Canon 550D Review of the New Features

Canon 550D

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The Canon 550D dSLR was announced by Canon in February 2010 for release in April 2010. The camera boasts several significant improvements over the Canon 500D including better HD video, 18 megapixel images, and a much improved metering system that was previously only available in the much higher priced Canon 7D dSLR.

18 megapixel images

The image quality of the new 550D Canon improves significantly on the previous models in the line jumping from 12MP and 15MP to 18MP. Added to this is the inclusion of the latest DIGIC 4 image processor technology, the 500D used the DIGIC 3 technology, and you'll find that the photographs captured will be of much better quality.

New iFCL Metering System

The Canon 550D includes the new iFCL metering system which includes many advances in image capturing technology. For example the new system uses a 63 zone sensor which analyses focus, color and luminance simultaneously to provide accurate and consistant metering. This was previously only available on the much more expensive semi-pro Canon 7D.

High Definition Video

The HD video introduced to the range with the Canon 500D has grown up and now boasts many improvements shooting at 1080p or 720p. The camera gives you full control over the frame rate so you can even capture fast moving images by manually adjusting the settings.

ISO Improvements for Low Light Conditions

The 550D offers a standard ISO range up to 6400 which can be expanded to 12800 for situations where the use of a flash is either undesirable or not allowed. The increased range allows low-light photography and the DIGIC 4 image processor ensures graininess is kept to a minimum.

Movie Crop - Shoot at standard definition without changing lenses

The new movie crop function allows you to shoot movies at standard definition at up to 7x effective zoom. This is great for situations where you don't have time or don't want to change the lens. The function achieves this result by using only the center area of the sensor.

Improvements in the LCD Screen

Canon have also improved the LCD screen, it's still a great 3" but now improves the resolution and increases clarity for the all important checks on the images as you shoot them.

Improving on a Strong Line

The Canon 550D is fully compatible with EF and EF-S lenses as well as EX-Speedlite accessories so none of your existing lenses will suddenly become unusable. Add to this the improvements in control functions and it all starts to make the idea of upgrading to the Canon 550D an irresistable choice.

The new Canon 550D will be available to buy in April 2010, I know I'm going to be upgrading. Visit our website for more information on the Canon 550D and for the latest Canon 550D Reviews and news.


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A Review of the Canon 7D Camera

Expect the Best from the Canon 7D in Digital Still and Video Photography

by Jason Canon

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During this review, the Canon 7D proved itself to be a very high quality digital camera, providing both semi-pro and serious photographers alike with all of the features and accessories necessary to turn out impressive still images and video that will amaze and delight you. This camera has received some of the highest accolades from numerous professional Canon EOS 7D reviewers and has also received several industry honors. It actually received both the 2010 Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability from and the 2010 Hot One Award for cameras in this price range.

What Makes the Canon EOS 7D So Amazing?

The Canon 7D is Manufacturers Suggested Retail Priced (MSRP) at $2,399, so you may be inclined to lump the Canon 7D into other cameras in the $2,000 to $3,000 price range, but this Canon SLR digital camera really stands head and shoulders above the rest. Its features are designed to take your photography experience to the next level with both still images and video.

The Canon 7D camera has a sleek, stylish, magnesium alloy body. It feels great to hold in your hands, and weighing under 29 ounces, you can really enjoy some freedom and flexibility with your shots. The body is completely weather resistant and dust resistant, so you can capture images indoors and outdoors alike without worrying about damaging the camera. Plus, you will look great holding its modern yet retro design in your hands, too!

Packed into this ultra-cool body are some amazing features. The Canon 7D lens included with the kit is an 18-135 mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS UD standard zoom lens. It is also packed with an Intelligent Viewfinder that gives you a 100% field of view capability, as well as an all cross-type AF system packed with dual diagonal cross-type sensors. It captures images at up to ISO 12,800, with speeds up to 8 fps. Plus, there are auto light sensors and flash functions that add function to your use of the camera. This is all coupled with other features like the 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor and the Dual DIGIC 4 image processors, and together these features combine to give you some impressively high image quality and speed power. You can truly capture actions as they happen in a play-by-play, second-by-second format so you are sure to get that perfect shot each and every time. In fact, images can be captured at low speeds at 3 shots per second and at high speeds at 8 shots per second.

Image quality is enhanced further by other great features in the Canon 7D, including the AI Servo AF subject tracking and user-selectable auto focus features with area selection modes. There is also an iFCL Metering feature that includes 63 zones with dual-layer metering. This feature works to balance your pictures where there are extreme areas of both brightness and darkness in the shot. It also auto-corrects exposures to create beautiful images. The Auto Lighting Optimizer makes it truly easy to simply point and shoot with low lighting. These features provide you with incredible image quality with crisp, clear details in even the most difficult lighting situation.

The best lens for the Canon 7D is truly dependent on what you plan to use the camera for, and every photography aficionado will have their unique preference. The standard lens for the Canon 7D camera is capable to meet just about every photography need you have, but you will find that the camera is compatible with over 60 different EF-S and EF lenses. It also works with EOS system accessories, too, which add to your flexibility to be creative with your still shots and your video images.

The camera captures images and video footage onto the Canon 7D memory card (either Type I or II), and you can keep extra UDMA-compliant CF cards on hand for those long photo sessions. You have some flexibility with still image formats, with the option to choose between JPEG, RAW, sRAW, mRAW, and RAW+JPEG. Depending which format you choose to save in, as well as the speed, picture style, and other factors, you can expect the file sizes to range between 4.5 megapixels and 17.9 megapixels.

The Canon 7D battery life is suitable for long photo shoots, too. With ideal conditions, you can expect to shoot up to 1,000 stills with a single full battery charge. This means that you can shoot freely without worrying about running out of battery power. Nobody wants their camera to run out of juice when amazing shots are waiting to be taken.

How Great Is the New Canon 7D Video Capability?

The Canon EOS 7D is amazing for stills, and it is equally amazing for capturing video footage, too. All images are captured in full HD to ensure that you have the highest quality of images. The video function features a unique Face Detection Live Mode, which gives you the function of the face detection feature you enjoy with the stills in the video mode.

Now, some other digital cameras on the market today promise great video capability, and they end up giving your blurry, grainy images captured with just a minute or two of time per clip. The Canon 7D, however, is truly in a league of its own with its video capabilities. It truly gives you the capability to create professional movies without limits. There are both auto modes and manual modes available that make it perfectly simple and easy to adjust frame rate, speed, recording size, exposure, focus, and more. These are the same features you normally enjoy with a still camera, and the Canon 7D extends these capabilities to your video experience.canon7d rear image

It is fast and easy to switch from stills to video with a simple Live View/Movie Recording lever coupled with a start/stop button. When you record, your video is captured at 1920x1080 resolution at either 24p, 25p, or 20p frames per second. All of the images are saved in a .mov format, and they can easily be viewed in full HD on your TV or computer screen with an HDMI output.

The camera truly gives you some incredible flexibility to explore the depths of your creativity in video format with display options like zone AF, spot (single point) AF, AF point expansion, grid, spot metering, and the unique Dual Axis Electronic Level display. This Dual Axis Electronic Level display feature gives you the ability to display roll and pitch in one-degree increments in both your viewfinder and your LCD screen. This means that you have complete control to ensure absolutely level shots for that extra degree of professionalism.

What Else Do You Get With the Canon 7D?

Along with all of these great features, the Canon 7D comes with everything else you need to get started capturing some brilliant images in both still and video formats. In the box along with the camera, you will find a wide neck strap, a stereo AV cable, an eye cup, a battery pack and charger, a USB interface cable, a solution disk, a photography booklet, and more. The solution disk makes this camera compatible and completely user friendly for Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2 or SP3, and Macintosh OS X 10.4 to 10.5. It is loaded with professional photo and video editing programs that give you flexibility to adjust your photos to perfection.

This camera truly makes it easy to point and shoot to capture amazing images, but you will want to plan on spending some time with the instruction manual so you can fully learn how to use all of the incredible features loaded into this model.

Canon T2i Digital SLR Review

It’s a rebel!

Canon has yet made it again! Finally the company has recently unveiled its new member in the Rebel family of high end professional snappers, Canon T2i DSLR aka Canon 550D. Packed with massive 18 Megapixels CMOS sensor lens, the professional looking camera has a lot to offer you with a definitive performance. Full manual control and astonishing machinery will surely leave you with jaws falling right from the very first moment you will get a hold of it. Discovering the flawless photography saga is now no more alien for the avid shutterbugs. Although Rebel T2i is geared as an entry level DSLR with a variety of features and easy manual controls that make it a very powerful camera even for the advanced photographers as well.

This has simply showed up as an outstanding user friendly snapper and an energizing video recorder, the T2i is undoubtedly a complete package of media at affordable price range. Although it might seem commonsensical for the 550D to replace the predecessor EOS 500D, yet the old cousin is playing its own legacy of sorts in the Canon’s series of smart cameras. Additionally, the T2i hangs on to the workaholic features of its predecessors, so that the camera successfully unifies the best features of existing cameras with advanced technologies. But as a whole when I think of its killer features, I actually tend to fall in love with this modern marvel of technology.

Design that captivates:

Well, the body design and make up is nothing much to brag about as the body of 550D is almost The body is more or less indistinguishable to its earlier members in the EOS family, while it stands it is slightly thicker than the EOS 450D aka EOS Rebel XSi. Furthermore, the snapper boasts an aggressive cut to the hand gripping portion which offers a perfect grip while clicking a shot. The rear portion is bolted with 3 inches LCD unit which is set at 1.04M color dots with 3:2 aspect ratio which means you have a perfect display output and video playback source outfitted in your camera. Furthermore, there are various functional keys dispersed at the rear and on the top portion which adds to the vast varieties of shooting styles. Moving onto the front, it’s embedded with mighty 18.0 Megapixels CMOS sensor. However, various mountable lenses like 18mm-55mm or 55mm-250mm or any other compatible lens can be attached to it depending upon the type of shot you are looking for.


Power packed features:

The snapper is capable of capturing high definition still photographs and videos at 1080p with a potent capacity to capture as many as thirty frames per second. While the 18 Megapixels promises to deliver amazing captures with cutting edge clarity every time you have a hold to this digital imaging tool. Apart from this, the snapper boasts several tempting features which cast their own spell. Aforementioned, the snapper is capable of shooting Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels videos at maximum of 30 fps. However, with the help of manual exposure control one can adjust the fps from 30, 25 or 24. The included 3.7fps shooting mode and an outstanding ISO range of 100-6400 which can however be further expanded to 12,800 empowers in creating some masterpiece shots.

One of the best features that I found was the 63 Zone Dual Layer Metering Systems, which empowers to create memorable family portraits without any hitch. Offers the photographer to create memorable family portraits. For astounding produce along with fine detail and stunning color, the CMOS image sensor of the camera provides you the outstanding resolution and light sensitivity. Other features includes Highlight Tone Priority that accumulates up to one stop of every details of the highlighted areas, while the Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer to augment to minimize the shadow detail by adding vivid contrasts to make a smooth scene. The Peripheral Illumination Correction automatically corrects and reduces the brightness of the subject. For diverse creative pictographic possibilities, the T2i features an integrated sensor cleaning system.


Image eminence:

Consistent improvement in the Canon’s EOS series has brought up the best of the best results every time. Therefore, one is always sure that every passing year will bring about some changes in the Canon’s ongoing EOS series and that’s what the company is all about. Over here, Rebel T2i is amazingly blessed with noise reduction features that nearly eliminate the digital traces of the noise in the captures. So, image quality is certainly nothing to worry about when it comes to Canon’s legendary EOS series. The refined image processing of Canon is highly appreciable as it picks the best of everything. Even if you shoot at high ISO, the image quality will keep you amused. The balanced contrast offers natural stance to the captures and it highlights the bit of every detail and captures it all.



  • Outstanding video and image quality.

  • Decent and handy for all kinds of photographers.

  • Multitude of functional features.

  • Brilliant display unit.




  • Handling isn’t easy for everyone.

Winding up:

Undoubtedly, Canon’s Rebel series is doing amazingly well in every sort and aspect wherever they are put in use. As I say, big surprises usually come in small packages and that’s what is delivered over here. Considering its price and performance on a single scale then certainly T2i is a great success of the company and for the people it’s a great value. Excellent shooting and fun video recording is all what comes packed with EOS 550D.

Pumping out the wonderful captures and Full HD video at a very competitive price makes it a best pick for all sorts of photographers, whether advanced or even starters. Certainly, there’s no second thought that Canon’s line of DSLR cameras are the most user friendly and easy to operate digital imaging tools that are available in the market today. There’s always a slice of enchantment and surprise that comes laden with Canon.

About Author:

Lynne is a budding freelance tech writer, gadget and Photography enthusiast, and social media junkie. She writes regularly about Latest Digital SLR Cameras and has been written several articles on Canon T2i Digital SLR.




Canon U.S.A. Announces the Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Featuring Improved Image Quality, a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Six fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting and Enhanced HD Video Recording Features 

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon's top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed. Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video features for professionals in the fields of cinematography, television production and documentary filmmaking, including better noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. The EOS 5D Mark III is Canon's answer to hundreds of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon's 25th anniversary celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon's award-winning EOS system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses.

"We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a 'game-changer' in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The EOS 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon's recently announced flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, including a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor and a high-performance 61-point High Density Reticular AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points available, depending on the lens in use. The enhanced processing power enables fast continuous shooting of up to six fps, exceeding the speed of the EOS 5D Mark II model by more than 50 percent, and with improved weather resistance the EOS 5D Mark III is a serious option for sports and wildlife photographers.

EOS 5D Mark III Video: The Legacy Continues

The EOS 5D Mark II blazed the trail for EOS cameras and Canon to enter the professional video and cinema markets, paving the way for Canon's recent introduction of the Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses. Now, the EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon's commitment to these new markets with new and requested features from cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. This new model captures 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, giving cinematographers and videographers more flexibility and options for video capture.

The EOS 5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.

The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor have enhanced the camera's image processing performance over the 5D Mark II, significantly reducing moir‚ and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines. The video footage produced will exhibit less moir‚ than seen in previous DSLR models, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. Accommodating documentary filmmakers, and event videographers using EOS DSLR cameras, the 5D Mark III includes the ability to record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. Long-form filmmakers will enjoy the camera's automatic file splitting in combination with the extended memory capacity offered by dual card slots.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III also includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input. Notably, the EOS 5D Mark III is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring during video capture.

Newly Developed Canon CMOS Sensor

With its completely new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor, the EOS 5D Mark III becomes the highest resolution Canon Digital SLR released to date. It is eminently suitable for a wide variety of assignments including weddings and portraits, nature and wildlife, travel and landscapes as well as commercial and industrial photography. With a gapless microlens design, a new photodiode structure and improved on-chip noise reduction, the new sensor achieves higher sensitivity and lower noise levels for both RAW image data as well as in-camera JPEGs and EOS Movies compared to the 5D Mark II. The result is outstanding image quality in all shooting conditions, even low light. An eight-channel readout doubles the speed of image data throughput from the sensor to the DIGIC 5+ processor, resulting in better video image quality as well as six fps for still photos.

The low-light capability of the EOS 5D Mark III is evident in its incredible ISO range and image quality in poor lighting conditions. Adjustable from ISO 100 to 25,600 within its standard range, the new model also offers a low ISO 50 setting for studio and landscape photography and two extended ISO settings of 51,200 and 102,400, well suited for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

The new 5D Mark III is also equipped with Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a fluorine coating that repels dust and dirt particles.

Canon-Exclusive DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor

The EOS 5D Mark III's new DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4.The EOS 5D Mark III uses that extra speed not only for improved image quality, but also to add no less than nine new features that do not exist on the 5D Mark II. These new features include six fps continuous shooting, HDR and Multiple Exposure modes, in-camera RAW processing, a comparative playback function, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, two forms of movie compression, and support for high-speed UDMA 7 Compact Flash memory cards.

Another extremely valuable feature enhanced by the DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is the EOS 5D Mark III's choice of reduced resolution M-RAW (10.5 megapixel) and S-RAW (5.5 megapixel) recording modes. These settings are particularly useful to wedding photographers for candid photos that do not require the EOS 5D Mark III's 22 megapixel full resolution, because they take up less space on the memory cards and speed up post-processing without losing the critical benefits of RAW image data, such as highlight and shadow control as well as white balance adjustment. M-RAW and S-RAW also preserve the full field of view rather than cropping the image or resorting to JPEG mode to reduce resolution.

High-Performance 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

For still photographers, Canon has included its new 61-point High Density Reticular AF System, originally introduced with the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X professional camera. A significant advancement over previous 5D-series AF systems, the new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF included in the EOS 5D Mark III is the most sophisticated SLR AF system Canon has ever released. All 61 points are manually selectable and sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The camera's twenty one focusing points in the central area are also standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The center five points are ultra-high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/2.8. The 20 outer focusing points function as high-precision cross-type points with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/4.0. Other innovations of the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF include expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low-light sensitivity to EV -2, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. (See image below for AF point configuration)

High-Performance 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

All AF functions now have their own menu tab for quick and easy access (formerly AF custom functions in previous EOS models). A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, all of which are easily accessed and adjusted via the new AF menu tab. A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same high-performance AI Servo III AF tracking algorithm as the flagship EOS-1D X professional DSLR. This new feature works together with the 61-point High Density Reticular AF system to provide superb tracking performance that blends very well with the new camera's 6 frames-per-second high-speed continuous shooting capabilities.

Similar to the AF point selection options offered in the EOS 7D and EOS-1D X camera models, the EOS 5D Mark III offers six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection.

iFCL Metering

Complementing the EOS 5D Mark III camera's 61-point AF system is Canon's 63-zone iFCL dual layer metering system. The 'FCL' stands for 'Focus, Color and Luminance,' and references the fact that the metering system not only measures color and luminance data, but also analyzes the data provided by each point of the AF system. Canon's iFCL metering keeps exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes. The camera's autofocus information is also used to help determine which area of the scene is of greatest importance in determining exposure.

HDR Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III camera features a built-in HDR mode, merging three images at various exposure levels into a single image, in-camera, for stunning photographs of landscapes and architecture with enhanced tonal gradation beyond the range of the naked eye. The exposure levels in the camera's HDR mode can be set to cover a range of up to ñ3 stops, in a choice of five settings: Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed providing unique visual effects. Individual source images can be saved as separate files, and the HDR mode has an optional automatic alignment function that can be useful for hand-held shooting. The EOS 5D Mark III's standard Auto Exposure Bracketing function has been upgraded to allow for up to seven exposures per sequence, and exposure compensation can now be set for up to +/- 5EV.

Multiple Exposure Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III is the second EOS Digital SLR after the EOS-1D X to feature Multiple Exposure capabilities with the ability to combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera's LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 5D Mark III camera's Multiple Exposure mode even allows photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image, or shoot continuously when photographing moving subjects.

Comparative Playback

A new feature seen for the first time in the EOS System on the 5D Mark III is Comparative Playback allowing photographers to display two images side by side on the camera's 3.2-inch LCD screen. The images can be displayed with a histogram to check exposure levels, or magnified to check for focus or facial expressions.

Durability, Reliability and Other Features

The EOS 5D Mark III features a rugged camera body with magnesium alloy body covers and a stainless steel lens mount. The new camera also has dust- and moisture-resistant design with improved gaskets and seals. Although not quite as weatherproof as an EOS-1D-series camera, the EOS 5D Mark III does feature improved weather resistance over the EOS 5D Mark II model. The EOS 5D Mark III's newly developed shutter unit has a durability rating of 150,000 exposures, and shutter release lag time has been reduced to 59 milliseconds, making the shutter button very responsive. Canon's locking mode dial is standard on the new model and a new custom function allows photographers to shut off other dials to prevent inadvertent operation.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack as other popular EOS cameras like the 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D. Battery life is estimated at 950 exposures at normal temperatures, an improvement of 100 exposures more than the EOS 5D Mark II. The EOS 5D Mark III body weighs approximately 33.5 oz. with a battery installed, and the dimensions are approximately 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches.

The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates Silent shooting modes, available for low-speed continuous shooting as well as single exposures. This feature is ideal when photographing in quiet environments. For better file management especially when working with multiple cameras, the new model also supports custom file names. There is also a new image rating feature that lets photographers rank their photos from 1 to 5 stars for quick editing.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot resolution. This is the same screen that's used in the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. The camera's optical viewfinder has been upgraded to approximately 100 percent coverage, and it features an Intelligent Viewfinder display with an optional grid on demand. The EOS 5D Mark III also has a built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level that can be displayed on both the LCD screen and the optical viewfinder.

The EOS 5D Mark III accepts both Compact Flash Type 1 and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in a dual card slot configuration. Three recording methods are supported: Record the same data to both cards, record different file sizes or types to each card, or automatically switch to the second card when the first card is full.


The EOS 5D Mark III DSLR also has a number of new optional accessories, including the new Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11 a/b/g/n signal protocols for various network environments. The WFT-E7A connects to the camera through its USB port and includes a built-in gigabit Ethernet connection, time syncing for multiple cameras on the same network, FTP mode, EOS Utility mode, WFT Server mode and Media Server mode. With this new WFT model, professionals can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras. In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well.

The EOS 5D Mark III also has an optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, which can be connected to the camera via the accessory shoe or a USB cable. With a GPS logging function built-in, the GP-E2 will log latitude, longitude, elevation, and the Universal Time Code - and allow viewing of camera movement on a PC after shooting. With its built-in compass, the GP-E2 receiver will also record camera direction when shooting, even when shooting vertically. The Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 is compatible with the EOS-1D X and EOS 7Di as well as the EOS 5D Mark III.ii

Battery Grip BG-E11 is an optional accessory for the EOS 5D Mark III that accepts one or two LP-E6 lithium-ion battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries. This new grip has a multicontroller and a multifunction (M.Fn) button together a with a full set of grip controls for easy operation when shooting portraits or other vertical format photos. The BG-E11 is made from sturdy magnesium alloy and has the same degree of weather resistance as the EOS 5D Mark III.

Speedlite 600EX-RT

In addition to the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon is also announcing the first professional Speedlite on the market with a built-in wireless radio transmitter, the new Speedlite 600EX-RT. The new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is the flagship model in the Speedlite line, ideal for wedding portrait and photojournalism. Compatible with all EOS Digital SLRs, this new model eliminates the need for accessory radio slave units and their inherent limitations. Speedlite 600EX-RT features Master-Slave two-way transmission, letting the photographer control the Speedlite settings directly from the "Master" camera.

Radio-based Wireless E-TTL can be performed with up to 15 Speedlite 600EX-RT "slave units", used off-camera up to 98.4 feet (30m) away, and triggered by either a "Master" 600EX-RT on-camera, or the optional new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Used with the EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X, up to five groups of flashes can be completely controlled, independently, off-camera. And, it remains fully compatible with Canon's legacy optical-based Wireless E-TTL technology, for users already committed to existing EOS Speedlites. The Speedlite features enhanced weather-resistant construction - matching that of the EOS-1D X camera body - and a more reliable electrical contact. The flash head zoom range now reaches from 20mm to 200mm.The Speedlite also allows remote shutter release of a single EOS camera, or Linked Shooting (simultaneous firing of up to 15 cameras, when one "Master" camera is fired), and includes gelatin filters and a dedicated filter holder to help photographers match ambient light.

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Canon is also introducing the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Providing full support of Canon's new radio-based wireless flash technology, the new ST-E3-RT can control up to five groups of flashes, up to 98.4 feet (30m) from the camera. The remote shutter release capability enables photographers to either fire a single camera remotely (by pressing a button on the ST-E3-RT), or to fire up to 15 EOS cameras with Canon's Linked Shooting feature. Making it easy to control and adjust, all of the Speedlite Transmitter features are accessible through the Flash control menu of the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera is expected to be available at the end of March 2012 and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $3,499.00. The EOS 5D Mark III will also be available with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens in a kit for an estimated retail price of $4,299.00. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A is scheduled to be available by the end of April 2012 at an estimated retail price of $849.99. Availability for GPS Receiver GP-E2 is expected by the end of April 2012, with an estimated retail price of $390.00.Battery Grip BG-E11 is scheduled to be available at the end of April 2012 for an estimated retail price of $490.00. The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT are also scheduled for end of March 2012 availability at estimated retail prices of $629.99 and $470.00 respectively.

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Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

i When the EOS 7D is used with the GP-E2, the following restrictions will apply: a) geotagging function will not work for movies while recording; b) geotagging features will not work for movies when using the Map Utility; c) electronic compass information and automatic time setting is not available; d) transmission via the hot shoe is not possible.

ii In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

The EOS 5D Mark III requires a firmware upgrade to be compatible with the GPS Receiver GP-E2, which will be available soon.

Canon EOS 100D - An Efficient DSLR Model

Have you taken a sudden interest in amateur photography and would love to experiment with different elements of nature? Well, a sleek and sophisticated DSLR cam will fulfill all your dreams. If you love capturing vibrant photographs and wish to boast your newfound photography skills, just hop on! We’re going to sneak a quick peek into the world of digital cameras and I’ve a few recommendations up my sleeve that will help you accomplish your photography dreams.

About Digital Cameras

Digital cameras can be roughly bifurcated into 2 categories—Point-and-Shoot cams and professional SLR or DSLR cams. The former is fit for professional photography assignments whereas the later is meant for taking casual snapshots. Beginners often prefer DSLR cams that are both elite as well as unique. They’re larger, better, have advanced features and can be customized easily. Thus, it’s a perfect pick for advanced photography.

What’s DSLR?

The acronym DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex since the cams are based on the said mechanism. Digital cams include a special mirror which is placed right before the film sensor to illustrate the internal view of camera inside the viewfinder. As soon as the shutter clicks, this mirror flips up and the perceptive image sensor screens the image to take a perfect snapshot.

These cams can easily take more than 1 snap in a second and come with an exclusive feature known as “action shot” (which is especially useful in case of sports and wildlife photography). Additionally, they include a compact SD flash card and a high-speed storage card to store multiple photographs.

Top Pieces

At present, Canon and Nikon are the giants of photography industry. Some of their best selling DSLR models include Canon Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel Xti, 100D and Nikon D200, D80, D60, D40, D20. You may also check out other options, such as S5 Pro, Pentax K200D and Sony Alpha 900.

However, Canon DSLR cams still rule out all the options. Recently, Canon EOS 100D has come forth as an affordable, easy-to-use and stylish piece.

Does this incite your curiosity? Let’s take a look at its features.

Canon EOS 100D – A Brief Overview

While other potential brands are manufacturing compact cam systems, a few companies like Canon have rationalized their conventional DSLR range of cams, rather than expanding it further. Therefore, it’s not at all surprising that the makers have unveiled EOS 100D- a light and sleek version with APS-C sensor, which is an added advantage! Now, what we need to find out is whether it meets our photography requirements or not.

Prominent Features

# Efficient CMOS sensor APS-C size (22.3x14.9mm)
# 18 MPS with 3.05 optical zoom
# Shooting Rate of 4ps
# Digital 5 processor
# High-performing STM lens with 18-55mm focal length 
# 3.2inches, 1.04 million dot bright LCD touch-sensitive screen
# ISO 100-6400 (you can expand it up to 25,600)
# Expandable Storage Media.


By designing EOS 100D, Canon has worked well within all its limitations. The cam itself is a compressed unit based on SLR mechanism and consists of shutter, prism and mirror box delicately arranged within its small body. Overall, it’s an impressive feat of engineering and the makers haven’t compromised on its quality. What’s more? The latest addition of hybrid phase-detection built in AF system makes it more efficient.

Its fixed screen allows us to record HD videos at a resolution of 1080p (30fps). Compared to other complementary models like EOS M, EOS-1DX or EOS 5D Mark II and III, EOS 100D has an ideal design. You can easily click and store photographs in JPEG as well as RAW formats. The device is programmed to capture images at all modes (auto, manual, aperture priority auto (A), flash off shutter priority and Programmed AE (P). You may also switch between different effects (Backlight HDR, close-up, portrait and sports mode etc.).

In short, Canon EOS 100D is a less intimidating model for beginners who’re using DSLR for the first time. With its “smart auto mode”, you don’t have to fuss over altering exposure settings or adjusting the screen while clicking photographs. The cam automatically adjusts it all. If you’re clueless about using it, you needn’t worry. There’s a helpful user guide to assist you. Simply buy EOS 100D and get prepared to experiment with a range of creative filters, frame rates and modes!

If you’re intrigued by all these features and are looking forward to your first DSLR camera, check out exclusive deals at Paxton. As opposed to other platforms like Amazon or eBay, Paxton offers great deals on affordable and thoroughly tested models. You can easily get EOS 100D at a reasonable price of $599.95. Plus, you’re getting an additional cash-back of $150. So place your orders today itself!

Jamie Blue, the writer, is a hobbyist on photography and digital cameras. He has written several articles about tips on taking great photographs as well as some useful ideas on digital cameras.