The Canon G5X Mark II is a premium compact camera from Canon and the 2nd version of their original G5X launched back in October-2015. It now has a completely new design that’s smaller, lighter and more pocket-friendly, and competes with the popular Sony RX100 cameras.
What’s New (Canon G5X Mark II vs G5X Mark I)
Although this is labeled as a Mark II upgrade, It gets a fully revamped design, a lot like the G7X III, and is now more compact & pocketable. The following is a list of changes in the G5X Mark II against the original G5X.
- It gets a new stacked CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 8 processor (vs DIGIC 6 on the Mark I)
- G5X II has a new 24-120 mm lens with 5x optical zoom (vs 24-100 with 4.2x on the original)
- It now has a Pop-up EVF (vs fixed EVF on the Mark I)
- It has a vertical tilting type LCD (vs fully articulating LCD)
- Continuous shooting speed is up to 20 fps (vs 5.9 fps on the Mark I)
- G5X II can now record 4K videos without crop (vs no 4K video on the previous model)
- It can shoot 1080p video up to 120 fps (vs a 60 fps max)
- Canon’s C-RAW for stills
- USB Type-C & in-camera battery charging (vs micro USB)
- It now has Bluetooth
- Revamped design is now lighter & smaller
Things to Remember
Some of the things to note when considering the G5X Mark II
- The G5X has no 24p video recording
- Continuous 4K video recording is limited to approx. 10 mins
- There are no headphone & microphone jacks
- Tilting LCD tilts vertically, not sideways. It flips-up 180 degrees & flips-down 45 degrees
Key Specs / Features
- Processor: DIGIC 8
- Lens: 24-120 mm | F1.8-2.8 | 5x Optical Zoom
- Pixels: 20.1 Megapixels
- Type: stacked CMOS
- Size: 1-Inch
- Auto ISO: 125 - 6400
- Native ISO: 125 - 12800
- Extended ISO: 25600
- Fastest: 1/2000 Sec
- Slowest: 30 Sec
- AF Points: 31
- Speed: Up to 20 FPS
- 4K UHD: Up to 30 FPS
- Full HD: Up to 120 FPS
- Images: Up to 320 Shots *
- Video: Up to 55 mins *
- Screen: 3.0" with 1.04 m-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Viewfinder: 0.39" with 2.36 m-dot OLED EVF
- IBIS: Built-in optical stabilization
- Wireless: WiFi / Bluetooth
- HDMI (micro)
- USB (Type-C)
Expert Reviews from the Camera Pros
Hands-On, First Looks & Video Reviews
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review
On paper, the new PowerShot G5 X Mark II isn’t just a pocket-sized powerhouse of a camera, it’s both more powerful and more practical than its predecessor, the original G5 X. It’s smaller, it has a longer 5x zoom lens and adds 4K video capture with no crop factor. But has Canon paid too much attention to power and portability at the expense of everything else?
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review
The Canon PowerShot G5 X II manages to blend its capable core with some useful features, great handing, a fine build and a strong level of control. It’s an enjoyable camera to use, but it can’t be said to stand out against key competitors. Should its price fall, however, it will be far more appealing for the enthusiast looking to travel light.
Canon G5X Mark II Review
It’s a little pricey, but the G5X Mark II is one of the best compact cameras you can buy and a genuine step up from your smartphone camera. Its handling, electronic viewfinder, optical zoom, burst shooting and all-round image quality are impressive, even if it does lack the video-centric features of its G7X Mark III cousin. The lack of phase-detect autofocus does puts it behind the latest Sony RX100 models, and it’s a shame there’s no microphone input or fully articulating touchscreen. However, if you’re looking for a mini version of your Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera to take out on day trips, then the G5X Mark II’s versatility and image quality make it one of the best options around.
Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II Review
The Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II offers an updated high-speed 20mp 1inch sensor, with up to 30/20fps depending on whether you are shooting raw or JPEG, and 4K video recording. There’s a new 5x optical zoom lens, with an f/1.8 to f/2.8 aperture, and the lens is equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm equivalent terms giving a good zoom range. Image quality is very good, with great colour reproduction, and the camera has great noise performance. The new design is more compact than the previous version, with a built-in pop-up electronic viewfinder (EVF).
Canon PowerShot G5 X II review
A reinvention of the series, with its eyes firmly set on the prize: take-on the Sony RX100. In many respects the Canon succeeds, with a robust feature set and decent image quality in this newly designed form. However, its fairly simplistic autofocus system isn’t the best going.
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Review
Overall, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II might not set the world alight with class-leading technology, but it is solid, dependable and very good as a pocketable travel-friendly camera.
Canon PowerShot G5X II review
The bottom line is the G5X II may not be as powerful as the recent Sony’s in terms of bursts and autofocus, but its capabilities remain sufficient for most of its target audience, the images and controls look and feel better to me personally, and crucially, it’s cheaper, staying comfortably in three figures. In contrast, the top Sony RX100 VII may boast an even longer zoom, but has become sufficiently expensive for you to question whether you should buy an interchangeable lens camera instead.