Canon Unveils Compact EOS M10, 2 PowerShot Cameras
Canon expanded its EOS mirrorless interchangeable lens camera line Tuesday with the introduction of the compact EOS M10, and underscored its continuing commitment to the point-and-shoot camera segment by unveiling a pair of PowerShot G Series models. All of the cameras support only up to Full HD 1080 resolution.
There is still no consumer model with 4K Ultra HD capture capability from the vaunted camera and lens brand at this time.
The compact EOS M10 measures 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 inches and weighs 10.5 ounces (including battery and memory card). It will hit retail shelves in November at a $599.99 suggested retail price including an EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens, which is retractable to lock into a compact size when not in use. A two-lens kit option will also be available, with an additional 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $849.99.
Meanwhile, the new additions to the G Series PowerShot family — the G 5X and the G 9x — both offer large image sensors and will capture quality still images and video for social sharing in up to 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format).
Similarly, the EOS M10 mirrorless compact system camera captures video in up to Full HD 1920×1080 resolution at 24p and 30p in MP4 format. It does not support 1080/60p.
More on Canon’s new camera introductions after the jump:
The EOS M10 is equipped with a three-inch touch screen that tilts up 180 degrees to make it easier to take group shots with selfies. The touch-panel screen adds a Creative Assist mode to adjust settings and add effects such as brightness, background blur, vividness of color, contrast, warmth and filter effects, Canon said.
A Self Portrait mode adjusts camera effects and settings to enhance skin smoothness and brightness.
Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF II continuous AF system allows the camera to capture up to 4.6fps.
The EOS M10 and the new G Series PowerShot cameras all include WiFi connectivity with built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality to quickly and easily link with most current Android devices. The cameras’ Mobile Device Connect Button supports wireless connectivity with iOS and Android devices.
The EOS M10 camera also supports wireless remote control featuring live view in compatible Apple and Android devices using Canon’s free Camera Connect app.
The EOS M10 camera will link with Canon’s Connect Station CS100, which is a home hub device that provides a fast and easy way to store photos and videos from the camera as well as view them on a TV screen, transfer them to social media networks and share them with other linked Connect Station CS100 devices.
Canon will make the EOS M10 available in a choice of black or white body colors. A gray version will also be available exclusively through the Canon Online store.
Canon said it will make the new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens available for a stand-alone purchase in November at a $299.99 suggested retail. A silver version of the current EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens will be available in November at $349.99.
Meanwhile, Canon’s G Series camera line has been enhanced with the addition of the new PowerShot G5 X (available in November at a $799.99 suggested retail), which is equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, PowerShot G9 X (available in November at a $529.99 suggested retail). Both cameras offer large one-inch 20.2-megapixel image sensors, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy sharing of images, video and printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA printing solutions app.
The cameras also have an ISO range of 125–12,800 and incorporate DIGIC 6 Image processing, producing vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light scenarios.
Full HD 1080p video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images can be wirelessly transferred to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub. Also included in both models is Canon’s Star Mode that provides more precise focusing of stars and other astronomical objects. Canon said it has improved the “Star Trails” mode for better breaks in light between star trails for luminous still image effects, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.
The PowerShot G5 X includes a bright electronic viewfinder to more easily track moving subjects, in addition to a bright f/1.8 – f/2.8 4.2x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 24-100mm). A nine-blade iris diaphragm creates blurred background effects and an Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system reduces image shake for clear, sharp shots in a variety of lighting conditions.
The camera’s 2.36-million-dot high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder provides high-quality viewing from edge-to-edge, especially useful when composing an image or shooting in bright sunlight. A three-inch, 1.04 million-dot touch panel LCD screen enables one-touch control of most camera settings and features a Vari-Angle design for easy viewing from various shooting angles.
Enhanced controls include top-mounted mode and exposure compensation dials, front and rear control dials, and a control ring around the lens. The PowerShot G5 X camera also features a built-in flash and dedicated hot shoe supported Canon’s EX-series Speedlites and related accessories.
The PowerShot G9 X features a f/2.0 – f/4.9, 3x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 28-84mm) along with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
The camera’s three-inch LCD touch panel with a new user interface allows for quick and easy changes to camera settings even while taking pictures. In addition to the touch panel, a lens-mounted control ring can be utilized to adjust several functions, including customizable manual focus.
The PowerShot G9 X camera has continuous shooting speeds up to six frames per second (fps) for shooting fast moving subjects. It is available in classic black, or in a retro-style, silver-gray body.
Both PowerShot models also include: a NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged via an optional USB cable when the battery is in the camera body and a standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.
Both cameras offer automatic and manual operation and a choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, both new models incorporate a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions.
By Greg Tarr
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