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Canon PowerShot G9 X Hands On Reviews || Features,Specs
Canon has plumped out its range of G-series “X” cameras, bringing with it the sort-of G16 replacement: the PowerShot G5 X.
First up, the G5 X comes with a built-in electronic viewfinder, delivering a pretty decent view of the scene at hand. It's a centre-aligned, 0.39-inch OLED panel with 2.36-million dot resolution. There's a 120fps refresh rate too - so even in the dim-lit bowling alley we saw the camera in everything looked decent without overdoing the lag.
Second, and unlike some earlier G-series cameras, the G5 X reintroduces the vari-angle screen, so the 3-inch display can flip out sidewards and then rotate through 180-degrees. Very effective.
Third, and perhaps most important, is that there's a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel sensor at the core of the G5 X. That's paired with a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent optic for a decent zoom range with wide aperture options throughout.
Such a wide aperture does mean the camera is a bit of a chunk, though. Canon isn't a patch on the likes of the diminutive Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV when it comes to size, but if you're comfortable with the scale typical of a G-series camera then that's no problem with one tucked into a bag.
We've not been able to test the resulting image quality from the G5 X just yet, but when shooting using the touchscreen it handled well and autofocus felt snappy. Controlling the camera can be handled more traditionally than a virtual screen-based press too, with a front thumbdial to take over important controls (although its vertical alignment perhaps isn't the most ergonomic placement ever) and front lens control ring that clicks upon rotation.
Ensuring a full feature set, the G5 X also comes with a hotshoe and a small pop-up flash tucked away up top, meaning full flash compatibility for more advanced photographers. Add USB charging, Wi-Fi, NFC and a physical exposure compensation dial and there's not much missing at all.
In 2015 Canon's G-series has changed, and for the better. The G5 X might still be too large for some, but its fully featured, responsive and, at £630, it's just about accessible too.
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