Ability to continuously auto-focus during movie recording
In summary the new 650D / Rebel T4i is the most complicated yet friendly mid-range Canon DSLR yet, truly a camera that you can grow into as your photography skills develop. It only misses out on our highest Essential award because of the still slow Live View auto-focusing and a small price increase over the 600D, but is more than deserving of our still-coveted Highly Recommended award.
High image quality with good balance between detail and noise reduction in JPEG output
With the EOS 650D, Canon faced the challenge of taking an already successful camera line and finding a way to offer more than a token upgrade without stealing too much thunder from its higher-spec'd DSLRs. By maintaining what has long been very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and addressing operational handling with a remarkably well-executed touchscreen implementation, the latest addition to the Rebel lineup carves out a niche as one of the more enjoyable to use entry...
Image quality and high ISO performance
Although it has an 18 million pixel sensor, Canon's EOS 650D/Rebel T4i doesn't use the same CMOS device as other cameras in Canon's range. It uses a new Hybrid CMOS sensor that is designed to facilitate a combined phase detection and contrast detection autofocus system that operates during video recording and when Live View is activated.
Touch-screen adds to user experience
The Canon EOS 650D is the first mid-range DSLR to offers touch-screen functionality and is all the better for it. While Canon has implemented the technology well, it hasn't made it obligatory to the camera's general operation. Autofocus performance has seen a fairly major improvement too, with the While other changes are more incremental they do make the EOS 650D a more enjoyable camera to use than its predecessor.
Excellent image quality, Excellent colour reproduction
Video is improved thanks to stereo sound and continuous AF, although this is still generally quite slow compared to mirrorless cameras, and the noise of the lens focussing is easily picked up by the internal microphones. In fact, the manual recommends the use of an external microphone if this is something you want to avoid.
Produces great quality shots
The 650D's improved autofocus system (as per the 60D) is a big step forward and the HD movie mode makes best use of the new touchscreen technology. The camera's 18-megapixel sensor produces great quality shots direct from camera, but the limitations at higher ISO settings and small buffer when shooting raw files in burst mode are sticking points.
Very fast in shot-to-shot performance and burst mode
Canon's EOS 650D is for users who want fast speed out of an entry-level digital SLR camera. It can pump out photos to the tune of five frames per second, making it perfect for budding sports and action photographers who don't want to spend more for an enthusiast-level body. It's an easy camera to use and get the hang of and Canon has included a touchscreen so that you can have more choice as to how you control the camera's settings.
Dedicated video switch
The Canon EOS 650D comes as an update to the 600D, which was announced early last year. The highlight of the 650D is its touchscreen display which makes it the first shooter in the dSLR segment to sport such a feature. This new 18-megapixel entry-level dSLR boasts better shooting performance and enhanced video controls with a duo of STM lenses. According to a Canon representative, the 600D will still be sold alongside the 650D.
Continuous AF in video
The Canon EOS 650D is packed with cool features, including a multi-touch touchscreen, full high-definition video with improved video controls and a faster auto-focus with better noise performance. It's a serious package for new SLR users -- but Micro Four Thirds and other lens-swapping cameras offer similar features for less money.
The G12 represents a measured update to an already wonderful G11 platform and carries on the better than average ISO performance and excellent still image quality of the earlier camera. Video has now been upped to 720p HD status and there's a useful HDR shooting mode along with multiple aspect ratios and a tracking AF function to tempt G11 owners to move into a 12.
Snappy performance in most respects
You'd expect great things from Canon's flagship compact camera and, in most respects, the PowerShot G12 delivers. It offers a solid (though somewhat cluttered) design, great photo quality, features for beginners and enthusiasts, HD video, and more optional extras than anything else in its class. Sure, a faster lens, further improved movie mode, and an actual printed manual would be nice, but I guess those will have to wait for the next model (or so I hope).
Produced beautiful 10M photos
Canon has impressed us once again with the most powerful and capable G-series camera to date. The G12 excels in various environments, especially low light thanks to class leading high ISO performance and a fast lens. Very few grips with this one, such as excessive red-eye in our people photos
Speedy performance, excellent image quality and a versatile screen
If you want an all-in-one camera that offers a tried and trusted user interface, speedy performance, excellent image quality and a versatile screen, the Canon Powershot G12 is very easy to recommend. Whether it still offers enough to justify its high price tag in the face of increased competition from cameras with bigger sensors and better image quality in low-light is entirely up to you - we'd just tip the balance in the G12's favour, at least for this year...
Superb controls, build and ergonomics
Canon's PowerShot G12 may only represent a modest update over its predecessor, but by addressing some of the criticisms of that model while adding a few small but neat new features, it's become a preferable camera overall. So the first headline is Canon's flagship compact has just got even better.
excellent image quality
Although barely a year separates the release of the two models, the Canon Powershot G12 was launched into a considerably more competitive market than its predecessor the G11. Despite this, Canon hasn't felt the need to make a huge number of changes in the new model. The shape of the body is more or less identical but, most significantly, the G12 shares the same 10MP sensor as the G11, which sits nestled behind the same 28-140mm (equivalent) lens.
Good manual controls
If you're in the market for a new camera and don't want the bulk of a proper DSLR Ã¢Â?Â? or even a smaller mirrorless camera such as the Sony NEX-3 Ã¢Â?Â? the G12 fits the bill extremely well. The manual modes and dials on offer, while daunting to beginners, will be hugely appreciated by anyone who's grown frustrated by the mistakes their compact makes in manual mode.
very nice LCD
As it seems with every other generation of Canon dSLRs, the EOS 50D was a solid, if somewhat uninspired follow-up to the extremely well-received 40D. Now it's the 60D's turn to be the interesting model. It combines some of the best elements of the T2i and 7D in an updated--and occasionally frustrating--redesigned body.
A top-notch camera
The Canon EOS 60D represents the middle of Canon's SLR lineup, but it is a top-notch camera in terms of performance, handling and flexibility. There are a lot of upgrades from the 50D, including a significant bump in resolution and a completely revamped control system that make it more flexible to use.
Full HD movie recording
The new 60D represents something of a rethink on Canon's part, now more clearly positioned as a prosumer SLR camera that sits halfway between the cheaper, more consumer-focused 550D / Rebel T2i and the more expensive, semi-pro 7D. Current 50D owners looking to upgrade may miss that camera's more durable metal body shell, slightly faster burst shooting, more intuitive joystick control, PC sync socket and support for Compact Flash cards - they'd be better advised to look at the 7D - but for...
High resolution 18 Megapixel stills.
There's two ways of looking at the EOS 60D. First is as Canon's new mid-range DSLR, in which case it sits perfectly between the existing EOS 550D / T2i and EOS 7D. It offers a number of benefits to differentiate itself from entry-level models without stepping on the toes of true semi-pro models. So like the Nikon D90, you get some nice higher-end features without the cost, weight, size or complexity of a semi-pro body.
high-quality video capture
The Canon EOS 60D is an excellent upgrade for Rebel shooters looking for more control, an articulated LCD, wireless flash, and a more substantial body. If you're interested in recording video, this DSLR is a natural and smartly priced choice. Owners of the Canon 40D or 50D looking to upgrade might want to consider the 7D instead if body heft and fast burst rates are a priority.
Good ergonomics, well shaped and comfortable hand grip
The 60D is built from familiar enough components and with familiar enough controls that it presents no real surprises in terms of image quality or operation. Both of these areas have been strengths of recent Canon DSLRs, so it comes as no shock to discover that the 60D is a very capable camera in terms of both useability and output.
However, customers who previously would have bought the X0D series now have to decide whether it's the 60D or 7D that better suits their needs.
The Canon T2i's ISO ranges from 100 to 6,400, with a special high ISO option of 12,800.
Once again, Canon has raised the bar at the consumer level, providing even more still-image resolution, and a high-def video mode with full control over exposure, resolution and frame rate, plus the ability to use autofocus during videos. Though it comes at a noticeably lower price, the Canon T2i handily trumps the competition from Nikon and others, and offers some timely features worth noticing.
the EOS 550D / T2i is capable of delivering superb-looking results in both bright and low light.
Canon's EOS 550D / Rebel T2i continues the company's tradition of filtering-down features from a higher-end model into a more affordable body. As such, the 550D / T2i enjoys the same high resolution photos and flexible movie modes of the 7D, not to mention its sophisticated metering system, and there's even a brand new 3:2 shaped screen which is a perfect fit for stills in playback or Live View.
Superb high ISO noise handling
With outstanding image quality, excellent build quality and must-have HD video recording, the Canon EOS 500D represents great value for money. The exposure system does suffer from an erratic performance and its dynamic range also appears to be slightly more limited than its predecessor, the 450D, but overall the 500D feels like a more advanced camera and is more than a worthy successor.
The level of detail you get out of the camera is impressive too.
Impressive image performance is paired with hardware specs that will widely appeal. You don't get all the bells and whistles, but those elements that are missing really are high-end features. If anything, it's the fast action stuff where the EOS 550D isn't so capable.
well-lit, clear photos
From our limited time with the Canon EOS 550D, we can say that it shoots very good images, its usability is high and it's reasonably swift. The auto mode still tends to pop up the built-in flash most of the time, instead of utilising the high ISO capability, so you're still better off learning how to use the camera's controls instead of completely relying on it to do all the work. However, it is still a very capable camera in auto mode when there is plenty of light.
very easy camera
Canon's EOS 550D digital SLR is aimed at users new to the SLR scene, but it's a very capable camera for all types of shooting scenarios. It excels in dark conditions, it's great for portraits, and it can even be used for sporting and action shots. The Full HD video mode makes it a great hybrid camera for travellers, too.
High resolution LCD
The EOS 550D is an excellent way into the Canon system. It doesn't have the luxurious feel of the 7D, but then it costs $1300 less for the body. Our test unit came with the Canon 18" 135mm lens which is not good enough for the camera. We would recommend buying the body with a better and, sadly, more expensive lens.
Sure, it's a high spec compact with a lot to offer and in some cases, a better performance but it's a compact nonetheless.
It's certainly a camera packed with features and that's something I've always liked about the Canon G series. For the photographer who wants to go out and get quality results without the need for a full DSLR system, the G11 is perfect and I think the drop in resolution was the right way to go judging by the performance and noise tests. Images are sharp and nicely exposed and I like the fun aspect of the camera as well as the serious attributes it can bring to photography.
The latest addition to the 'S' series line of ultra-zoom models from Canon, the SX10 IS is an extremely versatile 10-megapixel camera. This model is referred to by many as the 'S6 IS', as it is the successor to the very popular S5 IS from 2007. Many of the powerful features found on the S5 IS have been carried over to this new camera, including the 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD, Stereo microphones, VGA sized movie mode at 30fps, shutter speed range from 1/3200 - 15 seconds, sensitivity settings...
the Canon PowerShot SX10 is lightweight.
Overall, the Canon PowerShot SX10 should appeal to plenty of enthusiasts for its reliable, high-quality performance and its laudable ability to mimic a video camera with its swivel screen, not to mention its advanced controls. This is a very competent camera and a good value considering its feature set - especially when you shop around online.
great overall image
From the outside the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS looks like a formidable opponent to other Ultra Zooms in its class. It has a 20x optical zoom, versatile LCD swivel screen and all the manual controls and shooting options most amateur photographers could ask for. However, the Canon PowerShot SX10's basic imager just couldn't handle areas of high contrast, producing blowouts all over the place.
latest generation image processor
Canon's website describes the SD880 as a "trendy and slick" addition to Canon's digital ELPH line, words which fairly scream "marketing buzz" to any but the most inexperienced of photographers. However, Canon gets a pass for the language; the SD880 might be trendy and/or slick depending on your point of view, but it is definitely a pretty neat little camera when it comes to capturing images, which is the bottom line for our purposes.
compact and stylish camera
If you're looking for a compact and stylish camera with a big LCD and a wide-angle lens, then the PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH should be high on your list. It's not perfect, but the PowerShot SD880 is certainly better than the majority of the competition, which makes it easy to recommend.
latest DIGIC 4 image processor
Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS continues the legacy of the Digital ELPH line with powerful features, amazing performance, and awesome image quality; all in a diminutive package. If you are one who is in the market for a pocket-sized digicam, the SD880 IS will surely please. Everyone who picked this little guy up enjoyed playing with it and snapping pictures, and the large 3.0-inch LCD makes it incredibly easy to share with friends and family.
the Canon PowerShot S3 IS's combination of features, performance, and relatively compact design certainly gives megazoomers a compelling alternative.
The bottom line: A very well-executed megazoom camera, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS reminds you why dSLRs still have competition for photo enthusiasts' hearts.
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