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streetlighter
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Dec 23, 2015 17:34 |  #1

Greetings, I'm currently looking at the G5x for street shooting. It pretty much ticks all the boxes except the little front dial by the grip.As I'll be shooting single handed, I'm concerned that if assigned a function such as shutter speed my finger will move the dial when shooting because it looks and feels easy to do. Any thoughts on the matter will be appreciated. Thanks for reading.




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Dec 23, 2015 21:48 |  #2

I believe you can disable it via the menu. You can always download the G5X user manual from the Canon website to read up on it prior to your purchase.




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Dec 23, 2015 21:59 |  #3

Do you plan on using the viewfinder but still shooting one handed?

If not and you're not going to be holding the camera to your eye, why not go with the G7x? The tilt screen will help with composing your shot from waist level and it's a somewhat smaller camera, yet has (I believe) the same innards as the G5x.


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Dec 24, 2015 10:13 as a reply to avigar's post |  #4

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I'm pretty sure you can disable it, yet it seems a shame to pay $$$$ for a camera whose feature must be disabled. I guess maybe I'm rethinking the purchase.




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Dec 24, 2015 10:14 as a reply to M_Six's post |  #5

Thanks for you reply. I'll take a look at the G7x.




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Dec 24, 2015 13:06 |  #6

streetlighter wrote in post #17830275 (external link)
Greetings, I'm currently looking at the G5x for street shooting. It pretty much ticks all the boxes except the little front dial by the grip.As I'll be shooting single handed, I'm concerned that if assigned a function such as shutter speed my finger will move the dial when shooting because it looks and feels easy to do. Any thoughts on the matter will be appreciated. Thanks for reading.

I've had the G5X for a couple of months. I usually shoot in Aperture priority, and the front dial controls aperture. I don't recall ever accidentally changing a setting. However, I can see how it might happen.

FYI - at least for Aperture and Shutter priority modes, I don't think you can disable the front dial. In those modes, the front dial is set for Aperture and Shutter Speed respectively. In the menu, the front dial is "grayed out." You can't choose it to change it.


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Dec 26, 2015 16:01 as a reply to LJ3Jim's post |  #7

Thanks for your reply. I think I'll pass on the camera as it may also be a little too small. Too bad, as it ticked so many boxes.




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Dec 26, 2015 20:22 |  #8

streetlighter wrote in post #17833189 (external link)
Thanks for your reply. I think I'll pass on the camera as it may also be a little too small. Too bad, as it ticked so many boxes.

Have you actually held a G5X or have seen one in person? It's slightly smaller than a bridge camera, more like a Canon G16. I haven't had any issues with the size of the camera. I've attached a hand strap on the right side to make it feel more secure for me. Also, since I shoot mostly in Aperture mode, I have the display programmed to show the Aperture info by default at all times, either through the LCD or EVF.




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Dec 27, 2015 09:33 as a reply to avigar's post |  #9

Yes, I've held it several times. Aside from the dial problem my hand seems a little too cramped for all day comfort. I mostly shoot single-handed.




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Dec 27, 2015 15:16 |  #10

streetlighter wrote in post #17833901 (external link)
Yes, I've held it several times. Aside from the dial problem my hand seems a little too cramped for all day comfort. I mostly shoot single-handed.

Have you looked into a bridge camera, something like the Panasonic Lumix FZ300? It's slightly larger than the G5X, but yet smaller than a DSLR. I like the fact that it has an EVF, Leica lens, and constant f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. Alternatively, there's also the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 with the larger sensor.

Here are the feature highlights of the FZ300 and the website link:

Capture moments with superb 4K imaging performance in both video and exclusive 4K PHOTO
24X Zoom (25-600mm) full-range F2.8 aperture Leica Lens
Worry-free splashproof / dustproof body
5 Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization assures steady photos and videos
12.1-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor achieves superb low light image quality

http://shop.panasonic.​com ...t-cameras/DMC-FZ300K.html (external link)




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Dec 28, 2015 09:03 as a reply to avigar's post |  #11

Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'll give them a look.




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Jul 27, 2017 08:30 |  #12

Its actually easy to operate the dial using one handed operation, although I would recommend using a wrist strap or the neck strap just in case you loose control of the camera and drop it. In fact my only gripe is that the Exposure Compensation Dial could have rather been a similar dial to the one on the front where you could rather assign shutter speed, iso or aperture - personally I hardly ever use exposure compensation, but maybe I will learn to use it more...


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