Canon introduces Latest PowerShot G Series and its First Entry-Level RF Series Zoom Lens
Canon Marketing Malaysia today introduced two new digital compact cameras, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III successors to the G5 X and G7 X Mark II respectively. Canon’s flagship compact models continue with the series’ heritage, featuring a stellar combination of DSLR speed, quality and lightweight handling. Also announced is Canon’s first entry-level zoom lens in the RF series, the new and versatile RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM has a wide zoom range of 24mm-240mm (10x zoom), making it the perfect lens for nearly all genres of photography.
The PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III boast a 20.1MP, 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor, a wide aperture of f/1.8- f/2.8 with a good optical zoom of 5X (PowerShot G5 X Mark II) and 4.2x (PowerShot G7 X Mark III) and Canon’s pioneering DIGIC 8 processor in their compact bodies to offer DSLR-like creative expression in both stills and uncropped 4K videos.
“Canon’s latest PowerShot G series offers upgraded features that improve cameras’ performance, to deliver on all levels so that users have the freedom to express themselves in any scenario. With the same thought in mind, our first entry-level zoom lens in the RF series versatile capabilities are packed into a compact and portable design, making it the ideal travel companion.” said Albert Mah, Head of Imaging Communication Products Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia.
PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III
Superb Image Quality in Any Situation
Powered by Canon’s DIGIC 8 Processor, the key highlight of the two cameras is its 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor, which is larger than sensors typically found in compact cameras. This enhances the cameras’ performance with faster autofocus to produce crisp, clear shots in almost any light.
With a newly designed f/1.8- 2.8 lens with 24-120mm focal range which provides a 5x zoom (the PowerShot G7 X Mark III has 24-100mm focal range, giving 4.2x zoom), the PowerShot G5 X Mark II is poised to handle anything from shooting portraits to macro close-ups of 0.47x magnification and is excellent for creating shallow depth of field effects.
Fast, Confident Shooting
One major challenge of shooting fast-moving subjects is capturing that one perfect frame when the subject is in focus and in the desired position. Now, you can shoot boldly with the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III. Its pre-shoot setting will start shooting at 0.5 seconds before you even press the shutter release button. Hence, the moment will still be captured even if you press the shutter button a split second later. Photographs can be taken at a high speed of 30 shots per second in RAW burst mode (and 20fps in jpeg), making sure you miss nothing, especially if you are capturing jump shots or your child blowing out candles on a birthday cake.
Both cameras include a panoramic mode, activated by a simple push of a button. With horizontal or vertical panning, you can easily capture panoramic shots with amazing details in high quality.
Create Movies in Stunning Definition
Both PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III lets users capture 4K movies without crop, allowing you to take full advantage of your lenses to shoot landscape videos. With 4K movies recorded in motion JPEG, frame grabs are possible, allowing users to review footage and at any given point, extract a moment from the video and save it as a high-quality 8MP JPEG on the camera.
With a tilting LCD on both cameras, you can shoot from different angles, from the ground up, or from high angles to create videos with a unique point of view.
Intuitive Features and Ergonomic Handling
With their highly pocket-friendly dimensions and ergonomic design, both the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III can easily fit into a slip-pocket in your bag, which makes them ideal choice for lifestyle users looking for an all-in-one camera for everyday use.
The PowerShot G7 X Mark III comes in two colours- black and silver. Users familiar with Canon’s EOS cameras would appreciate both cameras’ operation and intuitive control features, which has been upgraded from the existing compact digital camera’s user interface.
Versatile Charging and Advanced Connectivity
Both the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III are capable of USB charging which makes it more convenient for users on the go.
The PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III are packed with connectivity features, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), to effortlessly connect with compatible smart devices with one single tap and switch seamlessly between Wi-Fi and BLE. Users can use the Canon Camera Connect app to perform network-related features.
RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM Lens
Cover Every Detail with High-Magnification
The first 10x optical high-magnification zoom lens with a 35mm full-frame compatible RF mount, this single lens covers a broad range from 24mm wide angle to 240mm telephoto shooting, with the ability to capture everything –landscapes, close-up scenes and portraits. Whether users want to capture an enhanced sense of depth at the wide-angle end or make use of background compression effects and bokeh at the telephoto end, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM enables versatile photography that is customizable for a vast variety of shooting needs.
Despite its wide zoom range capabilities, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM only weighs around 750g, allowing those who travel light to take full advantage of a 35mm full-frame camera, particularly when paired with the EOS RP.
Powerful Image Stabilisation (IS) for Stills and Movies
Expanding the range of the EOS R system, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is equipped with a Nano USM focus drive system, along with optical Image Stabilisation (IS) and Dynamic IS. This ensures ease of usage and good functionality for still images and movies. Additionally, speedy focusing with minimal blurring from camera shake will be ensured, assisting users greatly in shooting fast-moving objects.
Equipped with the CIPA standard 5-stop IS, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM has the ability to capture hand-held night scenes and dark indoor shots with minimal blurring. It is also the first ever full-frame compatible Canon interchangeable lens to be equipped with Dynamic IS. This makes it possible to record smooth, stable videos in different scenarios – even while walking or recording from a moving vehicle.
IS performance has been improved dramatically for shooting in dim indoor conditions, with the ability to set a low ISO speed. This allows users to capture high-quality images in low-light environments with minimal noise.
Experience High Image Quality on an RF Mount
Conventional high-zoom lenses offer the convenience of a wide range of focal lengths in a single lens but with a trade-off in image quality. However, the characteristics of the large diameter and short back focus distance of the RF mount, allowed the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM to be designed to deliver sharp and exceptional image quality throughout its 24-240mm focal range.
The RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM additionally has excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, with reduced ghosting and produces high image quality even in backlit scenes.
Comfortable Controls and Smooth Operation
The new RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM also features a dual-purpose ring that can be used as a focus ring or control ring. While the control ring can be customized to control different exposure settings such as exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed and aperture, users are also able to switch to the focus ring function with the simple click of a button. Coupled with the Nano USM focus drive system, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM allows for focusing to be smooth, quiet and fast.
A Perfect Companion to the EOS RP
The RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM will also come as a kit lens for the EOS RP – Canon’s latest, lightest and most affordable full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP features the new RF lens mount, a DIGIC 8 image processor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF that delivers unparalleled optical excellence in a well-refined body with enhanced ergonomics for easy operability.