Canon Unveils the EOS 6D Mark II Full-frame DSLR for Enthusiasts

Canon EOS 6D Mark II with EF24-105mmF4L II

As rumoured for weeks, Canon has finally announced the EOS 6D Mark II, an update to the popular EOS 6D released some time ago. Powering the new camera is a 26.2MP full-frame CMS sensor, a slight increase over the 20MP one used in the Mark 1. Image processing duties are performed by a DIGIC 7, which is capable of an ISO range of between 100 to 40,000 (25,600 in the Mark 1.) High-speed continuous shooting speed has also been increased to 6.5fps, compared to 4.5fps on the Mark 1.

The AF system features 45 cross-type AF points, a significant improvement over the Mark 1 where it only has 11 AF points, with only the centre point being a cross-type. The sensor also has Dual Pixel CMOS AF which provides phase detect AF during full HD video recording. Sadly, there is no 4K video recording on this camera, which is quite a bummer.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II with LCD flipped open.

A 3″ fully articulated LCD screen graces the rear of the camera, a first of its kind on a full-frame DSLR. It also has dust and water resistance, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity as well as GPS.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Rear View

The EOS 6D Mark II will be available from late July 2017 at US$1,999 for the body alone. You can also get it paried with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM for US$2,599 or with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for US$3,099.

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Canon Releases a Trio of New Cameras—EOS M6, EOS Rebel T7i/800D and EOS 77D

Canon EOS M6 with EVF-DC2 and EF-S 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens

Canon has announced a trio of new cameras—The EOS M6 Mirrorless, EOS Rebel T7i (also known as 800D outside USA) and the EOS 77D.

EOS M6

Contrary to what the name suggests, the M6 is not an update to the recently-released EOS M5. Instead, it sits below the EOS M5 and is an upgrade to the old EOS M3. How confusing.

The EOS M6 shares much of the M5’s innards, including the 24MP APS-C sensor, Digic 7 image processor and a 3″ touchscreen LCD which can be flipped up for selfies. There is no built-in EVF, but an optional EVF (EVF-DC2) can be purchased. It has a resolution of 2.36M dots.

On the video side of things, the EOS M6 can record 1080/60p video, pretty standard stuff these days. It also has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.

Available in either black or silver, the M6 will go on sale in April 2017 for US$780 for the body alone, or US$900 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 STM. You can also buy it with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 STM for $1280. The optional EVF-DC2, also available in either black or silver, will be sold at US$250.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

EOS Rebel T7i / 800D

The EOS T7i, also known as the 800D outside USA and the Kiss X9i in Japan (seriously, is there a need for all the alternative namings?) is a new addition to Canon’s entry-level line-up of DSLRs. It has a 24,4MP CMOS sesor, 45-point AF system with all cross-type sensors, and Dual Pixel AF in live view. This is a substantial upgrade over the previous model, the T6i’s 19-point AF system.

The T7i uses the new Digic 7 image processor and can shoot at a burst rate of 6fps. There is also WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity with smart phones as well as Canon’s new Bluetooth wireless remote control. On the back of the camera is a 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots.

The EOS Rebel T7i will be available in April 2017 for US$750 for the body only, US$900 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6t IS STM and US$1300 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.

Canon EOS 77D

EOS 77D

The EOS 77D, also known as EOS 9000D in some places (argh), sits between Canon’s Rebel series of entry-level DSLRs and the 80D. It essentially replaces the T6S/EOS 760D and has a 24.2MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF and Digic 7 image processor. Like the T7i, it features 45 cross-type AF points for quick and accurate focussing, Bluetooth, NFC and Wifi connectivity. 1080/60p video recording is also supported.

Compared to the T7i, the 77D features a built-in interval and bulb timers, more custom controls, AF-On button, a top LCD panel and an eye sensor which shuts off the rear LCD when the camera is raised to the eye for shooting.

The EOS 77D will be available in April 2017 for US$899.99 for the body alone, US$1049 with the new EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and US$1499 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.

 

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CES 2017: Canon Announces PowerShot G9 X Mark II With 8fps RAW Burst

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon has announced an update to the G9 X released in Oct 2015. The Mark II model uses the same 20MP CMOS sensor, 28-80mm equivalent lens and 3″ touchscreen LCD. However, the image stabilisation has been improved to give up to 3.5 stops of vibration reduction, and the burst shooting rate has been upgraded to 8.2fps (an 1fps increase from the Mark 1).

The camera will be released in February in black or silver/brown for US$530.

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Canon Announced the EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera With EVF

Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM
Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM

Canon has announced the EOS M5, a new addition to the EOS M line-up with a much requested EVF. Like other contemporary mirrorless with EVFs, the one on the EOS M5 has a resolution of 2.36 million dots. There is no mention of the refresh rate, though.

The EOS M5 features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, with image processing duties performed by a DIGIC 7 image processor. ISO range can be set between 100 and 25,600. With Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the M5 is the fastest focussing EOS M camera made to date. A Touch and Drag AF feature allows you to adjust the focus point by dragging the AF frame around the rear LCD, even when looking through the EVF. There is also focus peaking to assist in manual focussing.

The design of the camera has also been changed from the previous EOS M cameras. It now looks like one of the smaller Canon DSLRs instead of a large compact camera. On the back of the camera is a 3.2″, 162K-dot LCD screen which flips up 85º and down 180º, great for the selfie-loving crowd. Continuous shooting speed is up to 7fps (9 fps with AF lock). There is also an in-body, 5-axis digital image stabilisation for smoother video recording, even without IS glass. With compatible lenses, both in-body and lens stabilisation can be employed simultaneously.

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On the connectivity side of things, the M5 features a low-energy Bluetooth Smart feature which maintains a persistent connection with your smart device. There is also NFC and WiFi as well.

Along with the EOS M10, Canon has also announced the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens which features 4 stops of image stabilisation. Used on the EOS M10, it gives an equivalent of 29-240mm.

Like the Nikon 1 series, the previous EOS M series of cameras have been rather lacklustre, with Canon not wanting to cannibilise the sales of their DSLRs. On paper, this seems like a big improvement. This being Canon’s 5th version of the EOS M, it remains to be seen whether this will finally be as good as the mirrorless cameras from the likes of Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji and Sony.

The EOS M5 will be available from November 2016 at US$980 for the body alone, or US$1099 with a 15-45mm lens. It’s also available with the newly announced 18-150mm lens for US$1479 from December.

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Canon Announces Two New L Lenses—EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM— and a SD-shaped WiFi Adapter

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Canon has announced updates to two of their lenses—the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

This update of the 16-35mm f/2.8L features better durability and water resistance, and now has a large-diameter GMO dual-surface aspherical lens and a ground aspherical lens which supposedly fixes the Mark II’s edge-to-edge performance.

The lens will be available from late October at US$2,200.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

The new incarnation of the 24-105mm f/4 now features 4-stops of OIS (1 more stop from the previous version) according to Canon. The optical performance is improved as well, with the help of “air sphere coating”.

The lens will be available from late October for US$1,100.

W-E1 SD Card-Shaped WiFi Adapter

Canon says this was specifically created to bring WiFi capability to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, though it’s also compatible with the 5DS and 5DS R. It’s supposed to be sold with the 7D Mark II to give it the same level of camera control and transfer capabilities as the newly released 5D Mark IV.

Unlike the SD WiFi cards like the Toshiba FlashAir and EyeFi, the W-E1 does not have any storage. As such, you would have to use the CF card slot for your images and/or videos. Used with the 7D Mark II, you can transfer both images and videos, but on the 5DS/5DS R, you can only transfer images.

The W-E1 will be available for US$50 starting in September.

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Canon Announces the Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II USM
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II USM

After a long period of anticipation and rumours, Canon has finally announced the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The new camera features a 30MP sensor, 4K video and something called “Dual Pixel Raw”. The 30.4MP sensor is joined by a Digic 6+ image processor capable of shooting at 7fps for up to 21 frames of RAW and unlimited JEPG shots. It’s also capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps. A Canon first, the EOS 5D Mark IV’s Dual Pixel AF lets the camera focus continuously while shooting stills in Live View.

A major improvement is the AF system, which has 61 points and a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. This provides improved facial recognition, AF tracking and ability to focus down to a low light level of -3EV. The AF system is said to be similar to the one in the flagship EOS 1D X Mark II, and now covers more of the frame.

The so-called RAW Pixel RAW technology uses the two photodiodes that make up a pixel on the sensor, capturing separate info from each of them. This lets you correct for microfocus errors, correct ghosting/flare or perform “bokeh shift” after the shot is taken.

Connectivity-wise, the EOS 5D Mark IV has built-in WiFi, NFC and GPS support. This is a good thing, as other makers, like Nikon, has the WiFi and GPS as optional extras in their higher-end models.

The 5D Mark IV will be available from early September for US$3,500 for the body alone, or US$4,400 with the EF 24-70mm f/4L lens. You can also purchase it with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM for US$4,600 which was just announced. The last option will be available from late October.

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Canon Announces the EOS 80D, an Update to the 70D With 24MP

Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 80D

Canon has announced the EOS 80D, an update to the popular EOS 70D. The resolution has been bumped up to 24.2MP, still on a APS-C sensor. The AF module 45 cross-type AF points and an updated Dual Pixel AF for Live View still and video recording. Canon claims that the new AF module is capable of focussing down to -3EV at the centre point. Video recording capabilities have also been updated to allow for up to 1080/60p recording.

The EOS 80D has a native ISO range of 100-16,000, expandable to 25,600. The viewfinder offers approximately 100% coverage while the 3″ fully-articulated rear LCD has a resolution of 1.04M dots. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC as well as GPS are also available on the EOS 80D.

The Canon EOS 80D will be available in March for $1,199 for the body alone, or $1,799 when bundled with an updated EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens.

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Canon’s Answer to the Nikon D5—The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

EOS-1D X Mark II with EF 35mm USM FRT
EOS-1D X Mark II with EF 35mm f/1.4 L II USM

Canon has announced the answer to Nikon’s recently released flagship, the Nikon D5, with their own flagship, the EOS 1DX Mark II. This is a 20.2MP DSLR with an ISO range of 100 to 51,200, expandable to 409,600. The new AF system consists of 61 AF points, 41 of which are cross-type sensors, and has an overall 24% larger frame coverage than the previous model. The centre AF point is sensitive to -3EV and is compatible with lenses with a maximum aperture of up to f/8, ideal for users of teleconverters.

The EOS 1D X Mark II can shoot at 14fps with AF and up to 16fps with the the mirror locked up in conjunction with a locked focus and exposure. The buffer is good for a whopping 170 RAW images in a single burst, and an unlimited number of JPEG images if you are using a CFast card. There is also a slot for standard CompactFlash cards. PC connectivity is via the camera’s USB 3.0 or Ethernet ports, while WiFi requires the use of a US$600 WFT-E8 wireless  file transmitter.

Being a professional camera body, the 1D X Mark II is built from magnesium alloy and fully weather-sealed. The shutter is rated at 400,000 cycles, which will last you 8 consecutive days of shooting continuously at 14fps. At the back of the body is a 3.2″ Clear View III LCD with 1.62M dots. It’s touch-enabled for AF point selection in Live View, There is also a built-in GPS which sits in a hump on the top of the viewfinder.

On the video side of things, the 1D X Mark II can shoot 4K video at 60fps, just like the Nikon D5. Canon says there are “virtually no restrictions” when it comes to video recording, and exFAT support allows videos larger than 4GB to be recorded without having to merge files.

The most interesting feature of the 1D X Mark II is the built-in image optimisation. The new Digital Lens Optimiser technology stores information about the optical flaws of lenses and then fixes them digitally without impacting the camera’s performance. This is probably similar to what some mirrorless cameras are doing to fix various lens aberrations in-camera.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II will be available in April for US$5,999 for the body alone, or US$6,299 when bundled with a 64GB CFast card and a card reader.

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Canon Announces a Trio of Cameras—The PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G5 X and EOS M10

Canon PowerShot G5 X
Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon today has announced three new cameras—The PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G5 X and the EOS M10. The PowerShot G9 X and G5 X are high-end, enthusiast compacts which features 1″ CMOS sensors with a resolution of 20 megapixels. Both uses Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processors, and supports RAW shooting, 1080/60p video recording, pop-up flash, a ND filter and WiFi/NFC.

The G5 X has a 24-100mm equivalent lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-2.8—the same as the G7 X—but adds a 2.36M dot EVF. It also has a fully-articulated 3″ 1.04M touch-screen LCD.

Canon PowerShot G9 X
Canon PowerShot G9 X

Confusingly, the G9 X isn’t higher end than the G5 X or G7 X, but instead sits below the G7 X in the G-series line-up. It features a slim body reminiscent of the PowerShot S series of compact cameras, and has a 24-84mm f/2.0-4.9 zoom lens. Like the S-series, the lens is encircled by a programmable control ring, and only has a fixed 3″ LCD.

Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M10

The EOS M10 is Canon’s forth attempt at the mirrorless segment, and it continues to disappoint. Again, as with some of Canon’s confusing product model numbers, the EOS M10 is not a replacement of the M3, but instead sits alongside it. Canon markets it to the social media generation, saying that it shoots ”sharp images that are sure to draw ‘Likes’.”

To go along with the camera, there’s a new, retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens. Like the collapsible kit lenses from the likes of Panasonic, it’s able to shorten and lock into a compact form factor to improve portability.

In line with the social media angle, the camera’s LCD is able to tilt up 180º to face the front so that you can take that awesome selfie you’ve always wanted. The EOS M10 has a 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor with an iSO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600). Like the G9 X and G5 X, image processing duties are handled by the DIGIC 6.

Unlike the EOS M3, the M10 uses a lower-end Hybrid CMOS AF II rather than the latest AF III in the M3. From what I’ve read from early hands-on reviews, the AF is understandably not stellar.

Seriously, Canon. Stop thinking that making great mirrorless cameras will cannibalise your DSLR line-up. Make us a proper mirrorless camera that is awesome. The previous few EOS M’s have been pretty lacklustre.

All three cameras will be available from November. The PowerShot G5 X and G9 X will go for US$799 and US$529 respectively, while the EOS M10 will cost US$600 with the EF-M 15-45mm kit lens, which is also available for US$300 separately.

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Woah! Canon Just Released a Camera Capable of ISO 4,000,000

Canon ME20F-SH with EF 50mm f/1.2L
Canon ME20F-SH with EF 50mm f/1.2L

Canon has released the ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera capable of an ISO rating of over 4,000,000. That’s right, a freaking 4 million! In short, it can basically let you shoot in near total-darkness.

The 35mm full-frame sensor can shoot Full HD video with subjects illuminated with nothing more than 0.005lux of light at its maximum ISO setting. This is dimmer than what you’d get on a overcast, moonless night with airglow (0.002 lux). The secret to this night vision capability is the 2.26MP CMOS sensor’s huge 19μm pixels—5.5x larger than what’s found on a high-end DSLR.

The camera accepts EF and EF-S lenses with autofocus, and has a built-in IR block and ND filters, both of which can be disabled if required. Being a professional camera, it supports Canon Log and Wide DR modes for maximising the dynamic range of your footage.

All these does not come cheap of course. You can pick up this baby in December this year for a cool US$30,000.

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