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Canon Leaks & Smart Albums 2 For Windows Launches {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 16th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Canon 80D Specs and Images Leak

We had heard rumblings about the Canon 80D, but until today, we had no specs or images to go along with those rumors. Today, as part of a massive Canon leak, images and specs for the upcoming Canon 80D hit the web.

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Canon 80D Leaked Specs

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Continuous shooting 7 frames / sec.
  • Continuous shooting at the time of the live view 5 frames / sec. (AF tracking)
  • AF 45 points (all points cross type)
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
  • ISO100-16000
  • Flickerless shooting
  • Finder is 100% field of view
  • 3 inches vari-angle LCD monitor. Touch panel
  • Video is full HD 60fps
  • Time-lapse movie
  • HDR
  • Creative Filters
  • Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Remote imaging by smartphone

Overall, it looks to be a pretty decent upgrade over the current 70D. The exclusion of 4K video is notable, but not surprising to anyone who knows anything about Canon. The 100% viewfinder is a nice touch. The AF system also looks interesting.

It’s no D500, but it’s not meant to be. I will definitely be interested to see how this stacks up against the D7000 series once it’s available since that would be a more fair fight.

Canon G7X II & SX720 HS Images Leak

We’ve already talked about the G7X II rumors, and today that was supplemented with some image leaks. Honestly, I don’t see much difference from the current G7X in terms of physical design or build. That doesn’t surprise me much, as the design was not really the issue with the G7X (although replacing that pointless flash with a popup EVF similar to the Sony RX100 series would have been nice).

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As you can see, there is a bit more of a grip that on the current G7X, but the rest of the design seems to have stayed largely the same. Specs-wise, it doesn’t appear to be much of an improvement – if any at all – but we shall see once the real world testing comes out. As we well know by now, specs on paper are one thing, but performance in the real world doesn’t always line up (good or bad) with them.

G7X II Leaked Specs

  • 1 inch 20MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC7 processor
  • 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8
  • Image Stabilizer (IS) equipped. 
  • 9 aperture blades 
  • Control ring mounted
  • Continuous shooting up to 8 frames/sec (even JPEG even RAW)
  • 3.0 inches 1.04 million dot tilting LCD monitor
  • Touch panel
  • Display tilts 180 degrees upward, 45 degrees below
  • Full HD video
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Wi-FI built-in
  • NFC
  • Picture Styles
  • In-camera RAW development

In addition to the G7X II, some images of the upcoming SX720 HS leaked as well. I’m not going to go into the specs though due to the level of camera that this is. But if you are interested, you can see the specs here.

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Canon 18-135mm Powerzoom aDapter Leak

Lastly, the other (somewhat odd) leak from Canon is regarding this new 18-135mm lens and powerzoom adapter. This would basically complete the process of turning your stills DSLR into a full-fledged late 1990’s video camcorder. I don’t even know where to start with this one…

I mean, it seems like such an odd thing to waste development time and resources on (though I suppose this could be used on their cinema EOS camera as well, but using an 18-135mm on those bodies is interesting). What are your thoughts?



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Smart Albums 2 For Windows Launches

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The pre-order phase is over and the guys over at Pixellu are rolling out their new Windows version of Smart Albums 2 today! If you signed up between the 8th and today, you should have received your $50 off code, and starting today, you should be able to go ahead and purchase Smart Albums 2 and download the Windows version.

Our own Tanya Smith reviewed Smart Albums 2 last year, so if you are interested in our thoughts on the software you can find that here. I have had some time over the last week to play around with the Windows version of Smart Albums 2, and the features/functionality are identical to the Mac version. So much so, in fact, that I thought it was pointless to do a completely separate review.

If you’ve used the software on a Mac in the past or know someone who has, know that you get the same great Smart Albums experience that you have come to expect from the Mac version on your PC.

If you are interested in grabbing Smart Albums for Windows, you can get all the details over on the PIxellu website here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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. Austin Swenson

    Another thing I am not quite sure I have ever understood about the DSLR industry is the middle of the road cameras like the 80D, the D500 series from nikon, the A68 from Sony, etc. because while they are surely capable enough cameras, the market for them isn’t that big.

    Think about it: if you want a basic DSLR, you are going for a rebel, a d3000 series, or the equivalent in the other brands, and you can probably get them at costco or same club, best buy, whatever.

    If I want a more serious featured high end version but can’t afford full frame and see the minuscule price difference, I would go for the high end crop factors like the 7D mark ii or the D7000 line, etc.

    I am not saying this isn’t a good camera, or that people who shoot them aren’t pro’s or any of that silly stuff. I just don’t get the middle of the road idea.

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    • Anders Madsen

      You have to remember that you’re looking at the price of a brand new, not yet released camera when you are comparing the 80D to the 7D Mark II, and Canon equipment usually have quite inflated prices right out of the gate.

      If I look at the price of the 70D and the 7D Mark II, the 70D is currently 60% of the 7D Mark II where I live – that is definitely not small change. And yes, I know it’s a dated (soon discontinued) model versus a more recent model, but the 70D firesale have not started yet so the comparison is still reasonably valid.

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  2. Austin Swenson

    It’s weird to me that the 80D came out, like I swear the 70D isn’t even that old… but I guess it was in the cycle for an upgrade after all. And the power zoom thing? Meh.

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    • Ben Perrin

      To be fair Sony has probably forced companies like Canon and Nikon to change the life cycles of their products.

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    • Austin Swenson

      You know what though, I can see the merit of keeping a product in a longer cycle so you can come out with a way better product, versus making and keeping everything up to the latest and greatest all the time with incremental updates…

      Being a Sony guy, it’s really cool that they have all these cameras coming out all the time, but it also quickly de-values the previous models. Also, I am not rich enough to drop money on a new body every year.

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  3. adam sanford

    The lens is the weird news. They just switched all the 18-something lenses from USM to STM for the video crowd, and now it appears to be a switch back to USM again!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      yeah, so odd. Plus the power zoom thing.. I mean, sure someone, somewhere is fist pumping right now, but it seems like such a niche thing…

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