Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Evaluate
Canon’s PowerShot G1 X Mark III digital camera is the successor to the corporate’s G1 X Mark II, and options huge upgrades over it. This new mannequin additionally occurs to be Canon’s first point-and-shoot digital camera to have a big APS-C sensor, whereas nonetheless conserving the general dimension and weight very pocket-friendly.
In India, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is priced at Rs. 79,995, which places it within the premium section of point-and-shoot cameras, together with Sony’s RX100 V. Nonetheless, its giant sensor may give it an edge over the competitors. We’ve been testing it for a few week, and right here’s what we expect.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III design and construct
Canon appears to have accomplished a terrific job with the design, managing to suit a big APS-C sensor in a physique that measures simply 51.4mm in thickness weighs simply 399g, together with the battery and reminiscence card. It’s not as tiny as Sony’s RX100 sequence fashions, nevertheless it ought to match snugly in a big jacket pocket. The physique is constructed out of a magnesium alloy, which makes it powerful, and there are dust- and waterproof supplies and seals all around the digital camera. There are rubber inserts across the hand-grip space too, which we like, and all of the plastic elements have barely textured surfaces so that you get grip.
The G1 X Mark III has a single rotating ring across the lens which may be set to both change the zoom degree or focus for every of the PSAM modes. You additionally get an autofocus illuminator mild and a entrance command dial, which can be utilized to alter the shutter, aperture, and so on, relying on which mode you’re in. The dial is simple to achieve and use, however on the flip facet, it’s too straightforward to show mistakenly when taking pictures, particularly if you’re pointing the digital camera at your self. We discovered our thumb inadvertently rubbing towards it a few occasions once we have been testing this digital camera.
Coming to the highest of the gadget, we’ve got a pop-up flash and a scorching shoe within the centre, the mode dial on the left, and the facility swap, shutter button and publicity compensation dial on the appropriate. The mode dial has a button within the center that must be pressed as a way to flip it, like on higher-end DSLRs. This ensures that you just don’t by accident change modes when taking pictures. The shutter button has a really quick journey to the half-way mark if you’re focusing, however then wants a agency press to truly take a shot. On the appropriate, there’s a flap which protects the Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI port and distant swap terminal, however there’s no provision for plugging in an exterior microphone or headphones. There’s additionally a devoted Wi-Fi button, which takes you on to the connection display, with out having to energy on the digital camera first.
Behind the G1 X Mark III, we’ve got a completely articulating Three-inch touchscreen with a decision of 1.04 million dots. The show has good brightness and even on the default degree, we didn’t have any points when utilizing it outdoor underneath daylight. There’s additionally a built-in OLED digital viewfinder (EVF) with a decently excessive decision of two.36 million dots and a 100 % protection space. There’s a sensor beside the eyepiece that robotically switches between the LCD show and the EVF if you put the digital camera as much as your eye. There’s a second management dial on the rear with a four-way navigation pad, with shortcuts for altering the main focus, drive mode, flash setting, and the quantity of knowledge displayed on the viewfinder. There’s a devoted video recording button as effectively, together with an autofocus selector (single level, zone or topic monitoring), an AE lock button, and the menu and playback buttons.
General, we discovered the G1 X Mark III to be very comfy to make use of in most conditions. Its compact physique makes it straightforward to hold round, the buttons have good tactile suggestions (though most sit a bit of too flush with the physique), and you will get a agency grip on it even when you’ve got moist arms.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III specs and options
The PowerShot G1 X Mark III boasts of a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s current DIGIC 7 picture processor which can be seen on a few of the firm’s DSLR fashions such because the EOS 77D (Review). This digital camera provides 3x optical zoom with picture stabilisation via its 15-45mm lens (24-72mm, 35mm equal). It has an f/2.eight aperture on the extensive finish and an f/5.6 aperture on the telephoto finish.
In comparison with most different point-and-shoot cameras on this value vary, the lens right here isn’t very vibrant. Hopefully, the massive sensor (in comparison with the 1-inch sensors usually utilized by such cameras), ought to compensate for the narrower aperture. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-25,600 in any of this system modes however is restricted to ISO 3200 in Auto mode. Burst taking pictures tops out at 7fps on the Excessive setting, which is fairly respectable. You get 49 autofocus factors and help for capturing RAW picture recordsdata. We discovered that the buffer of this digital camera is sweet for about 21 steady photographs, after which it begins slowing down. Plus, you’ll additionally want to attend a bit until all the pictures are saved to the SD card after every burst.
The video recording decision tops out at 1080p 60fps, which is a bit of disappointing contemplating that 4K help isn’t unusual on this value section, even from point-and-shoot cameras. The G1 X Mark III additionally has the Twin Pixel autofocus system which we’re seeing getting used an increasing number of on lots of Canon’s current launches. This allows you to carry out easy focus shifts between your topic and the background, and it really works splendidly in video too. You possibly can even obtain superior tips like focus pulling by merely tapping totally different areas that you just need to shift focus to.
Contact-and-drag AF is an attention-grabbing function, which helps you to used the touchscreen to pull the autofocus reticule round, when wanting via the EVF. The digital camera additionally includes a built-in ND filter, bracketing choices, and a brand new panorama mode. The latter is obtainable for choice within the SCN taking pictures mode and robotically stitches a panorama as you pan the digital camera about. You possibly can select the path you intend to pan in, after which merely maintain the shutter button down until you’re accomplished. The top result’s fairly good. Different scene modes embrace fish-eye impact, toy digital camera, and HDR.
The digital camera has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, so it really works with Canon’s Digital camera Join app on Android and iOS. We have used this function earlier than with earlier Canon cameras and what it basically does is helps you to use your smartphone as a distant viewfinder and shortly switch photographs kind the digital camera to your telephone. There’s help for a single SD card, which is positioned within the battery compartment, on the underside of the digital camera.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III efficiency and battery life
In our ISO check, the extent of sharpness was maintained very effectively until about ISO 800. Even at ISO 3200, noise was saved in test however particulars received barely softer. After we received to ISO 12800, the digital camera’s noise discount appeared to melt the picture fairly a bit, inflicting a loss intimately. On the highest ISO degree of 25600, there was a little bit of noise, the element degree was low, and the general picture appeared very smooth. You possibly can set the ‘Excessive ISO Noise Discount’ function to low, which does scale back the quantity of softening, however it may well’t be turned off.
In daylight, focusing velocity was good and the tiltable show made it straightforward to border photographs, particularly if our topics have been at an obscure angle. When topics have been towards vibrant daylight, we observed a little bit of chromatic aberration across the edges, however this wasn’t prevalent in all our landscapes photographs. Nonetheless, the extent of element was good and there was good color saturation. The digital camera does have a tendency to spice up reds a bit greater than different colors, which we observed in a few totally different pattern photographs.
Object monitoring labored fairly effectively on transferring topics. In macro photographs, we managed to get decently good separation between our topic and the background, throughout the focal vary. Nonetheless, macros weren’t very sharp, even on the widest finish of the lens. The extent of element and the colors have been good, however photographs have been noticeably smooth once we checked them out at 100 % zoom.
In low mild, noise discount may get a bit too intrusive once we weren’t maintaining a tally of the ISO degree. Even when set to Low, the noise discount function tended to muddy particulars, so it is best to both restrict the ISO to about 6400 if you happen to’re leaving it in Auto, or set it manually, particularly since you possibly can’t open the aperture wider than f/2.eight. Having stated that, we did just like the dynamic vary that the bigger sensor provides. Steady autofocus works effectively too, providing easy transitions as you pan about. Macros have been as soon as once more not the sharpest at night time, however the digital camera did ship pleasing bokeh blobs, when there have been mild sources within the background.
The in-built stabilisation compensates for hand shake by as much as 4 stops, and this works effectively for stills and video. Video recording maxes out at 1080p, and through the day, we observed quantity of element to our topics in addition to saturated colors. The zoom is quite a bit slower when taking pictures video, so that you get a pleasant easy impact. The digital camera maintains sharpness fairly effectively even on the telephoto finish when taking pictures underneath pure mild. In low mild, video footage reveals first rate dynamic vary nevertheless it does get a bit of noisy. The Twin Pixel autofocus continues to work effectively too.
The dimensions of this digital camera makes it nice for vlogging, however the audio captured is strictly okay. It might have been a terrific device for YouTubers if it had a microphone enter, however sadly it doesn’t.
The battery is rated to final 200 photographs per cost, which isn’t excellent. In our expertise, switching to Eco mode and turning the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off when not wanted allowed us to get roughly 260 photographs and some video clips on a single cost. With out Eco mode, we discovered that the battery degree dropped quite a bit faster. General, battery life is sort of mediocre however you possibly can cost the digital camera utilizing an influence financial institution, if that’s any comfort.
Canon’s G1 X Mark III is a enjoyable little digital camera that provides options usually present in Canon’s DSLR and mirrorless digital camera lineup, in a extremely compact physique. It does price a premium, and at this value (or decrease), yow will discover mirrorless cameras that provide 4K video recording and have higher stabilisation, plus different superior options. Nonetheless, mirrorless cameras aren’t fairly as compact, particularly with their lenses, to allow them to’t actually match the slimness of the G1 X Mark III. Sony’s RX100 V is the plain various at this value, and it provides increased decision video recording, quicker burst taking pictures, a wider aperture, and tremendous slow-motion video, to call a number of options.
The APS-C sensor on the Canon provides good dynamic vary however its full potential isn’t fairly exploited because of the comparatively slender aperture. Shut-up photographs may have been sharper and the noise discount at excessive ISO ranges was too intrusive at occasions. Assist for 4K video recording and an exterior microphone would have made this a greater general bundle.
Value (MRP): Rs. 79,995
- Climate-resistant physique
- Compact and light-weight
- Twin Pixel AF works effectively
- Good dynamic vary
- Absolutely articulating touchscreen
- Excessive value
- Weak battery life
- Macros are a bit smooth
- Intrusive noise discount at excessive ISOs
- No 4K video or microphone enter
Rankings (Out of 5)
- Construct/Design: four
- Picture High quality: Three.5
- Video high quality: Three.5
- Efficiency: Three.5
- Worth For cash: Three
- General: Three.5