Yesterday was a big day for Canon. They launched a handful of products including lenses. The event coincides with the Global announcement of the products at Photokina, particularly the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
Thanks to Canon for the invite, I was able to witness first hand the unveiling of these cameras and lenses. The event was held at Boathouse Restaurant, 3 Fullerton Rd.
Here is the decor inside the Boathouse restaurant. It was decorate to a racing theme (maybe to coincide with the F1 this weekend).
According to my understanding, about 60 people (or publications?) were invited. Here are some photos before the event.
The Models with Canon products for the event.
I was particularly interested in the Canon backpack. I believe it is the first time Canon is making their own brand of camera bags. Here are some shots of it.
Very professional, right?
If you can read it, here is the menu for the night. But I guess everyone is excited over the products unveiling than this dinner.
Finally, the announcement was made at 8pm Singapore time with a fashion show (aka products showcase). Check out the video.
Some snapshots during the products showcase. They were using the Canon PowerShot N2 to take a selfie.
And this is the Canon EF400mm f4 DO IS II USM lens. More about that later.
The model in black is holding a DSLR with the latest Canon EF24-105 f3.5-5.6 IS STM
Lining up for us to take the final shots.
During the dinner, these models went about to show off the products. Here is the selfie camera, PowerShot N2.
Canon PowerShot G7X
This camera is very small, light and portable
It is very well-built. The moment you hold it, you will know that the built quality is solid.
And the screen can be flipped up to take selfie (which seems to be a very important feature in camera nowadays).
Here is the top view.
With the lens extended.
A closer look at the buttons.
A very important feature. It has WiFi for easy connection to your devices.
It has a 4.2x optical zoom.
With the Flash on.
Through the night, you can see this scene. A camera taking another camera.
Here the model with the Canon PowerShot GX7.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
This should be the hottest camera for this products launch event. It is very well built. You can read more details from this post.
I am disappointed that it does not have a flip or swivel screen.
Check out the Mark II logo.
Top view. In my opinion, it is heavy but in a good way (more sturdy). I particularly like the shutter sound.
Finally, I see a MIC input. I have the 7D and I hated the fact that it does not have a MIC input. Finally, the Mark II comes with mic input.
And also, it has added SD Card support which is getting popular in most cameras.
Here is the battery compartment.
And here is the menu where is shows GPS settings. Yes, there is a built in GPS.
What is really, really sad is that it does not have WiFi. I have tried to search for it and I am sure it doesn’t have. Overall, I think a fixed and non-touch screen and non existent of WiFi support is a major let down for an upgraded camera that many has been waiting for years. The only “consolation” is that it is now weather proof.
Canon EF400mm f4 DO IS II USM
I guess the pictures are self-explanatory.
Models looking at the pictures after using the lens.
This is the casing for the PowerShot SX600HS (RRP: S$34.90)
This is the casing for PowerShot G1 X Mark II case (RRP: S$59.90). I like that it uses magnets (instead of buttons) so that you can open up the case quickly.
Finally, a group photo for the models that had been working hard throughout the night.
Overall, I feel that the products showcased are not new but just an upgrade/update to the previous versions. Actually, I was hoping to see a full frame mid or small size DSLR or even a new micro four thirds system camera. Unfortunately there is none.