Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1

Canon PowerShot G5 X front
Zeiss ZX1 front

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Key Specs

Canon G5 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 353g - 112 x 76 x 44mm
  • Revealed September 2015
  • Later Model is Canon G5 X MII
Zeiss ZX1
(Full Review)
  • 37MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 4.34" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 51200
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 35mm (F2-22) lens
  • 800g - 142 x 93 x 46mm
  • Revealed September 2018
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Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Canon and Zeiss. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the G5 X (20MP) and ZX1 (37MP) and the G5 X (1") and ZX1 (Full frame) possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The G5 X was brought out 4 years before the ZX1 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting in to a full comparison, below is a quick overview of how the G5 X scores against the ZX1 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G5 X over the Zeiss ZX1

 G5 X ZX1 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Zeiss ZX1 over the Canon G5 X

 ZX1 G5 X 
RevealedSeptember 2018September 2015More modern by 37 months
Display sizing4.34"3"Larger display (+1.34")
Display resolution2765k1040kCrisper display (+1725k dot)

Common features in the Canon G5 X and Zeiss ZX1

 G5 X ZX1 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon G5 X comes with outer measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 44mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.7") along with a weight of 353 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Zeiss ZX1 has dimensions of 142mm x 93mm x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8") and a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the G5 X vs the ZX1.

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the G5 X and ZX1 is 85 and 67 respectively.

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 top view buttons comparison

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to visualise the gap in sensor sizes just by checking out technical specs. The image here should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the G5 X and ZX1.

As you can tell, both the cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The G5 X featuring a smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more difficult and the Zeiss ZX1 will provide greater detail having its extra 17MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged G5 X will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 sensor size comparison

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G5 X Portrait photography info
Zeiss ZX1 Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
has manual focus
excellent sensor resolution (37 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G5 X Street photography advice
Zeiss ZX1 Street photography advice
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
comes with focus via touch
screen articulates fully
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
includes touch focus
very good ISO range (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competitors (800g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G5 X Sports photography information
Zeiss ZX1 Sports photography information
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
has tracking autofocus
low fps (5.9 frames per second)
low battery life (210 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
excellent sensor resolution (37 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G5 X
Travel photography with Zeiss ZX1
comes with focus via touch
decent megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
low battery life (210 shots)
has bluetooth
includes touch focus
excellent sensor resolution (37 megapixels)
very good maximum aperture (f2)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (800 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G5 X Landscape photography info
Zeiss ZX1 Landscape photography info
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low battery life (210 CIPA)
has manual focus
very good maximum aperture (f2)
bigger than average screen (4.34 inches)
excellent sensor resolution (37MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G5 X Vlogging information
Zeiss ZX1 Vlogging information
rather wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
no external mic jack
very good maximum aperture (f2)
touchscreen capability
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have external mic port
heavier than competitors (800g)
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Canon G5 X vs Zeiss ZX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G5 X and Zeiss ZX1
 Canon PowerShot G5 XZeiss ZX1
General Information
Make Canon Zeiss
Model Canon PowerShot G5 X Zeiss ZX1
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2015-09-11 2018-09-27
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 37MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 7488 x 4992
Highest native ISO 12800 51200
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW support
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 31 255
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-100mm (4.2x) 35mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/2-22
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Crop factor 2.7 1
Screen type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3" 4.34"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 2,765 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot 6,221 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 5.9fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 353g (0.78 lbs) 800g (1.76 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 44mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.7") 142 x 93 x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 62 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 471 not tested
Battery life 210 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-13L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC 512GB internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $799 -