As vlog leading the shooting trend this year, Canon has introduced the all-new Canon Powershot G series, with updated features. The new G5 X Mark II and the G7 X Mark III has a whole lot of new goodies thrown into a compact-sized body.
With a sweeping look at what is new in the two cameras, for a start, it housed a brand new large sensor for better image quality, high-speed continuous shooting and 4K movie with no crop. The G5 X Mark II features a new 5x f/1.8-2.8 lens and pop-up EVF, meanwhile, the G7 X Mark III packs a 4.2x f/1.8–2.8 zoom lens and 3.5mm microphone input, providing excellent sound collection.
Light and compact are the keys to carrying both cameras around, weighing only 340 gram for G5 X II and 304 grams for G7 X III, both the cameras employ Canon’s powerful DIGIC 8 image processor for excellent shooting performance. With a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch type stacked sensor, both models achieve outstanding image quality and vibrant colours for photos and video footage. With the new CR3 RAW format in the G series give users greater space in post-production.
The G5 X Mark II is equipped with a superb 5x zoom lens with bright optics, a good addition for advanced photographers looking for a secondary camera. This model is perfect for low-light shooting with a further zoom range. While the G7 X Mark III has a 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens to help vloggers, who film in varying locations and conditions, shoot high-resolution videos in most challenging lighting conditions. The shallow depth of field of both cameras allows photographers to create stunning and sharp objects with beautiful bokeh effect for professional-looking images.
When a compact camera with DSLR-like levels of control with these models, users can enhance their technical abilities while on the go. A control ring provides users with direct access to most used settings. The G5 X Mark II’s corner mounted pop-up OLED EVF with 100 per cent coverage and 2.36m dots allows easier compositions, while the tilting touchscreen provides the flexibility of shots from a wide variety of angles. For vloggers, the touchscreen feature on the G7 X Mark III provides the ability to capture contents of themselves in perfect focus and composition.
Both models come with a useful AF+MF to allow the focus to be manually adjusted, even after the autofocus has been set. A built-in ND filter comes handy in the situation when users spot stunning subject to create dramatic contents, even when the sunlight is harsh. Both cameras come with fast autofocus, as fast as 20fps in continuous mode. It also shoots up to 30fps RAW Burst mode. With these strong capabilities, shooting experience for both travel photographers and vlogger will be upgraded tremendously.
The in-build digital image stabilisation, users of both cameras can create smooth, shake-free videos when filming on the go. The HDR movie function minimises the loss of detail and the enhanced dynamic range enables video to be presented in better quality. With slo-mo setting at up to 120fps in Full HD, it creates smooth slow-motion footage ideal for dramatic scenes. Full manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO are available to offer film makers the opportunity to develop their contents creatively.
Sharing and the ability to connect with mobile devices are must-have features in this era of gadgetries. With the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the cameras allow users to capture moments and send them to their computer, phone or social media instantly. A live streaming function on the G7 X Mark III enables vloggers the ability to share live content with their social media followers for real-time engagement. When connected to a compatible smart device, both cameras can receive GPS coordinate information for images automatically, helping to simplify the process when tagging images on social media. With the built-in HDMI output, streaming and external recording with an external device simplifies production workflows for users of both cameras.
Combined Key Features of the G5 X Mark II and the G7 X Mark III:
- New 20.1MP 1.0-Type stacked sensor
- DIGIC 8
- 4K movie (no crop)
- 120 fps Full HD movie
- 20fps in continuous mode and 30ftp RAW Burst mode
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Jacket pocket size and weight
PowerShot G5 X Mark II Key Features:
- New 5x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens
- Pop-up EVF
PowerShot G7 X Mark III Key Features:
- 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens
- Live streaming
- Microphone input
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