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Canon unveils EOS 550D or Rebel T2i

Due to connection problems, this has been posted a day late. We apologise for the incident.

Canon has released the latest in its range of consumer DSLRs, the Rebel T2i or EOS 550D, as predicted two days ago.

The new DSLR includes 1080p HD video recording (with full manual control), an 18MP CMOS sensor, up to ISO 6400, a 3-inch 3:2 LCD with 1040k dot resolution, as well as the 63-point iFCL metering system, as seen on the EOS 7D.

The new Rebel also faetures redesigned buttons, 3.7 fps continous shooting, +/-5 stops exposure compensation and UI support for Eye-Fi cards.


Chance of 5D Mark III this year

A source has informed Canon Rumors that the 5D Mark III (or 5D MK III) may be out sooner than predicted in the 5D three-year-cycle release dates.

It says that Canon has bumped the 5D MK III’s release by up to 6 months, meaning that it may be within reach within the upcoming months (or later this year), since the 5D Mark II was released in 2008. The rumour also states that the 5D MK III will be receiving an AF system similar to the 7D, and that video functions will be improved.

The source also says the somewhat popular rumour of a 3D is a myth.

However, do note that this source does not have a high level of reliability (previously unheard source) that CR can recommend.


Expectations on new Rebel

Rumours have been flying wild over the past few weeks over prospective titles and specifications for the new Rebel, which is expected to come out.

We have reports that it will be called the Rebel T2i, and will possibly be otherwise titled the Canon EOS 550D or 600D (the former is more probable, however). Possibly, it may be a lower-end camera (ie, 2000D).

The camera should feature

  • Articulating screen
  • Body smaller than 500D
  • Upgraded 15.1MP APS-C Sensor
  • 720p Video @ 30fps
  • ~$800 (USD, RRP)
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    Hasselblad releases H4D-40 and Hasseblad Owners’ Club service

    Note: Camera Tech apologises for the tardiness of this report, which should have been posted several days ago (2/2/10).

    The H4D-40 by Hasselblad has been released.

    A quote from Hasselblad’s website says,

    At Hasselblad, we’ve been taking image quality to new and unexplored heights for over fifty years now. And now, we are proud to announce the launch of the new Hasselblad H4D-40, bringing ultimate image quality to an entirely new generation of photographers. The H4D-40 will help your photography to grow in ways you never dreamed possible.

    As easy to use as any 35mm camera and featuring a 40 Megapixel Medium Format sensor, our easy to use new Phocus 2.0 software, and the new True Focus AF, the H4D-40 provides the perfect entry point into the Hasselblad world. The H4D-40 gives you full access to the entire Hasselblad system of software, lenses, and features and has been designed to meet the needs of the most demanding high-end commercial photographers – and yours.

    We are launching the H4D-40 at special “hands-on” events in over 50 cities throughout the world starting February 10, 2010. To find a launch event near you click on the link to the right.

    The H4D-40 kit, that comes with camera body, 80mm lens and viewfinder is available at a RRP of USD $19,955 (or £12,995, which includes the company’s Phocus 2.0 software.

    The website also said,

    February 10th will also see the launch of an exciting new area on the Hasselblad website, the Hasselblad Owners’ Club.

    – which is in relevance to our predictions earlier.


    Nikon expectations for 2010: “plan to surprise the market”

    From an interview with Hiroshi Takashima (General Manger of Imaging Division at Nikon) at Photofair:

    Q: What can we expect from Nikon in 2010?

    A: We plan to surprise the market. We will concentrate only on better quality and better line-up of cameras. So you can expect surprises.

    This, perhaps, suggests that Nikon is about to dabble into EVIL cameras – also known as Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens cameras, or most commonly as interchangeable lens cameras; examples include Olympus’ E-P1.

    Tetsuro Goto has already previously mentioned, on the subject of EVF (Electronic Viewfinders):

    “In the near future, it is possible that we will also use electronic viewfinders, but for now the quality is not there yet.”

    It is a possibility that Nikon is working on it, and ‘near future’ might turn up to be very near indeed.


    Hasselblad teaser suggests new camera

    The following image was featured on Hasselblad’s website recently (image PR):

    This suggests a new medium format camera or something of the sort. Tomorrow (ie, the 1st of February), should bring an announcement from Hasselblad as previously noted earlier. They should be providing some sort of service, one we assume is similar in many aspects to Canon’s World of EOS – to cater to photographers.


    Canon EOS 1D Mark IV firmware update released

    Canon has released a firmware update for its somewhat recent 1D Mark IV, or 1D MK IV, as previously reported.

    Version 1.0.6 can be downloaded here.

    A quote from Canon says,

    1. Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance.*
    2. *AF performance has been enhances for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.

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