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New Canon Powershots, RF tele zoom

Canon has announced two new upmarket compacts – the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III (street price $1099) and the G5 X Mark II ($1299), along with an affordable telephoto lens for the new mirrorless RF system, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM – with a US price of US$899.

(Pic source: Nokishita)

Both the PowerShot G7 X III and the G5 X II feature a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch type sensor with DIGIC 8 image processor. The new sensor has a BSI (back-side illumination) design so should perform better in low light than the previous iteration.

The PowerShot G7 X Mark III features:
– 20.1 million pixel 1-inch stacked CMOS;
– DIGIC 8;
– Continuous shooting performance: 20 fps for one-shot AF, 8.3 frames/sec for servo AF, 30 frames/sec for RAW burst mode;
– 4.2X wide aperture zoom lens;
– 5-axis image stabilisation;
– 4K video (29.97/25 fps, maximum 9 minutes 59 seconds);
– Full HD 120 fps movie;
– 3.0 type 1.04 million dots touch panel tilt type liquid crystal;
– 1/25,600 second electronic shutter;
– YouTube direct compatibility;
– 3.5 mm microphone input;
– Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;
– Size: 105.5 x 60.9 x 41.4mm
– Weight: 304g
– Colour: Black, Silver

Release in early August.

The Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II features a wide-aperture 5x zoom (equivalent 24-120mm F1.8-2.8) and the following specs:
– 20.1 million pixels 1.0-type stacked CMOS;
– DIGIC 8;
– RAW images in high-speed continuous shooting mode up to about 30fps; (RAW burst 70 shots maximum);
– Up to about 20fps in AF fixed in continuous drive mode (118 shots max), 8fps in AF following mode;
– Live view during continuous shooting;
– Minimum focusing distance at the telephoto end of 20cm;
– 4K animation (29.97/25 fps up to 9 minutes 59 seconds);
– Full HD 120fps video;
– 1/25,600 sec maximum shutter speed;
– 3.0-inch 1.04 million dots touch tilt type liquid crystal display;
– 0.39-inch, 2.36 million dot pop-up EVF;
– USB Type-C terminal;
– 3.5mm microphone input; terminal;
– Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 equipped;
– Size: 110.9 x 60.9 x 46mm;
– Weight: 340g.

Release in early August 2019.

While it isn’t exactly a budget lens at maybe $1300-1500 locally, the RF 24-240mm F/4-6.3 IS USM is at last something retailers can offer keen amateur photographers wanting to get into Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless RF system without sending themselves broke. It will also be married to RF cameras as a kit lens. Unfortunately, it won’t be available until September.

Features include:
– 10x zoom range;
– Near-Silent Nano USM focusing;
-Five-Stop IS;
-Weighs just 750g;
– Circular, seven-blade aperture;
– Large lockable zoom ring;
– Clickless 1/8-stop aperture control;
– Customisable control ring;
– Full-time manual focusing;

– We’d like to tell you more but the grown-ups at Canon Australia are punishing Inside Imaging for some past perceived slight by not sending us press releases!



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