Canon PowerShot G1 X III

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | 24-72mm equiv. F2.8-5.6 lens | Dual Pixel AF

What we like:

  • APS-C sensor in relatively compact body
  • Excellent image quality for a fixed-lens camera
  • Reliable Dual Pixel autofocus

What we don't:

  • Pricey
  • Lens on the slow side
  • No 4K video
The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is Canon's first compact to feature a large APS-C sensor, which is the same size you’ll find in the company’s entry-level DSLRs. Along with that 24MP sensor you’ll find a 24-72mm equivalent F2.8-5.6 zoom lens and Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel autofocus. It's designed to appeal to an enthusiast stills shooter looking for a small, carry-everywhere second camera, though it lacks the 4K capture abilities that might tempt those looking for detailed video recording.
The camera’s fully articulated 3” touchscreen facilitates framing shots from above and below. With a built-in electronic viewfinder and a healthy dose of manual controls, it provides enough bells and whistles to keep an enthusiast happy. The small protruding grip and chunkier build will appeal to those who find the Sony RX100-style 'deck of cards' form factor too fiddly, but also means that the G1 X III isn’t a "jeans pocket' camera.
The G1 X III is designed to appeal to an enthusiast stills shooter looking for a small, carry-everywhere second camera
Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus is both fast and effective, and we expect that it will generally perform admirably at 7 fps with continuous focus. The touchscreen is useful for setting a focus point quickly, and it’s especially handy for focus shifts while capturing video.
We find Canon’s JPEG output to be generally nice, and the G1 X Mark III is no exception. Colors are vibrant without being distractingly oversaturated. This sensor/processor combination hasn’t produced the best high ISO results when we’ve tested it in the past, smearing detail as ISO climbs. Raw dynamic range on this sensor allows for a decent range of post-processing latitude, but falls short of some competitors.
In an increasingly 4K world, the G1 X III tops out at a disappointing 1080/60p. You won’t find advanced features like zebra or a microphone socket, but touch-controlled AF, a built-in ND filter and that flip-out LCD provide flexibility for casual video shooters.
The Canon G1 X III is pricey, but for the most part delivers the features and performance you’d expect from a flagship compact. Enthusiasts looking for a compact with adequate manual controls, a large sensor, useful built-in zoom range and built-in EVF who aren’t put off by its video limitations or its steep price will be happy with the camera’s offerings.

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