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.
The woman was talking on her iPhone, and never saw coming her induction into a large and growing subset of crime victims. But there it happened shortly after noon on April 15, on a busy corner of Main Street in Flushing, Queens. A teenager zipped past, snatching the phone out of her hand and kept running.
Devices like hers were stolen 16,000 times last year in New York City. But what happened on this afternoon was anything but commonplace. The closest comparison that leaps to mind is a classic chase scene from a 1971 thriller.
The teenager, soon out of sight, had every reason to believe his getaway was whistle clean. The woman, with just as many reasons to believe that was the last she would see of her phone, flagged a police officer, who put a call over the radio with a description of the young man wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt.
The next iPhone will make a landmark break from a physical home button, rumours suggest, as Apple calls time on a feature that’s been present since its first handset dropped back in 2007.
According to a report Taiwanese site Technews.tw, which was brought to wider attention by Cult of Mac, the iPhone 5S will drop a physical home button in favour of an on-screen capacitive presser.
It’s not known whether the change, which flies in the face of reports that the seventh-gen iPhone will differ little from the current model, is to allow Apple to equip the handset with a larger screen.
The site does disclose, however, that the new button will be coated in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass to make it more resistant to the kind of wear and tear that has caused problems with iPhones’ physical buttons in the past.
Apple purportedly also favours sapphire glass because it is compatible with optic sensors.
Industry consensus suggests that the iPhone 5S will land in September. The phone is set to be the first in which the iOS software that powers iPhones is helmed by hardware design hero Jonathan Ive.
Flexible display technology looks less and less likely to make it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by the day, after a fresh source testified that manufacturing challenges mean Samsung will opt for a traditional screen instead.
According to Oled-display.net, Samsung will debut a device with a massive OLED six-inch screen during the second half of the year. And while its report doesn’t mention the Galaxy Note 3 by name, it’s almost certainly the next iteration of Samsung’s flagship phablet that’s being referred to.
The display-industry news site also adds heft to previous claims that production problems have prompted Samsung to scrap plans to equip the the Galaxy Note 3 with flexible display technology.
Assuming Oled-display.net can be believed, the decision has been forced on Samsung because its production line has insufficient capacity to produce bendy displays in the numbers that a huge release such as the Galaxy Note 3 demands.
When Nokia launched the Verizon-friendly Lumia 928 with some imaging improvements, it looked as if GSM users would have to wait for the company’s next flagship to catch up. If those people couldn’t wait for the mythical “proper” PureView Lumia, then they can grab the Lumia 925 to keep ‘em going in the meantime. The company has taken the 920, put it on a diet, swapped out the polycarbonate for aluminium and tweaked the camera, while still retaining everything that made the handset our reader’s choice for 2012.
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.