FIRST LOOK: Canon EOS 550D

A new, easy-to-operate camera for those looking to enter or step ahead in the creative world of DSLR photographyCanon’s EOS 550D, which was announced overnight, combines an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor ( the highest resolution in its class) with an easy-to-operate user interface. Featuring advanced technologies to underpin creative stills photography, the new camera can also record Full HD movie clips at a range of different frame rates. At first glance, the EOS 550D looks and feels like a winner.

FIRST LOOK: Canon EOS-1D X

Canon’s latest professional DSLR flagship provides functionality and performance to meet most photographers’ requirements.Photo Review was given a hands-on preview of Canon’s latest pro-camera, the oddly-named EOS-1D X, just under a week before it was due to be announced worldwide. As a result we are able to present a ‘first look ‘ at a powerful and versatile full-frame DSLR that combines impressive high-speed shooting with a wide range of functions to help photographers obtain excellent image quality in almost any situation.

FIRST LOOK: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

A fast professional DLSR for photojournalists and sports and wildlife photographers that also offers Full HD video recording.Canon’s EOS ID Mark IV replaces the popular Mark III model at the top of the company’s ‘APS-H’ format professional DSLR line-up, adding Full HD video capture, higher resolution, a new image processor and an improved AF system to the features of the previous model. Like its predecessor, the Mark IV isn’t just for press and sports photographers; it has a much wider appeal and almost all photographers should find something desirable in the new camera.

Canon EOS 7D

8.8 Rating

A DSLR for serious enthusiasts who require advanced creative controls, live view shooting and Full HD video recording.With the introduction of the EOS 7D, Canon has created a ‘pro-sumer’ DSLR that is a step up from the EOS 50D but has a smaller sensor than the EOS 5D Mark II. Offering 18-megapixel resolution, the 7D is the first EOS camera outside the EOS-1 series to be equipped with Dual DiG!C 4 processors. It also boasts a 3-inch LCD with VGA resolution and supports live view shooting as well as Full HD video recording at selectable frame rates.

Canon EOS 60D

8.8 Rating

A DSLR camera for photo enthusiasts who also want to be able to record Full HD video clips.Replacing the popular EOS 50D, Canon’s new EOS 60D sits between the EOS 550D and EOS 7D and appears to have the same sensor as its ‘siblings’. The company is clearly aiming this model at photo enthusiasts, adding some new features that will attract those upgrading from an entry-level DSLR or Advanced digicam, the most visible being a vari-angle LCD monitor.

Canon EOS 600D

8.5 Rating

An affordable DSLR for aspiring photographers who want ease-of-use in a high-resolution camera that includes Full HD video recording plus creative functions.The EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level range but includes several features from the ‘pro-sumer’ models. Positioned between the popular EOS 550D and EOS 60D, the keenly-priced 600D has the same 18 megapixel CMOS sensor as these cameras and the same DIGIC 4 image processor. It also supports a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400, which can be expanded up to ISO 12800.

Canon EOS 50D

9 Rating

A high-resolution DSLR with features and performance to suit serious enthusiasts.Canon’s new 15.1-megapixel EOS 50D is a ‘big brother’ model to the popular EOS 40D (which remains in the company’s line-up) and a ‘little brother’ to the coming EOS 5D Mark II. Offering higher resolution than the 40D, it has a new DIGIC 4 image processor, which supports 14-bit image processing, improved noise reduction and 30% faster processing times. It also delivers continuous shooting speeds of up to 6.3 frames/second with a UDMA CompactFlash card.

Canon EOS 450D

9 Rating

A high-performance DSLR with live viewing on a 3.0-inch LCD.Canon is obviously targeting photographers who wish to move into DSLR photography by its choice of SD and SDHC media for its new EOS 450D model. Although it may upset CF card devotees, it’s a smart move. Since SD cards have similar capacities, transfer speeds and prices to CF cards and digicam users can use the same memory cards in their new DSLR, there’s a lot to gain. Furthermore, it has also allowed Canon to produce a body that weighs 35 grams less than the EOS 400D.

Canon EOS 40D

9 Rating

A feature-packed DSLR for enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers, which supports live viewing on the LCD monitor and 14-bit image processing.A replacement for Canon’s EOS 30D has been due for some time so the unveiling of the 10.1-megapixel EOS 40D at the end of August was no surprise. Nor was the inclusion of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which was pioneered on the EOS 400D and is becoming a key technology for Canon’s DSLR cameras. However, the Live View function that lets users compose shots with the LCD monitor as they can with a digicam, was a real surprise – and the 3.0-inch display was a genuine bonus.

Canon EOS 400D

All the controls a serious photographer needs – plus a comprehensive dust-reduction system – in an affordable, high-performing DSLR.Canon obviously listened to its customers and researched the market thoroughly when designing its latest DSLR camera, the EOS 400D. While this model will replace the successful EOS 350D, it’s quite a different beast and offers significant improvements on its predecessor. Gone is the 350D’s small grip that caused photographers with large hands so much grief; it’s replaced by a slightly deeper hand-hold that’s much more comfortable.