Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90

Portability
82
Imaging
70
Features
74
Overall
71
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III front
 
Canon PowerShot S90 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
42
Overall
38

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Key Specs

Canon G1 X III
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-72mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 399g - 115 x 78 x 51mm
  • Announced October 2017
  • Succeeded the Canon G1 X II
Canon S90
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-105mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 195g - 100 x 58 x 31mm
  • Revealed April 2010
  • Replacement is Canon S95
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Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Canon G1 X III versus Canon S90, former being a Large Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are sold by Canon. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the G1 X III (24MP) and S90 (10MP) and the G1 X III (APS-C) and S90 (1/1.7") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The G1 X III was unveiled 7 years later than the S90 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Canon G1 X III being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Canon S90 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a quick view of how the G1 X III matches up vs the S90 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X III over the Canon S90

 G1 X III S90 
RevealedOctober 2017April 2010More recent by 92 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k461kClearer screen (+579k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Canon S90 over the Canon G1 X III

 S90 G1 X III 

Common features in the Canon G1 X III and Canon S90

 G1 X III S90 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera, you should take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon G1 X III comes with outside dimensions of 115mm x 78mm x 51mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 2.0") having a weight of 399 grams (0.88 lbs) whilst the Canon S90 has measurements of 100mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") with a weight of 195 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the G1 X III vs the S90.

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the G1 X III and S90 is 82 and 92 respectively.

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's difficult to envision the contrast in sensor measurements merely by viewing a spec sheet. The graphic underneath will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the G1 X III and S90.

Clearly, both of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The G1 X III having a bigger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Canon G1 X III will render greater detail having an extra 14 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The more modern G1 X III will have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X III Portrait photography highlights
Canon S90 Portrait photography highlights
82
has manual focus
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW files
41
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/500s)
saves RAW formats
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X III Street photography factors
Canon S90 Street photography factors
86
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
supports focus by touch
environment proofing
very good ISO range (25,600)
65
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G1 X III
Sports photography with Canon S90
77
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
supports phase detect auto focus
terrible battery power (200 shots)
28
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X III as a Travel photography camera
Canon S90 as a Travel photography camera
73
environment proofing
has bluetooth
supports focus by touch
decent MP (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
terrible battery power (200 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
64
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
resolution not great (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X III as a Landscape photography camera
Canon S90 as a Landscape photography camera
73
has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery power (200 shots)
53
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X III as a Vlogging camera
Canon S90 as a Vlogging camera
35
really wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic port
32
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone socket
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Canon G1 X III vs Canon S90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X III and Canon S90
 Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark IIICanon PowerShot S90
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Canon PowerShot S90
Class Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2017-10-25 2010-04-08
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 7 Digic 4
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-72mm (3.0x) 28-105mm (3.8x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range 10cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 1.6 4.8
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.00 m (at Auto ISO) 6.50 m
Flash modes Auto, on, sl0w synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/500 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 399 grams (0.88 pounds) 195 grams (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 78 x 51mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 2.0") 100 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 46
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 185
Other
Battery life 200 photographs -
Battery type Built-in -
Battery ID - NB-6L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported) SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $1,299 $599