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Monday, 01 November 2010 22:26

Canon EOS Camera Linup

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The Canon EOS System is composed of Canon EOS camera bodies, lenses, Speedlite external flashes and several lens and camera accessories. This article will discuss the current line-up of Canon EOS camera bodies.

Canon has varied line-up of nine digital SLR camera models. The current production line-up includes four entry-level, three mid-level and two professional level bodies, though some would argue, the Canon EOS 5D should in fact be considered a pro level body. Only the lack of a weather-sealed body keeps it out of the professional ranks, although none would argue that its image quality is certainly up to "pro" standards. Of course, these level designation refer to the camera's features. There are numerous professional shooters using Rebel XTs and 40Ds. On the other hand, even 1Ds Mark III in inexperienced hands can produce rather poor images.

Entry level Canon EOS Cameras

Canon EOS Rebel XS (Canon EOS Rebel 1000d) - Canon's newest entry level DSLR. Canon apparently created an entirely new level of entry level camera. Combines features from the last three Rebel models. Features a new 10.1 Megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor, a seven-point auto-focus system, and continues the trend of recent Canon EOS models by incorporating a 2.5 inch LCD Live View screen.) - Canon's oldest entry level DSLR, and is believed to be in the last stages of production. 8.0 Megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor and a seven-point auto-focus system.

Canon EOS Rebel XT (Canon EOS Rebel 350D

Canon EOS Rebel XTi (Canon EOS Rebel 400D) - Replaced the Rebel XT. 10.1 Megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor and an new nine-point auto-focus system. Also benefits by the addition of a larger 2.5 inch LCD screen.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi (Canon EOS 450D) -Replaced the Rebel XTi. 12.2 Megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor and a refined nine-point auto-focus system. Also includes a brighter 3 inch LCD screen with new Live-View technology.

Mid-level Canon EOS cameras

Canon EOS 30D - Replaced the older Canon EOS 20D. 8.2 Megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor, improved nine-point auto-focus system, and a step up from the 20D with a larger 2.5 inch LCD Screen.

Canon EOS 40D - First Canon DSLR to include the new Live-View technology. Users could for the first time, compose their shoots without having to look through the viewfinder. Received a larger 3 inch LCD screen. 10.1 Megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor, nine-point-point auto-focus system.

Canon EOS 5D - Full-frame .12.8 Megapixel DSLR features a nine-point auto-focus system and a smallish 2.5 inch LCD screen. Since the 5D is a full-frame camera there is no lens focal length conversion factor. Canon EF-S lenses will not work on this body.

Professional Level Canon EOS Cameras

Canon EOS 1D Mark III - The top of the line for professional sports shooters with its 10fps frame rate. 10.1 Megapixel APS-H format sensor, 45-point auto-focus system, and a new 3 inch Live-View LCD screen. Being a professional level camera, it also get a fully weather-sealed, magnesium body.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III - The ultimate Canon DSLR A professional level camera in every sense of the word. 21.1 Megapixel full-frame sensor, new 3 inch Live View LCD screen, and a 45-point advanced auto-focus system. Uses two DIGIC III processors. Easily the most advanced Canon EOS Camera so far.

Canon EOS Camera System

Each Canon EOS camera is designed to work with other components of the Canon EOS DSLR System. This includes an extensive line of Canon EF and EF-S mount lenses, as well as several models of external flash units and macro flash units. The Canon EOS Camera System is the most complete line-up of DSLR camera bodies in existence today.

Jim Back currently writes on several varied topics ranging from photography to politics. For more of his work, and in particular more information on Canon cameras, please be sure to visit his website dedicated to Canon EOS Cameras

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Monday, 01 November 2010 22:22

Deciding on Buying a Canon 60D - Features

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Decisions on buying a new camera for digital photography have grown more difficult recently due to the multiplicity of options presented by Canon. Today, there are three DSLR cameras, all priced between $899 and $1499 making this range very difficult to decide upon a camera body. For the modern photography enthusiast, this review presents the benefits and disadvantages of the 60D.

As a significant upgrade to the 50D, the 60D is an 18.1mp camera with a MSRP of $1099 marketed toward the photographer who wants a more than a T2i but may not afford the 7D or raved Mark V.

60D vs. T2i
Many reviews provided on the internet today described the 60D as a "T2i on Steroids." In many ways it is. While the T2i has had fantastic reviews since it's release in February 2010, there are some disadvantages Canon has attempted to remedy.

More efficient controls.
One of the frustrations the T2i presented for photographers was the supposedly "inefficient" layout of the T2i. The reality of this is true that the Right-sided controls allow the right-handed individual to dominate their camera with that one hand. The benefit of this is to allow the individual to not have to frequently shift the two hands to change controls. This allows the photographer to hold the lens of the camera with the left and potentially snap pictures with more efficiency.

Larger Body.
Many reviews stated the 60D has a significantly larger body than that of the T2i. Not just in mass, but also weight. The benefits of this allow the individual with larger hands, larger lenses, or desire to produce more stabilized video more efficiency with this model. As the T2i weighs approximately 18oz., the 60D weighs 26oz, allowing for these benefits. With the larger body also comes what some describe as a "more rugged version" of the T2i seeming more durable for the rougher photographer.

Swivel Display.
The display unique to the 60D is it's ability to swivel outward and in reverse. The benefits of this primarily are centered for those who desire to utilize the HD Video function of the camera. However, for the photographer, this would be more beneficial when taking photos which display depth when including the ground.

Flash Slave Control Capability.
As the Canon Speedlite flashes came out a while ago allowing for the cheapest directionally controlled flash Canon provides, a feature previously minimally used was the ability for the flash to be controlled by a master flash allowing the photographer to take a photo with multiple flashes at the same time. With the 60D, this feature was included within the body not requiring the expensive price tag of the Speedlite 580EX II flash ($350+). So for the hired photographer, who desires to take local photos for portraits, weddings, graduations, family photos, etc., this added capability will bring the photographer to a new level of professional quality.

Autofocus Improvement.
Though the T2i and the 60D have the almost identical camera autofocus system, the 60D allows for 9 points of focus while the T2i only 6. This adds for slightly improved ability of the photographer to take in focus pictures. Though not a significant improvement, it is still a difference.

Expanded Shutter Speed.
The T2i has a variable shutter speed from 30 seconds, bulb to 1/4000 of a second. While this is great for taking most all photos, the rare situation may call for faster shutter speeds yet, which is provided with the 60D's 1/8000 of a second. The added benefit may affect the individual who wants to take a photo of a hummingbird and be able to see their wings paused.

Photos per second.
While the T2i has a 3.7 photos per second capability, the 60 can take 5.4 photos adding an extra coverage for those desiring to cover an action sequence.

60D vs. 7D

With the larger price tag of the 7D ($1499) comes some further features of the 60D ($1099). The question is are the additional features worth the $300 difference. Similar to the 60D, the camera also features the flash control capability, HD Video capabilities, larger body size, expanded shutter speed, and more efficient controls.

Lighter Body.
The 7D is heavier yet in comparison to the 60D. While the 60D is 26oz., the 7D approximates about 35 oz. With identical HD video capabilities, the heavier body will always be more stable when taking photos. The weight is due to the metal inner structure of the 7D, also making the 7D even more durable for those who want to be a hired photographer.

Improved Autofocus.
While the 60D has an autofocus system similar to that of the T2i, the 7D has an entirely newly upgraded for the D series. This per several reports boasts significant improvement in an already fantastic autofocus.

Swivel Display.
Though the 7D has a higher price tag, as the 7D was released earlier, it does not include the swivel display of the 60D.

Each of the described cameras, the T2i, 60D, and 7D have their benefits. For the casual photographer (those who travel and want to take some advanced photos to that of a point-and-shoot camera, the T2i will be fantastic. However, for those desiring to upgrade their DSLR, a 60D or 7D should be highly considered as contenders. The reality of the differences between the 60D and 7D is that there are not too many differences, and photos will likely be minimally better with one versus the other. But for the long-haul, if a hired photographer desired to use their camera on a regular basis, most all reviews recommend the 60D to that of the T2i. The 7D's structure is built even more as a work horse and would allow the professional photographer to take many photos with minimal wear on the camera.

About the Author.
In summary from the various situations above, any photographer may value several of the different features above another making them need to do their research on which is the better for their circumstances. In the author's situation, he has developed a local private hired photography business in Arizona, which he wants to upgrade his camera. In his situation, money is a significant issue and as there are more hired photographers in the market today with the advances of digital photography, it is not given that his business will warrant a 7D of Mark V. In general any camera can take great pictures, it's more based on the eye of the photographer than that of the camera's capabilities. However, once a photographer has reached their optimal capabilities with their current camera, it may be time to upgrade. Knowing what they will use based on subject matter is essential.

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Monday, 01 November 2010 22:20

Canon Digital Cameras

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Cool, sleek and sexy, Canon Digital Cameras are an instant fashion statement. But more importantly, Canon, along with its top rival Nikon, make the best cameras in the world in the point & shoot and digital SLR categories.

Now while other camera manufacturers make great cameras too, none of them can rival the tremendous amount of resources that both Canon & Nikon put into research & development. Much of this research & development is geared towards their top of the line Professional Digital SLRs, but the benefit to the average consumer is that a lot of this technology makes its way into many of Canon & Nikon's more modestly priced digital cameras. And this is of great benefit to the non-professional camera buyer.

Here are Canon's top 5 digital cameras based on popularity, with a short description of each one...

Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF 18-55 mm f3.5-5.6 IS Lens
This is one of Canon's best selling cameras and it's easy to understand why, as it is a digital SLR that delivers stunning photography with point-and-shoot ease. The EOS Rebel XSi delivers staggering technological innovation at an amazing price. This camera features Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View, a powerful DIGIC III Image Processor and so much more. Simply put...You can't go wrong buying this fantastic Canon Digital Camera.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3 Inch LCD Screen & EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
This camera features full HD video capture as well as a Live View Mode for stills. The camera also boasts a 3.0 inch Clear View LCD screen and a maximum ISO of 12800. The EOS Rebel T1i also features 14 bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion rather than the older 12 bit A/D conversion that is common in older cameras. To help you appreciate the 12 bit A/D conversion there are 4096 discrete levels of color vs 16384 discrete levels with 14 bit conversion, resulting in much smoother color gradations with cameras such as this EOS 500D

Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3 Inch LCD Screen & EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Similar to the Rebel T1i, this Digital Rebel features an 18 MP sensor for amazing tonal range and exceptional image capture akin to what you'll find in Canon's much more expensive Professional Series Digital SLRs. With an improved EOS Movie Mode and Digic 4 Image processing, this is one spectacular camera set at a truly amazing price.

Canon Rebel XS 10.1 MP Digital SLR Camera
This is a great entry level Canon Digital camera for the budget conscious camera buyer. It features a Digic III Image Processor and is one of Canon's most compact and lightest digital SLRs.

Canon EOS 7D 18 MP Digital SLR Camera w/3-Inch LCD Screen
Here's an excellent prosumer Canon Digital Camera that will make both the advanced amateur as well as many a professional photographer very happy. With an 18 MP CMOS Sensor and Digic 4 Image processing, not only is this camera super fast, but it also allows you amazing detail even with very large enlargements. This Canon Digital SLR also features Full 1920 x 1080 HD Video Capture, will shoot at 8 frames per second and has an ISO rating up to 12800. All told, this is one sweet digital Canon camera.

Okay, so there you have it. Some of Canon's best digital cameras as of this writing. Here's wishing you great success in buying your Canon Digital Camera, and even greater success and pleasure with the Amazing images you will create! Click The Link Below To Get The ULTIMATE FREE e-Report ~ How To Choose The Best Digital Camera ~ By Ace Professional Photographer - Kirk Elliott By the time you complete this 10 page FREE e-Report you will be better informed than more than 97% of the people out there who plan to buy a digital camera this year! Article Source: Kirk Elliott - EzineArticles Expert Author

When shopping around for a printer, the consumer is faced with a vast menu of features and functionalities. In searching around for the best photo printers to showcase the special moments in my life, I found that the Canon Pixma Printers fall within a class of their own. Feature rich, versatile, and stylishly designed- this line of printers demands the consideration of the thoughtful shopper such as myself. They are simply very hard to compete with. I would like to share with you 10 of the Pixma Printers that I feel exemplify the richness of this product line. No matter what your particular need is, there is a versatile Printer for you!

1. Canon PIXMA MG8120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All In One Printer Featuring a stylish design, intelligent on board touch screen interface, and intuitive software installation- this Pixma printer stands leagues ahead of the competition with its built in wireless networking capabilities. With a maximum 9600 x 2400 color dpi print resolution and 4800 x 9600 dpi scan resolution, you are sure to get crystal clear photos- every time. You simply can not go wrong with the Canon Pixma MG8120 printer.

2. Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer Looking for professional quality results? Interested in a wide range of printing capabilities? Then the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer is for you. Between the ambient light correction feature designed to optimize color quality, and the capability to print a professional quality 11 by 14 inch color photo in a mere 1 minute and 23 seconds, you are going to wonder why you spent so much time and money having "the other guys" print your photos for you for so long. Of course, how could I forget the 11 by 13 inch fine art, and heavy weight paper support? The only downside to the Photo Printer is when your friends find out you have it- they will dub you their personal photo printing professional.

3. Canon PIXMA MP560 Wireless Inkjet Who doesn't love a beautiful, feature rich piece of technology at a competitive price? I know I do! Thats why I love the Canon PIXMA MP560 Wireless Inkjet. This printer has everything- built in 2-sided printing, wireless networking, 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi. If you want a printer that gives you great color photos and crisp documents then this printer delivers. Of course I have not even gotten to the built in 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution scanner and Auto Photo Fix II image optimizing feature. All at a price that even a frugal college student could agree on.

4. Canon PIXMA MX870 Wireless Office All In One Printer If you are a working professional, you know how important results are. The Canon PIXMA MX870 Wireless Office All In One Printer is exactly what the name implies. This Pixma All in One does the job of several, otherwise bulky pieces of equipment. The Dual Color Gamut Technology ensures your copies look just like the originals- every time. Features like the built in 35 sheet duplex automatic document feeder, password protected pdf creation and wireless networking make this printer the choice for the working professional who demands efficiency. Did I mention that you can even print photos from your compatible iPhone using the new Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone App (free in the app store)?

5. Canon PIXMA MP610 All in One inkjet printer This gem of an all in one packs in 9,600 x 4,800dpi scan resolution, blue tooth adaptability, extra black ink cartridge and 300 sheet capacity between the front panel and cassette. The menu interface is intuitive and easy to use, making this one of the best choices for a jack of all trades all in one Printer.

6. Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer Imagine being able to produce 14 professional color photos anywhere, anytime. Welcome to the next Canon Pixma iP100 Mobile Photo Printer. This Pixma Printer is simply as good as it gets. With its versatile IrDA and PictBridge, printing directly from your compatible camera or cell phone could not be easier. At a convenient 12.7 x 2.4 x 7.2 inches- this printer will make a travel companion you are not likely to want to leave home without.

7. Canon PIXMA iP4500 Photo Inkjet Printer Like many professional adults, I am always on the go. That is exactly why I like the Canon PIXMA iP4500 Photo Inkjet Printer. This ingenious piece of engineering can produce 31 black and white pages a minute or 24 color pages a minute- and features duplex printing. Add to that the 4 x 6 printing in less than 21 seconds, and you will suddenly find yourself with a little more free time to finally finish reading Plato's "Republic".

8. Canon PIXMA iP4000 Photo Printer Featuring built in 2 sided printing, 4,800 x 1,200 dpi color resolution and up to 25 ppm black, 17 ppm color printing- this Canon Printer will produce crisp, quality reports or crystal clear photograph- serving all of your printing needs in one machine. Given the PictBridge compatibility, and speedy 36 seconds it takes to print a 4x6 photo, this printer is sure to make printing photos a seamless, quick process with results you can frame and hang on your wall.

9. Canon PIXMA iP90v Photo Inkjet Printer Need a well built portable 4 lb printer you can take with you on the road? Looking for a feature rich Canon Pixma Printer that can accommodate all of your document size needs including credit card size all the way up to legal size? Then look no further than the Canon PIXMA iP90v Photo Inkjet Printer. This Canon printer is what happens when the engineers and business men get together to design a top quality printer together with everyone in mind. Unique features like envelope printing, optional Canon car adapter and rechargeable battery kit for the ultimate in portability and IrDA interface put this printer into its own league.

10. Canon PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All In One Printer Here is a great Printer with a lot to brag about. A Pictbridge connection and Intelligent Touch System interface to make printing from your camera as easy as pushing a button... no better- easy as touching a screen! This printer has all of the features that we expect in a top quality all in one such as wireless networking, built in auto-duplex printing, Color LCD touch screen for previewing and editing your pictures all without a computer! Get this, you can even print HD movie scenes by capturing images via any compatible Canon EOS Digital SLR. I would like to see a copy machine do that! Oh wait a minute, this all in one Canon Printer is a copy machine with its built in 4800 x 4800 scanner!

Markus Danielson is an expert on printers. For more detailed reviews on Canon Pixma Printers, visit Article Source:
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