For trav­ellers who want to

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sup­ple­ment their stills with some at­mo­spheric video clips, the Pow­er­Shot G1X Mark III will do a good job, but it’s re­ally not the cam­era for any­thing more se­ri­ous. For starters, there’s no 4K record­ing or fea­tures such as a stereo au­dio in­put or man­ual au­dio level ad­just­ment. On the plus side there’s ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ – which works es­pe­cially well when shoot­ing video – touch screen con­trol, five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, ND fil­ter and a time-lapse func­tion (but, as with the EOS M5, strangely there’s no in­ter­val­ome­ter func­tion for shoot­ing full-size stills).

Con­tin­u­ous AF op­er­a­tion is avail­able with face recog­ni­tion and sub­ject track­ing, while ex­po­sure con­trol can be ei­ther fully au­to­matic – in­clud­ing with auto scene mode se­lec­tion – or fully man­ual. Ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion can be ap­plied while shoot­ing. Most of the pro­cess­ing func­tions for still pho­tog­ra­phy are also avail­able for shoot­ing video, in­clud­ing the ‘Pic­ture Style’ pre­sets, some of the ‘Creative Fil­ter’ spe­cial ef­fects and both the ‘Auto Light­ing Op­ti­miser’ and ‘High­light Tone Pri­or­ity’ pro­cesses. The sen­si­tiv­ity and white bal­ance can also be set man­u­ally. Man­ual fo­cus­ing is as­sisted by a mag­ni­fied im­age and a fo­cus peak­ing dis­play in a choice of three colours and two in­ten­sity lev­els.

Full HD 1080p video is recorded at ei­ther 50 or 25 fps in the MP4 for­mat us­ing MPEG 4 AVC/H.264 com­pres­sion. HD 720p res­o­lu­tion footage can also be recorded at 25 fps. The NTSC speeds of 60 and 30 fps are also avail­able. The G1X III has built-in stereo mi­cro­phones – which are ac­tu­ally par­tic­u­larly good qual­ity – and while the sound lev­els can’t be ad­justed man­u­ally, there’s both a wind-cut fil­ter and an at­ten­u­a­tor.

It’s enough, but only just.

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