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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Fails To Dazzle

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canonsx1is/

"In September of 2008 Canon announced dual successors to the S5 IS. The cheaper of the two models is the Powershot SX10 IS, which features a 10 MP CCD sensor behind a 20X image stabilized lens, with the more expensive camera - the SX1 IS - adding RAW mode, a CMOS sensor, faster continuous shooting speed, and HD 1080p video recording."

If you're looking to take a step above camera phones and point-and-click cameras, it is a good bet you have investigated larger, heftier cameras that won't fit in your pocket. Of course, these cameras don't just offer a larger body, but a wealth of additional features and controls both in hardware and software to let you take stunning pictures. The Canon SX1 IS is positioned to be one of these, especially with the use of a CMOS sensor, but DPReview remains unimpressed, actually favouring its cheaper sibling's results. I haven't taken the leap to a better class camera than what is on my phone, but when the time comes, I want it to provide a noticable difference. Looking at the test pictures taken with the camera it looks like I'd be passing by the SX1 IS.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

dpreview.com Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Hands-On

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos500d/

"There's a full explanation of the differences between the 500D/T1i and it predecessor on the coming pages but, in general terms, it's a gentle re-working of the 450D. So you get the 15MP sensor much like the one that appears in the 50D, helping this to become the first entry-level DSLR to feature video (and 1080p HD video at that). You also get the lovely 920,000 dot VGA monitor that has been slowly working its way down most manufacturer's DSLR line-ups. There are a handful of other specification tweaks that come from the use of the latest Digic 4 processor but essentially this is most of a 50D stuffed into the familiar 450D body."

In typical dpreview.com fashion, this preview walks through all the major components in the new Rebel T1i, essentially giving you an online version of the manual before you get your hands on the camera. If such a thing tickles your geek fancy, go check it out...


Meet the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D in Europe)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:21 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0903/0...anoneos500d.asp

"Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies - the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 - Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR. The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor - ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon's DIGIC 4 processor."

The press release has the full details, but here are the specs you're probably curious about: the DIGIC 4 CMOS sensor snaps up to 3.4 frames per second at 15.1 megapixels, it has a three inch display with 920,000 dot resolution, the ISO goes up to 12,800, and it does 720p video at 30fps and 1080p video at 20fps, both in Quicktime MOV format (h.264). The MSRP is $899 USD. That's a lot of camera, and some great video functins, for the price. What I'm a bit curious about those is that 20fps 1080p video capture - on Canon's product page for it, it has the "Full HD 1080" gold logo - but I always assumed that in order to quality for that your product had to hit 30fps. 20fps is kind of weak Kung-fu if you ask me...but, heck, 720p video looks excellent so this camera will deliver some nice results.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DCRP Reviews the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/c...iew/index.shtml

"The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS ($349) is a compact ultra zoom camera with a 12X wide-angle zoom lens, image stabilization, full manual controls, HD video recording, and a 3-inch LCD display. That sounds an awful lot like Panasonic's ultra-popular Lumix DMC-TZ5 -- easily the best camera in this class in 2008 -- though that camera is soon to be replaced with the even more impressive DMC-ZS3 (also known as the TZ7). Regardless, the SX200 is a pretty nice step-up from the SX110 that came before it. Some other features of note include a "Smart Auto" (scene detection) mode, face and blink detection, automatic redeye removal, and an HDMI port. Is the PowerShot SX200 a good choice for a go-anywhere ultra zoom camera? Find out now in our review!"

Wow, I wasn't expecting a review of this camera quite so soon! Jeff Keller got his hands on this new point and shoot camera from Canon and puts it through its paces. Boasting 12x optical zoom, 12.1 megapixels, and 720p video recording using h.264. This a very thorough review and revealed a show-stopping weakness in this camera: the optical zoom doesn't work when you're shooting a video! I'm amazined that Canon couldn't make that work (or chose not to) because my Panasonic LUMIX can accomplish that. It's also a bit bizarre that the flash pops up when you turn on the camera, regardless of whether or not it needs to fire it, and won't go back down until you turn off the power. Still, it might be a good choice for some people - but be sure to consider the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS3 as an option.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Canon Releases New Digital IXUS (Elph) Models

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:57 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/0...us100is95is.asp

"Canon today strengthens its reputation for excellence in digital compact camera design with two new models: the slimmest ever Digital IXUS model, the 12.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 100 IS, and the 10 Megapixel Digital IXUS 95 IS. Both models feature a new Smart Auto mode, which uses Canon's Scene Detection Technology to help users take great shots with ease. The Digital IXUS 100 IS also includes the option to shoot HD movies (1280 x 720, 30fps) and HDMI connectivity."

It seems like I've been waiting forever for this to happen: Canon finally released a point and shoot camera with HD video! We've seen 720p recording on small cameras for about two years now, going back to a Kodak camera if memory serves, and all the while Canon and Nikon, the two big guns in the camera industry, seemed to ignore this move toward HD video. These are the European model numbers, so after I post this I'll jump over to Canon USA's site and see what's new there...

UPDATE: Looks like the IXUS 100 IS is the PowerShot SD870 IS over here in North America. It comes in four swanky colours, including black, silver, a tacky gold, and a ruby red. The IXUS 95 IS is the PowerShot SD1200 IS and is available in even more colours...


Monday, May 12, 2008

Turn Your Canon Point-and-Shoot Into a Super-Camera

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/387380/turn-y...-a-super+camera

"If you're using a consumer grade point-and-shoot Canon digital camera, you've got hardware in hand that can support advanced features way beyond what shipped in the box. With the help of a free, open source project called CHDK, you can get features like RAW shooting mode, live RGB histograms, motion-detection, time-lapse, and even games on your existing camera. Let's transform your point-and-shoot into a super camera just by adding a little special sauce to its firmware."



Ever since I bought a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, I've been a little disappointed that Canon didn't offer "advanced" features such as the ability to manually set the aperture and shutter speed (you'd think a $300 camera would have these features). But it looks like my disappointment can finally come to an end now that I've discovered CHDK! CHDK (which stands for Canon Hacker's Development Kit) adds manual aperture and shutter speed settings, plus about a thousand (not really) other features. Plus for those of you worried about messing up your factory ROM, don't worry about it, CHDK doesn't overwrite your current firmware. It loads onto a memory card and you choose when to activate it. So what are you waiting for? Unlock the full potential of your Canon P&S! Let us know how it works out for you.


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