The Japanese manufacturer has introduced today the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II. According to Canon, this new product offers the best features ever offered in a Canon compact and allows to obtain image quality on a par with that of a DSLR.
A fully adapted design, with its stainless steel chassis and aluminum body, this camera also features a large ergonomic handle that provides a sense of durability and professionalism. It uses a large 1.5 inch CMOS sensor, a size significantly greater than most compacts, which usually carry 1 inch sensors or smaller. Thanks to the wide aperture, the depth of field obtained in this APS-C sensor is comparable to that obtained by those used in digital SLR, which makes this camera ideal for professional-looking portraits and macro photography.
The lens with f/2, 0-3, 9 has a 24-120 mm equivalent focal range and a 9-bladed diaphragm. It also highlights the improved AiAF system, which now includes a total of 31 AF points compared to the nine of the PowerShot G1X. On the other hand, Canon included in this model two rings for lens control: one for focal length and another for zoom, which facilitates its use when focusing manually.
It also features a new generation DIGIC 6 processor, enabling a reduction of 56% in the global delay and FullHD video recording at 30p with stereo sound. Finally, following the market trend, the new G1 X Mark II also has Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.
The mandatory Dpreview article: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii
The Max Nash Compact camera reviews and G1X Mark II review: http://maxcnash.com/testing-the-canon-g1x-mark-ii/
Canon has also introduced its new DSLR for beginners, the 1200. Designed with the ease of taking creative photos in mind, it is the first model from Canon that is released together with the application Canon EOS Guide for mobile devices, which offers tips and tutorials designed to help enthusiasts get the most out of the camera.
Thanks to it one can easily learn the button layout and characteristics of the camera. The Canon EOS Guide has a series of tutorials prepared by experts and step by step exercises so you cover the basics without forgetting a paragraph on troubleshooting, something very useful for those who take their first steps with a DSLR.
With respect to technical characteristics, the EOS 1200 uses a 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor. Its AF system is maintained in a traditional 9 points and the LCD screen has a resolution of 460,000 pixels. As we see, these are the typical specifications of an entry-level D-SLR. It also has a number of built-in creative filters, which can be applied at the time of taking the photo or after that, including fish-eye, miniature and toy camera effects.