Top 9 Features That Make the New G5 X Mark II Camera the Perfect Travel Companion
July 24, 2019
Canon’s PowerShot G-series cameras have always been the perfect blend of image quality and compact size. With the new G5 X Mark II, Canon continues this legacy of high performance in an incredibly compact form-factor. With a new 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor, you can create stunning images with great detail and clarity, even in challenging low-light situations. Here are the top 9 features that make the G5 X Mark II an ideal companion for your travel adventures:
1. Speed and Performance
The G5 X Mark II is the first Canon camera (as of early July 2019) to incorporate a stacked CMOS sensor, which in conjunction with the DIGIC 8 processor, greatly improves performance and image quality. The G5 X Mark II shoots up to 20fps in continuous shooting mode, and up to 30fps in RAW burst mode. The RAW burst mode also includes a nifty little feature, that provides you with 0.5 seconds of pre-shooting images prior to you fully pressing down the shutter button. This will ensure that you never miss the perfect moment!
2. Electronic Viewfinder on Demand
The electronic viewfinder in the new G5 X Mark II is a pop-up viewfinder, similar to the pop-up flashes normally found in Canon point-and-shoot cameras, so it is neatly tucked away when not in use. It’s a great alternative to the back LCD monitor, especially in outdoor situations when bright sunlight renders the LCD pretty much useless. All the information you get from the LCD monitor is available on the EVF, in the exact same layout. And, a benefit of electronic viewfinders over the traditional optical types found in DSLRs is exposure simulation, so what you see is what you get. Composing your shot has never been so easy!
AF point control is also extremely easy while using the EVF. With your eye to the viewfinder, the back LCD goes blank, but you can still use the LCD for moving your AF point. Just enable Touch & drag AF in the Red Shooting Menu, and adjust your positioning method and active touch area. Now, while using the EVF, you can drag your thumb around the LCD and move the AF point with ease!
3. Versatile Video Features
The G5 X Mark II shoots 4K video at 30p, and is uncropped, meaning it utilizes the full width of the sensor. This gives you the maximum wide angle of view, allowing you to capture more of the scene when shooting video in 4K. For videographers shooting landscapes, cityscapes, and even those who are vlogging, maintaining the angle of view ensures you are getting as much in your frame as possible.
Another useful feature in 4K movie mode is the ability to grab individual frames to use as still images. This allows you to capture the precise expression or pose and guarantee that you never miss an important moment!
4. A Remarkable New Lens
The G5 X Mark II uses a new lens with 5x optical zoom, a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm, and incredible fast apertures of f/1.8 on the wide end, and f/2.8 on the telephoto end. This provides you with a very versatile focal range for a walk-around camera, and the fast apertures throughout the entire zoom range will guarantee that you will get that soft, creamy bokeh in your images.
5. Focus Bracketing
If you’re looking to capture an image with tack sharp focus from foreground to background, then this is the feature for you! Focus Bracketing automatically takes a user-defined number of shots with the focal distance changed automatically after every single shot. You can then bring these images into Digital Photo Professional (DPP) to combine them into a single image. This feature is perfect for landscapes and cityscapes, but especially useful for macro photography, where the depth of field is often times super shallow.
6. Modes for Panorama and Star Trails
Love to photograph star trails? How about panoramas? The G5 X Mark II includes modes for both stars, star trails and panoramas, as well as other special scenes in the SCN mode.
The G5 X Mark II’s Star Shooting Modes are much improved over those found in older PowerShot models. When shooting star trails, the camera now uses the electronic shutter in order to reduce the amount of shake during each exposure, giving a much sharper final image.
The Panoramic Shot mode is another great feature for all you travel fanatics. Quickly and easily create dynamic panorama landscapes or cityscapes of your favorite locations, in both horizontal and vertical orientations! Simply set your SCN mode to Panoramic Shot Mode, push down and hold the shutter button, and pan the camera. The G5 X Mark II will automatically combine all the images in-camera. It’s as simple as that!
7. Familiar EOS UI for those coming from EOS DSLRs or Mirrorless Cameras
Traditionally, Canon point-and-shoot digital cameras have had a different user interface than EOS DSLRs. With the new G5 X Mark II, the familiar EOS UI has been brought over to the PowerShot. For users who normally shoot EOS DSLR or mirrorless cameras, and are comfortable with the user interface, this will be familiar territory, and a very welcome change over past PowerShot cameras.
8. Wi-fi® and Bluetooth connectivity – Automatic transfer of images
Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t anything new to Canon cameras, but the ability to automatically transfer images to a compatible Android™ or iOS™ mobile device (smartphone or tablet), or a compatible computer, is relatively new, first introduced with the EOS M50 announced in February of 2018. This is a neat feature that gives you quick and easy access to your images on the go, so if you want to post on social media or share images with your friends and family, you’ll be able to do so almost instantaneously!
9. Exposure Compensation at Your Fingertips
Ease of use is what makes the G5 X Mark II an ideal travel companion. The controls and dials have been optimized to make your photographic experience even more enjoyable. Is exposure compensation (EC) something you use often? There is a dedicated EC dial right under the mode dial, allowing you to adjust exposure compensation with ease. In addition, setting the exposure compensation dial to the “•” position allows you to adjust EC using the rear Control Dial, giving you even more flexibility with your settings!
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