New DSLR Cameras from Canon

It’s always exciting when new cameras come out. This week we are met with a host of new releases from Canon. Most notably the EOS 600D and 1100D, a host of compacts, a new lens, and two flash units. Let’s take a closer look at the basic specs, with a bit of brief commentary on each one.

Canon EOS 600D

The 600D is the latest upgrade to the popular Rebel line of cameras, dating all the way back to the ground-breaking 300D in 2005. A couple of things to note about this new camera. First of all, it seems much like a “baby 60D”, inheriting many new features from that camera. Canon must have decided that the market wants an articulating screen, as the 600D features one. It inherits the same sensor as the 550D (also in use in the 7D and 60D), and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it’s a proven winner. The built-in wireless flash control is nice to see, and Canon is finally catching up to Nikon in this regard. There are new manual controls during video shooting, and the 600D has inherited the AF system of the 60D. All in all, a very decent upgrade from the 550D. Nothing revolutionary, but plenty to satisfy serious photographers. Those who were considering a 60D might find themselves in a pickle over this new camera now.

Now, from Canon, the basic features:

  • 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Full-HD EOS Movie
  • On-screen Feature Guide
  • 3.7fps continuous shooting
  • Wide-area 9-point AF
  • 1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) screen
  • Basic+ and Creative Filters
  • Built-in wireless flash control

Canon 1100D

The 1100D is the long awaited successor to the entry level 1000D, itself a branch off the Rebel line. It’s basically a stripped down version of it’s older sister. It seems to inherit the sensor from the 450D, which itself was a great performer. One thing we dont’ like about this camera is the lack of grip on the grip. The plastic always felt uncomfortable on the old model. But dpreview is saying that at least it feels more comfortable, as it is larger. The HD movie mode only shoots at 720p, and there is no wireless flash control, a few more ways to set this one apart from the 600D. There is also an on-screen feature guide to help new shooters figure the camera out. We think this one will be a good seller, but wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the 600D with its deeper set of features.

Now, from Canon, the basic features:

  • Superior 12-megapixel image quality
  • On-screen Feature Guide
  • Creative Auto and Basic+
  • HD video capture
  • ISO 100-6400 sensitivity
  • Wide-area 9-point AF system
  • 63-zone iFCL exposure metering
  • 6.8cm (2.7”), 230,000-dot screen
  • Use with all EF and EF-S lenses

Both of these cameras will be paired with the new 18-55 IS II lens. We haven’t seen any pictures or press releases about that yet, so stay tuned. They also release a few new flashes that can be wirelessly controlled by the 600D, 60D, and 7D.

Canon also released a rash of compact cameras. None of them seem especially worth of note, expect for perhaps the new Ixus 300 HS, which features a very useful 24-120mm lens in a very compact body.

Overall, a good week for camera announcements. We’ll be back with more news later.

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