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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review

23 Dec

Introduction

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
BSI CMOS
Lens 24-72mm equiv. F2.8-5.6 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8
ISO range
(native)
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
Sensor 20MP BSI-CMOS 20MP CMOS 20MP BSI-CMOS
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
Dimensions
(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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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

See our Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery

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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.

See our Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery

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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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Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III

17 Oct

The Canon G1 X Mark III is what would happen if someone crammed a Canon 80D or M5 into a Powershot G5 X body, which is pretty cool. The body is impressively small and light weight, given its large sensor and useful 24-70mm equiv. zoom range, even if the F2.8-5.6 aperture is a tad slow. We’re excited to get it in and get shooting, but for now, here’s a look into some of its main features and specs.

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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).

CANON ANNOUNCES THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF ITS POPULAR G-SERIES CAMERA – THE POWERSHOT G1 X Mark III

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 usa.canon.com.

*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

Price
MSRP $ 1299
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
Modes
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Connectivity
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)
Physical
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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The camera I almost bought (again and again): The Canon PowerShot G5

12 Oct

At this point in my life, I could probably write a series of articles on cameras that I considered buying, almost bought, or actually did buy before reconsidering and returning them. Of all of the cameras that would make that list, the Canon PowerShot G5 is probably the model that I almost bought more times than any other.

Released in 2003, the PowerShot G5 was in that respect a companion model to the EOS 10D – my first personal DSLR. The G-series was traditionally marketed at enthusiasts and semi-pros, with the idea being that while most photographers couldn’t afford or quite justify a DSLR, cameras like the G5 could deliver a similar user experience, with comparatively good image quality and limited system cross-compatibility, for less money.

The thinking was that photographers making the expensive transition away from film and towards digital, might use the G-series as an affordable halfway point before investing fully in a DSLR. Conversely, professionals or well-heeled amateurs that owned a 10D or EOS-1D-series DSLR might consider a camera like the G5 as a second body, for backup and travel.

To court both sets of customers, Canon made sure that the G5 looked and worked broadly like the EOS-series DSLRs that it was marketed alongside. It was black, for one thing, which immediately made it look more ‘professional’ than the silvery G2 and G3 that proceeded it. It offered Raw mode, and was powered by the same ubiquitous BP-511 battery as the 10D and 300D. The G5 also featured the familiar EOS exposure mode dial and front control dial of the EOS-series, and it even had a hot shoe, for full E-TTL compatibility with Canon’s range of Speedlites.

And like a DSLR it had an optical viewfinder. A blurry, low-accuracy tunnel-type viewfinder, sure, and nowhere near a match even for the dim finder in the EOS 300D, but it was better than nothing, and handy in some situations. More useful was the fully-articulating rear LCD screen on the back, which no DSLR could match.

As far as image quality was concerned, the G5 was a solid performer by the standards of its time, but not spectacular. Its lens range of 35-140mm equivalent and reasonably fast maximum aperture of F2-3 were decent for 2003, but the zoom was limited at the long end, and while adapters were available to extend the range, they were clumsy and heavy (because they were lens adapters).

There was even a general feeling, amusing to recall now, that 5MP represented a degree of ‘maturity’ when it came to digital imaging.

I remember the G5 being more desirable to me than the G3 simply by virtue of being matte black, and (mostly) metal-bodied, but looking at it now, it seems blocky and inelegant. In my opinion the more-rounded G1, G2 and G3 have actually aged a little better, despite being physically a little larger. Opinion in the DPReview office on this point is divided (by which I mean Dan disagrees with me).

Apart from its color, the biggest differentiator between the G5 and the earlier G3 was the bump in pixel count from 4 to 5 megapixels. In practical terms, the increase in effective resolution was very modest (“not worth it” as we opined in our review at the time) but 5MP came to be regarded as something of a benchmark among enthusiasts and within the photo press. From 1-4MP, each megapixel jump had brought noticeably improved resolution, but from 4/5MP onwards, generational increases in image quality became more subtle.

There was even a general feeling, amusing to recall now, that 5MP represented a degree of ‘maturity’ when it came to digital imaging. Perhaps this was more of a psychological benchmark than anything, but it was real nonetheless.

One of the reasons I nearly bought the PowerShot G5 so often is that my EOS 10D spent so much of the first year of its life being sent repeatedly back to Canon to have its autofocus system adjusted. In the end though, I just couldn’t afford it (the G5 retailed for $ 799 in the US when it was new, which from memory worked out at about £600). After a frustrating few months, my 10D was (finally) fixed, and at that point I didn’t have any need for a backup. The following year I ended up buying an IXUS 50 (SD400 Digital ELPH) for social photography and low-profile shots at concerts, which was a good deal more pocketable than the G5. The PowerShot G6, which replaced the G5 in 2004, offered greater resolution and a more refined user experience in a more stylish body, but the tacky silver chrome finish turned me off.

I did buy a PowerShot G5 eventually though, after fifteen years of thinking about it. This past weekend, for $ 9 at my local thrift shop. As you can see from the images in this article, it’s cleaned up pretty nicely. Another itch scratched off the list.

Do you have any cameras in your past that ‘got away’ at the time? Let me know.

Read our PowerShot G5 review

Canon PowerShot G5 samples gallery (2003)

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Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1

21 Sep

It wasn’t the first ‘prosumer’ compact on the market, but it did check off a lot of the items on enthusiasts’ wish lists at the time. The Canon G1, announced to the world on September 18, 2000, offered a great deal of manual control options, a hot shoe, Raw capture and a fully articulated 1.8″ screen. That line would eventually evolve into the present-day PowerShot Gx X series – but it all started 17 years ago this week.

Read our full Canon PowerShot G1 Review

Canon PowerShot G1 sample gallery

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The Vertical ELPH: remembering Canon’s PowerShot TX1 hybrid camera

28 Jul

Buried among the February 2007 announcements of Canon’s PowerShot SD750 and SD1000 Digital ELPHs*, and the A560 and A570 IS was the PowerShot TX1. It took the main features of camcorders at the time, namely the vertical design, rotating display and long-ish lens and put them into a stylish body about the same size as your average Digital ELPH. Add in 720/30p video and it quickly became obvious that the TX1 was created to bridge the worlds of photo and video shooting.

* The SD750 was known as the IXUS 75 while the SD1000 was the IXUS 70 outside of North America.

Behind that metal door was an F3.5-5.6, 39-390mm equivalent lens.

The PowerShot TX1 was based around a 1/2.5″, 7.1MP CCD, which was paired with Canon’s DIGIC III processor. While the F3.5-5.6, 10X zoom lens was quite long for that day, it had a focal range of 39-390mm equivalent, so wide-angle work was out. The lens featured Canon’s excellent image stabilization system – a necessity when capturing video at long focal lengths. Keeping with the stylish look of the ELPH/IXUS lineup, the TX1’s lens hid itself behind a door when powered off.

The 1.8″, 114k-dot LCD could rotate a total of 270 degrees, fitting in perfectly with the TX1’s camcorder-like design.

Canon had to cram a lot of buttons into a small area on the diminutive TX1. The result was a camera with pretty lousy ergonomics. DPReview’s Simon Joinson sums up the TX1’s ergonomic issues nicely in this paragraph:

‘Sexy looks aside, in use the design is nothing short of a disaster, and has the unique ability to make you feel like you have too many fingers on your right hand. Once you’ve mastered not blocking the lens the challenge is to take a picture without jolting the camera, change settings without dropping it, or use it to take a vertically orientated picture at all. It’s better if you use two hands, but not a lot.’

Ouch. Something that came along with the small body was a small battery. The TX1’s CIPA rating of 160 shots per charge was probably the worst I’ve seen in almost 20 years of reviewing cameras.

The TX1 took SD and MMC cards, and you needed a big one to store more than a few minutes of video.

Ergonomics and battery life aside, the PowerShot TX1 took pretty nice photos. Its resolution was competitive with other 7MP cameras, distortion was relatively mild and its noise levels weren’t too bad at ISO 400 (going much higher than that on a compact was a bad idea). As with most compacts, the TX1 had some image quality shortcomings: clipped highlights, purple fringing and redeye were all problems, though the latter could be fixed in-camera.

For those hoping that the TX1 would be a camcorder replacement, it wasn’t. Its 1080/30p video is noticeably softer than what you’d get from an HD camcorder and the use of the Motion JPEG codec meant that each second of video took up 4.5MB on your memory card.

Photo courtesy of DCResource.com

The TX1 didn’t have an HDMI port (but what camera did then?) so if you wanted to hook into a nicer TV, it took a lot of cables. On the right in the photo above are component video cables, which take up one port on the camera. Naturally, you’d want to listen to the high quality stereo sound recorded by the TX1, which required a second cable: the composite one you see above-left. It ended up being quite the rat’s nest.

In the end, the Canon PowerShot TX1 generated a lengthy list of pros and cons and was the recipient of DPReview’s ‘Recommended (but only just)’ award.

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