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2014.09.17

The new Canon flagship ultra-zoom features the most powerful optical zoom on the market. Its 65X range covers focal-lengths equivalent 21 to 1365mm, going from the widest to the longest reach of any fixed lens digital camera. This is paired with a 16 megapixels 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor to keep a size similar to its predecessor.

Canon Powershot SX60 HS

The Canon Powershot SX60 HS is bridge camera with full manual-controls, including manual-focus and custom white-balance, plus choice of metering patters, including Spot. The high-speed CMOS sensor can shoot continuously at 6.5  FPS and record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. It has an ISO 100 to 3200 sensitivity range with an expanded ISO 6400 setting in Low-Light mode.

In addition to a 3″ LCD, the SX60 HS has a built-in 920K pixels EVF, the highest resolution one on a Canon camera to date. Only a handful of ultra-zooms have such high-resolution viewfinders lately, mostly from Fuji, but the technology has been around since 2004 when it was introduced by Konica-Minolta on the Dimage A2. That one even has an Eye-Start sensor which is  unfortunately lacking on the SX60.

The incredible lens of the Canon Powershot SX60 HS is capable of focusing down to 0 (yes, zero) centimeters from the lens, providing for the ability to capture extreme close-ups.  At the long end, it can focus down to 1.8m which is still every impressive considering a 1365mm-equivalent focal-length.

The Canon SX60 HS is scheduled to be available next month for $549 USD or $579 CDN. Adorma and B&H Photo are both already accepting pre-orders.

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2014.09.16

There is a new flagship DSLR in the Canon APS-C lineup. It replaces the Canon EOS 7D which is the second oldest non-discontinued digital camera. First place goes to the 2008 Nikon D3X, while the 7D was  introduced in 2009. It did not take long for Canon users to ask for an update to one of the best sport-oriented APS-C cameras. The combination of fast 8 FPS drive and extended reach via the 1.6X focal-length-multiplier, made it highly desirable for capturing spectator sports.

The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II delivers the next level of advanced sports capabilities with its unique 65-point all-cross-type Phase-Detect AF sensor and a very fast 10 FPS drive. It has an incredibly deep buffer to support it, up to 1090 JPEG images or 31 RAW files in a single burst. This of course requires a fast card which the 7D Mark II supports as UDMA7 Compact-Flash or USD-1 SDXC cards.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The 7D Mark II features the same Dual-Pixel AF CMOS sensor, first seen in the 70D intermediate camera, which offers Phase-Detect AF in Live-View and Video mode over 80% of the image-area. The sensor is made of 40 million paired photo-sites paired to offer 20 megapixels of resolution. It has a high standard sensitivity range of 100-16,000, expandable to 51,200. As expected for a camera of this class, the 7D Mark II can reach 1/8000s shutter-speeds, supports timed exposures up to 30s and longer Bulb exposures.

The design of the Canon 7D Mark II will be instantly familiar to Canon photographers, with a layout very close to the EOS 5D Mark III reviewed here  which is evolved from the original 7D. The body is full weather-sealed and includes a bright 1X maginification 100% coverage viewfinder.

This new professional DSLR is expected in Novermber for a suggested retail price of $1799 USD or $1899 CDN. Those wanting one soon should pre-order it from Adorama or B&H Photo.

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2014.09.16

The competition among large-sensor compacts is heating up with the all-new Canon Powershot G7 X. This new compact slots itself below the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II introduced earlier this year, offering an intermediate sensor-size in a more compact body. The new G7 X features a 20 megapixels 1″ sensor, versus s 12 megapixels 1.5″ one on the G1 X Mark II. The new body is 45% lighter and 55% smaller by volume and it even manages to squeeze in a brighter lens.

Canon Powershot G7 X

The compact Canon Powershot G7 X offers a 20 MP 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7X crop-factor. It has a wide ISO 125 to 12800 sensitivity range and unusually long 1/2000 to 250s shutter-speed range. The processor capture full-resolution images at 6.5 FPS or record 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. This premium compact offers plenty of external-controls, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, plus a dedicated one for exposure-compensation.

This compact is equipped with a bright F/1.8-2.8 lens, equivalent to 24-100mm in 35mm-terms. This compensates partly for the smaller sensor relative to its sibling by allowing almost one additional stop of light at the long end of the zoom. Framing on the G7 X is exclusively possible via its 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 MP of resolution. Unlike the G1 X Mark II, there is no provision of an external viewfinder.

The Canon Powershot G7 X is expected to ship next month for a suggested price of $749 CDN or $699 USD. B&H Photo and Adorama are accepting pre-orders at these links.

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2014.09.16

The race to bring high image-quality to smaller and smaller cameras continuous with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5. Now the smallest mirrorless digital camera on the market, it manages to squeeze-in a 1.2 megapixels EVF with Eye-Start sensor. It offers a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor along with a Micro Four-Thirds lens-mount. This sensor is capable of shooting continuously at 5.8 FPS and filming full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

The high-speed CMOS sensor is extremely sensitive and has a very quick read-out speed. It can capture images at shutter-speeds up to 1/16,000s and offers a sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 25,600, expandable down to ISO 100. Most impressively, its Contrast-Detect AF system is the most sensitive autofocus system in the world! It can autofocus down to -4 EV, something which not even a DSLR can do.

As all mirrorless cameras, the GM5 has full manual-controls, including Manual-Focus, Custom White-Balance and Spot Metering. It can also perform AEB of up to 7 exposures. Its physical controls are minimal, which is understandable for its size, yet Panasonic hopes a touchscreen can compensate for. Speaking of the display, it measures 3″ diagonally and has 920K pixels.

The exact availability has not been announced yet. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is expected to arrive by the end of the year for around $899 USD. B&H Photo and Adorama are accepting pre-orders already. Follow these links to be among the first to receive the GM5.

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2014.09.16

Panasonic LX premium cameras have long been known to photography enthusiasts for their bright lenses and powerful photographic controls in compact designs. Now, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 takes the concept to the next level to challenge Sony and Canon‘s flagship premium compacts which offer a significant advantage in image-quality over the LX7 reviewed here.

While the LX7 uses a 1/1.7″ sensor, the just-launched LX100 offers a Four-Thirds sensor. Like a handful of earlier models, it does not use the entire surface-area in order to maintain a constant angle-of-view at different aspect-ratios. This gives it a 2.2X crop-factor to expose 12 megapixels of its 16 MP Four-Thirds CMOS sensor. Its lens offers a 24-75mm focal-range in 35mm terms with a bright F/1.7-2.8 maximum aperture. The ultra-wide angle-of-view is maintained in 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect-ratios which makes the LX100 highly versatile.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

This premium compact offers plenty of manual controls, including dedicated aperture and focus rings, plus both an exposure-compensation and a traditional mode-dial. Other advanced features include 7-shot AEB, WB Fine-Tuning, Spot metering and, obviously, Manual Focus. There is a standard hot-shoe but not built-in flash.

The high-speed 16 megapixels CMOS sensor of the LX100 can shoot continuously at 11 FPS and capture 4K Ultra-HD video. It offers a fast 49-area Contrast-Detect AF system. Using an electronic-shutter, the LX100 can shoot at 1/16,000s. For low-light, it can perform exposures of up to 60 seconds.

Impressively, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 includes a large ultra-high-resolution EVF with 2.8 megapixels and 100% coverage. The EVF features an essential Eye-Start sensor too. This camera also offers a 3″ touchscreen LCD with 920K pixels.

The LX100 slots itself right between its closest competitors, the smaller Sony RX100 III with its 1″ sensor and the larger Canon G1 X Mark II with its large 1.5″ sensor, while offering a comparable lens. Like the RX100 III, the built-in EVF makes framing with the LX100 easier, particularly in bright light. The G1 X Mark II supports an optional EVF which makes it more awkward. It does offer a longer telephoto reach of 120mm, albeit at F/3.9.

Panasonic’s new premium compact is expected before the end of this year at a suggested price of $899 USD. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders, just follow these respective links to secure one quickly.

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