Today is a big day for Canon, which announced a few new cameras, including one the company claims is the lightest and smallest digital SLR (DSLR) on the planet, the EOS Rebel SL1. Canon's newest Rebel with a cause features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the combination of which is supposed to deliver high quality shots at a fast rate.
When you think of allergies, several things come to mind, like peanuts, pets, and pollen. But photography? Strange as it may sound, your choice of digital camera could cause an allergic reaction. Canon has issued a product advisory that warns the rubber grips of some EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR (EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i overseas models) cameras contain a substance that could cause people with sensitive skin to develop a rash or have some other allergic reaction.
Canon today rolled out its EOS Rebel T4i, which assumes its rank as the company's new flagship digital SLR in the popular EOS Rebel line. The T4i boasts an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, 100-12800 ISO range (expandable to 25600 in H mode, Canon says), and an articulating 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor with touch-menu navigation.
Canon's new EOS 60Da DSLR camera is the long-awaited successor to the EOS 20Da and just the thing for photographers who prefer to stare at space than at flowers and other earthly objects. According to Canon, the freshly minted 60Da is optimized for astrophotograhy and is ideally suited for astronomers and hobbyists who want to snap photos of the night sky.
The long anticipated D800 from Nikon has arrived, and while it's not quite a D4 in a D700 body like many were hoping for, it does sport a humongous 36.3-megapixel full-frame (FX) sensor (15.4 megapixels in DX format). Nikon says it's the world's highest effective pixel count among interchangeable lens DSLR cameras equipped with image sensors conforming to the 35-mm film size, and we won't argue the claim.
Life has taught me that death and taxes are constants, and it’s also reinforced the concept that dropping my camera in the ocean is pretty much game over when it comes to my vacation photos. Fast forward to 2011 however, and Google + has made the impossible, possible. Deep sea diver Markus Tompson was scuba diving in Deep Bay Vancouver Canada, when he swam past a rather odd looking object. It turns out the item that caught his eye was a corroding Canon Rebel DSLR, complete with neck strap (which obviously wasn’t used), and flash card. Apparently the flash card not only survived its extended stay along the ocean floor, but its contents, along with the help of Google + users, helped the diver locate the owner.
It takes a serious commitment to photography to drop $6,800 on a DSLR camera body with no lens, and if ever you might be tempted, Canon's EOS-1D X is it. Canon calls it a "high-speed multimedia juggernaut replacing both the EOS-1Ds Mark III an IOS-1D Mark IV models." We call it a smarty pants camera fully loaded with funtastic features, and a new body to boot.
Phones with cameras are ubiquitous, and point-and-shoot cameras have become practically throwaway purchases. It’s the golden age of citizen photography, but as you become more serious about your images, pocketable cameras become more frustrating, and you run into the limits of physics. The tiny sensors and low-speed lenses in camera phones and point-and-shoots can’t do justice to fast-action or low-light photography. Sometimes when you need that really long shot of, say, a hawk soaring above the trees, the wide-angle lens common to compact cameras reduces the graceful lines of the regal bird to a tiny dot.
Enter digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, which take your photography to the next level.
Nikon built the D7000 using a partial magnesium shell (top and bottom) with dust and weather seals. It feels slightly less balanced in the hand than Canon's D60, but this is a minor inconvenience that most shooters won't notice.
Overall, the D7000 is a high-end prosumer camera with some professional aspirations. It’s got great low-light performance, reasonably fast autofocus, and feels pretty good in the hand, though large lenses will alter the balance.
At first blush, you’d think the EOS 60D would be more capable than the older EOS 50D. That’s only partially true. It’s got more pixels and a more sophisticated metering engine, but it lacks the metal body and has a lower maximum continuous shooting speed. Making those changes allowed Canon to lower the price a bit: the EOS 60D body can be found for less than $1,000, while the kit with the 18–135mm IS lens is about $1,200.