Compact Camera Canon Power shot G5 And G9 X In A Test Duel

The Canon Power Shot G5 X and G9 X come with 1-inch sensor and to regain market share in the Edelkompakten. This man uses two different control concepts: while the G9 X in the classic compact design therefore, slips the G5 X in the garb of a mini-SLR. We have cameras in the test.


  1. Canon Power Shot G5 and G9 X in a test duel
  2. Auto focus, exposure, and image quality

Canon with the Power Shot G5 and G9 X – both models here in the test – a trend runs behind, where the competition front has the nose: the RX100 series Sony has revolutionized the class of Edelkompakten since 2012. In a case that still justifies the name compact camera is a 1 inch sensor with 20 megapixels. The images satisfy also high demands. Since the four trim levels RX100 speak also different customer groups to RX100 IV, a really great success has managed Sony – both technically and economically.

That awakened desires, and other manufacturers followed. Canon’s entry in the 1-inch class the G7 X was, the Megazoom model G3 X followed in the summer of 2015. Now, the models of G5 and G9 X round off the product line. While the base model just under 500 euro costs G9 X, scratching the Top modelll G5 X at the 800-euro mark.

Housing and Facilities

The two new Power shots don’t look at first glance like brothers and sisters. While the G5 X has a rather clunky and reminds of the design of a shrunken SLR the G9 X in the classic compact camera format is kept, so that it fits right in your pocket. The two models are technically, however, very similar to, but more on that later.

The G5 X is 112 x 76 x 44 mm in size and weighs 377 grams. The 98 x 58 x 31 mm wide G9 X brings just 209 g on the scale. Both cameras have rubberized textured surfaces on the stopping positions. While the G5 X is due to their weight and handle similar training the right of camera really easily in the hand, the four finger posture usual in this form of housing is ideal for shooting with the G9 X rather: the camera rests on the ring finger, the middle finger keeps them from tipping forward, stabilizes the thumb backwards, and the free index finger makes the settings or throws.

In two cameras, a lithium ion called NB is 13L, you can load outside of the camera. A suitable battery charger is included. Alternatively the cameras can be powered continuously with the optional AC adapter ACK-DC110. Charging via USB is possible with the compact power adapter CA-DC30E.

The G9 X has a zoom lens with a 28-84 mm (KB) and a brightness of 2.0 to 4.9. The shortest shooting distance at wide angle setting is 5 cm, in the tele setting there are around 35 cm – this is up on Aperture 2 at 28 mm fare. The luminous intensity and the focal length of X Power Shot G5 are, however, somewhat for gourmets: The luminous intensity of the 24 100-mm zoom lens (KB) ranges from 1.8 to 2.8. The large aperture can be used to image design, allows the shortest focal length 24 mm (KB) already real wide angle shots. The shortest shooting distance is 5 cm in the wide angle setting, there are about 40 cm in the telephoto position.

The G9 x, the little built-in Flash from the housing soars when you press a tiny spring Shovels to the left. With a slight pressure, it sunk him again in the rest position. The Flash of the G5 X has left and right a little ear with which to install him in the ready position. A gentle pressure on the Flash head sends back to sleep the pipsqueak. External flash units can be used in the G5 X on the hot shoe.

Both cameras are very solid and clean processes, according to a2zcamerablog. Even the covers on the Accumulators are sprung and exactly. Unfortunately, the covers for the connectors attached to the side of the cameras is the widely used rubber flaps. This is a small defect in the processing of the test candidates – but the only one.


The operating concepts of the two cameras differ so significantly, as it expected its odd appearance. The G5 X offers many ways to control the functions with mechanical controls (buttons and wheel) as well as a touch input on the display. The command dial on the right front of the camera has a diameter of 16 mm, protrudes 6 mm from the housing and is well within reach. Right sits at the top of the dial for the exposure, the shutter release button and the zoom rocker switch adjacent. The mode dial is located on the left top of the camera. Another adjustment ring is arranged around the lens, and on the back, there are five buttons and a four way switch.

For the G9 X you also takes a portion of the settings with mechanical controls. The mode dial is placed on this model on the right top of the camera, left are the trigger with the zoom rocker and a setting ring around the lens around. However, significantly more parameters than with the Power Shot G5 X be chosen functions on the display on the touch on this camera.

The controls of both cameras seem elegant and handy, the markings are clearly visible. Here is also the close relationship of the two Power shots: mode dial, shutter with zoom rocker, as well as the adjusting ring on the lens are structurally almost identical. The mode dial locks tired and is thus well protected in not intended adjustment. The easy-grip adjustment ring around the lens has a fine, delicate screening for the precise adjustment of values.

Depending on the position of the mode dial (P, TV, AV, M, custom, standard video, portrait, creative shooting, automatic mode and hybrid car) different menu options. The categories of shoot, Setup, My Menu and play, are color coded for convenience. Thanks to this significant distinction, one always knows in which menu block it is. Nevertheless the look in the manual in many cases will be necessary, because the functionality and therefore the menu depth are very large.

The touch function, sparing you lengthy palpation and can jump around relatively quickly in the menu. Even faster, this works by pressing the Setup button in the Centre of the four way switch. Up to twelve settings cause the display on the right and left side of the display.

Some of these menu items allow the outsourcing of individual features on the dials. Individual settings you can also select block – if necessary they are called off at lightning speed again button. The menus of the two cameras are optically the same, there are significant differences for the individual menu items.

Auto-Focus and Exposure

To auto focus, both Power shots use a contrast AF with 31 fields, configurable single-frame AF or continuous auto focus. Single-point AF (variable measurement field size) or spot AF are also possible and – thanks to the touch-sensitive monitor – touch auto focus/activation. The MF-peaking function supports the manual focusing. A “five axes-image stabilizer” the image is pleasantly quiet.

The auto focus works reliably and the G5 x very fast: 0.20 s at 300 Lux and 0.27 s at 30 Lux are top values. The G9 X can compete only in good light (0.24 sec), with shadowy 30 Lux, the value rises to 0.43 s

The two 3-inch touch screens have 346 667 RGB pixels, are crisp sharp and convince with very good color rendition. Fonts and symbols are well represented, but something small and therefore sometimes difficult to detect. The display brightness can be set in five stages. The gradation is clear and usable in practice as a result. The display of the G5 X is in addition of rotation and swing, allowing unusual shooting positions. Also Selfies are thus better control – on the G9 X, however, one must estimate the frame if you look at the receiver from the front in the camera.

The G5 X has an OLED viewfinder with 786 887 RGB pixels and 100% effective image size. He is with a size of 0.39 inches is not just lavishly designed, but the good quality of the figure is likely even eyeglasses reconcile. On the left side of the viewfinder, the command dial for the diopter compensation – is well positioned and difficult to adjust. But in this case this is even useful, as it cannot unintentionally be twisted.

he viewfinder will be switched on and off by a proximity sensor. As soon as the eye approaches the viewfinder, the sensor switches the display off and the viewfinder. The eye is removed from the viewfinder, the reverse happens. As the brightness of the display, also the viewfinder brightness in five stages is adjustable. Though not very clearly differ brightness level.

The ISO range is from 125 to 12 800 for manual setting and from 125 to 3200 in auto ISO, shutter speeds go s 30 s (long time exposure) until the short 1/2000 Both models on Board have a ND filter that reduces the amount of incident light to 3 panels – this is especially useful when the G5 X: with this camera you can play thanks to high aperture even in daylight with the sharpness level. The G5 X 6.9 b / s makes series (G9 X: 7.0 B / s) in JPEG format, RAWs 0.8 B / s (G9 X: 0.7 B / s). The software digital photo professional to develop the RAW images is for both models included.

The 1-inch sensor is a back illuminated CMOS 20.2 effective megapixels (5472 x 3648 pixels), a current DIGIC-6 processor processes the images quickly. Both cameras can be controlled via WiFi and NFC or can transmit images to a mobile device. There are matching apps to do this in the app store by Apple and Google.

Image Quality

Basically, both cameras deliver very similar images with comparable resolution and vote. While the brighter lens of the G5 X gives this model a slight edge. The resolution is absolutely competitive compared with other cameras with 1 inch sensor both test devices and convincing the ISO 100 image. Only the edge sharpening could be somewhat restrained. She can provide for unfavourable subjects double contours. If you don’t like it, can shoot with two cameras in RAW mode.

The largely independent of the optical equipment noise behavior is almost identical in both models and increases linearly by ISO level to ISO level. Noise in solid surfaces is already clearly visible at ISO 400. Also the fine detail at ISO 400 for a camera with a 1 inch sensor is little bit too much – some competitors get this better. From ISO 800, artifacts are visible in pictorial structures. Here, the sensor size reaches its limit – even larger sensors are necessary for better image quality. The dynamics is 1600 good up to ISO on both cameras with 11 f-stops at ISO 100 and more than 9 f-stops.


Who are forever toying with a compact camera, you should take a look at the two new Power shots. While the G9 X strongly resembles in appearance and function the RX100 models from Sony, Canon G5 X goes a very own way – both the design and the operating concept. She can perfectly adapt to your own needs by many controls and a streamlined function. This makes them the tip for photo individualists. The processing is high-quality, and equipped with WiFi, NFC, bright 4 x zoom and a high-quality electronic viewfinder up to date – it but of course at the price of less than 800 euro. The image quality is in the range of 1-inch standard: good at ISO 100 and quickly taking off. Especially at ISO 400 is still air above.