Canon Unveils Rebel SLR Additions, 4 PowerShots

By Greg Tarr On Mar 12 2010 - 10:44am




LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — Canon USA recently introduced a new flagship model in its Rebel digital-SLR camera line and four PowerShot compact digital pointand- shoot cameras.

The new top-end EOS Rebel T2i d- SLR camera features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.7 fps still shooting, an ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable to 12,800), a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, 3-inch 1.04 million-dot LCD screen with a 3:2 widescreen aspect ratio, and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor.

For video, the T2i captures clips in up to FullHD 1080p resolution with manual exposure control, selectable frame rates and a new external microphone input.

For maximum storage capacity the new EOS Rebel T2i digital- SLR camera is the first EOS model to support new SDXC memory cards.

It is also compatible with Canon’s new BG-E8 battery grip and new RC-6 wireless remote control for both still images and video capture.

The camera will ship to retail starting in March at a $799 estimated retail for the body only. A kit including the camera and a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5- 5.6 IS zoom lens will have a $899 estimate retail.

Video resolution levels and frame rates supported by the camera include Full- HD 1,920 by 1,080 at 30 (29.97), 25 or 24 (23.976) fps; HD 1,280 by 720; or standard defi nition 640 by 480, at 60 (59.94) or 50 fps.

For standard-definition video shooting, the camera adds a new Movie Crop function thatprovides an approximate 7x additional zoom range with no loss of image quality when shooting SD quality video, Canon said.

Manual video exposure control gives novice filmmakers image control to create professional-level cinematic video by controlling attributes including lighting, and depth-of-field using a variety of lenses, Canon said.

A new professional-level feature in the camera includes Auto ISO function that works in all creative zone exposure modes including manual.

The T2i enables using autofocus before or during video recording by pressing the shutter button half-way down in video mode.

The camera features Canon’s proprietary iFCL 63-zone dual-layer metering system offering intelligent evaluative metering with much finer segmentation than any previous EOS Rebel model.

In the PowerShot series Canon unveiled the PowerShot SX210 IS, PowerShot SD3500 IS, PowerShot SD1400 IS and PowerShot SD1300 IS.

All are said to offer stylish designs and increased shooting flexibility in a number of settings using Smart Auto mode, increased personalization with new Scene Modes and Image effects.

New effects modes in the cameras include Fisheye and Miniature modes, which lend a humorous look and feel when capturing images of their favorite household pet or landscape scene.

Three of the new PowerShot models will also shoot video in up to 720p high definition resolution, HDMI mini-connector output and direct uploading to YouTube via the camera window.

The PowerShot SX210 IS (shipping in March at a $349 estimated retail) features 14.1-megapixel resolution, a 28mm wide-angle lens, 14x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen, and a choice of colors including black, purple and gold.

For shooting video, the PowerShot SX210 IS has the ability to zoom optically, shoot in stereo sound and has Dynamic Mode Image Stabilization for improved image clarity.

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS (shipping in February at $329) is the next iteration in the compact Elph series and features 14.1- megapixel resolution and a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen with dragging icons.

The PowerShot SD1400 IS (shipping now at $249) offers a super-slim (less than 1 inch thick) body design, 14.1- megapixel resolution and a 28mm wideangle lens with 4x optical zoom.

The PowerShot SD1300 IS (shipping now at $199) features 12.1-megapixel resolution.

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