Despite retaining the same series name, the Mark III version of the G1 X is more than just iterative. This much is immediately apparent when one notices the larger, semi-pro level APS-C 24MP sensor and Digic 7 processor inside this new, compact point-and-shoot. I haven't been as excited about a compact APS-C camera since ill-fated and short-lived Nikon Coolpix A. Moreover, the Mark III features an entirely redesigned body that puts even more distance between itself and the Mark II.
A built-in 3x zoom lens gives the camera a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-72mm. While the new G1 X doesn't feature 4K recording, 1080p at 60 fps, 9 fps stills shooting at up to ISO 25,600, a built-in electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch articulating and rotating touchscreen, a pop-up flash, dual pixel CMOS AF with image stabilization, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, and dust- and water-resistant construction all round out the G1 X Mark III extremely well.
For this list of features, however, you'll pay a hefty $1,299. While price and the 1/2000 limit on the shutter speed might be a bit of a turn-off, Canon has still created a camera it's hoping will be the king of sub-multi-thousand-dollar compact cameras. Pending a proper review to test out its features, the G1 X Mark III certainly ticks all the right boxes — at least on paper.
Pre-orders are available now and will deliver toward the end of November.