After a couple of months of slow tempo, during which the world market was introduced to the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and the Canon PowerShot G3 X, Canon has stepped on it towards the end of the year and launched two PowerShot G-Series cameras, Canon PowerShot G5 X and Canon PowerShot G9 X, as well as the mirrorless Canon EOS M10, which comes packaged with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
The Canon PowerShot G5 X will assume the position above the popular Canon PowerShot G7 X on Canon's PowerShot scale, whereas the Canon PowerShot G9 X will sit one step below the G7 X. Both of these new models are equipped with a 20.2MP 1"-type CMOS sensor, which brings the ISO 125-12800, DIGIC 6 processor, pop-up flash, 3" 1,040,000-dot tilting touchscreen LCD, built-in ND filter, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, video is recorded in Full HD 1080/60p, and what they also boast is RAW shooting.
What the G5 X and G9 X also have in common, and what will thrill astronomy and astrophotography lovers, is an enhanced Star Mode. The Star Trails and Star Time-Lapse Movie modes have been enhanced, which results in clearer images, as well as sharper and more beautiful time-lapse videos.
What the said models differ in, however, are primarily lenses; the G5 X features a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens with 4.2x optical zoom, while the lens on the G9 X is somewhat weaker - 28-84mm f/2.0-4.9 with 3x optical zoom. Both lenses boast Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS). Above all, the Canon G5 X is also equipped with an electronic 2,360,000-dot OLED viewfinder, with 100% coverage, as well as a hot shoe. On the other hand, the Canon G9 X features no built-in EVF and hot shoe; what is more, with its dimensions and design, the G9 X steps away from the G5 X and the said G7 X. It is much smaller, more compact, slimmer, and lighter (only 185g, in relation to 353g, which is how much the G5 X weighs), and with its shape and size, it resembles more the S-Series, the Canon PowerShot S120 in particular.
The Canon EOS M10, a successor of the popular Canon EOS M2, comes paired with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, and on Canon's scale of MILC cameras, it will sit below the superb Canon EOS M3. The EOS M10 is armed with an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), 3" 1,040,000-dot tilting touch-sensitive LCD screen, which tilts up 180 degrees (ideal for selfies), built-in flash, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, for fast and easy transfer of data, as well as 1080/30p video recording.
As for the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, it sports a special retraction mechanism that shortens the length of the lens to just 1.76" (44.5mm) when the camera is switched off. It features Image Stabilization (IS), which neutralizes shakes, as well as a quiet Stepper Motor (STM), which brings low-noise focusing, which is ideal for shooting videos. With its equivalent focal length 24-72mm, the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM achieves superb results in diverse situations - from landscapes and big group photos at the wide end (15mm/24mm), to close-ups from a distance at the telephoto end (45mm/72mm). When it comes to its optical construction, the lens features 10 elements in 9 groups.
All the new models will arrive on the scene in November, and their prices are the following:
- Canon PowerShot G5 X (black) - $799.99;
- Canon PowerShot G9 X (black or silver-gray with brown stitched leather accents) - $529.99;
- Canon EOS M10 kitted with Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (black, white, or gray) - $599.99.
The Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be also available separately, priced at $299.99.
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