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Canon announced today two new compact superzoom cameras—the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS. The 16-megapixel SX500 features a 30x optical zoom 24-720mm lens and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor (the same processor in the EOS 5D Mark II). It also has a 3-inch LCD with Canon’s “Zoom Framing Assist” feature, which helps you keep track of your subject after zooming in.
The SX160 features the same image sensor and processor as the SX500 and has a 16x 28-448mm equivalent lens. Both cameras are expected to be available in September for $329.99 (SX500) and $229.99 (SX160).
The last of the major camera makers to unveil a mirrorless camera, Canon today announced the compact interchangeable lens (ILC) EOS M. With an 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor (familiar to Canon DSLRs) and a Powershot-size body, the EOS M is both recognizable and entirely new to Canon shooters.
The first Canon ILC to abandon the mirror box, the EOS M operates with an entirely new lens system, designed specifically for this format. So far the system includes two lenses—the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and, fortunately, with a mount adapter the camera can also use any Canon EF and EF-S lens. The EOS M features an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for stills and ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video. It uses the Movie Servo continuous AF function for shooting video that was first unveiled with the Canon T4i DSLR, which allows you to lock focus on subjects as you pan around a scene or track a single, moving subject and keep it in focus. The camera also features a 1,040,000 dots smudge resistant, 3-inch touchscreen LCD with pinch-to-zoom and swipe scroll controls.
The Canon EOS M—with the new EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens—will be available in October for $799.99, and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will be available at the same time for $299.99.
Canon announced today the EOS 60Da DSLR. Not to be confused with the Canon 60D (reviewed here), the 60Da is “optimized for astrophotography.” It offers a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. These modifications, according to Canon, allow the camera to capture photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena. In other words, it’s built for those shooting in a specialized field.
While this isn’t a mainstream image maker, we can’t help but be fascinated (is “star struck” too horrible a pun?) by the camera. One Canon exec says, “This new camera enables an accurate depiction of a part of our solar system which is hard to achieve with conventional cameras but should be enjoyed and celebrated.” It features a 1,040,000 dots 3-inch Clear View LCD screen and ISO speeds up to 6400 expandable to 12800. Oh, and “The improved infrared-blocking filter is a modification suited specifically toward astronomy enthusiasts to achieve a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity that is approximately three times higher than that of a normal Canon DSLR camera. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or H α wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.”
Should astrophotography be your thing, the Canon EOS 60Da will be available starting this month from select dealers for an estimated $1,499.00.
The latest offering in Canon‘s prosumer PowerShot G series is the new G1 X. Announced today—the first official day of CES—the G1 X features a 1.5-inch 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor (compared to the G12‘s 1/1.7-inch 10MP CCD sensor) as well as Canon’s DIGIC 5 image processor. It also boasts an ISO range of up to 12800 for low-light capture and an f/2.8-f/16 4x optical zoom lens. With a price tag of $800, the G1 X costs as much, if not more, than an entry-level Canon DSLR, which might turn off those photographers who are shopping around for a next level camera to step up their image quality and feature set from a compact point-and-shoot, especially if they’re looking to get into a system with interchangeable lenses. However, the Canon G series has for more than a decade now been a favorite everywhere camera for professional and enthusiast shutterbugs when they need to reach for a more portable option that will still make great images.
The Canon G1 X will be available for $799.99 in February.
Canon announced today the Cinema EOS System—an all new Hollywood-grade lineup of 4K EF cinema lenses, the EOS C300/C300 PL digital cinema camera, and a new 35mm full-frame sensor DSLR (pictured above) that’s still in development, which will shoot 4K video.
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