm: F5.5″,null,””,4.0909090909090917,”Panasonic LX10 at 25mm: F4.1″,null,””],[26,null,””,6.0000000000000009,”Sony RX100 III at 26mm: F6.0″,null,””,4.90909090909091,”Panasonic LX10 at 26mm: F4.9″,null,””],[27,null,””,null,””,null,””,5.454545454545455,”Panasonic LX10 at 27mm: F5.5″,null,””],[28,4.90909090909091,”Sony RX100 at 28mm: F4.9″,6.8181818181818183,”Sony RX100 III at 28mm: F6.8″,null,””,6.0000000000000009,”Panasonic LX10 at 28mm: F6.0″,5.454545454545455,”Canon G9 X II at 28mm: F5.5″],[29,null,””,null,””,null,””,6.8181818181818183,”Panasonic LX10 at 29mm: F6.8″,null,””],[31,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic LX10 at 31mm: F7.6″,6.8181818181818183,”Canon G9 X II at 31mm: F6.8″],[32,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX100 III at 32mm: F7.6″,6.0000000000000009,”Canon G7 X II at 32mm: F6.0″,null,””,null,””],[33,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Canon G9 X II at 33mm: F7.6″],[34,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX100 at 34mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[37,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,8.7272727272727284,”Canon G9 X II at 37mm: F8.7″],[39,null,””,null,””,6.8181818181818183,”Canon G7 X II at 39mm: F6.8″,null,””,9.5454545454545467,”Canon G9 X II at 39mm: F9.5″],[43,8.7272727272727284,”Sony RX100 at 43mm: F8.7″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[46,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,10.90909090909091,”Canon G9 X II at 46mm: F10.9″],[53,9.5454545454545467,”Sony RX100 at 53mm: F9.5″,null,””,null,””,null,””,12.272727272727273,”Canon G9 X II at 53mm: F12.3″],[54,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Canon G7 X II at 54mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””],[65,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,13.363636363636365,”Canon G9 X II at 65mm: F13.4″],[66,10.90909090909091,”Sony RX100 at 66mm: F10.9″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[70,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX100 III at 70mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[72,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic LX10 at 72mm: F7.6″,null,””],[81,12.272727272727273,”Sony RX100 at 81mm: F12.3″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[84,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,13.363636363636365,”Canon G9 X II at 84mm: F13.4″],[94,13.363636363636365,”Sony RX100 at 94mm: F13.4″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[100,13.363636363636365,”Sony RX100 at 100mm: F13.4″,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Canon G7 X II at 100mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””]])

That pink line represents the G9 X II and, as you can see, it quickly ascends to the top of graph. Once you hit around 35mm, the equivalent aperture is ~F7.6 equivalent, which is getting into diffraction territory. At its worst the G9 X II is about a stop slower than the RX100, which most likely gives the latter a slight image quality advantage. The step-up model from the G9 X II, the G7 X II, is roughly 1.5 stops faster. This loss of low light capability and potential for control over depth-of-field is the price you pay to keep the camera so pocketable.

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Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab

14 Dec

Moab, Utah is known for its unique desert landscapes as well as a multitude of adventurous outdoor activities. We traveled there recently with photographer Scott Rinckenberger, no stranger to adventure himself, for an action-packed weekend of rock climbing and mountain biking – with a sunrise helicopter ride for good measure.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 III came along on the trip too, putting its 5-axis image stabilization and 4K video capture capabilities to work. Take a look at all of the dizzying heights we took it to in the video above.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III added to studio test scene comparison

09 Dec

Testing of the Canon G1 X Mark III is well underway, inside of the studio and out. We’ve just added it to our test scene comparison tool, where you can take a look at its performance side-by-side against peers like the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V.

See the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III in our studio scene comparison tool

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery

06 Dec

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As far as fixed lens compacts go, the G1 X Mark III is one of the most capable – and pricey – models we’ve seen to date. It packs in a 24MP APS-C sensor, OLED viewfinder, Dual Pixel autofocus and a fully articulated touchscreen. Our production-ready review unit just rolled in the door and we’ve got a full gallery of sample images for you.

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Sony a7R Mark III review

23 Nov


The Sony a7R Mark III is the company’s latest high-resolution full frame mirrorless camera. Much like Nikon’s recent D850, it’s one that combines this resolution with high speed and fast autofocus capabilities to a degree we’ve not previously seen.

Like its predecessor, the Mark III is built around a 42MP BSI CMOS sensor, but unlike the a7R II, it can shoot at ten frames per second.

Essentially it can be seen as an a7R II that inherits many of the lessons learned from the company’s pro-sports model, the a9. This means faster processing, improved autofocus, improved handling and ergonomics, as well as the adoption of a much larger battery. While some of the individual changes are subtle, they very quickly combine to produce a hugely capable and highly useable camera.

Key Features

  • 42MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • Faster, lower-noise image processing
  • 10 fps shooting with full AF, 8 fps with ‘live’ updates between shots
  • 3.69M dot (1280 x 960 pixel) OLED viewfinder
  • Improved autofocus, including more tenacious Eye AF mode
  • 5-axis image stabilization, rated at 5.5 stops (CIPA) with 50mm lens
  • 4K footage from ‘Super 35’ crop region oversampled from 5K capture
  • Video AF less inclined to refocus to background
  • ‘Picture Profile’ video gamma/gamut modes including S-Log2 and 3
  • Twin SD Card slots (one UHS-I and one UHS-II compatible)
  • Bayer-cancelling multi-shot mode for improved resolution
  • True 14 bit uncompressed Raw, even in continuous drive mode
  • Use of phase detection (including Eye AF) at 3 fps with adapted lenses

Sony says the a7R III is based around the same 42MP back side illuminated CMOS sensor as its immediate predecessor, so doesn’t gain the full speed advantages of the a9’s Stacked CMOS chip (in terms of AF performance, continuous shooting rate or reduced rolling shutter in video and electronic shutter mode). However, the adoption of the processing systems, algorithms and refinements introduced on the a9 all have their benefits.

This means a camera with a touchscreen and dedicated joystick for AF point positioning, a camera with a deeper grip and improved customization, with better laid-out menus and much improved battery life.

Video capabilities

Sony also says the improved processing will benefit video shooting. The oversampled footage taken from a Super 35 (~APS-C) region of the sensor is still expected to look better than the subsampled capture from the full sensor width but both are supposedly improved by the new processing chain. We’ll delve into this later in the review.

To take advantage of the camera’s dynamic range, the Picture Profile system of color and tonal response borrowed from Sony’s professional video line now includes the even flatter S-Log3 gamma curve. That said, there is no 10-bit capture possible; the camera can still only capture 8-bit 4:2:0 footage internally or output 8-bit 4:2:2, which may limit the usefulness of S-Log3 if it makes posterization more likely when the footage is graded.

For users wanting to use the camera’s video dynamic range with a high dynamic range display but without the extra hassle of color grading, the a7R III joins the Panasonic GH5 in offering Hybrid Log Gamma recording: essentially Log capture with tags to tell displays how to correctly render it.


The a7R III’s most obvious peer is the D850, since it’s the other high-speed, high resolution full frame camera. We’ll also note the changes relative to its predecessor and its other, less rapid high-res rivals.

Nikon D850 Sony
a7R II
Canon EOS 5DS R Pentax K-1
(Body only)
$ 3200 $ 3300 $ 3200 $ 3900 $ 1800
Pixel Count (MP) 42.4 45.7 42.4 50 36
ISO Range 100-32,000 64-25,600 100-25,600 100-6,400 100-204,800
Stabilization In-body
(5.5 stops)
Lens-only In-body
(4.5 stops)
Lens-only In-body
(5 stops)
AF working range –3EV (@F2) –4EV –2EV (@F2) –2EV –3EV
Viewfinder magnification & eyepoint 0.78x
Connectivity options Wi-Fi, BT
Wi-Fi, BT Wi-Fi
Optional SD Card Wi-Fi
Video 4K/30p
4K/30p 4K/30p
1080/60p 1080/30p
Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / No Yes / Yes
Flash sync speed 1/250th 1/250th 1/250th 1/200th 1/200th
Flash Sync socket Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Continuous shooting 10fps 7fps* 5fps 5.0fps 4.4fps
Intervalometer No Yes Via app Yes Yes
Memory format SD (UHS-II)
2x SD
USB (Connector) 3.1 (C)
2.0 (micro B)
3.0 (micro B) 2.0 (micro B) 3.0 (micro B) 2.0 (micro B)
Battery life (CIPA)
530/650 1,840/ – 290/340 700/200 760/ –
Weight 657g
*D850 can shoot 9fps when combined with a battery grip and D5-style battery.

As should be apparent, the Sony offers a combination of resolution, speed and video capabilities not easily matched by its peers. And, with the new battery, is able to offer much more similar endurance, if you’re not in a situation in which you can plug the camera in to an external power source.

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Canon G1 X Mark III pre-production sample gallery

30 Oct

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The Canon G1 X III isn’t a whole lot bigger than the G5 X, but it hosts a much bigger APS-C sized sensor. Consider its 24-70mm equiv. lens, Dual Pixel AF, built-in EVF and generous dedicated controls and you’ve got a versatile tool that juuuuust fits in your coat pocket. We’ve been shooting with a pre-production model; the JPEG images in this beta gallery have been down-scaled to 90% at Canon’s request.

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Hands-on with the impressively small Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

26 Oct

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X Mark III combines a 24MP APS-C sensor and hybrid autofocus system in a pricey but impressively compact body. Canon has been showing it to us at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, and we’ve compiled some first impressions of how it handles.

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

As should be obvious from this photograph, the G1 X Mark III is very small indeed, for an APS-C format camera. Despite being barely larger than the 1″ format PowerShot G5 X, the G1 X Mark III’s sensor and Dual Pixel autofocus system are lifted directly from the company’s latest APS-C DSLRs.

Unlike the G5 X or Canon’s Rebel-series DSLRs though, the G1 X Mark III offers weather-sealing. We didn’t get the chance to soak it with water yet, but just from initial impressions of this late pre-production sample, build quality seems excellent (which it should, for a compact camera at this price).

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

A front control dial isn’t in quite the same position as it is in Canon’s DSLRs, but it works in exactly the same way. Our model for these shots has pretty small hands, but even with my big banana fingers, the G1 X Mark III is comfortable to hold and the manual controls are (by and large) easy to find by touch.

The 24-72mm F2.8-5.6 sacrifices brightness and zoom range for size, but covers a useful range for everyday photography. Despite the relatively slow aperture at 70mm, autofocus is fast and impressively positive, even in the very dim conditions of a show floor meeting room. Obviously this is highly anecdotal, and we’re keen to put the autofocus system to the test properly as soon as possible.

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

The G1 X Mark III handles more or less exactly like the G5 X, which in turn handles more or less like a miniaturized Canon DSLR (witness the exposure mode dial on the upper left and EOS Speedlite-compatible hotshoe), but with some differences. There’s no top-plate mounted LCD screen obviously, and the triple dial arrangement (one around the lens, one on the front grip, and one on the rear) is different, but for a user of any recent Rebel-series DSLR, the G1 X Mark III should be pretty easy to get to grips with.

The dedicated +/- 3EV exposure compensation dial on the upper right of the top-plate will be familiar to users of other recent PowerShots.

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

From the rear, the G1 X Mark III is dominated by a 3″ fully-articulating touch-screen, with all the bells and whistles that we’d expect: generous on-screen informational icons, live histogram, and an electronic level, as well as menu access and touch-to-focus. Overall performance seems very snappy, with no noticeable delays in menu or touch operations. The one exception to the generally nicely-sized control points, by the way, is the rather fiddly rear dial (just to the right of the screen).

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

The G1 X Mark III’s screen is fully-articulating, and supplemented by a high-quality OLED 2.36 million-dot electronic viewfinder. As well as stills, the G1 X Mark III can shoot full HD video at up to 60p. Still no 4K, though. Maybe next year.

In terms of continuous stills shooting performance, the G1 X Mark III maxes out at a creditable 7 fps.

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Obviously, to make the G1 X Mark III as compact as it is, Canon has had to make some compromises. As well as the relatively restricted 24-70mm lens range, the battery is pretty anaemic, offering a CIPA rated life of around 200 shots. We’d expect better endurance in normal use, shooting more stills than video and with limited use of flash, but regardless – best to budget for at least one spare battery.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available next month for $ 1299. Optional accessories include a dedicated lens hood ($ 59), underwater housing ($ 499) and leather case ($ 99).

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Canon’s PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a 24MP APS-C compact with DSLR-like autofocus

16 Oct

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Canon has introduced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III – the third and latest model in its premium G1 X-series. The G1 X Mark III borrows its 24MP APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel AF system and DIGIC 7 processor from Canon’s ILCs, such as the EOS 77D and EOS M5, but adds a fixed 24-72mm equivalent F2.8-5.6 zoom and combines them into a relatively compact body weighing just 400g/14oz. In other words, you’re essentially getting a fixed-lens version of the EOS M5 that fits in the palm of your hand.

We’re already familiar with the sensor and the Dual Pixel AF system and as such, we’re hoping for good results from both. The lens has nine elements, three of which are double-sided aspherical, a built-in three-stop neutral density filter and image stabilization with up to four stops of shake reduction.

The Mark III can shoot continuous bursts at up to 9 fps with AF/AE locked on the first shot or 7 fps with continuous AF. The buffer fills up after around 19 Raw or 24 JPEGs, depending on which mode you’re using. Battery life is disappointing, with a CIPA rating of only 200 shots per charge (which assumes you’re using the flash 50% of the time). So, while you’ll usually get more than this number from the camera, you’re still likely to appreciate a second battery or get used to constantly worrying about where your next top-up is coming from.

The Mark III moves away from the blocky design of its predecessors, and now looks nearly identical to its baby brother the PowerShot G5 X, which uses a much smaller 1″-type sensor. The G1 X III has an SLR-style design, featuring dials on the front and back, a built-in flash, an OLED viewfinder and fully articulating LCD. Canon says that the shutter release has been designed in such a way to make it feel similar to a DSLR. The body is sealed against dust and moisture.

Other features include 1080/60p and time-lapse video capture, Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth, and (long overdue in our opinion) a Panoramic Shot Mode.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is set to ship in November at $ 1299. Optional accessories include a dedicated lens hood ($ 59), underwater housing ($ 499) and leather case ($ 99).


The New Flagship G1 X Mark III PowerShot Camera Features the Largest Imaging Sensor Ever in a Canon Point-and-Shoot Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 16, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new flagship addition to its acclaimed G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. Lightweight and portable without sacrificing the very best in Canon digital imaging technologies, the new G-series flagship features a 24.3- megapixel* APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology, both firsts for a Canon point-and shoot compact camera offering.

“As we continue to evolve the popular Canon PowerShot G-series line, we remain committed to incorporating both our latest innovations and the features photographers are looking for in an advanced, compact camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “With the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III, users will appreciate the quality and overall performance made possible using a APS-C sensor, alongside upgraded capabilities that can enable the capture of amazing photo and video, even in lowlight conditions.”

Ultimate in Compact Image Quality

The new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers dramatic improvements from the series’ previous flagship, the PowerShot G1X Mark II, headlined by a larger, 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, resulting in fantastic image quality in both stills and video. This dramatic sensor upgrade pairs with a wide-angle 24-72mm** (3x zoom) lens with Optical Image Stabilization featuring a wide f/2.8-5.6 aperture to allow for maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images and an ISO range of 100-25,600. This provides users with the versatility to shoot in low-light scenarios like a dimly lit restaurant which can frame subjects with beautiful background blur.

Technology commonly found in Canon DSLRs and advanced cameras has now arrived for the first time in the PowerShot G-series, as the G1X Mark III will feature Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This feature, popular amongst enthusiast and professional users, provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, allowing for more creative compositions when framing a subject away from the center of a shot.

Versatile and Intuitive Operation

Dust and water resistant, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a compact and powerful imaging companion ready for a variety of challenging shooting scenarios. Designed for enthusiast and professional users, it offers a host of useful features to help inspire creativity and improve operability. These include:

• 2.36 million dot Organic LED Electronic Viewfinder provides customization options to match nearly any shooting style or scene
• Touch & Drag AF allows for intuitive operation linking the Electronic Viewfinder and touch panel monitor to quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder, or using Smooth Zone AF to effortlessly track subjects with the touch of a finger.
• 3.0 inch Vari-angle Touch LCD Monitor helps capture the perfect shot from a variety of challenging angles, including overhead or low-angle shooting.
• The G1 X Mark III is capable of fast continuous shooting up to approximately 7 frames per second (fps), or up to 9fps with AF fixed – working easily with Dual Pixel CMOS AF to track even the most fleeting of subjects with ease.
• A New Shutter Release function offers a sophisticated sense of operation, similar to high-end EOS models, providing a comfortable hold during continuous shooting

Canon Technologies Worthy of a Flagship

With technology ranging from HD video capabilities to the latest in connectivity features, the G1 X Mark III is versatile enough to achieve high-level performance on the go. Additional features include:
• Instantly connect to a smart device* via built-in Wi-Fi***, NFC^ or Bluetooth^^ to facilitate easy sharing with friends and family or utilize the Camera Connect app to shoot remotely.
• Panoramic Shot Mode functionality allows users to easily capture panoramic photos, simply be swinging the camera while shooting either vertically or horizontally.
• Capture Full HD 1080/60p Video with high ISO speed shooting and smooth accurate focus when used alongside Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, while 5-axis movie IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld
• Easily capture picturesque Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that help determine intervals and exposure

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $ 1299.00¹. In addition the Canon Lens Hood LH-DC110, Waterproof Case WP-DC56 and Deluxe Leather Case PSC-6300 for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available for an estimated retail price of $ 59.99, $ 499.99 and $ 99.99 respectively ¹. For more information please visit

*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

** 35mm film equivalent.

***Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

^ Compatible with Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1.

^^ Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect.

¹Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set be individual dealers and may vary.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III specifications

MSRP $ 1299
Body type
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DIGIC 7
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
ISO Auto, 100-25600
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
CIPA image stabilization rating 4 stop(s)
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon 14-bit CR2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–72 mm
Optical zoom 3×
Maximum aperture F2.8–5.6
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
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 size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash Yes
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
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Remote
Continuous drive 9.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 8 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB charging Yes
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (wired or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Built-in
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

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What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III

16 Oct

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon’s G1 X Mark III is, as the name implies, the third iteration in the company’s range-topping large-sensor enthusiast compact series. However, what the name doesn’t make clear is that it’s a significant departure from its predecessors, in terms of both size and capability.

Rather than mimicking one of the older G series modes, as the original G1 X did, the Mark III most closely resembles the 1″-sensored G5 X: a small, thin body with lots of direct control and a centrally mounted electronic viewfinder. Unlike that model, it’s sealed, to be weather resistant.

Sensor size difference

Unlike the G5 X, though, the G1 X III does not use a 1″-type sensor. Despite being packaged in a smaller body than its immediate predecessor, Canon has managed to fit a larger sensor into the camera. It’s a full APS-C-sized sensor or, at least, the Canon 1.6x crop version of that format. This makes it 27% larger than the chip in the G1 X I and 36% larger than the region of its sensor the Mark II could use.

This means, in equivalent terms, the new camera will receive over 1/3EV more total light, when shot at the same f-number and shutter speed. However, equivalence only tells us about the potential for one system to out-perform another. The actual difference depends on the specific technology used…

Sensor performance

And, from our experience with Canon’s 24MP Dual Pixel sensor, we know it’ll perform pretty well: better at high ISO sensitivities than the chip in the older G1 X models and with less noise at low ISO, giving more flexible files with greater usable dynamic range.

And that’s before we consider the additional utility of its Dual Pixel design: the ability to provide depth-aware phase detection autofocus across most of the frame. So long as the camera can drive its focus fast enough, this should provide the ability to track subjects pretty convincingly, compared to the older G1 X models and most competitors.

Video spec

The other thing that Dual Pixel’s depth awareness brings is decisive autofocus while shooting video. This means that getting the camera to track a subject, or ‘rack’ focus smoothly between two points is as simple as tapping on the screen.

The G1 X Mark III gets a slight tweak over its predecessor, in that it can now shoot 60p video footage, rather than topping out at 30p. This either allows smoother capture of fast motion or the ability to shoot slow-motion (by filming at 60p and outputting via video editing software at 24p).

The G1 X III also has a built-in 3EV ND filter, meaning that you can shoot video at its wider apertures, even in bright light.

Sadly, every Canon we’ve seen using this chip produces slightly blurry video with a little less detail than the nominal resolution would imply. Even if the G1 X Mark III somehow manages to improve on previous models, the increasingly pressing question remains: ‘whither 4K, Canon?’

Lens range

The main means by which Canon has managed to make the G1 X III smaller than its predecessor is the inclusion of a shorter and slower zoom lens. Whereas the Mark II was able to include a 24-120mm equivalent zoom, the Mark III offers a more modest 24-72mm equivalent. It means doing without the classic 85-100ish millimeter equivalent focal lengths that are especially well suited to portraiture, but the 24-70mm range is a widely used and well-respected range.

However, while the F2.8-5.6 maximum aperture range of the Mark III might sound like a big step down from the more impressive sounding F2.0-3.9 of its precursor, the practical differences is smaller than this would seem to imply. The larger sensor (and hence lower crop factor) of the G1 X III means its F4.5-9.0 equivalent range isn’t as different from the F3.8-7.5 equivalent of the Mark II as the actual F-numbers make it appear.

Compared to the G1 X Mark II

The G1 X Mark I was one of the first large sensor enthusiast zoom compacts, meaning that it defined expectations of what could be achieved. Indeed, we were impressed – back in early 2012 – that Canon had fitted such a large sensor and flexible lens range into a camera so close in size to its small-sensor forebears, such as the G12.

The G1 X III may have a shorter, slower zoom than its predecessor, but it’s a much smaller camera and one that should have continuous focus performance to do justice to its 7 frame per second shooting. And, with an in-lens leaf shutter, it can flash sync at up to 1/2000th of a second, which its Rebel siblings can’t come close to.

Compared to the competition

However, just six months later, ‘what’s possible’ got redefined again. In July 2012, Sony unveiled the DSC-RX100, a 1″ sensor camera with a 28-100mm equivalent zoom in a truly minuscule body.

So, whereas the G1 X had no peers when it was launched, the Mark III, with its 24-72mm F4.5-9.0 equivalent zoom will have to compete with the cheaper, 24 frame per second capable RX100 V with its 24-70mm F4.9-7.6 equiv. lens and highly capable AF.

In addition to this potential for slightly better image quality, the RX100 V can also shoot impressive 4K video and, despite its much smaller form factor, promises slightly better battery life (a CIPA rating of 220 shots per charge, rather than 200). As always in reality you’re likely to get more than this number from both cameras, but these are pretty modest figures.

Impressively small, steeply priced

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is an interesting-looking camera. It’s an impressively small camera with a useful zoom and all the benefits that the company’s Dual Pixel sensor should bring.

However, against the likes of Sony’s RX100 series, Panasonic’s LX10/15 and Canon’s own G5 X and G7 X II models, it will inevitably struggle to set a new bar for enthusiast zoom compacts, in the way its progenitor did.

It’s also an expensive camera: $ 1299 makes the G1 X Mark III one of the priciest compacts on the market. But the prospect of a compact camera with Canon JPEG color, Dual Pixel focus and extensive control is something we look forward to testing.

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