After the powerful start of 2016 by launching the DSLRs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 80D, and Canon EOS Rebel T6, as well as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and Canon PowerShot SX720 HS compacts, Canon wastes no time and introduces new reinforcements - Canon PowerShot SX620 HS superzoom and Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.
The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS takes up where the predecessor Canon PowerShot SX610 HS left off - however, not as powerfully as the company has been doing since the start of this year. The core of the new superzoom camera has remained the same - the driving force is still the combination of a 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4+ processor. What is also taken from the predecessor are a fixed 3" 922,000-dot LCD screen, Full HD video at 30 fps, 2.5 continuous shooting, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, built-in flash, creative modes, etc., but there is still no viewfinder.
However, improvement took place in the sphere of optics and the body dimensions. The new Canon SX620 boasts a very strong 25-625mm f/3.2–6.6 lens, which offers 25x optical zoom and provides shake-free images thanks to optical image stabilization. As for the dimensions, they are smaller by a couple of centimeters in terms of width, length and height, which enables the new Canon SX620 HS superzoom to fit even more easily into a pocket or purse and be a faithful companion in every situation. This reduction results in a smaller overall body weight - only 182g (including the battery).
The owners of the MILC cameras Canon EOS M, Canon EOS M2, Canon EOS M3, and Canon EOS M10 can be satisfied - the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM represents the first macro lens aimed at Canon EF-M bodies. This macro lens is only the fifth lens designed for the EOS M system and it will provide a 45mm equiv. angle of view when mounted on EF-M mirrorless bodies. And when we take into account its minimum focusing distance in the Super Macro Mode - only 9cm! - the following question arises: Where has such a macro lens been up to now?
What also makes the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM revolutionary is the fact that it features two user-controllable built-in LED macro lights that illuminate close-up subjects and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Both of these curved LED lights are located on the front side of the lens and they surround the front lens element, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. It should also be pointed out that their brightness can be adjusted.
The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is also equipped with a stepping motor (STM), which brings silent and smooth focus, as well as hybrid image stabilization (the same as in the case of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM) with a 3.5 stop compensation.
When it comes to the optical construction, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM consists of 11 elements in 10 groups, one of which is UD, and two of which are aspherical. As far as the filter diameter of this lightweight fixed lens (weighing only 130g) is concerned, it is 61mm.
The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS arrives at the market this month and it will be available in black, red, and silver for $279. On the other hand, the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM will appear in June and it will be priced at $299.