Just when some said that Canon had started to lose ground to the competition…Well, after testing the new PowerShot G5X, we can assure you that the Japanese brand remains as one of the best when it comes to advanced compact cameras. This model is attractive, fits your hand perfectly and oozes quality on all four sides. And, according to the first tests, the picture quality does not disappoint as you can see in the sample photos that resulted from this first contact.
This small camera is notable for its impressive 20.2 megapixel Canon 24-100 mm optical lens, with f/1.8-2.9, 1 inch backlit CMOS sensor, a 5-axis stabilization system and a powerful DIGIC 6 processor. As if this were not enough, it is also provided with an excellent integrated OLED display of 2,360,000 pixels and 100% coverage with a refresh rate of 120 frames per second and a foldable LCD touchscreen of 3″ and 1,040,000 pixels.
Fast, effective, versatile and with a particularly cared and robust construction, it offers a wide range of creative ways and a very innovative and intelligent layout of its controls to take full advantage of all the features, without the need to enter the menus. The programmable front ring is again a great ally, but with built-in controls, such as the right upper front wheel, which is perfect and very useful. On the other hand, the ability to shoot or make adjustments using the touchscreen interface is practical yet comfortable.
In addition to RAW format, the PowerShot G5X provides full connectivity with WiFi and NFC technology and can be operated from any tablet or smartphone, as well as enabling you to upload photos to the cloud.
In general terms, we can say it is a truly versatile compact camera, offering a performance as what you would expect from an 800 euros compact camera. The photo quality is very high, regardless of lighting conditions or the complexity of the scene.
Because of its small size, its easy handling and above all, its excellent stabilization system, the G5X is an especially attractive compact camera for video enthusiasts and is capable of recording in full HD quality (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24 frames per second. It definitely misses 4K recording, already present in some compact cameras from the competition.
In the next issue of The Digital Camera you’ll find the details of our first contact with it. Don’t miss it!