Canon has introduced two new enthusiast compacts with 1"-type CMOS sensors: the PowerShot G5 X, which will sit above the PowerShot G7 X, and the entry-level G9 X which is roughly the size of the PowerShot S120. Both models use a DIGIC 6 processor, record 1080/60p video, offer Raw shooting, include a pop-up flash and a built-in ND filter. Each is Wi-Fi connected with NFC.

The G5 X uses the same 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens as the G7 X, but goes a step further with a built-in 2.36M dot OLED EVF. Its 3" 1.04M dot touch-sensitive LCD is fully articulated, and true to its enthusiast class offers a top panel exposure compensation dial, front and rear command dials, as well as a control ring around the lens. A 3.5mm mini-jack offers compatibility with Canon's RS-60E3 remote trigger.

The PowerShot G9 X sits below the G7 X in the lineup, stepping away from the bulkier designs of the G7 X and G5 X with a slimmer, S-series-like form factor. It offers a 28-84mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens encircled by a control dial, as well as a fixed 3" LCD. 

The Canon PowerShot G5 X will cost $799 and the PowerShot G9 X will sell for $529; both will ship in November.


Press release:

TWO NEW POWERSHOT G-SERIES CAMERAS ADD STYLE AND POWER TO CANON’S PREMIUM POWERSHOT LINE

High-Resolution EVF-Equipped PowerShot G5 X and Slim & Stylish PowerShot G9 X Digital Cameras Featuring One-Inch Image Sensors are Ideal for Advanced Amateur Photographers Passionate about Image Quality 

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 – Rounding out what is now a family of five powerful large sensor PowerShot G-series cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot G5 X equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X. Featuring high-quality optics and large one-inch image sensors, both new models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera equipped with built-in Wi-Fi®* and NFC** capability for easy sharing of images and video to social media networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app†. 

Both new models feature a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel*** High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios. 

Providing quality still images and video for social sharing, the stunning 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on these cameras can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi** and NFC*** capability. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s free Camera Connect App†† for wireless image transfer and remote operation featuring Live View when using compatible iOS® and Android® devices.

In addition, these new cameras feature an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.

“We continue to strive to provide photographers with a range of imaging equipment options to support each individual shooting style while still providing the features, usability, and performance they expect from a Canon camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PowerShot G-series cameras offer a range of options designed to satisfy professionals looking for a convenient back-up camera to their DSLR as well as photography enthusiasts looking for maximum image quality in conveniently compact cameras they can take with them anywhere.” 

The PowerShot G5 X

Incorporating a bright, built-in high-resolution EVF that allows photographers to more easily compose and take pictures as well as track moving subjects, the high-performance PowerShot G5 X camera also features a bright f/1.8 - f/2.8 4.2x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 24-100mm). With the combination of a nine-blade iris diaphragm for beautiful background blur effects and an Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system that provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions, this camera’s optical system enables users to capture the shot as they envisioned it  and is ideal for shooting in low-light conditions or when a shallow depth-of-field is preferred for more dramatic, soft backgrounds and beautiful portraits. 

The PowerShot G5 X camera’s 2.36-million-dot high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder provides high-quality viewing from edge-to-edge, especially useful when composing an image or shooting in bright sunlight. Additionally, a three-inch, 1.04 million dot touch panel LCD screen provides a bright, clear display that enables one-touch control of many camera settings and features a Vari-Angle design that enables easy viewing from various shooting angles while protecting the screen from inadvertent scratching when the camera is stored.

Housed in a classic black body, the enhanced controls include top-mounted mode and exposure compensation dials, front and rear control dials, and a control ring around the lens, which can all be customized to best suit different shooting styles.  The PowerShot G5 X camera also features a built-in flash plus a dedicated hot shoe providing full compatibility with Canon’s powerful range of EX-series Speedlites and related accessories. There is also a 3.5mm mini-jack for compatibility with Canon’s Remote Switch RS-60E3.

The PowerShot G9 X

Slim and lightweight, the PowerShot G9 X is the camera photographers will want to show off to their friends as much as they shoot with it.  The camera features a bright f/2.0 - f/4.9, 3x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 28-84mm) along with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.

The camera’s intuitive three-inch LCD touch panel with a new user interface allows for quick and easy changes to camera settings even while taking pictures. In addition to the touch panel, a lens-mounted control ring can be utilized to adjust several functions, including customizable manual focus.  For shooting fast-moving subjects from kids at birthday parties to athletic events, the PowerShot G9 X camera has continuous shooting speeds up to six frames per second (fps) so none of the action is missed.  It is available in classic black, or in a retro-style, silver-gray body with brown stitched leather accents.

Shared Features

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X models both feature three convenient ways to charge the NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack: (1) via an optional USB cable connected to a powered USB socket to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, (2) via an optional USB-connected AC Adapter to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, and (3) via the standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.

Both new PowerShot models incorporate a broad range of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, and both offer users the choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, both new models incorporate a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions.

Price and Availability

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

* Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

** Compatible with Android devices versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.

*** Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

† Wireless printing requires a working Ethernet network with wireless 802.11b/g or n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

†† This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

Canon PowerShot G5 X and G9 X specifications

 Canon PowerShot G5 XCanon PowerShot G9 X
Price
MSRP$799$529
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compactCompact
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3840 x 2880, 2304 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480, 720 x 408, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12800
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CR2, 12-bit)
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness
  • Saturation
  • Red/Green/Blue
  • Skin tone
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–100 mm28–84 mm
Optical zoom4.2×3×
Maximum apertureF1.8F2
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulatedFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronicNone
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Sports
  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • Star
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Portrait
  • Star
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m (at Auto ISO)6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashYesNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Remote
Continuous drive5.9 fps6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesAlso has star time-lapse. miniature effect, and digest modes
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYesNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via cable or smartphone)Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-13L lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)210220
Weight (inc. batteries)353 g (0.78 lb / 12.45 oz)209 g (0.46 lb / 7.37 oz)
Dimensions112 x 76 x 44 mm (4.41 x 2.99 x 1.73)98 x 58 x 31 mm (3.86 x 2.28 x 1.21)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (star time-lapse)
GPSNone