I wonder just how many people that buy an interchangeable lens camera - be it DSLR or mirrorless - end up buying additional lenses after purchase.
Chances are, many will stick with the kit lens and that will be that. No additional wide aperture fast prime lenses. Nope, just the one lens.
For such a person (plus those that want a capable yet more compact camera), the Canon Powershot G1X III looks like the perfect alternative to DSLRs and mirrorless. It's the first camera with APS-C size sensor to feature an optical zoom lens.
It's a much larger sensor than the one used in other Canon Powershot cameras. Therefore, you get the same image quality as most of Canon's DSLRs and mirrorless EOS-M cameras, with the versatility of a 24-72mm zoom lens engineered specifically for the camera.
Yes, the G1X III is the new Powershot flagship model that sets the bar.
What's really impressive is that Canon has squeezed this larger sensor into an even smaller body than the G1X II, plus crammed it full with the latest and greatest technologies.
Here's what you get:
- APS-C size sensor with 24.2MP, in a DSLR-styled compact camera
- 24-72mm f/2.8-5.6 lens with up to 4EV image stabilisation
- 5-axis stabilisation for videos
- 398g, including battery and card
- Digic 7 processor
- Vari-angle 1.04-million-dot LCD touchscreen
- 1080p HD videos up to 60fps
- 7fps with full-time AF, 9fps without AF
- Canon’s best-ever’ Dual Pixel AF
- Time-lapse, panning and panoramic shooting modes
- Wi-Fi, NFC enabled and always-on BlueTooth
Unsurprisingly the Canon Powershot G1X III is not cheap. In fact, at £1,149 you might consider it expensive.
Yet, if the zoom lens of the camera can cover your photography needs, then this tiny powerhouse of a camera will not disappoint.
After a hands-on at the UK launch of the G1X III, I have no doubt in the capability of the camera. It's fantastic.