Canon, Pentax Unveil New D-SLRS

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Canon and Pentax didn’t stop at introducing new spring point-and-shoot cameras. The companies both also introduced new additions to their d-SLR lines.

Canon targeted the entry end by unveiling a pair of new editions of the EOS Rebel series.

Pentax opted to put a new twist on the current K-5 pro-sumer models.

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introduced a pair of entry-level EOS Rebel d-SLRs in the T3i and T3.

The Rebel T3i (shipping in March at an $800 for the body only and $900 for a kit with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens) features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3-inch vari-angle LCD, and 1080p HD video capture at 24p, 25p or 30p frame rates.

New to the camera is the ability to magnify HD video between 3x to 10x at FullHD resolution, and to record so-called “Video Snapshot” at two, four or eight seconds, simultaneously with still image shooting. The camera can also control Canon Speedlites using a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.

The Rebel T3 model (shipping in March at $600) is Canon’s new entry-level d-SLR. It has a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, Digic 4 processor and nine-point AF system. It will record 720p HD video.

Supporting its d-SLR lineup, Canon introduced two new entry-level Speedlites — the 320EX ($250) and 270EX II ($170), both of which are due to ship in April.

It also added the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and an EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses. They will be available in May and June, respectively.

The Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM ($9,500) and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM ($12,000) feature reduced weight and greater durability over previous equivalent models, and add two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality.

Also included is a Power Focus function for HD video shooters, enabling manual rack focusing to be operated smoothly using a playback ring that is normally used for the focus preset function. Low- and high-speed focusing are included.


introduced a special limited silver edition of its semi-pro K-5 d-SLR, offering Pentax enthusiasts a retro SLR look for a modern camera.

Like the traditional K-5 model introduced in September, the silver edition features a high-resolution 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor; 7 fps burst shooting speed; 80-12,800 ISO sensitivity, expandable to 51,200; and widescreen 1080p/25 fps HD video capture.

The company will support the special camera with three matching silver prime lenses in the SMC Pentax DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver, the SMC Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver and the SMC Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver. Pricing and availability will be announced later.


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