Record Screens & Menus


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You can choose from 10 shooting options with the Canon PowerShot G5 X's mode dial. As you twist the mode dial, icons representing each shooting mode will appear across the top of the screen, along with a brief explanation of the mode. The mode dial settings are:

  • Auto - Fully automatic shooting
  • Hybrid Auto - (camera and filmstrip icon) Automatic shooting with short video clip recorded before the image is recorded to create a still image/video hybrid
  • P - Program Auto
  • Tv - Shutter Priority
  • Av - Aperture Priority
  • M - Manual
  • C - Custom settings
  • Movie - (movie camera icon) Gain more control over video recording modes
  • SCN - Scene modes
  • Creative Shot - (multiple rectangles) Shoot six still images with one shutter press with special effects the camera selects automatically

When using Auto mode with the PowerShot G5 X, you'll see Auto in the upper left corner of the screen. (Sometimes this icon will change to a scene mode icon, depending on the lighting conditions for the scene.) The flash mode and drive mode icons appear under the Auto icon. To the right of the Auto icon are the image stabilization, battery charge, photo resolution, and movie resolution icons, as well numbers indicating the remaining space on the memory card for storage.

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Turn the mode dial to P to enter Program mode, and you'll see a P icon in the upper left corner.

Press the G5 X's Info button (on the bottom of the four-way button) a few times to change the view on the screen. In addition to the icons in the upper left corner that match what you saw in Auto mode, you'll see icons for a leveling graph, a histogram, the ISO setting, and the EV setting as you press the Info button multiple times. A grid will appear too.

When shooting in Program mode and other advanced shooting modes, you'll have the option of changing the exposure value. The exposure valuation graph is along the bottom of the screen. Twist the EV dial on the top panel of the camera to change the EV setting.

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In Manual mode you'll be able to make changes to the shutter speed and aperture value. Change the aperture by twisting the ring around the lens housing, and a small graph will appear in the lower portion of the screen as you twist the lens ring.

You can do the same when shooting in Aperture Priority mode.

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To change the shutter speed when shooting in Manual mode, use the command dial on the front of the camera, just in front of the shutter button. You can use the command dial in the same way when shooting in Shutter Priority mode.

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The Canon G5 X's four-way button offers shortcuts to various features. We already discussed the Info button, which allows you to change the information displayed on the screen in shooting modes. The four-way button menu options in Program mode are:

  • Top - Autofocus mode (One-Shot AF, Servo AF) and Continuous Shot mode (Single Shot, Continuous)
  • Right - Flash (Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off) (Only available when flash has been opened manually)
  • Bottom - Info (determines what data is shown on the screen in shooting modes)
  • Left - Focus (Macro, Normal, Manual Focus)

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The manual focus mode Canon offers with the PowerShot G5 X honestly is probably a bit more hassle to use than it's worth. It does work pretty well, but you have to press quite a few buttons to make it work, which is time consuming. The camera's autofocus mode works well enough in most instances that you'll probably only want to use manual focus on rare occasions where the scene's subjects and lighting will leave autofocus unable to work properly. Manual focus is only available in advanced shooting modes.

To use manual focus mode, select Manual Focus from the Focus menu by pressing the left part of the four-way button. A line graph will appear on the right side of the screen indicating the distance to the focus point. You'll spin the four-way button to change the manual focus point distance, and you'll see the scene on the camera's display screen change to reflect the changes in focus, so you can see when the sharpest focus is achieved.

When working with manual focus you can magnify the scene, making it easier to accurately dial in the focus. Press the Flash button on the four-way button (right side) to magnify the scene by either 5x or 10x on the display screen.

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The PowerShot G5 X, like most Canon cameras in this model range, offers a Q menu, which provides shortcuts to commonly used camera settings. The icons offered in the Q menu will change, depending on which shooting mode you're using. The Q menu icons will appear on the right and left sides of the screen. As you highlight an icon, the options you can choose will appear along the lower part of the screen with an explanation in the middle of the screen.

Press the Q/Set button on the back of the camera to open the Q menu, or touch the Q icon in the upper right corner of the display screen. You can operate the Q menu either using the four-way button or by touching the icons. The Q menu options in Program mode are:

  • AF Method - Face + Tracking, 1-Point AF
  • Image Quality - RAW 20MP, JPEG (L Superfine 20MP, L Fine 20MP, M1 Superfine 12MP, M1 Fine 12MP, M2 Superfine 4MP, M2 Fine 4MP, S Superfine 0.3MP, S Fine 0.3MP)
  • Movie Quality - Full HD 59.94 fps, Full HD 29.97 fps, Full HD 23.98 fps, HD 29.97 fps, SD 29.97 fps
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 Sec., 2 Sec., Custom Timer
  • ND Filter - Off, Auto, On
  • Light Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg., Spot
  • ISO - Auto, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
  • White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2
  • My Colors - (discussed below)
  • DR Correction - Off, Auto, 200%
  • Shadow Correct - Off, Auto
The curved arrow icon is the back button.

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The options in the Q menu are much less complex under Auto mode, including:

  • Image Quality - L 20M, M1 12M, M2 4M, S 0.3M
  • Movie Quality - Full HD 59.94 fps, Full HD 29.97 fps, Full HD 23.98 fps, HD 29.97 fps, SD 29.97 fps
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 sec., 2 sec., Custom Timer
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1

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Canon offers what it calls Creative Shot mode with many of its G series PowerShot cameras, including the G5 X. Turn the mode dial to the multiple rectangles icon to use Creative Shot mode.

In Creative Shot mode, the Canon G5 X will record six still images in about one second, applying special effects randomly to each image. You can tell the camera to limit its images to a certain family of special effects using the ring around the lens. The options are:

  • Auto
  • Retro
  • Monochrome
  • Special
  • Natural
You also can shoot four separate four-second video clips in Creative Shot mode, and the camera will play them all as a single clip in Playback mode.

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My Colors is one special effect option for your images with the PowerShot G5 X. The easiest way to access My Colors is through the Q menu, and the My Colors options are:

  • Off
  • Vivid
  • Neutral
  • Sepia
  • B/W
  • Positive Film
  • Lighter Skin Tone
  • Darker Skin Tone
  • Vivid Blue
  • Vivid Green
  • Vivid Red
  • Custom Color

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Another set of special effects are available under the list of the scene modes, marked by SCN on the mode dial. When working in the SCN shooting mode, press the Q/Set button, and the available scene modes will appear along the bottom of the screen. The scene mode options are:

  • Self Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Star
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Nostalgic
  • Fish-Eye Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • Toy Camera Effect
  • Background Defocus
  • Soft Focus
  • Monochrome
  • Super Vivid
  • Poster Effect
  • Fireworks
As you select various scene modes, you may see different icons appear on the screen, giving you the option of making precise adjustments to the individual scene mode settings.

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) effects are especially interesting with the PowerShot G5 X, and you can make more precise individual changes to the HDR setting. Spin the dial on the lens housing to select the type of HDR you want to use, including:

  • Natural
  • Art Standard
  • Art Vivid
  • Art Bold
  • Art Embossed
The current type of HDR is listed in the lower left corner of the screen.

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Although you can record movies from any shooting mode, Canon gave the PowerShot G5 X a movie shooting mode, marked by the movie camera icon on the mode dial. When you use the movie shooting mode, you can make specific changes to the movie recording settings that aren't available in other shooting modes.

When you press the red movie record button on the back of the camera, you'll start and stop the recording. A red Rec icon will appear in the upper right corner of the screen to indicate a video recording is currently occurring, and the time elapsed will appear along the top of the screen.

As with still images, press the Info button on the back of the G5 X to change the data displayed on the screen during a video recording. When the mode dial is turned to the movie camera icon, you can access the movie mode settings through the Q menu, including:

  • Standard
  • Short Clip
  • Manual
  • iFrame Movie

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Press the Menu button on the back of the camera to see the Shooting menu, which is marked with a camera icon on the tab in the upper left corner and is displayed in red. Depending on which shooting mode you've selected on the mode dial, some settings in the menu may be grayed out.

You can either touch each menu listing to open it, or you can highlight it and press the Q/Set button to open it. Each "page" of menu settings is indicated with a numbered tab near the top of the screen. When using the four-way button to work through the menus, you'll press the left and right buttons to move to different pages and the up and down buttons to scroll between the options currently displayed. Using this navigation takes a little bit of practice.

The menu structure in the G5 X is very similar to most PowerShot cameras. It's unfortunate Canon has not redesigned these menus to make better use of the company's touchscreen cameras, perhaps something similar to what it has done with the Q menu, which is more touchscreen friendly than the G5 X's primary menus.

In Program mode the Shooting menu options are (beginning with tab 1 and moving to the right):

  • Image Quality - RAW 20MP, JPEG (L Superfine 20MP, L Fine 20MP, M1 Superfine 12MP, M1 Fine 12MP, M2 Superfine 4MP, M2 Fine 4MP, S Superfine 0.3M, S Fine 0.3M) (use this menu command to choose to shoot in either RAW or JPEG alone or to shoot in both RAW and JPEG at the same time)
  • Still Image Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1
  • Shooting Information Display - Screen Info/Toggle Settings (Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3), VF Info/Toggle Settings (Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3), VF Vertical Display (On, Off), Grid Display (3x3, 4x5)
  • Reverse Display - On, Off
  • Display Mode - Display Priority (Smooth, Power Saving), VF Display
  • VF Display Format - Display 1, Display 2
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 Sec., 2 Sec., Custom
  • Review Image After Shooting - Display Time (Off, Quick, 2 sec., 4 sec., 8 sec., Hold), Display Info (Off, Detailed)
  • Touch Shutter - Enable, Disable
  • Face ID Settings - Face ID (On, Off), Add to Registry (Add a New Face, Add Face Info), Check/Edit Info, Erase Info
  • Function Assignment - Shutter/AE Lock, Dials, Movie Button, Focus Button
  • Quick Setting Menu Layout - AF Method, Image Quality, Movie Quality, Self-Timer, ND Filter, Light Metering, ISO Speed, White Balance, My Colors, DR Correction, Shadow Correct, Still Image Aspect Ratio
  • Save Settings
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.6x, 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - Off, On
  • AF Operation - One-Shot AF, Servo AF
  • AF Method - Face + Tracking, 1-point AF
  • AF Frame Size - Normal, Small
  • Continuous AF - Off, On
  • AF-Assist Beam - Off, On
  • MF-Point Zoom - Off, 5x, 10x
  • Safety MF - Off, On
  • MF Peaking Settings - Peaking (Off, On), Level (Low, High), Color (Red, Yellow, Blue)
  • IS Settings - IS Mode (Off, Continuous, Shoot Only), Dynamic IS (Low, Standard)
  • Movie Auto Level - Enable, Disable
  • Bracketing - BKT-Off, AEB, Focus-BKT
  • ISO Speed - ISO Speed (Auto, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800), ISO Auto Settings (Max ISO Speed (400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800), Rate of Change (Standard, Fast, Slow))
  • DR Correction - Off, Auto, 200%
  • Shadow Correct - Off, Auto
  • Light Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg., Spot
  • ND Filter - Off, Auto, On
  • Flash Control - Flash Exp. Comp (-2 to +2 in 1/3 increments), Shutter Sync. (1st-Curtain, 2nd-Curtain), Red-Eye Lamp (Off, On), Safety FE (Off, On)
  • White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2
  • WB Correction - Horizontal (B9 to A9), Vertical (G9 to M9)
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Red, Green, Blue, Skin Tone)
  • High ISO NR - Low, Standard, High
  • Spot AE Point - Center, AF Point
  • Blink Detection - Off, On
  • Movie Quality - Full HD 59.94 fps, Full HD 29.97 fps, Full HD 23.98 fps, HD 29.97 fps, SD 29.97 fps
  • Wind Filter - Auto, Off
  • Attenuator - Auto, On, Off
  • Auto Slow Shutter - Enable, Disable

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The middle tab across the top of the Menu screen represents the Setup menu (marked with a wrench icon). The Setup menu options are listed in yellow, and they are:

  • Create Folder - Monthly, Daily
  • File Numbering - Continuous (recommended), Auto Reset
  • Format - Format the memory card; deletes all files
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Display Settings - Display Control (Auto, Manual), Manual Display (Viewfinder, Screen)
  • Electronic Level - Horizontal Roll Calibration, Vertical Pitch Calibration, Reset
  • Start-up Image - 1, 2, Off
  • Eco Mode - On, Off
  • Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off); Display Off (10 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 3 min.)
  • Display Brightness - Adjust the LCD's default brightness; 5 levels
  • Night Display - Off, On
  • Time Zone - Choose time zones for Home, World
  • Date/Time - Set the Date and Time of the internal clock/calendar
  • Lens Retraction - 0 sec., 1 min.
  • Language - Choose the menu language, 31 options
  • Mute - On, Off
  • Volume - Start-up Vol. (Level 0 to 5), Operation Vol. (Level 0 to 5), Self-timer Vol. (Level 0 to 5), Shutter Volume (Level 0 to 5)
  • Sound Options - Start-up Sound (1, 2), Operation Sound (1, 2), Self-timer Sound (1, 2), Shutter Sound (1, 2)
  • Hints & Tips - On, Off
  • Touch Operation - Standard, Sensitive, Disable
  • Units - m/cm, ft/in
  • Wi-Fi Settings - NFC (On, Off), Password (On, Off), Target History (On, Off), Resize for Sending (M2, No), Change Device Nickname, Check MAC Address, Reset Settings
  • Mobile Device Connect Button - OK, Cancel
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Copyright Info - Display Copyright Info, Enter Author's Name, Enter Copyright Details, Delete Copyright Info
  • Reset All - Restore all settings to their factory defaults
Some Setup menu commands may be grayed out, depending on the settings you're using.

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The My Menu option is marked with a star icon and a green tab. Use My Menu to create a customized list of the settings you use most often.


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