Canon Updates Compact Camera Line With G5 X, G9 X and M10

by Devin Coldewey /  / Updated 
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The latest offerings from photography giant Canon are on the small side: a pair of compacts with lenses built in and a new version of the company's smallest interchangeable-lens M-series.

The M10 (above) is a design update to the existing M2, adding a swiveling LCD, pop-up flash and more low-key profile. The 18-megapixel sensor is the same as its predecessor, but there's a new image processor and a super-compact 15-45mm, f/3.5-6.3 kit lens. Very few manual controls, as before, mean you'll be doing most of your exposure adjustments on the 3-inch touchscreen. With the lens included, it should cost $600 in November.

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Canon decided to follow up the compact, fixed-lens G7 X with two models, one adding features and one subtracting them. The G9 X is more like a luxury point-and-shoot, packing a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor behind a 3x zoom and not much else. At $530, it competes with other nice compacts like Sony's RX100.

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That camera's big sibling, the G5 X, is perhaps most immediately noticeable for a design that, well, isn't for everyone. This chunky, dial-studded camera isn't the most elegant thing on the market, but shooters who want something small yet still catering to pros will appreciate it. There's an electronic viewfinder in that hump, a rotating touchscreen on the back, and control dials just about everywhere. It inherits the G7 X's 24-100mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 zoom, but it's a bit more expensive at $800.

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