Canon’s “two options” for enthusiast photographers

Hot on the heels of Sony’s announcement, Canon has also announced two new cameras and two new lenses, but they’re raising the stakes with two new firmware upgrades.

Canon introduced the cameras with the statement that, “It is often said that in life, having two options is generally considered a good thing,” and I can’t help but agree. Choice is great! As always, read on for the data you crave to help make those choices.

New enthusiast SLR: the 90

Replacing 2016’s EOS 80D, the EOS 90D sports a fresh, new Dual Pixel sensor with a respectable 32.5 MP resolution (up from the EOS 80D’s 24.2 MP resolution). The DIGIC 8 processor blazes compared to the older model’s DIGIC 6, enabling dramatic improvements in speed and capability. The EOS 90D can shoot 10 fps and boasts a redesigned AF/AE system meant to improve facial recognition and tracking speed. Video quality now maxes out at 4K 30p, with a top framerate for full HD of 120 fps. All video is recorded across the full width of the sensor!

The 90D is ideal for the photographer who values the tried-and-true shape of the SLR and generous access to buttons, as well as the flexibility of the 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD. It should start shipping in mid-September, and you can preorder today at any of the links below!

Canon EOS 90D (body only)
Canon EOS 90D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
Canon EOS 90D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

New enthusiast mirrorless camera: EOS M6 Mark II

Presented as a second option for photographers interested in the same basic features, the EOS M6 Mark II is both an upgrade from the EOS M6 and, essentially, a 90D in a compact, slightly less-buttoned body. The new 32.5 MP Dual Pixel sensor, DIGIC 8 processor, and full-width video capabilities are all there, but in a lightweight, compact mirrorless frame. Quick-draw shooters will appreciate the M6 Mark II’s 14 fps burst mode with full AF/AE tracking as well as the better-yet 30 fps RAW Burst Mode option.

The M6 Mark II will follow the 90D, shipping in late September. The camera will be available on its own or in a kit with a lens and the optional electronic viewfinder, which unlocks touch-and-drag AF. Click the links below to preorder now.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II (body only, silver or black)
Canon EOS M6 Mark II with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 (silver or black)
Canon EOS M6 Mark II with EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 (silver or black)

New luxury mirrorless lenses: RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon continues to demonstrate their commitment to top quality in their RF series of lenses. Both newly-announced lenses feature dust and weather resistance, a bright f/2.8 aperture, Nano USM focusing systems for video shooters needing silence, and up to five stops of optical stabilization built in (among other features standard to Canon’s L-series lenses). Both lenses are the same size as their EF equivalents, but with the added benefits of image stabilization and the RF control ring. Additionally, an RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM was teased for late 2019 in the announcement. Watch for more news to come!

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM is an ultra-wide lens with an emphasis on sharpness. It should be available mid-September. Click here to preorder!

The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM is the classic daily driver, with highly-customizable focus ring behavior and a control ring on top of that. Preorder yours here to make sure you don’t wait longer than you have to.

New firmware for EOS R and EOS RP

Finally, Canon also announced that the EOS R and EOS RP will be receiving an autofocus upgrade come September. The upgrade should improve the cameras’ abilities to track smaller and more distant subjects as well as eliminate an AF-tracking lag visible in the AF frame on the display. Those will be available on the support pages for the EOS R and EOS RP, as appropriate.

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