Canon PowerShot G5 Review
As you can see from the images above from the outside the G5 is absolutely identical to the G3 apart from the color of the body, and I personally feel that the camera looks far better in this color (more professional, more purposeful). The body is half metal, half plastic. The front and top of the camera as well as the back of the LCD monitor are made from a metal alloy, the rear, half of the base and hand grip are plastic.
Around the back of the camera the primary improvement is in the way the fold out and twist LCD now fits flush into the back of the camera whether facing out or closed. Control layout is logical and once you get used to the new button assignments and the overlaid FUNC menu everything you would need to change in a normal shoot is available without having to dive into the menu system.
Side by side
Of the three similarly specified digital cameras below
the G5 is the largest and heaviest. It's almost 200 g heavier than the
subcompact Sony DSC-V1 (5 mp, 4x zoom) and 100 g heavier than Nikon's
Coolpix 5400 (5 mp, 4x zoom). Primary external differences between the
three are that the G5 has a status LCD display (top of the camera), the
DSC-V1 has a pop-up flash, the G5 and 5400 have flip-out and twist LCD
screens (the V1 does not).
In your hand
The G5 feels comfortable to hold, there is a clear space on the rear of the camera for your thumb and the front finger grip is fairly well proportioned (although having the two side by side I actually prefer the Coolpix 5400's). The inside of the grip is coated in a hard rubber material, the outside is plastic. Weight balance is good, the Lithium-Ion battery is mounted inside the hand grip which means that the camera doesn't pull to the left.
On the top of the camera is the status panel which provides a multitude of information on the current photographic and digital settings such as available frames, exposure adjustment, white balance etc.
A detailed breakdown of displayed information can be found on the diagrams below.
The G5 has the almost trademark Canon flip-out and twist LCD monitor (remember they were the first to do this on a digital camera with the Pro 70). The entire display can be folded away (screen in) when not in use, protecting the screen. You can then flip out and use it out away from the camera body or twisted 180 degrees and folded back into the body just like any other digital camera. In an improvement to this design Canon has now molded the rear of the camera so that the display fits flush when folded in.
The screen has an excellent anti-reflective coating, is bright and sharp (Canon seem to have perfected the use of sub-pixels to enhance display detail). The flip-out and twist design of the LCD is perfect for the studio, out in the field, for protecting the LCD when it's not in use, taking waist level shots, overhead shots, self portraits, etc. etc. The LCD provides 100% frame coverage.
As with most digital cameras the G5's viewfinder is the standard 'optical tunnel' type. Ok for the occasional use but not something you would really want to use all the time (thankfully the LCD monitor is there for that purpose). Big negative point for Canon in that the lens barrel actually obstructs the bottom left corner of the view (nothing's changed since the G3 then). The viewfinder offers just 84% frame coverage.
The two lights beside the viewfinder indicate the following:
|Green Steady||Good AF Lock, sufficient light|
|Green Flashing||CF Card activity|
|Yellow Steady||Macro focus / Manual focus mode|
|Yellow Flashing||AF difficulty, cannot lock focus|
|Orange Steady||Flash charged and will fire with next shot|
|Orange Flashing||Shot may suffer from shake blur (slow exp.)|
|Christine by JP Zanotti|
from Car wreck
|Fangorn Forest by cand1d|
|Yosemite Falls with Moonbow by Jonathan Shapiro|
from Best Landscape of the Week 4
Think Tank Photo has updated two of its popular bag lines with improvements to functionality. Read more
We’ve all seen Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, but there's another.
The sample footage looks good.
It will automatically pick the best camera settings depending on shooting conditions. It even promises enhanced functionality for your camera, like exposure and focus stacking. It already supports many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony. Read more
As if $13,950 wasn’t enough to pay for a special edition lens, the Leica Store in San Francisco is offering a prototype of said lens for $24,995. Read more
Make those old photos disappear without deleting them forever.
Firmware updates enable 10 fps shooting with adapted A-mount lenses, and faster startup times and better compatibility for 20 fps shooting when using native lenses on the a9.
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its camera models X-T2, X-Pro2, GFX 50s, X-T20, X100F and X-T1 and updates to three of its software products.
A 22 year-old Romanian photographer uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture unique perspectives of the city where he now lives.
What's it like to ride the waves with champion surfer Kelly Slater? This VR video from Teton Gravity Research gives you a taste.
When Nikon released the full-frame D3 in 2007, it changed the professional photography industry. In this week's Throwback Thursday, Barney remembers a legend. Read more
The new stuff should have better red hues, improved sensitivity and finer grain - but don't worry - will still shift blues to green, greens to purple and yellows to pink.
Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more
This compact drone can shoot HD video using a 2-axis stabilized 12MP camera. Read more
The new Prynt Pocket can print a photo directly from their iPhone simply by inserting the phone into the printer, then snapping a photo. Each print will cost about 50 cents. Read more
Updates for Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom CC bring support for the Sony A9 and Panasonic ZS70/TZ90, along with bug fixes.
The Triggertrap remote camera control system is no longer sold due to the company folding, but now users will be able to build their own. Read more
The Magic Format Converter comes with internal optics that expand the image circle of full-frame DSLR lenses for use on the Fuji medium format camera. Read more
The usually Apple-exclusive MacPhun software developer has announced that it will introduce PC versions of two of its most popular applications. Both Aurora HDR and Luminar should be available for the Windows operating system by the autumn of this year. Read more
Sony's newest G Master telephoto zoom, announced alongside the a9, is the first of the company's FE lenses to reach 400mm natively. We had one in California and photographed horses, portraits, and landscapes - check out how it did. Read more
Garmin has entered the 360-camera market with the VIRB, which captures 5.7K video at 30p as well as 15MP stills. Read more
German media reports that the founders of the company behind the Panono 360-degree ball camera have filed for bankruptcy at a court in Berlin. Read more
With a claimed 800 new custom parts, Microsoft's updated Surface Pro comes with the latest Kaby Lake processors, better battery life, a new hinge, plus the Surface Pen is updated as well. Read more
DW Photo is attempting to resurrect the Hy6 medium format camera, though the legal tangles of its development may stop it being branded Rolleiflex.
The Kodak EKTRA, the company's 'camera first' smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. Read more
Apple and Nokia have settled their years-old patent dispute. Apple will make an undisclosed payment to Nokia and sign a licensing agreement related to digital health products with the Finnish company.
David Gibson, one of Britain's best known street shooters, shares all.
Photographers from the SKYGLOW project travelled 150k miles and took 3 million photos in increasingly rare locations: those without light pollution.
The world's fastest 200mm was produced for 16 years. In that time, only 8000 were made.
Photokina, the biennial photo industry trade show in Cologne, Germany, has announced that it will become an annual event beginning in 2018, and expand its focus to additional areas of imaging technology. Read more