Canon G5 X MII

 
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II front
 
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-120mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 340g - 111 x 61 x 46mm
  • Revealed July 2019
  • Older Model is Canon G5 X
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
86
Imaging
57
Features
76
Overall
64

Canon G5 X MII summary

Canon G5 X MII is Canon's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on July of 2019. It includes a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon launched this model in an effort to replace the earlier Canon G5 X (Read Full Comparison)

The G5 X MII is ranked #21 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over all #219 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Canon G5 X MII history

The Canon G5 X MII has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all older and latest models as well as main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon G7 X MIII
G5 X MII vs G7 X MIII
24-100mm
F1.8-2.8
20MP1"2019
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G5 X MII24-120mm
F1.8-2.8
20MP1"2019
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Canon-PowerShot-G9-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G9 X II
G5 X MII vs G9 X II
28-84mm
F2-4.9
20MP1"2017
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon G7 X MII
G5 X MII vs G7 X MII
24-100mm
F1.8-2.8
20MP1"2016
Canon-PowerShot-G9-X front thumbnailCanon G9 X
G5 X MII vs G9 X
28-84mm
F2.0-4.9
20MP1"2015
Canon-PowerShot-G5-X front thumbnailCanon G5 X
G5 X MII vs G5 X
24-100mm
F1.8-2.8
20MP1"2015
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-G7-X front thumbnailCanon G7 X
G5 X MII vs G7 X
24-100mm
F1.8-2.8
20MP1"2014

Canon G5 X MII Pros and Cons

Here is a list of good and bad points of the Canon G5 X MII based on criterias that are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

delivers RAW formats
fast at the tele end (f2.8)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
has built in flash
has HDMI support
high fps (30.0 fps)
image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes focus via touch
manual focus
MP count decent (20MP)
nice clear screen (1,040 thousand dot)
really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
screen tilts
selfie friendly display
sensor size is good (1")
silent shutter (1/25,600 seconds)
supports bluetooth
supports face detect focus
supports tracking focus
touchscreen capability
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
bad battery life (230 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
lack of headphone jack
lack of microphone jack
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no external flash support
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Canon G5 X MII Sensor features

The Canon G5 X MII features the DIGIC 8 processor chip. The sensor specification in the Canon G5 X MII is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and features a standard ISO range of 125 - 12800. The ISO can be extended electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW photos are saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The image below shows the G5 X MII's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The G5 X MII sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is outlined in green.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II sensor size Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G5 X MII dimensions

Canon G5 X MII weighs in at 0.75 lbs (340 gr / 11.99 ounces) & the size of the camera is 111mm x 61mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.8"). The weight of average Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 gr so the Canon G5 X MII is less heavy compared to its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Canon G5 X MII next to a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button arrangement on the G5 X MII.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon G5 X MII Lens features

The G5 X MII has a fixed lens giving a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be huge nevertheless it will be convenient in certain conditions.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f1.8 making it good for low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It will also enable you to choose a much lower ISO in order to get crisper photos. For the long end, 120mm comes to f2.8 making it pretty good and enables you to set higher shutter speeds.

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Canon G5 X MII Connectivity

The G5 X MII has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and at times adjust settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon G5 X MII Video features

The highest possible video resolution in the Canon G5 X MII is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p delivers a fantastic resolution for video. You can downsample to 1080p in order to get better video. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you own decent SD cards with good write speeds. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have zero control over the sound. It is probably best to buy a different camera in case you want good sound for your videos.

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Canon G5 X MII Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Canon G5 X MII so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Canon G5 X MII Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon G5 X MII includes a 3 inch tilting display screen with a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and group shots when needed. Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you can adjust focus point and change settings by using your fingertips.

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The View Finder specifications for Canon G5 X MII are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%

Viewfinders can be quite helpful for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Canon G5 X MII Shutter features

Canon G5 X MII continuous shooting speed is 30.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/25600 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter can produce "rolling shutter" under some situations.

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Canon G5 X MII Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon G5 X MII comes with just built in flash with no external flash support.

Canon G5 X MII Autofocus features

Canon G5 X MII comes with only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be valuable for portraits.

Canon G5 X MII has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Canon G5 X MII has got manual focusing when needed for low light or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon G5 X MII Battery life

The battery life in the Canon G5 X MII is fashioned to last for 230 photos as per the CIPA standards which is lower as compared to it's competition. The average Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U features the best (450) battery life for this group of cameras.

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Canon G5 X MII for different styles of photography

The following bar chart shows a outline of the Canon G5 X MII for different styles of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Canon G5 X MII Portrait photography details

The Canon G5 X MII receives a score of 67 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable pick to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files along with the ability to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
no external flash support

Canon G5 X MII as a Street photography camera

Having a fantastic points total of 85, the Canon G5 X MII is a awesome choice for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
comes with touch focus

Canon G5 X MII Sports photography highlights

A above average sports photography rating of 66 indicates the Canon G5 X MII is a very decent choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shooting (1/25,600 seconds)
high max frames per second (30.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
features tracking focus
bad battery life (230 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus

Canon G5 X MII as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty crucial when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Canon G5 X MII gets a wonderful 80 as a travelling camera which is a tremendous choice for your holidays.

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supports bluetooth
includes touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
really wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
low battery power (230 per charge)

Canon G5 X MII Landscape photography features

For anybody who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will be image quality. The Canon G5 X MII with it's above average score of 71 for a landscape camera is a fine choice among its competitors.

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manual focus
really wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low battery life (230 shots)

Vlogging with Canon G5 X MII

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon G5 X MII is a terrific fit as a vlog camera as it delivers a very high score of 80.

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decently wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
missing mic support

Canon G5 X MII Alternatives

If you need replacements to the G5 X MII, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph listed below shows you a summary of the G5 X MII compared to it's top ranking competitors listed earlier.

Following are several cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Class
Large Sensor Compact
Revealed
2019-07-09
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
DIGIC 8
Sensor size
1"
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
12800
Maximum enhanced ISO
25600
Lowest native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/1.8-2.8
Macro focusing range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
2.7
Screen
Screen type
Tilting
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
100%
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed
1/25600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
30.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.50 m
Flash options
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
3840x2160
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
340 grams (0.75 lb)
Dimensions
111 x 61 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.8")
Other
Battery life
230 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Storage slots
One
Launch cost
$900