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Canon introduced PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, the latest compact camera by Canon to enter the market. This compact camera is packed with features from the Canon DSLR camera family, employing Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and the APS-C sized CMOS sensor inside the Canon PowerShot  G1 X Mark III.

Based on these two features alone, I am pretty impressed with the latest Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact camera and the decision by Canon to deploy such resources from their DSLR series into their compact camera series. This move would make their compact cameras to move towards a much higher end compact camera models from Canon.

For those who have been following the photography and technology fields, you would know about the impacts of smartphone photography on compact cameras in the world over the past few years. Reflecting back on my article when I attended Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, my analysis was that Canon has a commitment to design and manufacture high end compact cameras. The announcement of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the testimonial to that.

If the opportunity arises, I would take the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III for a short review period and I would be able to share my photographs, thoughts, views and experiences with this Canon compact camera.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is coming soon, let me first share with you information and pictures of this powerful compact camera by Canon from the press release information below:

Press Release 16th October 2017

Canon today announced the launch of PowerShot G1 X Mark III, the newest addition to its range of compact cameras. The first Canon compact camera equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, the largest imaging sensor in its compact camera lineup, this latest addition marks a new technology milestone.

Equipped with DIGIC 7 image processor, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III raises the bar in imaging technology. Designed with a 24-72mm (35mm film equivalent) f/2.8– f/5.6 IS lens with 3x optical zoom, the camera is capable of capturing a wide range of subjects and achieving shallow depth of field. Featuring a vari-angle touch panel packed in a durable and compact body, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III also boasts of a high resolution EVF (Electronic View Finder) of 2.36 million dots. Weighing approximately 399g (CIPA compliant) the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the perfect companion for adventure seekers and underwater photographers alike.

“The combination of an APS-C sized imaging sensor used in DSLR and Dual Pixel CMOS AF premieres for the first time in the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, to challenge the status quo of compact cameras,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “This sharp shooter is set to empower users with higher image quality and unprecedented high-speed AF packed in a compact and lightweight frame, making it an incredibly versatile all-rounded camera to capture your adventure highlights wherever you go, from travel to underwater photography.”

Redefining Image Quality with Cutting Edge Technology

The latest DIGIC 7 image processor underpins various enhancements on the PowerShot G1 X Mark III to deliver on-point performance in speed and image quality. With the built-in noise reduction technology, users enjoy enriched image clarity with suppressed noise, even at high ISO speeds, making the PowerShot G1 X Mark III ideal for outdoor shots or night scenes.

Enhanced with an improved subject tracking performance, the sharp shooter ensures that fast actions and movements can be captured with stunning speed and ease. When tracking a moving subject, the camera is able to detect changes in its size and orientation, regardless of other subjects in the background. Additionally, subjects that blend in with the background or have low colour saturation can be easily identified with the high-precision subject detection feature, even under low-light conditions.

With Dual Sensing IS, taking pictures or capturing stable video footages on the move will be a cinch. An algorithm was developed to minimize blurring and thus achieving image stabilization with high precision, even with significant camera shake due to body movements.

The Auto Lighting Optimiser function corrects dark areas for clearer contrast and high image clarity in backlit conditions. When shooting with small apertures, the high processing performance on the DIGIC 7 image processor ensures that diffraction is suppressed to achieve image clarity.

A new panoramic feature will delight photographers with the ease of capturing captivating wide-angle panoramic shots by a simple horizontal or vertical swivel of the camera. This also allows photographers to have better resolution images; larger and more detailed prints, along with more cropping ability in post-processing.

Precision Focus with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

A first in a Canon compact camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the camera to achieve unparalleled high-speed AF. With an estimated 24.2 million pixels functioning as phase difference sensors, users enjoy fast and smooth focus, be it when capturing moments or shooting movies. Even in dimly-lit conditions, high precision and superior quality are also achieved.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is capable of attaining continuous shooting speed of 7fps during AF tracking and 9fps during AF fixed. With its intuitive Touch & Drag AF function, users will be able to touch and shift the focus points while looking through the electronic viewfinder, which makes capturing that prized moment much easier. This feature is especially useful as it enables faster and more precise focusing in various scenarios, such as capturing images of moving children or animals, or keeping up with subjects when shooting movies.

Users can challenge their creativity with PowerShot G1 X Mark III’s movie shooting function, which captures a wide range of video expressions at a smooth frame rate of 60p in Full HD. Powered by Dual Pixel CMOS AF and coupled with features like the touch panel, and built-in stereo microphone, users can shoot movies like a professional. The camera’s intelligent tracking function ensures sharp footage, even when both the user and the subject are moving.

 

Rediscover Photography with Premium Features

Despite housing a larger sensor and a built-in Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), the PowerShot G1 X Mark III stays incredibly compact. In fact, it is approximately 27% (CIPA guideline) lighter compared to its predecessor – PowerShot G1 X Mark II, with a form factor comparable to the PowerShot G5 X. 

Fitted with a 2.36 million dot OLED screen, photographers will appreciate a better representation of the image reflected by the camera sensor. Users can enjoy a high level of clarity right to the edges of the screen, and at the same time, not worry about interference from glare. With its vari-angle LCD touch screen, users can experiment with different angles by flipping the screen horizontally and tilting the screen vertically, which can come in handy when taking selfies.

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can easily pair the PowerShot G1 X Mark III to their smart devices for ease of sharing images and videos on their social media platforms. The Canon Camera Connect app also allows users to have real-time control of camera settings. Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when in Auto Power Off mode.

Paired with a compatible Canon underwater casing (WP-DC56), users are able to capture the intrigue of the underwater world up to a depth of 40 metres in high clarity. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III makes an excellent companion on diving trips as it is equipped with a number of features for underwater photography and movie shooting. Users can correct white balance using the underwater scene mode, with the effects matching that of a commercially available colour-compensating filter. They can further fine tune this balance or even customize their own white balance setting. With underwater macro shooting available, users can now take up close shots of the fascinating marine life.

Built for versatile use and durability, the camera body is dust and drip-proof for adequate protection from moisture and dust.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Image sensor 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Imaging processor DIGIC 7
Focus Method Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Max continuous shooting speed Up to 9.0 shots/sec (One-Shot AF), up to 7.0 shots/sec (Servo AF)
Focal length 24-72mm (35mm film equivalent)
Max standard ISO speed 100 – 25600
Monitor 3.0” Vari-angle LCD with touchscreen
Movie 60p Full HD
Connectivity Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth low energy

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon EOS M5 Review

The Canon EOS M5 was announced in September 2016, in an earlier article that I shared about the Canon EOS M5 official announcement with an input of my thoughts and views of the EOS M5 announcement. The Canon EOS M5 is the fifth camera model from the EOS M family and it was the latest Canon EOS M model during that short period of time before the Canon EOS M6 was announced in February 2017.

Photo courtesy of Canon Singapore

In my sharing article earlier on the Canon EOS M5 announcement, I wrote the following paragraphs inside the article:

“ ….. Personally, I have used the EOS M1 (belongs to my dad), reviewed the EOS M3 and EOS M10. Over the years, I had seen improvements to the Canon EOS M family through their camera body designs and EF-M lenses for the EOS M series. When I saw and read the official news on the Canon EOS M5, my initial impressions from it were – Canon is serious about their mirror-less camera line up, the EOS M series. During my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the top Canon Inc executives sharing on the next wave and trends, I wrote the points that were shared and discussed at the media interaction here in an article here on my photography website.

In my article, I wrote

“From the media interaction sessions, Canon remains committed to the EOS M mirrorless line up. We should be able to see more of EF-M lenses, EOS M accessories and maybe a new EOS M mirrorless camera body in the near future.” ….”

My initial impressions and thoughts based on the technical specifications of the Canon EOS M5 was that it is pretty good and much improved over the earlier four EOS M camera models. During a media dinner event, I had a short hands with the Canon EOS M5 and it reinforced my initial impressions and thoughts. Therefore, I waited for an opportunity to review the Canon EOS M5 and I managed to obtain a review unit in February 2017.

This Canon EOS M5 review camera went through a number of interesting events with me, she was very handy, small and lightweight for my carry around camera and events camera. This EOS M5 review camera went to HTC U Ultra and U Play smartphone launch, Majestic Market @ New Majestic Hotel, 2 x NHB Battle for Singapore 2017 tours, N.E.mation! 11 Awards Ceremony, OPPO R9s Plus smartphone launch, Singapore Biennale 2016, I Light Marina Bay 2017 media preview, extended family reunions and she also played an important role in the 100th day ceremony in remembrance of my Grandmother’s passing. Overall, I think I took about 1,000++ photographs with the Canon EOS M5 during the review period.

Some quick thoughts and views of the Canon EOS M5

Pros

  • Small, lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Wi-fi setup and file transfer is smooth and easy, just a touch of the button on the side of the EOS M5 and the Canon app
  • Build in Electronic View Finder (EVF) is awesome
  • Intuitive Touch and Drag AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF System
  • Easily accessible operating control dial on the top of the EOS M5 body
  • Five-axis image stabilisation system inside the EOS M5
  • A well thought out ergonomic design, buttons layout and with a good hand grip

Cons

  • The tilt screen can’t flip upright due to the design of the built-in EVF and it can’t flip sideways 180 degrees, it can tilt downwards 180 degrees.
  • At ISO 25,600, the noise level at times can be really grainy and distinctive (even for myself who has a high tolerance for the grain), therefore use ISO 25,600 at your own discretion.
  • While the AF system has been improved inside the Canon EOS M5, the AF system has some challenges re-focusing on the subject that moved away or around when AF is not locked and tracked on the subject.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF System

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF System is now integrated inside the Canon EOS M family, starting with the Canon EOS M5 body. I had the opportunity to use the Dual Pixel CMOS AF System in the Canon EOS 70D, a DSLR camera body that I reviewed and I bought a used EOS 70D later before letting it go to fund for my EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF System allows the EOS M5 to achieve 7.0 fps (AF tracking) or 9.0 fps (AF fixed). Recording a video with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF System built-in, makes it very handy, useful and great when recording a video with the EOS M5.

Video recording

Armed with Digic 7 and Dual Pixel CMOS AF System inside the camera body, recording a video on the Canon EOS M5 gets easier and better. While I currently do not specialise in video production, the videos that I recorded and produced showed the ease of use for the daily user. Video recording can be a fun activity with the Canon EOS M5, whereby you can also record videos for memories beside taking photographs.

Intuitive Touch and Drag AF

This is one of the few key features inside the Canon EOS M5 that made me very impressed and liking this EOS M5 a lot. The intuitive Touch & Drag AF is like the “joystick”, the Quick Control Dial and Multi Controller of the Canon DSLR. With the eye on the EVF and your thumb controlling, moving the AF point, it’s just like my Canon DSLR in action.

I have my own unique experience using it, while I love this feature, it also got me fustrated because my eye tend to go very close (basically glued) to the EVF (from my experiences handling my Canon EOS 1DX), thus my face and nose would touch the screen. There were many a times, my nose and the finger “clashed” when I used the touch and drag AF.

The trick is not to put your eye too closely to the EVF, allow some space away from your face and there would be no clash between your finger doing the touch and drag AF and your face/nose.

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a new lens addition to the Canon family of lenses. The EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is available in silver or graphite colour, it is small, lightweight and compact.

Focusing speed

The focusing speed is decent, it’s not a fast lens especially at the other end of the focal length at 150mm.

Sharpness

For the entire review period, I only used this EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. This lens produced sharp photographs and it is able to retain the sharpness after cropping.

Bokeh

While this EF-M lens may not be as famous as her fellow sisters, the EF L lenses, the bokeh produced by this lens is commendable, pretty good with some creamy smooth bokeh. Let the photograph below reinforce the views that I wrote –

Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 18-150mm @ 150mm, f/3.5-6.3, ISO 640, f/6.3, 1/250s

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, suitable for your travel usage.

Here’s a quick recap of the product specifications of the Canon EOS M5 and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Product specifications

EOS M5

Image sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate: 9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed: ISO 25,600

Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touch panel LCD, approx. 1.62 million dots

Movie: Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth

EVF: Approx. 2.36 million dots

Dimensions: Approx. 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm

Weight: Approx. 427g

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Focal length: 18-150mm

Maximum aperture: f/3.5 – 6.3

Minimum focusing distance: 0.25m (at 18mm), 0.45m (at 150mm)

Maximum magnification: 0.31x

Filter size: 55mm

Aperture blades: 7

Length: 86.5mm

Weight: Approx. 300g

Pricing and Availability

The EOS M5 is now available at all Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail prices.

Models SRP (incl GST)
EOS M5 kit (EF M15-45mm) $1,669
EOS M5 Body $1,499

The Canon EOS M5 camera, on my own personal basis, with views and opinions collected during the camera review period, it got a pretty good score and endorsement from me.

The built-in EVF gives it extra marks because I am schooled in the film SLR camera and I still prefer the EVF. With the feel, touch and capability of a DSLR, along with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and intuitive Touch & Drag AF, it makes the Canon EOS M5 a very enjoyable camera to use since I am mainly a Canon DSLR useer.

This lightweight and compact Canon EOS M5 is packed with some pretty good capabilities and functionalities from the EOS DSLR family. An ideal camera for travel for those who do not wish to bring their DSLR out.

Would I take the Canon EOS M5 as my side/spare camera in my current Canon DSLR cameras setup?

Yes, if I have the extra budget on my side as I need to channel my funds to other L lenses purchases/upgrades first.

No, because I am waiting for Canon to release a full frame EOS M camera with a built-in EVF (In my personal humble opinion, I think they would release a full frame EOS M, probably in 2018, maybe Q1? That’s my wild guess!)

If you are looking for a mirrorless camera, do check out the Canon EOS M5, visit Canon Singapore Customer Care Centre at Galaxis, have a touch and feel of the Canon EOS M5.

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M5 *


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Canon Announces the new Canon EOS 70D

Canon recently announced their new Canon EOS 70D to their extensive list of DSLR and digital cameras family tree. When it was announced, I was pretty excited and reading through the posts on DPReview about the Canon EOS 70D. The Canon EOS 70D has some pretty awesome features added into it, making it a really good semi-professional DSLR camera suitable for both amateurs and professionals. I was once the owner of the Canon EOS 30D, a great workhorse DSLR that gave its heart and soul out to me when I used it for four wonderful years. Therefore, I have great trust in the double digit Canon EOS DSLR series like the Canon EOS 70D.

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Some of the key features of the Canon EOS 70D that impressed me are

– 19 point cross-type AF System

– 7 fps

– Instant sharing and remote control withWi-Fi

Just imagine that you are a sports photographer or a photojournalist that needs the speed and connectivity to transmit your photographs to your agency, office, client or your own blog/FB page. You have a good advantage here!

Here are some quick technical specifications for the Canon EOS 70D (information from DPReview)

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies
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Canon’s latest CanonEOS 70D, a Wi-Fi enabled DSLR embedded with a powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor and a 20.2-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor. The first model in the EOS series to showcase the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a phase-difference autofocus (AF) technology, the EOS 70D achieves  approximately 30% faster  focusing speeds and delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking during Live View shooting.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology – A New Era in Movie Making
Put simply, this new technology replicates how the human eye behaves. When switching between various AF points or areas, the EOS 70D delivers smoother and more natural transitions during the focusing process, making it an ideal DSLR for both stills (in One-shot AF) and videos.
For in-depth details of this technology please refer to the accompanying technology press release and technology video at http://vimeo.com/canonsingapore/af

Introducing the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology from Canon Singapore on Vimeo.

Powerful Performance in a Compact Form
The camera features excellent low-light capabilities with an ISO speed range from 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600). The EOS 70D is capable of an impressive continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second (up to approximately 40 images in JPEG Large/Fine image quality in one single burst). Users can also look forward to fast and accurate focusing at all times, with the 19-point all cross type AF (f/2.8 dual cross-type at center) system with a wide AF area coverage that provides support for a variety of image compositions.
Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi
The new EOS 70D has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and supports the sharing of images and videos easily and directly onto social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Price and availability
The new EOS 70D will be available end of August at authorised Canon dealers. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

Information and images above courtesy of Canon Singapore.