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Canon launches PowerShot G5 X and compact G9 X; both sport 20MP 1-inch sensors

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Canon has introduced two new compact cameras in the PowerShot series – the high end replacement for the G7 X called the G5 X and the more mid-range G9 X. Both the cameras will come with a 1-inch CMOS sensor. The Canon G5 X is priced at $799 (approx Rs 52,000) and the Canon G9 X is priced at $529 (approx Rs 34,500).

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Apart from sporting the same sensor, both the cameras also sport the same DIGIC 6 image processor as well. They both have support for Wi-fi and NFC and support an ISO range of  125 to 12,800. Both cameras are capable of shooting at 1080/60p resolutions and also offer RAW shooting mode.

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These new cameras also feature the Star Mode, which Canon claims will provide more control for stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode has been enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.

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The differentiating aspect in the two camera is the presence of a 2.36-million dot electronic view finder on the G5 X, whereas the G9 X just comes with a fixed 3-inch 1040k-dot touchscreen LCD. While the G5 X has the same rear display as well, it is fully articulated.

The other differentiator is that the G5 X uses a 24-100mm equivalent f/1.8-f/2.8 lens whereas the G9 X uses a 28-84mm equivalent f/2.0-f/4.9 lens. Both the cameras have a control dial around the lenses. The NB-13L lithium ion battery pack is rated at 210 shots for the G5 X and 220 shots for the G9 X.
Both the cameras are expected to start selling from November onwards.

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