Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Input and Output Notes
Vari-angle Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G5 X 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 swings out nearly 180° and can swivel forward for low-angle shots
and self-portraits, and backward 90° for high-angle shots. It can also be turned
around and closed when you use the electronic viewfinder. Touch panel controls
let you quickly change the settings, focus, or even take a picture right on the
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the G5
X has a 2.36-million dot, high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder. It has
100% image coverage and a refresh rate of up to 120 fps in the Smooth Mode. 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 employs the HS
System by combining the 1", 20.2 Megapixel High-sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC
Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:
- Image Sensor: For excellent image quality, the camera
uses a 1" CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total
pixels and 20.2-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 G5 X features
Canon's latest generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor. The new processor offers
improved light sensitivity for higher resolution with less noise when
shooting in dark conditions. It also allows high speed continuous still
image recording at full resolution.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The camera's built-in Wi-Fi lets 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. With the Camera Connect app, you can use Near-Field
Communications (NFC) to easily pair the camera with your NFC-compatible
Android phone (using OS 4.0 or later) by touching the two devices together at
the "N-mark" on the bottom of the camera. You can also shoot images remotely via your smartphone.
Geotagging: GPS data recorded on a smartphone using the
Camera Connect app can be added to images taken by the G5 X. 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
Mobile Device Connect Button: The PowerShot G5 X has a
dedicated Mobile Device Connect button for instantly connecting the camera to
your mobile device or computer. Once connected, you can transfer images to your
smartphone, tablet, or computer on the same wireless LAN.
Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving
images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards, including support
for high-speed UHS-I U1 memory cards.
File Formats: The G5 X records still images and movies in the following
- 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 1,
Medium 2, 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 High Definition or Standard
Definition with stereo sound in MP4 format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264;
Audio Data: MPEG-4 AAC-LC. HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 at 60, 30,
frames per second and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. SD Movies are recorded at 640 x
480 at 30 fps. In addition, the camera can record iFrame movies, Miniature
Effect movies, and Star Time-Lapse movies to show movement of objects in the
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 3080 ||5472 x 3648 ||4864 x 3648 ||3648 x 3648 |
|Medium 1 ||4320 x 2432 ||4320 x 2880 ||3840 x 2880 ||2880 x 2880 |
|Medium 2 ||1920 x 1080 ||2304 x 1536 ||2048 x 1536 ||1536 x 1536 |
|Small ||720 x 408 ||720 x 480 ||640 x 480 ||480 x 480 |
Note: RAW images are recorded in Large image size only.
4.2x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G5 X is equipped with an
f/1.8-f/2.8, 4.2x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 8.8-36.8mm
(35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm). The 4x digital zoom extends the
camera's telephoto capabilities to a
total zoom of 16.8x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:
- Normal/Auto: 2" - infinity (W), 1.3' - 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 38.4-160mm. When
using the 2.0x tele-converter, the focal length is 48-200mm. 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 100mm (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 100mm).
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
Star Shooting Modes: The G5 X 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 Nightscape: Lets you capture impressive shots of starry
skies above night scenes. The stars are automatically enhanced to make them
- 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
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.
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 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
camera records approximately 5.9 images per
second (4.4 fps in Servo mode), and the focus is fixed on the original subject distance.
- 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). In addition, the camera
features a Wink Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after a wink is detected),
Smile Self-Timer, and
a Face Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after the camera detects a new face in
the frame, presumably when the photographer has entered the picture).
Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the
camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:
- Smart Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your
situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an
- 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.
Creative Shot: 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 Auto, Retro, Monochrome, Special, and
- Special Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes
and shooting conditions: Portrait, Handheld NightScene,
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Custom Mode: You can register commonly used shooting
modes and settings to your preference and store them.
- Movies: You can set the camera for standard or
iFrame movies, and configure the settings. The camera has a dedicated movie
button to start and stop movie recording.
Creative Filters: You can add a variety of filter effects to
images when shooting. Filters include Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Self
Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera
Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, and Monochrome.
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.
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
- 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 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.
Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G5 X 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 23' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 13' in Telephoto. You can adjust the
flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop
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: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting
- Daylight: For
recording outdoors on a bright day.
- Shade: For shooting in the shade.
- Cloudy: For
recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies.
- Tungsten: For recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting.
- Fluorescent: For recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength)
H: For recording under daylight
fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent
- Flash: For when recording with the flash.
- Custom: Allows
you to manually set the white balance and store the settings.
My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily
change colors in an image when it's taken. My Colors offers several options:
- Vivid: emphasizes contrast and color
saturation to record bold colors
- Neutral: tones down contrast and color
saturation to record neutral hues
- Sepia: brownish tint
- B/W: black and white
- Positive Film: makes blue, green or red colors more intense
- Lighter Skin Tone: makes skin tones lighter
- Darker Skin Tone: makes skin tones darker
- Vivid Blue: emphasizes blue tint
- Vivid Green: emphasizes green tint
- Vivid Red: emphasizes red tint
Color: manually adjust the contrast,
sharpness, and color saturation
- My Colors Off: records normally with
Optional Flash Units: The camera's accessory shoe can
accommodate a variety of Canon Speedlite flash units. Available flash units
include the Speedlite
Play, Edit, and Print
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).
Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check
the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and
whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to
check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.
Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a
memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image
you want to view. You can choose from the following categories:
- Favorites: displays images tagged as favorites
- Shot Date: displays the images shot on a specified
- Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
- Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G5 X 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. For long periods of continuous use, or when
connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the
optional ACK-DC110 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is
|Still Images ||LCD Screen: Approx 210 shots |
|Viewfinder: Approx 215 shots |
|Eco Mode (LCD): Approx. 320 shots |
|Movie Recording ||Actual Use ||LCD or Viewfinder: Approx. 40 minutes |
|Continuous ||LCD or Viewfinder: Approx. 1 hour 10 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.
and Output Notes
Digital Terminal: The PowerShot G5 X has a Micro-B USB 2.0
Hi-Speed 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 features a Micro-HDMI (Type
D) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. No
cable is included with the camera.
Remote In: The PowerShot G5 X features a 2.5mm sub-mini input
for connecting the optional Canon
RS-60E3 Wired Remote Switch (sold separately).
The remote prevents camera shake when taking photographs using
a tripod, such as when taking close-ups, long-exposure, or Star Shooting photographs.
Software: The PowerShot G5 X does not come with
software in the box. The following software programs are available for download
from the Canon website:
- CameraWindow: import images and change camera settings
- Digital Photo Professional: browse, process, and edit RAW images
- Image Transfer Utility: set up Image Sync, receive
Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the
following operating systems:
- Windows: Compatible with Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
- Macintosh: Compatible with OS X 10.9, 10.8.2 or later