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18 Feb 2016
18 Feb 2016

New Gear: Canon EOS 80D DSLR and Redesigned 18–135mm Kit Lens

Canon 80D DSLR With Dual Pixel AF

Canon has always had kind of a lot going on in the middle of its DSLR lineup. The 7D Mark II is geared towards sports photography enthusiasts, while the full-frame 6D handles the more portrait and landscape-oriented crowd. Now, Canon is updating its mid-level APS-C line to include the 80D, which puts a clear focus on hybrid performance across still and video capture.

At the heart of the 80D is a brand new 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is coupled with a Digic 6 imaging processor. That’s a 2-megapixel bump up from the 70D that came before it. The big story in terms of performance, however, is the new autofocus system, which includes Canon’s Dual Pixel AF baked in at the sensor level.

The new AF system has 45 traditional AF points, all of which are cross-type, that can be used when shooting through the viewfinder. The coverage is both wider and taller in the frame than it was on the 70D and low-light performance has been improved. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF covers all of the effective pixels, which means they handle both imaging and focusing. As a result, Canon claims much better AF performance—in terms of both speed and accuracy—when shooting in Live View mode.

Canon 80D DSLR With Dual Pixel AF

While the Dual Pixel is useful for capturing stills, its primary function is to improve AF operation during video capture. The camera has a built-in headphone jack for monitoring audio levels and tops out at 1080p at 60 fps. Sorry, no 4K to be found here, which isn’t necessarily surprising at this level of DSLR, but since UHD is currently rising rather quickly in popularity, it would have been a very solid selling point.

The 80D will be available for $1,199 for the body only or $1,799 as part of a kit packaged with the new EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM Lens.

Canon 80D DSLR With Dual Pixel AF

The lens itself goes a bit beyond a simple refresh of a typical kit lens. The big news is the addition of the new Nano USM focusing motor, which promises to be fast during still shooting and puts an emphasis on smoother focusing when shooting video. Overall, it promises a faster focusing experience as well as four stops of optical image stabilization. It even comes with a hood, which is a nice addition for a lens that’s intended to be used as a day-to-day zoom.

Canon 80D DSLR With Dual Pixel AF

In addition to the lens, there’s also a new accessory called the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1. The adapter sits under the lens and allows for electronic zooming at 10 different speeds. It’s very clearly aimed at video shooters who need smooth and silent zooming without jostling the cameras. It will cost $150.

18 Feb 2016

New Gear: Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II Advanced Compact Camera

In addition to its new 80D DSLR, Canon is also announcing a the new G7X Mark II Advanced Compact camera.

The new G7X Mark II has just about all the things you’d expect from a high-end compact. It has a 4.2x zoom (24-100mm equivalent field of view) zoom lens with a maximum aperture range of F/1.8-2.8. Behind that is a 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor paired with Canon’s latest Digic 7 processor.

The back of the camera is equipped with a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD display that tilts and rotates. Despite that brand new and powerful Digic 7 image processor, the video capture still tops out at 1080p video rather than pushing up to 4K.

It’s meant to be an advanced camera, so it has some higher-end features like Raw capture with in-camera conversion so the files can easily be transmitted over the built-in Wifi. There’s even a dedicated Wifi function for quick sharing.

Canon G7X Mark II

It has a built-in Time Lapse Movie feature as well as a bevy of other scene-specific shooting modes often found in Canon compacts.

So, while it’s not exactly a revolutionary update, Canon should be able to put that extra processing power to work and provide a bump in image quality. We’ll be very interested to see just how much when we get a chance for a full review.

The PowerShot G7X Mark II will be available for $699 when it starts hitting the store shelves in May 2016.

18 Feb 2016

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS boasts new 40x zoom lens with a compact form factor

Canon has released a new long-zoom compact dubbed the PowerShot SX720 HS. New for this model is a lens with a wider zoom range compared to its predecessor, offering a 35mm-equivalent of 24-960mm at F3.3-6.9. The sensor remains a 20.3MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS unit with a DIGIC 6 image processor.

In addition to the new lens, the SX720 HS has a redesigned grip, and battery life has increased to a CIPA-rated 250 shots (355 in ECO mode). Photos can be composed on a 3″ LCD display with 922k dots. The camera carries over Canon’s Zoom Framing Assist system to automatically zoom in or out to follow subject movement and more accurately keep focus, and also comes with the Story Highlight feature to automatically compile images and videos from a day or event into a highlight reel with music and effects. Speaking of video, the SX720 can capture 1080/60p clips with stereo sound.

The SX720 HS will be available in March 2016 with an MSRP of $379.99.

Press release:

TAKE THAT CAMERA TO GO!  CANON U.S.A LAUNCHES COMPACT POWERSHOT G7 X MARK II AND POWERSHOT SX720 HS DIGITAL CAMERAS

Newest Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras Offer Outstanding Quality in Convenient Compact Size 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 17, 2016 – Ideal for both advanced amateur and pro photographers looking for a convenient, high performance compact camera with the ability to connect to compatible digital devices, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, proudly introduces the compact PowerShot G7 X Mark II1 and lightweight PowerShot SX720 HS digital cameras.

Canon’s new PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera pairs a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s new DIGIC 7 Image Processor to help reduce noise and deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light shooting situations. The PowerShot SX720HS digital camera boasts a new 40x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), providing outstanding performance, reach and resolution for everyday use and when shooting memorable family events, while easily slipping into a pocket or purse.

“In today’s world, compact cameras must work well with other devices and still offer superb quality. The PowerShot G7 X Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS cameras both provide outstanding image quality with amazing optical zoom lenses and they easily connect with compatible phones, tablets and other smart devices so great images can be shared and enjoyed” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.  

Sleek and Sophisticated 
The first Canon camera to feature Canon’s new high-speed DIGIC 7 Image Processor, the 

PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is a model of compact sophistication and speed with a high-quality sleek body and optimum comfort grip. Building on the success of Canon’s PowerShot G7 X digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera features a fast startup and improved RAW continuous shooting speed of up to eight frames per second (fps) with short intervals between shots. Additional features include: 

  • Bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) and a 9-blade iris diaphragm;
  • Multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt options of 180° up and 45° down;
  • Ability to capture 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communications (NFC™)*** capability with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos;
  • Picture Style function that offers superb command of in-camera color, contrast, and sharpness;
  • In-camera RAW conversion, making it possible to preview customized image processing modifications on the camera, without the use of a computer;
  • Convenient control ring lever that enables users to quickly switch between stepped and continuous ring movement; 
  • Time-Lapse Movie feature to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip;
  • Panning feature that allows the camera to lock onto the main subject using Canon’s Intelligent IS technology to automatically adjust the shutter speed for beautiful background blur.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $699.992.

Powerful Zoom Delivers Virtually Shake-Free Images
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is equipped with a new powerful zoom lens and is the ideal choice for amateur photographers looking to take a step up from a smartphone or entry-level digital camera to a lightweight, compact camera. The PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera’s new 40x Optical Zoom lens (24-960mm equivalent focal length range) uses one Hi-UD, three UD and three aspheric lens elements to help achieve high image quality and high magnification, while also utilizing Canon’s Intelligent Imaging Stabilizing (IS) technology for greater optical performance. 

As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX710 HS digital compact camera, the PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera features increases its zoom range while maintaining compact size for maximum convenience. Additional features include:

  • A dedicated Wi-Fi® button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos utilizing the camera’s built-in WiFi and NFCtechnology;
  • 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 6 Image Processor to help deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light;
  • 1080p/60 Full HD video capture with stereo sound;
  • 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle;
  • Zoom Framing Assist that allows the lens to automatically zoom in or out while the camera follows subject movement  and helps keep it in focus;
  • Story Highlight feature that enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos3 from a certain day or event into a mini-highlight reel with music and effects;
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create artistic images.
  • Canon’s PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $379.992.  

1 This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

2 Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice.  Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

3 Videos must be shot in Hybrid Auto or Short Clip.

* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

** Compatible with iOS® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, AndroidTM smartphone and tablet versions  4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.  Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

*** Compatible with Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS specifications

Price
MSRP $379
Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DIGIC 6
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-3200
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–960 mm
Optical zoom 40×
Maximum aperture F3.3 – F6.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 922,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Sports
  • Portrait
  • Smile
  • Wink Self-Timer
  • Face Self-Timer
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Low Light
  • Fireworks
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.00 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Continuous drive 5.9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-13L lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 270 g (0.60 lb / 9.52 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.42)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None
18 Feb 2016

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II boasts faster performance and improved ergonomics

Canon has introduced the PowerShot G7 X Mark II with a new DIGIC 7 processor, bringing much-needed improvements to camera performance. Maintaining its predecessor’s 20.1MP 1″-type CMOS sensor and 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, the G7 X II brings some updates to the camera’s exterior as well, with a re-designed grip, bottom-hinged 3″ 1.04M-dot LCD and a front control dial that can switch between clicking or smooth-turning operation.

The new processor allows for face registration and better subject detection in scenes of low saturation or similar colors. In addition, it dramatically speeds up camera performance, with Canon claiming continuous 8 fps Raw shooting. Battery life is also 25% better than the original G7 X, with a CIPA-rated number of 265 shots per charge.

Full 1080/60p HD video is offered, as in its predecessor, along with Wi-Fi and NFC. The G7 X II provides Picture Style processing modes borrowed from the EOS DSLR line, and time-lapse movie mode is included.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II will be offered for $699 with availability in May.

Press release:

TAKE THAT CAMERA TO GO!  CANON U.S.A LAUNCHES COMPACT POWERSHOT G7 X MARK II AND POWERSHOT SX720 HS DIGITAL CAMERAS

Newest Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras Offer Outstanding Quality in Convenient Compact Size 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 17, 2016 – Ideal for both advanced amateur and pro photographers looking for a convenient, high performance compact camera with the ability to connect to compatible digital devices, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, proudly introduces the compact PowerShot G7 X Mark II1 and lightweight PowerShot SX720 HS digital cameras.

Canon’s new PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera pairs a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s new DIGIC 7 Image Processor to help reduce noise and deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light shooting situations. The PowerShot SX720HS digital camera boasts a new 40x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), providing outstanding performance, reach and resolution for everyday use and when shooting memorable family events, while easily slipping into a pocket or purse.

“In today’s world, compact cameras must work well with other devices and still offer superb quality. The PowerShot G7 X Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS cameras both provide outstanding image quality with amazing optical zoom lenses and they easily connect with compatible phones, tablets and other smart devices so great images can be shared and enjoyed” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.  

Sleek and Sophisticated 
The first Canon camera to feature Canon’s new high-speed DIGIC 7 Image Processor, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is a model of compact sophistication and speed with a high-quality sleek body and optimum comfort grip. Building on the success of Canon’s PowerShot G7 X digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera features a fast startup and improved RAW continuous shooting speed of up to eight frames per second (fps) with short intervals between shots. Additional features include: 

  • Bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) and a 9-blade iris diaphragm;
  • Multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt options of 180° up and 45° down;
  • Ability to capture 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communications (NFC™)*** capability with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos;
  • Picture Style function that offers superb command of in-camera color, contrast, and sharpness;
  • In-camera RAW conversion, making it possible to preview customized image processing modifications on the camera, without the use of a computer;
  • Convenient control ring lever that enables users to quickly switch between stepped and continuous ring movement; 
  • Time-Lapse Movie feature to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip;
  • Panning feature that allows the camera to lock onto the main subject using Canon’s Intelligent IS technology to automatically adjust the shutter speed for beautiful background blur.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $699.992.

Powerful Zoom Delivers Virtually Shake-Free Images
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is equipped with a new powerful zoom lens and is the ideal choice for amateur photographers looking to take a step up from a smartphone or entry-level digital camera to a lightweight, compact camera. The PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera’s new 40x Optical Zoom lens (24-960mm equivalent focal length range) uses one Hi-UD, three UD and three aspheric lens elements to help achieve high image quality and high magnification, while also utilizing Canon’s Intelligent Imaging Stabilizing (IS) technology for greater optical performance. 

As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX710 HS digital compact camera, the PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera features increases its zoom range while maintaining compact size for maximum convenience. Additional features include:

  • A dedicated Wi-Fi® button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos utilizing the camera’s built-in WiFi and NFCtechnology;
  • 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 6 Image Processor to help deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light;
  • 1080p/60 Full HD video capture with stereo sound;
  • 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle;
  • Zoom Framing Assist that allows the lens to automatically zoom in or out while the camera follows subject movement  and helps keep it in focus;
  • Story Highlight feature that enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos3 from a certain day or event into a mini-highlight reel with music and effects;
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create artistic images.
  • Canon’s PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $379.992.  

1 This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

2 Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice.  Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

3 Videos must be shot in Hybrid Auto or Short Clip.

* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

** Compatible with iOS® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, AndroidTM smartphone and tablet versions  4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.  Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

*** Compatible with Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.

PowerShot G7 X Mark II specifications

Price
MSRP $699
Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3840 x 2880, 2304 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480, 720 x 408, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DIGIC 7
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 125-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CR2, 12-bit)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–100 mm
Optical zoom 4.2×
Maximum aperture F1.8 – F2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 31
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Self Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Panning
  • Star Portrait
  • Star Nightscape
  • Star Trails
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Underwater
  • Fireworks
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7.00 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 0r 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Also has time-lapse (normal and star), miniature effect, and digest modes
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-13L lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 265
Weight (inc. batteries) 319 g (0.70 lb / 11.25 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 42 mm (4.17 x 2.4 x 1.65)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None