Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II ($ 899.99) follows the same idea as its predecessor, 2016 G5 X, but the execution is a little better around. It’s a little more fun, some thanks to the EVF that can be pulled, it’s more responsive, and has a little power zoom. It doesn’t have many bells and whistles as you get with the most similar Sony cameras, RX100 VA, but Canon does a better job with fundamentals, enough to get our editor choices.
Bright aperture, solid zoom
Canon returns to the drawing board with G5 X Mark II. While the first version looks more like a mirror less camera sized with an EVF which is raised in the middle and the front control wheel that is visible, Mark II has a DNA point-and-shoot. It uses a form factor in the candy bar, and while the lens is only a little of the body, I feel very ridiculous.
It measures 2.4 x 4.4 with 1.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 12.0 ounces if loaded with batteries and memory cards. It’s finished in a base black, with a cool metal exterior to touch, and skin wrap.
The lens is a 8.8-44mm design f / 1.8-2.8-it matches the zoom view angle 24-120mm on a full-frame camera. This is not the longest zoom among pocket models with the same 1 inch sensor type, but it’s the longest thing that we have seen that open to f / 1.8 at the width, better 24-70mm f / 1.8-2.8 Sony has been used a few Models and 24-100mm f / 1.8-2.8 in Canon G7 X Mark III. There are other options available with longer zoom power. Panasonic has a ZS200 with 24-360mm f / 126.96.36.199 and Sony has RX100 VI and RX100 VII, each with the same 24-200mm F / 2.8-4.5 zoom.
Control and ergonomics
Ergonomics G5 X Mark II is well considered. Little lenses a little from the main chassis, even when pulled. Canon takes advantage of depth and makes handgrip a little deeper than what we usually see on this type of camera. This is a change for a better thing – the grip is comfortable and functional, and easily among the best we have ever seen in the recent point-and-shoot.
There is a control ring around the lens for shutter control or aperture (depending on shooting mode). It offers dickered clicks in each turn, which makes it less ideal for use when recording video with a soundtrack, it makes it easier for photographers to set the aperture or shutter speed.
In addition to the basic on / off button, Rena Release, and Zoom Rocker, G5 X has a pair of dial nesting on the top plate. The mode sits above, with a standard, semi-automatic, fully automatic array, and mode of scene available. Dial down adjust EV, with three adjustment stops, in the third stop increase, available.
There is a rear button to lock the exposure, start the video, access the menu, or enter playback mode. You also get a flat command round on the back, with the set direction to set the drive, adjust the flash, switch overlay information, and activate the macro focus. The Q / Set button is at the center.
The Q menu activates overlay on the screen for quick access to several additional settings. Here you can change the focal mode or measurement pattern, or lock the white and ISO balance. G5 has other touch controls available. You can tap the screen to set the focus, or to focus and immediately take a shot, and the LCD functions as a touchpad to move the focal point when you use EVF.
And it’s EVF – along with a slightly longer lens – which separates the G5 X from near-twin G7 X Mark III. Viewfinder appears from the body through the switch on the left side, but you have to pull Eyecup back towards you to lock the place to use.
Finder is an OLED design of 2.36 million dots, and while it is not as big as the eye as what you find on a lens camera that can be exchanged, it’s just as good as what you will get in a pocket camera. It has an eye sensor, so you can easily exchange between it and LCD, as well as adaptation of diopter. I have one complaint: EVF doesn’t always stick to the first trial when pushing it back into the body. The company press makes it hook.
3 inch LCD is a 1.040k-dot panel. Bright enough to use outdoors, and can tilt, go down, and face all the way ahead for selfie. This is just as good as you will find on this type of camera.
Strength and connectivity
G5 X includes Micro HDMI and USB-C data ports and functions with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. It supports charging in the camera, although it is not guaranteed to work with every power package. Canon Cameras a little fussy in this case – officially, only the Canon adapter is guaranteed to work, but I successfully used the Apple MacBook Pro charger.
You can also charge the battery in an external charger, including. But you might want to find a functioning external battery, because G5 X is only rated around 230 shots using the rear LCD or 180 if you rely on EVF.
And there is a wireless option. G5 works with the Canon Camera Connect application, free download for Android or iOS, so you can transfer photos to your device, or use it as a remote control for the camera. Apart from Wi-Fi, it has Bluetooth to make it a little easier to pair with your cellphone.
Speed and Autofocus
G5 X is very responsive. It strengths around 1.4 seconds, and locks focus and fire around 0.05 seconds in bright light. In dim conditions it is enough to cause focus to help the fire beam, focus a little slow, requires around 0.3 seconds to lock the average.
Capture burst is available at 20fps with a locked focus. Buffer is big enough so you don’t have to worry about filling it. I can take 100 RAW + JPG shots, 110 RAW, and 130 JPG before the shooting rate slows down.
There is also a 30fps raw retrieval mode available – it catches about three seconds in the explosion. You have to work with Canon desktop software to extract every raw individual in Burst if you want to integrate it into your normal workflow; It is also possible to extract any frame from Burst as JPG using the G5 touch interface.
Switch to AI Servo dropped speed to 8fps, but ensure that the camera checks the focus between each shot. In practice we find it fast and accurate, even though the camera is limited to focusing on one area when you combine AI Servo and continuous drive.
This is embarrassing, because in single shot mode, G5 X can identify and track the subject, with the priority given to the face. This mode is what parents want to take their children’s shots while playing, but to make it work, you must forget the arrest of burst. This too bad canon cannot make two features working together.
If you want pro-level autofocus performance, think about more expensive cameras. RX100 VII has a real time tracking system that is the same as what you get in the company’s lens models that can be exchanged, and can focus between each photo shoot while maintaining the 20fps capture rate.
Lenses and sensors
G5 X Mark II uses a 1-inch class 20MP sensor with a stacked design. This is the same basic design as the use of Sony chips on the RX100 VA and VI, but supported by Canon image processing and autofocus technology.