Canon’s New PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a Full-Featured Compact Camera that Delivers BIG Results

Don’t be fooled by the small size of Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera. This little powerhouse not only looks like a miniature DSLR, it offers many of the sophisticated features found in much larger, mid-level DSLRs. And while Canon calls the new G1 X Mark III a “point-and-shoot” camera, it delivers far more than you’d expect from this nomenclature.

Take the camera’s 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, for example: This is the largest sensor ever in a Canon point-and-shoot camera. Combined with the ISO range of 100-25,600, this means the G1 X Mark III delivers great low-light photographs with impressive image quality. And image sharpness, color rendition, and resolution are very impressive under all lighting conditions throughout the 3X zoom range of the camera’s very sharp built-in 24-72mm f/2.8-5.6 lens.

Fast and Precise Autofocus
Another first for a Canon PowerShot model is the fast and precise Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system in the G1 Mark X III. This is the same AF technology Canon uses in their DSLR cameras, and we never missed a shot thanks to its fast subject acquisition and precise results. And speaking of speed, those of you who shoot sports and action photographs will be impressed by camera’s capability of continuous shooting at 7fps with focus tracking, and 9fps in the fixed-AF mode.

Other focus modes in the G1 X Mark III include manual focus, a Macro mode for subjects from two inches to infinity, and both single-shot and continuous AF. For normal shooting the camera’s focus range extends from 2.0 inches to infinity when the lens is in the wide-angle position, and 1.3-feet to infinity at the 70mm telephoto position.

Despite its modest dimensions of 4.5x3.1x2.0 inches, and a weight of barely 14 ounces, the G1 X Mark III is a very rugged little camera, built to withstand the abuse of outdoor photography under adverse conditions.  The camera is fully sealed against dust and moisture, and it features a textured, rubber covering that feels very secure in the hand.

Versatile Viewing Options
Another big plus for a so-called “point-and-shoot” camera is the fact that the G1 X Mark III boasts both a bright electronic view finder and a big three-inch LCD panel that rotates and swivels in just about any position you can imagine. This versatile touch-screen LCD makes it easy to take photos from a low ground-level position or while holding the camera overhead to shoot above fences and other obstructions that block your view of a subject.

Shot with a Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III

The LCD touch-screen is also linked to the camera’s electronic viewfinder, which means you can quickly adjust focus tracking without ever taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Canon calls this feature “Touch and Drag AF,” and it’s really helpful under a variety of shooting situations.

Another feature that makes the little G1 X Mark III resemble a miniature DSLR, is the hot shoe positioned atop the camera. The G1 X Mark III has a handy built-in pop-up flash for shooting under dim conditions indoors, or when you want to a bit of fill-flash for better outdoor portraits. But the hot shoe atop the camera is a really nice plus when you want to use a powerful accessory flash for more distant subjects.

Exposure Control
The compact G1 X Mark III offers just about every exposure mode you’d find on a DSLR or mirrorless camera. For quick and simple shooting, you have a choice of Full Auto, Program and a number of Scene Modes in which the camera chooses the appropriate settings for the type of scene you select.

But given the camera’s very sophisticated capabilities, we expect a lot of advanced photographers will soon be shooting with the G1 X Mark III. If you fall into this category, you’ll be pleased to know that the camera offers a variety of exposure modes for creative control. You can choose from Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Full Manual modes, with a number of metering modes to create just about any effect you desire.

Shot with a Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III

Other handy features of the G1 X Mark III include wireless options for connecting to a smart device and sharing images via WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC, and Canon’s Quick Connect app that lets you use a smartphone as a remote for controlling the camera.

Is the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III for You?
By now you’ve probably figured out that the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a great choice for everyone in the family who want a go-everywhere camera that delivers professional-looking images. Serious photographers will be confident to use the $1,299 G1 X Mark III as a backup for their full-size DSLR, or for shooting high-quality photographs when they don’t want to carry around a bigger camera and a bag full of lenses.

Shot with a Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III

And less experienced shooters can use the G1 X Mark III in one of its automatic modes to make photos they never thought possible. Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G1 Mark X III will deliver great results under a variety of shooting conditions for just about everyone!