Canon G5X II | Surprisingly Awesome!

by birtanpublished on April 14, 2021

Mccannon g5x mark 2 is a pretty big update to the long-standing mini DSLR point shoot camera line by making it less DSLR and more basically almost exactly the same thing as their other point shoot camera that I don't you know like very much cough cough g7x mark 3 this is a long zoom fast lens and uncropped 4k on paper it actually sounds pretty good but how does it hold up in reality let's find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dead if I can figure it out you can figure it out the g5x mark 2 is a pretty odd camera now it's vastly different than the original that is built on I mean so much

So that I think that this is really almost a whole new camera line it should be called something else buddy but I actually really like this camera way more than I like the g7x mark 3 for a few specific reasons even though they share a lot of the same DNA like a lot of the same DNA but before you too far into the video however I would like to thank my friends over at B&H Photo for loaning me this g5 x mark 2 for the next few weeks to make this series of videos on now if you'd like to get your very own powerful little zoom camera there will be links in the description below

And really quickly while we're at it let's throw this up on the sticks so this can be the B cam for the rest of the video and you could see how it would work for a youtuber camera there we go point-and-shoot camera E goodness now if you saw my previous video I do not like the g7x mark 3 it's missing some very key features and is giving me a lot of overheating problems that in almost $800 camera absolutely has no room to exhibit like it does not plus I'm not a photographer at all so if you are hoping to learn about photography here well good news there are plenty of other

Videos out here but I focus on YouTube online content creation so I focus on video and in my opinion the reason the g5 x2 escapes the same conclusion as the 7 is it does have some uniqueness and features that honestly no other camera that I've come across has first up if you've never heard or seen a video on the g5 x mark 2 let's cover the basic video specs to get us all on the same page we got to be on we all got to know what we're talking about the Canon g5 x mark 2 is a small point shoot camera with a one inch 20 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor it can

Record an up to 4k 30 frames per second and can do 1080p at up to 120 frames per second for slow-motion now under the hood it is rocking Canada's digit 8 image processor and the most exciting and useful feature on this camera in my opinion is the 24 to 120 millimeter equivalent zoom that's 1.8 at the wide and 2.8 at the zoom like you're not gonna where else can you find that seriously tell me where else you can find that but a big deal breaker here for the video folk out there again no 24 frames per second period in any way shape or form my only explanation here

Is that Canon is waging war on the online trend of everything being cinematic and it's trying to kill the format off because that I can't think of why else and you know what I appreciate the bravery that they have in this effort I don't appreciate it it has some physical differences from it's a 7 series cousin that we'll cover more in a bit in the ease-of-use category but video recording wise the biggest difference is the lens and that's a great segue into the video quality and again the lens is the most exciting part about the whole darn camera for me it is

Rare really rare to find a point shoot with an extended zoom that also has a bright 1.8 aperture at its widest now take the Sony rx100 Mark 6 for example it has even longer zoom it goes 24 to 200 millimeters but it's 2.8 at the wide and 4.5 of the zoom plus it's missing the built-in nd which the g5x does have so that makes this lens really the selling point of the camera now it's probably one of the most versatile pocket cameras currently on the market like I was kind of angry about this camera when I'm so disappointed with the 7 but I

It's very ver the g5 is very versatile I mean the image quality I think actually looks better than the image quality on the g7 it has a crispness to it that I really like and I know sometimes the longer the zoom you can deteriorate that image but it looks great I mean plus it's always nice to use a canon camera and while I'm not necessarily sold on the whole Canon colorscience thing I think looks pretty good like I do think it looks pretty good now it has an HDR video mode that does set the camera to work to record the maximum amount of die

Mccrane capable in my experience though this isn't like a log mode or a raw video mode or a separate hlg mode it basically just sits the camera to an automatic mode that tries to get as much parity between the shadows and the highlights as possible I mean it doesn't do much except except stop the aperture down so it's not that useful when it comes to straight-up video recording though the biggest negative that I have with the g5x much like the g7x is this lacks canons dual pixel autofocus which just sucks canon thus far has never ever won an especially I mean they're

Generally in the low middle when it comes to overall hardware included inside of their cameras and for me that's okay I mean you can still get a great image and for the most part their cameras are some of the easiest in the world to use and that's where these point shoot cameras are failing they miss the one feature the one aspect that people come to Canon cameras for and that is the rock-solid autofocus now the contrast based system in this is functional but it's not something that I would hang my hat on or rely on I mean I haven't had the same problems as I do

With the g7 X when it constantly loses my face when trying to record but I mean you've seen it in the video now this far so it should be giving a view of how it would work as a studio camera I think it works okay but there are two sides to video and audio being the most important one that is kind of a big limiting factor here when compared against the competition both within and without its own product line because as opposed to the new rx100 mark 7 and the g7 x mark 3 this g5x is lacking a microphone in Jack which sucks but I'm trying to remember that until those other two cameras it

Was very very rare that a point shoot actually had microphone capabilities so this I mean it's par for the course for the last generations to not have it the internal microphones on the camera are okay they are pretty standard when you compare them to other cameras of similar capabilities here's what they sounded like indoors audio test 1 2 3 audio test 1 2 3 we're not gonna do that anymore because I don't like it but let's see how all of this video functionality works when we mush it all together and turn it into a quick video slash blogging test and welcome to the

Vlogging test of the Canon g5 x mark 2 now earlier in the week we did the g7 X mark 3 and this is the other new Canon point shoot that came out very recently and actually I like this more than I like the g7x mark 3 because if you've seen that video you probably noticed that I don't like the g7x mark 3 at all so let's start the vlogging test now something that right off the bat that this is missing that the g7x mark 3 has is I like that the g7x mark 3 has a record button on the touchscreen sounds silly but it's just something I like so there we go

Vlogging test begin whoa okay this is the vlogging test on the Canon g5 x mark 2 now I've never actually used the g5 X camera before in my life this is a very new experience for me and while it has a lot of the same problems with the g7 X has it also doesn't have dual pixel autofocus it doesn't have the 3.5 millimeter audio in Jack that the g7 X does I just find myself liking this camera more than I like the g7 X mark 3 for a couple of reasons it's got the longer zoom lens but it still has the same wide open aperture still has the ND filter still has the 4k

It still has a lot of the same stuff and yes it is more expensive but I feel that this is like an actual camera that I could say okay here's a reason to buy it Sony doesn't necessarily have a camera that can do what this can do it does have the rx100 mark the 6 & 7 which the 6 doesn't really ever do it for me I've never used the 7 very excited for but even then those cameras at the wide end don't have one point eight so this having an def 1.8 lens actually makes this one of the most intriguing and potentially like it could this is a fantastic video camera like this could

Be great if it had dual pitch a lot of focus Oh if the g5 x had dual pixel autofocus this would be my travel camera like hands-down now I've had nothing but problems with the g7 X Mark threes autofocus I'm really hoping that during this series of videos during this series of tests I'm running that I can find the autofocus in this camera is better because I like the g5 x mark too and yeah we've been recording oh I'm not in focus right now am I I can't tell it's hard to tell on these scared the screens great though but yeah this is the audio that's being

Recorded internal the camera we've got all the stabilization turned on I'm just happy to be on this one because this is a camera I like I like making videos about cameras I like I don't like talking about cameras I don't like because the whole point of my youtube channel is I like cameras I like talking about cameras so if I'm checking out a camera that I don't like this like what are you doing man okay back to the video back indoors now also thank goodness that that intense heatwave is finally over yeah I hate summer the image quality and the

Uniqueness of the lens is absolutely the most exciting part about this camera but what matters most to me if I'm gonna like overall recommend this or even buy one myself is how easy that quality is to get because ain't nobody got time to be messing with cameras that are obtained in the book the cameras just got to work and mostly it does a good job it's vastly different design in the original g5x like we said in the beginning but I actually kind of like how this turned out I mean it's got enough physical buttons it feels great to hold and I actually like this

Physical design more than any other point shoot camera I've ever held including my vaunted and favorite arts 100 mark 5 I love the physical body of this camera if you are into having a viewfinder hooray there is a pop-up little viewfinder here that you can use next to the flash and unlike the original g5 the screen does flip up and not out and it is also fully touch enabled allowing for quick and efficient changing of menus using canons pretty nice user interface so that's all well and good for setting up the camera but after hitting record much like the g7x I

Mean that's kind of where the cracks start to appear in the armor if you want to use this for online content creation and the biggest problem I have with the g5x say it with me autofocus the whole reason to get a Canon camera is to have good reliable autofocus I mean that just means you have one less thing to worry about like right now I've got two cameras running I got to worry about the lights I got to worry about the Sun in the background I got to worry about my tablet managing the camera I need it to do I can't be bothered like the more a camera needs me to fiddle with it the

Less likely I'm going to buy it or recommend it to other people to buy now I do think the autofocus here works a little bit better than the other point shoot but it could be up to so many little variables I don't have a scientific test to prove it I mean the two shouldn't be that much different in the end I'm just getting better results with this one I don't know why but for the rest of what I need while recording this hits all of the high notes useful and bright monitor for checking exposure and framing and the biggest thing I've been

Impressed with so far which is something that canon almost never ever gets praised on is the stabilization this camera has some pretty darn good stabilization built into it and it works fantastically for smoothing out your footage like I currently use a Panasonic gh4 zone for its stabilization this is good like shockingly good for a canon camera so let's say you decide to go out and purchase the g5 x mark – because if you were to ask me which one to get between this and the g7 X I'd absolutely recommend this one easily what does the ecosystem look like well if you saw any

Of my other point dude camera videos uh it's a point you there isn't an ecosystem per se it's an all-in-one package that should do everything you need without buying extra lenses or cages or anything now if I were to make one recommendation definitely buy more batteries these cameras eat them they just eat them like tic tacs but at the end of the day so what right so should you get the canon g5 x mark 2 for video again like I've said throughout the video the big selling point of the g5 X when you consider it against the rest of the

Point-and-shoot market Sony Panasonic Canon Olympus everything it's the uniqueness of its lens the lens zooms more and it's just brighter than almost anything else on the market and it's really the reason that I would recommend you buy this camera surprisingly enough I actually really like the g5 x mark 2 but it's expensive so I'm not sure that I'd actually recommend it unless you just needed a point shoot with that specific lens if you're looking for another point shoot if you don't necessarily need that fast zoom lens I would not recommend either of the G X

Line of cameras if you want a great dependable all-in-one camera I would recommend the rx100 mark 5 I mean I've got one used and I got it for very cheap and it will have 24 frames per second it will have good autofocus and it will have good slow-motion all of which this thing's lacking but overall if you do need this kind of lens yeah I'd recommend it thanks for watching

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