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PowerShot G5

PowerShot G5

PowerShot G5

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Marketed June 2003

The PowerShot G5, which succeeds the 4-megapixel PowerShot G3 released in November 2002, combines the high performance and versatility of its predecessor with a high-resolution 1/1.8″ 5-megapixel CCD sensor, which realizes large images of up to 2,592 x 1,944 pixels for enhanced imaging performance.

Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processor optimizes the performance of the 5-megapixel CCD sensor to achieve image quality at the highest level in its class. Specialized for digital cameras, DIGIC architecture uses an enhanced signal-processing algorithm to enable processing power far greater than that of conventional technology. Executing large-volume, complex calculations in a split second, DIGIC realizes boosted image quality, auto-focus precision, and image-processing speed.

The PowerShot G5 also utilizes iSAPS technology to improve not only focus speed and accuracy, but also exposure and white-balance performance. Using Photographic Space information drawn from a database of thousands of photos, iSAPS technology allows the camera to pre-analyze each scene for faster auto-focusing and more precise auto-exposure and auto-white-balance performance than ever before.

Moreover, Canon’s Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically detects whether a picture is being taken horizontally or vertically, and adjusts the auto-focus, auto-exposure and auto-white-balance accordingly to ensure optimum results regardless of the orientation. The sensor also automatically orients the image correctly for previewing on the camera’s LCD screen or a PC monitor.

The PowerShot G5 caters to the varied needs of both advanced amateurs and semi-professionals with an extensive range of high-end photo features, including FlexiZone AF/AE, which allows users to shift the AF/AE frame freely within the viewfinder to focus on off-center subjects without having to reposition the shot; and AE and Focus Bracketing, enabling the selection of bracket ranges up to two full stops from the normal setting in 1/3-stop increments to ensure that the desired effect is achieved.

Moreover, Second-Curtain Sync, which fires the flash at the end of the exposure, allows streaks of light to flow naturally behind the movement of the subject when shooting in Slow Synchro Mode. An internal ND (neutral density) filter decreases the amount of light passing through the lens to enable the use of slower shutter speeds, or wider apertures, in bright conditions to achieve background blur and slow-sync effects.

Matching performance with style, the G5 features a lightweight highly durable aluminum cover finished in black Alumite for a striking appearance befitting the flagship model.

Camera effective pixels Approx. 5 million
Image sensor 1/1.8″ CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 5.3 million)
Lens 7.2 (W) – 28.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
F 2.0 (W) – 3.0 (T)
Digital zoom Up to approx. 4.1 X (Up to approximately 16 times in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
Field of view approx. 83%
Dioptric adjustment -3 to +1m -1 (dpt equivalent)
LCD monitor 1.8″, TFT color LCD/Picture coverage 100%
Autofocus method TTL autofocus (continuous or single)
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing point 1 focusing point (Any position is available)
Shooting distance
(from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal AF : 50 cm (1.6 ft.) – infinity
Macro AF : 5 cm (W) / 15 cm (T) – 50 cm
(2.0 in. (W) / 5.9 in. (T) – 1.6 ft.)
Manual focus : 5 cm (W) / 15 cm (T) -infinity
(2.0 in. (W) / 5.9 in. (T) -infinity)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter speeds 15 – 1 / 2000 sec.
1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-Priority mode or Manual mode
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or more operates with noise reduction
Light metering system Evaluative, Center-Weighted Averaging or Spot (Center or AF Point)
Exposure control method Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control
AE lock is available
Exposure compensation ± 2.0 stops (in 1/3-stop increments)
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available
(equivalent film speed)
Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200 and ISO 400 equivalent
White balance TTL auto white balance, pre-set white balance (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Flash) or Custom white balance (Custom1/ Custom2)
Built-in flash Auto, On, Off
Red-eye reduction On: Red-eye reduction auto / Red-eye reduction On / Off
Red-eye reduction Off: On / Off
Flash range 70 cm – 5.0 m (2.3 – 16.5 ft.) (W), 70 cm – 4.0 m (2.3 – 13.1 ft.) (T)
(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)
Terminals for external flash Sync-terminals at accessory shoe
Use of following external flashes is recommended:
Canon Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Flash exposure compensation ±2.0 stops (in 1/3-stop increments), FE lock, Slow-sync and 1st-curtain / 2nd curtain flash are available
Shooting modes Auto
Creative zone : Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture
priority, Manual, Custom1 and Custom2
Image zone : Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Stitch
Assist and Movie
Continuous shooting High-Speed continuous shooting : Approx. 2.0 image/sec.
Standard continuous shooting : approx. 1.5 image/sec.
(Large / Fine mode with LCD viewfinder off)
Self-timer Activates shutter after a 2-sec. / 10-sec. delay
Interval shooting : Shooting interval: approx. 1 – 60 min. (1 min. increments)
Number of shots: 2 – 100 shots (Maximum number of shotsvaries according to CF card capacity)
Wireless control Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is included in the camera kit)
When shooting, image is captured ontime / 2-sec. / 10-sec. after shutter button pressed
PC-connected shooting Available
(Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit)
Recording media CompactFlash™ (CF) card (Type I and Type II)
File format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF-compliant
Image recording format Still images : Exif 2.2 (JPEG) or RAW
Movies : AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE [monaural])
JPEG compression mode Super fine, Fine or Normal
Number of recording pixels Still Images: Large : 2592 x 1944 pixels
Medium1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium2: 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies : 320 x 240 pixels (approx. 3 min.)*
160 x 120 pixels (approx. 3 min.)*
Approx. 15 frames/second

* The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.

Replay modes Single (Histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Slide Show or Image output to direct Printer (CP-300 / CP-200 / CP-100 / CP-10 and Ink Jet Printer with the direct print function)
My Camera Settings (customizing) The Start-up Image, Start-up Sound, Shutter Sound, Operation Sound and Selftimer Sound can be customized using the following methods.
  1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
  2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B) (Normal or PTP selectable), Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
  1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511) (included in the camera kit/optional)
  2. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-512) (optional)
  3. Compact Power Adapter (CA-560) (included in the camera kit)
  4. Car battery adapter (Optional Charge Adapter/Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 is required)
Operating temperatures 0 – 40°C (32 – 104°F)
Operating humidity 10 – 90 %
(w x h x d)
121.0 x 73.9 x 69.9 mm (4.8 x 3.0 x 2.8 in.) excluding protrusions
Weight Approx. 410 g (14.5 oz.) (camera body only)