Just before the Christmas of ’15, I (with the help of my family) purchased the Canon Powershot G5X. Let me put the disclaimer out now, I am no photography expert. I like cameras, I like photography, but I admit that when it comes to shutter speed, aperture, metering and things like that, I am very amateur. But I guess, that’s the fun – I like to learn on the job, testing and experimenting to see what works. I usually take my photos on the Canon EOS 7D with a EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, which is a fantastic little lens that provides me with that great blur effect in the background. The downfall, though, of always using such a big camera is that it gets really heavy to lug around and the lens is very 1:1 meaning that I need to be about 10 metres away from the camera for a full body shot – not fun when you’re in a public area with people walking in front of the camera, unaware that a photo is being taken.
This is where the G5X comes in really handy. It’s small, but powerful. It takes brilliant photos and still has that great blur effect (it goes up to f/1.8). Other pros about this little guy is that it has a touch screen that rotates 180° making it great for flatlays and assists with shooting at different angles. The photo quality is fantastic and I will say that on some occasions, like shooting at the beach, I will favour this over my DSLR as it automatically adjusts the settings for me so my skin colour doesn’t end up merging with the colour of the sand. I’m sure my DSLR can do that too, I just don’t know what the settings should be!
There’s definitely many more pros about this camera that only experience will show me. When I find out, I’ll be sure to let you guys know. The only con about it is that the battery life is quite poor, buy a spare battery if you’re planning to be away from power for more than 2 days.