Canon EOS 7D Mark IIWith the photographic world’s eyes targeting the Photokina commerce present in Cologne, Germany this week, Canon is taking advantage of it by introducing 4 new cameras and three lenses. Extra importantly, among the gear is hardly the same-old, same-old – actually, two cameras are actually cool, together with the up to date EOS 7D Mark II DSLR and the PowerShot G7 X, an fanatic compact focused straight at Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 Mark II and III.
Canon is getting a whole lot of knocks for standing pat with its DSLRs, together with its full-frame fashions that haven’t been up to date in a while. Unhappy to say, no new ones are being introduced for Photokina. Many APS-C DSLRs are getting fairly grey across the temples, particularly the fanatic EOS 7D that was launched 5 years in the past (and continues to be accessible). Think about Apple or Samsung conserving a smartphone round that lengthy! Anyway, Canon has shaken off the cobwebs with the 7D Mark II (proven above), which has a brand new 20.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and Twin DIGIC 6 processors. What this provides as much as is a DSLR that grabs 10 frames per second (fps) and the bigger buffer enables you to seize as much as 1,000 pictures, relying on the scale of your card and chosen decision. The native ISO vary is 100-16,000 with a most of 51,200, making it way more aggressive with arch-rivals Nikon and Sony. Sadly, whereas there’s built-in GPS, Canon has determined to depart out Wi-Fi or NFC; irritating contemplating it’s nearly 2015, and even Nikon’s new D750 has it. A plus, nonetheless, are twin CF and SD card slots. Arriving in November, the camera prices $1,799 (physique solely) or $2,149 with 18-135mm lens with Stepping Motor (STM) technology for quieter zoom operation that’s so essential for motion pictures.
Additionally new for the weather-resistant Mark II is an improved 65-point (all cross-type) autofocus system and the second era Twin Pixel AF that’s now adjustable. We actually preferred the unique Twin Pixel system within the EOS 70D that enormously improves focus when capturing DSLR movies. See our review for extra particulars. Additionally bringing the camera into 2014 is 1080/60p movies, up from the 30p of the 7D.
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The PowerShot G7 X is bound to be one other spotlight of the Canon Photokina sales space. Due in October for $699, the compact camera has a 20.2MP 1-inch sensor, much like the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 and aforementioned RX100 collection. It has a built-in 4.2x zoom (24-100mm) with most apertures of f/1.8-2.8, identical to the $799 Sony RX100 Mark III however that one solely has a spread of 24-70mm. We’re certain these two would be the topic of fierce on-line debates, however we’ll reserve judgment till we get our palms on the G7 X. With that stated, it’ll be laborious to high the Sony Mark III’s pop-up OLED viewfinder and XAVC-S video.
PowerShot G7 X
The G7 X has a 3-inch touchscreen LCD (rated 1 million dots) that rotates 180 levels for selfie followers, can crank off 6.5 fps, has Wi-Fi/NFC functionality, and data 1080/60p motion pictures with full handbook overrides. The corporate claims a really quick autofocus time of 0.14 seconds with the 31-point AF system. Canon additionally notes this camera matches between the $799 PowerShot G1 X Mark II with its 1.5-inch chip and the $499 PowerShot G16 with a 1/1.7-inch imager that stay within the PowerShot line-up.
Whereas not as scintillating as these two cameras, Canon is updating the older PowerShot SX50 HS mega-zoom. As a substitute of only a 50x zoom, the brand new SX60 HS has a 65x f/3.5-6.5 lens with a 35mm equal vary of 21-1,365mm ($549 MSRP, due October). Total the digicam has been beefed up. The imager is now 16MP (versus 12) and it has the newer DIGIC 6 processor for six.4 fps bursts. Motion pictures at the moment are 1080/60p, whereas the 3-inch vari-angle LCD has 921K dots, up from 461K. Even the digital viewfinder is now 921K dots as an alternative of the 200K of the SX50 HS. Zoom Framing Help was one of many options we preferred in choose Canon mega-zooms because it helps reacquire a topic within the viewfinder at excessive telephoto. The brand new Superior Zoom Framing Help works equally however will rapidly body a human form. Once more, it sounds cool however we need to get our palms on a manufacturing mannequin earlier than providing a closing opinion.
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
The Canon PowerShot N-series can also be getting a slight makeover and a value drop to $299; the present N100 has a $329 MSRP. The N-series is Canon’s try to push again the smartphone camera tidal wave and it hasn’t actually finished the job, even with a devoted Fb link-up. The brand new N2, due December and accessible in black or white, has the identical physique form as the unique N, however has an 8x zoom (28-224mm) versus 5x of the N100. In response to person ideas Canon stated the management ring could be pushed in any course to make camera changes. Additionally, the display now flips all the way in which up for selfies, which resolves a significant criticism we had with the unique N.
Canon PowerShot N2
Canon additionally took the wraps off three lenses, starting from the chic to the ridiculous – no less than when it comes to value. The ridiculous one, for deep-pocketed photographers, is the brand new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens for a cool $6,899. It’s due in November and is an replace to the unique 400mm launched 13 years in the past (we informed you Canon doesn’t have a repute as essentially the most aggressive camera producer on the block!). The lens makes use of multi-layered defracted components to remove chromatic aberration and to cut back dimension the burden, in keeping with Canon.
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens
EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
EF-S 24mm f/2.8 lens
Arriving in December is the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom with STM technology, for $549. Rounding out the introductions is the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 prime pancake lens for $149. Notice: EF-S lenses are designed for DSLRs utilizing APS-C sensors whereas EF glass works with all EOS our bodies.
Absent from these camera introductions are any fundamental point-and-shoots. These are usually launched at Worldwide CES in January. Given the collapse of the digicam market as a consequence of smartphone pictures, count on only a few bulletins early subsequent 12 months. Canon’s N collection didn’t actually stem the tide.