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.
Advanced autofocus system handles moving subjects beautifully
When we first saw the Canon 1D X way back in the fall of 2011, it became immediately clear that Canon was looking to produce a camera that would be right at home in the bags of world-class photographers and videographers alike.
Even amongst pure still photographers, the Canon 1D X's dove-tailing of the sports-centric 1D Mark IV and the studio-centric 1Ds Mark III lines seemed to be an ambitious move designed to capture the majority of the pro market with a single professional body.
Performs exceptionally well in low-light situations
At around £5,300 for the body-only the Canon EOS-1D X doesn't come cheap, but if you're a professional photographer who makes a living from photography then the 1D X is one of the best tools that money can buy. Put simply the Canon EOS-1D X is remarkable camera and we have no hesitation in saying it's the best Canon DSLR we've ever used.
Exceptional high ISO performance, Excellent image quality
If you're looking for the ultimate in speed, image quality, and performance, as well as exceptional low light performance then the Canon EOS 1D X certainly delivers in abundance. With extremely high ISO settings available it's possible to shoot in low light situations hand-held where you would normally have to setup a tripod and timer, as long as you don't mind using these higher ISO settings.
Super fast burst rate, incredible battery life
Fast, tough, long-lasting and able to produce exceptional images. Some other full-frame models outperform in the resolution stakes, and Canon's lost its formerly enviable "movie king" hat, but otherwise the 1D X is as good as professional full-frame DSLR cameras get.
Fast and accurate focusing, high burst speeds and a generous buffer capacity
Arguably, the EOS 1D X is Canon's most versatile camera to date and there are few situations in which it won't shine. Sports and wildlife photographers will relish the new AF system, high burst speeds and clean films at high sensitivity settings. (With a caveat to photographers who use extender lenses, as explained above.)
Recorded spectacular video
There's no question the Canon 1D X is capable of recording excellent video images, but that's what you should expect from a camera that costs in excess of 6000 dollars. The multiple compression options (ALL-I or IPB), as well as the numerous record modes and extensive manual video controls offer everything the professional videographer needs to capture high-quality video. But the camera isn't marketed to video users as much as, say, the Canon 5D Mark III or the Panasonic GH3.
Excellent low-light, High ISO performance
The Canon 1D X is certainly an exciting new addition to the Canon line-up. It raises the bar in a number of areas such as speed and customisability. I also have high hopes that the image quality and low-light performance will live up to the hype.
faster processor, a more advanced metering system and a more extensive AF system
The previous 1D Mark IV was no slacker in this regard but the Canon EOS 1D X offers a new faster processor, a more advanced metering system and a more extensive AF system. This should not only cope with the higher resolution full-frame sensor but offer greater performance too.
Still image quality is among the best in its price range
As it stands, the Canon T3i is the flagship Rebel, with the T3 and T2i beneath it in features. Its still image quality is among the best in its price range, and its video modes are quite complete, offering excellent quality, provided you can handle shooting video more carefully than you would with a digicam or camcorder.
Excellent video capabilities
For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up.
Awesome but I am knocking down a star because...
I am sure they are withholding anti-aliasing for two reasons: 1) they want to make it exclusive to their high-end cameras first, and those have a longer product cycle, and 2) there must be bitter acrimony within the company about the DSLR division eating the video division's lunch. Nikon et al. will eat Canon's lunch if Canon doesn't eat its own as lunch...that's why we have this great camera, and that's why Canon is going to have to serve us all with uncrippled products soon enough.
Great still camera that also records decent HD video
All in all, this is a GREAT camera for the beginner and hobbiest. It's also a very good back up camera for the professional. This is an easy choice to help you transistion from 'snapshot' cameras to professional gear and I've found the video capabilities to be remarkable for a an SD-Card format camcorder.
excellent entry-level model
We found the Canon T3 to be an excellent entry-level model, with good handling characteristics, good image quality, and an unusually rich feature set for its price point. Rare to find at its bargain price point, this is a model that's approachable for beginners but could be interesting and rewarding for enthusiasts as well.
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.
Excellent still-image and HD-video quality.
The Canon EOS 7D is one of the best midrange D-SLRs money can buy. But if you don't need comprehensive video recording features or ultra-high-resolution images, there are a handful of competing D-SLRs that produce comparable image quality for half the price.
Canon's EOS 7D is a direct response to Nikon's D300s. The company has taken a good long look at the areas where Nikon always had the edge over models like the EOS 40D and 50D, and addressed almost all of them here. No longer can Nikon claim a bigger viewfinder, faster continuous shooting, colour-based metering, on-demand viewfinder graphics, wireless flash control or superior AF as reasons to go for its model over its closest rival.
Video quality is very good, outputting low noise vide as it does for stills.
The Canon EOS 7D is an incredibly versatile camera. Its rich feature set make it one of the most complete DSLRs available. Given its high-resolution sensor, wide range of ISO sensitivities, high-speed continuous drive, there is no subject too difficult for it. Its durable and weather-sealed body can be taken to more places than most DSLRs.
high quality images
Canon's flagship APS-C camera has definitely put Canon back in the game. The Canon EOS 7D certainly holds its own against all other cameras in its class. I'd even say that it holds its own against its big brother, the 5D Mark II, unless you want full frame. The AF focusing system is a joy to use, and its image quality is superb. Plus, its rugged build quality and ability to produce high quality images in both RAW and JPEG make it well worth the money.
Great 18MP photo quality
We have no reservations about giving the Canon EOS 7D an Editor's Choice designation it's a great DSLR that just so happens to record high-definition videos. The big question, though: Is the camera worth its steep asking price? Happily, the answer is yes, since it's an investment that will pay you back for years to come in terms of great photos. Moreover, for those who enjoy a challenge, it will take some time to learn all of the device's capabilities.
As stated earlier, the PowerShot SX1 IS had no problem shooting in low light with a slow shutter.
We can definitely say that Canon's upgrade to last year's PowerShot SX10 IS was a step in the right direction. However, the 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot SX1 IS left us with a few sour tastes in our mouths, particularly due to a few basic imaging flaws and the camera's inability to transcend a one-second shutter speed in Manual mode. We had to use a Scene mode to reach 15 seconds, and that means we couldn't shoot in RAW.
great image quality
The Canon SX1 Is impresses with its full 1080p video mode, putting it head and shoulders above similar "bridge" cameras. Consumers, however, should carefully consider whether that's enough to make them pick the SX1 over the similar SX10 IS. By Joseph Ben Keough.
Full HD Video Recording.
Canon has managed to squeeze in some extra functionality for the SX1 compact digital camera that helps it stand out as a worthy replacement for your existing unit. Given its HD video recording option as well as the increased ability to capture better images via the internal CMOS sensor, it's got everything needed in a non SLR camera. A more ergonomic selection dial could be added in the future to add an extra benefit.
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.
Excellent low-light performance
Excellent low-light performance, impressive printed output, very fast shutter lag times, solid build, superb customization, and excellent image quality all add up to make the Canon EOS 50D a great choice for all types of photographers, and a sure Dave's Pick.
At its sharpest f-stop on the zoom lens, the 50D captured an average of 1,928 lines per picture height, which is a high score that results in very crisp images
The Canon EOS 50D is fast and sharp, and it produces low noise at high ISOs. If you own compatible lenses, there's not much to think about. If you don't, Nikon's D90 might be worth a look
excellent color reproduction
My personal expectations for the 50D were a mixture of highs and lows; experience has taught me that Canon's updates to their mid-range DSLRs usually tend to be evolutionary, but I honestly expected to see some significant improvements over the old Canon 20D that I used several years ago. As it turns out, I was both pleasantly surprised and a little disappointed by what I experienced with the 50D.
Very good photo quality (with a good lens)
While very good overall, the EOS-50D reminded me that you need a quality piece of glass attached to get the most out of the camera. While it has a nice zoom range, the 18 - 200 mm kit lens (one of two available) doesn't let the 50D do its best work. That said, you'll get good exposures out of the 50D, though it did clip highlights more than I'd like. Colors were just right -- no complaints here. The camera captures plenty of detail, and with a nice lens, you'll see it.
Perfect camera for the enthusiast
Upgrading the popular 40D, the 50D provides similar performance and increased image size and quality thanks to the addition of the new DIGIC 4 processor. The combination of speed and performance makes this the perfect camera for the enthusiast or anyone looking to upgrade from an entry-level dSLR. With a MSRP of US$1399 for the body, the size and quality of the images is in my opinion worth the extra money over the 40D.
But there’s no doubt the new EOS 50D is a very powerful and feature-packed semi-pro DSLR which succeeds in its goals.
The Canon EOS 50D is a worthy update to the already excellent EOS 40D, equipping it not just with the latest features, but also a significant boost in resolution without compromising noise levels. The presence of certain specifications, and the fact it's arrived six months earlier than Canon's normal schedule, proves just how seriously the company views Nikon's D300 as a rival.
The Canon EOS 50D performs very well and deserves an excellent rating among DSLR cameras.
The Canon EOS 50D performs very well and deserves an excellent rating among DSLR cameras. Image quality is certainly good with low-noise, good color accuracy and reliable exposure. The 50D is also one of the fastest and most quiet DSLRs.
Easily a best-in-class performance
The Canon EOS Rebel XSi is a very good entry-level digital SLR. It offers very good photo quality (with the appropriate tweaks), lighting fast performance, live view, and a large LCD display. The camera has its share of flaws, though, including soft JPEGs at default settings, redeye, sluggish contrast detect autofocus, and a rather high price. Still, the Rebel XSi is a solid choice for those looking for their first SLR, and thus, it earns my recommendation
a brand new Rebel XSi and it's a beauty.
The Rebel XSi is the latest edition of Canon's entry-level dSLR. If you were expecting refinement and improvements in this new model, you will not be disappointed. Canon has upped the resolution to 12.2-megapixels, added Live View capability, included the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, and topped it off with a larger, 3.0" LCD. It gets better however, since the XSi includes the latest DIGIC III Image Processor and greater battery capacity.
Announced towards the end of January 2008, just a few days before the annual PMA show, the 450D / XSi features a number of key improvements over its predecessor – some predictable, others less so.
As the successor to the best-selling DSLR of the last 18 months, thereâ??s no doubt Canonâ??s new EOS 450D / Rebel XSi will shift by the bucket-load. Thereâ??s equally no doubt Canon has made many improvements over the earlier 400D / XTi which together add-up to a worthy successor.
The EOS 450D represents Canon's response to the increasingly crowded and competitive nature of the entry-level DSLR market. Where the original 'people's DLSR', the EOS 300D, owed at least some of its success to the simple paucity of competitors, the market in 2008 is a very different place indeed, and one that's seen Nikon (with the D40/D40x/D60) carve a sizeable slice of the action, and where Olympus, Sony and Pentax have strong offerings at price points unthinkable just couple of years...
Unsurprisingly, image quality is high – with and without high ISO noise reduction, right up to the maximum of ISO 1,600.
Be that as it may, the Canon EOS-450D is a fine performer. The only real problem is price. The 450D sits uncomfortably close to the 10Mp EOS 40D. With the makerâ??s current cashback offer, the better-quipped semi-pro model can be had for roughly the same price. If it wasnâ??t for the (probably short-term) anomaly, the Canon EOS-450D would easily score a higher rating.
The Canon Rebel XSi is finally a more complete camera than any Rebel before it.
The Canon Rebel XSi is finally a more complete camera than any Rebel before it. Despite being part of the entry-level Rebel series, the XSi features spot-metering, a 3.5 FPS continuous drive with a deep buffer, depth-of-field preview and finally exposure-priority live-view with 100% frame coverage. Autofocus is slow in live-view and the controls are just bizarre, but this is the most accurate live-view we have seen so far, making it the first camera to receive our Live-View icon.
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