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Canon Updates Compact Lineup with G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III

Canon Updates Compact Lineup with G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III

Posted by Broadway Camera on 2019 Jul 10th

Successors to two of Canon's Powershot cameras were announced, with new features and functions updating the popular compact lineup. 

The Powershot G5 X II and Powershot G7 X Mark III share many of their main features such as a 20.1MP 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 8 image processor, continuous shooting mode up to 20fps and USB-C charging/power. 

Both models also receive a significant bump from 1080p Full HD video to 4K/30p without any crop. 1080p video now has a maximum frame rate of 120p, up from 60p. This makes both cameras capable small cameras for vloggers and other video content creators wanting 4K in a small, portable package.

The G5 X II received a major redesign, looking much more like it's siblings and less like a smaller M50 with it's mini "prism" hump. Instead the new version has a pop-up EVF housing, a rear touchscreen LCD and a new 5x optical lens. The new lens has a bit more reach at the long end with a 24-120mm range vs 24-100mm on the original G5 X while the maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8 remains the same.

The microphone input is a good indication that Canon knows the G7 X's userbase is as much about video as they are photos.

Another is that the G7 X III is the first Canon camera to feature the ability to stream straight to YouTube Live via Wi-Fi which, when paired with the new ability to power the camera off a USB-C battery, makes the camera an instant streaming setup with little else needed.

The Powershot G7 X III and G5 X II are expected to arrive at the end of August with MSRPs of $999.00 (G7 X III) and $1199.00 (G5 X II).