Point-and-shoot cameras are an ultra-portable and user-friendly addition to a shooter's kit. Oftentimes, they have similar color sciences and settings as their bigger siblings (case in point, the RX100 and the a7III can both shoot in S-Log 2 and up to 120 frames per second).

Canon's G-series line of cameras has been long-time loves of the likes of travel and lifestyle content creators (vloggers, specifically). Canon took note and responded with two new point-and-shoot cameras, the G5X II and the G7X III.


Canon's New Powershot G5X IICredit: Adorama

The more expensive of the two, the G5X II can capture 4K at 30p and FHD at 120p. It also features Panoramic Shooting mode, Star Shooting mode, and Continuous Shooting mode, as well as a pop-up OLED viewfinder.

Key Features

  • 1" 20.1 MP Stacked CMOS sensor (previously only found in the Sony RX-Series cameras)
  • 24-120mm (equivalent) f1.8-2.8 lens
  • Built-in 3-stop ND filter (how??? It's so small!)
  • Pop-up OLED viewfinder
  • 3" Flip-up touch display
  • RAW burst up to 30fps for 70 shots
  • Up to 4K/30p video (no 24p... *cough* EOS RP *cough*)
  • HD video up to 120p

The G5X II costs $899 and will be available in August.


​With headlining features like vertical video compatibility and livestreaming, Canon seems to have addressed a lot of interests in the social media market and put them all into the G7X III.

Canon's New Powershot G7X IIICredit: Adorama

Key Features

  • 20.1 Megapixel 1.0" Stacked CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom Lens (24-100mm f/1.8-2.8) with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 4K 30p / FHD 120p Video
  • 3.0-inch Touch Panel LCD Screen with Tilt Option of 180-degrees for Selfies
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with Auto Image Transfer
  • External Microphone Support, Clean HDMI Output
  • USB Charge/ Power Supply Compatible
  • Continuous Shooting at up to 20 fps
  • Configuration: Includes Camera Only
  • Resolution: 20 MP
  • Media Type: SD Card
  • Optical Zoom: 4.2x Optical Zoom
  • Digital Zoom: 4x Digital Zoom

The G7X III costs $749 and will also be available in August.

How Do the G5X II and the G7X III Compare?

Which camera should you go with if you were trying to decide between the two? Well, that depends. The G7X III is more affordable than the G5X II and it also has external mic support (which is huge). However, the G5X II has an eye-level viewfinder and a longer lens. 

So, it all just depends on what your needs are. Are you trying to save a little money? Are you wanting to plug in an external mic? That's where the G7X III has its advantages. Will you be shooting outdoors in the bright sun a lot? Are you wanting to capture, say, wildlife from far away? The G5X II shines here.

What do you think about point-and-shoot cameras? Do they still have a place in the market? Let us know in the comments.