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Canons dSLR Range of Cameras - The Dominant Force!

After doing a quick view of Nikon's range of dSLR's a couple of days ago, it's only fair to look at the best selling Digital SLR's - Canon!

Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS). Just out, Canon's new entry-level dSLR comes with an EF-S 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6 non USM Lens - image stabilisation.

So what has Canon's new baby got to offer? 10.1 Megapixels, 3 frames per second maximum shooting speed, 7 point Auto-Focus system, anti-dust sensor shake cleaning, and live view, it really is a very capable performer, all for about £350.

Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi). As we move up the range, we come to the excellent 450D. Usually bundled with a EF-S 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6 non USM Lens Kit, street price is around £440, so not an entry level model, but a dSLR offering higher quality photo's and a few more features.

12.2 Megapixels, a bump to 3.5 frames per second maximum shooting speed, 9 point auto-focus, 3" LCD, including a Live Mode, and sensor shake anti-dust system.

Canon EOS 40D. We're into serious semi-pro kit here, but as the 40d is being replaced by the 50d, it can be had for bargain prices, street price around £750.

The EOS 40D comes with EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Kit, so that's anti-shake and a silent motor for quiet auto-focus. We're getting 10.1 Megapixels, a very impressive 6.5 frames per second, 3" view screen with Live View, sensor cleaning system and 9 point auto-focus.

The Canon EOS 40d comes wrapped in a Magnesium alloy body - so its tough, durable, and well able to cope with the knocks and bangs of living a very busy life, whether in an enthusiasts camera bag, or part of a Wedding Photographers arsenal. Superb.

Canon EOS 50D. Replacing the 40D, this new Canon looks to become the serious enthusiast and semi-pro's weapon of choice - tough, fast and great image quality.

Stills wise, the 50D doesn't disappoint. We're looking at 15.1 Megapixels, 6.3 frames per second maximum shooting speed, extended ISO for great low-light and low-noise performance, 3" Screen with Live View, 9 point Auto Focus, sensor cleaning, and all that is wrapped up in a tough magnesium alloy body that's got improved weather protection. Phew!

We'll be looking at about £1300 for a 50D with a lens kit. That's not cheap, but I imagine pro's and high-end enthusiasts will take the 50D to heart - a workhorse of a camera.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II. We're into dream territory here, unless you're a professional or an amateur with a serious amount of cash. £2300 should get you a 5D mk2 body, so why the huge price? Full frame sensor, HD video and high ISO baby!

The 5D mk II offers a full frame sensor at a whopping 21.1 Megapixels. That's right, 21 MP. It can shoot at 3.9 frames per second (max), has an ISO that extends up to 25,600, has excellent low light / low noise capability, a 9 point Auto Focus System, sensor cleaning, and a tough Magnesium Alloy Body.

The real breakthrough is with HD Video. Sure, Nikon may have been first with the D90 (which is considerably cheaper) - but the 5D Mk II offers 1080p, and a microphone jack to capture superior sound.

Many Canon enthusiasts looked on in envy as Nikon pulled ahead with their low-noise masters, the D700 and D3, but with the new EOS 5D Canon have hit back, making a camera with incredible stills performance, but that will also attract new customers who fancy having the ability to record HD Video with the artistic control of SLR lenses. Amazing.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. £4,400 without a lens, but hey, if you're looking at this monster, money is no object. The EOS 1DS Mk 3 is an incredible camera, so let's look at the specifications.

Full frame sensor, 21 megapixels, 5 frames per second (max), 19 point auto-focus, sensor cleaning, built-in battery grip, 3" screen with Live View, all protected by a weather sealed magnesium alloy body. Want one?

I hope my quick review of the current Canon SLR's brings you up to speed with what's out there on the market, and it's interesting to compare with Nikon's current line up. The way the two companies are trading blows, performance wise, is such a boon for the consumer.

Although the top-end models are out of reach, (and the bottom for me at the moment!), these fantastic features, such a full frame, low noise at high ISO, and HD Video, should trickle down to the entry-level models over the next few years, and what a treat that will be!

Cheers, Rob.

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