PowerShot G5 X
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PowerShot G5 X

The PowerShot G5 X looks like a G7 X with a grip and pentaprism bolted to the top, and to be honest, that's pretty much what it is. Except for the viewfinder and grip and a couple of other little touches the G5 X is basically the same as the G7 X: the same 20.2MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, the same lens (24-100mm equiv F1.8-2.8), the same shooting features (including a selectable ND filter and Raw support). What differentiates the two cameras are the tools used to compose and control the camera.

In the view above you can see many of the ergonomic changes. A control ring is still situated around the lens but now Canon has added an additional dial just above the large right-hand grip. This is very welcome, and when you factor in the dial on the rear of the camera you now have three controls with which you can adjust settings.

It's hard to miss that big hump on the top of the camera. There's a pop-up flash there as well as a hot shoe, but the real action is on the back side, which you'll see momentarily.