Michael Topham tests Canon’s pocket-friendly compact with a pop-up electronic viewfinder
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II: At a Glance
- 1in, 20.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor
- 24-120mm equiv f/1.8-2.8 lens
- ISO 125-12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600)
- 2.36-million-dot pop-up EVF
- 3in, 1,040k-dot tilt angle touchscreen
- 30fps Raw burst mode
- USB charging (USB Type-C)
- Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you’d like to take your camera with you, only to leave it behind because you’re worried it’s not small or portable enough? There are plenty of times when it can be useful to own a pocket-sized camera – one that’s a practical alternative to taking out your DSLR or mirrorless camera and delivers superior image quality and zoom control than a smartphone, with excellent handling and intuitive placement of buttons and dials.
Canon has no fewer than five advanced compacts in its current PowerShot range. The G5 X Mark II slots in above the G9 X Mark II and newly announced G7 X Mark III, but below the G1 X Mark III and rather dated G3 X from 2015. It shares core features with its G7 X Mark III cousin, however the appeal of this model lies with those who shoot more stills than video and want to benefit from a longer zoom, electronic viewfinder and better handling. Time to identify what has changed and how this latest model shapes up against its rivals in the premium compact market.