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The Canon Rebel T3i, also called the Canon EOS 600D, arrived on the market in February 2011. Canon developed the T3i as an upgrade to its T2i dSLR, which was released one year earlier.Read More »
Canon introduced its Rebel T3, also known as the EOS 1100D, in February 2011. The T3 is an upgrade from the Canon Rebel XS/1000D, which made its debut on the market in 2008. CanonRead More »
Canon announced the EOS 60D in August 2010, with a suggested retail price of just under US $1,100. Since its entry into the market, the price has fallen a bit, with retailers offering theRead More »
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i sets a new standard for consumer level digital SLRs. Canon surpassed their own famed reputation for delivering professional level features in a consumer camera with this revision of theRead More »
The Canon Rebel T1i successfully bridges the gap between consumer level and professional level digital SLRs. While not as robust in features and overall quality as the flagship Rebel T2i, the T1i still offersRead More »
The Canon EOS 7D 18MP digital SLR camera is an advanced photographer’s dream tool. Profesional and high-level experienced amateurs alike love the features and quality offered by the EOD 7D. It is simply packed with allRead More »
The Canon EOS 1D Mark III is a professional level digital SLR that delivers on speed, exposure accuracy and overall reliability. What it lacks in the size of its 10.1 megapixel image sensor, itRead More »
The Canon EOS 5D was originally released in 2005 by Canon and has since paved the way for what is the full-frame camera of choice for prosumers and professional production alike. In 2008 CanonRead More »
The Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP digital SLR is a well built, versatile pro-level workhorse camera that brings the quality of Canon’s most expensive digital SLRs into an easy to use and affordable consumer package.Read More »
The Canon EOS Rebel XSi is aimed squarely at the consumer level market. While it lacks many of the features of professional grade digital SLRs, it offers the affordability and usability amateurs are lookingRead More »
About Canon SLR Cameras
In February 1985 Minolta introduced a true AF 35mm SLR camera, “Minolta a-7000,” followed by the “Minolta a-9000″ in September, while Nikon released “Nikon F-501″ camera in April 1986. These SLR cameras were an immediate hit. At the end of April 1986 the autofocus SLR camera commanded over 50% share of the domestic SLR camera market. Canon also marketed an autofocus SLR, the “T80,” of which the focusing performance fell far behind that of its competitors. Then Canon decided that “a highly-refined AF SLR model deserving Canon’s name should be developed with the target market release date of March 1, 1987, the year of Canon’s 50th anniversary.” The development project was called “EOS (Electro Optical System).”
The “EOS” was developed under three major guidelines: 1. No price increase due to the introduction of the AF mechanism; 2. A lightweight design which enables shooting indoor sports hand-holding the camera with a “300mm f/2.8″ lens; 3. An autofocus sensitivity equivalent to exposure sensitivity. This saw the introduction of the “EOS 650″ in March 1987, a camera which featured several innovative and unique Canon’s technologies, including the highly sensitive focusing sensor, BASIS (Base-Stored Image Sensor), the high-precision motor, USM (Ultrasonic Motor) which was commercialized first in the world, and introduction of a super microcomputer supporting super-high-speed computation and control. Two months after entering the market, the “EOS 650″ successfully seized the top market share. Since then all Canon SLR cameras have “EOS” in their names.
The landmark product that expanded the user base of digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras was the EOS D30, launched in September 2000. SLRs had previously been very expensive and had been used primarily by professional photographers, but now this all changed. Being the smallest and lightest body in this product category, it shattered the general perception that a digital SLR has to be large and heavy. The EOS D30 featured high-tech conveniences as an image select mode and a full automatic mode, allowing users to easily employ sophisticated photographic techniques simply by selecting from a range of buttons with picture icons on them. In addition to complying with standard JPEG format, the D30 was also applied Canon’s RAW format.
Digital SLR photography reached new heights in picture quality and performance in two high-end models: the EOS-1D, released in 2001 and the EOS-1Ds, released in 2002. The two models were exceptionally well received by professional photographers. Although Canon trailed behind other companies when the autofocus camera was first introduced, this was no longer the case. The development of the EF-series lens, starting in conjunction with the EOS project, produced a completely new and different lens from the FD lenses, including the completely electronically controlled automatic EF mount that permits highly accurate real-time data transfer between the camera body and the lens. Canon continued to introduce innovative technologies into the EOS series, which appealed to a wide range of users, like in the case of the “EOS 5QD” (November 1992). The most distinguished feature of this camera was the ground-breaking feature of eye-controlled focusing system: As soon as the user looks at one of the five focusing points, the camera autofocused at that point.
Two factors which contributed substantially to the development of digital SLR’s was the massive movement towards digitalization in the electronic world, as well as the exponential growth of the market for personal computers. Everybody wanted to download their pictures, so digital recording technology became a burning issue. Currently Canon SLR cameras are recognized as the benchmark for digital cameras (along with Nikon) and cover the full range of consumer needs.
Canon Digital SLR cameras can be classified in four groups: flagship, high-end, mid-range and entry-level SLR cameras. In 2011 the situation is as follows: The 1 Ds Mk III and 1D Mk IV are the Canon’s flagship SLR’s; the 5D Mk II and 7D the high-end Canon SLR’s; the 60D (replacing the 50D) is the current mid-range SLR and the Rebel T3 (1100D) and Rebel T3i (600D) are the entry-level SLR’s.