My Encounter with EVF in New Zealand and You Won't Know You Need It Till Now

Thanks to technology, we no longer have to go snapping photos through the tiny hole in our cameras. When was the last time you did that anyway? Unless you're a DSLR user, I'm assuming 99% of us go around snapping looking through the LCD monitor or our mobile phone screen. But my oh my, when I had the chance to try out the Canon PowerShot G5 X when traveling to New Zealand, I wouldn't be able to snap some of the photos if I had my own camera with me on that trip. Because the electronic viewfinder was super useful and awesome! I could see what I was capturing even if the object was far far away and under bright sunlight.

The advantage of electronic viewfinders is you get to see exactly what the camera's sensor sees and your view of a scene is never obstructed when taking a photo (Source). Especially useful when trying to take photos of object far away under glaring sunlight, you just can't see clearly through the LCD monitor.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Before zoom as viewed on the LCD viewfinder[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Viewed, zoomed and taken as seen on the electronic viewfinder[/caption]

The Canon PowerShot G5 X equipped with a high definition EVF and a vari-angle touch screen LCD panel was a great companion for trips oversea, weighing lesser than my own Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, I was super tempted to switch over but my current camera is still so new and awesome. Anyone wanna take it over from me? :P

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Air New Zealand domestic flight, my first flight on a propeller plane[/caption]

The Canon PowerShot G5 X comes with a large, 1.0-inch type, 20.2-megapixel image sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, bright f/1.8-2.8 aperture, and 4.2x zoom lens. Making this camera an almost all purpose compact camera that gives superb image quality.

The camera also has a large grip that is more secure to hold and has many dials that enable quick, convenient setting adjustment. Once you are used to the dials, switching between different settings is a breeze. This is something that I don't get on my G1 X Mark II. The vari-angel LCD touch-screen is very useful too and I could take low or high level shot and still able to see the subject through the screen.

Here's sharing some of the shots I took with the Canon PowerShot G5 X camera when I was in New Zealand.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Couldn't get close to these sheep as they will run away, so this was taken with help of the 4.2X zoom on the G5 X.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Wide view of the beautiful scenery from on top The Farm Cape Kidnappers at Hawke's Bay.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] And with the help of the EVF I could see and zoom all the way in to capture this from where I was standing. (See previous photo above for the wide view.)[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] That's our bus that brought us all up to The Farm Cape Kidnappers and presented us the amazing view of the birds nesting.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Even spotted one baby amongst the many birds and eggs. So cute right?[/caption]

Overall I personally feel that the Canon PowerShot G5 X is a great camera for anyone who wants an all-round, all-purpose kinda camera that's light and compact that captures great photos. I can't wait to print my own coffee-table book from all the photos I took during my trip.

The Farm Cape Kidnappers is located at 446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Find out more about them at

More of my New Zealand adventures coming up on Alvinology and The Loving Mum. Look out for it! :)

All photos in this post taken with the Canon PowerShot G5 X, no post-processing done on the photos.


  1. Sooner (than later), I am going to ditch my (heavy and chunky) DSLR for a 3/4 , or perhaps even prosumer. The advance of technology :)

    cheers, Andy

  2. I tried quickly scrolling past this post, but I can't.... the pictures of New Zealand is amazing!!! That is one incredible camera!! My heart is itching to make the switch too!

  3. Gorgeous photos! Makes me want to go New Zealand too.... And yes, I agree with that EVF thingy.

  4. photos are gorgeous. I'm still hesitating if I should get a proper camera or just stick to my phone. urgh

  5. oh wow I want to go New Zealand! Now. Those are really lovely photos!

  6. I am already looking for a smaller and handy camera, as going mad with kids and camera at the same time. New Zealand is so beautiful.

  7. Claudia, these teaser photos of NZ are too gorgeous! And I am impressed that the photos still turn out so sharp and vibrant at 4x zoom! I must check out this Canon Powershot soon...always wanted to get a better compact cam but dunno which one to look out for. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Claudia, the zoomed-in shots are awesome! I have always been very impressed by the Canon Powershot series, this is something I can consider other than the Olympus OMD series... Thanks for sharing a teaser to your NZ trip, such a blessing!

  9. The place looks beautiful! And Canon always makes awesome cameras.

  10. I gave up the idea of buying a new camera ... but you just revived that itch with this post! Great pictures!

  11. That's pretty good photo quality considering there's no post process on the pics at all! Nice!

  12. You should not go to a place like New Zealand for vacation. Saw on your Facebook that you wish to be able to immigrate there too. There's no halal there.


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