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Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III Full Review : Verdict

Canon Powershot G1X MarkIII (7)

Value For Money

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III is priced at £1149 and will be available shortly. This makes the camera quite expensive compared to a mirrorless camera and lens, however, compared to some of the competition, compact cameras with large sensors, then the price is fairly reasonable. Some alternatives to consider include the following:

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V, 20mp 1inch, 2.9x optical zoom, 24fps, 4K video, £950
Panasonic Lumix LX100, 12.8mp Four Thirds sensor, 3.1x optical zoom, 11fps, 4K video, £499
Fujifilm X100F, 24mp APS-C, 35mm equivalent f/2 lens, 8fps, FullHD video, £1200

Have a look at more serious compact cameras in our Top 10 Best Serious Compact Cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III Verdict

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III has taken the great usability of a Canon DSLR, and the 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor with phase-detection AF built-in, and squished it into a compact camera, whilst maintaining excellent handling and usability. They've also put a 3x zoom lens (24-72mm equivalent) on the front, with a relatively bright f/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens. 

What Canon is offering is unique, giving a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, and a 3x optical zoom lens, in a compact camera not much bigger than other compact cameras. We started this review by asking if Canon had made a true miniature DSLR in the size of a compact camera, and from the results, we would say they've succeeded. Whilst the camera doesn't have the battery life to match a DSLR, this can quickly be solved by the purchase of a spare battery or two. 

The camera offers an electronic viewfinder, as well as a 3inch vari-angle touch-screen. You can use the touch-screen to set the focus position as well as change settings in the menus. As a compact camera, the electronic viewfinder is fairly small, but is still useful in bright conditions, when you might not want to use the screen. If you don't need 4K video recording or ultra high-speed continuous shooting, and the 9fps continuous shooting of the G1 X Mark III is enough for you, then the camera should meet your needs. If you're looking for a compact camera, that has Digital SLR image quality, then the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III is the closest thing you're likely to find. 

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III Pros

  • 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor in a compact camera
  • Excellent noise performance for class
  • 3x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture
  • 3inch vari-angle touch-screen
  • A number of control wheels
  • Compact for the size of sensor
  • Auto Panoramic mode!

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III Cons

  • FullHD video - no 4K or high-speed video
  • Short battery life (200-250)

Overall Verdict

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Photographs taken using the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III

St-Benoit Church, Castres, France


16 Oct 2017 9:21AM
Retro SLR tactile design BUT well packed with modern features. I would love to see the lens reaching the equivalent of 100mm in 35mm photography. The extra underwater casing makes it a very interesting tool for sea photography.
Bravo Canon

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altitude50 Plus
13 10.7k United Kingdom
16 Oct 2017 10:18AM
The price!
Who is going to buy it?
Too many brilliant competitors from Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic. Etc.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.0k 26 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2017 10:34AM

Quote:The price!
Who is going to buy it?
Too many brilliant competitors from Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic. Etc.

Looked at the spec, thought 'this is a good camera'. Saw the price. Shouldn't be a surprise for Canon. But Lordy. I expect some people will buy it.
I am glad that someone has embraced the idea of an APS-C compact zoom, but the price is far too much! You can buy the 200D, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and 50mm F1.8 for a lot less than this. Yes you can't put those in your pocket, but hey, it still makes a concept like the G1X3 overpriced. Come on Canon, you cannot rip-off photographers like this.
Having a well used Mark II, with a dodgy rear control wheel, I was looking forward to this. Until I saw the Price. Yikes! I know it is near Halloween and all, but what a fright!
The M5 is not much bigger, more versatile and available at some reputable dealers for 60% of this price, now, with the 15-45mm lens. You could add he 18-135 and the 11-22mm and still have change for a spare battery. I appreciate the size and convenience advantages of this though.
200 shots? You will need a lot of batteries for a day out - and if you read the Canon specification sheet it says 'dust and moisture resistance' and qualifies it by saying it is not 'dust and moisture proof' , so probably no more resistant than anything else.
At 300 less, it would still be expensive, but more reasonably priced - the only thing that will increase my interest (apart from a price cut) is the quality of the lens. If it is ( and it really has to be) sharp wide open through the range then it may be I would reconsider it. But if the lens is a bit mediocre, I think I will pass.

Oh, and one other thing - as usual with Canon, you have to buy the lens hood separately ..... come on, at that price a lens hood and a hot shoe cover (! For the weather resistance) should be in the box.
Filters; no mention of being able to add filters - I take it there will be another filter adaptor to buy to allow filters to be used......
18 Oct 2017 3:52PM
I suppose if you compare it with the M5 the price, at about $200 more compared to the M5 and standard lens probably isn't too big a shock. Adds weather-sealing and a fold-out screen (I think the screen has a lower resolution, though) and price-wise is more aimed at things like the Fuj X100 and and 'other large sensor' all-in-ones. But that's in hindsight, after the initial 'how much!' feeling on seeing the price. From the marketing blurb I don't think Canon see it as being in the same market segment as a 200D, btw. more the 80D level.....whether or not etc. etc. - oh, and I suspect that the zoom lens may not be to my taste anyway as I think it's motorised.

It is pretty small and light, though, so what they have done is quite impressive, kind of ground-breaking. Not sure it's going to attract those looking for 'pocketable,' and like the M5 misses out on the attractive retro looks - it does look bland, but of course that shouldn't (but probably will) make a difference.

It will be interesting to see how it fares.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
15 Nov 2017 10:05PM
I think lots of people will buy it. Whats there to compare it to? Nothing. APSC 24 Mpix, built in zoom, image stabilization, flip put touch screen. Pricey, but a brilliant travel camera.
A built in viewfinder at the third attempt and a very nice looking camera. However, the 1.5 inch sensor and longer, faster lens might have been retained for greater versatility. There's no way I'm tempted to trade in my mint condition, used, 400, Olympus OMD E-M1 for it.
21 Nov 2017 12:16AM
No mic jack! No sale.
Thanks for the review, but your Pros/Cons list is often useless. Why you don't put pros/cons that you already mentioned in the text into the list as a summary. So why not mentioning the missing mic jack or the rather slow lens?

Instead you write "3x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture", which is not true because it has no constant f2.8 aperture.
Moreover you list the compact size with big sensor twice under pros.
And as if auto panoramic mode is someting special?!

Overall the Pros/Cons list seems to be completely random and is useless as a summary for people who don't want to read the whole review.

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