Inspired camera testing.

I recently purchased a Canon G5x because I am a canon user and I wanted something small that I can carry around and not look as obvious as I do with the Canon 6d.

I want to do a street photography project and I was kind of hoping that this small powershot camera would be a good allrounder.

I am just getting used to it and I decided to get some of those wildlife shots that I see on Sylvia’s blog  Anotherday2paradise. Although being in London I would obviously not expect to shoot anything as exotic as the beasties that she has in her back yard.

One of the things that attracted me to the G5X is the feel and look of the camera. Very comfortable to hold, easy to carry, discreet and not too dissimilar to the dslr that I use.


Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.

I’m finding that the auto focus has a bit of a tendency to focus on the background regardless of selecting an area to focus. But with some perseverance the intended shot can be obtained. Fortunately the Robin’s in Kensington Gardens are not shy and do not flit about as much as they do in other areas.


Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.

I was able to obtain a nice depth of field that separates the Robin from the background but this took some time and could have easily been missed if the Robin was not so bold.


The Swan. Canon G5x test

I would have like this image to be a bit sharper and will suggest that this may actually be user error, because I had the camera set to single-shot auto focus rather than al-servo.

However, the swan was nice and still in the next image and again the camera appears to struggle with a subject that is close to the lens and appears to be looking to select the background.


Swan head..Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.


Duck. Canon G5X test shoot.

This photo of the duck and the next image of the heron show that the G5X is capable of producing nice images when the subject has some separation from the lens and is reasonably still.


Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.

I am not sure if the obstacles I have faced with this camera are down to user error or an higher expectation of the product.

Although I am happy with most of the images I have taken so far, at this time I would not recommend this camera to a friend or family member.  However, I will continue with the G5X and show the results.

Thank you for stopping, reading & even having a peek at the images.

Please feel free to click like or comment but do try to be constructive as this is not only helpful for me, but also anyone else that finds my photo blog diary thingy….

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

Ps. I am not paid by canon or their competitors to carry out any reviews. My comments are based on my experience and if you would like to see fuller reviews by experienced reviewers, use google, bing or any other search engine to seek them out.



  1. The second robin shot, and the heron, are both fine, and very pleasing too. After many years as a Canon user in the days of film, (I had a T90, T50, T70, and an A1) I was never enamoured with their compact cameras. Canon has a tendency to favour greens and browns over brighter colours, and the autofocus demonstrated in your test shots is just not acceptable. I doubt it is ‘user error.’

    These cameras made by the ‘big three’ are supposed to appeal to everyone, from a beginner to an enthusiastic amateur, and really should perform a lot better than they do. Canon, Nikon, and Pentax just do not produce compacts that justify the prices they charge, in my humble opinion. The G5X is twice the price of my own Fuji compact, and almost £100 more than the Panasonic Lumix LX-100, which has a Leica-sourced lens, and great reviews.

    The Canon has a bright f1.8-2.8 lens, and a large 1″ sensor. I believe that It should produce much better results than it does, considering the price. For the same (or less) money, you could get a Fuji X100s, with a great lens, sharp sensor, and excellent HDR. Loyalty to one brand is to be admired, but is not always the best route to take. If you get the chance, try the competition. You always say that you like the photos on my blog. Bear in mind that they are taken with a camera that has less pixel count, a darker zoom lens, and only a 2/3 sensor. It took many years for me to break the tie to Canon, when I bought a Minolta autofocus film SLR. Once I got the feel of that ‘freedom’, I never looked back. I tried Olympus and others, before settling on Fuji. However, I am not stick on Fuji, and would happily give something else a go, next time.

    I hope this comment was both comprehensive, and constructive.
    By the way, what happened with the nest and eggs?

    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. The magpies had the eggs. I had considered a Fuji but opted for the canon for a handful of reasons. I’m not ruling out exchanging this camera once I’ve tried a few more environments & genres but I have to say that I am not overly impressed so far.

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