The price of the EOS-M has dropped several times this year. Now that the much more expensive Sony a7 has proven to have its flaws it might be a good time to consider the most affordable HDSLR again: Now it’s at $299 including the 18-55mm kit lens. That’s a really nice deal considering that it’s basically a Canon T4i/650DRead more
The Canon EOS 100D is Canon’s newest entry level DSLR and once again: It also shoots video. I tested the camera and took it out for a walk in the highlands of Scotland. It’s lightweight, it’s compact, it shoots video. A travel application is the logical conclusion to test this full fledged DSLR. Beautiful landscapes are a nice thing to shoot. Unfortunately the aliasing the sensor produces makes it less ideal to shoot something that has a lot of detail, like landscapes. In terms of video quality this camera is similar to the other affordable Canon DSLR’s out there. So if you’re only looking for this kind of video performance and you don’t care about functionality you will not notice a difference between this one, the new 700D, the 4 year old 7D or anything in between. You can get the Canon EOS T3i for $549 right now (was $400) which offers a very similar look.Read more
Johnnie Behiri just confirmed that the Canon T4i seems to be Canon’s first HDSLR camera that has a clean hdmi-out feed! Is it usable? That’s an important question. Initial testing was done with an Atomos Ninja 1 and the footage had some issues. The signal is clean, but further testing has to be done to see if the 650D’s signal is actually usable for external recording. Canon & Atomos have been contacted to make sure they can work out any issues here. We’ve seen a similar situation before when the Nikon D800 & Atomos Ninja combination posed some challenges that have now been resolved. A source of the problem could also be the fact that the camera used was a beta model. What does it mean? Up until this day all Canon HDSLR cameras had overlays within the hdmi signal that could not be removed making an external recording impossible. The signal coming from the beta Canon T4i / 650D tested is clean. In theory having a clean signal means that you can record the video feed to an external device like the Atomos Ninja and get a ready to edit, quality encoded Apple ProRes file. The signal from the beta 650D seems to be routed to the hdmi port before it is being compressed. There are definitely less compression artifacts in the footage recorded on the Ninja than in the h.264 internally compressed files. The Canon Rebel T4i / 650D kit with the 18-55 STM lens is still in stock at B&H. If any of you can do further testing please let us know the details.Read more
Here’s some more test footage from the new Canon 650D by Johnnie Behiri. Unfortunately no other word on the clean hdmi out he revealed this week. From the vimeo page: The camera is very easy and pleasant to use. Picture quality is identical to the more expensive (but older) 7D. The real news with this camera (beside the AF which I was not able to test) is the clean HDMI output, a first ever in any Canon VDSLR. It is yet to be seen if in the final camera firmware it will be 100% usable and functional. You can DOWNLOAD the source file here. -No color correction -Editing software, Premiere CS2 with Cineform engine On a sidenote: The new 40mm f2.8 STM (video autofocus) pancake lens is now available: LINKRead more
The just recently announced Canon EOS 650D will hit the shelves pretty soon. We just received a beta version of the camera and I went out to take some video samples to see how the sensor performs. This was all handheld with the $200 Canon 55-250mm IS lens and there was no color correction applied. The beta firmware version had some limitations like I couldn’t adjust the white balance or had wrong exposure at times. This should be resolved in the final version. The handling of the camera was nice, although I didn’t find the button layout perfect for video (having to reach with the wrong hand to the wrong side of the camera). I didn’t test audio or autofocus with the dedicated STM lenses (see announcement: LINK). Thanks to themusicbed.com for providing wonderful music. Check out their licensing database, it’s a great website. The song used here is called “Arrows Fly” by “Afterlife Parade”: LINK There is a kit version with Canon’s new Video-AF lens the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $1199. Europeans get the Canon 650D here [UPDATE:] Noise Test This is a comparison between the noise on Canon EOS 7D and a beta Canon EOS 650D. All internal noise reduction was switched off, same picture profile.Read more
Now we’re talking! Whoever said Canon HDSLR’s were too expensive. We were desperate for an affordable alternative to the 5D mark III and Canon delivered. The T4i is $849. Not only that, there are several interesting additions that make this camera seem more HDSLR than any HDSLR before it. Canon talks about “Stunning stereo sound” via a built-in stereo-mic, silent-fast autofocus and a touch-screen flip-out LCD. The T4i press release screams video more than stills. Fascinating. A new Autofocus mode? Yes, we (I) want autofocus. What we’ve seen so far on large sensor cameras was mostly catastrophic and unusably noisy, slow or inaccurate. The fact that Canon emphasizes the Canon T4i’s Autofocus mode so much is a good sign: “The new AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and new Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere, the Rebel T4i features Canon’s new Movie Servo AF providing a quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon’s newly introduced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. The silent continuous autofocus when shooting HD video helps ensure the camera only captures the sounds of the scene being recorded. ” That sounds promising. You need a lens like the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM or new pancake EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. Limitations? There is no direct mention of less moiré or aliasing – a Canon HDSLR problem the 5D mark III could finally solve. However the press release talks about “Stunningly Crisp Video“. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for first tests to prove that. There is manual audio! But there’s no word of 5D mk3’s improved All-I codec. Availability The EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR camera will be available at the end of June. Pricing The Canon Rebel T4i / 650D is $849 at B&H: There is a kit version with Canon’s new Video-AF lens the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $1199. Visit our new Canon T4i / 650D subforum:Read more
There’s a clear need for a more affordable 5D mark III generation Canon HDSLR. At NAB a Canon rep said they’re working on it. Last month we heard rumors about the Canon 7D mark II & Canon 70D. Here’s a new rumor with a picture of Canon’s next low end APS-C DSLR camera: The Canon EOS T4i, also referred to as 650D. People have shot great things on the T2i & T3i. Come on Canon, hurry up with that new camera. via canonrumorsRead more
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