Find what you are looking for

or search by

Topics

Article
Article

Article

e-Book
e-Book

e-Book

Video
Video

Video

Campaigns
Campaigns

Campaigns

Architecture
Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras

Architecture
DSLRs

DSLRs

Architecture
Videography

Videography

Architecture
Astrophotography

Astrophotography

Architecture
Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless Cameras

Architecture
Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Architecture
Canon Technologies

Canon Technologies

Architecture
Low Light Photography

Low Light Photography

Architecture
Photographer Interviews

Photographer Interviews

Architecture
Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Architecture
Macro Photography

Macro Photography

Architecture
Sports Photography

Sports Photography

Architecture
Travel Photography

Travel Photography

Architecture
Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography

Architecture
Photography Concepts & Application

Photography Concepts & Application

Architecture
Street Photography

Street Photography

Architecture
Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Architecture
Lenses & Accessories

Lenses & Accessories

Architecture
Nature & Wildlife Photography

Nature & Wildlife Photography

Architecture
Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

Architecture
Night Photography

Night Photography

Architecture
Pet Photography

Pet Photography

Architecture
Printing Solutions

Printing Solutions

Architecture
Product Reviews

Product Reviews

Architecture
Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Products >> All Products In Focus: PowerShot G1 X Mark III- Part4

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III – A Compact Camera Tried And Tested Underwater

2018-12-19
17
10.52 k
In this article:

As a long-time user of Canon’s DSLRs, I’ve become accustomed to cameras with ultra-fast autofocus and great image quality even at higher ISOs. So I was very excited to hear about the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, Canon’s flagship compact camera boasting class-leading specifications such as a 24-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. On a recent trip to Lombok, Indonesia, I finally had the opportunity to try out the camera in Canon’s dedicated WP-DC56 underwater housing.

A school of catfish taken using the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
A school of striped catfish. Shot on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III at f/7.1, ISO 500, 1/200s and 45mm by William Tan.

One challenging subject was a school of striped catfish. However, getting the frontal shot I wanted with the PowerShot G1 X Mark III proved much easier than I had imagined. As I approached the large rock that the fish were hiding under, I noticed they didn’t seem spooked by my modestly sized camera setup, and I was able to start shooting straight away. The camera’s speedy autofocus easily locked onto the constantly moving school, and I was able to capture the occasional “yawns” from different individuals.

Harlequin shrimp taken using the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
A harlequin shrimp. Shot on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III at f/13, ISO 640, 1/200s and 30mm by William Tan.

Another subject, a harlequin shrimp, tested the camera in a different way. These beautiful little shrimps are only a few centimetres in length, so you need to attach a macro wet lens to allow you to get close enough to fill the frame. For lighting, instead of flash, I used continuous light sources, which usually results in a “softer” image. But the PowerShot G1 X Mark III did a fantastic job of faithfully capturing the different shades of tapering colours in the animal’s patterned markings, the texture of the coral polyps, and even the minute details in the eye.

When post-processing the resulting images, I found the PowerShot G1 X Mark III’s RAW files to have recorded an amazing amount of information that is not typical of a compact camera. In the case of the fish school image, I had originally composed the shot to include the rocky habitat, but the camera’s high-megapixel files allowed me to heavily crop the image to focus on the yawning catfish while still retaining excellent resolution. The shrimp image, shot at ISO 640, had no perceptible digital noise, which is commonly noticeable in such higher-ISO images captured by compacts with much smaller sensors.

Sea Cucumber taken using the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
A sea cucumber. Shot on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III at f/8, ISO 400, 1/200s and 33mm by William Tan.

In every underwater scenario I encountered, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III lived up to its impressive specifications. I’d recommend this unique compact to any underwater shooter who demands the performance of a DSLR but the portability and convenience of a compact.

Share your photos on My Canon Story & stand a chance to be featured on our social media platforms