After a few years of patiently waiting, high-end digital photography has a new Canon G-Series “X” camera to salivate over, the Canon PowerShot G5 X. By all indications, this sem-reset of the G-Series brings together the best elements of its kind into one affordable elite camera that truly pays off the patience.
It’s all rooted in a central 1-inch 20.2-megapixel sensor married to a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent optic providing its nerve center with numerous aperture options to toy with alongside an admirably ranged zoom. Its 120fps refresh rate ushers the fine 2.36-million dot resolution views of the 0.39-inch center-aligned OLED panel into crystal clarity.
In reimagining the G-Series, Canon welcomed back its vari-angle screen to flip the 3-inch display sideways and allow it to rotate 180 easy degrees. The touchscreen handles beautifully paired with a responsive autofocus. The front thumbdial and lens rotation-clicking control ring, along with the G5 X not exactly being a featherweight, allow the camera to handle traditionally just fine as an alternative to a more modern screen-based press.
This big boy rounds out its features nicely with a diminutive pop-up flash in the top for full flash compatibility more experienced, advanced photographers will love, along with Wi-Fi connectivity, USB charging, NFC, and a compensation dial for physical exposure.