This review is devoted to PowerShot G5 X that Canon has first introduced to the public in Sep 11, 2015. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #54 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #214 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot G5 X review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot G5 X. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.
Canon PowerShot G5 X has the following external dimensions 112 x 112 x 44 mm (44.09 x 29.92 x 17.32″) with the weight of 353 g.
The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Canon PowerShot G5 X, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot G5 X is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 44mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot G5 X with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot G5 X is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot G5 X compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G5 X comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G5 X comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Canon PowerShot G5 X boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Canon PowerShot G5 X has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Canon PowerShot G5 X features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Canon PowerShot G5 X is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot G5 X with other standard sensor sizes.
Canon PowerShot G5 X is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Canon PowerShot G5 X’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot G5 X are its 5.9 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, PowerShot G5 X comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
PowerShot G5 X features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, PowerShot G5 X has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot G5 X, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot G5 X allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Canon PowerShot G5 X provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Canon PowerShot G5 X is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Canon PowerShot G5 X is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, PowerShot G5 X is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect PowerShot G5 X with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot G5 X provides a shooting life of 210, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon PowerShot G5 X is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot G5 X’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot G5 X’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot G5 X to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G5 X performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G5 X can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G5 X performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G5 X can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G5 X performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G5 X can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G5 X performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G5 X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G5 X performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G5 X can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Model||PowerShot G5 X|
|Announced||Sep 11, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.9 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||125|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||31|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||112 x 76 x 44 mm|
|Battery Life||210 shots|
|Battery Type||210 shots|