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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed May 18, 2021 at 10:20 am
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Picture
7.6
Travel Photography
7.5
Landscape Photography
7.4
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.7
Vlogging
6.0
Studio Video
4.9
Action Video
Body Type
Compact
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is a compact zoom camera. It's comfortable to hold, highly portable, and delivers very good image quality out-of-the-box. It features a fairly useful pop-up viewfinder as well as an ND filter built into the lens, which gives you a bit of added flexibility in your choice of shutter speed or aperture when shooting in bright conditions, though we don't currently test this feature. However, its autofocus performance isn't particularly impressive in photography or video, and video quality in FHD and 4k is middling overall. Depending on your choice of settings and usage patterns, it also has short battery life.

Our Verdict

7.6 Travel Photography

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is good for travel photography. It offers very good image quality and has a fairly wide shutter speed range that lets you capture both quick moments as well as long-exposure shots. It's also comfortable to hold, and its compact, lightweight construction makes it very easy to carry around for extended periods. While we don't test this feature, its lens' built-in ND filter gives you a bit of extra leeway in adjusting aperture or shutter speed in bright environments. Its pop-up viewfinder could also make it easier to line up your shots. Depending on your usage patterns and choice of settings, its battery life is short, which means it might be best to carry around a second battery. Its autofocus system also has a hard time tracking faces. The camera may also overheat in high-heat environments, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Very good image quality.
Cons
  • Poor battery life.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance in photography and video.
7.5 Landscape Photography

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is good for landscape photography. It delivers very good image quality out-of-the-box, with a relatively wide dynamic range and good noise handling capability, though image sharpness does degrade slightly at higher ISO levels. You can use the pop-up viewfinder to line up your shots more easily while the camera is mounted on a tripod, rather than framing your shots with the screen. Its lens' built-in ND filter allows you to use a wider aperture or a slower shutter speed in brightly lit environments, though we don't test this feature. The camera's compact size and comfortable-to-use design also make it easy to bring with you to remote shooting locations, and the screen should be bright enough to see under direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the camera isn't rated as being weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for this.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Very good image quality.
  • Tilting and flipping touchscreen is bright and sharp.
Cons
  • Poor battery life.
7.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is decent for sports and wildlife photography. Its JPEG burst mode and decently rapid max shutter speed should be sufficient for capturing clear stills of fast-moving subjects. If you're comfortable with working with RAW images, you can use its separate RAW Burst feature to capture RAW images at up to 30fps. Out-of-the-box image quality is very good, and the camera is comfortable to hold. Unfortunately, its autofocus performance in photography is mediocre, and the max focal length of its built-in lens might not be enough to capture clear images of far-away subjects, like athletes in a stadium. It also lacks a silent continuous shooting mode, making it a little harder to capture photos of fast-moving, easily spooked wildlife.

Pros
  • Very good image quality.
  • Fast continuous shooting speed.
Cons
  • Poor battery life.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance in photography and video.
7.7 Vlogging

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is good for vlogging. Its tilting, flipping screen allows you to see yourself when the camera is pointed at you, and you can tap on it to quickly adjust settings on the fly. The camera's lightweight design makes it comfortable to hold for extended periods. It also does an impressive job of smoothing out camera shake in 4k and FHD, though its digital stabilization feature does incur a somewhat noticeable 1.3x crop in its most powerful mode. Unfortunately, it can overheat easily when recording video, leading to frequent interruptions in your recording sessions. Video quality is also mediocre in 4k and poor in FHD, while the camera's autofocus system struggles to maintain focus on subjects' faces.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Great video stabilization performance.
  • Intuitive menu system.
  • Tilting and flipping touchscreen is bright and sharp.
Cons
  • Poor battery life.
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and bad video quality in FHD.
  • Severe overheating issues.
6.0 Studio Video

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is a mediocre option for studio video. Video quality in 4k is somewhat grainy, while footage recorded in FHD is soft and noisy, particularly in dark environments. Its autofocus system can also struggle to maintain focus on moving subjects, and the camera overheats easily during extended recording sessions. It lacks a microphone jack to bolster the quality of the audio in your recording too. Still, the camera's menu system is easy to use, and you can easily pair your phone with the camera to control it remotely, though we don't currently test this function.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Intuitive menu system.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and bad video quality in FHD.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance in photography and video.
  • Severe overheating issues.
4.9 Action Video

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II isn't designed for action video. Despite being lightweight and compact, it isn't meant to be attached to a chest or helmet rig. It also isn't rated as being water-resistant, though we don't currently test for that. It's also incapable of shooting at more than 30 fps in 4k or 60 fps in FHD, so you can't generate smooth slow-motion video in either resolution. That said, it does a great job of smoothing out camera shake in either resolution.

Pros
  • Compact size.
  • Great video stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and bad video quality in FHD.
  • Relatively few frame rate options.
  • Not water-resistant.
  • 7.6 Travel Photography
  • 7.5 Landscape Photography
  • 7.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.7 Vlogging
  • 6.0 Studio Video
  • 4.9 Action Video
  1. Updated May 19, 2021: Corrected input error in 'Microphone' field in 'Input / Outputs' section.
  2. Updated May 18, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated May 13, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.0
Design
Portability
Height 2.5" (6.4 cm)
Width 4.3" (11.0 cm)
Depth 1.8" (4.6 cm)
Volume
19.8 in³ (323.8 cm³)
Weight
0.74 lbs (0.34 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.74 lbs (0.34 kg)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of plastic and metal
  • Main body is covered in rubberized plastic, though the top plate is made of hard plastic
  • Flash mechanism feels somewhat flimsy
  • Screen mechanism feels sturdy
  • Command dials offer good physical feedback, while buttons feel good when pressed
  • Lens dial feels clicky and responsive
  • Input/output compartment protected by a rubberized plastic flap
  • Battery and SD card slot covered by a locking hinged door

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II camera
  • Wrist strap
  • 1x Canon NB-13L battery
  • Battery charger
  • Getting Started guide

8.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Touchscreen and quick menu make it easy to make all changes directly on the screen
  • Textured hand grip is fairly large by the standards of other compact cameras, making it more comfortable to use than alternatives like the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
  • Can be used one-handed with little difficulty
  • Camera has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, which needs to be pulled out after being engaged, that is small and rather uncomfortable to use, but is still a useful addition
  • Lens ring can be used to change the aperture by default, but this can be remapped to adjust shutter speed
  • Small textured thumb rest at the back of the camera also helps to provide a secure hold
  • Memory card can't be changed when the camera is mounted on a tripod

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Intuitive, simple menu system can be navigated with the physical controls or by tapping on the touchscreen
  • Menu system changes depending on the current mode
  • Quick menu makes it easy to access frequently-used settings

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
N/A
8.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Tilt and Flip
Screen Max Brightness
640 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
Stacked CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
20.1 MP
Processor
Digic 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
125
ISO Maximum
12,800
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.1.0
4.7
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon NB-13L
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
230 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
60 min

Note: Like the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, this camera can frequently overheat and interrupt in-progress shooting sessions. Also, the camera doesn't include the PD-E1 power adapter that allows it to be charged over USB-C while the camera is in use.

6.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
1.8 - 2.8
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/4.9
Minimum Focal Length
8.8 mm
Maximum Focal Length
44 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
119 mm
Luminance
76.8%
Light Falloff
46.5%

Note: This camera's lens features a built-in ND filter that effectively reduces the amount of light captured by the camera. This can be helpful if you wish to shoot at a large aperture or a slow shutter speed in a brightly lit environment without over-exposing your image. This filter is engaged by default but can be disabled through the menu system. We didn't test the performance of the camera with this filter engaged.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3 + C-RAW
Shutter
Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/2,000 s
Silent Shooting
No
HDR
No
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.6
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
16 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
56 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
148 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
15 s

Note: This camera also features a separate RAW Burst feature, which enables the camera to capture RAW images at up to 30fps. Unlike the camera's standard burst mode, which uses the mechanical shutter, this mode relies on the camera's electronic shutter, which can't be enabled manually otherwise.

6.3
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
280" (710 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
38.5%
Object Tracking Success Rate
67.8%
8.8
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/6 s
7.9
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
10.7 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
10.95
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.43 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.259 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
32.6 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.852 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
30.25 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.127 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 125 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo

Note: The camera couldn't achieve an ISO of 100. Our test was conducted with an ISO of 125, which also has an impact on our 'Dynamic Range At ISO 100' and 'Color Accuracy (dE2000)' tests that are normally conducted at ISO 100.

5.7
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 37.06 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 35.5 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 32.96 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 30.12 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 27.19 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 24.43 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 21.46 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 19.32 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A

Note: The camera couldn't achieve an ISO of 100. Our test was conducted with an ISO of 125, and the ISO 100 results are actually the results of the ISO 125.

Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
8.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
6.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
4.7
Object Tracking In 4k
8.3
8.1
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
7.96 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
11.39 pixels/frames
Crop
1.3 x
6.2
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
123 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
122 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 10 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
Yes
6.2
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
6.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.0
4k Rolling Shutter
8.12°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
5.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
4.5
Object Tracking In FHD
7.0
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
4.10 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
4.83 pixels/frames
Crop
1.3
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
4.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.45°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
5.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
No

Update 05/19/2021: Changed 'Microphone' field from 'Stereo' to 'No Microphone input'. The score for this section has been updated.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II only comes in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.

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