Canon has announced the new cameras it will be showing at the PMA camera show in Las Vegas this month. Unusually for the usually prolific company, they have only five new models, four compact cameras and a new digital SLR.
Canon's new DSLR is an update of the successful EOS 400D, launched August 2006. The new camera features a 12.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a 3-inch 230k pixel LCD monitor with live view.
Other new features include spot metering (something that was inexplicably absent from the 400D), a new larger viewfinder with improved shooting data including ISO setting, and improved nine-point AF system with a cross-type centre point, and is the first Canon DSLR to use SD/SDHC cards rather than CompactFlash. The live view mode includes contrast detection autofocus and a live histogram to assist with accurate exposure.
More technical improvements include a 14-bit A/D converter, a larger 1080mAh Li-ion battery offering 500-shot capacity, and the DIGIC III image processing engine. New image processing features include optional increased noise reduction at high ISO settings and an Auto Lighting Optimiser function to increase the apparent dynamic range of final images. The monitor data display and menu system has also been revised, and now includes on-camera control for Canon Speedlite flashguns.
Other features are carried over from the 400D, including the Integrated cleaning system which uses anti-static coatings and ultrasonic vibrations to keep dust off the sensor. Shooting speed in continuous mode is an impressive 3.5 frames per second.
The EOS 450D will be available from March, and is priced at £599.99 body-only, or £679.99 with an 18-55mm kit lens.