Canon just announced the sequel to the aging mid-range 60D camera, which is (shocker) called the 70D. Our friends at Popular Photography took a look at it and came away impressed. It's an upgrade over the 60D in all the usual ways: a higher megapixel count (now up to 20.2), a higher ISO maximum (25,600), faster burst shooting, a touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi, and more. But the big news is the autofocus system, which should make focusing during video shooting a breeze. For the more info and an in-depth look at the cool new autofocus system, head on over to PopPhoto.
Our good friends over at Popular Photography got their hands on the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, the Canon SL1, and found it quite nice! It's about the size of a mirrorless camera, but it has a mirror, which will make its autofocus faster and more accurate, and also gives you access to the entire range of Canon-compatible lenses. It's essentially a shrunken T4i, Canon's excellent entry-level DSLR from last year. We've spoken before about how DSLRs aren't for everyone--and the SL1 still isn't nearly pocket-sized, though it's closer than any other of its kind. Anyway, go check out the hands-on at Pop Photo.
Canon is showcasing a new version of the PowerShot N at CES, and it is ahhhh-dorable. The refreshed compact camera has a squarish form with rounded edges and checks in at about 3 inches by 2.4 inches by 1.2 inches, making it almost smartphone-sized. The best part: It's button-free. You control it using a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen and a pair of rings around the camera's lens. It'll be available for $300 in February. More at Pop Photo.
It's that time of year again--the time of year to take incredibly detailed macro shots of pointsettias. And what better camera to do it with than the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the winner of Popular Photography's hotly contested "Camera of the Year" contest? The follow-up to one of the most important cameras in the history of photography, the Mark III bests its predecessor in every way, topping strong competitors on its way to the prize. Read more here.
Big news in the camera world, courtesy of our friends at PopPhoto: Canon just announced its first mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (ILC). ILCs are great because they take, largely, the core features and image quality of a DSLR and shrink them to near-point-and-shoot size--plus, you retain the ability to swap lenses. Sony has owned the category lately, but Canon's EOS M has most of the internals of its currently excellent Rebel line of entry-level DSLRs, including the same sensor as the T4i. It'll retail for $800 when it's released in October. Read more at PopPhoto.
Our friends over at Popular Photography got a hands-on look at the new Canon EOS Rebel T4i, the sequel to the fantastic entry-level T3i DSLR. It's not wildly different from its predecessor, but with a more powerful processor, a better autofocus (including continuous autofocus in video mode, a great feature), and, most importantly, a very flashy touchscreen interface (including touch to focus and navigation), it's definitely worth a look for anyone considering an entry-level (or even intermediate-level) DSLR. Check out the report (with video of the new interface) over at Pop Photo.
Our friends over at Pop Photo got a look at the new Canon 60Da, a DSLR aimed at astrophotographers which we plan on swiping from their area of the office as soon as they get one in. It has a specially-modified infrared filter and a sensor that's been altered for the specifics of taking photos of space--a higher sensitivity to H-alpha, reduced noise over long exposures, an included AC adapter for long shooting sessions, that kind of thing. It comes with a price tag about $500 higher than an equivalent non-space-focused camera, but that won't stop us from wanting one. Read more here.
Canon's followup to the 5D Mark II, easily one of the most popular DSLRs ever made, is finally here, and it looks like a healthy sequel (and competitor to the recently-announced Nikon D800). The major upgrade in the Mark III is the new autofocus system, but it also gets a sensor overhaul, a new image processor, an SD card slot alongside the typical CF, and an onboard external mic and headphone jack for taking video. Our photo-fanatic sister site PopPhoto has the full story.
Our friends at Popular Photography got themselves a brand-new Canon G1 X, a super high-performance compact camera that, according to their tough tests, can compete with compact interchangeable-lens cameras like the 2011 Camera of the Year winner, the Sony NEX-7. It scored an Extremely High rating in image quality at low ISO, and retained acceptable image quality all the way up to ISO 6400. Plus, it clocks in at only $800. Check out their full test results here.