PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Last week Canon U.S.A. unveiled a PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera, a follow up to its popular G1 X camera introduced in 2012. G1 X was the first G series camera to use CMOS sensor. Canon G series are intended for the “prosumer” market, as well as amateurs that want DSLR like quality in a point and shoot body. G1 X Mark II builds on the success of its predecessor with several new features and updates.Brand new Canon G1 X mark II will feature redesigned 24–120 mm (5× Zoom) f/2.0–3.9 wide-angle lens as well as a new type of 1.5 inch CMOS sensor for better performance in ISO 100-12800 range.
G1 X Mark II is capable of shooting at 3:2 aspect ratio as well as 4:3 without impacting field of view, users can easily switch between the two via the interface. New camera will also use 31 auto focus points, as opposed to just 9 in its previous model. Combined with the new DIGIC6 image processor auto focusing will be more precise and faster.
PowerShot G1 X Mark II will also feature a built-in Wi-FI technology for easy sharing and transferring of your media to compatible iOS and Android devices, as well as your computer. As an exclusive for Android users G1 X Mark II will also be the first G series camera to use NFC (Near Field Communication). Users will be able to share captured media with compatible Android phones or tablets simply by touching (or being in close proximity) camera with their device. To save space Canon has also decided to eliminate an optical viewfinder, so if you’d like to shoot in bright sunlight Canon will be selling an electronic viewfinder (EVF-DC1) that attaches to your camera’s hot shoe for a whopping $299.
PowerShot G1 X Mark II will be available for purchase in United States and worldwide starting April 2014 at a retail price of $799.99. The original PowerShot G1 X was a powerful camera, but at its price it was aimed at more of a pro user who wants ultra-portability. It looks like Mark II is staying at similar price point with improved hardware and some of the more gimmicky features that might help marketing.
Canon EOS Rebel T5
Also introduced last week was a new entry level DSLR camera – Canon EOS Rebel T5. Meant as a replacement for the popular Rebel T3 released back in 2011, Rebel T5 offers bare minimum in upgrades.
The camera comes with a new 18 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, as opposed to the 12.2 MP one in T3.
Most notably the smooth surface of the T3 will be upgraded to rubbery grip surface on the side of the camera and thumbrest, similar to more expensive DSLR cameras offered by Canon.
Video capture on the T5 gets an upgrade as well. You are now able to record in Full HD video (1080p) at 30 (or below) FPS or 720p video at 60 FPS
Canon EOS Rebel T5 will be available for purchase end of March 2014 for $549.99. It will be kitted together with Canon’s new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens.