There’s a camera for everyone these days — including high-end point-and-shoot cameras. Even the simplest cameras have an expensive tier for the people who just want to push a button and make high-quality pictures come out. That’s what Canon is going for with the newest releases in their PowerShot G series, the G5 X and the G9 X.
The G5 X is the larger of the two, packing in a few more pro features than the G9 X. It has a 1″ 20.2 MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 image processor, and a fixed f/1.8 – f/2.8 4.2x optical zoom lens (24-100 mm equivalent). The camera is capable of taking 1080p video in 24p, 30p, and 60p (improved by image stabilization), which can be shared immediately using NFC or Wi-Fi connectivity.
The major pro features here are the electronic viewfinder and the hot shoe. The G5 X has an HD OLED electronic viewfinder that will help you frame shots and set up focus, but if you want, you can also use the 3″ LCD display on the back. The hot shoe is compatible with a range of accessories like external flashes and microphones, while a mini-3.5 mm jack works with Canon’s Remote Switch. There are loads of dedicated dials for controlling settings like exposure, too, so while there’s not as much room for adjustment as with a DSLR, there’s still ample room to experiment.
The G9 X strips out a lot of those extra features for the sake of size — this is the perfect camera to slip in your pocket for an impromptu trip. This camera has the same sensor and image processor as the G5 X, but with a fixed f/2.0 – f/4.9 3x optical zoom lens (28-84 mm equivalent). It has the same connectivity features, 1080p recording, and image stabilization as the G5 X, too, but lacks the electronic viewfinder and the hot shoe, allowing it to have a much smaller and thinner body. A lot of the settings dials are missing, too, but there’s still room for adjustment using the camera’s backside touchscreen.
One handy feature common to both cameras is that they can be recharged with a Micro USB cable — no worries, the battery is still removable and can be charged using an AC outlet, too. It’s also possible to take pictures in RAW, preserving all of the detail of the image captured.
The G5 X and G9 X are both scheduled to hit stores in November. The G5 X will sell for $800 while the G9 X will come in classic black or silver-gray with brown stitched leather accents and will sell for $530.