The Canon EOS 700D is the brand’s new step-up DSLR from the 600D and is aimed at beginners; but, might its pimped-up spec list tempt enthusiasts too?
Canon EOS 700D review
Rotating LCD screen
Shooting video is clunky
The new 18-megapixel Canon EOS 700D digital SLR is described by its maker as being an entry-level product; indeed it sits as the flagship model in that self-prescribed section of Canon’s line up. But the specification is sufficiently pimped that the description appears to do it something of a disservice.
Certainly a price tag of a not inexpensive £749 for body and standard 18-55mm zoom lens places it beyond what absolute beginners might consider for their first DSLR, though various cashbacks and discounting schemes are currently in play.
And yet, while the Canon 700D’s physically larger than the similarly specified Canon EOS 100D released alongside it - which lays claim to being the world’s smallest DSLR - it’s still a DSLR that’s actually relatively easy to get to grips with.
Headline features include that 18 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, plus vari-angle touch screen LCD, Fl HD 1920x0180-pixels video shooting, low-light sensitivity range extendable up to an almost shoot-in-the-dark ISO25600, creative digital filter effects.
You’ll also get 5 frames per second continuous shooting for tracking moving subjects at up to 22 sequential JPEGs or six uncompressed, therefore best quality, Raw files.
Our review sample was provided with the standard 18-55mm zoom, but there are currently 76 compatible lenses in the Canon range, not to mention countless often cheaper third party optics.
If you already own a handful of compatible lenses you probably won’t be considering an alternative brand.
Nevertheless, competition for the 700D includes the likes of the Nikon D5200 (a slightly higher 24MP resolution) or Nikon D7100, Pentax K5 II (weather proofed body), and Sony A57 or Sony A65 (easier/faster to shoot video with thanks to translucent mirror mechanism), with the likes of Olympus and Panasonic having concentrated on compact system cameras rather than any new DSLRs these past three or four years.
This is the Lumia 925. It’s another flagship, but this one’s setting its sights on the rest of the world. The first thing to note is the change in build materials and profile. While the rest of the Lumia range have stuck to plastics — typically glossy polycarbonate — the Lumia 925 is Nokia’s first Windows Phone to be packed into an aluminum frame. One of the benefits of this change in design? The handset’s weight has plummeted. While the phone has the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera of the 920, the Lumia 925 is almost 50 grams (1.8 ounces) lighter than last year’s Lumia 920.
Despite a thinner 8.8mm profile, there’s an identical 2,000mAh battery. Alas, instead of built-in wireless charging, you’ll have to purchase an accessory cover to enable the function on the 925.
Top of the list in Samsung’s “S-Suggest”, Camera Ace brings batch-photo processing to your smartphone! Unlike many other filtered-camera applications, Camera Ace allows you to pre-select themes and filters for your photographs and organise them into easily accessible manner. With a plethora of filter-effect camera apps on the market, Camera Ace brings some new tools to the workbench.
Panasonic’s TZ range has long held top position in the ‘travel’ compact area. It’s a field that has proved increasingly popular with those looking for a compact camera with a more advanced feature set than a smartphone. Top of the list is including large optical zoom while maintaining a compact body.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is the latest addition to this series, and it arrives with an improved specification and a host of new features. Wi-Fi functionality and Near Field Communication (NFC) gain top billing. They allow for simple transmission of photos between various devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The question is; has the addition of these features improved on what was already an excellent travel compact?
Those looking for a compact camera that can provide a step up from their smartphone want a specification that offers a marked improvement. One area that marks the TZ series out in this regard is its large optical zoom, which the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 has.
The TZ40 features a 20x optical zoom that covers an attractive focal range of 24-480mm in 35mm equivalent terms. The lens itself is supported by Panasonic’s proprietary Hybrid O.I.S. stabilisation system, which offers 5-axis image stabilisation in both stills and video capture.
NEW POWERSHOT N DIGITAL CAMERA OPENS NEW DIMENSIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPRESSION
Camera Features New Shooting Styles and Easy Wireless Connectivity
Lake Success, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – To inspire creative exploration and encourage instant sharing of life’s every day moments, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the new PowerShot N digital camera as part of its PowerShot lineup. With an innovative Creative Shot mode that enhances artistic expression and a variety of new connectivity features that support instant sharing, Canon’s PowerShot N is the ultimate storytelling tool.
Helping people’s creativity bubble to the surface, the PowerShot N offers Creative Shot, a new imaging mode that intuitively analyzes an image and automatically creates a series of five artistic photos of the original with varying composition, lighting and color for an array of options that are ready to impress. In addition, the new PowerShot is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities that connect the camera to a variety of mobile devices instantly, so users can upload and comment on their images while on-the-go.
In addition to offering powerful artistic and connectivity functions, the PowerShot N features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt-touch panel LCD, allowing users to capture creative images at unique angles. With a shutter and zoom ring, both located on the top and bottom of the lens, images can be snapped from virtually any position so the perfect shot is always within reach.
The PowerShot N offers an 8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, packaged with a
12.1- megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, so your moments can be captured and preserved in stunning quality. Users can also record beautiful 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button, so life’s moving moments are not missed. With the built-in Hybrid Auto and Face ID systems, pin-sharp focus can be achieved quickly and easily while the camera automatically recognizes and focuses on familiar faces. For the ultimate in shooting convenience, Canon’s Intelligent IS System allows the camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions, taking the guesswork out of identifying the ideal setting for each unique shot.
“An ever-increasing number of internet users continue to post their own photos and videos online,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The new PowerShot N opens up a new dimension of photographic expression, helping people express their personal style and creative flair with powerful innovative Canon technologies.”
Easy Connectivity Options for Convenient Sharing
The PowerShot N is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities, so high-quality images can be shared with friends and family even while on-the-go. After an initial one-time set-up, the new Mobile Device Connect Button connects the camera to a variety of mobile devices for quick and easy sharing. Users simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button and launch Canon’s free CameraWindow application , available on both the iOS and Android operating systems, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to their device. Frequently used devices and accounts are conveniently stored in the camera’s wireless history menu for quick one-touch access.
With these enhanced wireless capabilities, users now have the ability to comment on their uploaded photos directly from the camera – so being part of conversations taking place on social networking sites is easy and convenient. In addition, individuals can control the destination of Facebook uploads – choosing to share content with everyone, or post photos only to selected Facebook groups. Users can also instantly upload images wirelessly from the camera to Canon iMAGE GATEWAYiii, and automatically upload them to a computer remotely. Photos can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgeiv on select Canon printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 or PIXMA MX922 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers, so special moments can be preserved and cherished.
The Ultimate Tool to Capture Creativity
Creative Shot, available on the PowerShot N, is an easy, yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to your photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose their shot and let the PowerShot N analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements by varying composition, lighting and color. After an image is captured, Creative Shot will render five different variations of the shot in different color modes, crops, and styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
In addition, the new PowerShot N offers 58 scenes of Smart AUTO and provides an 8x Optical Zoom to help users capture the ultimate creative shot. A first-ever for the PowerShot line-up, the camera’s shutter and zoom buttons are located on top and bottom of the lens so high and low-angle shots can be easily captured. The PowerShot N features Smart Shutter, enabling users to start tracking a subject simply by pressing the intuitive touch panel LCD, and then capture the image by lifting their finger off the screen. For added flexibility, the image on the screen rotates with the camera – so people can capture even the most unique shot.
Sleek, Small and Designed for Portability
With a sleek and distinct design, the PowerShot N measures 3.09 x 2.37 x 1.15 inches, making it ideal for quick on-the-go shooting. This camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive tilt touch panel LCD, which offers 90 degrees of tilt, encourages users to capture images from a wide array of angles and positions effectively in virtually any location. The top-mounted hinge keeps the PowerShot N compact for convenient on-the-go shooting and easy, one handed operation.
The camera’s 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens and shutter are both operated on the camera’s dual-ring lens. The outer ring controls the shutter, which can be released from any point on the ring, and the inner ring controls the zoom, so managing the PowerShot N is easy and effortless. With these innovative new design features, users now have the ability to shoot diagonally, horizontally and from low or high angles so even the most out-of-reach image can be captured with ease.
In addition, the PowerShot N offers a new ECO Mode, a feature that provides approximately 30 percent longer battery life when enabled, by dimming the screen and eventually shutting off the display after the device has been idle for 10 seconds, allowing users to shoot more and for longer. Adding to its portability and convenience, the camera features USB charging through a computer or traditional charging by the AC adaptor, allowing users to power-up from virtually anywhere.
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot N is expected to be available in April 2013 for an estimated retail price of $299.99, in white or black.
The company’s latest mirrorless camera looks nearly identical to last year’s top-of-the-line NEX-7, with the exception of a new dedicated mode dial, that lets you switch between aperture- and shutter-priority, manual, or scene modes with a hardware control rather than a need to jump into the menu. It offers the same pop-up flash (with a bit more power), a 3-inch 921k-dot TruBlack tilting LCD, an identical 2,359k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a strikingly familiar design.