Canon 600D

Canon has upgraded its lineup of DSLR cameras today with two new models, the 600D high-end consumer model and the entry level 1100D consumer model. The 1100D is a fairly significant upgrade to the ageing 1000D while the 600D is the little brother of the 60D. Canon has also announced two new telephoto lenses, the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM, as well as two new Speedlite flashguns.

 Canon has upgraded its lineup of DSLR cameras today with two new models, the 600D high-end consumer model and the entry level 1100D consumer model. The 1100D is a fairly significant upgrade to the ageing 1000D while the 600D is the little brother of the 60D. Canon has also announced two new telephoto lenses, the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM, as well as two new Speedlite flashguns.

The 1100D has a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4 processor, a nine point AF system with a 64 zone dual-layer metering system and it's also Canon's first budget DSLR to support HD video recording, albeit limited to 1280×720 resolution. The 1100D supports SDXC cards and it has a new simplified menu system for beginners that will help them to ease their way into DSLR photography by getting rid of a lot of the technical terminology. The 1100D is expected to retail for US$599.99 with the standard EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens, although it will also be available as body only.

The 600D has an 18 Megapixel sensor which appears to be the same as the one used on the 550D and it also retains the DIGIC 4 processor and SDXC card compatibility of its predecessor. What sets the 600D apart from the 550D is the 3-inch articulated LCD screen, a feature that has so far only been available on the 60D. The 600D will be offered as body only for US$799.99 while it'll set you back US$899.99 with the same kit lens as the 1100D and it'll also be offered with the EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS lens, although we don't have the pricing for this bundle at the moment.

The new telephoto lenses are targeting wildlife and sports photographers and come with a third image stabilization mode which only comes into effect when the shutter button is fully depressed. This is meant to all for faster and more precise image stabilization on fast moving targets. The EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM is priced at US$9,499 while the  EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM is going to set you back US$11,999.

The new Speedlite's consists of the 270EX II and the 320EX where the latter is an entirely new model. The 270EX II is set to replace the 270EX and it adds a slave function which allows it to be triggered wirelessly by Canon DSLR cameras that features a master function (like the 600D) and it'll set you back US$169.99. The 320EX on the other hand offers a feature that seems to be a first on a flash gun, namely an LED light that has been designed to work as a light source during video recording. It can also work as an AF assist beam in low light situations when using Live View mode on the camera. The 320EX has a retail price of US$249.99 which should make it an appealing cost option to the Speedlite 430EX II for many Canon users.

Source: Canon