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Canon Powershot G5X versus Powershot G5X Mark II - how do they compare?
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Canon Powershot G5X versus Powershot G5X Mark II - how do they compare?

ePhotoZine took a look at the old G5X Powershot camera and compared it to the new G5X Mark II and here's what they came up with.

The G5X Mark II at a glance;

  • 20.2MP 1" Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 5x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot Pop-Up Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p Video
  • 20-fps Shooting, 30-fps Raw Burst Mode
  • Built-In Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Manual Control Dials, Star Shooting Mode

Key Features and specifications compared:

Canon Powershot G5X Mark II Canon Powershot G5X (Mark I)
20mp 1inch BSI CMOS sensor (stacked) 20mp 1inch BSI CMOS sensor
5x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-2.8, 24-120mm equiv. 4.2x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-2.8, 24-100mm equiv.
5cm macro focus 5cm macro focus
3inch tilting touch-screen, 1040K dots 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 1040K dots
Pop-up EVF 2,360K dots EVF 2,360K dots
30fps (raw burst mode), 20fps 5.9fps continuous shooting
ISO125 to ISO25600 ISO125 to ISO12800
4K video, 30, 25fps (10min limit) FullHD video, 60fps
Front control wheel Flash hot-shoe, front control and command wheels.
230 shot battery life (320 with ECO mode) 210 shot battery life (320 with ECO mode) 
USB Type-C MicroUSB
110.9x60.9x46mm 112.4x76.4x44.2mm
340g (with battery and memory card) 377g

Their verdict;

The Canon Powershot G5X Mark II offers a number of improvements, including high-speed continuous shooting (up to 30fps), 4K video recording, and updated white balance options, as well as an extended ISO range. There's also a new design, that makes the camera lighter, and slightly more compact. However, if you don't need 4K video recording, and want a flash hot-shoe, then the original G5X offers a fairly compelling package, particularly as it's price is quite competitive. 

If you need (or want) 4K video recording, then the G5 X Mark II is the one to go for out of these two cameras, and the additional zoom range of the new 5x optical zoom lens is welcome. The new 5x optical zoom lens certainly impresses, delivering sharp, detailed photos across the zoom range. If video is your primary aim, then the G7X Mark III, could be worth a look as it adds in a microphone socket. 

Read their full review here with lots of comparisons between the two cameras

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