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Canon Powershot G5 X Review - Performance

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Canon Powershot G5 X 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.

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 1.8secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.8secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.3secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
7fps (7 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 2.1secs
Continuous Shooting - RAW 0.9secs

Can shoot at 7fps for the first 7 shots before slowing down, when shooting in JPEG (Fine), however when shooting RAW images the camera shoots much slower with 0.9 seconds between shots. 

Canon PowerShot G5 X Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Photos have good detail with naturally saturated colours. Exposure is reliable and quickly adjustable thanks to the dedicated exposure compensation dial. Photos taken with flash show very little red-eye, and skin tones are good. Dynamic range is good, although can be improved by using DR (Dynamic Range) correction, or shadow correction, although these options are greyed out when shooting RAW.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Lens test images

Lens Performance - At the wide-angle end of the lens the centre is very sharp, with a slight softening towards the corner of the frame. The lens is very sharp across the frame at the telephoto end. There is minimal lens-flare unless a very bright object is in the frame. There is minimal distortion with JPEG images automatically corrected in camera. The camera gives reasonably good macro performance letting you focus on subjects 5cm away from the front of the lens, with some zoom possible for closer results. When focusing on subjects close to the camera, the lens gives good background blur with smooth bokeh possible. Purple fringing is well controlled with only some chromatic aberration visible when shooting images with high levels of contrast.

Canon PowerShot G5 X ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low and detail is very good at ISO125, and detail remains good up to around ISO800. At ISO1600 detail begins to drop, and noise becomes more noticeable. At ISO3200 noise becomes stronger, and detail drops as a result, however images should still be usable. Noise becomes stronger again at ISO6400, and here images may need resizing before presentable, but should still be acceptable if you just want to share them on the web. ISO12800 shows the highest levels of noise and is best avoided.  

Canon PowerShot G5 X White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives warm results under tungsten lighting and excellent results under fluorescent lighting. Using the tungsten preset gives more nuetral results under tungsten lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a magenta colour cast.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Digital filters

Digital Filters - Creative shot mode takes a number of photos and automatically generates a number of different photo effects, with the option of Auto, Retro, Mono, Special, and Natural effects. In the scene mode, you have the option of Portrait, Self-portrait, Star, Handheld Nightmode, HDR, Nostalgic, Fisheye, Miniature, Toy camera, Background defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Fireworks.

Video - The camera offers full HD video at 60fps, with stereo sound and optical zoom. There is also manual video control, letting you set aperture, shutter and ISO speeds. Video quality is good, and there is minimal noise when using the optical zoom. You can also use the touch-screen to set the focus point while recording.


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4 Jan 2016 4:48PM
Oh Yummy !!!!!!!!!!!!........98% perfection (20-100 lens would be 100%)...strewth it's tempting !!.Grin

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4 Jan 2016 6:59PM
AlanTW 16 353
4 Jan 2016 11:16PM
Less than 1fps in RAW - pathetic!
5 Jan 2016 6:06PM
to be honest 1fps raw aint going to be and issue for the potential buyer of this camera. whats the point in it?
you can get a LX100, a X-T10, rico GR11, and many other real cameras with larger sensors for the same price and cheaper.
if a tiny 1in sensor rocks your boat. then the original RX100 can be had for less than half the price. so i think anyone who purchases one of these probably has know idea what a raw file is.Tongue
19 Nov 2016 5:53PM
Objection - Kermode111 !!RAW is important, especially in this camera which has a heavily smoothed Jpeg output. And anyway, for what you pay, you'd expect a decent RAW facility. I loved the camera for size and quality of build - I take a lot of shots with these small cameras that I just could not attempt if I lugged around a larger, higher quality, similar priced camera. The pictures are certainly more vibrant at 20Mp but not enough to justify the price and the poor performance. Also, the autofocussing is a nightmare. How Canon could put this beautifully built but terrible camera out in the market I cannot begin to comprehend.

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