That Canon G5X

Yes its that camera again. The Canon G5X….

Well I wanted it to work out well but it hasn’t. It was no good for my street photography project and I feel I wasted valuable time trying to find the positive in this little powershot camera; there are positives but it just isn’t the camera for the project I had at hand.

The real deal breaker was when I decided to look at the possibilities of using this camera as a shoot from the hip kind of thing while using hyper-focal distance as a focusing option.

So what I needed to do was figure out what my focal lengths are.

There are no markings on the camera and the focal lengths in camera are marked in centimetres. Its just a little bit math one thinks quietly to ones self… Simple, its a 2.7 crop factor, what on earth could be difficult to work out!?

Well, you knew there’d be a well didn’t you? There had to be a well; the sentence and subject could only lead to a ‘well’. (I’m sure some clever grammatologist [is that a word?] or equally clever person might suggest otherwise).

Well…. It wasn’t making sense. It was frustrating the hell out of me. I looked online and had a peek at some forums. No joy!

I emailed Canon who reply with a standard cut and paste response giving me the details that anyone has access to via any page selling this camera.

I thanked them for pointing out the obvious and then explained the problem to them again.

Amusingly their next response was in regards to the cameras sensor size and images would not be of the same quality as the full frame sensors. What on earth warranted that response was confusing me even more. So I read the email I had sent them and replied, asking them if they could actually look at the question instead of sending random replies about sensor size and sensitivities. (I’m not one of those men that is worried about sensitivities or size!).

The long, and, short of it (no pun intended), was that Canon were unable to tell me how to set particular focal lengths and informed me that the camera measures in units of 5cm increments.

If you are interested the 5cm setting shows up through four nudges of the focal length switch, 10cm has one setting, 20cm has two, 30cm has one and finally 40cm has two options on its focal length.

I still though I could work it out but what I discovered was that although the camera gave me 24mm to 100mm equivalent view of a 35mm camera, I could not set and use the more standard focal lengths of 35mm, 5omm and 85mm. This was important for me because I am using different cameras on this project and being able to standardise my focal lengths would help with framing and overall aesthetics of the final project.

The G5X looks great on paper, it feels great in the hand and actually is very pleasing on the eye. It just did not live up to expectations and I don’t think my expectations were particularly high.

I can’t say that the Canon tech support or customer services filled me with any confidence that they know there product either.

I’m really disappointed this camera was such a let down and I can’t help but feel that Canon might have rushed this camera out for a christmas release date rather than holding onto it for another six months.

It seems Canon were perhaps a little lazy and happy releasing an average camera rather than putting in a bit more effort and tweaking an okay camera that has real potential to be a great camera.

The folks at Canon can rest assured that they will get no more emails from me in regards to the G5X, it has been part exchanged for a Fuji.

Here is the disclaimer: I am not paid by anyone to put this post out & Fuji don’t sponsor me. However if Fuji want to sponsor my ongoing education please feel free to contact me.

Likewise, if Canon would like to let me have a play with and test an updated version of the G5X or would like to discuss what I think worked or didn’t work in detail, simply send me a message.

Also, hello to my first visitors from Guatemala and Panama.

Thank for you, yes you, for  stopping and reading.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

7 comments

  1. I had a feeling it would have to go, Jimmy. (The autofocus issues would have done my head in…)
    Glad to hear that you bit the bullet and got rid of it. What Fuji did you get instead?
    Cheers, Pete.

    1. I’ve gone for the XT1. More expensive but should be a good day to day camera and more suited for what I’m planning. Close call though. Took a card to the shop and compared images from a couple of cameras.

      1. The XT10 has the same sensor but a couple of very minor differences meant the XT1 seemed more capable. Its a very different camera from what I’m used to but I’m happy with the results so far.

      2. XT-1 has better sealing, and a tougher body, I believe. For someone taking it seriously, like you, it was undoubtedly the better choice.

  2. When I looked at the G5X in my local John Lewis, quite a while ago when I was considering it myself. I’m fairly sure that when setting the lens ring to to control zooming, it went through its range in click steps, showing focal length in 35mm equivalents at the bottom of the viewfinder.

    Wondering if that would have helped the street photography problem.

    1. I’m pretty sure it would have. Unfortunately when I was trying this camera out, the focal lengths were in centimeters and the measurements didn’t really work out. I think the biggest problem for me personally was the delay or lag with the electronic view finder. Other than that it was a good camera. What camera did you go with in the end Frank?

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