Some thoughts on Canon G5 X

I have had Canon G5 X now for some time and I decided to share some of my initial impressions on it. I got interested on it because of its 1” sensor combined with 24-100mm equivalent lens. That should make it nice all-round camera. It also has an electronic viewfinder which was one of the decisive things too.

When you open the package you will immediately notice the very good built and finish it has. Just a wonderful thing. It feel so solid yet small. You can easily put it in your jacket pocket. It is delivered with a normal neck strap but I think it would work nicely with a wrist strap too. Would be worth of testing at least especially with some nice and small bag where you can put the camera when not in use.

The control G5 X has are nice. Big enough and responsive. It has a front dial and nice dial around the lens barrel. Exposure compensation dial is there where it should be. Dials and buttons are very much customizable too. That’s nice because everyone can tinker the camera to suit their own needs. EVF is great. Very good for a point-and-shoot camera. But I have not been using it so much because of the very nice back LCD (which is fully tiltable). The LCD is also touch-sensitive. You can set the focus point or even operate the shutter by the touch screen. I have used these features quite much actually.

I am now using the G5 X in Av (Aperture priority) mode and I have assigned aperture to the front dial and ISO to the lens barrel dial. Works very well, I think. To the back wheel I have assigned the step zoom which I like because I can change zoom quickly between 24-28-35-50-85-100mm. Very handy. The camera has also nice customizable Q (Quick) menu which you can operate easily through the touch screen. And there is in-camera ND filter for those sunny days and wide apertures too.

The only real gripe I have at the moment is that the lens is quite soft in the wide end with large apertures. This is not a problem if you shoot landscapes at 24mm with f/5.6 but if you want to use f/1.8 it can be irritating property of the lens. This is not a problem in the tele end of the lens which is of course good news.

I still have somehow mixed feelings about the G5 X and I am not sure yet if I am going to keep it. I have to shoot with it more in different situations to find out if it may be my all-round camera.

Some shots with G5 X below.

Only a hare was there before me

Framed sunshine

Very cold day

Snowcat working

Making more snow

Sunshine and snow!

Downhillers :)

Sails up

Pines in winter light

Camera pondering

I have at the moment Canon 5D Mark II and Olympus E-P1 cameras. I am however not so sure if I am going to keep my E-P1. At least I need some fast lens for it and Panasonic 20/1.7 could be a very nice option. I am having the kit zoom (14-42/3.5-5.6) and Panasonic 45-200 mm lenses and they are quite slow ones. And I want to shoot without a flash also indoors, and it is quite dark here in Finland in the winter time so not so much available light around.

There is also another annoying thing with the E-P1 – the slow AF. It is almost impossible to use it effectively in low light conditions. And I mean in normal indoor lighting which is not a problem for many other cameras. Because of these shortcomings I have thought of some options:

– To sell my Sigma 150/2.8 Macro (Canon) because I am not so much into real macro photography, usually I shoot close-ups. Then I could buy Pana 20/1.7 lens for my E-P1. But this will not solve the AF problem.

– To sell my E-P1 together with the both lenses and buy a new camera or buy a new lens for the 5D2. Pana GF1 has a better and faster AF than E-P1 but no in-body IS. What I need is the decent ISO performance, so the ISO should be usable still at 1600.

There are some interesting cameras around. The GF1 as I already mentioned but it is quite close to my E-P1 (except the AF). Canon G11 or S90 (but they are P/S cameras with not so good ISO). Ricoh GRD III (very interesting camera with a nice prime lens but ISO 1600 is not very good).

I am not sure yet which way to go. In P/S cameras I am irritated by the very wide DoF and poor ISO performance, but they are very handy to use. I think we can’t find a camera which has all (or even most of them) the features I am looking after.

Maybe it will be the Ricoh GRD III because I have seen so many stunning photos shot with it. But I am not sure at all if it will solve my indoor shooting problems (frankly I think it will not). Blaah, too much to ponder!