Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

20MP 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor | 24-120mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens | 4K/30p video capture

What we like:

  • Fast lens, good zoom range
  • Pop-up electronic viewfinder
  • 4K/30p video recording
  • Fast burst shooting

What we don't:

  • Limited battery life
  • Autofocus tracking behind peers
  • No microphone input
Canon's G5 X Mark II is a 4K-capable compact camera with a bright 24-120mm equivalent lens, pop-up viewfinder and well thought-out controls, making for a versatile, carry-everywhere option.
The G5 X II has a good-sized grip and enough dials and control points to ensure it handles very well for a compact. Video shooters may not like the clicking of the control dial around the lens but it's great for shooting stills. The tilting screen extends upwards by 180 degrees for vlogging and selfies.
The G5 X II is an engaging photographer's compact with image quality and handling that make it stand out
The G5 X II's autofocus isn't as responsive as some competitors' depth-aware systems, and it can't track subjects while shooting bursts. It can refocus on a single point at up to 8 fps, though. There's also a 30 fps Raw mode with focus locked. In use the camera is pleasantly responsive, though battery life is a little low.
The G5 X II offers strong Raw performance and JPEGs with pleasing colors. The lens is better at longer focal lengths and helps deliver good all-around image quality, a really versatile zoom range and fast maximum apertures.
The G5 X II shoots 4K footage at 30p without a crop (there is no 24p option). The video isn't the most detailed we've seen and this drops still further if you engage the useful digital+lens stabilization system. There's no mic socket or advanced capture tools, but there is a 3-stop ND filter to help get smooth-flowing footage in bright light.
We've been impressed by the G5 X II's capabilities, handling and overall responsiveness. The pop-up viewfinder and versatile lens expand the range of things it can do, without making the camera too big. It's not cheap, but its performance and adaptability make it competitive. Overall, it's an engaging photographer's compact with image quality and handling to help it stand out.

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