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Canon PowerShot G5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 851 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and image quality. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the features and low light performance. Opinions about the energy efficiency and responsiveness are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot G5


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Canon PowerShot G5


Fast lens ; Long battery life ; Support for add-on lenses and flashes ; Saves favorite settings to mode wheel ; Great photo quality ; Full manual controls ; AF illuminator

Subpar movie mode ; Too much purple fringing for a camera in this class ; Lens is visible through optical view-finder at wide angle ; Red-eye can be a problem

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Canon USA Powershot G5 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: Sometimes, small changes are best: Canon's G5, for example, is not much different from its predecessor, the G3, but it does improve on the G3 in one essential way: Canon upped the megapixel count from 4 to 5. The only other obvious change...

ArcSoft's Camera Suite 2.0, a competent image and video editingpackage, is included with the G5. The camera takes all of the same accessoriesas the G3, including an external flash and wide-angle and telephoto converterlenses


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Canon PowerShot G5 Digital Camera (Canon-8398A001)


An upgrade to 5 megapixels keeps this powerful, flexible camera up to snuff with competing models from Nikon and Olympus.

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Canon Powershot G5


Advanced features include 12 EOS System-based shooting modes for customizing the camera to the user's shooting style; a new Wide-Area FlexiZone AF/AE system which allow users to focus on off-center subjects without repositioning the camera; Spot...

A Neutral Density (ND) filter has been built into the Powershot G5 allowing numerous shooting opportunities never before possible with a point-and-shoot digital camera. When using the ND filter, for example, a wider aperture can be used in bright light...

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Canon PowerShot G5


How much bigger?

Excellent resolution, as good as we could expect of a compact five megapixel ; Good metering, good tonal balance which maintains shadow detail ; Good natural light white balance, strong and balanced colours ; Fast lens (F2.0 - F3.0) ; Control over...

Chromatic aberrations visible at wide angle or maximum apertures ; Noise above ISO 50 worse than the competition ; Shallow angle jaggies' visible on resolution chart ; Viewfinder partially obstructed by lens barrel ; Control dial doesn't work well if...

The PowerShot G3 built on the success of the G2, it has gained a huge following and proves to be very popular among the prosumer 'shutterbug' photographer as well as those wanting to develop their photography skills. The G5 should have no problem in...

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Canon PowerShot G5 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Canon U.S.A. has long been a dominant player in the film and digital camera markets, well-known for their high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive product development. Over the last few years, they've developed a powerful lineup of...

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Canon PowerShot G5; Opening The Door To Raw Processing Power


The image quality in a raw image (above), converted to TIFF, is superb in all respects.

Exceptional versatility and convenience of operation ; accepts accessory flash unit, 0.7x to 1.75x lens converters, and (with adapter) 58mm filters • DIGIC processor produces images with ultrahigh resolution and excellent color, sharpness, a wide...

Underexposes light-toned subjects in evaluative metering ; overexposes with 550EX Speedlite ; for better results, apply exposure or flash exposure compensation ; adjust raw images in utility software ; Superb lens, but purple fringing (chromatic...

The PowerShot G5 is a moderately large camera with magnesium alloy front panel and a beefy handgrip that holds an oversized lithium ion battery that seems to last forever. Although it is absolutely loaded with automatic and advanced capabilities, it...

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Canon PowerShot G5


One more note before I begin. Since the G5 is so similar to the G3, the text in both reviews will be similar. Rest assured that all sample photos and analysis is original -- I'm just trying to save some time

Excellent photo quality in most situations (though note issues below) ; Amazing expandability in terms of lenses, flashes ; Super fast performance ; 4X zoom a nice change from the usual 3X zoom ; CompactFlash Type II slot ; Impressive movie, playback...

Redeye worse than expected ; Too much purple fringing ; Lens blocks view through optical viewfinder at wide-angle setting ; Diopter correction knob difficult to operate ; The VGA movie mode found on other Canon cameras would be nice

I hope this helped in your decision making!

Expert review by: Canon G5 Review by Jeff Spirer


The G5 is latest in the Canon "G" series of compact digital cameras. It's important to frame this review in the context of what and how I shoot. I don't test cameras. Generally, I'm a street shooter, including people shots and my own twisted view of...

Product Specifications

The five megapixel PowerShot G5 digital camera is a serendipitous combination of high resolution, speed, portability and creative control presents photographers and photo enthusiasts with a versatile, full-featured tool for greater creative latitude. Housed in a rugged black enclosure, the PowerShot G5 digital camera features a 1/1.8" five megapixel CCD sensor that captures 2592 x 1944 pixel images with exceptional detail and color fidelity. Canon's DIGIC processor increases image-processing speeds compared to general purpose CPUs found in other comparable digital cameras. Canon's powerful 4x all-glass optical zoom lens provides shooters with a 35 mm equivalent range of 35 - 140 mm, a fast maximum aperture of f/2.0-3.0 and macro focusing down to 2 inches. The additional 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to provide photographers with 16x zoom functionality. And, like other PowerShot series cameras, the PowerShot G5 camera also has a Direct Connect print function that allows printing without a computer via Canon's line of dye-sublimation and Bubble Jet printers for fast, high-quality photos. For creative flash photography, the PowerShot G5 includes a 3-mode built-in flash with red-eye reduction and first or second curtain sync. The flash can be operated manually or automatically. Additionally, the PowerShot G5 digital camera is fully compatible with Canon's powerful EX-series Speedlites and E-TTL wireless flash accessories for superior lighting quality The PowerShot G5 is also compatible with high-quality Canon supplementary lenses including Wide and Tele converters as well as a Close-up lens. The PowerShot G5 Pro comes complete with a 1GB Microdrive, allowing over 400 high-resolution shots of outstanding quality to be taken and stored on a single charge without changing storage medium.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Digital Storage Media


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Stitch assist/Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:G5/G5 Pro
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-3.0
Max Focal Length:28.8mm
Min Focal Length:7.2mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4/4.1
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Media Type:Microdrive
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical