Canon Unveils Full HD 1080p Camera Trio
Canon unveiled Wednesday the EOS 80D pro-sumer DSLR with up to Full HD 1080/60p video recording, and the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and lightweight PowerShot SX720 HS advanced point-and-shoots, each with up to 1080p video capability.
Canon said the EOS 80D is the successor to the EOS 70D, and will offer incremental upgrades as well as some notable features. For still work, the new camera adds 45 AF points (all cross-type), compared to 19 AF points in the 70D. The Canon EOS 80D will ship in March for $1,199 for the body only , $1,349 for a kit with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,799 for a kit with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
Meanwhile, Canon said the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera, which goes on sale in May at a $699.99 estimated retail price, includes a 1.0-inch, 20.1 megapixel (MP) CMOS sensor with Canon’s new Digic 7 image processor to help reduce noise in low-light shooting situations. The PowerShot SX720HS, which goes on sale in March at a $379.99 estimated retail price, will feature a new 40x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm).
Read more on Canon’s new camera trio after the jump:
The EOS 80D DLSR packs a dual-pixel CMOS AF with improved accuracy and speed for live view and video shooting. Also, the camera’s optical viewfinder has been upgraded to 100 percent frame coverage.
Other features in the Canon EOS 80D include: a 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor; Digic 6 image processor; 3.0-inch 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen; expanded ISO to 25600; up to 7 fps burst shooting; built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and RGB+IR 7560-pixel metering sensor
For video shooting, the 80D includes an external mic port and a headphone jack to monitor audio while shooting.
In addition to the 80D camera, Canon also released the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, which is equipped with a new Nano USM focusing motor that combines the benefits of Canon’s USM and STM tech for smooth, fast and silent AF.
Canon said it will also offer a new PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter to go with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. It will be optimized for video work with silent and smooth zoom operation.
Canon also announced the DM-E1 directional stereo EOS system shotgun mic. The mic includes a built-in shock mount and has a frequency response of 50Hz to 16kHz. Features include a wind screen.
Meanwhile, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II is the first Canon PowerShot camera to feature a high-speed Digic 7 image processor. The camera has a sleek body design and comfort grip and features a fast startup and improved RAW continuous shooting speed of up to 8 fps with short intervals between shots.
Other G7 X Mark II features include:
• Bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) and a 9-blade iris diaphragm;
• Multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt options of 180° up and 45° down;
• Ability to capture 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound;
• Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC capability and a dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos;
• Picture Style function that offers superb command of in-camera color, contrast, and sharpness;
• In-camera RAW conversion to preview customized image processing modifications on the camera, without the use of a computer;
• Control ring lever that enables users to quickly switch between stepped and continuous ring movement;
• Time-Lapse Movie feature to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip;
• Panning feature that allows the camera to lock onto the main subject using Canon’s Intelligent IS technology to automatically adjust the shutter speed for beautiful background blur.
The PowerShot SX720HS digital camera uses one Hi-UD, three UD and three aspheric lens elements for high image quality and high magnification, and Canon’s Intelligent Imaging Stabilizing (IS) technology.
It will replace the PowerShot SX710 HS and increases the zoom range over the earlier model while maintaining compact size for maximum convenience, Canon said.
Other features in the SX720HS include:
• A dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos utilizing the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology;
• 20.3 MP CMOS sensor with Canon’s Digic 6 image processor with strong low-light performance;
• 1080p/60 Full HD video capture with stereo sound;
• 3.0-inch 922K-dot LCD;
• Zoom Framing Assist that allows the lens to automatically zoom in or out while the camera follows subject movement;
• Story Highlight feature that enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos from a certain day or event into a mini-highlight reel with music and effects;
• Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create artistic images.
By Greg Tarr
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