Canon Launches the Feature Rich Powershot G1X M3 for $1299

Canon is taking its PowerShot point-and-shoot series to an all new level with the launch of its first ever camera in the series with a 1.5-inch APS-C CMOS sensor. The new G1X Mark III comes with a 24-72 mm, f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens, which is the most advanced it has ever put in a PowerShot.

Comes With DIGIC 7 and 1080p Video

The 24.2 MP sensor is the same as the one used in the EOS 80D and supports Dual Pixel Autofocus, twice as much as the previous generation. The DIGIC 7 image processor is also borrowed from Canon’s high-end mirrorless cameras.

ISO levels ranging from 100 to 25600 are supported. Burst modes of 9 fps (7 with continuous AF) are supported, as is 1080p video at 60 fps (rather than the increasingly popular 4K option on point-and-shoots these days).

At the top is a pop-up flash for low-light shots. There is a dual-sensing image stabilization to make the output even smoother.

Display, Viewfinder and Connectivity

At the back is a 3-inch 2.36-million LCD touchscreen, alongside physical controls and dials. The display tilts on its side by up to 270-degrees, so selfies are somewhat manageable.

Connectivity is handled by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Arguably the most important element on the back is the presence of a 2.3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder. It still tips the scales at just 399 grams, being 16% smaller and 14.8 mm thinner than before.

Water and Dust Proof

Despite the improved, stylized construction, the design is dust and water resistant for added peace of mind. The battery lasts up to 200 shots on a complete charge. Shooting modes such as Panorama and Time-Lapse are all available on the G1X Mark III.

Pricing starts at $1299, which makes the lack of 4K a bit hard to swallow. It will be available starting from next month.