Canon’s newly announced 24.3-megapixel PowerShot G1 X Mark III is their first APS-C sensor compact zoom camera. This new compact design has been made more DSLR-like, the company claims, compared to Canon’s G1 X Mark II, and its body looks similar to the G5 X compact’s dial-laden body. However, there are some features missing from the PowerShot G1 X Mark III that, for some users, will not be balanced by the compact’s larger sensor.
Canon says that the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will feature fast and accurate dual-pixel autofocusing that will focus speed for videos and stills. However, it's only capable of shooting at 1080p 60 at frames per second. This is disappointing because other compacts like Sony’s RX100 V and Panasonics’s LX10 can shoot at 4K at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps, and both are cheaper than Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark III.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark III also features a 24-72mm f/2.8-5.6 lens, in contrast to the 24-120mm f/2.0-3.9 zoom lens featured with the last model. Canon’s reasoning for not including an equivalent lens was to prevent the setup from being too large and heavy, a potential issue due to the larger image circle.
Canon promises that the f/2.8-5.6 lens is still be capable of shallow depth-of-field and that it is faster than their DSLR and mirrorless kit lenses.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark III features 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, which was highly requested by owners of the previous model. The 3.0-inch vari-angle touch display also supports touch and drag autofocus.
With its dual-pixel autofocus and its Digic 7 image processor, Canon says that the PowerShot G1 X Mark II can shoot stills at up to 7fps with continuous AF tracking or 9fps with fixed tracking. Also, the new camera will also have five-axis optical stabilization and a new DSLR-like shutter release.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II will be released this November for 1,299. It is available for preorder now. There does seem to be cheaper options out there, but the G1 X Mark III is the only ASP-C compact zoom available, so many users may gravitate to this camera on that spec alone. To learn more, visit usa.canon.com.