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Lead­ing stu­dio flash maker Pro­foto is turn­ing its hand to on-cam­era speed­lights, and its new A1 packs quite a punch. Fu­ji­film’s cur­rent up­grade pro­gram of its X Mount line is com­pleted with the X-E3. Canon launches three new tilt/shift lenses and Sony un­veils a su­per tough pro-grade ac­tion­cam. Plus we’re started to get ex­cit­ing about Nikon’s likely launch of a full-35mm mir­ror­less cam­era sys­tem… we reckon it’s com­ing soon. Stand by.

WHEN CANON SAYS “it’s the best com­pact cam­era we have ever made”, you tend to sit up and take no­tice. The cam­era in ques­tion is the new Pow­erShot G1 X Mark III and it gets an­other big rap when Canon de­scribes it has de­liv­er­ing “D-SLR per­for­mance in a com­pact cam­era body”.

Very sim­i­lar in size and styling to the mir­ror­less EOS M5 – and, in fact, vir­tu­ally serv­ing as a fixed lens al­ter­na­tive – the G1 X Mark III is the first Canon com­pact cam­era to use an ‘APS-C’ size sen­sor. It’s a ver­sion of the 25.8 megapix­els CMOS that’s in ser­vice in a num­ber of Canon D-SLRs (as well as the EOS M5 and M6) and it’s mated with the lat­est-gen ‘DiG!C 7’ high-speed pro­ces­sor to give a num­ber of im­pres­sive specs, in­clud­ing con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at up to 9.0 fps with the AF/AE locked to the first frame and up to 7.0 fps with full AF/AE ad­just­ment. In­ci­den­tally, aut­o­fo­cus­ing is via Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’, which is now well proven in a num­ber of EOS D-SLR mod­els. The G1 X Mark III has the same EVF as the M5 – a 2.36 megadots OLED panel – which is sup­ple­mented by a fully-ad­justable LCD mon­i­tor screen with touch con­trols (in­clud­ing ‘Touch And Drag’ aut­o­fo­cus­ing). The lens is a 3x zoom with a fo­cal range equiv­a­lent to 24-70mm and a max­i­mum aper­ture of f2.85.6. The fixed lens de­sign en­ables the op­tics to be pre­cisely matched to the sen­sor. Im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion is via sen­sor shift and op­er­ates on five axes with cor­rec­tion for cam­era shake of up to four stops. It’s also avail­able when shoot­ing video, al­though Canon has stuck with Full HD rather than 4K, al­beit with the choice of 24, 25 and 50 fps speeds (PAL stan­dard).

The fea­ture set – and menu de­sign – is very sim­i­lar to Canon’s cur­rent of­fer­ings on its mid-range D-SLRs and mir­ror­less cam­eras, in­clud­ing the ‘Cre­ative Style’ pic­ture pro­files. Other no­table fea­tures in­clude in-cam­era panorama stitch­ing (a first for Canon), auto level com­pen­sa­tion, three-stop ND fil­ter, in-cam­era RAW-to-JPEG pro­cess­ing and both built-in WiFi (with NFC) and Blue­tooth LE con­nec­tiv­ity.

On the out­side, the G1 X III bodyshell is sealed against dust and mois­ture and em­ploys a dial-based con­trol lay­out, in­clud­ing a mul­ti­func­tion ‘Lens Con­trol Ring’. De­spite its big­ger sen­sor and up­graded spec, the new cam­era is both smaller and lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor. Ded­i­cated ac­ces­sories in­clude an un­der­wa­ter hous­ing which al­lows the cam­era to be used at depths of up to 40 me­tres. Lo­cal avail­abil­ity will be from the end of Novem­ber with pric­ing in the re­gion of $1600.

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