The very best compact cameras have closed the gap in features and performance to DSLRs. We find out just how close the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III comes to Canon's DSLRs.
For many professional and enthusiast photographers, DSLRs have remained the cameras of choice for various shooting scenarios, from events and news reporting to sports and scuba diving. The very best compact cameras have continued to close the gap in features and performance, but their smaller sensors, more-limited processing power, and other compromises have meant DSLRs still have the edge.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Weighing just under 400g (14oz) – about 27-percent lighter than its predecessor – the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers two firsts for a Canon compact camera: a 24-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor similar to that found in a DSLR such as the Canon EOS 80D, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the premium autofocus system featured in the latest Canon EOS-series DSLRs. Add to that its built-in 24–72mm equivalent f/2.8–5.6 zoom lens and a 2.36-million-dot high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and you have a versatile camera that shoots like a DLSR but in a travel-friendly form factor that fits in your pocket. By comparison with the much smaller 1-inch sensor on the typical compact, the APS-C sensor in the PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers underwater shooters advantages that only DSLR users previously enjoyed. With the higher pixel count available in a large sensor, digital noise is controlled much better in situations demanding high-ISO settings, crucial when visibility is reduced at depth or when requiring a fast shutter speed to capture speedy subjects near the surface. Similarly, autofocus speed and accuracy are other areas where compacts often struggle, compared to DSLRs. But combining Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon’s powerful latest-generation DIGIC 7 image processor and Dual Sensing image stabilisation, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III aims to perform even when conditions are less than ideal. So whether you want to photograph the low-contrast bulk of a sperm whale or film a speedy sea lion using subject tracking, getting pin-sharp focus promises to be a breeze. And with 7fps continuous shooting with AF tracking (or 9fps with fixed AF), you won’t have to worry about getting that perfect composition.
Less Menu Diving, More Real Diving!
With its separate buttons and dials, and dedicated underwater scene mode for correcting white balance, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is ideally paired with an underwater housing, such as Canon’s optional WP-DC56. Depth-rated to 40 metres, the waterproof case provides intuitive control over nearly all camera functions, allowing underwater shooters from beginner level and beyond to take advantage of the PowerShot G1 X Mark III’s large high-resolution sensor, fast autofocus, and high-speed continuous shooting in the subsea realm.
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