CAMERAS Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Review

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Review

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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Review

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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Review

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is conceptually very different from its predecessor, the G5 X, and can be seen as a pimped-out G7 X Mark III rather than a stand-alone product. However, the G5 X Mark II doesn’t even have all the features of the smaller model, but focuses more on photographers rather than videographers as a target group. Thanks to the pop-up viewfinder, however, it is more compact than its predecessor model despite the enlarged zoom range. But whether the G5 X Mark II can ultimately – and above all in terms of image quality – convince, our review clarifies here.

The predecessor model (the Canon PowerShot G5 X) is also reviewed by us in a complete test.

Brief assessment

Pros

  • Powerful five-fold zoom in a very compact housing
  • Fast autofocus and good overall performance
  • Tiltable touch screen and pop-up viewfinder
  • Good image quality up to ISO 400

Cons

  • Highly selective USB charging function with short battery life
  • Image quality degradation at the image edge and at higher ISO sensitivities
  • Unfavorably placed tripod thread
  • Both the predecessor and the smaller sister model lack functions and connections

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II looks much more like its smaller sister model, the G7 X Mark III, than its predecessor, the G5 X, which still had a flash and viewfinder hump and hot shoe. [Photo: Canon]

Ergonomics and Workmanship

At around 11.1 x 6.1 x 4.6 centimetres, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is a little wider and deeper than the G7 X III, but it is much lower than its predecessor, the G5 X, even though it is two millimetres thicker due to the extended zoom range. The G5 X II can thus be described as pleasantly compact, but with 340 grams ready for use, it weighs a considerable amount for its small size. This is certainly mainly due to the robust metal housing, which is not sealed against environmental influences, and of course the fast lens. Above all, it offers in combination the fastest lens in its class with more telephoto focal length (24-120 mm 35 mm equivalent) without sacrificing speed (F1.8-2.8). An optical image stabilizer is also built in. When zooming, however, the light intensity drops quite early. Only minimally zoomed to 26 millimeters, the maximum aperture is F2, from 41 mm it is only F2.5 and from 66 mm F2.8 is already reached.

The G5 X II has a rubberised grip that makes the camera position safer compared to Sony’s competition, without making the body bigger (the lens sticks out further than the grip, so it could easily be even bigger without affecting the technical specifications). Compared to the previous model, this rubber also extends around the body on the other side of the lens, and the thumb cavity is now also larger and free of a button, so that the Mark II as a whole sits better in the hand.

Despite the compact housing and the resulting lack of space, the buttons on the back are surprisingly large and can therefore also be easily operated by men’s hands. As always, the combination of a four-weigher with a rotating ring is somewhat problematic, and gross motorists may inadvertently press a button while rotating. With the G5 X II, however, the problem is quite limited and you can get used to the wheel, which has a good grip. But much nicer is the lens ring. It is large, has a good grip and rests comfortably but quietly. If you want to adjust discrete values, such as the focal length in steps (24, 28, 35, 50, 85, 100 and 120 mm), the aperture, ISO sensitivity or exposure time, you can do so precisely. If, on the other hand, one wants to zoom continuously, then the zoom rocker arranged in a ring around the shutter release button is a good choice.

The rear touchscreen of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II can be folded down 45 degrees and even 180 degrees up, making it easy to take selfies, ground level and overhead shots. [Photo: Canon]

For manual focusing, however, the locking lens ring is less suitable. The Mark II, however, provides for manual focus via touch elements on the screen by default anyway. But that doesn’t make it any better, because it doesn’t make the camera nice to use when focusing manually. By the way, both a focus magnifier and focus peaking are available.

The exposure-compensation wheel is also subject to some criticism, as it can be adjusted inadvertently. After all, it only affects the creative programs (P, Av, Tv and M), so that automatic shooters cannot accidentally spoil their pictures. Those who want to combine the automatic exposure with the exposure compensation have to switch to the program automatic. New is a position on the wheel where the correction is controlled by the camera’s multifunction wheels, but the adjustment range remains at +/- 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Above the exposure-compensation dial is the smaller program dial. It even offers a custom position to recall preferred recording settings. The Quick menu also contributes to fast operation, allowing other important recording parameters that do not have their own buttons to be adjusted. The main menu has the usual Canon structure, which may require some familiarization. With eight recording menu pages, four playback menu pages, and five setup menu pages, it barely remains clear. Frequently used menu items can also be accessed more quickly thanks to the My-Menu.

The rear screen offers good space utilization in the 3:2 aspect ratio because the image sensor has the same aspect ratio. With a diagonal of 7.5 centimeters and a resolution of 1.04 million pixels, it offers the usual benchmark values and good image quality. It is, by the way, a touch screen, whose touch function can be used, but not necessarily. However, this is very practical for some functions, such as focusing on a specific subject detail with a fingertip. In addition, screen selection areas are offered for some functions, which further simplifies operation. Those who like to take pictures from overhead or ground level perspectives can fold the screen up or down accordingly. In contrast, the previous model’s side-tilting feature has been dropped, which some people see as a positive (the screen doesn’t have to be folded to the side first and thus remains inconspicuously behind the camera), others see as a restriction in freedom of movement. Thanks to the screen that can be folded up 180 degrees, selfies can still be created easily.

With a maximum luminance of only around 530 cd/m², the screen is not so easy to read in sunshine, though. Fortunately, the G5 X II has a pop-up viewfinder. This must be extended with two handles: On the left side of the housing unlocked it jumps up, but afterwards you have to pull out the eyepiece. An easily accessible dioptre correction is available. Canon has placed the proximity sensor above the screen, it automatically activates the viewfinder as soon as you look at it. Canon does not specify a magnification factor; it is estimated to be 0.4 to 0.5 times. As a result, the exit pupil, which is not particularly large at 20 millimetres, is sufficient to allow the viewfinder to be seen without difficulty even when wearing glasses. In addition, the viewfinder can be made slightly smaller in the menu. Although the resolution of 2.36 million pixels is not the latest state of the art, the viewfinder image appears very fine-grained in view of the not too high magnification. The frame rate and response speed are also good. Only the missing eyecup provides for a slightly increased incidence of disturbing light.

In contrast to the previous model, a hot shoe is missing, so that no external flash can now be connected. For a pop-up flash, Canon at least found room in the case, but unfortunately without the wireless control function that Canon could have given the small PowerShot as compensation for the missing hot shoe. With a micro HDMI as well as a USB C socket, only the most necessary interfaces are on board, not even the stereo microphone input of the G7 X III has made it into its bigger sister model. However, the USB-C socket is quite bitchy. Theoretically, not only can the battery be recharged, but the camera can even be permanently supplied with power. But be careful: If the USB charger or the Powerbank does not meet the necessary specifications, the battery is not charged more slowly, but not at all. A simple charger with two amps is not enough, for example. The built-in WLAN as well as Bluetooth can also be called interfaces, not least because there is an optional Bluetooth wireless remote trigger. This virtually replaces the cable remote release connection that the previous model still offered.

Zoom, shutter release, exposure correction wheel, program dial, power button and flash release button are all located within easy reach and visible on the top of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II. [Photo: Canon]

With 230 shots, the battery offers quite a short runtime. It sits together with the SD memory card in a compartment on the bottom of the camera, directly next to the tripod thread located outside the optical axis. This is not practical for tripod operation. The memory card slot easily swallows even large SDHC or SDXC cards and supports the UHS-I standard. For 4K video recordings, the memory card should support the speed class U3 or the Video Speed Class V30, as there are about 15 MByte/s. But even continuous shooting benefits from a fast memory card. After all, the G5 X II shovels data onto the memory card at almost 70 MB/s. The serial image buffer is emptied again in a maximum of 15 seconds.

Equipment And Features

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II offers both a fully automatic mode that controls everything automatically, including Scene Recognition, and selectable scene modes so the photographer can choose which automatic mode to use. This makes it possible to take photos even for those who do not like to deal with the “technical” side of photography. But even experienced photographers who want to take a quick snapshot will be happy with the fully automatic mode.

Between the scene modes is also hidden the HDR mode, which should be used from a tripod. It captures high-contrast scenes with three different exposures and combines them in such a way that details are still visible in both the brightest and darkest areas. Unfortunately, the HDR mode cannot be used in the creative programs P, Av, Tv and M, so experienced photographers have to resort to the exposure series. Here, however, a maximum of three shots are possible, each with only up to two EV exposure differences, which must be assembled on the PC with the appropriate software. The same applies to the focus bracketing function: this is especially useful for macro shots, but you have to assemble the images in the series yourself on your PC using focus stacking software.

The two control wheels make it quick and easy to adjust the recording parameters in the creative programs. In addition, a live exposure preview and a live histogram ensure that the exposure can be assessed before the picture is taken. If you like to work in bright light with the aperture open for a shallow depth of field, you will quickly reach the limits of the mechanical shutter with the shortest shutter speed of 1/2,000 seconds. The electronic shutter, on the other hand, works with up to 1/25,600 s short exposure times.

Thanks to the pop-up viewfinder, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is beautifully compact. It must be manually unlocked and the eyepiece pulled backwards. For the not too big picture the resolution is good, also spectacle wearers can see the picture well. [Photo: Canon]

On the left side of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II, the electronic pop-up viewfinder can be mechanically unlocked by a slide switch. [Photo: Canon]

Canon has also given the lens a swing-in neutral density filter. It reduces the light by three f-stops. Flowing effects, for example of water, can also be achieved by using the aperture that can be closed until F11. If desired, the G5 X II can also automatically retract the filter. By the way, the filter also helps to reduce diffraction blur, because you can work with F4 instead of F11, for example.

Those who like to use flash, however, do not get their money’s worth so much. As already mentioned at the beginning, the G5 X Mark II no longer offers a flash shoe. In addition, the integrated pop-up flash with a guide number of just under five does not exactly have a lot of power. You don’t even have to think about wireless flash control. Standard features such as flash at the end of the exposure instead of at the beginning, long time synchronization and flash exposure correction are of course available.

There is even a manual flash output control, but only in three unspecified levels. But here, too, there is a restriction, because this only works in manual and semi-automatic exposure mode. Theoretically, it would be possible to trigger slave flash units because the measuring pre-flash is missing. By the way, if you want to try to indirectly brighten up a scene a little bit despite the low power, you can pull the flash back a little bit with your finger, which makes it fire towards the ceiling.

The G5 X Mark II is equipped with the latest Digic 8 image processor, which brings the autofocus and continuous shooting function (together with the fast image sensor) to life. In our lab measurement, the Mark II showed a slightly accelerated autofocus compared to the previous model. It took between 0.16 and 0.22 seconds, depending on the focal length, until the camera focused and released from infinity to two meters. The pure shutter release delay is also very short at 0.04 seconds.

The case of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II has a generous and quite handy, finely grained rubber coating and a small handle. The snap-in adjustment ring on the lens is also practical. [Photo: Canon]

With the continuous shooting function, Canon promises 20 frames per second for 118 JPEG or 55 raw shots in a row. According to our measurement, the camera is somewhat slower at around 19 frames per second, but we don’t find this tragic in view of the values. More serious is that after only 75 JPEG or 48 raw recordings the end is already reached. Also unpleasant is the then following irregular continuous shooting function that always stops for a short time, then ratters through several fast images, stops again and so on. There are no even recordings with a full buffer. By the way, the autofocus is only adjusted at a maximum of eight frames per second.

Even the raw burst mode with 30 frames per second for 70 frames in a row partly doesn’t live up to its promises. We only got 29.8 frames per second for only 40 consecutive shots. Anyway, the mode is subject to numerous restrictions, for example it only works with an electronic shutter instead of a mechanical shutter, except the manual exposure mode is taken with ISO automatic and the images end up in a large file from which they can only be extracted in the playback mode of the camera or with the Canon DPP software on the PC. Anyway, the still quite new raw format CR3 of the latest Canon models still lacks a broad support on the software market. Here one should inform oneself before buying a raw converter or image processing software if necessary.

In terms of video function, the Canon G5 X Mark II has now caught up with the competition. However, there is still some criticism and potential for improvement. The stereo microphone jack of the G7 X Mark III, for example, is not to be found. The video resolution reaches 4K with either 30 or 25 frames per second, using the full sensor width. The optical zoom and image stabilizer continue to work, with the zoom working slowly and barely audibly. The autofocus is also barely audible, but its work is clearly visible at 4K resolution, which we don’t think is a good thing. The focus is somewhat sluggish and focuses only slowly. Here, one clearly notices that it works purely contrast-based, as sometimes the image even becomes blurred until the camera notices this and changes the focus direction.

Unfortunately the clip length of the 4K video recordings is limited to a good ten minutes. After all, our camera did not overheat, but only became hand-warm at an ambient temperature of around 24 degrees Celsius. But it certainly can’t hurt to supply the camera with more air at the back by folding the screen. In Full HD resolution, 25, 30, 50 and 60 frames per second are possible for just under 30 minutes at a time, and in high-speed mode also 100 or 120 frames per second. The refresh rates depend on whether you set the video system to PAL or NTSC. It’s also a bit awkward that the video recording button can be used to film in any mode, but only in Full-HD. For the full range of settings including 4K shooting, HDR video and manual exposure, you need to set the video mode on the program dial. Even the automatic video mode with Scene Recognition only films in Full HD.

The metal tripod thread of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II sits far too close to the battery and memory card compartment and on top of that, it’s outside the optical axis. [Photo: Canon]

Some editing options are available in playback mode. Not only can images be rotated or cropped, but filters can also be placed over them. Those who have taken raw pictures can also convert them into a JPEG in the camera. If desired, you can make your own settings to adjust brightness, white balance, noise reduction and other parameters.

Thanks to built-in WLAN and Bluetooth, the recordings can be transferred to smartphones, tablets or computers. With the help of the app from Canon, the camera can also be remotely controlled, including live image transmission. More details can be found in our photo tip in the further links. Thanks to Bluetooth, the GPS of a smartphone can also be used for geotagging.

Image quality

Over seven years ago, Sony started a small revolution with the RX100, as we now know. Until then, the image quality of compact cameras was not considered particularly good and anyone who wanted high image quality had to resort to a system camera. But the 1″ sensor, which is relatively large for a compact camera measuring 13.2 by 8.8 millimetres, changed that and ensures that today, especially with such compact cameras, manufacturers can still make good profits and even achieve growth rates.

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II offers not only a pop-up viewfinder, but also a small pop-up flash that even sits above the optical axis. However, the performance is weak and there is no wireless flash control. [Photo: Canon]

Also equipped with a fast lens and a 1″ sensor, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II promises an equally high image quality, which could almost come close to a system camera.

The edge dimming of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is negligible at a maximum of 0.4 EV or a maximum of 26 percent, as is the distortion, which is very low at wide angle and telephoto, at less than half a percent barrel shape each, and is completely absent at medium focal length. Even color fringes with less than one pixel in the maximum play practically no role. Only in the wide angle can they be minimally visible at the edge of the picture when looking closely.

If you look at the resolution measurement of the 20-megapixel sensor at 50 percent edge contrast (MTF50), however, some weaknesses of the lens become apparent. In the image center, Canon still achieves a good resolution of 40 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in 35 mm equivalent at all focal lengths, and at medium focal lengths even very good resolution of over 50 lp/mm. At the edge of the picture the story looks quite different. In wide angle, the lens has just a meager 29 lp/mm, and this is also only dimmed strongly at F8. This not only means a fairly high edge drop of 50 percent at maximum, but also that the corners of the image become softer when printed larger than 20 by 30 centimeters.

With a medium focal length of 50 millimetres corresponding to 35 mm, 40 lp/mm are achieved at the edge of the picture, for which you have to stop down to F8. This is also our recommendation for high-resolution, evenly sharp photos. With an open aperture, there are only about 33 lp/mm at the edge of the image. At telephoto focal length, a maximum of 37 lp/mm is reached at the edge of the image, also at F8. However, since the resolution in the image center reaches only a maximum of 40 lp/mm at F4 and the image border here is only ten percent lower at 36 lp/mm, the entire aperture range can be used well in telephoto.

On the handle side, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II hides both wired and wireless connections, including a button for quick WLAN activation. [Photo: Canon]

The modern USB-C interface not only charges the battery of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II, but also allows the camera to be operated. However, the Canon is very picky about which USB power supply or powerbank it gets along with. [Photo: Canon]

But the 1″-sensor is not only “famous” for its high resolution, even if it is anything but exhausted by the Canon, but also for its good noise behaviour even at higher sensitivities; at least if the camera manufacturer has well adjusted the image processing. For example, some 1″ cameras still offer a decent image quality with acceptable resolution and low noise even at ISO 800 or 1600. To make a long story short: The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is not included. The signal-to-noise ratio starts at ISO 125 with still a good 43 dB, but above ISO 800 the critical mark of 35 dB is undershot. While Canon has a good grip on color noise, the brightness noise increases steadily above ISO 400 and becomes slightly visible at ISO 1,600 at the latest. But much more important is the corresponding texture sharpness, with which the resolution of finest details is measured at all sensitivities. Above ISO 200 the measured value already decreases, above ISO 800 it drops more clearly. Up to ISO 800, the images are still quite good, but become visibly softer above that. Above ISO 1.600 there is practically only noisy mud.

This means that Canon is easily one f-stop behind the best 1″ sensor cameras, which can still deliver acceptable image quality up to ISO 1,600. Compared to the previous model, it is a touch better, especially at ISO 125 and 200. In Raw you can get a better balance of noise and detail. In JPEG, you can also reduce the noise reduction in the camera, but as the Canon produces more noise than the competition at higher sensitivities despite a lower level of detail, the noise is then only visible as more disturbing.

After all, the G5 X Mark II offers a high input dynamic range, which is only slightly reduced from almost twelve f-stops at ISO 125 to ISO 800 with eleven f-stops, and is thus at the highest level. Only above ISO 3.200 does the value drop below the still good ten aperture stops. The tone curve is very steep for crisp image reproduction. The initial tonal range drops over the sensitivities similarly steeply as the texture sharpness. The critical value of 160 brightness levels is undercut above ISO 800. The Canon, however, reproduces colors quite precisely. Even the strongest deviations are only slightly above the still tolerable value. The manual white balance is sufficiently accurate and even the color depth is pleasingly high. Up to ISO 400, over eight million colours are differentiated, up to ISO 3,200 there are still a good two million colours. By the way, according to laboratory measurements, the small pop-up flash leads to a significant brightness edge drop of over 1.7 f-stops or a good 70 percent. It is therefore recommended to turn the zoom a little for illuminated image corners.

Conclusion

Somehow, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is not as good as we expected before the review. Compared to the predecessor model (the Canon PowerShot G5 X), it looks very slimmed down, but it can’t hold a candle to its smaller sister model, the G7 X Mark III, in all respects, at least when it comes to video functionality. But at least it offers the pop-up viewfinder as a big advantage over its smaller sister model, and it is more compact than its predecessor. It also offers a unique zoom and fast lens, even if the speed drops rapidly when zooming.

The small lithium-ion battery of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II only lasts for a good 230 shots. An external charger is included. The SD card is also removed in the combi compartment. [Photo: Canon]

On its own, the G5 X Mark II offers a robust and handy case with compact dimensions and even packs a larger zoom than the competition without sacrificing light intensity. The autofocus and the camera in general work fast, the handling is easy to understand and really important functions are not really missed, except maybe a flash shoe or a microphone input. The picture quality is somewhat disappointing, though. Not only the lens, which is not particularly sharp at the wide-angle, is a problem, but also the image quality, which is not as good as the competition at higher ISO sensitivities. The noise reduction manages to iron out many details at ISO 1.600 at the latest, but the noise remains visible. At least the video function with 4K resolution has caught up, but not with focus tracking.

Profile

Profile
Manufacturer Canon
Model PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Sensor CMOS 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm (crop factor 2.7
)20.9 megapixel (physical)
20.2 megapixel (effective)
Pixelpitch 2.4 µm
Resolution (max.) 5.472 x 3.648 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2,160 30p
Lens F1.8-2.8/24-120mm
Filter thread No filter thread installed
Video finder EVF, 100% field coverage, 2,360,000 pixels resolution, diopter compensation (-3.0 to 1.0 dpt)
Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Resolution 1.040,000 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swiveling
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Scene automatic yes
Scene modes 13
Automatic programming yes
Program shift yes
Automatic aperture control yes
Automatic timer yes
Manually yes
Bulb Long Term Exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, panoramic view
Exposure metering Multi-field, centre-weighted Integral, Spot
fastest shutter speed 1/2.000 s
Flash installed
Synchronous time 1/2.000 s
Flash connection
WLAN yes
NFC
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection
Remote release yes, Bluetooth trigger, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Interval recording
Storage medium
SD (UHS I, SDXC, SDHC)
Sensitivity
automatically ISO 125-12,800
manually ISO 125-25.600
White balance
automatically yes
manual measuring yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 31 Contrast sensors
Speed 0.16 to 0.22 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (WxHxD) 111 x 61 x 46 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 340 g
Tripod thread off optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment Lens ring (motorized), ring rocker (motorized)
Battery life 230 recordings according to CIPA standard
– = “not applicable” or “not available

This review of the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II was created using DXOMARK Analyzer.

Brief assessment

Pros

  • Powerful five-fold zoom in a very compact housing
  • Fast autofocus and good overall performance
  • Tiltable touch screen and pop-up viewfinder
  • Good image quality up to ISO 400

Cons

  • Highly selective USB charging function with short battery life
  • Image quality degradation at the image edge and at higher ISO sensitivities
  • Unfavorably placed tripod thread
  • Both the predecessor and the smaller sister model lack functions and connections

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm (crop factor 2.7
)20.9 megapixels (physical), 20.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 2.4 µm
Photo resolution
5.472 x 3.648 pixels (3:2)
5.472 x 3.072 pixels (16:9)
4.864 x 3.648 pixels (4:3)
3.648 x 3.648 pixels (1:1)
3.648 x 2.432 pixels (3:2)
3.648 x 2.048 pixels (16:9)
3.248 x 2.432 pixels (4:3)
2.736 x 1.824 pixels (3:2)
2.736 x 1.536 pixels (16:9)
2.432 x 2.432 pixels (1:1)
2.432 x 1.824 pixels (4:3)
2.400 x 1.600 pixels (3:2)
2.400 x 1.344 pixels (16:9)
2.112 x 1.600 pixels (4:3)
1.824 x 1.824 pixels (1:1)
1.600 x 1.600 pixels (1:1)
Image formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (Version 2.3)
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p 9 min 59 sec
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p 9 min 59 sec
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 120 p 7 min 29 sec
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 100 p 7 min 29 sec
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p 29 min 59 sec
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p 29 min 59 sec
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p 29 min 59 sec
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p 29 min 59 sec
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p 29 min 59 sec
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p 29 min 59 sec
HDR video yes
Video format
MP4 (Codec H.264)

Lens

Focal length 24 to 120 mm (35mm equivalent
)5x zoom8
.8 to 44 mm (physical)
digital zoom 4x
Sharpness range 5 cm to infinity (wide angle
)20 cm to infinity (telephoto)
Aperture F1.8 to F11 (wide angle
)F2.8 to F11 (telephoto)
ND filter ND filter (3.0 EV steps)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus mode Contrast autofocus with 31 measuring fields
Autofocus functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Tracking AF, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (10x)
Sharpness control Depth of field control, Live View
Filter thread No filter thread

Viewfinder and monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, touch screen, brightness adjustable, tilts 180° up to 45° down
Video finder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,360,000 pixels, dioptre compensation (-3.0 to 1.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral metering, matrix/multi-field metering, spot metering, AF-AE coupling
Exposure times 1/2,000 to 1 s (Automatic
)1/2,000 to 30 s (Manual)
Bulb with maximum 30 s exposure time1/25
,600 to 30 s (Electronic)
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Motif Automatic
Exposure bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with a maximum of 3 shots, 1/3 to 2 EV increments, HDR function
Exposure Compensation -3.0 to +3.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Photosensitivity ISO 125 to ISO 12,800 (automatic
)ISO 125 to ISO 25,600 (manual)
Remote access Bluetooth trigger, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Scene modes Fireworks, skin, HDR, night scene, panorama, portrait, self-portrait, food, starry sky, 4 additional scene mode programs
Picture effects Fisheye, HDR effects, miniature effect, black and white, toy camera, soft focus, 2 additional image effects
White balance Automatic, Clouds, Sun, Fine Tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual
Color space sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 20 fps with highest resolution and max. 55 stored photos, 20 fps max 118 JPGs, 8 fps with AF, max 320 shots (JPG)
Burst function Burst function with 70 frames in succession at 30.0 fps
Self-timer Self-timer with interval of 2 s, special features: or 10 seconds
Recording functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (hinged)
Flash range 0.5 to 7.0 m at wide angle0
.5 to 4.0 m at teleflash range
at ISO autoflash sync speed
1/2,000 s
Flash functions Auto, fill-flash, flash on, flash off, slow sync, flash on second shutter curtain, manual flash output (3 levels), lamp red-eye reduction, flash exposure correction from -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer Lens shift (optical)
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Panorama Sweeping panorama
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply unit Power supply connectionUSB continuous power supplyUSB charging function
Power supply 1 x Canon NB-13L230
images according to CIPA standard
Playback functions Red-eye retouching, cropping, image rotation, image protection, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slide show function with crossfade effects, zoom out
Face recognition Face recognition
Image parameters Sharpness, contrast, color saturation, noise reduction
Grille can be faded in during recording yes
Special functions Orientation sensor, Live View, user profiles with 1 user profile
Connections Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USBUSB type
: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
: available (Type: B, G, N)
Audio output: noAudio input
: noVideo output
: yes (HDMI output Micro (Type D))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod thread 1/4″ not in optical axis
Special features and miscellaneous DIGIC 8 image processor with iSAPS technologyAutomatic
shadow brighteningAutomatic
and manual dynamic range adjustment58
recognizable scenesScene recognition
(video) 21 recognizable scenesMyColor effects
(11)
Star-Lapse video (1080p29.97/p25/p14.99/p12.5)
Retractable viewfinderFocus row

Size and weight

Weight 340 g (ready for operation)
Dimensions W x H x D 111 x 61 x 46 mm

Miscellaneous

standard accessory Canon CB-2LHE Charger for special batteriesCanon
NB-13L Special battery carrying strap
NS-DC12, manual
additional accessories Canon BR-E1 (Bluetooth Remote Control
)Canon HF-DC2 Small Auxiliary Flash UnitCanon
IFC-100U USB CableCanon
PD-E1 Power Supply
USB
USB 2.0 High Speed (Type C)

 

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I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.

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