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Canon G1 X Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Mon August 27, 2012

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X

The [Canon] G1X’s image quality is excellent; possibly the best you will find from a non-interchangeable lens compact camera in our opinion. But, the camera does have a few performance issues that can get annoying.

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Steve’s Digicams has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot G1 X, with 14.3MP resolution (1.5-in. CMOS), 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, optical viewfinder, 3.0-in. Vari-angle LCD (922K dots), PASM modes, RAW, and Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

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Canon Announces SX500 IS and SX160 IS

Tue August 21, 2012

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

New PowerShot Cameras ‘Zoom Photographers In’ Close To The Action And Offer Fast Auto Focus Speeds To Help Capture The Moment In Stunning Quality

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Canon PowerShot digital camera lineup designed for the on-the-go photographer looking for large extended zoom in compact easy-to-use cameras. For all those times when the action is just out of reach, Canon offers two new super-zoom solutions, the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras featuring an impressive 30x and 16x optical zoom, respectively. Both cameras are equipped with Canon’s latest advancements in AF technology enhancing auto focus (AF) speeds over previous SX-series camerasi to capture the excitement in brilliant clarity and quality. The extremely responsive high-speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with significantly reduced lag time. With incredible zoom capabilities, fast responsive AF, stunning resolution and easy-to-use features, both cameras are stylish and compact to take along for any occasion to help you get a good shot from the back of a school theatre or the sidelines of a game.

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Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D Review @ DPReview

Mon August 20, 2012

Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D

Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D

One of the more enjoyable to use entry level DSLRs on the market.

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DPReview has published their review of the Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle Touch Panel LCD, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 30p/25p/24p.

Read the Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D Review @ DPReview.

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CANON REBEL T4I / EOS 650D REVIEWS
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Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS Review @ CameraLabs

Mon August 20, 2012

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS

The ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS is truly a marvel of miniaturisation. If you’re looking for a pocket zoom that really is pocketable you be hard pressed to find a model that matches it for size, weight and classy good looks. The quality is more than skin deep, it’s beautifully engineered and feels like a quality product.

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CameraLabs has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS [Specs], an ultra compact ultra zoom digital camera with 10.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. Touch Panel LCD (461k-dot), Smart AUTO, P, High Speed Burst at 6.8fps, Super Slow Motion, Color Accent, Movie Digest mode and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

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Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D Review @ KenRockwell

Sat August 18, 2012

Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D

Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D

I suggest getting the kit with the 18-135mm STM as I did. It doesn’t cost much more than the other versions, and the 18-135mm STM is magnificently silent and fast in its autofocus. It also covers every focal length a reasonable person would want.

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KenRockwell has published their review of the Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle Touch Panel LCD, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 30p/25p/24p.

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Canon SX260 HS Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Wed August 15, 2012

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The best travel zoom of the year. Canon’s SX260 HS […] is quick, compact, comfortable, and produces above-average photos in many different situations. This is an ideal travel companion.

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DigitalCameraInfo has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, with 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 20x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-500mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. (461k-dot) LCD, PASM, Smart AUTO, Intelligent IS, Ultra Slow Motion, GPS, and 1080p Full HD movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

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Canon ELPH 530 HS / IXUS 510 HS Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Wed August 15, 2012

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

We’re pleased with the Canon IXUS 510 HS’ image quality and focusing. […] We love the feel of the Canon IXUS 510 HS which is down to the superior build quality.

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PhotographyBLOG has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 530 HS / IXUS 510 HS [Specs], a beautiful ultra compact ultra zoom digital camera with 10.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.2-in. Touch Panel LCD (461k-dot), Smart AUTO, P, High Speed Burst at 6.1fps, Super Slow Motion, Color Accent, Wi-Fi and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps with stereo sound.

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Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu August 9, 2012

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS

A good take-anywhere camera with some extra zoom punch.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS [Specs], an ultra compact ultra zoom digital camera with 10.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. Touch Panel LCD (461k-dot), Smart AUTO, P, High Speed Burst at 6.8fps, Super Slow Motion, Color Accent, Movie Digest mode and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

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Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D Review @ CameraLabs

Mon August 6, 2012

Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D

Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D

The [Canon] Rebel T4i / EOS 650D is in fact one of the most exciting DSLRs that the company has delivered for some time.

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CameraLabs has published their review of the Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle Touch Panel LCD, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 30p/25p/24p.

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Canon Hopes Its Video Success Will Rub Off on The EOS M

Fri July 27, 2012

In this video from Reviewed.com, Ben Thomas of Canon gives us an insight on how Canon is viewing its mirrorless entry with the EOS M. It especially hopes that the video success it experienced with its HDSLR models will rub off on the EOS M.


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Canon EOS M

Mon July 23, 2012

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M Back View

Canon EOS M Top View

Canon EOS M with external flash

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

 Category:  Type: Image Sensor :
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The EOS M is Canon’s long-awaited entry into the mirrorless universe, where the redundant mirror of the DSLR is removed and the photographer can see exactly what will be recorded onto the image sensor. Canon chose to follow a cautious route in its first mirrorless offering: the EOS M uses a large APS-C sensor in a decidedly point-and-shoot camera.

The use of an APS-C sensor similar to the ones it uses in its entry-level and enthusiast DSLRs means that it is poised, should mirrorless cameras gain a commanding foothold against traditional mirrored DSLR, to easily and quickly switch to the mirrorless camp. Designing the EOS M to be a point-and-shoot camera enables it to placate those in its camp who do not want this new category to compete with, and potentially cannibalize sales from, its own traditional mirrored DSLRs.

It’s in fact a good and smart compromise, though a great disappointment for enthusiast photographers who were hoping for a bolder introduction from Canon. This rather insipid move has regrettably immediately relegated Canon into a marginal player in the mirrorless category and leaves the field wide open to those competitors who have fully embraced the mirrorless concept and are tightening their grips in this market. After all, it has been 4 long years since the first mirrorless camera was introduced by Panasonic.

The EOS M is basically the entry-level Rebel T4i / EOS 650D traditional mirrored DSLR, minus the mirror and much of the control buttons. This leaves a point-and-shoot model that relies heavily on the touchscreen for camera control. Though the screen features a simpler interface, it’s a beautiful and large 3.0-in. LCD with a high 1040k-dot resolution that is so responsive it’s a pleasure to use. The existing control buttons are also easy and precise in their clikability.

The EOS M features 18MP resolution. There is no built-in flash (but a hot shoe is fortunately present), though the Speedlite 90EX (US $149.99) is included. There is no built-in viewfinder nor provision for an external one. The LCD unfortunately does not tilt or swivel. Point-and-shoot users will find it easy to use in AUTO mode; more advanced users has access to PASM shooting modes via the MENU. Continuous Shooting is at 4.3fps. A pleasant surprise in a compact camera (though not in an EOS model) for those who love shooting panoramas: the tripod socket is correctly placed in-line with the centre of the lens.

A new smaller mount, the EF-M, makes it possible to build the EOS M in a smaller form factor. Initially, two EF-M lenses are available: the EF-M 22mm [35mm equiv.] f/2 STM “pancake” lens (US $249.99, supplied with camera as kit lens) and the EF-M 18–55mm [29-88mm equiv.] f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 3x zoom lens (optional, US $299.99). However, the good news is that all EOS system EF and EF-S lenses can be mounted using the EF-EOS M mount adapter (US $199.99). The EF-EOS M adapter also has a detachable tripod mount foot for attaching longer and heavier lenses.

Positioning its first mirrorless camera firmly in the EOS system means that Canon reserves to itself the right to dramatically upgrade future models if it so pleases. After all, the EOS M has unimpeded access to, and is compatible with, a wide range of existing EOS accessories: Speedlite flash system and all of Canon’s EF and EF-S SLR lenses (via the EF-EOS M mount adapter).

The EOS M features the hybrid image sensor first seen in the T4i. It features phase detection as well as contrast detect AF sensors which, according to Canon marketing, should result in faster and more accurate auto focusing, especially during AF tracking. However, initial reports indicate this is regrettably not the case.

The EOS M is not a cheap camera (US $800 with the 22mm kit lens) and is built with attention to detail: the body features magnesium and stainless steel frame construction and feels unmistakably high quality in its handling and feel. Positioned between the prosumer G1X and the T4i, Canon apparently wants to use the EOS M to help consumers bridge the divide between the point-and-shoot models to its DSLRs. It emphasizes the video capabilities of the EOS M which records in 1080p Full HD at 24p/25p/30p fps with stereo sound.

The EOS M uses SD, SDHC, SDXC, and Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) memory cards.

The Canon EOS M will appeal to users who desire DSLR-level image quality but prefer a compact and easy-to-use point-and-shoot camera. Enthusiasts, your day is yet to come [we hope].

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Canon Announces the EOS M Compact Mirrorless with APS-C Sensor

Mon July 23, 2012

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Canon announces its first much-anticipated compact mirrorless digital camera: the EOS M with an APS-C sensor. Instead of building on top of the smaller 1.5-in. sensor of the G1 X, Canon has smartly selected to use an APS-C sensor. It probably realizes it needs to be ready should the mirrorless gain ground on their traditional mirrored entry-level DSLRs [the EOS M is apparently based on the Rebel T4i / EOS 650D].

The EOS M retains the Hybrid Phase and Contrast AF system introduced in the T4i. The Hybrid CMOS AF system is located on the CMOS sensor itself and combines phase-difference AF and contrast AF. Preliminary reports are that the Hybrid AF is regrettably on the slow side.

The EOS M uses a new lens mount, the EF-M, and two new lenses are immediately available for the EOS M: the 22mm f/2 STM “pancake” kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The EOS M can also use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

Canon marketing seems to target the video shooting crowd, touting it as “An Advanced Video Capture Device.” The EOS M shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080 at either 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976) or 25p, with stereo sound. The Hybrid CMOS AF system is also used during video shooting, allowing continuous autofocus and tracking of moving subjects.

Canon engineers probably struck a compromise between those at Canon who see the mirrorless as the future and those who are afraid of cannibalizing their own traditional mirrored DSLR sales. It’s certainly a smart decision to use an APS-C sensor instead of a smaller one, but their first mirrorless is definitely aimed at the point-and-shoot crowd. There is no built-in viewfinder and no provision for an external one. The 3.0-in. LCD is very high resolution [approximately 1,040,000 dots] but is unfortunately not tiltable. The camera does not have a built-in flash though it sports a hot shoe compatible with all EOS flash units. A new compact and lightweight flash unit, the Speedlite 90EX, is available [bundled or optional, depending on country].

On the one hand, the EOS M sports an APS-C sensor paired with the DIGIC V processor — and we should therefore be able to expect very good low-light image quality; on the other hand, the EOS M lacks the manual controls [though PASM is available via the touchscreen MENU] that would have all enthusiasts feverishly calling in their orders. A missed opportunity, if ever there was one. But, since Canon wisely built their new mirrorless platform on an APS-C sensor, I am guessing it won’t be a huge step for them to ramp it up as they see fit.

The EOS M is Canon’s first salvo in the war that is brewing in the mirrorless camp and about to spill over and take over the traditional-mirrored DSLRs. Canon is edging its bets by using an APS-C sensor and thus positioning itself to, if necessary, deal fully with the mirrorless tsunami that it is still not totally convinced will reach the shores of its traditional mirrored DSLRs, and yet making its first mirrorless introduction a mere point-and-shoot that will not steal sales away from its entry-level DSLRs. It is also hoping that its video success will rub off on the EOS M. Canon will no doubt follow closely the sales figures for the EOS M before deciding whether to keep their future compact mirrorless offerings firmly in the point-and-shoot category or upscale it to compete with — and eventually replace — their own traditional mirrored DSLRs.

MAIN SPECS

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC V processor
  • EF-M mount
  • 3.0-in. Touch Panel LCD (1040k-dot)
  • Hybrid Phase and Contrast AF
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
  • Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p with stereo sound
  • Continuous Shooting 4.3 fps
  • RAW + JPEG
  • Mount Adapter for EF and EF-S lenses
  • Color: Black, White [exclusively available through the Canon Online store]. Other colors are country-dependent.
  • Price: EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens US $799.99
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens US $299.99, Mount Adapter EF-EOS M US $199.99 and Speedlite 90EX US $149.99 will all be available in October

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