Canon and Sony releases

There must be something in the air as both Sony and Canon have announced lots of new items. Most of this has little to no interest to me but as always it’s what wasn’t announced (or that’s missing form the new stuff) that’s interesting.

Canon EOS 1200D+18-55
Canon announces the EOS 1200D that replaces the 1100D, the prior model was getting very old and was long overdue for a refresh. This model is so new that it isn’t even on Canon UK’s website but is already available on WEX UK’s website. It costs £350 body only or £450 with the 18-55mm STM lens; these are quite reasonable prices.

The new model adds the familiar 18MP sensor, the Digic 4 processor can shoot full-HD and has a 9 point AF system. The screen does not move and has no touch 😦

Canon also announced a new version of their ring flash the “MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light”, this costs the same as the EOS 1200D – £450 and is not available yet. This updates the flash with the latest UI, hot shoe fitting and can be controlled wirelessly with either the 600EX-RT or the ST-E3RT. This costs another £100 over the existing model.

Powershot G1 X II
Canon’s final release of interest is the Powershot G1X mark II, this newer £750 pound model adds a faster lens, twin control rings (around the lens) and can take an optional EVF (the optical finder has been removed). The screen changes from a vari-angle model to a tilt only screen that is similar to the one on the Sony NEX5. With the old model costing only £399 you have to ask if the almost double price is worth it.

Sony announced a few items today, the 70-200 f3 OSS FE mount lens for their A7/A7R range, a few compacts (as did Canon) – yawn and the A6000. The item of note here is the A6000 which is a direct replacement of the NEX6.

Sony A6000

Like the Canon stuff this new model is not on Sony UK’s site although WEX UK again has the model available for pre-order at £599 body only or £729, with the 16-50mm Powerzoom lens. The older NEX6 costs only £529 with the same lens, a £200 premium. The A6000 has a 24MP sensor (so forget any of the cheap lenses as the sensor is very unforgiving) a superior AF system (should be good for AF tracking) a slight tewak of the UI and controls – for the better and an inferior EVF! It was thought that the A6000 would replace both the NEX6 and NEX7 models but the inferior EVF tends to hint that there might be an even higher end model (the A7000?) to be released.

So as a quick summary both Canon and Sony have released a few items of note but it seems that the marketing people have had too much of an influence in some of the decisions that could have made both the G1X Mark II and the A6000 much better. Contrasting them with FujiFilm is now almost night and day and I much prefer where they are headed over what Canon, Sony (and Nikon) are.

As always you can read about the new gear at DPReview.