Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Launch Date, Value and Specs

Not the prettiest digicam we have seen.


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Whereas the Leica X Vario had the excellence of being the primary APS-C (22.three x 14.9 mm) compact with a zoom lens when it got here out in 2013 — they normally have mounted focal lengths — nobody has adopted in Leica’s wake with a extra inexpensive mannequin till now. There are good causes for that, as we noticed with the X Vario and with the specs for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III attest.

It incorporates the identical larger-than-most APS-C sensor because the mirrorless EOS M5, a 24-megapixel Twin Pixel CMOS, which implies the digicam additionally will get quick phase-detection autofocus as a substitute of gradual contrast-detection.

It is costly…

When it ships in November, the G1 X M3 will price $1,300 (£1,150; Canon Australia would not present an RRP, however immediately transformed it is about AU$1,770). That is much more costly than a typical flagship compact. However remember the fact that placing a hard and fast zoom lens on an even bigger sensor with out making a concomitantly large digicam is dearer proposition.

As a refresher, the bigger the sensor, the farther from it a given focal-length lens must be with a view to cowl the sensor solely, and longer focal lengths have to farther away than shorter ones for a similar motive. For quite a lot of different technical causes, the widest aperture dimension additionally decreases because the focal size will get longer, and smaller apertures are undesirable as a result of they let in much less mild and reduce the quantity of background defocus you may get when the topic and background are shut to one another.

That is why most APS-C compacts just like the equally priced Fujifilm X100F have a wide-angle, wide-aperture mounted lens, and why superior compacts with zoom lenses usually have smaller sensors.

…with a gradual lens, icky design and lacking options…

The everyday digicam producer’s assumption is that if you happen to’re sufficient to pay extra for an even bigger sensor, you are discerning sufficient to desire a quick lens. (Comparatively narrow-aperture lenses are known as “gradual.”)

The G3 X M3’s closest competitor in spirit is the old-but-still-kicking Panasonic LX100, with its barely smaller 17.three x 13mm 4 Thirds sensor, however which has a considerably sooner 24-75mm f1.7-2.Eight zoom lens and which currrently prices about half the Canon’s worth.

Canon’s 24-72mm lens’ f2.Eight-5.6 aperture vary implies that at 72mm the LX100’s is a full two stops wider — that is a 4x distinction within the quantity of sunshine that reaches the sensor. If you consider the presumably bigger pixels on the larger Canon sensor, that works out to a smaller distinction, however I extremely doubt the sensor is 2 stops extra delicate; Canon’s sensors simply aren’t that good.  Then again, the depth-of-field trade-off behind the topic between the 2 is about 6 inches/15cm in a typical shot from 10 ft/three m away at 50mm, assuming the PowerShot hits f4 at 50mm. (In different phrases, a comparatively trivial distinction with respect to helpful background defocus.)

And whereas f2.Eight at 24mm sounds nice — and it’s — you do not sometimes shoot portraits or different kinds of pictures the place background defocus is necessary with a wide-angle lens due to distortion. You want the quick aperture at about 35mm-equivalent and longer, the place the Canon has possible already hit f4 or extra. Plus, its minimal focus distance is four inches/10 cm, farther than the standard 2 in/5 cm.

Relative sensor sizes.

Nonetheless, so long as you do not care about trendy options or 4K video, the photograph high quality needs to be considerably higher than a digicam with a 1-inch sensor and a quick lens, just like the Sony RX100 V.

Canon has dropped the G1 X’s authentic physique design in favor of the G5 X Mark II’s, with the useful however oddly wartlike entrance dial. On the within, it is the EOS M5 mirrorless, and equally lacks a few of the identical capabilities, similar to 4K video; it is form of unhappy that Canon’s touting that that is the primary of its PowerShots to incorporate a panorama mode.

On the upside, it does have the identical 7fps (with autofocus and autoexposure) continuous-shooting pace and good digital viewfinder because the M5, plus it ought to have the Twin Pixel CMOS’ usually wonderful autofocus. And it has what many M5 customers have been clamoring for: a extra dust-and-weather resistant physique, although it is solely “drip” resistant. Canon will provide a water-resistant housing for the digicam, which it by no means provided for it is APS-C dSLRs or mirrorless fashions.

…and it makes full sense 

The lesson we have all realized concerning the majority of shopper interchangeable-lens patrons is that they hardly ever interchange. They use no matter package lens got here with the digicam, normally an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 or a equally gradual all-in-one zoom (ranges fluctuate), mainly turning a dSLR or mirrorless into an oversize compact. So, from that perspective, this digicam makes full sense. 

Plus, Canon lags behind the remainder of the world with its overpriced mirrorless fashions. So why not take all of the necessary stuff from the M5 mirrorless, stick it within the barely extra M5 customers have been clamoring for, stick a hard and fast lens on it and provide it for a similar worth? (An artificially related worth, since Canon solely presents an 18-250mm f3.5-6.three lens package for the M5; it might be loads cheaper with a comparable 18-55mm zoom.)

Nonetheless, I’m not an enormous fan of the Twin Pixel CMOS’ photograph high quality, so the transfer to APS-C versus Panasonic’s considerably smaller however wonderful sensor or Sony’s 1-inch-RX sequence powerhouses, would not do a lot for me on this context, particularly given the gradual lens and unimpressive characteristic set. And do not forget the meh 200-shot battery life!

Specs

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Sensor efficient decision

24.2MP Twin Pixel CMOS

Sensor dimension

22.three x 14.9 mm

Focal-length multiplier

1.6x

OLPF

Sure

Sensitivity vary

ISO 100 – ISO 25600

Lens (35mm equal)

24-72mm

f2.Eight-5.6

3x

Closest focus

four in/10 cm

Burst taking pictures

7fps

29 JPEG/n/a

(9fps with publicity and focus mounted on first body)

Viewfinder 

(magazine/ efficient magazine)

EVF

zero.four in/10mm

2.4m dots

100% protection

Sizzling shoe

Sure

Autofocus

On-pixel phase-detection

AF sensitivity

n/a

Shutter pace

half of,000 to 30 secs; bulb

Metering

n/a

Metering sensitivity

n/a

Finest video

H.264 QuickTime MOV

1080/60p, 30p, 24p

Audio

Stereo

Guide aperture and shutter in video

Sure

Most best-quality recording time

9:59 minutes

Optical zoom whereas recording

Sure

Clear HDMI out

n/a

IS

Optical

LCD

three in/7.5 cm

Articulated touchscreen 

1.04m dots

Reminiscence slots

1 x SDXC

Wi-fi connection

Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth

Flash

Sure

Wi-fi flash

No

Battery life (CIPA score)

200 pictures

(1,250 mAh)

Dimension (WHD)

four.5 x three.1 x 2.zero in

116 x 78 x 51 mm

Physique working weight

14.1 (est.) 

399 g (est.)

Mfr. worth

$1,300

£1,150

Launch date

November 2017

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