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Canon has unveiled its first APS-C sensor compact zoom camera: the PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Date:2017-10-18 15:29:02

Canon has unveiled its first-ever APS-C sensor compact zoom camera, the 24.3-megapixel PowerShot G1 X Mark III. It trades in the sleek body of the last G1 X Mark II model for a more DSLR-like, physical dial-laden body that's very similar to the G5 X compact. It also features Canon's fast and accurate dual-pixel autofocus and an all-new 2.36 million OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). Gone is the versatile 24-120mm f/2.0-3.9 zoom lens of the last model -- which had a smaller 1.5-inch sensor -- replaced with a slower and shorter 24-72 mm f/2.8-5.6 model (35mm equivalent).

With many features typically found in an interchangeable lens camera and performance and image quality to match, Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera establishes itself as the new flagship in the premium G-Series lineup. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera breaks new ground as the first Canon compact digital camera to feature a large 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor for detailed images and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast autofocus.

The 2.36 million dot EVF was a much-requested feature by owners of the last model, and the G1 X Mark III now has a 3.0-inch vari-angle touch display with touch and drag autofocus -- letting you focus with your finger on the touchscreen while looking through the EVF. With the dual-pixel autofocus and a Digic 7 image processor, the compact can now shoot at 7 fps with continuous AF tracking or 9 fps with fixed tracking. It also has five-axis optical stabilization and a new type of shutter release that Canon calls "more DSLR-like."  

The dual-pixel AF improves focus speed for both still and video images, but with a serious caveat next to its competition. As with other recent Canon models like the M100 mirrorless, the G1 X Mark III is limited to 1080p 60fps video, while rivals like Panasonic and Sony have cheaper compacts (the RX100 V and LX10) that can shoot 4K/30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps.

A wealth of advanced features including a built-in electronic viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD with Touch and Drag AF and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology offer impressive performance in virtually any situation. Whatever your need, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera delivers outstanding results.

It's available in November 2017 for a stunning $1,299/£1,149, a good $300 more than the RX100 v which, other than the sensor size, offers better specs across the board.