Canon Powershot N is a somewhat unusual camera at the first glance. It consists of lens in the front, a touch-screen at the back and that’s it. There is no grip and very few buttons. Compact camera market is disappearing a bit by bit every day and manufacturers are trying everything they can to keep customers. This can seen by ultra-zoom flood in the last two or three years and many advanced models like Sony RX100, Nikon Coolpix A and many others. With Powershot N, Canon tried a bit different approach, making it different than almost any other camera on the market.
It seems Canon found a perfect formula for best selling compact ultra zoom camera. Powershot SX260HS is currently best selling digital camera on Amazon and has 4.5 out of 5 stars rating from 670 customer reviews. But it’s one year old and that’s a usual product life for a compact digicam, so Canon recently announced two new models: Powershot SX270HS and SX280HS and I used them for the last week.
These cameras have actually completely identical specifications: 20x optical zoom, 12MP sensor and Full HD video, making the addition of GPS and Wi-Fi the only detail to differentiate SX280 from its cheaper sibling, the SX270. Canon already did something similar with its full-frame EOS 6D and i think it’s a smart move. GPS and Wi-Fi are functions that can be regarded as essential for some users but completely irrelevant to others. In this way, you can save a penny buying a cheaper model without it.
Canon EOS 6D is a model in a relatively new market segment: affordable full-frame DSLR. It is by no way what one might call cheap camera, but compared to previous full-frame models it is significantly more affordable. There is only one direct competitor, the Nikon D600. They have quite a few differences between themselves, but more on that later. Overall, Canon 6D has the looks and feel similar to 60D model. In other words, it is smaller and lighter than 5D models (finally!) but shares many features like the menu system or the lack of pop-up flash.
Canon Powershot SX500IS is a small ultra zoom camera. Its 30x zoom lens covers the range of 24-720mm in 35mm equivalent and is paired to 16MP CCD sensor. SX500IS has a range of shooting modes including full manual controls over exposure and focus. Usually I don’t publish reviews of digital cameras of this price range, but this one attracted my attention, so here it is.
Canon has announced two new DLSR models – the 100D (Rebel SL1) and 700D (Rebel T5i). Both have 18 MP APS-C sensors, 9 focus points, Full HD video recording and all the usual Canon bells and whistles. So what’s new…? In one word – nothing. Specifications of the 700D are almost identical with the previous model (the 650D), and 100D differs from 700D with smaller body size and the lack of articulated LCD.
Let’s say you’re buying a new compact camera and it has to have above average image quality and must be a Canon? Looks like you will choose between Powershot S110 and G15 cameras. They are very similar in many aspects, but completely different in a way they handle. I used them both at the same time and tried to figure out their strengths and weaknesses.
These cameras have a long pedigree… first G series model – the G1 debuted in 2000., and S110 can trace its origins from 1999′s S10 model. G series models were always a bit bigger than average compact cameras and were aimed at advanced users not wanting or being able to afford large DSLR models. S series share the image quality part from G models – sensor, optics and image processing firmware yet prioritize on size and portability. So how far have they evolved in 13 years? Let’s find out.
Yes, it’s true. Canon has a mirrorless camera – the EOS M and the world is still standing. Many were wondering what took so long for the world’s largest camera maker to enter the brave new mirrorless niche, but it probably comes down to not wanting to have a in-house competition to best selling 1100D (EOS Rebel T3) and 600/650D (Rebel T3i/T4i) models. The problem with such strategy became pretty obvious lately – mirrorless offering from Sony and micro 4/3 systems became worthy competitors and started to eat away market share from Canon. And while Sony, Olympus and Panasonic have several years of experience and a whole range of native mirrorless lenses, Canon is at the very beginning. One camera and two lenses. Is it good enough to sell? Let’s find out.
Canon office in Croatia organized a press event yesterday, covering all the latest news and digital cameras from recent Photokina fair. Besides new G15 and S110, we had a chance to try the new Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera. 6D uses new 20 megapixel sensor and will compete with Nikon D600 camera as a budget full frame camera.
5D Mark III is the latest full frame model from Canon, following the footsteps of its very popular but aging Mark II model. It brings a wide range of improvements and I was eager to try it in the field.
Canon had a habit of breaking price barriers in the past. First, it did it with 300D model back in 2003, which was the first DSLR priced at 1000 USD. In 2005. 5D saw the light of the day as first “affordable” full frame camera on the market. A lot of customers expected this price and feature breaking trend to continue, but it never happened again. All other cameras have had just incremental enhancements, feature by feature, and price level remained almost the same.
Several years later, in 2008. Mark II did shook the market again, but this time in a very unexpected way: video recording. Relatively large sensor made it especially appealing for indie movie makers who needed shallow DOF and large selection of different lenses. Very soon, camera became a selling hit, making its way even into mainstream video production (do you remember the episode of Dr. House shot entirely with Mark II cameras?).
Although it had its quirks and a lot to be desired from a professional full frame camera, Mark II became a sort of standard work-horse amongst a wide range of professional users, especially for wedding and landscape applications.
This year the latest incarnation hit the shelves – the 5D Mark III. It has a completely new and advanced AF system, higher burst rate and a range of improved options. The problem is, many believe it is what Mark II should have been from beginning, and there are still a few functionalities left out, like uncompressed HDMI output. Unfortunately, the price is still very high, slightly higher even from the only current competitor – Nikon D800. There was a hope Canon might introduce a really cheap full frame body, but instead we got a perfected high-end beast.
So is it worth 3000 Euros? Let’s find out.