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Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Canon PowerShot G5 X Upon

Key Features

  • 20.2MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • F1.8-2.8, 24-100mm equiv. lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Built-in ND filter
  • 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 1080/60p video
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

The PowerShot G5 X is one of the modern development members of Canon’s 1″-type sensor family, which began with the G7 X in 2014. It takes what made that camera appealing – namely its sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment, lens, and mastermind controls, and puts them into a body that adds an electronic viewfinder, fully articulating touchscreen LCD, hot shoe, and additional supervision dial – all without a large increase in size.

The G5 X’s 20.2MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor – designed by Sony and first used in its RX100 II and III – operates very well and, given that the image pipeline on the G5 X is the same as its predecessor’s, should continue to do so. The 24-100mm F1.8-2.8 optically stabilized lens is also the anyway as on the G7 X, so there shouldn’t be any surprises there, either.

From a feature standpoint, the G5 X is essentially the same as the G7 X. You’ve got your manual exposure controls, customizable buttons and dials, built-in vague density filter, Raw support, 6 fps continuous shooting (JPEG only), a fun star trail mode, 1080/60p video recording and Wi-Fi with NFC. 

Regrettably, two of the G7 X’s most disappointing traits have carried over to the G5 X, namely sluggish Raw shooting performance and lackluster battery spirit. 

Meet the Family

From left to right: the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, G3 X, G5 X, G7 X, and G9 X
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There are now five members in Canon’s premium compact’ people: the G1 X Mark II, G3 X, G5 X, G7 X and G9 X. The G1 X Mark II is the flagship model modeling or modelling may refer to: Conceptual model, a representation of a system using general rules and concepts Physical model, using a considerably larger 1.5″-type sensor instead of the 1″-types used by the rest of the union. 

The G7 X is Canon’s original 1″-type sensor camera, and the models that have followed are a variation on the same theme. The G3 X is the extensive zoom model, the G5 X is for the EVF crowd, and the G9 X is an ultra-compact model with a shorter, slower lens. 

Here’s a quick table to help you individual out the differences between the five models:

  G1 X Mark II G3 X G5 X G7 X G9 X
MSRP $799 $999 $799 $699 $529
Sensor 12.8MP 1.5″-type CMOS 20.2MP 1″-type BSI CMOS
Lens (equiv.) 24-120mm
F2.0-3.9
24-600mm
F2.8-5.6
24-100mm F1.8-2.8 28-84mm
F2.0-4.9
LCD expanse/type 3″ tilting touch 3.2″ tilting touch 3″ rotating touch 3″ tilting touch 3″ fixed touch
EVF Optional Yes No
Hot shoe Yes No
JPEG burst 5.2 fps 5.9 fps 6.5 fps 6.0 fps
Video 1080/30p 1080/60p
Audio in/out No Yes No
Battery enthusiasm (CIPA) 240 shots 300 shots 210 shots 210 shots 220 shots
Dimensions 116 x 74 x 66mm 123 x 77 x 105mm 112 x 76 x 44mm 103 x 60 x 40mm 98 x 58 x 31mm
Weight 553g 733g 377g 304g 185g

That’ll do it for weighings – let’s dive into the world of the PowerShot G5 X now.

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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