Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review

The new PowerShot G5 X Mark II is fast, small and powerful

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

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?


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    Improved 5x zoom lens

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    Pocketable dimensions

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    Powerful 4K video capture


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    No mic socket

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    Pop-up EVF could be tiresome

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    Lacklustre fine detail

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The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II has been launched at the same time as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, and comes with the same new ‘stacked’ CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor, to allow a step-change in video recording capabilities, up from full HD to 4K, plus improved high-ISO performance, and an unusual fully-automatic 30fps burst mode which captures images in Canon’s own highly efficient CR3 RAW format.

This push towards speed, power and processing reminds us of Sony's continued evolution of its tiny but expensive RX100 series cameras. And that's not the only feature of the new G5 X Mark II that has a Sony echo about it. Wait till we get to the viewfinder.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at