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.
For more information visit