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Monday, February 07, 2011

New Canon t3 / t3i / 1100D /600 D / X50 announced : Updated

Coming fast & furious from canon is another new camera ! However, the different models are not be equal - see below
Say it isn't so ! this is crazy. Good thing these things are cheap enough to pay for with one job. This time its an update on the consumer side of things. Updated to the pro 5D and 7D are really over due, but who knows what spring and NAB will bring.
Specs on the new camera :
  • Superior 12-megapixel image quality
  • On-screen Feature Guide
  • Creative Auto and Basic+
  • HD video capture
  • ISO 100-6400 sensitivity
  • Wide-area 9-point AF system
  • 63-zone iFCL exposure metering
  • 6.8cm (2.7”), 230,000-dot screen
  • Use with all EF and EF-S lenses
Now read carefully : EOS Movie allows users to record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies on the EOS 600D and HD (1280x720p) movies on the EOS 1100D. 
The EOS 600D ( and it appears t3i ) offers full manual control of exposure and frame rates of 30, 25 and 24 fps at full resolution, with 60 and 50 fps available at 720p resolution. The EOS 1100D has a choice of 30 and 25 fps frame rates.

When filming Full HD footage with the EOS 600D, Movie Digital Zoom can be used to magnify the centre of the sensor by 3-10x while maintaining Full HD quality. 
The 600D has a digital zoom mode when shooting HD... cool !
The 1100D however it seems only shoots 720P. Thats what the initial canon specs said. We'll see if this is accurate. I'm suspecting its true, as a way of trimming a feature or two to keep the price in line. One review post the specs as 
• 1280 x 720 (29.97, 25 fps)

• Max duration 17min, Max file size 4GB
The Rebel T3 has a 12.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor, shoots at 3 fps and shoots HD video at 30p. This implies 720 mode video, part of the confusing specs out there. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-6400, and it also has a 2.7″ LCD (230,000-dot).
The Rebel T3i  has an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor, 3.7 fps, full HD video (30p-24p-25p), HD (60p-50p) and SD video (30p-25p) with full manual exposure control, ISO range of 100-6400, 3″ LCD with 1.04-million dots.