Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Review

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It features 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
  • Image stabilisation works well but there’s no 4K video recording
  • The G1 X Mark III is priced at Rs. 79,990

Canon’s PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera is the successorto the company’s G1 X Mark II, and features big upgrades over it. This new model also happens to be Canon’s first point-and-shoot camera to have a large APS-C sensor, while still keeping the overall size and weight very pocket-friendly.

In India, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is priced at Rs. 79,995, which puts it in the premium segment of point-and-shoot cameras, along with Sony’s RX100 V. However, its large sensor could give it an edge over the competition. We’ve been testing it for about a week, and here’s what we think.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III design and build

Canon seems to have done a great job with the design, managing to fit a large APS-C sensor in a body that measures just 51.4mm in thickness weighs just 399g, including the battery and memory card. It’s not as tiny as Sony’s RX100 series models, but it should fit snugly in a large jacket pocket. The body is constructed out of a magnesium alloy, which makes it tough, and there are dust- and water-resistant materials and seals all over the camera. There are rubber inserts around the hand-grip area too, which we like, and all the plastic parts have slightly textured surfaces so you get a good grip.

Canon G1X Mark III top ndtv canon

 

The G1 X Mark III has a single rotating ring around the lens which can be set to either change the zoom level or focus for each of the PSAM modes. You also get an autofocus illuminator light and a front command dial, which can be used to change the shutter, aperture, etc, depending on which mode you’re in. The dial is easy to reach and use, but on the flip side, it’s too easy to turn mistakenly when shooting, especially when you’re pointing the camera at yourself. We found our thumb inadvertently rubbing against it a couple of times when we were testing this camera.

Coming to the top of the device, we have a pop-up flash and a hot shoe in the centre, the mode dial on the left, and the power switch, shutter button and exposure compensation dial on the right. The mode dial has a button in the middle that needs to be pressed in order to turn it, like on higher-end DSLRs. This ensures that you don’t accidentally change modes when shooting. The shutter button has a very short travel to the half-way mark when you’re focusing, but then needs a firm press to actually take a shot. On the right, there’s a flap which protects the Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI port and remote switch terminal, but there’s no provision for plugging in an external microphone or headphones. There’s also a dedicated Wi-Fi button, which takes you directly to the connection screen, without having to power on the camera first.

Canon G1X Mark III back ndtv canon

 

At the back of the G1 X Mark III, we have a fully articulating 3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1.04 million dots. The display has good brightness and even at the default level, we didn’t have any issues when using it outdoors under sunlight. There’s also a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a decently high resolution of 2.36 million dots and a 100 percent coverage area. There’s a sensor beside the eyepiece that automatically switches between the LCD display and the EVF when you put the camera up to your eye. There’s a second control dial on the rear with a four-way navigation pad, with shortcuts for changing the focus, drive mode, flash setting, and the amount of information displayed on the viewfinder. There’s a dedicated video recording button as well, along with an autofocus selector (single point, zone or subject tracking), an AE lock button, and the menu and playback buttons.

Overall, we found the G1 X Mark III to be very comfortable to use in most situations. Its compact body makes it easy to carry around, the buttons have good tactile feedback (although most sit a little too flush with the body), and you can get a firm grip on it even if you have moist hands.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III specifications and features

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III boasts of a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s recent DIGIC 7 image processor which is also seen on some of the company’s DSLR models such as the EOS 77D (Review). This camera offers 3x optical zoom with image stabilisation through its 15-45mm lens (24-72mm, 35mm equivalent). It has an f/2.8 aperture on the wide end and an f/5.6 aperture on the telephoto end.

Canon G1X Mark III ports ndtv canon

 

Compared to most other point-and-shoot cameras in this price range, the lens here isn’t very bright. Hopefully, the large sensor (compared to the 1-inch sensors typically used by such cameras), should compensate for the narrower aperture. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-25,600 in any of the program modes but is restricted to ISO 3200 in Auto mode. Burst shooting tops out at 7fps on the High setting, which is pretty respectable. You get 49 autofocus points and support for capturing RAW image files. We found that the buffer of this camera is good for about 21 continuous shots, after which it starts slowing down. Plus, you’ll also need to wait a bit till all the images are saved to the SD card after each burst.

The video recording resolution tops out at 1080p 60fps, which is a little disappointing considering that 4K support isn’t uncommon in this price segment, even from point-and-shoot cameras. The G1 X Mark III also has the Dual Pixel autofocus system which we’re seeing being used more and more on many of Canon’s recent launches. This lets you perform smooth focus shifts between your subject and the background, and it works wonderfully in video too. You can even achieve advanced tricks like focus pulling by simply tapping different areas that you want to shift focus to.

Touch-and-drag AF is an interesting feature, which lets you used the touchscreen to drag the autofocus reticule around, when looking through the EVF. The camera also features a built-in ND filter, bracketing options, and a new panorama mode. The latter is available for selection in the SCN shooting mode and automatically stitches a panorama as you pan the camera about. You can choose the direction you intend to pan in, and then simply hold the shutter button down till you’re done. The end result is pretty good. Other scene modes include fish-eye effect, toy camera, and HDR.

Canon G1X Mark III front dial canon

 

The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, so it works with Canon’s Camera Connect app on Android and iOS. We’ve used this feature before with previous Canon cameras and what it essentially does is lets you use your smartphone as a remote viewfinder and quickly transfer images form the camera to your phone. There’s support for a single SD card, which is placed in the battery compartment, on the bottom of the camera.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III performance and battery life

In our ISO test, the level of sharpness was maintained very well till about ISO 800. Even at ISO 3200, noise was kept in check but details got slightly softer. When we got to ISO 12800, the camera’s noise reduction seemed to soften the image quite a bit, causing a loss in detail. At the highest ISO level of 25600, there was a bit of noise, the detail level was low, and the overall image looked very soft. You can set the ‘High ISO Noise Reduction’ feature to low, which does reduce the amount of softening, but it can’t be turned off.

Canon G1XMIII ISO ndtv canonISO test

 

In daylight, focusing speed was good and the tiltable display made it easy to frame shots, especially if our subjects were at an obscure angle. When subjects were against bright sunlight, we noticed a bit of chromatic aberration around the edges, but this wasn’t prevalent in all our landscapes shots. However, the level of detail was good and there was good colour saturation. The camera does tend to boost reds a bit more than other colours, which we noticed in a couple of different sample shots.

Object tracking worked quite well on moving subjects. In macro shots, we managed to get decently good separation between our subject and the background, across the focal range. However, macros weren’t very sharp, even at the widest end of the lens. The level of detail and the colours were good, but images were noticeably soft when we checked them out at 100 percent zoom.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample: ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, 45mm (tap to see full-sized image)

More daytime landscapes samples: Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4.

 

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample: ISO 1000, f/5.6, 1/20sec, 43mm (tap to see full-sized image)

More daytime macro samples: Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4.

 

In low light, noise reduction could get a bit too intrusive when we weren’t keeping an eye on the ISO level. Even when set to Low, the noise reduction feature tended to muddy details, so it’s best to either limit the ISO to about 6400 if you’re leaving it in Auto, or set it manually, especially since you can’t open the aperture wider than f/2.8. Having said that, we did like the dynamic range that the larger sensor offers. Continuous autofocus works well too, offering smooth transitions as you pan about. Macros were once again not the sharpest at night, but the camera did deliver pleasing bokeh blobs, when there were light sources in the background.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample: ISO 2500, f/4.5, 1/20sec, 24mm (tap to see full-sized image)

More low-light landscape samples: Sample 2, Sample 3.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample: ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/20sec, 45mm (tap to see full-sized image)

More low-light macro samples: Sample 2, Sample 3.

 

The in-built stabilisation compensates for hand shake by up to four stops, and this works well for stills and video. Video recording maxes out at 1080p, and during the day, we noticed a good amount of detail to our subjects as well as saturated colours. The zoom is a lot slower when shooting video, so you get a nice smooth effect. The camera maintains sharpness quite well even at the telephoto end when shooting under natural light. In low light, video footage exhibits decent dynamic range but it does get a little noisy. The Dual Pixel autofocus continues to work well too.

The size of this camera makes it great for vlogging, but the audio captured is strictly okay. It would have been a great tool for YouTubers if it had a microphone input, but sadly it doesn’t.

The battery is rated to last 200 shots per charge, which isn’t very good. In our experience, switching to Eco mode and turning the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off when not needed allowed us to get roughly 260 shots and a few video clips on a single charge. Without Eco mode, we found that the battery level dropped a lot quicker. Overall, battery life is quite mediocre but you can charge the camera using a power bank, if that’s any consolation.

Verdict
Canon’s G1 X Mark III is a fun little camera that offers features typically found in Canon’s DSLR and mirrorless camera lineup, in a highly compact body. It does cost a premium, and at this price (or lower), you can find mirrorless cameras that offer 4K video recording and have better stabilisation, plus other advanced features. However, mirrorless cameras aren’t quite as compact, especially with their lenses, so they can’t really match the slimness of the G1 X Mark III. Sony’s RX100 V is the obvious alternative at this price, and it offers higher resolution video recording, faster burst shooting, a wider aperture, and super slow-motion video, to name a few features.

The APS-C sensor on the Canon offers good dynamic range but its full potential isn’t quite exploited due to the relatively narrow aperture. Close-up shots could have been sharper and the noise reduction at high ISO levels was too intrusive at times. Support for 4K video recording and an external microphone would have made this a better overall package.
Price (MRP): Rs. 79,995

Pros

  • Weather-resistant body
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Dual Pixel AF works well
  • Good dynamic range
  • Fully articulating touchscreen

Cons

  • High price
  • Weak battery life
  • Macros are a bit soft
  • Intrusive noise reduction at high ISOs
  • No 4K video or microphone input

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Build/Design: 4
  • Image Quality: 3.5
  • Video quality: 3.5
  • Performance: 3.5
  • Value For money: 3
  • Overall: 3.5

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Centric G1 Review

Centric G1 Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Centric G1 is powered by a MediaTek MT6735 SoC and has 3GB of RAM
  • Camera performance is below average
  • The phone lacks a fingerprint scanner

The sub-Rs. 10,000 smartphone segment is bursting at its seams. We have seen tons of brands jumping in trying to shake off established players. One such entrant is Centric, a smartphone brand launched by Mumbai-based distributor Priyanka Telecom. The brand has launched multiple phones in this segment, and one such model is the Centric G1. We put this device through its paces to see if it’s worth your money.

Centric G1 design

One of the first things about the Centric G1 to grab your attention is the sandstone finish on the back panel. We last saw such a design on the OnePlus One (Review) which was quite unique at that time. The Centric G1 has a 5.5-inch display with what the company calls “Dragon Glass” for protection. There are non-backlit capacitive touch buttons below the display. Just above it is 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a recessed earpiece. We didn’t quite like the positioning of the power and volume buttons on the curved edge of the right side, because this made them hard to hit. The quality of the buttons isn’t that good either.

Centric G1 front NDTV Centric G1 Review

The phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a single-LED flash. Centric has positioned the loudspeaker grille right next to the camera. The rear cover is removable and so is the 2900mAh battery. There are two Micro-SIM slots along with a microSD card slot, but none of them are hot-swappable. The Centric G1 has a 3.5mm headphone socket along with a Micro-USB port on the top, while the primary microphone is positioned at the bottom. It misses out on a fingerprint sensor which is surprising as other devices such as the Redmi 4 (Review), Micromax Evok Power (Review) and Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Review) have one.

Centric G1 specifications, software and, performance

The Centric G1 sports a 5.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. It looks like the glass lacks an oleophobic coating, as this device picks up fingerprints very easily. Brightness is good but the viewing angles could have been better. The phone supports two 4G and VoLTE. It also gets Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n.

Like most other devices in this price segment these days, the Centric G1 is powered by a MediaTek MT6735 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM along with 16GB of storage which is expandable by up to 256GB using a microSD card. The G1 runs on pretty much stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a few additions. The phone gets Turbo Download which allows it to use Wi-Fi and 3G/ 4G data simultaneously to increase download speeds and, in our experience, the feature worked as advertised. There is gesture control along with common shortcuts such as double-tap to wake and tracing alphabets to launch select apps.

Also, Centric has installed a few apps including Centric Store which is its own app store, and Centric Care to help users find service centres. Apart from that, there is ChillX, a content aggregator, and Parallel Space, which lets you run second instances of other apps. The near-stock Android appearance and functionality does help this phone deliver a good user experience.

Centric G1 Screenshot NDTV Centric G1 Review

We put the device through several benchmarks to gauge its performance. In AnTuTu, the Centric G1 managed 34,462, and in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests, it returned 607 and 1732 respectively. The G1 also managed to score 14fps in GFXBench. The integrated Mali-T720 MP2 GPU manages to run casual games such as Subway Surfer and Candy Crush well, but load anything heavy and the device shows some lag. It struggled with graphics-intensive games like Breakneck. We also played Clash Royale, a card-based strategy game, which the device could handle without many issues.

The Centric G1 went on for 10 hours and 58 minutes in our HD video loop test, but charging it with the supplied 5W charger took over three hours which is painfully slow. A more powerful charger would really have helped. With light to medium use, the G1 could manage one working day. In one instance, the battery level suddenly dropped from 15 percent to zero, causing the device to shut down abruptly and without warning.

Centric G1 camera performance

The Centric G1 sports an 8-megapixel primary camera with an LED flash, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The app is quite basic and is similar to the one on the Intex Elyt-e7 (Review). There is a panorama mode and a picture-in-picture mode, in addition to the standard mode and a few filters. It has HDR as well but we found ghosting in a few photos we took with the mode enabled due to a lag between the exposures being captured. You can turn Auto Scene Detection on to get slightly better photos from the phone in different conditions. This mode is not available for the front camera but you do get a beautify mode which smoothens skin in selfies.

Photos taken with the Centric G1 were a little disappointing. The device had issues with light metering and we had to take multiple shots for it to get one right. We found chromatic aberration when shooting against the light during the daytime. Objects at a distance weren’t clear and lacked detail. Macros weren’t very good either, as they lacked any kind of sharpness and appeared flat.

Photos taken in low light had a fair amount of noise and there was a considerable loss of detail. With the Auto Scene Mode enabled, the phone bumps the ISO level up aggressively causing chroma noise. The Centric G1 is capable of shooting video at full-HD but we saw a minor lag in the viewfinder as well as in the output. The performance of the front camera was decent, but photos were only good enough to be shared on messaging apps.

Tap to see full-sized Centric G1 camera samples

Verdict

As a budget smartphone, there are a few things that the Centric G1 does right but a lot of things that it struggles with. Performance is decent for the price and 3GB of RAM does prevent background apps from getting killed too often. However, the omission of a fingerprint sensor at this price is surprising and the amount of time needed to charge this phone might be unacceptable for some. More importantly, camera performance is below average. If you are looking to buy a phone for less than Rs 10,000, here are the options you should look at instead.

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Centric G1

Centric G1

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
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  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Battery life
  • Bad
  • Awkward buttons positioning
  • Camera performance is below average
  • Long charging time

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