Canon Announces Their First APS-C PowerShot—The G1 X Mark III

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon has announced the G1 X Mark III, the first camera in the PowerShot Series to feature a APS-C sensor. The sensor is the same one as used by the EOS 77D and EOS M5, with a resolution of 24MP and Dual Pixel AF capabilities. Image processing is performed by the DIGIC 7 processor, also the same as the cameras mentioned previously.

ISO range is between 100 to 25,600, and the fixed zoom lens has a range of 24-72mm f/2.8-5.6 (35mm equivalent.) The compact body weighs just 400g, so essentially, it’s like a EOS M5 with a fixed zoom lens. The G1 X Mark III can shoot continuously at 7fps, and up to 9fps with fixed AF and the Dual Pixel System. There is optical image stabilisation on the lens, and 5-axis movie image stabilisation to help with the low light situations.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Rear LCD

At the back of the camera is a 2.36-million dot OLED EVF as well as a 3″ Vari-angle touchscreen LCD. You can also use the touch and drag AF to move the focussing point while shooting without taking your eyes off the EVF. The G1 X Mark III is also weather-sealed and does 1080/60p video recording. Sadly, no 4K recording is available.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available from November 2017 at US$1,299.

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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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Canon Officially Announces the Powershot G3 X

20150205_thumbL_psg3x_3qOk, so it is official now. You know what the camera is like, thanks to the development announcement. A few more tidbits: The camera will be weather-proofed, does 1080p video, and can do 6 FPS continuous shooting. Like the G7 X, no viewfinder of any kind will be present. The sensor is still the same 20 megapixel 1″ sensor, with the 24-600mm equivalent f/2.8-5.6 lens. Arrives in July for US$1,000.

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Canon Makes Development Announcement of Powershot G3 X

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Finally, there is the development announcement of the Powershot G3 X. Right now all we know is that it will have a 1″ sensor paired with a 25x zoom lens that will be equivalent to 24-600mm. It looks like a G7 X with a better grip and a larger lens. Beyond that the rest of the camera is a mystery. The past 12 months sure had a lot of these “development announcements”, even from established companies like Canon and Nikon. I wonder if it is a sign of the camera industry being a little worried at their sales slump…

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Canon Announces the Long Awaited EOS 7D Mark II, a Slew of New Lenses to Go With It And a New PowerShot Compact Camera

Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

The highly-rumoured and anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II is finally announced by Canon. Finally moving away from the overused 18 megapixel sensor found in many of Canon’s DSLRs, the 7D Mark II features a new, 20.2 megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel AF. One-upping the recently announced Nikon D750, it also features 65 cross-type AF points and a 10 fps burst shooting speed. The metering sensor is a new 150k-pixel, RGB+IR, 252-zone unit for enhanced precision in metering.

Just like the Nikon D750, the video mode is capable of 1080/60p HD recording. In addition to the optical viewfinder with a 100% coverage, the camera also has a 3″ Clear View II LCD with 1,040k-dot resolution to preview your images or provide a live view for your shooting.

The EOS 7D Mark II will be available in November for US$1,799 for the body alone or bundled with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM pictured above for US$2149.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

Along with the new camera, Canon has also announced a trio of new lenses – the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. At just 4.6 lbs., The EF 400mm weighs half the weight of its big brother, the EF 400mm f/2.8L and offers an additional four stops of image stabilisation using Canon’s improved optical image stabilisation. It will be available for US$6,899 in November.

Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM also boasts an additional 4 stops of shutter speed and is meant to be a more economical alternative to the EF 24-105mm f/4L. It will be available in December for US$699.99.

EF-S 20mm f/2.8 STM
EF-S 20mm f/2.8 STM

The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is what Canon claims to be the smallest and lightest EF-S lens they’ve ever produced. As you can see in the photo above, it’s quite a pancake! This would make quite a good walkabout lens for street photography for Canon users using the cropped-sensor bodies like the EOS 7D Mark II. Both the EF-S 24mm f/2.8STM and the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM features stepping motors for quiet autofocus performance. The lens will be available in November for US$149.99.

Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Finally, Canon has also launched a new compact camera with a 1″ sensor in the form of the PowerShot G7 X. This is the first Canon compact camera to use a 1″ sensor, and it features a 20.2 megapixel BSI CMOS chip. A DIGIC 6 processor performs the image processing duties and the lens has a equivalent focal length of 24-100mm at f/1.8-2.8. The AF system has 31 points and the camera is capable of shooting continuously at 6.5fps.

Like many new cameras released recently, it’s equipped with a 3″ tilting touchscreen, WiFi and NFC for easy connectivity. Unlike the previous G-series compact camera, there is no built-in viewfinder on the G7 X though. It will be available in October for US$699.99.

YS: That’s going to make a lot of Nikon people unhappy – specifically those who have been waiting for the D300 replacement.

Also, that G7 X. It’s a great day for those looking for a pocket rocket. If the performance of the newer Powershots is anything to go by it should not lag behind the Sony RX100 cameras by too much. There’s always the Panasonics too. What choice!

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Canon Announces Powershot G1X Mark II, EOS 1200D (Rebel T5)

Canon Powershot G1X Mark IICanon has finally decided to replace the G1X, but while it is two cycles behind its little brother, the G15 and G16, the upgrade looks worth the wait. The new camera retains the same 14 megapixel 1.5″ sensor but now comes with a much faster and useful lens, a 24-120mm equivalent f/2.0-3.9 lens that also promises closer focusing. Much much better than the 28-112 f/2.8-5.8 lens in the original. The autofocus also promises to be quicker as well; anyone using the G1X will remember how leisurely that particular camera was. The new design also looks more compact, and comes with two control rings around the lens instead of the one on cameras like the Powershot S120. One ring will feature click stops, while one will not. While the LCD is no longer a swivel kind, it still flips up and down, and can do the full 180 degrees for selfies, and there is an option for an addon XGA EVF for US$300.

It is quite a nice camera, and it seems David is tempted. Ships in April for US$800.

Then there is the EOS 1200D. It is the EOS 550D brought back to life at a lower price. Same 18 megapixel sensor and 9 point AF, oh, but worse LCD with a HVGA resolution. Purely for Canon to flood retail space with. Ships in March for US$550 (but please don’t buy it, and don’t let friends buy it either!).

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PMA 2014: Canon Releases the PowerShot N100 “Story Camera”

Canon PowerShot N700
Canon PowerShot N100

Canon just announced the all-new PowerShot N100 which they brand as a “Story Camera“. The unique feature of this camera is the rear-facing 25mm equivalent camera which is able to take a still or video shot of the photographer at the moment the shutter is pressed. This shot is then placed at a corner of the shot that was taken, and using the “Story Highlights” feature of the camera, a montage of the moments can be created and shared.

The camera is an upgrade of the PowerShot N released last year, featuring a 12.1 megapixel, 1/1.7″ sensor similar to that found on the popular PowerShot S120. The lens offers a 5x optical zoom with a equivalent focal length of 24-120mm at f/1.8-5.7. Like its predecessor, the PowerShot N100 features a tilting LCD with capacitive touch, but is now 3″ instead of 2.8″. Like many other cameras, it also does video recording up to 1080/60p, and has WiFi and NFC.

The camera will be available from mid-May 2014 at US$349.99 and is available in both white and black.

David: I would like to think a “story camera” will be the biggest idea of 2014 and go on to spawn a trend of uhmmm…… story telling cameras, but I thought story telling was what all cameras do visually, and franky speaking, just buy an iPhone and use Instagram movie mode!!!

 

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Canon Does Its Yearly Updates, Brings Out Tweaked Powershot G16 and S120

Canon Powershot G16

Ho hum. Here we go again. A G16 that adds Wifi and slightly faster AF to the G15, and a S120 that adds a so very slightly faster lens (f/1.8-5.7 instead of f/2-5.9) to the S110. Both cameras get updated processors and card controllers that allow for 12 FPS for the first six frames then to 9 FPS for the next 500-600 shots. The catch is that a UHS-1 card needs to be used, but since 32GB Sandisk Extremes are so cheap, that should not be an issue. Sensor remains the same for both, and the G15 retains the 5x 28-140mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens. Actually pretty much everything remains the same. Will lacklustre upgrades to a dying market of compact cameras really keep sales alive? I have my doubts. In the meantime, the hype machine for smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Samsung Galaxy series, as well as Apple’s iPhone keeps on going. Continue reading Canon Does Its Yearly Updates, Brings Out Tweaked Powershot G16 and S120

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Singapore Recieves the Canon Powershot G15

Canon Powershot G15
Canon Powershot G15

So here it is. If you want an advanced compact, the Canon Powershot G15 is now on sale here for your consideration, and in numbers too. I managed to briefly play with one: Canon promised faster AF and appear to have delivered – unfortunately for them the Panasonic LX7 and Sony RX-100 still feel much faster in operation. The camera should be available island-wide by this time of writing.

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For Singaporean Canon fans: Powershot S110 on Sale!

Canon Powershot S110
Canon Powershot S110

Oh hey guys, we have something the US doesn’t have yet: The Canon Powershot S110. Or the S101 as I like to call it. I wonder if it means we’ll get something that’s actually cheaper this time around? Given that the US MSRP is US$449, which should translate to something under S$600. Available at your favourite local camera shop.

CK: Just checked with TK Foto, they are selling it at S$600.

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