EOS 80D, G7x II, & More New from Canon!
Canon has updated its prosumer DSLR line with the announcement of the EOS 80D & an updated 18-135mm lens. They also announced a new and improved G7x Mark II and a new long-zoom compact dubbed the PowerShot SX720 HS. A new microphone completes their new product offerings.
The new Canon EOS 80D is equipped with a newly developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor, 45-point all cross-type autofocus module, updated Dual Pixel AF for live view still and video recording, and both Wi-Fi and a GPS.
Canon claims its new AF module, a notable improvement over the 70D’s 19-point system, is capable of focusing in low light conditions down to -3EV at the center point. Dual Pixel AF now offers continuous focus, and all pixels are able to perform phase detection focus while being used for still imaging. Video recording is offered at an improved 1080/60p.
The 80D uses a DIGIC 6 processor and provides a native ISO range in stills shooting from 100-16,000, expandable to 25,600. Burst shooting at up to 7 fps is on par with the 70D. The 80D is equipped with an approximately 100% coverage optical viewfinder and a fully articulated 3″ 1.04M-dot touchscreen LCD, as well as built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and a GPS.
The new EOS 80D will be available in March in three different configurations.
EOS 80D Body, $1,199.99
EOS 80D & 18-55mm lens, $1,349.99
EOS 80D with new 18-135mm lens, $1,799.99
Introduced alongside the Canon EOS 80D is an updated 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM, offered separately and as a kit with the camera. The 18-135mm offers a new ‘Nano USM’ motor and boasts between 2.5x (wide-angle) and 4.3x (telephoto) faster performance compared to the previous STM version.
The new EF-S 18-135mm Lens will be available in March for $599.99
Canon has also announced the PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter for the lens, a detachable device that can smoothly and silently operate the zoom at 10 different speed levels. The adapter can also be used remotely with Canon’s Camera Connect app.
Emphasizing the 80D’s appeal to video enthusiasts, Canon has introduced its first external microphone for use with DSLRs, the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1. It ships with a wind screen and offers a response range of 50Hz to 16kHz.
The new 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM will be available in March for $599.99
PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter will be available in March for $149.99
The DM-E1 Microphone will be available in March for $249.99
The new PowerShot G7 X Mark II comes with the new DIGIC 7 processor, bringing much-needed improvements to camera performance. Maintaining its predecessor’s 20.1MP 1″-type CMOS sensor and 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, the G7 X II brings some updates to the camera’s exterior as well, with a re-designed grip, bottom-hinged 3″ 1.04M-dot LCD and a front control dial that can switch between clicking or smooth-turning operation.
The new processor allows for face registration and better subject detection in scenes of low saturation or similar colors. In addition, it dramatically speeds up camera performance, with Canon claiming continuous 8 fps Raw shooting. Battery life is also 25% better than the original G7 X, with a CIPA-rated number of 265 shots per charge.
Full 1080/60p HD video is offered, as in its predecessor, along with Wi-Fi and NFC. The G7 X II provides Picture Style processing modes borrowed from the EOS DSLR line, and time-lapse movie mode is included.
The new PowerShot G7 X Mark II will be available in March for $699.99
A new long-zoom compact, the PowerShot SX720 HS finishes off all the new Canon products announced. New for this model is a lens with a wider zoom range compared to its predecessor, offering a 35mm-equivalent of 24-960mm at F3.3-6.9. The sensor remains a 20.3MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS unit with a DIGIC 6 image processor.
- 20.3MP 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 40x Zoom Lens, 24-960mm (35mm Equiv.)
- 3.0″ 922k-Dot LCD Monitor
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
- ISO 3200, Up to 5.9 fps Shooting
- Zoom Framing Assist
- Story Highlights and Creative Shot Mode
In addition to the new lens the camera has a redesigned grip, and battery life has increased to a CIPA-rated 250 shots (355 in ECO mode). Photos can be composed on a 3″ LCD display with 922k dots. The camera carries over Canon’s Zoom Framing Assist system to automatically zoom in or out to follow subject movement and more accurately keep focus, and also comes with the Story Highlight feature to automatically compile images and videos from a day or event into a highlight reel with music and effects. Speaking of video, the SX720 can capture 1080/60p clips with stereo sound.
The new PowerShot SX720 HS will be available in Red or Black in March for $379.99