Canon recently unveiled a flurry of new cameras from across its range so here’s a quick run down of what’s on offer.
First up is a camera garnering quite a bit of attention – the EOS 20D. Replacing the acclaimed EOS 10D, this is a professional Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera housed in a magnesium alloy body. The 8.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor is a newly developed second generation device, and offers a shooting speed of five frames per second.
The internal DIGIC processing has been improved with enhanced colour accuracy and faster processing and start-up times. The EOS 20D will be available in September at an RRP of £1269.99 including VAT for the body only, or for £1349.99 with a lens kit.
The G6 is a new addition to Canon’s PowerShot G-Series and features a raft of improvements over the G5. Chief of these is image quality, which Canon says is down to an improved lens and enhanced image processing algorithms.
Secondly, CCD resolution has been increased from five mega-pixels up to a massive 7.1. In addition auto focus speeds are up to 55 per cent faster than its predecessor, while start-up times have been improved by approximately 30 per cent. In spite of all this the camera body is over ten per cent smaller than the G5.
The PowerShot G6 will be available from September 2004 for an RRP of £599, including VAT.
The PowerShot S70 also sees its CCD pixel count go up from 5.0 Megapixels to 7.1 Megapixels. Lens size has been reduced thanks to the use of new materials, yet it still offers a 28-11mm focal length and a 4cm macro mode.
The S70 offers a number of semi-professional features including being able to record to both RAW and JPEG file formats at the same time. Shutter speeds are between 15 seconds to 1/2000 sec, while other features include auto focus and auto exposure lock and an intervalometer for automatic time-lapse photography.
This makes the S70 a good option for anyone looking for a camera with semi-professional features in a compact body. The PowerShot S70 will be available from September at an RRP of £499 including VAT.
The A95 is Canon’s new flagship compact digital still camera, replacing the highly regarded A80. The CCD pixel count goes up to five Megapixels, which should be good enough for prints up to A3 in size.
A ‘FlexiZone' AF/AE mode has been added as well as a VGA movie mode and a three times optical zoom. The A95 will set you back £319 from September.
Finally, the PowerShot A400, is a 3.2 Megapixel CCD with a 2.2x optical zoom. Canon’s DIGIC processor is used to ensure high quality algorithms are applied to the images. The A400 uses SD memory card for storage, and can record three minutes movies or 30 seconds if using the high quality VGA mode.
The A400 is designed to be easy to use, is available in four colours and will cost an affordable £149 including VAT.