Hands-on with the impressively small Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X Mark III combines a 24MP APS-C sensor and hybrid autofocus system in a pricey but impressively compact body. Canon has been showing it to us at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, and we’ve compiled some first impressions of how it handles.

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

As should be obvious from this photograph, the G1 X Mark III is very small indeed, for an APS-C format camera. Despite being barely larger than the 1″ format PowerShot G5 X, the G1 X Mark III’s sensor and Dual Pixel autofocus system are lifted directly from the company’s latest APS-C DSLRs.

Unlike the G5 X or Canon’s Rebel-series DSLRs though, the G1 X Mark III offers weather-sealing. We didn’t get the chance to soak it with water yet, but just from initial impressions of this late pre-production sample, build quality seems excellent (which it should, for a compact camera at this price).

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

A front control dial isn’t in quite the same position as it is in Canon’s DSLRs, but it works in exactly the same way. Our model for these shots has pretty small hands, but even with my big banana fingers, the G1 X Mark III is comfortable to hold and the manual controls are (by and large) easy to find by touch.

The 24-72mm F2.8-5.6 sacrifices brightness and zoom range for size, but covers a useful range for everyday photography. Despite the relatively slow aperture at 70mm, autofocus is fast and impressively positive, even in the very dim conditions of a show floor meeting room. Obviously this → continue…

From:: DPreview