It brings APS-C shoot­ing to the G1 X range, but does this com­pact rep­re­sent a gen­uine rev­o­lu­tion in the line-up?

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Does this of­fer­ing have what it takes to com­pete?

Canon has a good rep­u­ta­tion for build­ing high-qual­ity com­pact cam­eras, packed with en­tic­ing, ad­vanced fea­tures. The G se­ries has long been seen as a portable al­ter­na­tive for pro­fes­sion­als and the third gen­er­a­tion of the G1 X line builds on this her­itage. The Mark III bor­rows its Digic 7 pro­cess­ing en­gine from high-end DSLRs such as the EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 77D, so there­fore in­her­its sim­i­lar ad­van­tages in speed and im­age han­dling.

The head­line fea­ture of the G1 X Mark

III is the APS-C for­mat 24.2MP CMOS sen­sor which, in con­cert with the pro­ces­sor, prom­ises im­age qual­ity in line with Canon’s in­ter­change­able lens mod­els. In our tests, the PowerShot did not dis­ap­point – at the base ISO set­tings, images were vir­tu­ally free of noise and were supremely de­tailed. An ad­van­tage of fixed-lens cam­eras is that the man­u­fac­tur­ers are able to tai­lor the in­ter­nal de­sign for a spe­cific sen­sor-lens pair­ing, and in the G1 X Mark III the high-qual­ity

Canon op­tic makes the most of the pix­els at its dis­posal. Cen­tre to edge sharp­ness is con­sis­tent, as is colour and con­trast. Colour re­pro­duc­tion it­self is also im­pres­sive, with many tones in­dis­tin­guish­able from those seen with the naked eye. For a sub-full-frame cam­era, fea­tur­ing 24MP, high­light and shadow de­tail is re­tained well in high-con­trast light­ing, rep­re­sent­ing a very us­able dy­namic range.

The G1 X Mark III takes de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from its EOS DSLR rel­a­tives, but re­tains a PowerShot range lay­out, so users of both prod­uct lines should feel at home. The body is not ul­tra-com­pact, but the depth is nec­es­sary to fa­cil­i­tate the use of the larger sen­sor – an im­pres­sive feat in its own right. The size and weight are per­fectly man­age­able and the cam­era can eas­ily fit in the palm of the hand. The textured, rub­berised sur­faces pro­vide a re­as­sur­ing grip and the im­pres­sion of rugged­ness, which is com­pleted by weather seal­ing. Th­ese lend the cam­era a pro­fes­sional han­dling ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion dial and man­ual zoom/fo­cus ring pro­vide a tac­tile in­ter­face, as does the highly re­spon­sive touch­screen, which can be used for im­age scrolling and for se­lect­ing the fo­cus point. The lat­ter func­tion is com­ple­mented by Canon’s Dual Pixel AF, to cre­ate an in­tu­itive and very fast-work­ing aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. This is of par­tic­u­lar ben­e­fit to users of the in­cluded Full HD video mode, for which it pro­vides both smooth and silent fo­cus­ing. The four-stop im­age sta­biliser is very ef­fec­tive, no­tice­ably so when shoot­ing hand­held video clips. An­other use­ful char­ac­ter­is­tic is the eye sen­sor, lo­cated be­side the EVF, which au­to­mat­i­cally wakes the cam­era from standby mode when placed up to the eye for shoot­ing. This speeds up op­er­a­tion when pic­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties ar­rive sud­denly. The viewfinder it­self is bright and very clear, al­though a no­tice­able colour dif­fer­ence from the rear LCD does make judg­ing colour bal­ance a lit­tle tricky – though this is less of a prob­lem when shoot­ing RAW files, which can be eas­ily fixed in pro­cess­ing.

“The textured, rub­berised sur­faces pro­vide a re­as­sur­ing grip and the im­pres­sion of rugged­ness, which is com­pleted by weather seal­ing”


Images from the G1 X III are com­pa­ra­ble

to those from EOS cam­eras like

the 800D

Far right RAW CON­TROL

The PowerShot com­pact out­puts stan­dard Canon

CR2 RAW files, of­fer­ing pro­fes­sional

edit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties


Press this to quickly en­ter the Wi-Fi con­nec­tion

set­tings menu


The cam­era of­fers a range of au­to­matic and

man­ual con­trols

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