• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Canon G5X

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 215 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    75 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.9 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G5X advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $699* vs $2699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.6 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Photographer-friendly controls; Good OLED viewfinder; Good image quality with sharp detail especially with RAW; Vari-angle touchscreen display.

  • Only 31 autofocus points; Subpar continuous shooting performance; Soft corners at wide-angle; Flare issues and fringing shooting wide-open; No 4K video; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon G5X
Sony A900
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Canon G5X
Nikon D3X
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon G5X
Sony A850
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G7X

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon G7X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $616
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon G5X
Canon G7X
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $616
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon G7X Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon G7X Mark II
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $649
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon G5X
Canon G7X Mark II
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $649
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
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