At long last: a headphone jack!
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While the EOS-1D X Mark II is Canon's high-performance champion, its cheaper models are also getting some love this winter.
Ahead of next week's CP+ camera show in Yokohama, the company has announced the new Canon EOS 80D. The 80D succeeds the Canon EOS 70D, which we loved back in 2014, tweaking and refining the technologies and features that made that camera such a significant development—namely, Dual Pixel on-sensor autofocus and HD video shooting abilities.
Positioned just above the entry-level Rebel series in Canon's lineup, the EOS 80D features a brand-new 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (an APS-C-sized unit, like the 70D's). The improvements don't stop there, with a faster Digic 6 processor pushing pixels from the sensor to your SD card. An uprated viewfinder provides 100% field coverage with .95x magnification. Through the finder you'll be able to select from 45 cross-type AF points, thanks to a new AF system.
What's more exciting is that Canon has listened to videographers and really kicked the 80D's video features into high gear. A faster, more reliable Dual Pixel AF system is only the start for the video upgrades. In addition, the 80D can finally shoot 1080/60p IPB video, with 24 and 30p options using All-I.
Our favorite nit has also been picked by Canon, as the 80D includes not only a mic jack but also a headphone jack for monitoring in-camera audio. Wishes do come true!
You'll be able to get your hands on the 80D in March for $1,199 body-only, or $1,799 with a new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens.
Canon has also spruced up last year's PowerShot G7 X, introducing the new G7 X Mark II for 2016 and adding a brand-new Digic 7 processor into the mix. The new model retains the original's flexible 4.2x optical zoom lens and its excellent f/1.8-2.8 aperture range. In fact, the G7 X Mark II sounds a whole lot like the original—though it should be a little more nimble when keeping moving subjects in focus.
The G7 X also gets WiFi and NFC for easy social sharing options, and in-camera RAW conversion gives you the flexibility of a RAW file for later while letting you export your JPEGs to Instagram right away. The multi-angle tilting touchscreen uses a 1.04M-dot panel, and is now able to flip downward by 45 degrees, giving you more framing options.
This powerful little PowerShot will be available in May for $699.
Last and frankly least, Canon has also announced a new travel zoom in the PowerShot SX720 HS. Replacing the respectable PowerShot SX710 HS, the upgraded camera has a whopping 40x optical zoom lens in a very reasonably sized body. New for this model is a Digic 6 processor, USB charging, WiFi and NFC, and full 1080/60p video recording.
On top of all these excellent features, the SX720 HS also boasts optical image stabilization, which you'll definitely need to keep those long-distance shots steady. For $399, it'll provide great value to people who don't want to spend too much to get a ton of features from a point-and-shoot camera. Keep an eye out for it at retailers this March.