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.


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


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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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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FIFTY! Canon Announces 50 Megapixel EOS 5DS and 5DS R


Wow, it’s a Canon Friday! First up, Canon took the wraps off the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, and I am pretty sure everyone is going ga-ga at the megapixel count. That is seriously a lot of pixels. Though I might want to remind everyone that the extra linear size advantage over a 36 MP image is just 18%. Square-cube laws are such a downer.

Basically, the 5DS cameras are a 5DIII with a 50 megapixel sensor and a few tweaks here and there. The R version uses the D800E trick of cancelling the anti-alias filter. With the new sensor the continuous frame advance has dropped to 5 FPS, and there are now in-camera crop settings of 1.3x and 1.6x. Canon also reworked the mirror lockup feature a bit, but I always thought that the Canon way is always a little clunky, and I recommend using Live View anyway. This sets the camera to use an electronic first curtain shutter which results in even less vibration.

The exposure meter is now the 1500 pixel colour meter from the EOS 7DII. The autofocus system still remains the same as the 61 point system from 5D III however. Like all contemporary cameras, Wifi and NFC are now present. To make it work with the recently announced media station, the NFC tap location is at the bottom of the camera. Hopefully you will never need to engage NFC with your smart device while the camera is on a tripod!

On the video front, little has changed, with the same 1080p modes with ALL-I or IPB compression. In fact Canon for some reason decided to remove the headphone monitoring out. Maybe they expect 5DS buyers to not be interested in video.

I do wonder why Canon bothered with two versions. Given Nikon’s little experiment the 5DS R should have been the camera to be released. Moire is going to be even less of an issue with 50 megapixels, and the extra detail will be well worth it.

Both cameras will be available in June for US$3700 for the 5DS and US$3900 for the 5DS R. There certainly is a small premium for the 50 megapixels. June must seem pretty far to some of you now. Photos of the back and top plate after the break.

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Canon Announces a Pair of Rebels: The EOS 750D and 760D

EOS 760D EF-S18-55 IS STM FRT_tcm14-1237075

This… this is a bit odd. Canon have announced the latest update to their most popular line of DSLRs, the triple digit EOS cameras, or the Rebels as they are known in North America, and they have done so with not one but two similar cameras, the EOS 750D/Rebel T6i and the EOS 760D/Rebel T6s. Both cameras have some nice upgrades, with an all-new 24 megapixel sensor (still Canon designed and made), the very capable 19 point AF system from the original 7D and 70D, a new 7560 pixel colour exposure meter, an improved contrast-detect autofocus system, and new wireless connectivity with Wifi and NFC. The cameras retain the 5 FPS continuous shooting mode, 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24 FPS, and the very nice 3″ articulating LCD. Oh wait, there’s also a new battery, the LP-E17.

What makes the two cameras different? The EOS 760D adds a top panel information LCD, like that on its bigger brothers, as well as a thin second command wheel around the directional pad, again similar to the one on its bigger brothers. There is an eye sensor on the optical viewfinder, and in video mode the EOS 760D can do continuous (servo) AF while recording. It makes me wonder why Canon bothered to release two cameras if the differences are not great; surely releasing one model would have sufficed? The EOS 760D is quite a bit more compelling, and the initial price difference does not seem much. I can hear the dealers moaning at having to keep different inventory already.

If the image sensor is a big upgrade over the 18 megapixel one, I can see Canon selling plenty of these. The 19 point AF system is capable, and having two command dials does remove some annoyances with using most entry level cameras.

The cameras will arrive in April, with the EOS 750D going for US$750 for the body, and the EOS 760D at US$850 for the body. More pictures of the cameras after the break Continue reading Canon Announces a Pair of Rebels: The EOS 750D and 760D

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Actual Exciting Canon-related News: EOS 70D Goes On Sale

Canon EOS 70D with boxThe Canon EOS 70D is now on sale in Singapore, and I managed to have a quick go at it. Nothing really concrete, but there is one thing I can say:

Live view autofocus is really fast! It is on par with my GH3, but as it is phase detect based, it does not have the jitter that comes with contrast detect systems as the camera racks the focus for confirmation. Only disadvantage against my GH3, as far as I can tell, is that it does not focus in the dark as well as the GH3. Otherwise it was fast and sure of itself. Now imagine a EOS M with this system. Canon really should have made that camera with this sensor.

As for how the images look, ISO 3200 from raw files seems fine, but without a proper comparison against other cameras, it is hard to tell if it is really better than its predecessors or its competition. We will see if we can get a unit to review, or at least test. No promises though!

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Canon Announces EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

Canon’s answer to the mirrorless camera revolution? Shrink down the EOS 650D way down to a size even smaller than the original (and uncomfortable) EOS 300D.The new EOS 100D (or Rebel SL1 for you North American folks) is mainly about its smaller size. The rest about it is basically a EOS 650D, minus a button or two and the articulated LCD. Which is to say, it will sport that same 18 megapixel sensor, 9 cross point autofocus system, 5 FPS continuous shooting, and 3″ touchscreen LCD.

Canon is pretty smart, I have to say. The greatest advantage in mirrorless cameras really comes from the smaller lenses (as an example, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2/.8 is the same size as the ubiquitous 18-55 kit lens), but I bet Canon marketing has figured out that many of the compact camera upgraders who buy a mirrorless camera usually stick with the one kit lens that comes with the camera. Ergo, build a smaller and lighter camera, and they will flock to it. Come up with some small light lenses to entice them to build a small system, and voila! Addic- I mean, locked-in users.

(Image Credit: Canon Press Image)

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