Canon Unveils the G1 X Mark III, The First PowerShot with an APS-C Sensor

Canon has just announced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III. This latest G-series camera is Canon’s first to boast a large APS-C sensor, the largest sensor ever offered in a Canon point-and-shoot camera.

Inside the premium compact camera is a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that features an ISO range of 100 to 25600 and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This is also the first time Canon’s Dual Pixel technology has been introduced in its compact cameras — it uses two photodiodes at every pixel site to provide a grid of phase-detection AF elements across the sensor

“This feature, popular amongst enthusiast and professional users, provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, allowing for more creative compositions when framing a subject away from the center of a shot,” Canon states.

The G1 X Mark III has a continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second, or 9fps while shooting with fixed AF and the Dual Pixel system.

On the front of the camera is a 24-72mm lens f/2.8-5.6 (35mm equiv.) with 3x zoom and optical image stabilization.

“This provides users with the versatility to shoot in low-light scenarios like a dimly lit restaurant which can frame subjects with beautiful background blur,” Canon says.

On the back of the camera are two ways of framing your shots: a 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a 3-inch Vari-angle touchscreen LCD. A Touch & Drag AF feature lets you adjust your focus or track subjects with your finger on the LCD without taking your eyes away from the EVF.

Other features and specs of the G1 X Mark III include dust and water resistance, a pop-up flash, 1080/60p HD video recording, 5-axis movie image stabilization, Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Panoramic Shot mode for shooting panoramas by swinging the camera, and Time-Lapse Movies.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available starting in November 2017 with a price tag of $1,299.