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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