With a wealth of physical controls, the Canon PowerShot G5 X is aimed squarely at the enthusiast photographer. Callum McInerney-Riley tests it out

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Canon PowerShot G5 X

AWB Colour:
Dynamic Range:
LCD viewfinder:


  • - Large sensor compared to camera size
  • - Fast zoom lens
  • - Great colour rendition in JPEG
  • - Excellent electronic viewfinder


  • - Relatively slow autofocus
  • - Slow to write raw files
  • - Not truly a pocketable camera


Canon PowerShot G5 X review


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Sensor:20.2MP 1in BSI CMOS
Output size:5472x3548
Lens:24-100mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8
File format:JPEG, raw (CR2), JPEG+raw
Shutter speeds:30-1/2000 sec + bulb
ISO:125-12,800 + auto
Exposure modes:PASM, smart auto, scene
Metering:Evaluative, centre, spot
Drive:5.9 fps, 4.4fps with AF
Movie:Full HD, 60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps
Viewfinder:2.36M dot OLED EVF
Display:1.04M dot 3in fully articulated touchscreen
Autofocus:31-point contrast detection
Memory card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Weight:377g (including battery and card)
  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G5 X Review - Introduction
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. LCD and viewfinder
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Image quality
  6. 6. ISO sensitivity and Noise
  7. 7. Canon PowerShot G5 X review - Conclusion
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  • Amateur One

    Many thanks for a really useful review.

    I’ve seen one report that the lens is soft at wide apertures throughout the zoom range. It would be good if Callum could say if this was a feature in any of the shooting he did with the camera, or in the lab tests. At this price level, it would be disappointing to feel that IQ was (significantly) compromised by lens performance.

    There’s more than one way of defining ‘soft’, of course, (assuming it’s not to a disastrous degree, which seems unlikely to have escaped attention either during the development or the review period).