Canon Pow­erShot G5 X

A high-end com­pact cam with an im­pres­sive sen­sor and screen

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Re­viewed by Am y Davies

£650 FROM Canon, fea­tures 20.2MP, f/1.8-2.8 lens with 4.2x zoom, Wi-Fi, vari-an­gle flip-out touch­screen

Canon’s G5 X of­fers en­thu­si­ast-ori­ented con­trols in a pock­et­size cam­era with an elec­tronic viewfinder.

Its styling is pretty old-school and retro, with an an­gu­lar de­sign that prob­a­bly won’t be to ev­ery­body’s taste, but it does mean the di­als and but­tons feel sen­si­bly ar­ranged and within easy reach.

Push­ing the retro theme is a con­trol dial around the lens. This can ad­just a num­ber of dif­fer­ent set­tings, which you can cus­tomise within the main menu. There’s also a ded­i­cated ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion dial on top of the cam­era, within easy reach of your thumb. Just be­low the shut­ter re­lease is an­other smaller dial, which can also be cus­tomised for dif­fer­ent set­tings such as aper­ture, ISO or white bal­ance. Once you have the con­trols set up, they al­low quick and fluid set­tings changes.

The one-inch sen­sor, which cov­ers 20.2 mil­lion pix­els, is larger than can be found in most com­pact cam­eras, and it’s been cou­pled with a fast f/1.8-2.8 lens which is great for creat­ing shal­low depth of field ef­fects with wide aper­tures, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing in low light. Pre-pro­cessed JPEG images di­rectly from the cam­era dis­play a lovely amount of sat­u­ra­tion and warmth. Raw files can be opened and tweaked us­ing Adobe Cam­era Raw, or you can down­load Canon’s free Dig­i­tal Photo Pro­fes­sional soft­ware to open and edit raw files.

The lens of­fers a 4x zoom with a fo­cal range equiv­a­lent to 24-100mm and a max­i­mum aper­ture range of f/1.8-2.8, which en­sures rea­son­able con­trol over depth of field. Mean­while, the OLED elec­tronic viewfinder has a gen­er­ous 2.36 mil­lion dots and shows 100% of the scene, with a 120fps re­fresh rate that makes it easy to fol­low mov­ing sub­jects. The three-inch touch-sen­si­tive screen on the rear is mounted on a vari-an­gle hinge too. The screen is very re­spon­sive to touch, and mov­ing your way through menus with it feels nat­u­ral, es­pe­cially if you’re used to us­ing an iPhone or iPad.

Movies, crops and fil­ters

For those who fancy dip­ping into video shoot­ing there’s a Hy­brid Auto mode, which shoots two sec­onds of video be­fore each shot is taken and then com­piles them to­gether as a “digest” movie. There’s also a Cre­ative Shot mode that shoots an im­age and then ap­plies a num­ber of dif­fer­ent crops and dig­i­tal fil­ters, al­though weirdly you can’t ac­tu­ally spec­ify which of these you want to use.

Tiny nig­gles aside, the G5 X is a great pack­age for any­one look­ing to make the step up to pro-level shoot­ing. It has a fan­tas­tic sen­sor and the lens is ex­tremely ver­sa­tile, with a wide max­i­mum aper­ture through­out its range. The cam­era also boasts raw for­mat shoot­ing and man­ual con­trol, and the screen, be­ing fully ar­tic­u­lat­ing and touch sen­si­tive, is great for shoot­ing from awk­ward an­gles.

Cre­ative Shot mode ap­plies dif­fer­ent crops and fil­ters to your im­age

The G5 X mar­ries mod­ern specs with retro charm.

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