Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Canon Launches New Rebel DSLR, Point-and-Shoots

PC World

On Monday, Canon introduced a few updates to its compact point-and-shoot camera line, as well as one new D-SLR, the EOS Rebel T2i. Though the new cameras span different price ranges, all of the new models will share one feature: they will all support the new SDXC memory card format, capable of storing up to 2 terabytes of data.

The new camera in Canon's entry-level DSLR line is the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. While the T2i looks nearly identical to the $799 (with lens) Canon EOS Rebel T1i, it incorporates many of the features found in the mid-range, $1,699 (body only)Canon EOS 7D DSLR.

Like the 7D, it will offer 18-megapixel captures via an APS-C sized CMOS sensor and will perform the same plethora of HD-video capture options as the more expensive model: 1080p at 30 and 24 frames per second, and 720p at 60 frames per second. The still-image capture speed will be closer to that of the T1i's 3.4 fps, however; the T2i will do 3.7 fps. Another interesting feature is that the HDMI port on the T2i will support HDMI-CEC; when connected to an HDTV that also supports HDMI-CEC, the HDTV's remote will be able to control the T2i; neither the Canon EOS 7D or Canon EOS Rebel T2i support this feature.

The Canon Rebel T2i will be available later this month for $799.99 (list, body only) or with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens for $899.99.

Canon also launched a number of more budget-minded point-and-shoots. Of those, the PowerShot SD1300 will be the only camera of the new bunch to not capture HD video. The shooter offers 12.1-megapixel captures, a wide angle 28mm lens, 4X optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD and will list for $199.99.

Next up is the PowerShot SD1400 IS, whose specifications are basically identical to the SD1300 but with HD video capture (at 720p30) and a mini-HDMI out for connectivity to HDTVs. The SD1400 specifications are also nearly identical to its predecessor, the PowerShot SD940 whose price has now been reduced from $299.99 to $249.99. Curiously, the new SD1400 IS is also priced at $249.99.

The PowerShot SD3500 IS is an update to Canon's first point-and-shoot with a touchscreen LCD, the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS, which was $329.99 but now lists for $299.99. The new SD3500 also is virtually identical from a specification standpoint as its predecessor, with a 4X optical zoom, a 24-mm wide-angle lens, HD video (at 720p30) and a mini-HDMI out. Aside from support for the SDXC format, the new SD3500 will sport a larger and higher resolution touch screen LCD—it boosts the 3.0-inch 230,000-dot LCD to a 3.5-inch 461,000-dot LCD. The Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS will list for $329.99.

A new super-zoom model was also announced: the $349.99 PowerShot SX210. It's an update to last year's PowerShot SX200, which now lists for $329.99. The new 14.1-megapixel shooter will boost optical zoom from 12x to 14x, and use a larger and higher-resolution 3.5-inch, 461,000-dot screen.

All of the compact cameras will be available later this month.