Canon G1X Mark III First Shots: Pixel-peep sample images from Canon’s first APS-C compact camera!


posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:26 AM EDT

Click here to view our Canon G1X III First Shots


Canon's flagship PowerShot series, the G1X, is now on its third revision. This time around, there are a lot of upgrades and new features, making it Canon's most advanced compact camera to date. The big story is that despite it's compact size, the Canon G1X Mark III somehow crams in a large 24-megapixel APS-C sensor -- the same chip as housed in the 80D -- a first for a PowerShot camera and a notable size increase from the earlier G1X models, which sported a rather uniquely-sized 1.5-inch-type CMOS chip. As expected, the G1X III also pairs this large sensor with their latest DIGIC 7 image processor, which together should offer better image quality and improved higher ISO performance compared to its predcessors.

We'll dive into the camera's other features and its design and styling changes in our upcoming Field Test, but this camera has just hit our testing lab, so of course, we wanted to get our standard First Shots series of lab sample images completed ASAP! As usual, these test images offer a standardized look at the camera's image quality performance across its full ISO range, both with default noise reduction processing and with its most minimal level. Of course, RAW files are available for download and comparison as well.

As always, you can head over to our Canon G1X III Samples Page to browse the full selection of test images, but don't forget that you can check out our Comparometer to compare these sample images against any other camera we've ever tested! Below are a couple comparison crops against the predecessor and a popular competitor to get the ball rolling...

Canon G1X Mark III vs. Canon G1X Mark II

Base ISO (100): Canon G1X III (left) vs. G1X II (right)
(Note the drastic resolution difference; that's 24MP vs. 13MP!)

ISO 3200: Canon G1X III (left) vs. G1X II (right)


Canon G1X Mark III vs. Fujifilm X100F

This might be a strange comparison for some, but these two cameras are some of the few fixed-lens compact cameras that sport 24MP APS-C sensors (and that are also priced similarly), so we thought it was an appropriate comparison in terms of price, resolution and camera category -- two enthusiast-grade compact, fixed-lens cameras with large, high-res APS-C sensors!

Base ISO: Canon G1X III (left, ISO 100) vs. Fuji X100F (right, ISO 200)
ISO 3200: Canon G1X III (left) vs. Fuji X100F (right)

Canon G1X III First ShotsOverview