Canon G1X Mark III Field Test Part I

APS-C sensor brings pros and cons to this new compact PowerShot

by Jeremy Gray |

The PowerShot G1X Mark III represents a pair of firsts for Canon's compact camera category. For one, the G1X III is Canon's first compact camera to use an APS-C sensor, and secondly, it's the first PowerShot to include Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus technology. These are significant changes to the G1X series design. How does the Mark III perform?

Camera Body and Design
The G1X Mark III is not only quite different on the inside when compared to its predecessor, but it also looks considerably different, sharing some similarities to the PowerShot G5X. The G1X III has a built-in electronic viewfinder, for starters, which results in a new protrusion on the top of the camera. The G1X III is compact but offers a good amount of physical controls. There's a front command dial and a second rotating dial surrounding the directional pad on the rear of the camera, as well as a dedicated movie record button and an exposure compensation dial. Despite having a larger sensor and an EVF, the G1X III is lighter than its predecessor, weighing in at 14 ounces (399 grams) versus 1.2 pounds (553 grams).

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