The Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II is a high-end compact with a 1in sensor, 5x / 24-120mm zoom, popup viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, quick bursts and 4k video. Introduced in July 2019, it replaces the three 12 months outdated PowerShot G5X and adapts its design to grow to be nearer to Sony’s common RX100 collection.

The unique PowerShot G5X took the G7X’s 4.2x zoom and sensor, however housed them in a chunkier mini DSLR-styled physique with a extra substantial grip, a viewfinder head and fully-articulated display screen. With the G5X Mark II although, Canon’s fully redesigned the physique, making it a lot nearer to the G7X, and even nearer nonetheless to Sony’s RX100 collection. As such the viewfinder – a key profit over the G7X – is now housed inside the physique and popped-up to be used, whereas the fully-articulated display screen has been swapped for one which now solely tilts vertically, though it could actually nonetheless face the topic. These modifications enable the G5X II to grow to be extra pocketable than earlier than, certainly solely barely thicker than the G7X III, whereas moreover sporting a brand new barely longer lens with a 5x / 24-120mm f1.8-2.Eight vary.

After a number of generations of PowerShot G’s utilizing the identical 1in sensor, Canon’s outfitted the G5X II (in addition to the G7X III launched alongside it) with a stacked CMOS model – capturing the identical 20 Megapixel decision as earlier than, however significantly faster, permitting uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, 1080 video as much as 120p and quick bursts together with a RAW mode at 30fps. I’m guessing it’s the identical sensor Sony used within the RX100 IV which implies it sadly lacks the phase-detect autofocus of the later Mark V, however at the least you’re getting the video and burst upgrades. I had an opportunity to check out the G5X Mark II for my preview video under!




The Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II is a robust compact digital camera with a 20 Megapixel 1in sensor, 5x / 24-120mm zoom, popup viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, quick bursts and 4k video. Canon’s made a U-turn on design, swapping the chunkier DSLR-styling of its predecessor for one thing extra pocketable and extra akin to Sony’s RX100 collection. So it’s out with the mounted viewfinder hump and side-hinged display screen for a popup viewfinder and vertically-tilting show. The grip has shrunk and the entrance dial misplaced, however there’s nonetheless extra to carry onto than the RX100 and the adjustments have allowed the G5X to grow to be way more pocketable than earlier than.

This does nevertheless convey it nearer to the G7X III with Canon primarily asking you to decide on between the popup viewfinder and barely longer 5x zoom of the G5X versus the mic enter and Stay Streaming of the G7X III. Couldn’t we simply have it multi function physique as an alternative, or maybe do similar variations, with and with out viewfinders to fulfill totally different worth factors? There’s additionally powerful competitors from the Sony RX100 VA which supplies you the popup viewfinder, tilting display screen, 4k video and quick bursts, however with the good thing about extra assured phase-detect autofocus, though in its favour the G5X II zooms nearly twice as lengthy whereas additionally sporting a touchscreen and higher grip.

General the G5X II loses a lot of what made its predecessor distinctive within the 1in market, and leaves anybody needing a mini DSLR-styled compact to goal for the G1X Mark III as an alternative. However by aligning it extra intently to its best-selling rival, the G5X II turns into extra engaging to an even bigger viewers. Think about how way more common it might have been merged with the G7X III’s connectivity although.

Test costs on the Canon PowerShot G5X II at B&H, Adorama or WEX. Alternatively get your self a duplicate of my In Digicam e book or deal with me to a espresso! Thanks!

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