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PowerShot G5

PowerShot G Series


Type of Camera


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/ 4x Digital/ 16x Combined Zoom

Image Capture Device


1/1.8 inch Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 5.0 million


Focal Length

7.2-28.8mm, f/2.0-3.0 zoom Lens(35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)

Digital Zoom

4.0x (Maximum 16x digital zoom is available when combined with optical zoom)

Focusing Range

Normal AF: 20 in. - infinity/50cm - infinity

Macro AF: 2 - 20 in./5 - 50cm (WIDE), 6 - 20 in./15 - 50cm (TELE)

Autofocus System

1-point AF (Center Point or FlexiZone AF is available according to shooting mode)


Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

1.8 inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

Approx. 118,000 pixels [521 (H) x 218 (V)]

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.0-8.0 (W), f/3.0-8.0 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/2,000 sec.
Slow shutter of 1.3 sec. and more operates with noise reduction

Exposure Control


AUTO/ ISO 50/ 100/ 200/ 400 equivalent

Light Metering Method

Evaluation/ Center-weighted average/ Spot

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual

AE Lock


ND Filter


White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Flash), or Custom (2 positions)


Built-in Flash

Operation Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction On/ Off

Flash Range

WIDE: 2.3-16.4 ft. (70cm-5.0m)TELE: 2.3-13 ft. (70cm-4.0m)(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)

Recycling Time

Approx. 10 sec. or shorter

Terminals for External Flash

Sync-terminals at accessory shoe. Automatic E-TTL Flash is possible with EX-Series Speedlites: Canon Speedlite 550EX, 420EX, 220EX, and Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX.

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2.0EV (at every 1/3-stop)

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto, Creative (P, Av, Tv, M, Custom 1, Custom 2), Image (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Stitch Assist, Movie)

Photo Effects

Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia and Black & White

Self Timer

Operates with approx. 2 sec. or approx 10 sec. count-down

Wireless Control

Available (playback is available too)

Continuous Shooting

High-Speed: Approx. 2.0 images/sec., Normal: Approx. 1.5 images/sec.(at Large/ Fine mode and LCD viewfinder is OFF)

Image Storage

Storage Media

CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or Type II

Print Order Format

Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Still Image: JPEG (Exif 2.2 compliant)

JPEG Compression Mode

SuperFine, Fine or Normal

Number of Recording Pixels

Still image: Large: 2,592 x 1,944, Medium 1: 1,600 x 1,200, Medium 2: 1,024 x 768, Small: 640 x 480
Movie: 320 x 240 or 160 x 120

Number of Recordable Images

Image data

 These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon.
Actual totals and file sizes may vary according to the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

 Above-written figures are measured under Canon's standard conditions and may vary depending on the scene, subjects or camera settings. Total length of movie files recordable on specific CF cards; Individual movie clips are limited to 3 minutes maximum per clip.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Single, Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnification (approx. 2.0x to 10x), Slide Show or Movie

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Single Image, All Images


Computer Interface

Universal Serial Bus (USB) (mini-B jack)

Video Out

Audio/Video Output (Video:NTSC or PAL selectable monaural audio)


CF card slot (accept type I and type II cards). Direct connection to Canon CP Printer and select BJ Printers (no computer required)

Power Supply

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511 or BP-512) 2. AC adapter (type: CA-560)3. Car battery adapter (type: CR-560)4. Coin-type secondary Lithium battery (CR-2025) Approx. 450 images (under Canon's standard conditions*1with full-charged battery) Approx. 360 minutes (under Canon's standard conditions*2 with full-charged battery)

Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511 or BP-512) 2. AC adapter (type: CA-560)3. Car battery adapter (type: CR-560)4. Coin-type secondary Lithium battery (CR-2025)

Shooting Capacity

Approx. 450 images (under Canon's standard conditions*1with full-charged battery)

Playback Time

Approx. 360 minutes (under Canon's standard conditions*2 with full-charged battery)

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

32-104°F (0-40°C)

Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.76 x 2.91 x 2.75 in./121.0 x 73.9 x 69.9mm (Excluding protrusions)


Approx. 14.5 oz./410g (camera body only)

Computer System Requirements

Mac Requirements

Computer Model: Power Macintosh, PowerBook, eMac, iMac or iBook. CD-ROM drive required for installing software.
OS: OS 9.0-9.2 or OSX 10.1-10.2
CPU: PowerPC
Interface: USB (Models with Apple genuine USB interface only).

PC Requirements

Computer Model: IBM PC/AT compatible. CD-ROM drive required for installing software.
OS: Microsoft Windows 98 (including Second Edition)/ME/2000/XP
CPU: Pentium 150MHz or higher processor (Windows 98/ME/2000), Pentium 300MHz or higher processor (Windows XP)
Interface: USB (Windows 98/ME/2000/XP pre-install model only)

Canon's standard conditions of measuring shooting capacity are as follows: Normal temperature (23 °C). LCD viewfinder is ON. Shoot images at wide angle end and at telephoto end alternately with 20 second intervals. Use flash every 4th shot. Turn camera off and on every 8th shot.
Canon's standard conditions of measuring playback time are as follows: Normal temperature (23 °C). Repeat playback automatically at a speed of 1 image per 5 seconds.

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