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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