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Canon tempts mobile snappers with two new PowerShot compacts

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Canon's latest G-series PowerShot additions are both pocket-friendly and powerful
Canon's latest G-series PowerShot additions are both pocket-friendly and powerful
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The headline feature of the PowerShot G5 X II is the pop-up OLED viewfinder
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The headline feature of the PowerShot G5 X II is the pop-up OLED viewfinder
The G5 X II's touchscreen panel tilts by 180 degrees
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The G5 X II's touchscreen panel tilts by 180 degrees
The G5 X II is built around a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Digic 8 image processor combination
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The G5 X II is built around a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Digic 8 image processor combination
The G5 X II features a 5x f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens
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The G5 X II features a 5x f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens
The PowerShot G7 X III is built around a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Digic 8 image processor combination
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The PowerShot G7 X III is built around a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Digic 8 image processor combination
The G7 X II's touchscreen panel tilts by 180 degrees
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The G7 X II's touchscreen panel tilts by 180 degrees
The G7 X III has a built-in pop-up flash
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The G7 X III has a built-in pop-up flash
The G7 X III features a 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens
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The G7 X III features a 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens
The G7 X III has the ability to wirelessly live stream video content to YouTube
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The G7 X III has the ability to wirelessly live stream video content to YouTube
The G5 X II supports the CR3 RAW image format for a wide dynamic range
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The G5 X II supports the CR3 RAW image format for a wide dynamic range
The G5 X II's tilting touchscreen panel allows for framing at unusual angles
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The G5 X II's tilting touchscreen panel allows for framing at unusual angles
The G5 X II has travel-friendly dimensions of 110.9 x 60.9 x 46 mm
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The G5 X II has travel-friendly dimensions of 110.9 x 60.9 x 46 mm
Canon's latest G-series PowerShot additions are both pocket-friendly and powerful
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Canon's latest G-series PowerShot additions are both pocket-friendly and powerful

With smartphone cameras improving all the time, spending money on compact cameras seems less and less attractive. Nevertheless, major players like Nikon and Canon are still releasing them, and the latter has just updated a couple of its G-series PowerShots with some interesting features.

The need for compact cameras among today's mobile snappers is perhaps best reflected in the time that's flown by since the predecessors of the latest G-series compacts were released. The PowerShot G7 X Mark II was launched in February 2016, while the G5 X first saw daylight in 2015.

"With features such as live-stream to YouTube and a pop-up EVF, the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II are true testaments to the company's commitment to integrate the latest advancements for those who choose to digitally stream their journeys with the world or seek to scale and capture the highest peaks," said Canon's Kazuto Ogawa.

The G7 X III has a built-in pop-up flash
The G7 X III has a built-in pop-up flash

As mentioned above, the 105.5 x 60.9 x 41.4 mm (4.15 x 2.39 x 1.62 in)), 304 g (10.7 oz) PowerShot G7 X III has been treated to the ability of wirelessly live streaming videos to YouTube. That video can go up to 4K resolution at up to 30 frames per second without cropping, or Full HD up to 120 fps. Users can get close to subject courtesy of the camera's optical 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens and there's an included jack for plugging in an external microphone.

The 110.9 x 60.9 x 46 mm (4.36 x 2.39 x 1.81 in), 340 g (11.9 oz) PowerShot G5 X Mark II gains a new 2.36-million dot pop-up OLED viewfinder, touch and drag autofocus using the tilting rear display and an optical 5x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens. This model is also 4K-capable on the video front.

The G5 X II has travel-friendly dimensions of 110.9 x 60.9 x 46 mm
The G5 X II has travel-friendly dimensions of 110.9 x 60.9 x 46 mm

Shared features include a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Digic 8 image processor combination, support for the CR3 RAW image format for a wide dynamic range and a 30 fps RAW burst mode, up to ISO12,800 light sensitivity (expandable to 25,600), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a USB-C port for charging.

The cameras can also make use of a connected smartphone's GPS coordinate info for geotagging images. There's a clean HDMI output for external recording too, and a control ring for easy access to settings.

Both large sensor compacts are due for release in August. The G7 X III has an estimated retail price of US$749.99, while the G5 X II comes in at $899.99.

Source: Canon

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