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 previous PowerShot G5X and adapts its design to grow to be nearer to Sony’s widespread 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. With the G5X Mark II although, Canon’s utterly 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 throughout the physique and popped-up to be used, whereas the fully-articulated display has been swapped for one which now solely tilts vertically, though it may 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 geared up 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 suggests it sadly lacks the phase-detect autofocus of the later Mark V, however a minimum of you’re getting the video and burst upgrades. I had an opportunity to check out the G5X Mark II for my preview video under, and forward of my closing evaluate I’ve posted a collection of images and movies from a closing manufacturing mannequin under and on my samples web page!
Canon PowerShot G5X II verdict thus far
The Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II is a robust compact digicam 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 fastened viewfinder hump and side-hinged display 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 modifications have allowed the G5X to grow to be rather more pocketable than earlier than.
This does nonetheless deliver it nearer to the G7X III with Canon basically asking you to decide on between the popup viewfinder and barely longer 5x zoom of the G5X versus the mic enter and Reside Streaming of the G7X III. Couldn’t we simply have it multi functional physique as a substitute, or maybe do equivalent variations, with and with out viewfinders to fulfill totally different value factors? There’s additionally powerful competitors from the Sony RX100 VA which provides you the popup viewfinder, tilting display, 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 a substitute. However by aligning it extra intently to its best-selling rival, the G5X II turns into extra engaging to a much bigger viewers. Think about how rather more widespread it might have been merged with the G7X III’s connectivity although.