The Canon PowerShot G5 X was launched in October 2015, this small compact digital camera caught my attention and a lot of personal interest. During a visit to Canon Singapore in November 2015, I was able to get a hold and feel of the PowerShot G5 X. It was a very short time with the G5 X yet I had good vibes about this compact digital camera. Therefore, this was one of the compact digital camera that I was quite eager to have a hands on and the opportunity to review the PowerShot G5 X.

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Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore

My review opportunity came in January 2016, I managed to get hold of the Canon PowerShot G5 X for review. Before I proceed with my review points and thoughts on the PowerShot G5 X, let me share the technical specifications of the PowerShot G5 X for a recap –

Product Specification

PowerShot G5 X

Dimensions: Approx. 112.4 x 76.4 x 44.2mm

Weight: Approx. 377g

Lens: 4.2x optical zoom IS

Focal length: 24-100mm (35mm equivalent)

Aperture: f/1.8-f/2.8

Image sensor: 20.2 mega-pixel 1-inch type CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

Maximum video quality: Full HD 24p/25p/30p/50p/60p

EVF: 0.39-inch approx. 2.36 million dots

LCD: 3” (approx. 1.04 million dots) vari-angle touch panel

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC

Battery type: NB-13L

It is a small and lightweight compact digital camera, fits into my work bag easily and also into my camera bags with my Canon DSLR gears too. The PowerShot G5 X followed me for my daily work and leisure days, visiting exhibitions, going to events, taking photos of my colleagues.

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Videography is not my primary forte, yet I realised the importance and interdependence of photography and videography coming together in a camera body that you can utilise to produce both stills and videos for your usage. The PowerShot G5 X was used to video my colleagues sharing during our Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner gathering, the PowerShot G5 X managed to squeeze out 4 video clips, a total time approximately 65 minutes of video footage. During my company annual Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner, the PowerShot G5 X was used in taking 48 photography still shots too at the dinner.

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The Canon PowerShot G5 X helped me to record the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II 14fps in action at a Canon media event for the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. Check out some of my other video clips of the EOS 1DX Mark II here!

Here are some of my thoughts from my Canon PowerShot G5 X review experience:

  • Small and Lightweight
  • Electronic View Finder (EVF) for the compact PowerShot G5 X
  • Well thought out egronmic design with buttons and knobs to change aperture and shutter speed
  • Hand grip
  • Exposure compensation dial
  • Flip screen LCD panel, this allows easy selfie and wefie shots!
  • Touch screen functions similar to DSLR
  • Quick change functions
  • Easy to use
  • At ISO 12,800, the noise level is visible yet it is able to retain details and produce vivid images

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ISO 12,800, f/1.8, 1/60

The Canon PowerShot G5 X is a small, lightweight and pretty powerful compact digital camera, packed with an electronic view finder (that I really like a lot), intuitive touch screen LCD that is similar to the type that you can find in the Canon DSLR models.

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In my personal humble opinion, the PowerShot G5 X is pretty good and ideal fit for a travel compact digital camera without the need to carry additional lens and accessories. For street photographers, this camera might attract some interest with them, especially for the more traditional/purist photographers that love a viewfinder with the EVF built inside the compact camera.

Visit my Flickr photography album where I had uploaded my Canon PowerShot G5 X review photographs, take a look and see for yourself the photo quality in different aspects and situations.

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot G5 X will be available at Canon authorised distributors and dealers at a recommended retail price of $999.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore for the review opportunity and Ogilvy Public Relations for the review opportunity arrangement.


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