Canon PowerShot G5 X
For many, the ideal camera is one that’s pocketable, takes sharp photos, and is advanced enough to give you some manual controls over the exposure settings. For many, that camera may come in the form of the PowerShot G5 X, which is second only to the G3 X in Canon’s new compact camera lineup.
The G5 X has a 20.2MP, 1-inch sensor with an ISO range of 125 to 12,800, in addition to having both an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a 3-inch tiltable touchscreen LCD. As for its lens mechanism, it has a 24-100mm zoom (35mm equivalent) and an aperture that varies from f/1.8 at the widest, to f/2.8. The closest competitor is from the orange camp, and it offers a 24-70mm lens with the same aperture range, so in terms of reach, the G5 X has the upper hand.
In terms of usage, the G5 X is fairly responsive – it starts up quickly and lets you take photos under a second, assuming you have it in Auto mode. It focuses fairly quickly and accurately as well, though it suffers slightly with subjects that are closer than approximately 15cm.
Ergonomically, the camera feels good in the hand, with plenty of places to grip. With that said, the video record button is placed on the thumb grip area, which makes it incredibly easy to accidentally record videos.
When it comes to image quality, the G5 X takes generally good images with very natural color tones. If you need a little more punch though, the camera does allow you to tweak the color settings from the menu. Speaking of colors, put the G5 X into Hybrid Auto mode and you’ll love the fact that it can instantly shoot multiple frames of the same subject, with each frame having different effects. This feature is something Instagrammers will appreciate as it’ll give you more options when uploading to your favorite photo sharing platforms.
As for ISO performance, you’ll want to keep it under ISO 800 if you’re planning to print, because anything above that and you’ll see a significant amount of detail loss, along with noticeable noise. If you’re planning to share your photos online though, we’d recommend staying below ISO 2,000.
In a nutshell, the Canon PowerShot G5 X is a compact camera that is fundamentally easy to use, yet is advanced enough for more experienced shooters. At around the RM3,000 mark, it’s a tough choice though, as its direct competitor from the orange camp is more pocketable, offers the same level of image quality, and can shoot slowmotion video.
ISO 800 Anything above ISO 800 and you’ll see a dip in details, as well as an increase in noise.