2016 is going to be Canon’s year. No less than five DSLR cameras are expected and three of them are top of the line models. They might not sell in huge numbers like entry level cameras, but are very important for working professionals as well as company image; Canon cannot afford to make just an ordinary products. The expected cameras are 1DX mark II, 5D mark IV, 6D mark II, 80D, 1300D and probably a replacement for 100D.
It’s the time of year when a lot of people get new gear, so it’s time for a shopping guide. What makes this article different from most of similar ones is that I will recommend gear I have reviewed personally and liked it enough that I would consider buying it myself. That means I will skip a lot of good cameras because they have something that would bother me if I had them; it doesn’t mean cameras not listed here suck: they are just not to my personal taste. If for some camera category I think there are no good cameras I will simply recommend avoiding purchase and saving the money towards something better.
I will focus down to what is available on the market right now and at current price points. That means some good but currently in my opinion overpriced cameras might not be recommended at all. Sorry but for most of us money dictates what we can afford.
Canon Powershot G7X is an advanced compact camera. It is small enough to fit entirely in an average palm but has almost all the bells and whistles demanding users might want. Most important – it uses one of the biggest sensors ever put in a camera this small; 1″ type (13.2 x 8.8 mm). This is probably the same sensor made by Sony and used in popular RX100 models that shook the market some time ago due to high image quality from a tiny camera. Therefore, I was very curious to see how Canon performs.
Canon Powershot SX170IS is an affordable compact ultra zoom. For around $200 you get a 16 megapixels sensor and 16x optical zoom with image stabilization. Compared to previous SX160, the new one has a small but important upgrade: it comes with a Li-Ion battery and a charger unlike SX160 which used AA batteries; most users prefer Li-Ion. Design and features remained mostly unchanged so you get a standard set of shooting modes as well as full manual control in case you need it what makes SX170 a great first camera. The more you learn about photography, the more manual control you will want to have.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200D in Europe) is an entry level DSLR. It is built around a familiar 18 MP APS-sized sensor and brings two major upgrades over the old Rebel T3 (1100D); better 18 MP sensor and the ability to record videos. On a market flooded with smaller mirrorless cameras with large sensors, Canon seems not to care and instead keeps offering traditional big DSLR cameras, so I was interested to see what it can offer that would make someone choose it over a smaller yet similarly featured mirrorless competitors.
Some time ago, Canon stated 2014 will be the year of the lenses and today they finally announced a pair of new lenses. The first one is an 16-35mm F/4 L IS full frame wide angle lens, and the second one EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM made for use on cameras with APS-C sensor. Canon has also announced pricing and availability for the new lenses: both should be in stores by the end of June with 16-35mm priced at $1199 and 10-18mm priced at only $300.
Canon Powershot S120 is a small compact camera made with emphasis on image quality. It is the fifth model in Canon’s S-series and shares many similarities with previous models. It still has the same image sensor as S100 and S110 as is the case with the lens (now it lets in slightly more light), but you get higher resolution LCD, 60p full HD video and fast 12fps burst for JPEG format. Since the introductions of the S90 these cameras had a lot of satisfied customers and I was curios to see how the latest S120 fares with modern competitors, especially since there are a lot of options today that did not exist in 2009 when the S90 hit the shelves.
Canon Powershot SX510HS belongs to the midlle range ultra-zoom cameras category. It looks like a miniature DSLR to the untrained eye but still keeps compact overall dimensions and lower weight making it very portable. Its 30x optical zoom lens covers the range of 24-720mm in 35mm equivalent and is paired to a 12MP CMOS sensor what is a significant upgrade over previous SX500IS which had 16MP CCD sensor. Video recording is now possible in Full HD, burst got upgraded to 4 fps (only 0.8fps in SX500IS) and the camera now has a built-in WiFi connectivity.
Canon EOS 70D is the latest model that stands in the middle of current Canon DSLR lineup. You could call it a sort of advanced amateur or semi-professional camera, but there’s no such thing in real life: it is the photographer who defines how and for what purpose the gear is used. Theory aside, 70D distinguishes itself from more affordable 700D by many features like higher burst frame rate, more focus points and by the physical size and control layout. Also, there is a new 20 megapixel sensor inside, pretty impressive live view focusing system and a superb swivel LCD with touch control.
Canon has announced plenty of new gear most of which is actually old gear. Confused? Don’t be, it quite normal these days for any consumer electronics company to release new product that is essentially the same as old one with just some minor upgrades. Canon PowerShot G16 and S120 are Canon’s latest premium compact cameras, with G16 having now WiFi connection and S120 got slightly faster lens.
Popular PowerShot SX500 got a better sensor and is now called SX510 HS and SX160 IS got a Li-Ion battery and is now called SX170 IS. There is also a new lens – Canon EF-S 55-250 F/4-5.6 IS STM which is essentially the same as the old 55-250 but now has a silent step motor auto focus (STM).
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