Photography News | Issue 53 | photographynews.co.uk
Canondelivers affordable innovation The latest raft of launches from Canon makes DSLR ownership more affordable than ever, while mirrorless enthusiasts have a highly specified new M-series model to celebrate. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence meets the latest flashgun technology in the form of the Speedlite 470EX-AI
Canon has an ethos of never standing still and of always doing what it can to encourage a fresh audience to advance its photographic skills. The latest set of launches from the company very much explores that idea, with four new products being announced that are designed to open the door to higher-end photography. Innovation is the name of the game, with a futuristic new flashgun with AI on board leading the way, while the hugely popular M-series
of CSC cameras now has a new flagship, which is Canon’s most intuitive and technologically advanced mirrorless camera yet. It’s not just technical know-how that photographers might need a handwith however. Sometimes it’s the cost of getting involved that acts as a barrier, but Canon’s new pair of keenly-priced entry-level DSLRs is designed to make ownership of this classic interchangeable lens camera type more achievable than ever.
Canon EOS 2000D and 4000D The latest additions to Canon’s entry-level DSLR range, the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D are aimed at those that want to experience the flexibility that a camera of this type can offer and who are looking to share their adventures seamlessly to social media. The cameras’ powerful combination of APS-C sensor technology, DIGIC 4+ image processor, seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and straightforward in- camera feature guides enable stories and Full HD video footage to be captured and shared with ease. The EOS 2000D is the higher specified of the two models, featuring a new 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and a 7.5cm LCD screen, while the EOS 4000D is designed to be a lighter and more affordable version, being fitted with an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor and a 6.8cmLCD. Both models are capable of low light shooting up to ISO 6400, expandable to ISO 12,800, and both use a DIGIC 4+ image processor to power Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode, enabling simple point-and-shoot photography with superb image results. Both cameras are also Wi-Fi enabled for seamless smartphone connectivity via the Canon Camera Connect app (iOS and Android), and images can be conveniently backed up to Canon’s cloud storage service, irista, via Wi-Fi, ensuring stories and memories shared are never lost. These processes are made even easier with the EOS 2000D with the inclusion of Near Field Communication (NFC), which can establish a Wi-Fi connection to a smartphone by
Effectivemegapixels 18 (4000D)/24.1 (2000D) LCD screen 6.8cm (4000D)/7.5cm (2000D) AF points: 9 Continuous shooting 3fps Built-in flash: Yes (pull up for 4000D, auto pop up for 2000D) Built-in feature guide Yes Connectivity Wi-Fi (4000D)/Wi-Fi and NFC (2000D) Built-in feature guide Yes Dimensions 129x101.6x77.1cm (4000D)/129x101.3x77.6cm (2000D) Body onlyweight 436g (4000D)/475g (2000D)
simply tapping the device on the camera (available on compatible Android devices). With their EF mounts, both DSLRs are compatible with over 80 Canon EF and EF-S lenses and a range of accessories, giving beginners a huge choice as they grow and develop their photography skills. Both cameras are available in a body-only option or with a selection of lens kit options, including an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens. Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI The future of flash is here today, thanks to the arrival of Canon’s ground-breaking Speedlite 470EX-AI featuring AI Bounce – a new Auto Intelligent (AI) function that takes the fuss and uncertainty out of flash photography. This revolutionary technology intelligently calculates and manoeuvres the flash head position automatically to create optimum lighting, adding the option to bounce light for a more natural-looking effect. AI Bounce is truly something different and innovative. First of all, a test flash calculates the perfect angle for natural, flattering illumination and then themotorised flash head is automatically moved into the optimum position for perfect bounce lighting. The full-auto mode carefully manipulates the flash head each time the camera’s position is moved, ensuring the exposure remains accurate at all times. There’s also a semi- auto mode for more experienced users where the bounce flash angle can be set manually for different shooting scenarios. The Speedlite 470EX-AI then automatically adjusts the flash head for different camera orientations, enhancing the opportunity for photographers to be creative with their lighting whilst achieving total consistency in every shot. With 19 custom functions, the Speedlite 470EX-AI offers complete creative control, while a wireless optical receiver function allows the flash to be used at distances of up to 10m away from the camera.
Canon EOSM50 The 24.1-megapixel Canon EOS M50 is the latest addition to the EOS M series and is Canon’s most intuitive and technologically advanced mirrorless camera yet. It’s the first M camera to feature 4K movie capability, a
Sensor 24.1-megapixel APS-C Connectivity Wi-Fi/NFC plus Always-On Bluetooth Autofocus Dual Pixel CMOS AF Continuous shooting speed 10fps Video 4K/UHD Processing engine DIGIC 8 Viewfinder 7.5cm Vari-Angle touchscreen Dimensions 11.63x8.81x5.87cm
Flash coverage 24-105mm lens
Flashmetering E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL Clear dot Matrix LCD AI bounce function Fully and Semi-Auto Maximumguide number 47 Optical remote Flash Weight 385g Dimensions 7.46x13x10.5cm
7.5cm Vari-Angle touchscreen and Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor, and it’s designed to offer seamless connectivity, thanks to built-in Bluetooth andWi-Fi. The camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF speed enables photographers to capture crisp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos with beautiful depth-of-field control for sharp subjects and soft backgrounds. Meanwhile, up to 120 frames-per-second HD movie capture enables smooth action sequences and expands options for slow-motion playback. Superb action shots can also be captured with fast 10fps continuous shooting, the first time this has been achieved in a Canon mirrorless camera, and 7.1fps with continuous AF is also possible. In short, the Canon EOS M50 is a lightweight and highly portable interchangeable lens camera that’s the perfect choice for confident smartphone and compact camera photographers who are seeking to enhance their photography capabilities.
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