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 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.
Fully articulated 2.5in screen.
Canon's PowerShot S5 IS remains one of the best super-zoom digital cameras on the market. It sports a decent 12x range with optical stabilisation, a useful flip-out and twist screen, a decent degree of manual control and impressively, a flash hotshoe. Some will also prefer its use of AA batteries over proprietary and expensive Lithium Ion battery packs.
Excellent resolution, good detail at lower ISOs (though output a little soft)
It is crying out for a better sensor, wider lens and for Canon to move the SD card slot back out from the battery compartment, but I'd still rather take it out shooting than the Sony, Olympus or Fuji alternatives. The output (with fringing and noise issues) simply isn't good enough to earn the S5 IS an unqualified 'Highly Recommended' rating, but it's an easy 'Recommended'.
Superb image stabilisation
The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is unquestionably the most versatile digital camera on the market, with a powerful high quality zoom lens, superb image stabilisation, class-leading performance and what may be the best AF system on the market. It has a huge range of features, including a video mode with full zoom lens and stereo audio. It is slightly let down by the small sensor and its inherent noise problems, but it is still an outstanding camera by any standard.
Fast reacting lens - Focusable viewfinder
The Canon Powershot S5 IS has more features than any similar, super zoom digital camera. It is also one of the more expensive models. On the whole picture quality is very good, but it is a concern that my full zoom test showed a noticeable fall off in sharpness away from the centre of the photo.
The Canon S5 IS is one of the best of the pseudo SLR super zooms. The lens is outstanding and the company has kept the pixel count to 8 million. That's about a million more than we consider ideal and images are a bit noisy at ISO speeds above 200, but not so much so that the picture is degraded. This is a good all-purpose camera with a standout macro ability.
Good image and color quality
The Canon Powershot S5 IS replaces the S3 IS in the Canon line, and boasts a full mix of features: an 8 megapixel sensor and 12X optical zoom lens; optical image stabilization and an ISO range up to 1600; a Digic III processor which Canon says improves image quality and camera functionality, particularly with the Face Detection and Red-Eye Correction technologies; full manual controls in addition to the typical auto and special scene shooting modes, plus a hot shoe, viewfinder, and 2.5 inch...
Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times
The T1i offers some very powerful features that have been handed down from its big brothers, the Canon EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II. This camera possesses a high degree of appeal with loads of exposure options, and class leading ISO capabilities, performance, and image quality.
very compact camera
The EOS Rebel T1i is Canon's best Rebel yet. If you need a faster burst rate, or don't like the Rebel's button-centered interface, or the camera is too small for your hands, then you'll also want to look at the EOS 50D, the next camera up in Canon's line. (Note that you won't get video shooting with that camera.) If you're looking for an SLR under $1,000 that takes great images and movies, then the Rebel T1i is an excellent choice.
high definition video
The problem companies like Canon face is offering DSLRs with Full HD video, which at the same time, donâ?? t harm its sales of camcorder products or more expensive DSLR offerings like the EOS 5D Mark II, which has Full HD at 30fps. Itâ?? s a hard balance to get right and, in its attempts to achieve it, it appears that Canon has compromised the video performance a little too much on the EOD 500D.
pretty impressive "entry level" camera
The new Canon Speedlite 270EX, the successor to the 220EX Speedlite model, is a compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models. Ideal for use with the new EOS Rebel T1i, the new Speedlite 270EX uses only two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees.
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.
it an easy camera
As is typically the case with Canon's PowerShot line, the E1 performs quite well, with good color and exposure across a broad range of exposure conditions. Color is just about spot-on accurate, with only minor deviations in saturation and hue accuracy. Luminance noise is a little high at the middle ISOs and up, though detail remains quite strong at the lower ISO settings. The Canon E1 is fairly quick, with good shutter lag, though shot-to-shot cycle times are about average.
accurate, vibrant colors
If you love the E1's looks, great! Because you'll find that beneath its controversial exterior, this is a fairly capable, fully functional camera â?? even if it doesn't look like it on the outside. What we're wondering at this point, though, is if the E1's $180-ish street price doesn't price it out of its own market. If the E1 were inexpensive ($50 cheaper, say), the E1's budget vibe might be forgivable.
more consistent color accuracy
The new Canon Powershot E1 may be targeted towards a young crowd, with new colors, menus and creative sounds, but it can definitely hold its own when it comes to performance and quality. With Easy, Auto, Program auto and a variety of scene modes, this camera can be picked up and used by anyone in the family. Performance and quality are very good for an entry-level camera, making the MSRP of US$199.99 a very good deal.
very competent little camera
So it all sounds really good. Well yes, it is a very competent little camera. There is a compromise in terms of size, as this wonâ?? t slip into your pocket as easily as, say, one of the IXUS models, but then you have to glance at the price. The E1 was launched in the UK as an Argos exclusive at Â£159.99, although it is now available elsewhere. However, Argos have slashed the price of the camera to a very commendable Â£129.99, making this something of a bargain.
this camera is adorable.
What it really comes down to is that, considering the hardware inside and the cool design of the E1, I was expecting fast, smooth, impressive operation, just in a stylish new package. Don't get me wrong; compared to some competitors on the market like Kodak, who make awful point-and-shoots, this is a fantastic camera. But for someone who has handled quite a few Canons, I'm a little mystified by its moments of clunkiness.
High resolution; low noise even at high sensitivities; sensible approaches to dust removal Anti-dust systems not 100 per cent infallible; bundled lens doesn’t have anti-shake; Sony A100 a tough rival The Canon EOS 400D builds on the success of the 350D and is an excellent entry-level digital SLR
there's some noise apparent above ISO 400 but in general images are extremely clean and crisp - definitely photographs as opposed to snaps.
Bulkier than an ultra-compact but with full manual control and great image quality, the Canon Powershot A640 is an excellent camera for the price.
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