Canon G1 X III

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 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
  • Previous Model is Canon G1 X II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon G1 X III summary

Canon G1 X III is Canon's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first revealed on October of 2017. It features a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Canon brought out this model in an effort to update the older Canon G1 X II (Read Full Comparison)

The G1 X III is positioned #7 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #164 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon G1 X III history

The Canon G1 X III is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G1 X III24-72mm
Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G1 X II
G1 X III vs G1 X II
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Canon-PowerShot-G1-X front thumbnailCanon G1 X
G1 X III vs G1 X

Canon G1 X III Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon G1 X III based on criterias which are typically considered essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in zoom lens (24-72mm 3.0 x zoom)
comes with face detect focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
comes with touch focus
comes with tracking focus
connects via bluetooth
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does have HDMI support
good ISO range (25,600)
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
has manual focus
has touchscreen
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
NFC connection
rather wide (24mm)
screen can move to multiple angles
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dot)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have microphone jack
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish at long end (f5.6)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Canon G1 X III Sensor information

The Canon G1 X III houses the DIGIC 7 chip. The sensor spec in the Canon G1 X III is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor is able to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the G1 X III's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The G1 X III sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G1 X III dimensions

Canon G1 X III weighs 0.88 lb (399g or 14.07 ounces) & the size of the camera is 115mm x 78mm x 51mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 2.0"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g so the Canon G1 X III is very much the same in comparison with other rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Canon G1 X III beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the G1 X III.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III topview buttons dials

Canon G1 X III Lens information

The G1 X III is equipped with a built-in lens giving a focal range of 24-72mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which is definitely not perfect but it will probably be invaluable in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 and that's really sluggish and not great for low light events and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You could also need to boost your ISO leading to noisy photos. At the long end, 72mm comes at f5.6 which is very slow and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Canon G1 X III Connectivity

The G1 X III has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy images and sometimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon G1 X III Video information

The max video resolution in the Canon G1 X III is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance for video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to leave you with any room to downsample. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone jack which means that you have zero control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look at a different model if you require better audio for your videos.

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Canon G1 X III Weather Sealing

Canon G1 X III has weather proofing making it a very good choice for use for tricky climates. This is particularly beneficial when you are not sure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.

Canon G1 X III Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon G1 X III features a 3" fully articulated display with a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus points and change settings using your finger.

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The View Finder details for Canon G1 X III are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be very useful.

Canon G1 X III Shutter information

Canon G1 X III is able to shoot continuously at 9.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon G1 X III Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon G1 X III features both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support.

Canon G1 X III Autofocus information

Canon G1 X III features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detection which is useful for portraits.

The Sensor features 49 focus points to choose from. Canon G1 X III has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change focus points. It also has Tracking AF for objects on the move. Canon G1 X III comes with manual focus if needed for low light conditions or you want more exact control on focus.

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Canon G1 X III Battery life

The battery pack for the Canon G1 X III is made to last for 200 pictures as per the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser as compared to it's competition. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has the maximum (450) battery life for this range of cameras.

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Canon G1 X III for different kinds of photography

The following chart gives a summary of the Canon G1 X III for different kinds of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon G1 X III

The Canon G1 X III receives a score of 80 which is brilliant, and means the camera is a outstanding fit to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files

Canon G1 X III Street photography factors

Coming in at a superb points tally of 85, the Canon G1 X III is a great choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
provides focus via touch
weather proof
good ISO range (25,600)

Canon G1 X III as a Sports photography camera

A outstanding sports photography score of 76 suggests the Canon G1 X III is a awesome fit for shooting sports. A camera should have excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
terrible battery pack (200 shots)

Travel photography with Canon G1 X III

Size is super important in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Canon G1 X III gets a very good 73 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable option to take on your travels.

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environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
offers touch focus
MP count good (24MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
bad battery life (200 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Canon G1 X III

For anyone looking to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G1 X III at it's nice score of 72 as a landscape camera is a good option compared to its competitors.

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you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low battery life (200 CIPA)

Canon G1 X III as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Canon G1 X III is simply not good for vlogging as it receives a horrible rating of 35.

Photography Glossary
reasonably wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic port

Canon G1 X III Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the G1 X III, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall into the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The line chart here offers you a bird's eye view of the G1 X III compared to it's highest scoring rivals suggested above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW format
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-72mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
9.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, on, sl0w synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
399g (0.88 lb)
Physical dimensions
115 x 78 x 51mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 2.0")
Battery life
200 photos
Battery format
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots
Price at release