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October 23, 2014
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October 23, 2014
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Powershot G7 X Is Canon’s Best Point-and-Shot In Years (says Gizmodo)

Gizmodo posted their review of Canon’s new Powershot G7 X. The Powershot that’s suspected to feature a Sony sensor (though there is no evidence for this).

They liked construction and handling, the touch screen, the “excellent image quality on par or better than anything else like it”.  To the question if you should buy it, the reviewer writes:

Yes. [...] The RX100 line the camera competes with is incredible, and I would rather buy the G7 X anyhow. Mostly, this is because I like the solidly built, well-designed hardware that makes using the camera a pleasure. Sure, there are some downsides that might point you in another direction, like the lack of a hotshoe, and the better video quality on Sony’s compacts.

As [the reviewer] mentioned before, though, the G7 X is more than just a solid camera, it’s well-designed and executed to the point where it feels special. It gives [...] that satisfied feeling [the reviewer] had all those years ago when the S90 nailed exactly what [he] needed. Except now, it’s a contender again.

The Powershot G7 X sells for $699, price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay.

[via Gizmodo]

 Powershot G7 X Sample Pics

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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October 22, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Performance Is Awesome

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EOS 7D Mark II, EF 70-200mm, f/5.6, ISO 51200 (© Jeff Cable, all images used with permission)

Professional photographer Jeff Cable got a pre-production EOS 7D Mark II and tested it with high ISO settings. Well, the EOS 7D Mark II delivers amazing results. See the crop below taken from the (full sized) ISO 51200 pic above.

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Crop, ISO 51200

The pics you see here are not full sized (except for the crop above), so be sure to head over to Jeff Cable’s post where you can download the original sized files for you pixel peeping pleasure. There are more sample pics at all ISO settings, and some real world sample pics too. And obviously his first impression about Canon’s new APS-C flagship.

About the EOS 7D Mark II he writes:

So, what is my conclusion about the Canon 7D Mark II? [...] This camera offers a whole lot of features and image quality for the relatively low price of $1799. And even though I have a Canon 1Dx, I love having a smaller and lighter camera that can shoot 10 photos per second, and do so with really great quality. And there are times when having a crop sensor would be beneficial to get me a little closer to my subject. Basically, I see this as the little brother to Canon 1DX for a whole lot less money.

If you have been waiting to purchase a new camera for almost any type of photography (especially for sports and wildlife) this is a great choice!

The EOS 7D Mark II appears to be a real winner, a solid performing and well made APS-C DSLR that will not disappoint the serious photographers out there. As I wrote before: if you’re looking for gadget look for other camera brands, if you’re looking for serious DSLRs Canon is the right brand. See also what other pro photographers say about the advanced auto-focus system of the EOS 7D Mark II.

More EOS 7D Mark II real world test by Jeff Cable are here. You can follow him also on Facebook.

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EOS 7D Mark II, EF 70-200mm, f/5.6, ISO 25600 (© Jeff Cable)

[via Jeff Cable]


Amazon changed the shipping date of 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 22, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (the best for sports and wildlife, Gizmodo)

Gizmodo posted their review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Some comments are a little…weird but all in all they give the 7D Mark II a positive verdict, saying the EOS 7D Mark II is the best DSLR for sports and wildlife (I fully agree here).

If you shoot athletes or animals and are trying to keep it under $2000 for a new body, I would wholeheartedly recommend the 7D Mark II. Besides the increase in low light performance and an obsession with the full-frame “look,” there aren’t many reasons to go all-in on a 5D Mark III which is almost double the price. The 7D Mark II shoots faster and focuses better. You’re getting near the performance of the cameras NFL photographers use without having to spend seven grand on a body.

Most of Gizmodo’s dislikes are related to the weight and being “large”, they call it a “heavy brick”. A somewhat curious statement considering we are talking about a pro-level DSLR :-)

Below you can see a video comparison of the EOS 7D Mark II vs EOS 5D Mark III vs EOS 70D

[via Gizmodo]

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  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 65-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Continuous 10 fps Shooting
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction
  • Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass

Amazon changed the shipping date of 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 21, 2014
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Making Waves With the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

From Canon Professional Network:

Canon Ambassador, action photographer and filmmaker Richard Walch recently took to the seas with the new EOS 7D Mark II. The results of his endeavours – using Canon’s flagship APS-C DSLR and a group of Speedlite 600EX-RT flashguns – are nothing short of stunning. He reveals the secrets behind his latest maritime adventure to CPN Editor David Corfield

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Amazon changed the shipping date of 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 20, 2014
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Can You Focus On A Flying Dragonfly And Follow It? (yes, with the EOS 7D Mark II)

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EOS 7D Mark II, EF 600 f4 IS II, f/7.1, ISO 320, 1/1600, manual exposure
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Image © Romy Ocon – All pictures used with permission)

Thanks for the tip.

From all the hands-on and previews about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I am reading, there is one thing that always always stands out: The EOS 7D Mark II is an auto-focus champion. There are professional photographers saying the EOS 7D Mark II’s AF is better than the AF featured on the EOS-1D X.

Philippine based photographer Romy Ocon is a wildlife photographer and he loves to shot birds in flight. He got a pre-production model of the EOS 7D Mark II and is testing it. While waiting for a good shot, he thought he could try the EOS 7D Mark II’s AF on a flying Dragonfly. We are talking about a 2 inch long insect here. And the 7D Mark II delivered! Below you can see a crop of the image. It’s simply amazing. This isn’t an easy task neither for the photographer nor for the camera. Kudos.

Mr. Ocon also wrote about the EOS 7D Mark II AF on a forum:

I’ve shot hundreds of frames at BIFs [Birds in Flight, editor note] in two days, in a wide range of lighting, with sky and terrestrial backgrounds, with varied plumage colors and flight trajectories. IMHO, the 7D Mark II is the best focusing DSLR (in terms of AF speed, focus accuracy and ease of use) I’ve shot at flying birds. I’ve not used the 1Dx though, so I’m not sure how the 7D MII’s AF compares with that body. But I’d certainly prefer the new camera over my 1D MIV and 5D MIII if my main basis of choice are AF performance and frame rate.

With the 7D MII’s amazing AF, BIF photography has become much easier for me.

That’s what Canon is doing: they make solid and well performing DSLRs for serious photographers. Canon does not make fancy gadgets, they make excellent cameras and lenses. And the EOS 7D Mark II once more shows that Canon knows very well what they are doing and what professional photographers want.

There are more sample pics shot with the EOS 7D Mark II on Romy Ocon‘s site, check it out. More EOS 7D Mark II coverage on Canon Watch here.


Crop from the image above (© Romy Ocon)

[via romyocon]


Amazon changed the shipping date of 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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