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Canon PowerShot G5
Canon PowerShot G5

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Canon PowerShot G5

We've given the G5 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot G5 receives consistent complaints about its images from professional reviewers and owners alike. While the G5 offers higher resolution and a longer zoom than the G3, many reviewers claim that persistent image noise and purple fringing makes the G3 a better alternative. Despite these complaints, however, the camera's overall performance gets good reviews.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 4x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file format
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 8398A020AA
  • UPC: 00013803024449
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2003

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Canon PowerShot G5 Reviews

Canon PowerShot G5 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon G5 (john — 07/19/2007)

Lovely litte camera that produces great pictures after all thats what its all about.
C.AB. is not too noticable to me and noise not an issue as I use mostly 100 asa. fits into pocket and is great for portraits and landscapes.
Lens cap is the only critisicm I have it drops off.

I had a yashica range finder camera for 28 years and this reminds me of it as its easy to carry around with me.

  • 3.0 out of 5
average camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i compared this camera with my cousins camera sony dsc v1.night photography is especially dim not supported by flash, .v bad red eye. takes a long time to focus .chromatic aberration is worse at long distance.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not up to my expectations of Canon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having been an owner of several Canon film cameras from the A-1 to Sureshot, as well as having used the A60 and A40 Digital camera's, my G5 was a disappointment for several reasons. The flash shadow with wide angle shots, poor focusing ability and extremely slow reaction time to the shutter being pressed makes it a very limited use camera for my needs. I will be moving up to digital SLR's as they come much closer to what I want and the Canon Rebel XT is one at the top of my list.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great pictures easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera can be as complicated or as easy as you want should be renamed G5v v for versatility

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First Great Camera in my life. Thinking to buy one more for personal use, i am using this for my product pic,,,and it works great.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is one of the best point and shoot cameras out there! This is the best camera for those intermmediate photographers! Tons of features, great picture quality! Long battery life (a huge plus) and easy to use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
No Purple Noise (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I've used this camera for four months and a range of conditions (including bright light) and have experienced no problems with purple fringing or image noise. I agree the lens barrel is noticeable when using the viewfinder, but on a digital camera how often do you use it? My only complaint is the tacky lens cover that comes with the camera. A company that builds equipment as well as Canon does surely could have done better.
  • 4.0 out of 5
The more I use it, the more I like it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
With 5 megapixels the images (to me) look very much like film. I've had one image printed at a local lab (Epson 2200) at 13x19 borderless. Still looked like film! The downer for me is the time-lag between pressing the shutter release and the time of the actual exposure. Maybe I'll need to move up to a digital SLR to get better performance. I have learned to anticipate and in some cases have captured "the moment" with this camera. I also have the 420 Canon flash which makes a big difference over the built-in flash. When inside with low ceilings, I usually bounce the light and the images look very natural. So in 6 months of use, I am very much enamored with what this camera can do. I am still learning how to take what I already know about photography and adding what I need to know about digital imaging. Next purchase: that Canon dedicated flash cord to take the 420 out of the hot shoe. (Yes I'd like to add a 550 flash to my kit. And I am lusting over a new printer, such as the i9900. Would I want to step up to a higher end digital camera? Sure. But for now I am grateful to have this nifty imaging device.