Hey, we can’t all be Peter McKinnon carting around a Canon 1DX Mark II. The setup is heavy, and while Peter makes it look easy, the rest of us might need a camera that’s a bit more discreet. Canon fans can rejoice thanks to Canon releasing two new PowerShot cameras, the G7 X Mark III and the G5 X Mark II.
Canon PowerShot Cameras
It’s the G7 X Mark III that’s a shot at Sony for the vlogging crown. The big takeaway is it can stream to YouTube directly from the camera. Toss in the flip-up screen with the ability to add an external microphone, and you see why fans are excited. You officially have our attention Canon.
The G5X Mark II is less about vlogging and more about working as a backup camera or one hell of a travel camera. A 5x optical zoom that stays at f/2.8 even at the end of the optical zoom.
Both cameras share a core set of features:
DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
20.1 Megapixel 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor to achieve high image quality, high functionality and fast speeds
4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p, FHD up to 120p, HDR, high frame rate movie with no crop
High-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of 20 FPS
Highest ISO speed in the PowerShot category with a maximum of 12,800
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
USB-C charge power supply
4K with no crop? The cynic in me wants to say the sub-$1000 cameras earn 4K with no crop, but the full-frame mirrorless cameras don’t? Then there’s the optimistic view recognizing Canon has finally realized it can’t hold 4K video hostage for high-end bodies. Both are true, and it’s part of volunteering your checkbook as an early adopter of new technology.
Need the announcement videos? Canon has you covered, and thankfully it’s straight to the point with no over-the-top marketing. First up is the G7 X Mark III:
And the G5 X Mark II:
Canon is pushing the vlogging angle with two videos on the G7 extolling the features:
How about pricing and release date? The G7 is looking at $749, while the G5 looks to be priced at $899. Release dates have both pegged for August 2019. Canon is aggressive as hell with the G7 pricing. The $749 price tag means a full vlogging setup will cost less than a $1000, and it shoots 4K. Your move, Sony. Nikon? Anybody? Either Nikon is playing eight-dimensional chess, or the company is asleep at the wheel.
In addition to the new PowerShot cameras, Canon also announced the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 lens priced at $899. If you think it sounds like a possible bundle with the EOS RP, the company agrees with you. Already retailers are lining up discounts to bundle the lens when it ships in September.
Nice way to kick off the week Canon. July is shaping up as a busy month.