Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III test in Tenerife

Recently I got the chance to test the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III camera with the underwater case during a trip to Tenerife with family and friends. Here’s my review!

Here's me with the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III and the underwater case at a natural pool IN Garachico.
Photo: Mikko Lyytikäinen

When I'm not working I like taking photos too. I want to be in control of the results, so I need a complete camera, but I want to travel light too!

The equipment I use for work is bulky, so I don’t use it for vacations. The Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III fits on the palm of the hand, you can just carry it into your pocket.

 Here I am on the top of a rock to have a higher view to take photos. I definitely wouldn't do this carrying any heavy camera. You can't hardly see the camera in my hands in this photos, because it's so small that it's almost hidden between my gloves. :D Photo: Mikko Lyytikäinen

Here I am on the top of a rock to have a higher view to take photos. I definitely wouldn't do this carrying any heavy camera. You can't hardly see the camera in my hands in this photos, because it's so small that it's almost hidden between my gloves. :D
Photo: Mikko Lyytikäinen

The camera is an all-in-one. Here are the most important, technical specifications:

  • 24.2 megapixel ASP-C sensor
  • Optical zoom 24-72mm
  • ISO sensibility 100-25600
  • Aperture f. 2.8-5.6
  • Dual Pixel autofocus and face detection.
  • Movable touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth connections
  • It can take some rain and dust
  • Built in panoramic shot mode
  • 14-bit Raw photos, up to 7-9 shots per second on continuous shooting
  • Full HD video up to 50 FPS
  • Built in flash and also external flash socket.

And yes. There’s an underwater case for it, so you can take it scuba diving down to 40m but it also floats, so it won't get lost so easily.

Here's a video testing the waterproof capabilities on the Atlantic ocean waves!

With so much people, all the walking, eating ice-cream and everything; it was good to take the camera on the pocket or the handbag. Then, whenever something interesting came on the way, it was very quick just to pull it out and start using it.

Here's a friendly duck that was swimming at the sea water pools of Lago Martiánez. It allowed me to follow him and take this picture.

On the first evening in Puerto de La Cruz we saw the carnival parade. We managed to find a spot to be in front row and I shoot this video.

The dynamic range is good enough and helps on high contrast situations. If you shoot in raw you’ll be able to take a lot of advantage of it.

Here's a view of the coast and the mountains at Garachico. Despite the hard sun there's detail on both the highlights and the shadows of the photo.

 The built in flash was not only used by night but it also to take away shadows from the face on daylight portraits. Here we are at 3500 m of altitude, with the top of Teide mountain on the background.

The built in flash was not only used by night but it also to take away shadows from the face on daylight portraits. Here we are at 3500 m of altitude, with the top of Teide mountain on the background.

In all these situations, taking photos under the sunlight, having the histogram overlay on the Live View helped to get the right exposure better.

 Here you can see how it looks like composing with the Live View and the histogram overlay. On the bottom you can also see a level to help you get the horizon right... which I often need... a lot!

Here you can see how it looks like composing with the Live View and the histogram overlay. On the bottom you can also see a level to help you get the horizon right... which I often need... a lot!

Long story short, it was easy to use and have fun around with it. The camera costs around 1200€ and the underwater case costs around 450€.

Here's a bunch of my favourite photos of the trip.