Melville, NY—Canon USA debuted the new flagship of its G-series of premium point-and-shoot compact cameras. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is lightweight and portable yet employs a 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (autofocus) technology. These are both firsts for a Canon point-and shoot compact camera.
“As we continue to evolve the popular Canon PowerShot G-series line, we remain committed to incorporating both our latest innovations and the features photographers are looking for in an advanced, compact camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon USA. “With the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III, users will appreciate the quality and overall performance made possible using a APS-C sensor, alongside upgraded capabilities that can enable the capture of amazing photo and video, even in lowlight conditions.”
The G1 X Mark III offers dramatic improvements from the series’ previous flagship, added Ishizuka. Headlining these upgrades is a larger, 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor that pairs with a wide-angle 24–72mm-equivalent f/2.8–5.6 zoom lens.
The integrated lens features optical image stabilization (IS). In addition, its wide aperture allows for maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images as well as an ISO range of 100–25,600 for low-light performance. It also permits users to frame subjects with creative background blur (bokeh).
Furthermore, technology found in Canon DSLRs has now arrived for the first time in the PowerShot G series. The G1 X Mark III employs Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. The system is designed to provide fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane.
In addition, the new P&S can be used in adverse conditions, as it is dust and water resistant. Designed for enthusiast and professional users, it also offers other useful features to help inspire creativity and improve operability. These include a 2.36M-dot organic LED electronic viewfinder with customization options to match shooting styles or scenes. The EVF is complemented by a 3-inch, vari-angle, touch LCD monitor that permits users to capture shots overhead or at low angles.
Another plus is the camera’s touch & drag AF function, which allows for intuitive operation. It links the EVF and touch panel monitor so users can quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder. And shooters can use smooth zone AF to track subjects with the touch of a finger.
Moreover, the G1 X Mark III is capable of continuous shooting at 7 frames per second (fps) with autofocus or 9 fps with AF fixed, working with Dual Pixel CMOS AF to track fast-moving subjects. Also highlighted is a new shutter release function that provides operation similar to high-end EOS DSLR models.
In addition, the camera records Full HD 1080/60p video with high ISOs and autofocus, using Dual Pixel AF technology. It 5-axis movie IS also helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld. Another video feature is time-lapse movie mode with settings that determine intervals and exposure.
The camera also connects to smart devices via built-in Wi-Fi, NFC or Bluetooth and has a panoramic shot mode.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Pricing
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to ship in November for a suggested retail price of $1,299. In addition, the Canon lens hood LH-DC110, waterproof case WP-DC56 and leather case PSC-6300 for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available for $59.99, $499.99 and $99.99, respectively. usa.canon.com