PowerShot G5 Xby Canon

  • PowerShot G5 X
  • PowerShot G5 X
  • PowerShot G5 X
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VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The PowerShot GX 5 is capable of 14-bit RAW image capture for flexibility in image post-processing.
  • In Canon's efforts to cram advanced capabilities into a compact form factor, the GX 5 premium camera received a 1-inch CMOS sensor, an OLED electronic viewfinder, and a fully articulated LCD touch screen.
  • Among its other prominent features is a fast f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x lens with 9-blade aperture and 4x optical zoom.

CONS

  • The G5 X isn't small enough to pack into your pants pocket, although a coat pocket might do the trick.
  • Canon's camera isn't as speedy as some of its rivals, such as the Sony RX100 IV, at shooting either video or burst stills.
  • The camera's battery life is low, lasting only about 210 shots on a charge.
Canon's PowerShot G5 X camera is targeted largely at photo enthusiasts interested in a high-end compact camera as an alternative to a DSLR. The successor to the PowerShot G7 X camera rolled out in 2014, and the sibling to the more recent G9 X, the G5 X packs tons of features into its compact frame. Its attractions include a 1-inch CMOS sensor, an OLED EVF with 2.36 million-dot resolution, a fast lens, and a 3-inch tilting LCD touch screen supplying 1.04 million dots.
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ManufacturerCanonPanasonicCanonCanonFujifilm
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In a significant difference from the G7 X, however, the G5 X has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) built-in. This is a 0.39-inch type OLED devi…

In a significant difference from the G7 X, however, the G5 X has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) built-in. This is a 0.39-inch type OLED device with 2.36 million dots and it shows 100% of the scene that will be captured. The EVF also has a refresh rate of 120fps, which should ensure that it's possible to follow moving subjects accurately.

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In summary, the PowerShot G5 X is the best prosumer pocket camera that Canon have released of late, with lots of strengths and only a few we…

In summary, the PowerShot G5 X is the best prosumer pocket camera that Canon have released of late, with lots of strengths and only a few weaknesses, making it a serious player in the serious compact market...

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89%

Its lens, which carries across from the G7 X, is a decent performer and fast enough for low-light shooting. However, it's disappointing to s…

Its lens, which carries across from the G7 X, is a decent performer and fast enough for low-light shooting. However, it's disappointing to see a camera of this calibre hampered by ridiculously slow frame rates when shooting raw files (or RAW+JPEG pairs).

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89%

Its lens, which carries across from the G7 X, is a decent performer and fast enough for low-light shooting. However, it's disappointing to s…

Its lens, which carries across from the G7 X, is a decent performer and fast enough for low-light shooting. However, it's disappointing to see a camera of this calibre hampered by ridiculously slow frame rates when shooting raw files (or RAW+JPEG pairs).

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The Canon G5 X has made a nice improvement with the addition of the electronic viewfinder. However, we would have liked to see a jump in spe…

The Canon G5 X has made a nice improvement with the addition of the electronic viewfinder. However, we would have liked to see a jump in speed, since it gets less than half of the speed on the Sony RX100 IV and even the older versions of that same camera.

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As someone that uses professional DSLRs on a regular basis, I found the G5 X to be quite easy to adjust to. I particularly found the command…

As someone that uses professional DSLRs on a regular basis, I found the G5 X to be quite easy to adjust to. I particularly found the command wheel around the lens a joy to use. It truly adds to the experience, and it has just enough resistance that you won't accidentally turn it while shooting.

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The Canon G5 X has a 20.0MP 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor and features DIGIC 6 processor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of…

The Canon G5 X has a 20.0MP 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor and features DIGIC 6 processor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. G5 X has an ISO range of 125 - 12800 and it can save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.

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What the Canon PowerShot G5 X lacks is the immense speed of the Sony RX100 IV. It can’t shoot video at a ridiculous 1,000fps or burst stills…

What the Canon PowerShot G5 X lacks is the immense speed of the Sony RX100 IV. It can’t shoot video at a ridiculous 1,000fps or burst stills at 16fps. Video tops out at 1080p, 60fps, and burst stills shooting is a conventional 5.9fps without autofocus or 4.4fps with it.

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It’s a versatile, reliable and well-made camera that performs ably in most shooting situations, and it’s nicely compact. A bit more reach on…

It’s a versatile, reliable and well-made camera that performs ably in most shooting situations, and it’s nicely compact. A bit more reach on the optical zoom might be useful, as would 4K video recording, but overall it’s a model that won’t let you down. That said, it won’t get your heart racing with excitement either.

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On the cusp of 2016 there's an argument that chunky compact cameras have had their day. The Canon G5 X helps to counter that argument with a…

On the cusp of 2016 there's an argument that chunky compact cameras have had their day. The Canon G5 X helps to counter that argument with a decent lens and capable 1-inch sensor ...

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The Canon PowerShot G5 X essentially takes the internals of the G7 X and places them into a new, more ergonomically friendly body, adding su…

The Canon PowerShot G5 X essentially takes the internals of the G7 X and places them into a new, more ergonomically friendly body, adding such features as a high resolution electronic viewfinder and fully articulating touchscreen. Continuing use of the G7 X's 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor should still offer good (though perhaps not quite class-leading) image quality.

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Think quick, enthusiasts: If you didn't buy the Canon G7X, what would you choose as the single most important reason for your decision? If y…

Think quick, enthusiasts: If you didn't buy the Canon G7X, what would you choose as the single most important reason for your decision? If you said "The lack of a viewfinder", you wouldn't be alone.

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