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photoman's review of Canon PowerShot G5

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Canon PowerShot G5

“Fast lens, great macro, good detail and colors”

Written on: 01/02/2012 by photoman (62 reviews written)

Canon Powershot G5 introduced about 9 years ago. Camera has some retro range finder styling. It has built in grip for comfortable holding of this camera and optical viewfinder additionally to LCD screen.

LCD screen is small for today - less than 2" and the resolution is low, but allows you to tilt and swivel it, this feature do not have many cameras even today.

Unlike many compact cameras, it has status LCD screen like professional cameras do. Also it has hot shoe - option to attach an external flash.

5MP sensor resolution may seem not much by today's standards, some mobile phones have more. However race after pixels count is not the main parameter of image quality. For its time image it produces is pretty detailed and colors are great. The only problem is sensitivity, anything above 50ISO is noisy and costs in details reduction. But for many needs 50ISO which may seem not much is sensitive enough.
Colors are good, best results obtained in daylight.

Internal flash is reasonably powerful for its size, but flash metering is not good for reflective surfaces and causes seriously over exposed images.

The real pearl is a lens, it is bright and provides very nice macro capabilities. On big focal lengths macro focusing is painful slow, but after it focused you can take picture of a spider. One of best macros I saw on compact cameras. Lens has bayonet that allows to attach external conversion lenses.

Camera uses CF cards and same batteries like some SLRs. Shutter lag after focus lock is good, it is not a DSLR but better than even some modern compact cameras.

Summary: Canon G5 is a very good camera for its time. By some parameters it is even good also today. Sensitivity is a bit low, but still useful in many situations. Fantastic lens with exceptional macro capabilities but slow AF performance. Flash metering is problematic in some situations. It is very well built, durable, metal front panel. I still use it and get pretty good images.
Really good camera, I would recommend to add couple bucks for next versions with higher sensitivity and better flash performance, but for the used price it costs today still maybe a good option for some limited usage.

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