Unveiled: Canon Announces New Rebel, the G1 X Mark II, and Several Point-and-Shoot Cameras
Snow is still on the ground here in the Northeast, but apparently it’s spring cleaning time at Canon. From entry-level to “tough” cameras to advanced point-and-shoots and even the great Rebel entry-level DSLR series, Canon is sweeping the table clean and upgrading many of their most popular cameras for 2014. They’ve even announced a new Macro Ring Flash for close-up photography with EF lenses.
EOS Rebel T5 DSLR
Let’s start with the now venerable Canon Rebel series of DSLRs. The EOS Rebel T5 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens is an update of the Rebel T3 and brings with it an 18MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image processor. As an APS-C format camera, compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses, it is an ideal compact DSLR for those beginning to take their photography seriously or those wanting the imaging power and versatility of a DSLR but in a more compact form. Incredibly, the Rebel T5 body weighs less than one pound and its small but ergonomic design features a large hand grip that makes it easy to carry and shoot.
Loaded with assistive features such as Scene Intelligent Auto, you can let the camera do the work and still expect optimal results. Furthermore, “Feature Guide,” an in-camera learning tool, offers short descriptions of shooting modes, settings and creative effects to help you understand your camera and its capabilities. For those looking to expand their skill set is Creative Auto mode, in which basic settings are on full automatic operation, but shooting guides on the LCD screen explain how to make changes to exposure, tone, sharpness, and more.
While its 63-zone, dual-layer metering system and comprehensive auto functions make it easy to capture balanced exposures, the T5 is still a full-fledged DSLR with manual exposure modes and RAW capture, including RAW + JPEG. It has a top plate dial and menu controls and provides a hot-shoe mount for attaching photo and video accessories and also supports a built-in flash for simplified yet powerful flash photography.
Low light sensitivity is impressive, with an ISO range that expands to 12800. The 9-point autofocus system, which includes one center cross-type AF point and AI Servo AF, is fast and accurate. A continuous shooting rate of 3 fps for up to 69 JPEG shots will help you capture fast-moving action and the Quick Control button enables fast adjustments. The Rebel series is known for its HD video capability and the T5 is no different. It supports full HD 1080p capture at 30 or 24 frames per second and, in HD 720p, it offers a 60 fps rate. A 3.0” TFT color LCD monitor with 460k-dot resolution enables live-view composition and playback and an optical viewfinder provides standard eye-level composition with exposure information displayed in the finder.
An important advantage of a Rebel DSLR over a mirrorless or point-and-shoot camera is its native compatibility with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses. To get you started, this new T5 comes bundled with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, which is a versatile and compact zoom lens with the 35mm/full-frame equivalence of 29-88mm for wide-angle through short telephoto perspectives. The lens is designed for the Rebel’s APS-C sensor and with one aspherical lens element, chromatic aberrations are reduced, and sharp, color-accurate images are the result. The optical image stabilization system provides up to four stops of compensation against camera shake to minimize blur when shooting in dim light.
PowerShot G1 X Mark II
One of the very best advanced compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X, is now being updated by the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and is bringing with it substantial improvements and additions, including the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, an f/2 maximum aperture lens, tilting touchscreen LCD, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Mark II decreases the pixel count in its sensor, compared to the G1 X, but still features the relatively large 1.5” High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with effective 12.8MP. Combine this sensor with the DIGIC 6 processor and you experience effective low-light performance and greatly improved focus speeds. The processor also enables the elimination of buffer time for continuous full-resolution shooting speeds of 5.2 fps up to the capacity of the memory card when using SDHC/SDXC UHS-I cards. The G1 X offered a rate of 4.5 fps up to only 6 frames.
The lens on the Mark II improves both its focal-length range and maximum aperture size. It offers a 5x optical zoom with the equivalent focal length of 24-120mm, which expands on both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the range. Also, the maximum aperture on the wide-angle end is f/2, improving the low-light capture over the G1 X and enabling shallow depth-of-field control. A 9-blade aperture provides soft out-of-focus areas and newly developed Dual Control Rings enable customized functions with operations similar to an SLR lens, including full-time manual focus. Optical Image Stabilization further helps by compensating for camera shake and creating low-light images with less blur.
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows instant transfer of images to smartphones and tablets as well as Wi-Fi-enabled computers and even directly to social media sites. A Wi-Fi connection and the free Canon CameraWindow app also enable using your smart device as a remote control for the camera; with Near Field Communication, establishing a wireless connection to an Android device is simple.
Full HD 1080p video capture is supported with a dedicated movie button for immediate switchover to video mode, and the bright 3.0” LCD monitor provides playback and composition viewing. The LCD on the G1 X Mark II differs from that of the G1 X in that it does not fold out and swivel, but instead tilts up 180° and down 45° for odd-angle shooting. It features a 1.04M-dot capacitive touchscreen for easy touch-control navigation, as well as shutter release and touch-focus capability. Also, the G1 X Mark II eliminates the optical viewfinder in favor of an optional electronic viewfinder. The EVF-DC1 is easily attached to the camera’s hot-shoe mount and has a precise XGA resolution LCD with 2.36 million dots and displays the exact information found on the camera’s LCD. The camera can switch automatically between the LCD and the EVF and the EVF features dioptric adjustment and 90° tilt capability.
The G-series, renowned for their advanced compact camera functionality, support full manual exposure control as well as auto modes and assistive functions. The Mark II moves forward adding 14-bit RAW + JPEG capability for professional-level creative control as well as Star Shooting mode for simplified shooting of the night sky.
PowerShot SX700 Digital Camera
The feature-heavy PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera is a versatile point-and-shoot camera with a powerful 30x optical zoom lens and is available in black or red. A 16.1MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, provides accurate colors, a rich tonal range, and excellent low-light performance for still photography and full HD 1080/60p video capture. The camera's long zoom lens offers the 35mm focal length equivalent of a 25-750mm lens, which can handle almost any shooting situation that comes your way, including tight interiors and broad landscapes at the wide-angle end and nature photography and close-ups at the telephoto end. A bright 3.0” LCD monitor enables image composition and clear playback of your photos and videos.
Numerous convenience features are supported by the SX700, including a one-touch dedicated button to instantly switch into video mode. Also, when utilizing the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, a simple Mobile Device Connect Button allows you to connect to your Android or iOS device for easy sharing. Built-in Near Field Communication lets you establish a connection to your Android smartphone with just a tap and, in addition to fast transfer and image sharing, the free Canon CameraWindow app enables your device to function as a wireless remote control for the SX700.
Smart AUTO mode selects the best camera settings from 58 predefined shooting situations and Hybrid Auto records short video clips before each still photo and automatically edits them to make a highlight reel of your important events. The SX700 is a great camera for versatile shooting, especially if you prefer to let the camera control the settings while you concentrate on capturing the moment. Creative Shot mode also makes it easy to add artistic touches and special effects to your original images.
PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera
Improving on its predecessor, the PowerShot D20, the Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera more than doubles its underwater capability with a depth rating of 82’. It is also shockproof from 6.5’ falls and is able to function in temperatures as extreme as 14°F and 104°F—all that in a compact, ergonomic form factor that weighs less than 8 oz. A 12.1MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor provide high-resolution imaging with effective low-light performance and full HD 1080p video capture. Like all of the buttons on the D30, the one-touch dedicated movie button is large enough to be engaged in active situations, underwater, and with gloves on.
A 5x optical zoom lens incorporates inclusive wide-angle perspectives for landscapes and group shots, and telephoto reach for magnifying distant subjects. Its 35mm equivalent focal length is 28-140mm. Befitting a camera that is at home on both the ski slopes and the beach, the D30 features the Sunlight LCD mode to reduce glare on its 3.0” LCD monitor. An Intelligent Image Stabilization system automatically chooses from six distinct modes to control the blur created by a moving camera, and a built-in GPS system enables you to track exactly where your images were taken. With 32 predefined shooting situations, the Smart AUTO mode on the D30 will automatically optimize camera settings based on the scene it recognizes and create balanced, properly exposed shots. Starting from where the D20 left off, the PowerShot D30 lets you take your camera further, and is certain to come back unscathed and with beautiful photos and videos of your adventures, even if the adventure is just to the backyard pool.
PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Digital Camera
One of three new ELPH cameras, the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Digital Camera is available in black, blue, red, or silver. It features a 20MP sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, for high-resolution imaging, and a 10x optical zoom lens for well-rounded shooting capability. The 10x zoom translates into a focal-ength range of 24-240mm in the 35mm format. Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) automatically chooses from eight stabilization modes to control the blur caused by camera shake. This means that the shots you take in dim light or with the zoom extended will result in clearer images. Smart AUTO mode uses 32 predefined shooting scenes to automatically select the best settings for each shot you take and Scene modes like Fisheye and Toy Camera Effect give you creative options right in the camera—no need for manipulating your photos on the computer.
Video is captured in 720p HD with a dedicated movie button, and a 2.7” LCD monitor provides playback and composition viewing. For those learning the basics of their camera, a Help Button offers simple explanations and easy control of camera settings, and an ECO Mode reduces power consumption for longer battery life.
PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 Digital Cameras
Like the above ELPH, the 140 IS and 135 are ultra-compact cameras that measure less than one inch deep and weigh less than 5 ounces. They are ideal pocket cameras for everyday shooting. Both cameras house a 16MP sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for effective imaging and fast performance. They have an 8x optical zoom lens with the 35mm focal-length equivalence of 28-224mm. Both also support 720p HD video capture and offer Smart AUTO for accurate and balanced results, even when shooting in low light or high-contrast situations. They utilize a 2.7” LCD monitor, offer Scene Modes for creative imaging, ECO Mode for power saving, a Help Button to explain camera settings, and are powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. The ELPH 135 is available in black, red, silver, or purple.
The ELPH 140 IS distinguishes itself thanks to its Intelligent IS mode, which reduces the blur caused by camera shake when shooting with slower shutter speeds. It automatically chooses the best mode to optimize image stabilization. The ELPH 140 IS is available in gray or red.
MR-14EX II Macro Ring Lite
Lastly, Canon has announced an update to the MRF-14EX Macro Ring Lite and, appropriately enough, it is called the MR-14EX II Macro Ring Lite. It brings with it shorter recycling times and more custom functions than its predecessor, and its twin-tube design enables two flash tubes to be fired simultaneously or independently. The Macro Lite is designed to fit Canon EF Macro lenses, literally fitting on the lenses themselves for shadow-free close-up flash photography. It works with all EOS cameras and can be adapted to work with PowerShot G series and Pro 1 cameras. White LED focusing lamps and two forms of modeling lights make for easy and accurate previewing of lighting effects, and the illuminated dot-matrix LCD allow for simple adjustments. The Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash when linked with one or more Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes and has twelve custom functions, compared to the seven of its predecessor. It has a maximum Guide No. of 34.4’/10.5m at ISO 100.