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Canon 50D  (Source: Canon)

Canon PowerShot E1  (Source: Canon)
Canon announces several new digital cameras

Canon officially announced the EOS 50D D-SLR camera today. The 50D has a 15.1-megapixel sensor and uses Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor. The camera also offers an expanded ISO range of 100 to ISO 12800. Bursts can be shot at 6 frames per second (fps) for up to 90 frames in large/fine JPEG or 16 RAW images. Images are stored on UDMA CF cards.

The 50D has a 3-inch LCD on the rear that offers Live View and it features a .95x magnification viewfinder as well. Canon also equips the camera with the AF Microadjustment feature introduced on the EOS-1D. A Creative Mode makes it easier for new photographers to shoot artistic images with common language options that set the camera without having to enter settings manually. Options like blurring the background and lightenign the image are offered in the Creative mode.

The 50D also features face detection and more. The camera will retail for $1,399 for the body only and in kit form with an EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens it will retail for $1,599. The body and kit package will be available in October.

DailyTech reported yesterday that specifications and images of the EOS 50D had turned up online early.

Canon also introduced the A1000 IS, A2000 IS, and SX110 IS cameras today. The A1000 IS has a 10-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens. It uses the Canon DIGIC III image processor and features motion detection, Face Detection, and red-eye correction. The LCD is 2.5-inches and the camera uses optical image stabilization. The A1000 IS will be available in September for $199.99.

The A2000 IS is very similar to the A1000 IS with a couple exceptions. The A2000 Is has a 10-megapixel sensor, 6x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD. It also features optical image stabilization. The SX110 IS has a 9-megapixel resolution and features face detection, motion detection and red-eye correction as well as optical image stabilization. Both cameras will be available in September for $249.99 and $299.99 respectively.

Canon also announced a camera called the PowerShot E1 aimed at the teen and “tween” crowd. The E1 comes in pink, white, or blue colors and uses a rounded design. The camera has a 10-megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom lens. Other features include optical image stabilization, face detection, a 2.5-inch LCD and easy mode. Easy mode removes most options to make using the camera easier for young users. The E1 will be available in September for $199.99.



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No Competition for D300
By Lord 666 on 8/26/2008 2:20:34 PM , Rating: 1
For all of the Anandtech penny pinchers, can you now justify the minor cost difference between the 50D and the D300? Really now, $1399 (50D) vs. $1499 (D300)?

PS - Thats a pretty blue




RE: No Competition for D300
By Solandri on 8/26/2008 2:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
Give it a quarter or two to stabilize. The early adopters and fanboys keep the price artificially high initially, distorting the market. The D300's street price when released was $1800.

Anyway, our point (or at least my point) was that the Canon and Nikon cameras are staggered in their pricing, so they're not directly comparable. Any comparison has to take the price difference into account.


RE: No Competition for D300
By KingViper on 8/26/2008 2:31:50 PM , Rating: 3
Switching from Canon to Nikon is a bigger obstacle than just deciding which body to buy. Changing an entire lineup of glass is not something many people are keen to do, especially when it means you'll be using a body that feels foreign and can ultimately affect your ability as a photographer to get a shot...at least until you adjust to everything, which can take some time.

IMHO both Canon and Nikon are wonderful options for photographers, but people will use what they know, and what they have the equipment for.


By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 8/27/2008 8:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
I agree on the glass issue. I have a slew of Canon lenses that I am not prepared to replace with Nikon or other glass, even though the Nikon is an excellent choice. Plus I like going from a Canon camera to a Canon printer. That gamuts work well together.


RE: No Competition for D300
By Lord 666 on 8/26/2008 2:32:07 PM , Rating: 1
Edit - D300 current retail is $1,624 through proper channels. Even with a $225 dollar difference, the D300 is the clear choice between the two.

Nothing else left to see here folks, move along.


RE: No Competition for D300
By Pneumothorax on 8/26/2008 2:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
I wish they would stop advancing the megapixel race and focus on low-light sensitivity and increasing dynamic range.
But Joe Sixxpack is still swayed by MP's!


RE: No Competition for D300
By Fnoob on 8/27/2008 9:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
That is exactly what FujiFilm has done with their "S" series pro-cameras (and some prosumers). They use a dual CCD arrangement to increase dynamic range, and it works very well. Unfortunately, as you have indicated, 'Joe 6pack', has noticed that their "12MP" cameras are really dual 6MP and they have not gained significant market share as a direct result. Well, that and their infuriatingly unintuitive menu system.


RE: No Competition for D300
By futrtrubl on 8/26/2008 3:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
Like another poster said it isn't the clear choice since I would have to replace my $1500 worth of Canon glass.

So don't make such broad comments. It MAY be a good choice if this is a first SLR. Then again I feel that Canon glass is better (you may feel differently of course, nothing wrong with that).


RE: No Competition for D300
By fuser197 on 8/26/2008 3:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
List some reasons please, we would like to know.


RE: No Competition for D300
By Proxes on 8/26/2008 4:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
Some people think DSLRs are no different than P&S cameras.

With any SLR, film or digital, you're buying into the whole system. Lenses, flashes, etc... Just because a Nikon body is a bit better than a Canon doesn't mean I can just buy the better body. I have a few thousand dollars in L glass. I guess you can say I'm stuck with Canon, but it can be argued that Nikon has "better" bodies (for now) and Canon has "better" glass. IMO, Canon has much better and overall cheaper glass than Nikon.

Camera bodies come and go, but you keep glass much longer. And when it comes down to it, the lens is the most important part of the whole system.


RE: No Competition for D300
By Lord 666 on 8/26/2008 11:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed that lenses make a better investment than bodies in the long run, technology always gets better, and that there is a certain amount of "lock in" per system, but I have a great analogy; the computer hardware industry.

Purchase a motherboard and it is set on what internals it can take; memory, cpu, video card. While there is a limited amount of upgrade room within a series of CPUs and maybe two hardware refreshes of graphics cards, you bought into an Intel or AMD system. Unlike camera equipment, computer hardware quickly depreciates. Even worse, as time goes on and newer OS's are released, there is a planned obsolence. Try using your 2.4C Northwood with Vista or dust off that Ti4600 and use it with Crysis. Photographer gear depreciates much better over time, plus (depending on wear and tear) it takes a picture with the same capability as it did new.

For me, it used to be computer gear, but ever since the Core 2 Duo era, it just does not matter anymore. Now, I am in search of the perfect picture in all situations almost like as a surfer have been in search of that perfect wave. Through the lens, there is a story to capture and to share with others tomorrow, next year, and 30 years from now.

With computer gear no longer an "investment hobby," my discretionary funds are freed up and available for other hobbies, including taking that perfect picture. Unlike computer gear where you might get 10% performnce improvement with hardware refreshes, the recent and very noticeable improvement of digital photography with the D3/D300/D700 era allows a more "complete" story to be told in all situations.

Like the Core 2 Duo era, the D300/D3 were that noticeably better than previous Nikons and competing brands. Even my wife was blown away comparing pictures from Canon 20D/30D and older Nikons compared to the D300. On a Disney vacation, there are the Disney pros that use either D70s or D80s. There were several scenarios where standing next to the Disney staff, we both captured the same shot. The D70/80 (with mounted flash) colors look horrible with a ugly murkiness compared to the D300 (using built-in flash).

Maybe the 50D will have outstanding low light performance compared to the D300 and be on par with the D3/D700. Would that make me go run out and get Canon gear? No. Logically, I would wait and see if Nikon releases similar or better. However, if there was such a huge improvement similar to the D3/D300 but on the Canon side, more than likely would pick up the body and the needed lenses (ultra wide and a 18-200VR equivalent that I don't think Canon makes) Other than the possible low light improvement on the 50D, they crippled it with an old AF system.

As someone noted elsewhere here, comparisons between the D300 and 50D are more for people just starting out. The D90 is being marketed to first time DSLR consumers and comes with a kit VR lens as well as the 50D. However, as other people have mentioned, they purchased a Nikon D3 or D700 after previously owning Canon since it was such a huge jump in ability of the camera... so it does happen more often than some imagine or admit.


RE: No Competition for D300
By Fnoob on 8/27/2008 9:24:11 AM , Rating: 2
...ultra wide and a 18-200VR equivalent that I don't think Canon makes

Canon does indeed make several nice ultrawides, as well as having available some interesting 3rd party choices :

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
Canon EF 24mm f/ 1.4
Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6
Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4
Sigma AF 20mm f/1.8

So you have some nice ultrawide choices there, some of them in sizes and glass speeds unavailable to Nikonians.

As far as the 18-200VR goes, I hated that lense. Not critically sharp at any length, dim viewfinder image, BAD distortion characteristics, etc. Perhaps I just got a bad sample three times.... It's hard to argue with it's intended purpose as an all purpose, 'one lense' walkaround- but it is a jack of all trades and master of none. With a little effort (changing lenses, additional weight) the following lenses comprise my kit, cover every need, and made a stunning difference in the quality of the images:

10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX
14-24mm f/2.8G ED N
24-70mm f/2.8G ED
80-200mm f/2.8 ED AFS

Happy shooting!


RE: No Competition for D300
By Lord 666 on 8/27/2008 10:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
Nice bag there and haha about the 18-200, I agree. actually, on my second one because the first was really horrible. there were at least 2 shots that were so distorted it made us nauseous just looking at them. The replacement I kept has been better and more consistent, but still not anywhere near perfect. The 18-200 is for the laziness and convenience factors... but most importantly the wife factor.


RE: No Competition for D300
By Proxes on 8/27/2008 10:37:16 AM , Rating: 2
I guess DT should have included this as part of the article:
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=M...

Announced the same time as the 50D.


RE: No Competition for D300
By wetwareinterface on 8/28/2008 3:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Lord 666 on August 26, 2008 at 11:22 PM
said;

"However, if there was such a huge improvement similar to the D3/D300 but on the Canon side, more than likely would pick up the body and the needed lenses (ultra wide and a 18-200VR equivalent that I don't think Canon makes)"


have you tried the canon 24-105?
or the 24 f/1.4 perspective corrected lens?

as far as lenses go I'm still waiting on nikon to catch up to canon.

and you can get a used 5d for a bit more than the d300 new.
granted the 2 lenses i mentioned cost over $2000 together but that's one hell of an impressive lens setup with those 2. the 24-105 is so damn sharp it's insane, and the 24 1.4 is really one of the best wideangle's out there.


RE: No Competition for D300
By diliff on 8/28/2008 8:13:27 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
the 24-105 is so damn sharp it's insane


I definitely wouldn't go that far. It is a good lens and it is on my 5D as a walkaround lens 90% of the time, but it is definitely not 'so sharp it's insane'. It is fairly average as far as sharpness goes, with quite a lot of vignetting at the edges of the frame. And I've had two (one with the early flare problem, and its replacement), so I don't think it is just a bad copy.


RE: No Competition for D300
By spluurfg on 8/28/2008 5:55:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Agreed that lenses make a better investment than bodies in the long run, technology always gets better, and that there is a certain amount of "lock in" per system, but I have a great analogy; the computer hardware industry.


quote:
Unlike camera equipment, computer hardware quickly depreciatesquote


Thank you for pointing out why your analogy makes no sense whatsoever. Let me add a couple more points:

1. A PC requires several components and a change in the standards of one of them will make the PC obsolete. SLR systems are consistent and stable to the tune of 5-15 years.

2. Glass remains useful. PC components do not, aside from things like thumb screws and cases.


RE: No Competition for D300
By spluurfg on 8/27/2008 6:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Edit - D300 current retail is $1,624 through proper channels. Even with a $225 dollar difference, the D300 is the clear choice between the two.


Wow, D300 at street price seems attractive compared to a 50D at MSRP? Amazing!

The 30D and 40D were both $1400MSRP cameras that hit $1100 within months. So it's $1100 vs $1600 or $1400 vs $1800.

At any rate, $400 is a meaningless amount when you're considering the merits of an entire SLR system.


RE: No Competition for D300
By melgross on 8/28/2008 2:09:42 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree. I think it the opposite.


Better light sensitive sensors?
By Darkmatterx76 on 8/26/2008 7:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
MP's are great and all, but we need sensors with less noise (especially in low light) more then we need more MP's...

Also, I remembered reading something about a year ago about a new sensor that was developed that is many times more sensitive to light then the ones that were currently out. It was something crazy like 5X or 10X more sensitive. Is this the start of that tech coming to todays cameras or is that still a ways off. (if anyone knows what I'm talking about because I can't remember it all that well)




RE: Better light sensitive sensors?
By Fnoob on 8/27/2008 9:28:02 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the CCD/CMOS sensors could be backed by a mirror to increase low-light sensitivity? This is nature's evolved response in the eyes of nocturnal animals, and apparently it works damn well. I'd imagine it would have to be disenaged during daylight shooting.


RE: Better light sensitive sensors?
By Proxes on 8/27/2008 10:46:19 AM , Rating: 2
If you look at the specs for the 50D you'll see that they claim to have increased the MPs by 50% while reducing the noise at high ISO by 1.5 stops compared to the 40D.

The 50D's sensor is new and not just a higher MP version of the 40D's.


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