The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the first Canon point-and-shoot camera to feature the larger APS-C sensor which I’m sure will make it popular amongst enthusiast and professional photographers.

The G1 X Mark III’s body is solidly built with comfortable ergonomics and comes with a fixed (non-interchangeable) 3x optical zoom 15-45mm F/2.8-5.6 (24-72mm equivalent) lens, giving it a good focal length range for everyday photography.

The image quality was what I expected with the camera delivering superb images each time. I found that the camera quickly focused on subjects for both still photos and video and even in low light the G1 X Mark III had no difficulty focusing except with close/macro shots. Video quality is excellent and I didn’t notice that much jitter thanks to the built-in image stabilisation. The G1 X Mark III does lack the ability to shoot in slow-motion and 4K, but does offer a time-lapse feature which is easy to use and produces perfect results.

As in other recent Canon cameras, the G1 X Mark III has Wi-Fi®, Dynamic NFC and Bluetooth connectivity built-in for easy pairing and image sharing with a smartphone using the Canon Camera Connect App.

Key features include:

  • 24.2 Megapixel APS-C image sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 7.5 cm vari-angle touchscreen with reinforced glass
  • 7 fps with autofocus
  • 1080/60p video (with 5-axis movie IS)
  • Built-in neutral density (ND) filter
  • Dust and water-resistant construction

For a full list of the camera’s specifications visit Canon’s official product page here.

What you’ll get in the box:

What Canon has delivered with the compact PowerShot G1 X Mark III is nothing short of amazing. It’s an ideal camera for somebody looking for something smaller than a DSLR but still offers large-sensor image quality, manual control and shooting in RAW. On the downside, this does all come at a price (+/- R18k) and is unlikely to be the first choice for anyone with a tight budget.

In summary, this isn’t a camera that’ll have you abandoning your DSLR completely, but it’ll make for a great backup for shooting on the go.

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Images sourced from canon.co.za

I have no affiliation with Canon South Africa and this is a completely independent review.
The loan unit was returned to Canon after I had reviewed it.

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