Canon Announces New DSLRs, Speedlites

Canon T3i/600D

Canon T3i/600D

Canon just announced a slew of new products including two new entry-level DSLRs and two new speedlites.

The Rebel T3 is the new entry-level DSLR with a 12MP sensor and 720p HD movie capability.

Next is the Rebel T3i with an 18MP sensor, a titl/swivel LCD screen and a pop-up flash that can trigger remote speedlites. Canon is pairing it with a new version of the 18-55mm kit lens which features the latest generation of image stabilization with some minor cosmetic changes.

The T3i will reach retailers next month and cost $800. Paired with the new 18-55 the package will run you $900. The T3 with kit lens will cost about $600.

DPReview Hands on Preview of the T3i

DPReview Hands on Preview of the T3

There are 4 digital compact cameras, a 600mm and 500mm lens and an announced 200-400mm with a built-in extender.

The other prodcuts are two new speedlites. The 270 EXII replaces the entry-level 270 EX. The compact design won’t get you anywhere near the flagship 580 EXII, but you wouldn’t expect it to as an “entry-level” flash.

The 320EX can be used as a slave, but what’s really interesting is its LED video light function. With all new DSLRs capable of recording HD movies, having an LED to record in low-light settings can come in handy. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

In a first for Canon Speedlite, the Speedlite 320EX features a Video Light function, complementing bodies with EOS Movie by enabling users to illuminate low light scenes continuously when capturing HD video. When using the Speedlite 320EX in combination with the new EOS 1100D or EOS 600D, Auto Light mode ensures that the LED light automatically turns on or off according to the ambient light of the scene when in Movie mode.

Expect the 320EX in April for about $250. The 270 EXII comes out in March for $170.

CNET doesn’t appear impressed by either the T3 or T3i

What are your thoughts about the new products?

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