A pop-up EVF and a new lens
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A pop-up EVF and a new lens

Two of the biggest differentiators between these two new cameras (aside from price) are the addition of a pop-up electronic viewfinder and a newly designed lens for the G5 X Mark II.

The pop-up EVF reminds us of a similar unit on recent Sony RX100 models, and we have to say, we're fans of the design - it keeps the overall size of the camera down, but the EVF is there when you need it. It retains the same 2.36M-dot resolution as the G5 X (which is plenty on this type of camera), and we expect good quality - plus, the maximum refresh rate of 120 fps makes it easier to follow moving subjects, and will give the viewfinder a more 'immediate' feel.

The G5 X Mark II's updated lens retains the same F1.8-2.8 maximum aperture of its predecessor, but adds some reach. It now zooms from 24-120mm equivalent, instead of maxing out at 100mm. We found the older lens (which is still on the G7 X III) to already be a good combination of fast aperture, small size and versatile zoom range, so we're pleasantly surprised by this update on the G5 X II, but we'll have to wait for a review unit to assess its overall quality.