Canon PowerShot G5 X Review

November 30, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

1.0 type back-illuminated CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.2M (Aspect ratio 3:2) [14]

Effective / Total Pixels

Approx. 20.9M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology

LENS

Focal Length

8.8 – 36.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 100 mm)

Zoom

Optical 4.2x
ZoomPlus 8.4x
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.6x or 2.0x [1])
Combined approx. 17x

Maximum f/number

f/1.8 - f/2.8

Construction

11 elements in 9 groups (1 double sided aspherical lens, 1 single sided aspherical UA lens, 1 single sided aspherical lens and 1 UD lens)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (lens-shift type), approx. 3-stop [13].
Intelligent IS with 5-axis Advanced Dynamic IS

FOCUSING

Type

TTL

AF System/ Points

AiAF (31-point, Face Detection or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre)

AF Modes

Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE [6], Touch AF

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

Yes, via customisable buttons

AF Assist Beam

Yes

Manual Focus

Yes, plus MF Peaking

Focus Bracketing

Yes

Closest Focusing Distance

5 cm (Wide) from front of lens
40 cm (Tele) from front of lens

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Touch AF frame)

AE Lock

Yes, via customisable buttons

Exposure Compensation

+/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Manual and automatic dynamic range correction
Automatic shadow correction

ND Filter (3-stop) On/ Auto/ Off [16]

AEB

1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

ISO sensitivity

125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800 [15]

AUTO ISO: 125 - 12800 (possible to set Max. ISO speed and rate of change)

SHUTTER

Speed

1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
1/8 - 1/2000 sec. (Movie Mode)
BULB, 30 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type

TTL

Settings

Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto
White Balance Compensation
Colour adjustment in Star mode

COLOUR MATRIX

Type

sRGB

Viewfinder

EVF (0.39 type), Approx. 2,360K dots, OLED

Viewfinder / Coverage

Approx. 100%

Eyepoint / Dioptre Correction

Approx. 22 mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
-3.0 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

LCD MONITOR

Monitor

Vari-angle 7.5 cm (3.0”) Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots. Capacitive type

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

FLASH

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX, 430EX II. 22 levels with 430EX III-RT, 580EX II and 600EX-RT [2])

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

Built-in Flash Range

50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 4.0 m (T)

External Flash

E-TTL with EX series Speedlites [2]
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

SHOOTING

Modes

Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, SCN (Portrait, Self-Portrait, Star (Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Portrait, Star Time-Lapse Movie), Handheld Night Scene, Fireworks, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Movie

Modes in Movie

Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Manual, Portrait, Nostalgic, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fireworks, Short Clip, iFrame Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes

Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 5.9 shots/sec [12]
with AF: Approx. 4.4 shots/sec

(all speeds are until memory card becomes full) [3][4]

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size

3:2 - (RAW, L) 5472 x 3648, (M1) 4320 x 2880, (M2) 2304 x 1536, (S) 720 x 480
4:3 - (RAW, L) 4864 x 3648, (M1) 3840 x 2880, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (RAW, L) 5472 x 3080, (M1) 4320 x 2432, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 720 x 408
1:1 - (RAW, L) 3648 x 3648, (M1) 2880 x 2880, (M2) 1536 x 1536, (S) 480 x 480

Resize available in playback (M2, S) for JPEG images

Compression

RAW, Superfine, Fine

Movies

(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 23.98 fps
(HD) 1280 x 720, 29.97 / 25 fps
(L) 640 x 480, 29.97 / 25 fps

Star Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) 29.97 / 25 / 14.99 / 12.5 fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6 / 3 / 1.5 fps
Hybrid Auto (HD) 29.97 / 25 fps
iFrame Movie (Full HD) 29.97 / 25 fps

Movie Length

(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. [7]
(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour [4]
(Star Time-Lapse Movie) up to 128 sec

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type

JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), RAW+JPEG

Movies

MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]
iFrame

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge

PictBridge

Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)

OTHER FEATURES

GPS

GPS via Mobile (linked to a compatible smartphone)

Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu

My Menu customisation available

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Histogram

Yes, live histogram

Playback zoom

Yes, enabled in 10 steps

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Hebrew

INTERFACE

Computer

Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) DIGITAL connector

Other

HDMI Micro Connector
Remote Switch Connector

Computer/Other

Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only), with Dynamic NFC support [11]

MEMORY CARD

Type

SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1 [18]
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10

For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:
Windows 10 / 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10

For Image Transfer Utility:
Windows 10 / 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10

SOFTWARE

Other

CameraWindow DC
Map Utility
Image Transfer Utility

Camera Connect available on iOS and Android devices

Image Manipulation

Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-13L (battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 210 shots
Aprrox. 215 shots with in-built EVF

Eco mode approx. 320 shots
Approx. 240 min. playback

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC110

Charging via USB available with Compact Power Adaptor CA-DC30E [17]

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps

Camera Jacket DCC-1850
Neck Strap NS-DC12
PowerShot Accessory Organizer

Flash

Canon Speedlite (including 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III-RT, 580EX, 580EX II and 600EX-RT [2])

Speedlite Transmitter (ST-E3-RT, ST-E2)
Speedlite bracket SB-E2
Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-60E3

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC110, Compact Power Adaptor CA-DC30E, Battery Charger CB-2LHE

Other

Interface cable IFC-600PCU

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

112.4 x 76.4 x 44.2 mm

Weight

Approx. 377 g (including battery and memory card)