For travellers who want to
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.