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The New Canon 550D T2i

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

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Just released today and I can’t wait to check it out.  “The EOS 550D redefines the boundaries of Canon’s consumer DSLR range, incorporating technologies and features more commonly found in semi-professional DSLRs into the compact, lightweight body favoured by consumers.”

I am in the process of publishing a comparison of some of the 2009 Canon, Nikon, Olympus and other models, with up to date prices as well as giving you the specific features and individual highlights of each camera.  Having said that the news of new cameras being released will (and has) drastically changed the cost of consumer level cameras.  Today at  London Drugs (Broadway at Cambie) the Canon EOS 40D is on sale for $699.98!  And the Canon EOS 50D for a low price as well.  So if you are price hunting keep your EYES OPEN for some great deals and if you are looking for the newest changes in the newest Canon DSLR consumer cameras then start here —-> The Canon EOS T2i/550D .

Features at a glance:

  • redesigned hand grip
  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
  • Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
  • Full 1080p HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
  • 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
  • iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
  • Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
  • Exposure compensation +/-5 stops.
  • Select maximum value for Auto ISO
  • External Microphone socket
  • Movie crop function
  • Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility

The decision: digital SLR or super-zoom

February 4, 2010 2 comments

I’ve got a dilemma, I’m not sure what to get. A digital SLR or the other option of possibly a superzoom like the Canon Powershot SX20 IS.  I guess my concern is that I will drop $800 on a dSLR and then another $600-800 on accessories (lens, SD cards, etc..). The other option would be a super-zoom camera for around $600 and have everything I need to enter the world of photography, or would I?

I’ve had a look at this review of the Canon Powershot SX2o IS and it looks like a great camera retailing for around $500.

I’ve also looked at the Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i which is retails for about $700-800.

Comparing them side by side on CNET here they look similar (I through in the Nikon D5000 in there as well), in fact the Canon Powershot SX20D IS has better zoom, focal length and lens aperture.  So what costs $200-300 more in the Rebel T1i?  Is it that much better of a camera?

In my opinion there is one main area that superzooms fail and that is image quality.  It seems most start to show noise around ISO400 or ISO800, so for the general hobbyist that doesn’t want large prints of their beautiful photos then the superzooms looks like a great option and seem to be extremely easy to use.

It seems at the moment I’m leaning to the more expensive and higher quality allure of the digital SLR…