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November 1, 2014
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First Look at Canon’s C100 Mark II

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The folks at Newsshooter posted their first impression about the new Canon C100 Mark II. An excerpt:

The new viewfinder, lifted from the C500, is great. The viewfinder now works if you wear glasses and the image is big and bright enough to really use.  The LCD screen now pivots around so you can see it from the side of the camera during interviews, and will flip so it faces forward if you need to do a standup in front of the camera. Face-tracking autofocus will make those standups look sharp.

[via Newsshooter]

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October 31, 2014
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Could They Miss It? DigitalRev’s Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Video

Waiting for the nerdish EOS 7D Mark II first impression of DigitalRev’s Kai? Here it is.

DigitalRev has all EOS 7D Mark II kits and accessories in stock and ready to ship (click here). Price depends by your country and is comprehensive of all taxes and custom duties for EU and Asia customers.

The EOS 7D Mark II started shipping today also at B&H, they have the kit with the 18-135mm IS STM in stock for $2,149 (click here).

In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699).

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October 29, 2014
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Reminder: Take Part In Our Readers Contest And Show Your Pics


Most liked pic of last weekVikas Talya‎, Dragon… can see a dragon in the background…did you??? 

Hey there! Just a reminder to take part in Canon Watch’s reader contest.

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show the world what you are able to do with a Canon camera!

October 29, 2014
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Canon Powershot SX60 HS Review (Camera Labs)

Camera Labs posted their exhaustive review of the Canon Powershot SX60 HS. From the verdict:

The PowerShot SX60 HS is the latest in a long line of very popular and successful DSLR-styled super-zooms from Canon – and that success isn’t going to stop anytime soon. After a two year wait, Canon has surpassed expectations (unless you were taken in by the nonsense 100x rumours) with a 65x zoom range that beats all comers, for now at least.

[...] the [Powershot SX60 HS] makes improvements in all the key areas with a better viewfinder and screen, built-in Wifi, better video, much improved continuous shooting and a new front dial. The new Seek assist auto mode which helps you keep track of moving subjects when zoomed in is an innovation of the sort that Canon used to magic out of the hat frequently, but has been absent in its compact releases lately. It’s good to see a return to this kind of form.

[via Camera Labs]

Canon Powershot SX60 HS price check: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay

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Canon Powershot SX60 HS specs (from B&H’s product page):

  • 16.1MP High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 65x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 21-1,365mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Full HD 60p Video & External Mic Input
  • 3.0″ 922k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD
  • 922k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • High Speed AF System & RAW Image Capture
  • Intelligent IS & Zoom Framing Assist
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

 

October 28, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Studio Samples (Dpreview)

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DPreview posted a set of studio sample pictures to their first impression review.

Click here for EOS 7D Mark II coverage on CW.

The shipping date for the EOS 7D Mark II is October 30. In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699).

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October 27, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Is Sharper And Has Less Noise Than EOS 5D Mark III

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Image © Arthur Morris (all pics used with permission)

Look at the animated GIF above. Then look again, and maybe look at it one more time. Got it?

The animated GIF was made by professional photographer Arthur Morris. He shot two pics, one with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the other with the EOS 7D Mark II. For both pics he used the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens with a Canon Extender EF 2X III. Both cameras were set at ISO 400 and shot with 1/2500 at f/8. From the resulting images he made the 100% crop above.

Arthur Morris correctly notes two things (image above):

  • The feathers behind and above the bird’s eye are sharper in the 7D II image than in the 5D III image.
  • As far as noise, the 7D II image looks a lot cleaner.

Wow! It’s true. There is less noise in the image shot with the EOS 7D Mark II, and the same pic is also sharper!

Want to get closer? Then have a look at the 200% crop below.

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Image © Arthur Morris (all pics used with permission)

Amazing, isn’t it? Look how the fine details come out better in the EOS 7D Mark II image. The EOS 7D Mark II seems to be the killer APS-C DSLRs professional photographers were waiting for. Kudos Canon, and to Arthur Morris for the not so easy task to shot two pictures using cameras with different sensor size and making the animated GIFs. Head over to his post to grab the story.

The EOS 7D Mark II appears to be an awesome DSLR. Read also about the EOS 7D Mark II’s incredible high ISO performance, and about the advanced auto-focus.

What do you think?

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The shipping date for the EOS 7D Mark II to October 30 (previously November 28). In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699).

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October 25, 2014
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Canon Powershot G7 X DxOMarked, Scores Better Than Sony RX100 III

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DxOMark felt the pulse of Canon’s  Powershot G7 X.

Canon’s new Powershot G7 X may score the same sensor as the Sony RX100 III, but the Powershot got a better DxOMark score (71 vs 67), and has more dynamic range. DxOMark writes:

With a DxOMark Sensor score 71 the G7 X ranks highly in our database rivaling classics such as the original full-frame Canon EOS 5D, the APS-C Nikon D300s and more modern designs such as the micro four thirds Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and GM1 and outperforming the Nikon 1 series models with the same size sensor, such as the S1 at 56 points.

More coverage about the amazing little Powershot G7 X here.

[via DxOMark]

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Powershot G7 X features (from Adorama’s product page):

  • New 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor: combined with Canon’s powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800, enhanced image quality, and fast operation.
  • A bright f/1.8(W).f/2.8(T), 4.2x Optical Zoom: (24mm.100mm), 9-blade iris diaphragm and IS equipped lens enables you to capture more in your frame, and is ideal for low-light conditions or using shallow depth-of-field for dramatic, soft backgrounds. Focus range starts at 2.0 in. for Macro and 1.3ft. for Tele.
  • Selfie-ready multi-angle capacitive 3.0″ touch panel LCD: with a screen resolution of 1,040K dots or a sharp, clear display and easy operation and sharing.
  • High-Speed AF: (0.14sec.) greatly improves focus speed. 31 AF points provide an expanded and more accurate focus area. Paired with continuous shooting speeds of up to 6.5 fps and the removal of buffer time, you can get your best shot in full resolution.
  • Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication): allows quick and ed) simple pairing to a compatible Android device
  • Capture stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video: for lifelike images and convenient playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output. Record at up to 60 fps for even more detailed, superb results in MP4 format.
  • Intelligent IS: automatically chooses from eight different modes to optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • Convenient control ring, exposure dial, and mode dial: provide intuitive manual adjustment.
  • Shoot breathtaking images and video of the stars: with Star Mode designed to better capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky.

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