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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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.