Canon PowerShot G5 X Review

Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
The Canon PowerShot G5 X is a compact DSLR-styled bridge digital camera with a 1in sensor, built-in viewfinder and 4.2x zoom. Introduced in October 2015 alongside the slim G9X, they prolong the PowerShot G series to 5 models. The chunky G1X Mark II formally remains the flagship model with its bigger 1.5in sensor and 5x / 24-120mm zoom, however for a lot of photographers, the G5 X would be the most well-liked selection.
The PowerShot G5 X turns into the primary within the present lineup with a built-in electronic viewfinder. It’s a superb one too with a big magnification, 2.36 Million dot OLED panel, proximity sensor and shooting information that turns as you compose within the portrait / tall orientation – an excellent feature I’ve solely seen Fujifilm implement before. There’s additionally a fully-articulated side-hinged touchscreen, which offers way more flexibility than a display screen that solely tilts.
The 4.2x / 24-100mm optical range (with a 5cm closest focusing distance) could also be inherited from the G7X (and its successor the Mark II) and out-gunned by many, however stays vivid at f1.8-2.8, and the customizable lens control ring feels properly damped with positive clicks. Rounding-off the specs are built-in Wifi with Dynamic NFC, Full HD video at as much as 1080 / 60p, USB charging in-camera, and an uncommon finger wheel that’s vertically-mounted and flat to the entrance floor. All of it makes the G5 X some of the highly effective 1in compacts up to now however is it best for you? In my full overview I’ll element all of the options and examine it towards Sony’s RX100 III, the Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 and Canon’s different G fashions that will help you make the best selection!
Styled like a mini-DSLR, the PowerShot G5 X is an attractive-looking digital camera that’s designed to appeal to fans. The best means to consider it’s because the sensor and lens of the PowerShot G7X, however repackaged in a chunkier body with a fully-articulated display screen, digital viewfinder and more controls.
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Measuring 112x76x44.2mm and weighing 377g with battery, it’s understandably bigger in each dimension than the G7X, however small enough to retain the allure of different 1in sensor models. To place it in perspective, the G7X measures 103x60x40.4mm and weighs 304g with battery, whereas Sony’s RX100 Mark III – arguably its main rival – measures 102x58x41mm and weighs 290g with battery. Panasonic’s Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 is one other key rival, squeezing-in the identical 1in sensor and an honest viewfinder however with a 10x optical zoom and 4k video right into a body measuring 111x65x44.3mm and weighing 310g with battery.
The G7X, RX100 III and TZ100 / ZS100 could all be chunky compacts, however they’ll nearly squeeze into most trouser pockets, whereas the protruding viewfinder head of the G5 X means it’s extra at dwelling in a coat pocket or small bag – certainly it’s starting to strategy the scale of the smallest Micro Four Thirds cameras when fitted with a pancake lens. Design-wise I used to be reminded more than as soon as of the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II with its compact body, viewfinder hump and fully-articulated touch-screen. In fact that’s a special class of digital camera when it comes to build, lens flexibility and price, however the bottom line is the G5 X is the biggest of its quick peer group.
The flip-side is the PowerShot G5 X turns into essentially the most comfy of its peer group to hold and operate. The chunkier body accommodates an honest grip on the front and a beneficiant thumb rest on the rear, permitting you to carry the digital camera very securely. And whereas its predominant rivals additionally benefit from the further stability of composing with their viewfinders to your eye, solely the G5 X allows you to flip its display screen out to the aspect and cup it within the palm of your left hand, offering even higher assist. In brief, it was straightforward to carry the G5 X very steadily, permitting me to seize stills and easy video in conditions the place different cameras would undergo from extra wobbles.
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
A lot of the 1in class compacts supply loads of guide controls, however the G5 X goes above and past with no fewer than three control dials. Just like the G7X earlier than it, there’s a hoop across the lens barrel and a thumb wheel on the rear, however these at the moment are joined by a finger dial mounted vertically on the entrance floor. This seems to be uncommon at first, however actually it’s no totally different in operation to finger dials that are embedded inside grips revealing solely their ideas above the floor – the one distinction right here is the whole dial is uncovered. In use it feels very pure, successfully being positioned additional ahead than an embedded one throughout the slim physique would have allowed – certainly I discovered its dimension and clickable suggestions have been preferable to the rear thumb wheel and the newly-damped lens ring.
It’s attainable to customize the operate of all three dials from a selection of eight settings or disable them if most well-liked, and you’ll assign totally different capabilities relying on in case you’re in Program, Manual, Aperture or Shutter Priority or in Manual Movie mode; the settings within the Auto modes are fastened to defaults. It’s additionally attainable to customize the operate of the AF area and Movie record buttons to 23 or 24 totally different settings, and to decide on whether or not the Shutter launch locks each the main target and exposure or simply the main target, leaving exposure lock to the separate star button.
Even within the absence of further devoted operate buttons, the triplet of customized dials and a separate one devoted to exposure compensation means it’s attainable to function the G5 X just about any means you want, leaving the operate of the AF area and movie buttons for additional fine-tuning if completely needed. For every thing else, Canon’s on-screen Q Menu supplies fast entry with the touch interface. My solely criticism regards the movie record button which I managed to press by chance on quite a few events when selecting the digital camera up regardless of being indented throughout the thumb relaxation – possibly that’s simply me although.
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Composition is the spotlight of the G5 X, being the one model within the present G-series lineup to feature a side-hinged fully-articulated display screen and a built-in viewfinder. Having each make it the popular model in use, particularly as Canon’s not skimped on the specification of both. So the display screen is a 3in / 1040k dot touch panel, whereas the viewfinder is a 0.39 sort OLED with 2.36 Million dots and respectable magnification. I’m happy to see the inclusion of an eye sensor to change between them, and in addition that the taking pictures data turns to stay upright within the viewfinder when composing within the portrait format – one thing I’ve solely seen on high-end mirrorless cameras like Fujifilm’s XT1 and XT10, though like these fashions the knowledge on the display screen doesn’t rotate. If most well-liked you possibly can disable the knowledge rotation on the G5 X.
The side-hinged display screen supplies nice flexibility as you possibly can comfortably compose at excessive or low angles whether or not you’re taking pictures within the panorama / horizontal or portrait / vertical orientation; as somebody who shoots usually within the portrait form, I actually recognize this functionality over screens that solely tilt vertically. It additionally means the display screen can merely flip out to the aspect to face the topic for self-portraits or filming items to digital camera, fairly than having to clear the highest of the digital camera when tilting vertically, and naturally you can even flip the display screen again shut on itself for defense. As famous earlier, flipping the show out to the aspect additionally allows you to relaxation the display screen within the palm of your left hand for even higher stability.
All of Canon’s PowerShot G models function touch-screens, and so they’re a key benefit over Sony’s RX100 series. Some photographers declare to not like them, however who wouldn’t need the flexibility to reposition an AF space with a single tap? Canon’s consumer interface additionally responds properly to the touch, however if you happen to proceed to be touch-phobic, you possibly can at all times flip the function off.
Sure I do love the display screen on the G5 X, however the viewfinder can be an exquisite thing to have, and invariably turned my pure selection when taking pictures with the digital camera. Having it at all times out there atop the physique could make the digital camera much less pocketable than the RX100 III, nevertheless it additionally makes it so much quicker to entry: all you do is convey the G5 X to your eye and the viewfinder kicks-into motion, whereas on the RX100 III you’ll first have to pop it up, then manually pull it out in a two-step course of that’s barely clumsy and far slower. I discovered it made the G5 X a faster and extra responsive digital camera, helpful to spontaneous conditions, though once more it makes the body much less pocketable than the Sony. Panasonic’s Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 additionally enjoys the advantage of a viewfinder that’s at all times out there, though it lacks any display screen articulation. So for me the Canon G5 X turns into the best-equipped 1in digital camera for composition.
Urgent the INFO button cycles by means of three pages of data and overlays, the primary two being customizable and the final one providing a clear view. On the customized views you possibly can select from any mixture of taking pictures particulars, a dual-axis leveling gauge, histogram and one in all two alignment grids, and it’s attainable to configure the viewfinder and display screen preferences individually.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Review
Canon PowerShot G5 X Review

Urgent the Q button in the midst of the rear thumb wheel fires-up Canon’s acquainted fast menu which superimposes rows of icons on the left and proper sides for entry to widespread settings. These range relying on mode, however in PASM you’ll have fast entry to the AF space, photograph high quality, video high quality, self-timer, ND filter, metering, sensitivity and white steadiness. It’s straightforward to faucet your means by means of these or certainly the whole paged menu system utilizing the display screen, or with the rocker wheel if most well-liked. You can too customise which choices seem within the Q menu, for instance including facet ratio and eradicating any of the above to reduce muddle.
The viewfinder head can be dwelling to a popup flash that’s raised by hand. It’s pretty small, however ample for close-range illumination and adjustable by three ranges if desired with entrance or rear curtain sync choices. In the meantime if you need extra flash energy, the G5 X can accommodate any of Canon’s Speedlight flashguns on its hotshoe, a rarity on most 1in compacts and one other promoting level for Canon right here.
Behind a flap on the best aspect of the body you’ll discover a Micro USB port, HDMI Micro connector and a port for the optionally available RS-60E3 remote cable; there’s additionally built-in Wifi with NFC that I’ll cover in detail later within the overview and you’ll in fact use the Wifi to function the digital camera by remote control.
The NB-13L Lithium Ion battery and SD card are housed in a compartment beneath the digital camera, whereas the tripod thread is barely off-centre from the optical axis of the lens. Canon quotes the battery as being good for round 210 pictures. For video, I managed to movie three 1080 / 25p clips lasting 24 minutes and 22 seconds every with a full cost earlier than the battery was absolutely depleted; the 24 minute clip size was restricted by the file reaching 3.99GB in size.
Canon provides the digital camera with an external AC charger, however just like the G9X launched alongside it, the G5 X’s battery will also be charged in-camera over a USB connection.
I discover internal charging over USB a lot extra handy because it permits me to top-up a depleted battery whereas I’m out and about, whether utilizing a USB port on my laptop, a conveyable USB battery, or a port on a automobile. I don’t want to recollect my charger nor discover an AC outlet to sit down subsequent to. Whereas photographing London in the future with the G5 X, I seen the battery had turn out to be virtually depleted, so related it to an Anker transportable USB battery in my bag when travelling between areas; upon arriving about half an hour later the battery was virtually half-full once more, permitting me to proceed taking pictures.
Now to be honest, that is an area the place Canon is enjoying catch-up as Sony’s been providing in-camera charging over USB for a very long time. Certainly on its newest fashions, together with the RX100 IV, you possibly can even shoot with the digital camera whereas it’s being powered externally, whereas on the G5 X the digital camera stops charging if you happen to begin taking pictures with it. However I’m nonetheless delighted that Canon’s now providing USB charging on extra fashions and in contrast to Sony it additionally at present contains an exterior AC charging unit as customary for many who choose a standard route.
The G5 X, like most compacts, depends on a contrast-based AF system which hunts forwards and backwards earlier than confirming focus. When it comes to focus areas, the PowerShot G5 X provides the same old two choices for a Canon compact: 1-point and Face / Tracking. The previous, as its identify suggests, uses a single AF area which may be repositioned wherever on the display screen with a simple tap on the specified half. That is, for me, a significant benefit over the RX100 III which doesn’t have a touch-screen. You can too change the scale of the one AF body.
Change to Face / Tracking and the G5 X will try to acknowledge a human face within the composition. If it could possibly’t, it falls instantly again to a multi-area system. The Face ID choice additionally means that you can register as much as 12 totally different folks by storing pictures of their faces, after which the digital camera will identify and prioritise them in the event that they’re noticed on the body.
You can too select between One Shot for single autofocus or Servo for steady autofocus, though maybe counter-intuitively if you wish to maintain focusing throughout a burst, Canon recommends coupling Servo with 1-Point AF fairly than the tracking option. There’s additionally a Steady AF choice within the menus, however this refers to pre-focusing the place the G5 X makes changes as you compose, earlier than you’ve even pressed the shutter launch to speed up the ultimate course of.
In One Shot mode, the G5 X snaps-into focus pretty swiftly, actually as quick because the higher-end Sony RX100 IV. When you have Continuous AF enabled for pre-focusing, the G5 X usually locks-onto the topic no matter focal size in lower than a second with minimal looking.
As I discussed earlier, the enjoyment of the touch-screen is having the ability to reposition a single AF space with a easy tap – one thing that’s nonetheless missing even on the RX100 IV. In case you choose the automated life although, the Face / Tracking choice works properly.
It’s additionally attainable to change the G5 X into guide focus and use the up and down buttons or touch-screen controls to regulate the gap utilizing an on-screen scale and elective focus peaking. Not like the G7X earlier than it, you can even now alter the main target manually whereas filming video, once more utilizing the identical management system. I’ll focus on film autofocus within the film part later within the overview.
When it comes to steady taking pictures, the G5 X is quoted as having the ability to fireplace bursts at 5.9fps or 4.4fps with AF. To place it to the check I fitted a freshly-formatted UHS card, set the sensitivity to 400 ISO and the shutter velocity to 1/500 and timed a series of bursts. With the quality set to Large Fine JPEG, I fired-off 73 frames in 11.7 seconds for an average speed of 6.2fps – and the digital camera appeared completely satisfied to maintain shooting. The common speed was quicker than quoted and the preliminary few frames have been slightly quicker nonetheless. Switching the digital camera to RAW although noticed the velocity plummet to only lower than one body per second, successfully ruling it out for motion images in something apart from JPEG.
The PowerShot G5 X’s mode dial provides full AUTO, Canon’s Hybrid AUTO, Inventive Shot, Scene, a dedicated Film place, a Custom bank, together with Program, Aperture and Shutter Priority and full Manual.
Shutter Precedence and Guide supply entry to the total publicity vary of 1/2000 to 30 seconds, to which Guide provides a Bulb choice that helps exposures as much as 4 minutes and 16 seconds whereas the shutter is held; if the Touch Shutter is enabled, you can even begin and finish a Bulb exposure with taps on the touch-screen, however clearly you’ll have to be light to keep away from wobbling it. Alternatively you possibly can set off a Bulb publicity through the smartphone app. Auto publicity bracketing is offered for three stops in a variety as much as +/-2EV.
Set the G5 X to AUTO and it’ll work out every thing for you utilizing scene detection which even accommodates and adjusts for subjects that are close, in movement, backlit, in shadow, smiling and even sleeping, together with further scenes for smiling or sleeping babies. It’s enjoyable to level the digital camera at totally different topics and see the scene icon alter itself
Set the digital camera to Hybrid AUTO and it’ll exploit Canon’s Film Digest function to seize two to 4 seconds of video previous to you taking every photograph. These are then compiled because the day goes on right into a single film which may give a enjoyable behind-the-scenes. The thought is you usually spend not less than a few seconds organising a composition earlier than taking photographs and that is when folks in portraits can usually be most relaxed earlier than their inventory pose. When it really works properly, the compiled movies can actually be enjoyable, however at different occasions it’s possible you’ll seize uncomfortable or messy footage, plus there’s the fixed buffering taking place which can drain your battery sooner fairly than later.
Next on the mode dial is Creative Shot which analyses the scene and grabs six pictures with totally different results, crops or rotations utilized. Unlike the G5 X, now you can select for the six pictures to be primarily based on a certain style: Retro, Monochrome, Special or Natural, or you might go for the Auto which generates a selection. In practice it could possibly work fairly properly and it’s nearly like handing your digital camera to someone else to take a photograph of a well-recognized topic as you’ll virtually actually find yourself with some views you hadn’t anticipated.
The HDR mode takes three exposures and combines them into one to increase the tonal dynamic range of the composition, typically revealing particulars otherwise misplaced in darkish shadows or vivid highlights. You’ll be able to’t select the ISO sensitivity, the bracketing depth or the exposure increment between the frames, however you possibly can select from 5 totally different processing results: Pure, Artwork Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed. The pure choice is pretty sympathetic, typically boosting element in darkish shadow and mid shadow tones. The opposite choices ship a much more stylised impact which may be proper up your road, or could alternatively drive you onto one other road solely.
The Canon PowerShot G5 X is supplied with Wifi and NFC for wi-fi switch of pictures between units, GPS tagging, uploading to providers and smartphone remote control. On this respect it sounds just like earlier implementations to not point out different manufacturers, however Canon’s made numerous enhancements.
Canon now provides only one smartphone app for all its cameras: Camera Connect is offered for iOS and Android devices, and I examined it on my Samsung Galaxy S6. The very first thing you’ll have to do is obtain the app and if – like me – you’ve an NFC-equipped handset, you want solely maintain the digital camera and phone collectively for a few seconds to set off the method.
In an improve over earlier models, the G5 X can be now geared up with Dynamic NFC which implies you don’t even want the digital camera to be powered-on for it to provoke communications with an NFC telephone – all you do is maintain them collectively to set off the obtain of the app and, as soon as put in, bringing the 2 units collectively will mechanically begin and join their Wifi networks then fire-up the app – all prepared for motion with out further interaction. In case you’re in playback on the digital camera, you possibly can contact the units and once more they’ll join mechanically earlier than then asking you to pick out pictures on the digital camera for quick switch to your telephone. These processes are a lot less complicated than earlier than the place you needed to manually begin Wifi then join the units earlier than the app would supply any control or switch. Whereas Sony’s NFC implementation is arguably much more direct with zero button-presses to send a photograph on-screen, I’ve no complaints with Canon’s newest strategy. And as before in case your phone doesn’t have NFC, you possibly can provoke the method utilizing the smartphone button on the aspect of the digital camera.
The PowerShot G5 X can document Full HD video with stereo sound captured by the built-in microphones, and you’ll optically zoom the lens whereas filming. You can begin recording in any mode by merely pushing the red record button on the rear, however by first turning the mode dial to Film, the digital camera unlocks superior choices.
For instance when the G5 X mode dial is about to Film you possibly can change the digital camera between auto and guide publicity, the latter permitting you to set the sensitivity (as much as 6400 ISO), shutter and aperture; there’s even an Auto ISO choice in guide, permitting you to repair the aperture and shutter and let the digital camera alter the sensitivity for the sunshine ranges. Impressively you can even use the touchscreen to make silent changes to the aperture, shutter and ISO when you’re filming. You can too deploy the built-in ND filter for films, though there’s no Auto choice – it’s both on or off.
The Film mode extends the vary of attainable body charges over the G7X to incorporate 1080 at 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p and 60p, though there’s nothing quicker for gradual movement, nor any 4k; for that you simply’ll want Panasonic’s Lumix TZ100 / ZS100. Usefully the G5 X’s film mode additionally reformats the display screen to the video facet ratio, which for HD is 16:9, permitting you to compose correctly before beginning the recording. 720p or VGA are additionally out there at 25p / 30p relying on TV area.
The utmost recording time is restricted to a second shy of half an hour or when the file reaches 4GB in dimension, whichever comes first. In case you’re filming in 1080 / 60p or 1080 / 30p, count on to hit the 4GB file restrict first after about 16 and 24 minutes respectively. When it comes to battery life, I managed to document three consecutive 1080 / 25p clips lasting 24 minutes every on a full cost earlier than the battery gave up.
When it comes to focusing it’s attainable to set the digital camera to auto or guide, and if the latter you possibly can alter the focusing distance utilizing the touch-screen interface whereas filming; throughout this course of you’re guided by an on-screen distance bar, and if you happen to like you can even allow focus peaking to focus on the edges of areas in focus. The power to regulate guide focus distance wasn’t out there on the sooner G7X and a pleasant enhancement right here.
When set to AF you should use the touchscreen to pull-focus to totally different subjects, a helpful feature that’s not out there on cameras like Sony’s RX100 collection up to now which in fact lack touch-screens.