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Canon Announce New Camera – Canon EOS 650D

The new Canon EOS 650D with open LCD screen - announced today

The new Canon EOS 650D with open LCD screen - announced today

Host of new features in entry-level camera release

The big news today from Canon is a new entry-level camera, the Canon EOS 650D. I can’t help being excited about this camera because it is great news for the photographer who is looking for their first DSLR. It is also good news for a whole range of other interested photographers. The power of this camera extends way beyond the needs of the beginner. Here is a list of the key features…

  • 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor (18 megapixels)
    Impressive capacity – high resolution pictures
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
    The latest processor from Canon available in an entry level camera
  • Full-HD movies with manual controls and continuous AF
    Impressive movie capabilities in HD and 720p resolution.
  • Video Snapshot
    Impressive short movie sequencer system for dynamic movie snapshots
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
    Shot bursts at impressive capture rate. Great for high speed action
  • Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen
    Full range rotation LCD at 7.7cm provides over 1 million pixel format; touch screen and normal menu control and wide angle of viewing
  • ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity, extendable to ISO 25,600
    Amazing ISO sensitivity coverage
  • 9-point wide-area AF with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering sensor
    Auto focus range is good but backed by a wider sensor range billed to use a new duel layer sensor to even out exposure and reduce overexposure
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
    Control EOS off-camera flash from the camera without extra transmitters
  • Handheld Night Scene mode
    Takes 4 quick shots instead of one long one. Combines them to create a picture. Shorter exposures give less hand shake
  • Multi-Shot Noise Reduction
    Enhances noise control by using four exposures combined
  • HDR Backlight Control
    Combines images (3) to create HDR pictures
  • Modes
    Scene intelligent auto, Flash off, Automatic Creative mode, Landscape, Portrait, Close-up, Sports, Night, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Control, Program P, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Full Manual
  • EOS Scene Detection Technology
    Detects scene types, exposure types, faces, movement and combined with Intelligent Auto creates a more realistic picture with more natural tones
  • Picture Styles (and style editor)
    Preset picture styles: Auto, Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Faithful, Neutral, Monochrome, and three user defined styles
  • Live View Mode
    including face tracking and a range of auto-focus controls to support live composition
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer & Lens peripheral illumination correction
    Evens out the lighting and controls the exposure illumination features
  • Creative Filters
    Arty filters, effects and control in camera
  • Powerful software for the system
    A range of applications to support the user and add to the processing options available in camera
  • Size: (WxHxD) 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
  • Weight (body only) Appx. 575g (incl. battery & memory media)
    Add lens weight for working weight

As you can see from the last two points, all this new technology is neatly packed into a tight little box. For those with a disability or low hands/arms strength this is a fully fledged imaging machine that you might consider for its light weight. Remember you will need to consider the weight of the lens too.

Here is a video exploring some of the features I have mentioned above…
In all this looks like an impressive camera that will provide fun and high quality images. The new technologies are exciting, on paper at least. More to the point it provides a flexible and versatile system of controls that can be accessed by anyone. At the same time it looks like the specification provides unprecedented image quality.

In my opinion, Canon have made one small tactical error. As an entry level camera, I think they missed an opportunity not including social networking features. These are beginning to be released in point-and-shoot cameras and are likely to be attractive to young photographers. Many young people would then have an attractive route into using more sophisticated DSLRs. I think we should be encouraging young photographers to extend their skills. For Canon, I think they missed out on access to a new market.

It remains to be seen how the EOS 650D will affect the market. I would predict a big uptake from learners and enthusiasts well beyond learner level. This is a camera that will grow with you as you develop your photography skills.

The new Canon EOS 650D will be available in the UK from June 15th 2012. You can pre-order the camera from a range of retailers. The cost will be around £700 UK pounds / €840 Euros (body only). Canon are also releasing two new lenses. Both are adapted to this new camera. They have a new type of motor which is expected to be especially effective when working in video mode. The new lenses are the:
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

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DIY Camera Chest Harness for Weak Hands & Arms

Chest based harness to help support the weight of your SLR if you have weakness in the hands or arms

Chest based harness to help support the weight of your SLR if you have weakness in the hands or arms. Click to see the full construction articles on Instructables.

Carry on using your SLR after weakness causes problems

A lot of people suffer from weak hands and arms. Injury, disease and age can all affect photographers. It is understandable that weakness makes it difficult to lift or hold a DSLR. The frustration, and perhaps pain, can be very off-putting. Here is a solution that just about anyone can make. It takes the weight off the hands and arms. Bracing the weight of your camera against the chest makes sense. It is a stable platform, the weight is supported by the neck and shoulders and it is easy to use with one hand. Using a remote trigger you can even hold the camera with just your left hand.

This easy-build solution is found on “Instructables.com“. There are detailed instructions on how to build the ‘Camera Chest Harness‘. In addition detailed photographs show you the components and assembly. All the parts are easily purchased or made from materials found in local hardware warehouses or DIY stores.

If you have not seen “Instructables.com” it is a great site. There are lots of Instructables DIY photography Projects as well as thousands of other interesting ideas for DIY projects. If you sign up for free you can follow people to keep up with their latest projects. Or, you can post your own hacks or projects. You can comment and ask questions and take part in all sorts of community activities including competitions. There are quite a few DIY photography projects there too. Why not take a jump over there and check it out.