After drooling a little over JVC's latest pro-spec video camera earlier this week, it only seems right to pay a little attention to Canon's rival camcorders, the XF305 and XF300. Each capable of recording 1920 x 1080 Full HD video in MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Canon XF codec, they have hot-swappable dual UDMA CF card slots, Canon 18x HD L-series lenses and the company's latest DIGIC DV III Image Processor.
Canon is mostly known for its line of cameras running the gamut from entry-level point-and-shoots to high-end DSLR with tons of features. Canon also makes a full range of other gear including projectors. Canon has added six new projectors to its line aimed at business users and education.
Being successful in digital photography isn’t just about which DSLR you spend your money on: it’s the memory card you put inside it, too. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been testing the latest high-capacity UDMA 6 capable CompactFlash cards in up to 64GB sizes from SanDisk, PhotoFast and Lexar, intended for the most demanding of professional photographers. We didn’t stop at spec-sheet theory, either; to get the most out of these high-speed cards, we put them through their paces with the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and top-spec computers to gather the real world performance figures, including an unprecedented in-camera write speed pushing the limit to 58MB/s with the Mark IV. Read on to find out which card tops the chart, and how the newcomer PhotoFast G-Monster holds up against the market leaders.
There are a huge number of projectors on the market today for a myriad of uses. Some of the tiny pico projectors suffer from poor brightness limiting their use. Larger dedicated projectors for home theater and business use typically cram in impressive features and are bright enough for large rooms. The new Canon REALiS SX7 Mark II LCOS projector is aimed at larger spaces.
No more lengthy retiming your 5D Mark II video footages to 24P, the long awaited 5D Mark II’s firmware to enable motion capture in 24fps will arrive soon this month. Canon has informed us the upcoming firmware 2.0.3 will meet the demands of filmmakers, cinematographers, and movies enthusiasts by adding the Full HD 1080 in 24 fps-recording capability and changing 30P video frame rate to 29.97.
32 Megapixels. That’s how many Canon has allegedly stuffed into the updated version of its flagship 1Ds DSLR, up from a previous 21MP, according to a Canon Rumors report. And it’s possibly due next week, although other specs are yet not detailed.
Canon's other new cameras of the morning aren't quite as interesting as the Rebel T2i, but the four fresh PowerShot models are better suited to entry-level point and shoot users. Top of the range is the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, a 14.1-megapixel shooter with 14x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens and optical image stabilization, as well as a 3-inch LCD display and Eye-Fi compatibility, which will arrive in late March 2010 for $349.99.
Canon have outed their latest digital camera, the Canon Rebel T2i DSLR, the new flagship of their Rebel range. An 18.7-megapixel CMOS shooter with Full HD 1080p 30fps video capture, the Rebel T2i supports ISO ranges from 100 to 6400 and has a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System together with Canon's DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor.