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Canon PowerShot G5 X

20-megapixel digital camera with 4.2X optical zoom and Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot G5 X

We've all had that feeling when an amazing moment comes along, and we whip out the cell phone to take a picture — but then miss the entire thing as we wait for the app to load and fire. That won't happen with the Canon PowerShot G5 X. This camera has a blazing-fast DIGIC 6 image processor inside that can shoot high-resolution photos at up to 5.9 frames per second. Everything about the G5 X is designed to help you take the perfect photograph quickly and easily.

Take perfect selfies with the help of the 3" vari-angle LCD screen on the Canon PowerShot G5 X

Take perfect selfies with the help of the 3" vari-angle LCD screen on the Canon PowerShot G5 X.

Take high-resolution photos at high speed

We've all had that feeling when an amazing moment comes along, and we whip out the cell phone to take a picture — but then miss the entire thing as we wait for the app to load and fire. That won't happen with the Canon PowerShot G5 X. This camera has a blazing-fast DIGIC 6 image processor inside that can shoot high-resolution photos at up to 5.9 frames per second. Everything about the G5 X is designed to help you take the perfect photograph quickly and easily.

Zoom in and take control

The PowerShot G5 X provides plenty of other benefits over smartphone photography. Its 4.2X optical zoom lets you get closer to your subject without adding grainy digital artifacts to the photo. A handy rotating control ring around the lens gives you convenient access to manual exposure and focus settings that can dramatically improve your photographs — you can make changes by feel without ever having to look away from the shot you're composing.

A big screen and convenient Wi-Fi

It's not all wonky pro-style features, either. The PowerShot G5 X lets you line up shots, review photos and videos, and make choices from the menus via a sharp 3.2-inch LCD screen. It's also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, so sharing your photos and videos is every bit as easy as taking them.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.2-megapixel effective recording
  • large 1" high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor for top-notch image quality
  • 3.2" color LCD touchscreen with 2.36 million-dot resolution
  • 4.2X optical zoom (4X digital)
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-100mm
  • 5.9 fps (frames per second) in burst mode at full resolution
  • optical image stabilization helps eliminate blurry photos from camera shake
  • DIGIC 6 image processor delivers superior image quality and fast camera response
  • hot shoe for connecting powered flashes and other accessories
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Shooting Modes and Settings:
  • defocus background for beautiful artistic effects
  • star shooting mode helps capture stunning images of the night sky
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings, including a high sensitivity setting for better low-light shooting
  • exposure compensation settings
  • custom white balance settings
  • manual, aperture-priority, and shutter-priority exposure modes
Dimensions:
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-13L)
  • battery charger
  • neck strap

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)
  • Neck strap
  • 2 Strap adapters
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Warranty Registration card
  • Online Registration sheet
  • "Tap the App" brochure
  • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)

I love my new G5X; the image quality, form-factor and control set are just what the doctor ordered, lol....

Chaplain Mark, Sacramento, CA

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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled With Smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-100mm
Optical Zoom 4.2x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size 1"
Megapixels 20.2
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-9/16
Height (inches) 3-1/4
Depth (inches) 2-1/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 13.3
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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

Features

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 screen.

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 6 Image 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 map.

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 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 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, or 24 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 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 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 Tripod modes.

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 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.

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 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.
  • 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 Natural.
  • Special Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions: Portrait, Handheld NightScene, and Fireworks.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Portrait, High 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.

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 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 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: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions.
  • 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) fluorescent lighting.
  • Fluorescent H: For recording under daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
  • 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
  • Custom Color: manually adjust the contrast, sharpness, and color saturation
  • My Colors Off: records normally with this setting

Optional Flash Units: The camera's accessory shoe can accommodate a variety of Canon Speedlite flash units. Available flash units include the Speedlite 600EX, 430EXII, 320EX, 270EXII, and 90EX.

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).

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 date
  • 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.

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 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 as follows:

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.

Input 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 HDMI 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

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 images

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

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