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Canon G5 X camera
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  • Info

    The first PowerShot G-Series camera to incorporate a full-featured 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, the amazing PowerShot G5 X camera makes it simple to compose, set and capture high-quality stills and video without taking your eye away from the camera. For photography in the glare of bright sunlight, recording HD Video in an auditorium and other situations where the lighting is difficult or using the LCD monitor is inconvenient, the PowerShot G5 X’s electronic viewfinder helps enable unfettered operation. Full control is made simple with dedicated dials situated around the camera that let you easily customize and control the settings. What’s more, helpful features like a built-in accessory hot shoe and a multi-angle, capacitive touch screen monitor serve to create an experience as unique as the subject being recorded. With its phenomenal and large imaging sensor, its marvelous electronic viewfinder and comprehensive operation, the PowerShot G5 X can deliver performance that’s easy to see.

    Impressive Speed, Resolution and Quality

    At the heart of the PowerShot G5 X camera is a brilliant 1.0-inch 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Physically larger than the sensors found in most compact cameras, the PowerShot G5 X’s sensor works in tandem with Canon’s DIGIC 6 Image Processor to quickly deliver gorgeous, high-resolution images with nuanced details, plus impressive low-light performance with a low signal-to-noise ratio and minimal noise and distortion. Suitable for tremendous enlargements, significant cropping and many other applications appealing to the advanced photographer, images and video captured on the PowerShot G5 X’s sensor are engineered to impress even the most critical eye.

    Dynamic Optical Performance for Excellent Results

    To take advantage of its large, 1.0-inch imaging sensor, the PowerShot G5 X camera has a sharp and versatile 4.2x Optical Zoom lens. With a 35mm equivalent range of 24–100mm it’s equally suitable for landscapes, portraits, group photographs and even close-up photography. Designed to perform in numerous lighting situations, the PowerShot G5 X’s lens has a bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 for low light performance, a 9-blade aperture for beautiful, blurred background detail and is engineered to focus from distances as close as 2.0 in. The PowerShot G5 X’s lens works in concert with the camera’s sensor and image processor to reliably deliver sharp images from edge to edge and from wide-angle to telephoto, all tailored to meet the exacting standards of even critical photographers.

    Sharp, Fast and Colorful for Optimal Performance

    The PowerShot G5 X camera’s defining feature is its unique, high-definition electronic viewfinder. It’s great for photographers who prefer to hold the camera up to their eye, and is a veritable lifesaver in bright light and when composing on the camera’s LCD screen is inconvenient or overly conspicuous. Featuring 2.36 million dots, and with a wide color gamut, it provides a high-contrast, realistic and smooth edge-to-edge view for image composition, adjustment and review. Designed for sustained use, it delivers 100% image coverage, a smooth refresh rate up to 120 frames-per-second (Smooth Mode) and a flexible information display that can enable comfortable camera operation throughout the day. Its 22mm eyepoint delivers excellent visibility, even when wearing glasses, and a built-in eye sensor helps the PowerShot G5 X to transfer quickly between the viewfinder display and Live View on the camera’s LCD

    Take Control, with Ease

    Designed for speedy operation while looking through the viewfinder, the PowerShot G5 X camera features a host of controls for quick, accurate settings and adjustments. Beyond its Vari-angle touch panel LCD monitor, the PowerShot G5 X features a front dial situated on the front of the camera for operation with the index finger, a top-mounted, thumb-operated exposure compensation dial, a rear-mounted control dial plus a control ring around the camera’s lens. Eminently customizable, each dial has an optimized operating torque that helps to identify it by feel, for sustained, intuitive and near-silent operation in quiet situations like weddings and performances.

    Compact Performance, Easily Expandable

    The PowerShot G5 X camera’s hot shoe enables expanded operations for advanced photography. It’s compatible with all Speedlite flashes for the EOS System, so bounce flash and multiple-flash photography is easy to achieve. Whether attaching a Speedlite flash or the Remote Switch RS-60E3 for long exposures or night scenes, the PowerShot G5 X’s hot shoe can help provide shooting opportunities far beyond the scope of most compact cameras.

  • Official PR

    Rounding out what is now a family of five powerful large sensor PowerShot G-series cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot G5 X equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X. Featuring high-quality optics and large one-inch image sensors, both new models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera equipped with built-in Wi-Fi®* and NFC** capability for easy sharing of images and video to social media networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app†.

    Both new models feature a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

    Providing quality still images and video for social sharing, the stunning 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on these cameras can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi** and NFC capability. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s free Camera Connect App†† for wireless image transfer and remote operation featuring Live View when using compatible iOS® and Android® devices.

    In addition, these new cameras feature an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.

    “We continue to strive to provide photographers with a range of imaging equipment options to support each individual shooting style while still providing the features, usability, and performance they expect from a Canon camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PowerShot G-series cameras offer a range of options designed to satisfy professionals looking for a convenient back-up camera to their DSLR as well as photography enthusiasts looking for maximum image quality in conveniently compact cameras they can take with them anywhere.”

    The PowerShot G5 X

    Incorporating a bright, built-in high-resolution EVF that allows photographers to more easily compose and take pictures as well as track moving subjects, the high-performance PowerShot G5 X camera also features a bright f/1.8 - f/2.8 4.2x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 24-100mm). With the combination of a nine-blade iris diaphragm for beautiful background blur effects and an Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system that provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions, this camera’s optical system enables users to capture the shot as they envisioned it and is ideal for shooting in low-light conditions or when a shallow depth-of-field is preferred for more dramatic, soft backgrounds and beautiful portraits.

    The PowerShot G5 X camera’s 2.36-million-dot high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder provides high-quality viewing from edge-to-edge, especially useful when composing an image or shooting in bright sunlight. Additionally, a three-inch, 1.04 million dot touch panel LCD screen provides a bright, clear display that enables one-touch control of many camera settings and features a Vari-Angle design that enables easy viewing from various shooting angles while protecting the screen from inadvertent scratching when the camera is stored.

    Housed in a classic black body, the enhanced controls include top-mounted mode and exposure compensation dials, front and rear control dials, and a control ring around the lens, which can all be customized to best suit different shooting styles. The PowerShot G5 X camera also features a built-in flash plus a dedicated hot shoe providing full compatibility with Canon’s powerful range of EX-series Speedlites and related accessories. There is also a 3.5mm mini-jack for compatibility with Canon’s Remote Switch RS-60E3.

    Shared Features

    The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X models both feature three convenient ways to charge the NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack: (1) via an optional USB cable connected to a powered USB socket to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, (2) via an optional USB-connected AC Adapter to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, and (3) via the standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.

    Both new PowerShot models incorporate a broad range of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, and both offer users the choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, both new models incorporate a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions.

    Price and Availability

    The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.

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    The G5 X is one of the more attractive compact cameras in its category and the addition of a built-in high-resolution EVF makes it more relevant for Australian photographers than the other cameras with one-inch type (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensors currently offered by Canon. Its lens, which carries across from the G7 X, is a decent performer and fast enough for low-light shooting. However, it's disappointing to see a camera of this calibre hampered by ridiculously slow frame rates when shooting raw files (or RAW+JPEG pairs).

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  • Interview

    KENJI ITO: As the first G-series camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder, we worked hard to make sure that viewfinder clarity and ease-of-use was equal to or better than the EOS 600D, whilst also maintaining a compact size. First of all, a significant effort was put into the optics, not only from a wide angle-of-view, but also making it possible to see clearly right up to the edges. It was also important to ensure that even if your eyes move away from a head-on position, the image could still be seen clearly and accurately.

    YOSHIKAZU SAKAGAMI: Installing the electronic viewfinder directly above the lens at the centre of the body was one more point we were very concerned about. I think that this is the natural location for a viewfinder anyway and it was designed so people who normally use SLR cameras can use it without any discomfort. The eye point is quite wide at 22mm, making it possible to see the image even when the eye is some distance away from the viewfinder. There is less chance of your nose touching the camera, for instance, so people who wear glasses will be able to use the viewfinder more comfortably.

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    G5 X's image quality is excellent for a compact camera thanks to the 1-inch sensor that lies at its heart. If you've ever wanted DSLR-like pictures from a fixed-lens camera, then look no further than the G5 X, with its fast f/1.8-2.8 lens creating very nice bokeh at both ends of the zoom range when shooting wide-open.

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    I was impressed by the G5X's color rendition and overall tone, particularly when using the auto white balance setting. When the light was warm, the G5X maintained much of this warmth and captured what I saw rather than attempting to neutralize colors and tones. Overall, it's a solid sensor that performs well in many situations even if it's RAW images need additional processing and don't possess a lot of sharpness or dynamic range.

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    Video features are somewhat lacking on the Canon G5X. It can record 1080p video at up to 60 fps, which is nice, but there are no 4K or slow motion video features available. The camera also does not have microphone or headphone jacks, which limits its attractiveness to more serious videographers. We did find that its video performance was pretty good, though, with nice image quality, decent autofocus capabilities, and impressive metering.

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    The biggest improvement in the PowerShot G5 X versus some of Canon's similar models is the inclusion of an electronic viewfinder. The G5 X's EVF is impressive, offering more than 2.3 million pixels of resolution in the viewfinder. And, the camera automatically switches the view between the EVF and the primary display screen as you lift the camera to your eye, which is a handy feature that greatly increases the camera's usability.

    Another improvement found on the G5 X is the addition of a fully articulated display screen, which means you can twist and tilt the screen up to 180 degrees, which allows for shooting selfies and odd-angle photos. Most of the past models in this line of premium compact PowerShot cameras offered tiltable display screens, but no rotation.

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