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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Mark Walhberg Was Paid 1,500 Times More Than Michelle Williams To Reshoot Film

Williams earned $1,000 in total, much less than the $1.5 million that Wahlberg earned.

Michelle Williams at the Golden Globes 2018 (Image Credit: AFP)

Hollywood is voicing its outrage over reports that Mark Wahlberg was paid 1,500 times more than Michelle Williams to reshoot scenes for kidnap drama “All the Money in the World.”

Ridley Scott partially re-shot his latest movie after Kevin Spacey was fired due to sexual misconduct allegations, with both Wahlberg and Williams called back to act opposite Spacey’s replacement, Christopher Plummer.

But Williams, according to USA Today, earned a daily allowance of $80 for her work — amounting to under $1,000 in total and less than 0.07 percent of the $1.5 million that Wahlberg earned.

“Please go see Michelle’s performance in ‘All the Money in the World.’ She’s a brilliant Oscar-nominated Golden Globe-winning actress,” raged an indignant Jessica Chastain on Twitter.

“She has been in the industry for 20 years. She deserves more than one percent of her male co-star’s salary.”

Actress and activist Amber Tamblyn described the reported pay gap as “totally unacceptable” while veteran producer Judd Apatow said it was “so messed up that it is almost hard to believe.”

Golden Globe-winning actress Mia Farrow said the disparity was “outrageously unfair,” adding that she was “never, ever paid even a quarter of what the male lead received.”

Williams previously told USA Today she appreciated efforts to reshoot the film, which recounts the kidnapping of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty’s grandson, adding that “they could have my salary.”

Scott said the actors, including Williams and Wahlberg, turned up “for nothing” for the 10-day November re-shoot but USA Today reported that Wahlberg’s agency later renegotiated his “hefty fee.”

At Sunday’s Golden Globes — where “All the Money in the World” came home empty-handed despite three nominations — male and female actors wore black to highlight sexual misconduct and also to promote gender parity.

The protest was organized in part by the newly-launched Time’s Up campaign led by female stars including Williams to address gender discrimination in Hollywood and other industries.

As her date, Williams brought civil rights activist Tarana Burke, the creator in 2006 of the “Me Too” movement to raise awareness of the ubiquity of sexual abuse. The phrase was co-opted by actress Alyssa Milano last year for the #MeToo social media campaign against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

Representatives for Wahlberg and Williams did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Honor 9i First Impressions: Will It Leave a Mark in Sub-Rs. 20,000 Segment?

Honor 9i First Impressions: Will It Leave a Mark in Sub-Rs. 20,000 Segment?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Honor 9i has a 5.9-inch FullView display
  • It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
  • It sports dual cameras at the front and at the back

Honor 9i is the latest sub-Rs. 20,000 entrant to hit the Indian market, relying on features such as its four cameras, and bezel-less FullVision display. The company has been expanding aggressively in India, launching a handset for each key price point, such as the Honor 8 Pro in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment. So, with the Honor 9i in its portfolio, will the Huawei-owned brand have enough firepower to make a last mark in the segment, which is dominated by the likes of Vivo, Oppo and Samsung? Find out in our Honor 9i first impressions.

 

With the 9i, Honor has a lot of firsts. For starters, this is the first device from the company to sport an 18:9 FullView display. It is also the first to launch with dual cameras at the back as well as the front. So how good is it in the real world? We got to spend some time with the Honor 9i at the company’s launch event and here are our first impressions.

The device looks quite premium. It also feels solid and has a good heft to it. There’s a 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary one on the front, while the pair on the rear consist of a 16-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera bump on the back is positioned in the centre of the phone and protrude slightly. While it does seem to have a raised metal trim around it, we are curious to see how it holds up with regular use.

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Power the device on and the big 5.9-inch display fires up giving you the first indication of how thin the borders around it are. Honor has followed the current market trend and opted for an 18:9 aspect ratio for its display. The different aspect ratio results in what’s called FHD+ resolution which is 1080×2160 pixels. At the bottom of the phone, you’ll find an old-style Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack along with the loudspeaker. Powering the Honor 9i is Huawei’sown Kirin 659 which is an octa-core processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which seems to be in line with similarly priced devices like the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Moto G5S Plus. You do get the option to expand storage using the hybrid dual-SIM slot, at the cost of a second SIM.

Honor has managed to cram in a 3340mAh battery which is good considering its thickness. In our brief time with the Honor 9i, it didn’t exhibit any abnormal drain or heating issues. However, we’ll hold our comments on battery life till we run it through our full review process.

Once powered on, you are treated to EMUI 5.1 running on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. While the basic functionality of the OS is the same, Honor has added a few features.

There are multiple gestures and shortcuts that can be used to get things done. Also, the higher resolution means that most apps will need to be stretched to make use of the entire screen.

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There is no doubt that the cameras are the highlight of this smartphone. With dual cameras on both sides, Honor is claiming that it is using hardware to create bokeh effects rather than software, which most other manufacturers use. We will test how much of a difference this makes when we conduct our full review.

Priced at Rs. 17,999, it does seem that this phone offers good hardware. With an 18:9 display and four cameras, the Honor 9i could tempt a lot of buyers looking for new features to play with. Stay tuned for our review to see how well it performs in the real world.

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Disclosure: Honor sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel for the event in Goa.

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Huawei Honor 9i

Huawei Honor 9i

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.36GHz octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×2160 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3340mAh

Also See
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus (Lunar Grey, 32GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.16,999
  • Oppo F1S (Gold, 64GB) With offer –
    Rs.17,990

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Making a mark in education

India’s large youth demographic is often touted as the country’s biggest (yet-to-be-realised) asset. But the insidious presence of learning disability in its classrooms is often overlooked. In fact, it was only as recently as last year that the Central Government’s Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act included Specific Learning Disability as one of the 21 new health conditions on its list for the very first time.

Specific Learning Disability is a generic term for a group of neuro-behavioural disorders that affects the acquisition and use of skills related to reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) or arithmetic (dyscalculia) in individuals who otherwise possess normal intelligence.

It is not uncommon for parents and teachers to wrongly associate learning disability with mental retardation.

As experts point out, early intervention and remedial teaching can offset the problem and help to reintegrate learning-disabled children into the mainstream. But awareness about it remains low.

“With any other disability, the signs are very clearly identifiable, but this is a hidden disorder,” says M Prabhavathy, Assistant Professor and Head, Centre for Differently Abled Persons (CDAP), Bharathidasan University. “Our education system at present doesn’t cater to these children, who often get labelled as slow learners.” The Tiruchi-based centre trains educators to spot learning disability and formulate lesson plans for students who are lagging behind in class.

Raising awareness

With few statistical studies on the prevalence of learning disability available in India, those in the field point to a combination of factors that pushes these intelligent children out of society.

Parents who tend to obsess over their child’s academic performance create a situation where the desire to come first in everything assumes an inflated importance.

Children who cannot keep up, show their frustration through excessively rebellious behaviour or withdraw completely from social interaction.

Sometimes this leads to an extreme outcome of learning disability children being sent off to special needs schools.

“The worst thing that can happen to a learning disability child is to have him admitted in a special school where children with severe retardation and other loco-motor disabilities study. It’s a big blow to his or her self-esteem,” says Manasi Uday, a psychologist in Tiruchi.

“Parents have to learn to accept their children as they are, and stop emphasising on grades or certain professions like medicine or engineering as a sign of excellence. There are hundreds of jobs out there that don’t require intensive reading and writing skills,” she says.

Manasi recently organised a seminar to raise awareness about the issue in collaboration with the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of National College in Tiruchi. She is hoping to create a resource centre dedicated to learning disability in the city.

Certification for special educators is an area that needs greater attention from the authorities, she says. Standardised testing tools are hard to use in a multilingual society, especially when they are in a language that the child is not familiar with.

“Generally parents ask for Intelligence Quotient (IQ) assessment, not learning disability tests, which are in English or Tamil,” says Manasi. “We use the Binet-Kamat Intelligence Test for most preliminary testing. But if the child already has a perception problem, the BKT tool is not accurate, because the child cannot understand the language. The test then is not an assessment of your intelligence, but of your knowledge of the language, so how can it guide us in spotting learning disability?”

Retraining

How effective is remedial teaching? Teachers can be trained to spot and rectify mild to moderate learning disability in the current education system, but severe cases will require specialist care, says Manasi.

“Any child before the age of 8 can be trained successfully through remedial teaching because he or she doesn’t have to unlearn a lot,” she says.

“It is a sad fact of schooling that kids who don’t fit in are often bullied or ridiculed by their peers. Learning disability kids tend to be socially withdrawn, and after the age of 12, it becomes harder to apply basic modes of remedial instruction.

“Teachers have to be very patient, and adjust the pace of the lessons to their level of understanding. You can see results in a matter of weeks or at the most, a year of remedial teaching,” she adds. What about children in the State board schools whose learning disability is diagnosed late because of the ‘no-fail’ policy until Class 8?

“Such children should be given an opportunity to shift to vocational education after senior school, because they are quite creative,” says Dr Prabhavathy of CDAP. “The only other option for them is to drop out from schooling completely.”

A few mainstream schools in the city have opted to coach their learning disability students during vacations. SBIOA Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, for instance, identified learning disability in 13 children from Class 1 to 5 last year, and offered them remedial classes during the holidays.

“The result was quite positive, so we are planning to repeat it in the forthcoming academic year,” says the school’s principal V Ambujam.

“Besides training our staff, we had to counsel the parents first to accept the situation, and not to rush their children to do well in studies.”

With even Government schools in the State having tech-savvy classrooms now, the time is right for education to be more inclusive, says Dr Prabhavathy.

“Rather than pinpointing learning-disabled children through special classes and courses and embarrassing them among their peers, we should be working towards a classroom that accommodates students of differing capabilities with all-inclusive lesson plans,” she says. “This is quite possible with educational software.”

Psychologist Manasi agrees. “There are some 25 apps available for learning disabled education — why can’t we create something that works for all?”

Source:-thehindu