Canon PowerShot G5 X Detailed Review

Canon PowerShot G5 X

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In additional PowerShot G5 X was introduced by Canon in September 2015. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Canon.

Brand Canon
Category Compact
Date 09/2015
Sensor Properties

Also PowerShot G5 X has a 1″ CMOS sensor with size of 13 x 9 mm² (0.52″ x 0.35″).

Picture of PowerShot G5 X’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: PowerShot G5 X comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The PowerShot G5 X’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

Format 1″
Sensor area 13.20 x 8.80mm²
(0.52″ x 0.35″)
Type CMOS
Resolution (physical) 20.90 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.20 megapixel
Pixel size 5.81 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 6 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 100mm
Aperture (max) 1.8
Aperture (min) 2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The PowerShot G5 X uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.65x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.65x
Resolution 2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction
Shutter

The PowerShot G5 X’s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 30s.

The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/2000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/2000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The PowerShot G5 X’s sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity 125 ISO
Max. sensitivity 12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The PowerShot G5 X supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The PowerShot G5 X’s auto focus processor uses 31 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type TTL
AF points 31
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The PowerShot G5 X has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 7m (23 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Built-in
Range 7.00m
(23 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
PowerShot G5 X display and touch screen

The PowerShot G5 X display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

PowerShot G5 X video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The PowerShot G5 X has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Canon PowerShot G5 X works with a NB-13L LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 210 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the PowerShot G5 X.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The PowerShot G5 X’s battery battery parameters:

Type NB-13L LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life 210 photos
Size

The Canon PowerShot G5 X’s dimensions are 112.5 x 76.4 x 44.2mm³. (4.4″ x 3.0″ x 1.7″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is a reasonable 377 grams (12.2 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the PowerShot G5 X:

Canon PowerShot G5 X Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot G5 X Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The PowerShot G5 X is not much bigger:

Canon PowerShot G5 X size comparison

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