Canon PowerShot G5 X Review

Overall 47
Imaging 16
Features 69
Size 80
Price 1

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 112 x 76 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 353 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon PowerShot G5 X Summary

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.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Compared to other Compact 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.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.8-2.8
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 31
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 5.9 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot G5 X With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot G5 X

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Canon PowerShot G5 X — 210 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot G5 X — 44 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot G5 X — 353 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot G5 X

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Canon PowerShot G5 X for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Canon PowerShot G5 X for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot G5 X for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (112 x 76 x 44 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot G5 X for Sports 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.9 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (31)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (210 shots)

Canon PowerShot G5 X for Daily Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Big size (112 x 76 x 44 mm)

Canon PowerShot G5 X for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Canon PowerShot G5 X Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot G5 X
Announced Sep 11, 2015
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.9 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
Flash Modes Auto, slow synchro
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 31
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
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
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 353 g
Physical Dimensions 112 x 76 x 44 mm
Battery Life 210 shots
Battery Type 210 shots
Battery Model NB-13L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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