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Gear Announcements

Canon 80D, G7X II Announced

By Anthony Thurston on February 18th 2016

If you have been following our roundups the last week or so, you would know to expect this. But, Canon officially unveiled the new 80D and G7X II ahead of CP+ last night.

Canon 80D

The obvious upgrade to Canon’s 70D, the new 80D offers quite a few upgrades over the older model. Namely, an improved sensor, image processor & Autofocus system.

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Canon 80D Notable Improvements & Highlight Features

  • New 45-point all cross-type AF system
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Newly Developed 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor for enhanced image quality
  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with video and stills
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 2 and NFC2 capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
  • 1080/60p Full HD video to capture brilliant results in MP4 format for easy movie sharing on select social networking sites
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors

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Overall, it looks to be a fairly standard upgrade. Some good, notable improvements but nothing earth shattering. I will be interested to see what, if any, improvements have been made to the dual pixel AF performance. It will be cool to see how that compares to the older 70D.

For those interested, pre-orders are also now available for the newly announce 80D. You can grab it in the body only from B&H now for just $1,199. There are also several kit options available here.

Canon G7X II

The other notable announcement from Canon last night was the G7X Mark II. Improvements include an improved RAW continuous shooting burst rate and faster startup with a slightly different grip design.

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Canon G7X II Notable Improvements & Highlight Features

  • Bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) and a 9-blade iris diaphragm;
  • Multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt options of 180° up and 45° down;
  • Ability to capture 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communications (NFC™)*** capability with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos;
  • Picture Style function that offers superb command of in-camera color, contrast, and sharpness;
  • In-camera RAW conversion, making it possible to preview customized image processing modifications on the camera, without the use of a computer;
  • Convenient control ring lever that enables users to quickly switch between stepped and continuous ring movement;
  • Time-Lapse Movie feature to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip;
  • Panning feature that allows the camera to lock onto the main subject using Canon’s Intelligent IS technology to automatically adjust the shutter speed for beautiful background blur.

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This seems like less of an upgrade and more of a needed update. By that, I mean that most of the improvements are fairly minor, though they are welcome over the original G7X.

Canon has also positioned the G7X Mk II as a more budget-friendly option in the premium compact market as compared to the RX100 MK IV and Panasonic offerings.

Those interested can pre-order the G7X Mk II now over on B&H for $699.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Lee G

    Like the G7X camera makes a good vlog/ carry around camera.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    The G7X is still a wanna-be compared to the Sony RX-100 or Panasonic LX-100. Add a viewfinder and 4K video, then maybe you’re talking. It’s only saving $100 over the Panasonic, and the Panasonic rocks a 4/3″ sensor, not just 1″. I keep wanting Canon to do better, but they just seem too worried about competing with themselves, they don’t really get competitive with the actual competition.

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  3. Joseph Cha

    I once won a Canon G7X in a rock paper scissors contest

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