PowerShot G5 X Bridge Camera

Great Images Are in Your View
The first PowerShot G-Series camera to incorporate a full-featured 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, the amazing PowerShot G5 X camera makes it simple to compose, set and capture high-quality stills and video without taking your eye away from the camera. For photography in the glare of bright sunlight, recording HD Video in an auditorium and other situations where the lighting is difficult or using the LCD monitor is inconvenient, the PowerShot G5 X’s electronic viewfinder helps enable unfettered operation. Full control is made simple with dedicated dials situated around the camera that let you easily customize and control the settings. What’s more, helpful features like a built-in accessory hot shoe and a multi-angle, capacitive touch screen monitor serve to create an experience as unique as the subject being recorded. With its phenomenal and large imaging sensor, its marvelous electronic viewfinder and comprehensive operation, the PowerShot G5 X can deliver performance that’s easy to see.

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Digital camera with built-in flash, 4.2x Optical, 4x Digital and 17x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Image Capture Device

20.2 Megapixel*, 1.0-inch CMOS (sensor aspect ratio: 3:2)
*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

Total Pixels
Approx. 20.9 Megapixels

Effective Pixels
Approx. 20.2 Megapixels


Focal Length
8.8 (W) - 36.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm)

Optical Zoom
Approx. 4.2x

Digital Zoom
Approx. 4x

Focusing Range
Auto/Manual: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus


Optical Viewfinder
Electronic Viewfinder (Approx. 2.36 million dots)

LCD Monitor
3.0-type TFT color liquid crystal (Vari-angle)

LCD Pixels
Approx. 1.04 million dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture
f/1.8 (W), f/2.8 (T)

Shutter Speed
1-1/2000 sec. (in Auto mode)
30-1/2000 sec. (in Tv, M, and Manual Movie Modes)
BULB (in M mode only)
1/8 minimum in Manual Movie Mode

Exposure Control

Auto, ISO
125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400 (When in Auto mode)
Max. ISO Speed 12800 (When in P mode)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center Weighted Average, Spot

Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock

Exposure Compensation
Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control
Auto, Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom1-2


Built-in Flash
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off

Flash Range
1.6 (50cm) -23 ft. (7.0m) (W), 1.6 ft. (50cm) - 13 ft. (4.0m) (T)
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.

Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes
C, M, Av, Tv, P, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, Portrait, Self Portrait, Star Portrait, Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie, Handheld Night Scene, Fireworks, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Standard Movie, Short Clip, Manual Movie, iFrame Movie
C, M, Av, Tv, P, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, Sports, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3

  • Shooting movies is done with the movie button.

*1 Portrait, Smart Shutter *4, Star *5, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, Fireworks
*2 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
*3 Standard Movie, Short Clip, Manual Movie, iFrame Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer
*5 Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie

Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color

Self Timer
Off, Approx. 2 sec. delay, Approx. 10 sec. delay, Custom

Wireless Control
Not available

Continuous Shooting
One Shot: Approx. 5.9 shots/sec.
Servo: Approx. 4.4 shots/sec.

Image Storage

Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards

File Format
SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards

Image Recording Format
Superfine / Fine

JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (DCF 2.0), RAW (Canon original: 14-bit, CR2)
Video: MP4 (Image: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC [Stereo])

Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images:
1) 16:9 - Large: 5472 x 3080; Medium 1: 4320 x 2432; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 720 x 408

2) 3:2 - Large: 5472 x 3648, Medium 1: 4320 x 2880, Medium 2: 2304 x 1536, Small: 720 x 480

3) 4:3 - Large: 4864 x 3648, Medium 1: 3840 x 2880, Medium 2: 2048 x 1536, Small: 640 x 480

4) 1:1 - Large: 3648 x 3648; Medium 1: 2880 x 2880; Medium 2: 1536 x 1536; Small: 480 x 480

Full HD 1920 x 1080: 59.94 fps
Full HD iFrame: 1920 x 1080: 29.97 fps
Full HD Star Time-Lapse Movie: 1920 x 1080: 14.985 fps / 29.97 fps
HD 1280 x 720: 29.97 fps
640 x 480: 29.97 fps
Miniature Effect: 1280 x 720: 6 fps (5x speed) / 3 fps (10x speed) / 1.5 fps (20x speed)
Miniature Effect: 640 x 480: 6 fps (5x speed) / 3 fps (10x speed) / 1.5 fps (20x speed)
Short Clip: 1280 x 720: 29.97 fps

Number of Recordable Images

Image data
Approx. Number of Shots Recordable to 16 GB Memory Card
: 16:9: 3:2: 4:3: 1:1
Large (L): SF: 2,112: 1,786: 2,007: 2,669
F: 3,546: 2,999: 3,374: 4,498
Medium 1 (M1): SF: 3,374: 2,857: 3,217: 4,262
F: 5,649: 4,810: 5,398: 7,145
Medium 2 (M2): SF: 13,497: 8,377: 9,344: 12,459
F: 24,296: 14,724: 16,755: 22,087
Small (S): SF: 53,992: 48,592: 53,992: 69,418
F: 80,988: 69,418: 80,988: 97,186
RAW: 608: 610: 612: 614

Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
• The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

Shooting Modes: Pixels: Frame Rate: Movie Size (KB/sec.): Approx. Total Movie Time Recordable to 16 GB Memory Card: Single Clip Approx. Recording Time*1: Video Recording Bit Rate
Shooting: Playback
Standard Movie: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 59.94 fps: 59.94 fps: 4288: 59 min. 30 sec.: 29 min. 59 sec.: Approx. 35 Mbps
29.97 fps: 29.97 fps: 2945: 1 hr. 26 min. 5 sec.: 29 min. 59 sec.: Approx. 24 Mbps
23.98 fps*2: 23.98 fps*2: 2945: 1 hr. 26 min. 5 sec.: 29 min. 59 sec.: Approx. 24 Mbps
1280 x 720 (HD): 29.97 fps: 29.97 fps: 992: 4 hr. 5 min. 15 sec.: 29 min. 59 sec.: Approx. 8 Mbps
640 x 480 (VGA): 29.97 fps: 29.97 fps: 382: 10 hr. 22 min. 35 sec.: 1 hr.: Approx. 3 Mbps

*1 Using an SD Speed Class 10 / UHS-I compatible memory card.
• Recording stops automatically once the file size reaches 4 GB or the memory card becomes full.
• Recording may stop unexpectedly if a memory card with a low Speed Class is used.
*2 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File
Playback Function Menu:

Story Highlights, Protect, Favorites, Erase, Print, Group Playback, Play Movie, List/Play Digest Movies, Image Search, Slideshow, Rotate, Album Playback, Play Creative Shot Movies, Short Clip Mix, i-Contrast, Resize, Cropping, Red-Eye Correction, My Colors, Face ID Info, Print Settings, Photobook Set-up, Transition Effect, Index Effect, Scroll Display, Group Images, Auto Rotate, Resume, Image Jump with Control Ring/Front Dial, Set Touch Actions

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images

  • The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
  • Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
  • RAW+JPEG images can be erased individually.


Computer Interface
USB (Micro-B), HDMI (Type D)

Specifications: IEEE 802. 11b/g/n
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Channels: 1-11

Video Out

Audio Out

Remote switch terminal available; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

Power Source
Battery Pack NB-13L, AC Adapter Kit CA-DC10 (ACK-DC110)
In-Camera Charging via USB Cable available through Compact Power Adapter CA-DC30 (Charging time: Approx. 5 hr.)*
* Charging time varies considerably depending on the remaining battery power.

Shooting Capacity
Approx. 210 shots with Screen On
Approx. 215 shots with Viewfinder On
Approx. 320 shots with ECO Mode

Playback Time
Approx. 4 hr.

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature
32-104°F / 0-40°C

Operating Humidity

Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.43 x 3.01 x 1.74 in. / 112.4 x 76.4 x 44.2mm

13.3 oz. / 377g (including battery and memory card)
12.5 oz. / 353g (camera body only)