Canon Launches the EOS 700D/Rebel T5i: Minor Iteration at its Finest

Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens

Do you like playing those Spot-the-Difference games? Because Canon has just released their own version, and it involves trying to find the difference between the new EOS 700D and the previous 650D. It has that same old 18 megapixel sensor from the 650D which packs the phase detection bits, same 5 FPS frame rate, same 9 cross point autofocus system, same 3″ LCD, well, pretty much everything is the same. Oh wait, it comes with that new snazzy EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM kit lens, which is a nice upgrade, and there is the ability to preview effects like Olympus’s Art Filters, and… well, there is that new mode dial.

To add, the 650D/Rebel T4i is not even a year old. New products can create a bang when introduce, but remember, they have to be new, not warmed-over leftovers. That 18 megapixel is going to break the Panasonic 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor’s record of years in service and the Sony IMX071 (D7000’s 16 megapixel sensor) in number of cameras featured at this rate.

(Image Credit: Canon Press Image)

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One Guy’s First Thoughts: Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
The all new Canon EOS 6D.

The Canon EOS 6D is the other big DSLR to appear in the second half of this year, after Nikon’s D600. Like the Nikon, the EOS 6D’s main claim to fame a is packing a 35mm sized sensor at an affordable price? I managed to spend some time shooting with it, so here are some thoughts from me. (Unfortunately CK and David did not get to see much of the camera, so this is mostly my impressions)

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Three Guys’ First Thoughts: Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM
Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM

So here it is, the other shoe to drop in the mirrorless market, so to speak: The Canon EOS M. After Nikon was ridiculed (wrongly, I feel) for the sensor size and for the atrocious UI on the 1 system, will the Canon be able to avoid the pitfalls the Nikon encountered with their own launch?
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Canon EOS M Available in Singapore from 20 Oct 2012

Canon EOS M with the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens

According to Hardwarezone, the new Canon EOS M mirrorless camera system which was announced back in July this year will be available in Singapore from this Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 onwards. This will give Singaporean buyers another choice when buying their mirrorless camera systems.

The camera is available as 3 different kits, depending on your needs.

  • EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM: S$1,149 (available in black or red)
  • EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM & EF-EOS M mount adapter: S$1,219 (available in black only)
  • EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM & Speedlite 90EX: S$1,349 (available in all four colors: black, silver, white, red)

YS: I really hope they tweak the AF system on this – the EOS 650D (of which the EOS M is heavily based on) had lacklustre AF in live view. To be precise, the AF was above average compared to other DSLRs, but very much slower than many mirrorless system cameras. That large sensor is of no use if the camera cannot focus well!

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Canon Continues Custom of Castrating Camera AF Systems with the EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EOS 6D

Well, that didn’t take long. Now that Nikon did the D600, Canon couldn’t be far behind, and they weren’t! The Canon EOS 6D is best described as an EOS 5D and an EOS 60D bumping uglies and… well, this is the result.

The 20 megapixel sensor is nice, but in fine Canon tradition stretching back to the EOS D30, the EOS 6D has a less-featured AF system, which has 11 AF points, and just ONE cross AF point among those. Now, I have used cameras with less AF points, but at this price, you expect something better. Or maybe you need to wait for the EOS 6D Mk II to get 5 cross focus points. Or maybe the Mk XCVIII. I hope Canon has tuned the heck out of it, because even with the claim that it goes down to -3EV, it is not going to appease people who are upgrading from cameras like the 60D and wondering what happened to the rest of the AF points.

The rest of the camera is pretty much like the combination I mentioned, with most of the UI looking like a 60D’s, and a few touches of the 5D in there, like the live view switch. Wifi and GPS are built-in, in a surprising touch, and with the Canon app a smartphone can be used as a remote viewfinder to view and active the shutter. Pretty neat. We need more cameras like these, instead of relying on kludgey external dongles.

DPReview mentioned that they were hardly enthused by the camera, and I feel the same way too. Perhaps the main issue was always in Canon’s approach: By starting with a much lower baseline (60D vs D7000), the camera was never going to be exciting. Capable, yes, but not exciting. Look for a December ship date, with a price on par with the Nikon D600.

(Image credit: Canon Press Images)

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