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Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II Review - Performance

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Canon Powershot G5 X II Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


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Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.3secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.175secs 
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.2secs 
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
19fps, 106 shots*, 18 seconds to write to card
Continuous Shooting - Flash 2.2secs
Continuous Shooting - RAW 20fps, 56 shots* (raw)
30fps, 63 shots* (raw burst mode) 

The G5 X Mark II gives fast focus, and very fast shutter response, with excellent shot-to-shot speeds (as long as you're not using flash). In raw burst mode, you can't change the ISO speed unless you switch to manual mode, and the camera uses an electronic shutter. *before slowdown, single-AF.


Canon PowerShot G5 X II Sample Photos

Sample photos - The camera delivers excellent colour reproduction, with Canon's consistent results. Exposure is reliable, with little need for the exposure compensation dial to be used, unless you want to creatively adjust your photos. The Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) option helps record more dynamic range in images, without looking unnatural. To access the automatic HDR mode(s) you need to use the Scene mode or Creative Effects mode. This then limits your control over settings (including exposure compensation, which becomes unavailable), which can be quite frustrating at times. Auto Exposure Bracketing is available, but if you then want to merge the photos into one image, you'll have to do this later on a computer. 


Canon PowerShot G5 X II Lens test images

Lens Performance - The lens gives good results at all focal lengths, with minimal signs of distortion, with this being automatically corrected in-camera. In our outdoor shots we struggled to see any signs of vignetting, although there is more likely to be some at the wide-angle end of the lens. Macro performance is good, with the camera able to focus on subjects as close as 5cm at the wide-angle end of the lens, and 20cm at the telephoto end of the lens. Macro images are a little softer at the telephoto end of the lens, and this is more noticeable when shooting at f/2.8. Pleasing background blur (bokeh) is possible. The lens is very resistant to flare, and we struggled to find any even when shooting into the sun. Purple fringing is very well controlled. 


Canon PowerShot G5 X II ISO test images

Noise Performance - For the lowest noise and best detail possible we would recommend using ISO125 to ISO800, as images have low levels of noise and good levels of detail. For lower light situations ISO1600 to ISO3200 still provides good results, although noise increases and detail is reduced more noticeably at ISO3200. At ISO6400 / ISO12800 noise levels become strong and we would recommend avoiding this setting if possible, although results may still be useful if resized and used on the web. ISO25600 is best avoided as noise is very high, and detail is low.


Canon PowerShot G5 X II White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with a similar result using the tungsten preset. There is an "AWB Cool" setting that you can toggle on, and this gives much more neutral results (which will be useful for product shots). The camera also gives a warm result under mixed lighting, so you may want to use manual white balance. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a magenta colour cast. 

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press (and hold) the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good, with a relatively high resolution photo produced (31mp, 2560pixels high), and stitching is reasonable.


Video - The Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II offers 4K (UHD) video recording, at 25fps, using most of the sensor, meaning there is only a slight crop, and 4K video is limited to 10 minutes. The maximum ISO speed available for 4K video recording is ISO3200, and ISO6400 for FullHD. You can also record HDR video, at FullHD resolution. High speed video recording is available, and you can select 100fps at FullHD. Video quality is good, and optical image stabilisation helps keep the video steady.


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PentaxBro 5 43 3
12 Jul 2019 7:55PM
I much preferred the previous design of GX5, why try to copy the Sony and loose the main advantage??
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
15 Jul 2019 12:33PM
Canon announces the new Sony RX100 Mk V for some reason.
17 Jul 2019 9:55AM
Any comparisons to the G1 X mark III regarding dynamic range?
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
17 Jul 2019 4:08PM
G1X mk 3 being an APS-C sensor will have a big advantage in dynamic range I would think. The G1X seems to have a softish lens,. - so it remains to be seen how good this lens is.
21 Jul 2019 6:53AM

Quote:G1X mk 3 being an APS-C sensor will have a big advantage in dynamic range I would think. The G1X seems to have a softish lens,. - so it remains to be seen how good this lens is.

Yes, I would think so too, regarding the sensor ... but, this new G5 X has a BSI sensor. Could it be that that is enough to bring it somewhere close to the APSC sensor of the G1 X Mark III?
15 Aug 2019 10:40AM

Quote:The G1X seems to have a softish lens,.

I have a G1 X 3 and the lens is not soft at all. In fact, this review measured it as being quite sharp:
Canonshots 11 206 13 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 4:39PM
I'm in the market for a replacement for my ageing Powershot G9. Is this it?

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