Canon recently launched 3 new cameras – Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 80D and the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II. We got our hands on these and here are our first impressions about them:
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – Flagship Professional Camera with 4k Capabilities
As it was anticipated, this is the company’s latest flagship camera. The features and price tag make it loud and clear that it’s aimed at professionals. The camera has a full-frame 20.2-megapixel sensor; which can shoot up to 14 fps with auto focus and 16 without; has a native ISO range of 100-51200 with expanded sensitivity of up to 409600; and can capture 4K video up to 60 frames per second. There’s a sharper 1.62 million-dot 3.2-inch screen, a new auto focus system with 61 points (41 cross-type), and built-in GPS. The rugged body design is almost unchanged from 2012’s original 1D X, something that professionals will love and appreciate. The body will be priced at $5,999 and Canon also plans to sell a bundle with 64GB CFast Card and reader at $6,299, when the camera will be out in April.
Canon EOS 80D – A worthy Successor
The 80D is a successor to the 70D, which was released in 2013. The most significant upgrades are in the image sensor and auto focus. It uses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, a step higher than the 70D’s 20.2-megapixel sensor, and employs 45 autofocus points, up from 19 in the 70D. Canon combines it with the “dual pixel” autofocus technology that the company has been integrating into some of its newest cameras, where each image sensor pixel is capable of imaging and auto-focusing at the same time. Canon expects that the improved autofocus, plus the added ability to shoot in 60 frames per second at 1080p, will make this camera an obvious choice among video enthusiasts, an upcoming trend! The lens is a new f3.5-5.6 EF-S zoom with an 18-135mm range. It comes with image stabilization and a new version of Canon’s ultrasonic motor technology called “Nano USM.” Nano USM blends technologies from the company’s USM lenses with smooth and quiet performance of its stepping motor, or STM, lenses, which are typically better for video and focuses almost 4 times faster than before. While the body will cost $1,199, the kit with 18-135mm lens would cost $1,799, when the camera will hit stores in March.
Canon Powershot G7x Mark II – Evolved
While the G7x was Canon’s first camera sporting a 1-inch sensor, the new Powershot G7x Mark II is essentially the same camera as its predecessor. It has the same bright f1.8-f2.8 lens, with the same equivalent zoom range of 24mm-100mm. The camera still comes with optical image stabilization. And it’s still sporting a 3-inch, 1-million dot, tilting touch screen LCD on the back, though this one tilts in more directions than the one on the G7x. The biggest difference is the new DIGIC 7 image processor that makes the camera fast overall with one stop better low-light performance and much better focus tracking for moving subjects. The camera can shoot 1080p at 60FPS which is still the standard across the globe. Available in May, the Powershot G7x Mark II will cost $699.
A new lens and innovative Power Zoom Adapter:
Canon also announced a new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, which uses the company’s Nano USM focusing system for quieter and smoother autofocus. This will be available from April onwards. It also added a new accessory to its roster called the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, for variable powered zoom with a compatible lens. This will be available sometime in the second quarter of this year.
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