The release of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera is an answer to the limit that smartphone camera has. Even though smartphone camera is getting more advanced these days, but a dedicated camera is still highly considerable for daily photography. With all functionalities and features, many people still rely their image capturing activity on a camera device over their smartphones. And the choice comes to two kinds of popular imaging devices; DSLR and mirrorless.
But, everyone knows that DSLR is big, chunky, and heavy. On the other hand, even though mirrorless has all DSLR features with shrunk body size, in fact user still needs to bring lenses and stuffs, which is space-taking. This is when Japanese manufacturer, Canon, comes out with the one called Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera.
Looking back to Canon History, the original model of PowerShot G1 was actually introduced in 2000. Instantly, this model got a big confrontation from competes such as Sony RX100 series, Panasonic’s LX, or X100 series from Fujifilm. However, this G1 series survived, and that’s why we can see the successor released periodically until now.
Despite all compliments this camera receives, this is actually a risky choice for Canon to release Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera to the market, especially when the previous model, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, did not receive so much appreciation. But, it doesn’t take too long after its release for G1 X Mark III to take all attentions. And it strengthens the claim that Canon G1 camera line is indeed deserves to get successor. Below is the introduction video of PowerShot G1 X Mark III from Canon USA official Youtube account.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera is a very compact camera, which is more than just a point and soot. Within its small body, the manufacturer has planted powerful APS-C sensor, which is the same sensor used in most of today’s mirrorless and DSLR cameras. With the incorporation of zooms lens, built-in EVF, and touchscreen display, no word can describe this camera other than compact and powerful.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera Design
The compact size and powerful features on Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera emphasize that this camera is aimed for those who wants a versatile camera which delivers the equal quality of a DSLR. The design is solid with weather shield metal and plastic construction. With the dimension and 399 grams weight with battery and memory card inside, this compact camera is smaller and lighter than the predecessor but still felt comfortable in hand.
Handling is pretty easy on Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera. The control dials are well-positioned. On the top plate, we can see several buttons and dials which can be reached easily by fingers. From the left, we can see shooting mode dials, then pop-up flash, hotshoe, shutter release button, and small power button. For the shutter release button, it’s surrounded by rocker switch that can be used to operate the zooming function of the camera. In addition, dedicated exposure compensation dial is also placed at the top side of the camera.
Moving to the rear side, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera is equipped with a flexible-tilting screen. This is 3 inch LCD screen with 1040 K dots of resolution for vivid and bright display. The LCD is capable of 180° forward tilting for selfies, and 45° backward tilting to shoot in difficult angle. Moreover, it also has rotating axis, so the screen can be folded-in into the body for more protection.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera Sensor and Processor
As stated before, this camera is an all-in-one choice and a replacement of DSLR. So under the hood, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera must have powerful specification. It’s proven with the use of a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the sensor that mostly used by upper class DSLR and mirrorless these days. This sensor is even identical with the one in another Canon’s flagship, EOS 80D. With this kind of sensor, this camera will deliver better quality of image than any other compact camera offers.
The new DIGIC 7 processor is also planted in this camera, delivering fast image processing and faster operation. While for the aperture, it is f/2.8-5.6 aperture range with focus distance is only 10 cm. With the addition of nine-blade aperture, Canon claims that the camera will produce highly aesthetic background blur. Further, for you who like to shoot at low light, the ISO of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera ranges from 100 up to 25.600. With this ISO, this new G1 X must be superior in low light.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Electronic View Finder and AF System
Another attraction of Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera is the built in Electronic View Finder in it. The EVF applies 0.39x organic EL display with 2.36 million dots. This EVF has been equipped with eye sensor so it can automatically shut the screen off when your eye is getting closer to the viewfinder.
Moreover, in term of video recording, this Canon compact camera can shoot 1080 HD video format with maximum 60 fps. There is no microphone socket, which make this camera is a little bit disappointing for vlogging.
Moving to the autofocus system, this camera is quite mesmerizing. It has Canon’s popular Dual Pixel CMOS AF that usually used in DSLR. This system employs 49 AF points which is arranged in 7 x 7 grid pattern which can be controlled by touching the focus point on screen. It is so fluid and responsive, only takes only 0.09 secs to achieve focus. Along with upgraded continuous shooting mode, this AF system is perfect for tracking slow or fast moving object.
In addition to features above, you can also find five-axis Advanced Dynamic Image Stabilization in Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera. This feature keeps your video stabile and your photo clear without blur by reducing shake. The Panoramic sweep mode allows you to capture 67 MP image with 16,000 x 4200 for vertical images and 24,064 x 2800 for horizontal shots. Soon as photo or video shot, you can instantly share it to your smartphone or laptop simply by using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Price, Release Date, and Overall Performance
Overall, PowerShot G1 X Mark III succeeds to bring DSLR and mirrorless quality in such a compact camera body. The image quality is good, especially with fast and accurate AF system, while the video is just fine. The viewfinder is crisp, and it moves really fluidly from rear screen to EVF when our eyes getting close. Battery performance is pretty good too, achieving 200 shots in one single charge.
If there’s one thing we could b disappointed from Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera at whole, it must be on the absent of microphone jack. Especially when vlogging becomes a trend now, the absence of microphone jack is a bit unfortunate. And for you who want to afford this coll compact camera, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is offered in around 1.299 USD and started shipping on November 2017.