Together with launching the superb Canon EOS 80D, accompanied by the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, the Canon PZ-E1 power zoom adapter, and the Canon DM-E1 microphone, Canon introduced its new compacts - Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and Canon PowerShot SX720 HS.
What makes the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II different from other models of this manufacturer is the fact that it is the first featuring the new DIGIC 7 processor, which ushered in significant performance improvement in relation to the predecessor Canon PowerShot G7 X. The new processor enables face registration and better subject detection in low-saturated scenes or those displaying similar colors. What is more, the overall speed of the new Canon G7 X Mark II is remarkably faster in relation to the predecessor, so the continuous shooting rate is 8 fps in RAW shooting. Above all, the battery life exceeds the performance in the original G7 X by as much as 25%, so the battery now offers up to 265 shots per charge (CIPA standards) (the predecessor: 210 shots).
The G7 X Mark II kept the same sensor, 20.1MP 1"-type CMOS, the same TTL focus with 31 points, the 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens with 4.2x optical zoom and optical image stabilization; however, improvements came on the outside - the grip was redesigned, the front control dial operates by both clicking and turning, while the 3" 1,040,000-dot TFT LCD screen is now fixed on the bottom side, so it can tilt down by 45° (tilting up by 180° is unaltered).
Video is still Full HD at 60 fps, flash is pop-up, and there is also built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. What the new G7 X II boasts are Picture Style processing modes, borrowed from the EOS DSLR line-up, as well as a time-lapse movie mode.
As for the new superzoom camera, the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS brings a new lens, whose range is larger than the one of the predecessor Canon PowerShot SX710 HS - 24-960mm - which results in astonishing 40x optical zoom; the aperture is f/3.3-6.9, and the lens also features optical image stabilization.
Like the new Canon G7 X Mark II, the Canon SX720 HS also provides improvements in terms of the grip and battery life (250 shots according to CIPA standards).
The core of the new SX720 HS remained the same as in the case of the SX710 HS - the sensor is 20.3MP 1/2.3" CMOS, the processor is DIGIC 6, subjects are still captured via a fixed 3" 922,000-dot TFT LCD screen, the video is Full HD at 60 fps, and there are also built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and pop-up flash.
What is also worth mentioning when it comes to the Canon SX720 are the smart options Zoom Framing Assist, by means of which the lens automatically zooms in or out on a mobile subject and more accurately keeps focus, and Story Highlight, which automatically gathers images and videos having to do with a particular event or date and compiles them into a highlight reel with music and effects.
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II comes out in May and it will be priced at $699, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has already arrived on the scene and its price is $379.
The news was taken from CANON.