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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

20.1-megapixel digital camera with 4K video, 5X optical zoom, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth®

Item # 280G5XII

This camera offers high image quality and tons of features in a camera that can fit in a jacket pocket.

This camera offers high image quality and tons of features in a camera that can fit in a jacket pocket.

Discontinued item

Item # 280G5XII

About the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

High quality in a compact camera

Canon's G5 X Mark II offers many of the benefits of a DSLR camera in a compact point-and-shoot camera that can fit easily into a jacket pocket. It has a telescoping lens with 5X optical zoom, and effective image stabilization to keep the images looking steady. A 1" stacked CMOS sensor captures stunning detail in stills and 4K videos.
Canon PowerShot G5 Mark III

The Canon PowerShot G5 Mark III features intuitively placed dials, a built-in flash, and a rotating touchscreen.

High quality in a compact camera

Canon's G5 X Mark II offers many of the benefits of a DSLR camera in a compact point-and-shoot camera that can fit easily into a jacket pocket. It has a telescoping lens with 5X optical zoom, and effective image stabilization to keep the images looking steady. A 1" stacked CMOS sensor captures stunning detail in stills and 4K videos.

Intuitive framing and focusing

The G5 X Mark II sports a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3" rotating LCD touchscreen for easy, intuitive shooting from high or low angles. And it's great for framing self-portraits and group shots too. Use the touchscreen to change settings, define autofocus points, and trigger the shutter. Touch and Drag autofocus makes it easy to switch focus by dragging the AF frame around the LCD screen. 

Wireless connectivity adds versatility and convenience

The G5 X Mark II's Wi-Fi lets you upload and share photos and videos in a matter of moments. But the benefits of this camera's wireless connectivity don't stop there. You can exchange data with other Canon cameras, play back images and movies on a smart TV, and print directly to a Wi-Fi printer.

Canon's free Camera Connect app lets you manage photos and videos taken with the G5 X Mark II on your phone or tablet. And your device becomes an extension of the camera's touchscreen, letting you select focus points and trigger the shutter with just a quick touch.


Product highlights:

  • 20.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 1" stacked CMOS sensor for excellent image quality
  • 5X optical zoom (4X digital)
    • optical image stabilization minimizes blurring caused by camera shake
  • Touch and Drag autofocus links viewfinder and touchscreen for easy, intuitive focusing
  • 3" high-resolution (1.04-million-dot) rotating LCD touchscreen
  • pop-up 2.36-million-dot Organic LED (OLED) super high-resolution electronic viewfinder for easy eye-level composition
  • f/1.8-2.8 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 24-120mm)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® for convenient sharing and remote control
  • DIGIC 8 processor for superior image quality and fast camera response
  • pop-up flash
Exposure modes:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 20 frames per second (up to 30 frames per second in RAW burst mode)
  • shutter speed range: 1-1/2,000 seconds, bulb
  • ISO range: 125-6,400, expandable to 12,800 equivalent
  • shoots cinematic 4K video @ 30 frames per second
  • HD video (1920 x 1080) @ up to 120 fps
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Included accessories:
  • rechargeable NB-13L lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • wrist strap
  • high-speed USB 2.0 interface (cable not included)
  • micro HDMI (Type D) output (cable not included)
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1250mAh 4.5Wh)
  • CB-2LH battery charger (4.2V 0.7A)
  • Wrist strap
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Warranty card
  • Online Registration sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)

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More details on the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

Mark G.

Features & specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled With smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-120mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Internal Memory None
Memory Stick No
CFexpress Cards No
CompactFlash Cards No
XQD Cards No
Sensor Size 1"
Megapixels 20.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Width (inches) 4-9/16
Height (inches) 2-9/16
Depth (inches) 1-7/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 12
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes


Vari-angle Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II has a Vari-angle 3.0" TFT color LCD monitor with capacitive touch technology. It features a resolution of approximately 1,040,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The monitor tilts downward to about 45° to help with high-angle shots. It lifts upwards for shooting low-angle shots. It opens all the way to 180° where the image flips so you can view a mirror image of yourself when shooting self-portraits. Touch panel controls let you quickly change the settings, focus, or even take a picture right on the screen.

Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the G5 X Mark II has a pop-up 2.36-million dot, high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). It has an eye sensor, which switches between the viewfinder and monitor as you bring the camera up to your face. You can vary the amount of information displayed in the viewfinder. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder to your personal eyesight.

Canon's HS System: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II employs the HS System by combining the 1", 20.1 Megapixel High-sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:

  • Image Sensor: For excellent image quality, the camera uses a 1" stacked CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.1-million effective pixels, giving your shots added depth and detail. The 1" image sensor is nearly twice the size of the 1/2.3" sensor used in most point-and-shoot digital cameras.
  • Image Processor: The camera features Canon's latest generation DIGIC 8 Image Processor. The new processor helps produce sharp, high quality images, even in low light. It offers enhanced tracking and detection capabilities to keep moving subjects in focus. The DIGIC 8 allows the camera to work faster, so you can shoot continuously up to 20 frames per second (up to 30 fps in RAW Burst mode with One Shot AF).

Built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth: The camera feature built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) to let you wirelessly connect to and send images to computers or smartphones, upload images to social networking sites, photo and video-sharing websites, or use in emails, using the Canon iMAGE Gateway application. You can also send images to other cameras or wireless printers, and shoot images remotely via your smartphone. A dedicated Wi-Fi button on the right side of the camera lets you establish a Wi-Fi connection with your smartphone.

Geotagging: GPS data recorded on a smartphone using the Camera Connect app can be added to images taken by the G5 X Mark II. Location information, such as latitude, longitude, and elevation, can be used to identify the precise location where your photos are taken, and display the photos on a map.

Recording Media:The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards, including support for ultra high-speed UHS-I memory cards. When shooting 4K video, or High Frame Rate movies, you should use a UHS-I memory card with a UHS Speed Class rating of 3 or higher.

File Formats: The G5 X Mark II records still images and movies in the following file formats:

  • JPEG: JPEG images are processed inside the camera for optimum image quality and compressed. There are two compression ratios to choose from: Super Fine and Fine. You can record JPEG images in Large, Medium, Small 1, and Small in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, and 1:1 aspect ratios.
  • RAW: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera imaging element without further processing. The images show almost no deterioration in image quality, and are a higher quality than JPEG images. To view RAW images on your computer, you must use the Digital Photo Professional software (downloadable from the Canon website). Using the software's image processing function, you can broadly adjust the images without deterioration, and then convert the image to a JPEG, TIFF, or other type of image in line with your intended use. You can choose to record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can record RAW files and JPEG files simultaneously. RAW images can be recorded in any aspect ratio.
  • Movies: Using the dedicated Movie button, you can record movies in 4K or High Definition with stereo sound in MP4 format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio Data: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo). 4K Movies are recorded at 3840 x 2160 at 30 frames per second. HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 120, 60, or 30 frames per second and 1280 x 720 (HD) at 60 fps. In addition, the camera can record iFrame movies, Miniature Effect movies, and Star Time-Lapse movies to show movement of objects in the night sky.

Image Sizes: The camera can record in the following image sizes and aspect ratios for JPEG still images:

Image Size 16:9 3:2 4:3 1:1
Large 5472 x 3072 5472 x 3648 4864 x 3648 3648 x 3648
Medium 3648 x 2048 3648 x 2432 3248 x 2432 2432 x 2342
Small 1 2736 x 1536 2736 x 1824 2432 x 1824 1824 x 1824
Small 2 2400 x 1344 2400 x 1600 2112 x 1600 1600 x 1600
RAW/C-RAW --- 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648 ---

Panoramic Shooting: You can create expansive panoramic photos by combining shots captured continuously as you move the camera in one direction while holding down the shutter button. You can shoot panoramas horizontally or vertically. The resolution of panoramic photos range from:

  • Vertical Shooting: 3840 x 3648 (min.) to 16000 x 3840 (max.)
  • Horizontal Shooting: 5472 x 2560 (min.) to 26064 x 2560 (max.)

5x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II is equipped with an f/1.8-f/2.8, 5x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 8.8-44mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm). The 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of 20x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:

  • Normal/Auto: 2" - infinity (W), 7.9" - infinity (T)
  • Macro: 2" - 1.6' (W)

Digital Tele-Converter: Using the built-in Digital Tele-Converter, you can increase the focal length of the lens by approximately 1.6x or 2.0x. The focal length when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter is 38.4-192mm. When using the 2.0x tele-converter, the focal length is 48-240mm. The Digital Tele-Converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.

Preset Focal Lengths: You can shoot at preset focal lengths from 24mm to 120mm (35mm equivalent). This "Step Zoom" feature allows you to shoot at the angle of view of those focal lengths to replicate the use of various prime lenses at the same focal lengths (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 120mm).

Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) automatically selects one of four modes of image stabilization depending upon the shooting conditions: Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod. For Video recording, the camera chooses Dynamic, Powered, Macro (Hybrid), and Active Tripod modes.

Star Shooting Modes: The G5 X Mark II features new Star Shooting modes to help you take photographs of stars in the night sky. Each of these modes requires a tripod to prevent camera shake. Other functions, including Night Display, Color Adjustment, and Star Emphasis, help you make your nighttime photos better. The Star Shooting modes include:

  • Star Portrait: You can capture shots of people against starry skies. Three images are taken, including one with flash, and combined into a single image. The photo is processed to make the stars more prominent.
  • Star Nightscape: Lets you capture impressive shots of starry skies above night scenes. The stars are automatically enhanced to make them more visible.
  • Star Trails: Streaks created by the movement of stars through the sky. You can set a shutter speed and the number of shots, and the camera shoots continuously, over an extended period (around two hours).
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie: Still images are captured continuously at a specified interval and over a certain, and combined to create a movie. During playback, you can view the movement of stars through the sky in a short time.

AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.

Touch & Drag AF: The touch-sensitive LCD monitor allows you to move the AutoFocus point by touching or dragging the screen while you look through the viewfinder. You can choose from the following configurations:

  • Absolute: The AF point moves to the touched or dragged position on the screen.
  • Relative: The AF point moves in the direction you drag, by an amount corresponding to the amount you drag, no matter where you touch the screen.

Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting. The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.

Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II features Single, Continuous, and Self-Timer Drive modes:

  • Single Shot: The camera captures a single image each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
  • Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. The following continuous modes are available:
    • One Shot AF Hi: approx. 20 shots per sec.
    • One Shot AF Lo: approx. 3 shots per sec.
    • Servo Hi: approx. 8 shots per sec.
    • Servo Lo: approx. 3 shots per sec.
    • RAW Burst: approx. 30 shots per sec.
  • Self-Timer: The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately 10 seconds after a preset time after shutter button is pressed to allow the photographer time to get into the shot. A 2-second self timer is also available if you want to avoid camera shake. The camera features a custom self timer, allowing you to set the time delay (0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds) and the number of shots taken (1-10 shots).

Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:

  • Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an appropriate setting.
  • Hybrid Auto: You can make a short movie of the day while shooting still images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes just before each shot and combines them into a digest movie.
  • Special Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions: Self-Portrait, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Food, Handheld NightScene, HDR Backlight Control, and Fireworks.
  • Movies: You can set the camera for standard or iFrame movies, and configure the settings. The camera also has a dedicated movie button to start and stop movie recording when the mode dial is not set to Movie mode.
  • Creative Filters: The camera determines the subject and shooting conditions, automatically applying special effects and recomposing the shot to emphasize the subject. Six still images are recorded for each shot, each with a different effect, including Grainy B/W, Background Blur, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Water Painting Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, HDR Art Standard, HDR Art Vivid, HDR Art Bold, and HDR Art Embossed.
  • Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets both the aperture and the shutter speed.
  • Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): When you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture according to shooting conditions. The shutter speed can be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds. For long exposures, you can set the shutter speed to Bulb.
  • Aperture Priority (Av): When you set the aperture, the camera sets the shutter speed according to shooting conditions. The aperture can be set between f/1.8 and f/11 (wide angle) and f/2.8 and f/11 (telephoto), depending upon the zoom position.
  • Manual (M): The aperture [f/1.8-11 (W) or f/2.8-11 (T)] and the shutter speed (1/2000 to 30 seconds) are manually set.
  • Custom Mode: You can register commonly used shooting modes and settings to your preference and store them.

Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure. You can set the amount of under- or over-exposure from -2 to +2 in 1/3-stop increments.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative: Used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
  • Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.

ISO Settings: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II features Auto and Manual ISO. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include Auto, or manual settings between ISO 125 and ISO 12800, with extensions to an equivalent of 25600.

Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II has a built-in, pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 24.6' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 14.8' in Telephoto. You can adjust the flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments).

ND Filter: The ND filter reduces light intensity to 1/8 (3-stops) of the actual level, allowing for slower shutter speeds and smaller aperture values. Use of a tripod is recommended with the slower shutter speeds to prevent camera shake.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom.

Picture Style: You can choose from the following color settings that express scenes or subjects well: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User-defined. After selecting a Picture Style, you can customize it using parameters, such as Sharpness (strength, fineness, threshold), Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone, Filter Effect, and Toning Effect. Customized Picture Styles can be saved as new styles, if desired.

EOS Webcam: Using Canon's EOS Webcam Utility software, you can use the camera as a webcam and livestream from a remote setup. You will need to connect the camera to your computer, using a USB cable. While you are streaming, you can also record the video internally on the memory card. The software works with many of your favorite streaming apps, including YouTube Live, Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Microsoft Teams, Apple FaceTime, and Messenger. EOS Webcam Utility is compatible with Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit) and macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, and macOS High Sierra.

Note: There is no USB cable included with this camera. A USB-A to USB-C cable is needed, such as 599ALLN1 or 177MB06552.

Play, Edit, and Print Functions

Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from Quick, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Off. It will also display until you press the shutter button halfway to focus your next shot (Hold).

Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 42, or 110 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x to get a closer look at the detail. You can also maneuver around in the magnified picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3-10, 15, or 30 seconds. You can choose whether you want a fade transition effect or not.

Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.

Cropping: You can crop a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file. You can also trim the beginnings and ends of recorded movies in one-second increments.

Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.

Red-Eye Correction: You can automatically correct red-eye that occurs in images taken with the flash.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge/Wireless Printing: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand with an optional USB cable and print photos without having to connect it to a computer. You can also connect the camera wirelessly via an access point or directly.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II powered by the supplied NB-13L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.5V / 1250mAh / 4.5Wh). The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LH battery charger in approximately 5 hours. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:

Still Images LCD Screen: Approx 230 shots
Viewfinder: Approx 180 shots
Eco Mode (LCD): Approx. 320 shots
Movie Recording Actual Use LCD: Approx. 55 minutes
Viewfinder: Approx. 45 minutes
Continuous LCD: Approx. 90 minutes
Viewfinder: Approx 80 minutes
Playback Time Screen On: Approx. 4 hours

Eco Mode: To save battery power, the screen darkens when the camera is not used for approximately two seconds, then turns off after another ten seconds. The camera shuts itself off after three minutes of inactivity.

Input and Output Notes

Digital Terminal: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II has a USB Type-C terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via a USB cable (not included).

Micro HDMI Output: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II features a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. No HDMI cable is included with the camera.


Software: The PowerShot G5 X Mark II does not come with software in the box. The Digital Camera Software program, available for download from the Canon website, includes the following applications:

  • Image Transfer Utility: supports cameras with the function that automatically sends images to computers.
  • Digital Photo Professional: view, edit, process, and edit RAW images, and edit JPEG images while retaining originals
  • Picture Style Editor: edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files

Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows: Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Macintosh: Compatible with Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14.

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