Canon announce 24MP PowerShot G1 X Mark III

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Canon have announced the latest addition to its PowerShot G range, the flagship PowerShot G1 X Mark III.

Replacing the G1 X Mark II, the new compact features a 3x optical lens with a large f/2.8 – 5.6 aperture, a 24MP APS-C sensor similar to that in the 80D, and Canon's DIGIC 7 processor.

The built in 3x zoom lens offers a 24 – 72 mm (35 mm equiv.) focal range replacing the 24-120mm f/2.0-3.9 zoom lens of the last model (which also had a smaller 1.5-inch sensor). The larger sensor, should in theory, still render bokeh and out of focus areas nicely, but you do lose some of the focal length from the Mark II.

However in a more welcome return, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III now features a built-in EVF, with a 2.36 million dot Organic EL display.

The new compact weighs in at 399 grams, and is 14.8 mm thinner and approximately 16 per cent smaller than the G1X Mark II. It also has five-axis optical stabilization and a new type of shutter release that Canon calls "more DSLR-like", and similar to that of the 6D Mark II. The drive speed allows shooting at 7 fps with continuous AF tracking or 9 fps with fixed tracking.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III also features weather sealing, and is Canon’s only digital camera with an APS-C sensor that can be paired with an optional waterproof casing, which will let you use it underwater to a depth of 40m.

Unfortunately there's no 4K, with the PowerShot G1 X Mark III instead shooting Full HD 60p movies. Panasonic and Sony have cheaper compacts (the RX100 V and LX10) that can shoot 4K/30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps, so if video is important to you it's something to consider.

There's also included WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth, making for easy pairing, photo transfers and remote live-view shooting of stills and video. and finally there's also a new time-lapse mode that can automatically determine intervals and exposure and a panorama mode too.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available from late November 2017. Prices have not been confirmed at this time.

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