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Canon brings Dual Pixel CMOS AF and APS-C sensor to PowerShot G1 X Mark III

By Michael Low & Ng Chong Seng - on 17 Oct 2017, 10:15am

Canon brings Dual Pixel CMOS AF and APS-C sensor to PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon has just announced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, the company’s first compact camera to pack an APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

The third model in Canon’s premium PowerShot G1 X series, one of the two headline features of the G1 X Mark III is its 24.2MP APS-C sensor. For comparison, the 2014 G1 X Mark II only had a puny 12.8MP 1.5"-type sensor.

To “achieve unparalleled high-speed AF” in a compact camera, the Mark III also sports a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This is the same AF system we saw on Canon's higher-end DSLRs like the EOS 77D.

The G1 X Mark III isn’t an ILC though, and instead is equipped with a fixed 24–72mm equivalent zoom lens (f/2.8 - 5.6). Continuous shooting speed is rated at up to 9fps with AF/AE locked on first shot, or 7fps in servo AF mode. The camera also touts a Dual Sensing IS for shaper stills and smoother videos, even when you’re on the move.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III also uses the DIGIC 7 image processor, the same engine we saw on Canon’s other ILCs like the EOS M5. Base ISO is rated at 100 and can go up to 25,600.

Other features include a vari-angle touch panel (you can touch and shift focus points even while looking through the electronic viewfinder), a high-res EVF with 2.36 million dots, 1080/60p video capture, and support for Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth LE connectivity. The camera body is also sealed against moisture and dust. Canon is also making an underwater casing (WP-DC56) that you can buy separately.

Local pricing and availability of the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be advised at a later date. In the U.S., it has a sticker price of US$1,299 (~RM5,484) and will ship in November.