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Canon PowerShot G5 X Compact Camera
  • One Touch Canon White Balance
  • Rear Focus Lock
  • 4 Customizable Dedicated Control Dials
  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • Built-in High-Definition Electronic Viewfinder
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Sometimes It Pays to Take It Slow - Rick Sammon and the PowerShot G5 X

Canon PowerShot G5 X Compact Camera

The first PowerShot G-Series camera to incorporate a full-featured 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, the amazing PowerShot G5 X camera makes it simple to compose, set and capture high-quality stills and video without taking our eye away from the camera. For photography in the glare of bright sunlight, recording HD Video in an auditorium and other situations where the lighting is difficult or using the LCD monitor is inconvenient, the PowerShot G5 X's electronic viewfinder helps enable unfettered operation. Full control is made simple with dedicated dials situated around the camera that let you easily customize and control the settings. What's more, helpful features like a built-in accessory hot shoe and a multi-angle, capacitive touch screen monitor serve to create an experience as unique as the subject being recorded. With its phenomenal and large imaging sensor, its marvelous electronic viewfinder and comprehensive operation, the PowerShot G5 X can deliver performance that's easy to see.

Impressive Speed, Resolution and Quality

1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor

At the heart of the PowerShot G5 X camera is a brilliant 1.0-inch 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Physically larger than the sensors found in most compact cameras, the PowerShot G5 X's sensor works in tandem with Canon's DIGIC 6 Image Processor to quickly deliver gorgeous, high-resolution images with nuanced details, plus impressive low-light performance with a low signal-to-noise ratio and minimal noise and distortion. Suitable for tremendous enlargements, significant cropping and many other applications appealing to the advanced photographer, images and video captured on the PowerShot G5 X's sensor are engineered to impress even the most critical eye.

Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor

The PowerShot G5 X camera is powered by the latest iteration of Canon's proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which takes still and video image quality to a beautiful level. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot G5 X, powering full-resolution, high-speed continuous still shooting (even in P, Av, Tv and M modes) and the advanced star shooting modes. The processor allows for MP4 video recording for better compatibility with mobile devices and tablets. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices. The processor also supports an MF Peaking function, giving you a pro-level focusing tool.


The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos as they happen. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and truly impressive detail in both highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies in the PowerShot G5 X camera: the large format 1.0-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which captures more light; and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise at high ISO speeds up to 12800 and processes images at high speed, even at full resolution. Experience the freedom of using higher shutter speeds in far more situations, allowing you to capture images with exceptional clarity and detail.

Dynamic Optical Performance for Excellent Results

4.2x, f/1.8 - 2.8 Optical Zoom Lens (24 - 100mm)

To take advantage of its large, 1.0-inch imaging sensor, the PowerShot G5 X camera has a sharp and versatile 4.2x Optical Zoom lens. With a 35mm equivalent range of 24 - 100mm it's equally suitable for landscapes, portraits, group photographs and even close-up photography. Designed to perform in numerous lighting situations, the PowerShot G5 X's lens has a bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 for low light performance, a 9-blade aperture for beautiful, blurred background detail and is engineered to focus from distances as close as 2.0 in. The PowerShot G5 X's lens works in concert with the camera's sensor and image processor to reliably deliver sharp images from edge to edge and from wide-angle to telephoto, all tailored to meet the exacting standards of even critical photographers.

Intelligent IS

Equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS, the PowerShot G5 X camera helps you capture clear, steady images - even in low light without using a tripod. The system automatically analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation - allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Active Tripod IS modes. Icons clearly mark the image stabilization mode, whether you're shooting still images or video.

Still Image Shooting

  • Normal IS Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
  • Panning IS Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
  • Macro (Hybrid) IS Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
  • Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Video Recording

  • Normal IS Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
  • Panning IS Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
  • Macro (Hybrid) IS Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
  • Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Sharp, Fast and Colorful for Optimal Performance

Built-in 2.36 Million Dot, High-Definition Electronic Viewfinder

The PowerShot G5 X camera's defining feature is its unique, high-definition electronic viewfinder. It's great for photographers who prefer to hold the camera up to their eye, and is a veritable lifesaver in bright light and when composing on the camera's LCD screen is inconvenient or overly conspicuous. Featuring 2.36 million dots, and with a wide color gamut, it provides a high-contrast, realistic and smooth edge-to-edge view for image composition, adjustment and review. Designed for sustained use, it delivers 100% image coverage, a smooth refresh rate up to 120 frames-per-second (Smooth Mode) and a flexible information display that can enable comfortable camera operation throughout the day. Its 22mm eyepoint delivers excellent visibility, even when wearing glasses, and a built-in eye sensor helps the PowerShot G5 X to transfer quickly between the viewfinder display and Live View on the camera's LCD.

Take Control, with Ease

Convenient Controls Help Provide for Quick Control of Shooting Settings

Designed for speedy operation while looking through the viewfinder, the PowerShot G5 X features a host of controls for quick, accurate settings and adjustments. Beyond its Vari-angle touch panel LCD monitor, the PowerShot G5 X camera features a front dial situated on the front of the camera for operation with the index finger, a top-mounted, thumb-operated exposure compensation dial, a rear-mounted control dial plus a control ring around the camera's lens. Eminently customizable, each dial has an optimized operating torque that helps to identify it by feel, for sustained, intuitive and near-silent operation in quiet situations like weddings and performances.

Compact Performance, Easily Expandable

Built-in Hot Shoe

The PowerShot G5 X camera's hot shoe enables expanded operations for advanced photography. It's compatible with all Speedlite flashes for the EOS System, so bounce flash and multiple-flash photography is easy to achieve. Whether attaching a Speedlite flash or the Remote Switch RS-60E3 for long exposures or night scenes, the PowerShot G5 X's hot shoe can help provide shooting opportunities far beyond the scope of most compact cameras.

Comprehensive Operation at Your Fingertips

High-resolution Multi-angle Touch Panel LCD

For composing photos and movies from any angle and for easy self-portraits, the PowerShot G5 X camera features a high-resolution, Vari-angle, capacitive LCD screen that can not only tilt out and rotate up to 270°, but can also be turned around and closed when using the camera's electronic viewfinder or when the camera is not in use. Its touch-panel operation makes it simple to access quick control settings, focus and shutter release right on the screen.

Enhancing the Movie Experience

1080p Full HD and Expanded Movie Options

With its large sensor and high performance lens the PowerShot G5 X camera creates spectacular 1080p Full HD video, but this premium model takes video-making even further with several high-end features. Set video capture to your shooting needs: 24p, 30p or 60p, with MP4 format available for easy sharing. Advanced audio includes expanded dynamic range and a better S/N ratio. Improved Dynamic IS significantly reduces shaking caused by handheld shooting. Manual controls (Av, Tv and ISO) can be set prior to and during shooting for full creative expression, and Manual Focus is also available. Shooting to commercial specifications is now possible with HDMI Live Out for checking images on an external monitor and an advanced tripod socket for smooth panning and tilting.

Connect and Share With a Touch

Built-in Wi-Fi® Makes Sharing Quick and Easy

Built-in Wi-Fi® technology is included for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends, family and the whole world. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites - Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube, Flickr®, and Google Drive - through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY directly from your PowerShot camera, or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera can also connect directly to both iOS® and Android devices, and upload images via the free Canon Camera Connect app without a computer. You can control the destination of your uploads to share with everyone or to selected groups, and even add comments. Sharing video is also easy with Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras, which record video using the easy-to-share MP4 format. Enhanced Wi-Fi® makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos and video even as events unfold. Wi-Fi® technology also allows you to transfer images to other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras or print your photos directly to a PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer.

Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication)

PowerShot digital cameras with built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) technology eliminates the need to manually find and open the Canon Camera Connect app on your mobile device. Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android device, and the Camera Connect app will launch automatically for quick, easy sharing of your images. Built-in NFC technology also makes it simpler to install the app. If the app hasn't been installed yet, once you touch the devices together for the first time, the download screen will display automatically. Now, NFC helps ensure a seamless connection to a compatible Android device. Simply touch the camera against an NFC-equipped device with the Canon Camera Connect app installed, and the Wi-Fi® connection is established - no camera operations required. Even if your camera is off, NFC turns the camera on and establishes the connection (confirming the camera's nickname and privacy settings before the first connection is required).

Remote Shooting with the Camera Connect App

Remote shooting functions of the PowerShot G5 X camera through your smartphone or tablet have been vastly improved with the Canon Camera Connect app. Now a variety of the camera's expressive capabilities are available to you: use different shooting modes (P, Av, Tv, M, Custom); enjoy multi-aspect shooting and display; choose AF frame modes (single-point/face detection); shoot in continuous shooting mode; and utilize the AF button. In addition, the Camera Connect app is now universal to PowerShot and EOS cameras with built-in Wi-Fi®, so if you switch between cameras, operation is easy and familiar.

Mobile Device Connect Button

The camera's dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button gives you one-touch access to your compatible mobile device or computer (utilizing Image Sync function). You can transfer photos and videos to your smartphone or tablet for immediate sharing to a computer on the same network. When the camera finds a linked computer on the same wireless network, images are sent directly to it. Otherwise, images are temporarily stored on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY then transferred once a connection is made - very convenient when you're on vacation or out for the day.

Image Sync Function

The Image Sync Function has been improved and expanded. In addition to wirelessly transferring photos and videos through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY to your computer, now you can view and download them from your smartphone. Take them anywhere, anytime, and use your familiar smartphone operations to view and share them.

Compatibility with Canon Connect Station CS100

The PowerShot G5 X camera is fully compatible with Canon's photo and video storage device: Connect Station CS100. By simply tapping with NFC, photos and videos are wirelessly transferred to the Connect Station, where up to 1 TB of hard drive space and simple menus make them easy to store, manage and sort by albums, date or device name. From there, images and videos can be viewed in Full HD on an HDTV (via an HDMI cable), sent to compatible wireless printers, viewed/uploaded/downloaded from smartphones and tablets or PCs, and shared with other Canon Connect Stations and on social networking sites.

Capture the Night Sky, Brilliantly

Star Shooting Mode

Starry skies were formerly out of reach to all but experienced SLR camera users, but the star shooting modes on the PowerShot G5 X camera make these wonderfully impressive images accessible to all. With just a tripod and simple settings, you can capture exquisite Star Nightscapes, Star Trails and Star Time-Lapse Movies. The modes can be performed fully automatically or with manual controls for extra versatility. Support functions including Night Display, Color Adjustment and Star Emphasis make any starry sky easier to capture.


Digital camera with built-in flash, 4.2x Optical, 4x Digital and 17x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer


20.2 Megapixel*, 1.0-inch CMOS (sensor aspect ratio: 3:2)
*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

Total Pixels

Approx. 20.9 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.2 Megapixels

Focal Length

8.8 (W) - 36.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm)

Optical Zoom

Approx. 4.2x

Digital Zoom

Approx. 4x

Focusing Range

Auto/Manual: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (T)

Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (T)

Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

Optical Viewfinder

Electronic Viewfinder (Approx. 2.36 million dots)

LCD Monitor

3.0-type TFT color liquid crystal (Vari-angle)

LCD Pixels

Approx. 1.04 million dots

LCD Coverage

Approx. 100%

Maximum Aperture

f/1.8 (W), f/2.8 (T)

Shutter Speed

1-1/2000 sec. (in Auto mode)
30-1/2000 sec. (in Tv, M, and Manual Movie Modes)
BULB (in M mode only)
1/8 minimum in Manual Movie Mode


Auto, ISO
125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400 (When in Auto mode)

Max. ISO Speed 12800 (When in P mode)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center Weighted Average, Spot

Exposure Control Method

Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock

Exposure Compensation

Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop incrementsVideos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control

Auto, Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom1-2

Built-in Flash

Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off

Flash Range

1.6 (50cm) -23 ft. (7.0m) (W), 1.6 ft. (50cm) - 13 ft. (4.0m) (T)
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.

Flash Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Modes

C, M, Av, Tv, P, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, Portrait, Self Portrait, Star Portrait, Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie, Handheld Night Scene, Fireworks, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Standard Movie, Short Clip, Manual Movie, iFrame Movie

C, M, Av, Tv, P, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, Sports, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3

Shooting movies is done with the movie button.
*1 Portrait, Smart Shutter*4, Star*5, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, Fireworks
*2 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
*3 Standard Movie, Short Clip, Manual Movie, iFrame Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer
*5 Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color

Self Timer

Off, Approx. 2 sec. delay, Approx. 10 sec. delay, Custom

Wireless Control

Not available

Continuous Shooting

One Shot: Approx. 5.9 shots/sec.
Servo: Approx. 4.4 shots/sec.

Storage Media

SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards

File Format

SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards

Image Recording Format

Superfine / Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.3 (DCF 2.0), RAW (Canon original: 14-bit, CR2)
Video: MP4 (Image: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC [Stereo])

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Images:
1) 16:9 - Large: 5472 x 3080; Medium 1: 4320 x 2432; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 720 x 408

2) 3:2 - Large: 5472 x 3648, Medium 1: 4320 x 2880, Medium 2: 2304 x 1536, Small: 720 x 480

3) 4:3 - Large: 4864 x 3648, Medium 1: 3840 x 2880, Medium 2: 2048 x 1536, Small: 640 x 480

4) 1:1 - Large: 3648 x 3648; Medium 1: 2880 x 2880; Medium 2: 1536 x 1536; Small: 480 x 480

Full HD 1920 x 1080: 59.94 fps
Full HD iFrame: 1920 x 1080: 29.97 fps
Full HD Star Time-Lapse Movie: 1920 x 1080: 14.985 fps / 29.97 fps
HD 1280 x 720: 29.97 fps
640 x 480: 29.97 fps
Miniature Effect: 1280 x 720: 6 fps (5x speed) / 3 fps (10x speed) / 1.5 fps (20x speed)
Miniature Effect: 640 x 480: 6 fps (5x speed) / 3 fps (10x speed) / 1.5 fps (20x speed)
Short Clip: 1280 x 720: 29.97 fps

Image data

Approx. Number of Shots Recordable to 16 GB Memory Card

Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
 The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

Movie data

*1 Using an SD Speed Class 10 / UHS-I compatible memory card.
 Recording stops automatically once the file size reaches 4 GB or the memory card becomes full.
 Recording may stop unexpectedly if a memory card with a low Speed Class is used.
*2 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.

Playback Modes File

Playback Function Menu:
Story Highlights, Protect, Favorites, Erase, Print, Group Playback, Play Movie, List/Play Digest Movies, Image Search, Slideshow, Rotate, Album Playback, Play Creative Shot Movies, Short Clip Mix, i-Contrast, Resize, Cropping, Red-Eye Correction, My Colors, Face ID Info, Print Settings, Photobook Set-up, Transition Effect, Index Effect, Scroll Display, Group Images, Auto Rotate, Resume, Image Jump with Control Ring/Front Dial, Set Touch Actions

Erase Modes

Select Image, Select Range, Select All ImagesThe image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased). Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.RAW+JPEG images can be erased individually.

Computer Interface

USB (Micro-B), HDMI (Type D)

Specifications: IEEE 802. 11b/g/n
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Channels: 1-11

Video Out


Audio Out



Remote switch terminal available; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

Power Source

Battery Pack NB-13L, AC Adapter Kit CA-DC10 (ACK-DC110)
In-Camera Charging via USB Cable available through Compact Power Adapter CA-DC30 (Charging time: Approx. 5 hr.)*
* Charging time varies considerably depending on the remaining battery power.

Shooting Capacity

Approx. 210 shots with Screen On
Approx. 215 shots with Viewfinder On
Approx. 320 shots with ECO Mode

Playback Time

Approx. 4 hr.

Operating Temperature

32-104°F / 0-40°C

Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.43 x 3.01 x 1.74 in. / 112.4 x 76.4 x 44.2mm


13.3 oz. / 377g (including battery and memory card)
12.5 oz. / 353g (camera body only)

SKU: cn-0510c001

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