Canon has been on a bit of a product release frenzy lately with a bunch of cameras and lenses being announced.
First the venerable entry level DSLR, the EOS1000D has been superseded (at last) by the new EOS1100D. Even though Canon states that “the EOS 1100D will sit between the EOS 1000D and EOS 500D”, it’s only a matter of time before the 1000D vanishes into the mists of time. In any event, who’d buy a 1000D when the 1100D is sure to be a major improvement given how far budget DSLRs and camera technologies have progressed in the last few years. Even if you find a 1000D at a super cheap clearout price, don’t go there, look at the 1100D instead.
Key Features of EOS 1100D include:
ISO speed range 100-6400
12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
High Definition movies HD (1280 x 720p)
DiG!C 4 Image Processor
High speed & precision 9-point AF
2.7” TFT Colour Liquid Crystral (Approx 230k dots)
Canon has also released two new standard zoom lenses to coincide with the launch of the EOS1100D, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III.
There are also two new compact and lightweight Speedlites aimed at entry level photographers, the Speedlite 320EX and 270EXII. For the first time on a Canon Speedlite the new 320EX will feature a built-in LED light on the front of the flash body. It is now easy for users to illuminate subjects when shooting movies.
Both Speedlites feature a flash release function which enables easier wireless shooting. The new Speedlites enable photographers to mount the camera on a tripod and manually operate the flash, adjusting the lighting direction whilst also having the capability to activate the camera shutter remotely from the flash unit.
The RRPs on all these products are TBC but they’ll be availble in March if any take your fancy.