Canon SL2 200D Review vs Sony a6000/6300

The Canon Sl2 - a camera I didn't think Canon was going to make… [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" size="medium" td_gallery_title_input="Canon SL2 (200D) Sample Images" ids="17148,17149,17150,17151,17152,17153,17154"]RAW FILES FOR DOWNLOAD AND PERSONAL USE ONLY

Canon vs Sony Recommendations

For easy photo and video with huge & affordable lens selectionBuy Canon SL2  with the kit lensAdd on the Canon 40mm f/2.8 lensFor better quality images and video in a smaller, but less friendly packageBuy Sony a6000  (Cheaper with a two lens package!)Buy Sony a6300 for 4k and better viewfinder Buy Sigma 30mm For small lightweight prime

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Hands-on Review Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600 Nikon D5600 and Canon T7i (800D) share several specs

  • 24-MP (APS-C) Sensors
  • ISO range 100-25,600
  • 3 inch LCD Touchscreen though the D5600 is a little bigger (3.2") and offers the touchpad function when it is up to your eye.
  • 1080 at 60 fps
  • Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC connectivity - Though the D5600s snapbridge is a little more automated, automatically sending files across - with the Canon it is more of a conscious choice. I have been very frustrated with Nikon Snapbridge in the past - finding it flaky, confusing and downright broken, with the D5600 I have had a very smooth experience and prefer it to the Canon - But the Canon app provides a better experience for controlling the camera.

A few important differences - Nikon offers 39 AF points, 9 cross type, Canon offers 45 AF points all cross type - cross type offer a  higher accuracy and when you have more higher accuracy points the more likely you are to get moving subjects in accurate focus. Canon also offers dual pixel AF in live view - this is the very smooth and capable video focus, also useful for still photos in live view - Nikon’s video focusing is still distracting (it hunts more and is very noticeable when it refocuses) and while it’s a little quieter and smoother with their new AF-P lenses you still don’t want the lens to refocus during video, canon, however, is smooth and SILENT when paired with STM lensesThe Canon is faster offering 6fps, vs 5 in the Nikon and more importantly, the Canon offers a deeper buffer - up to 148 jpegs and 24 raw images before slowing down. Nikon slows down at 100 JPEGS and just 8 raw.  The buffer and the additional higher accuracy AF points make the Canon T7i my choice for any type of action, like sports or birds in flight, over the Nikon.  The Nikon is capable of fast focus and operation but you will find yourself limited to very short bursts if shooting RAW. The Nikon D5600, however, has an edge in image quality, especially as the light levels drop. I see a clear difference, the Nikon has no AA filter and provides more detailed images and as you raise the ISO less noise (you can also pick 1/3 stops of ISO - canon limited to full stops) Nikon D5600 on the left | Canon T7i on the rightNikon D5600 Frustrations (Especially for beginners)I find myself spending more time in live view - especially when I have a nice articulating screen that lets me set up for different angles and if you happen to have manual video mode on you are blocked from changing the aperture in manual mode in live view and you can’t select shutter speeds below 1/30 of a second.  There are workarounds, the easiest is to switch to aperture priority or shutter speed priority OR turn off manual movie mode but then frustratingly when you go to shoot a movie you have no idea what settings and no control no matter which mode you use. AND I really miss exposure simultaion when using the Nikon D5600 the T7i does and actually every other camera besides Nikon offers exposure simulation in Live view. When inn manual mode I would like to see the screen change to reflect my exposure and the Nikon only does that if you are in manual movie mode and once again we are back to being blocked from changing the aperture and from setting shutter speed below 1/30 of a second. These two issues are in no way deal breakers but they certainly make the camera more frustrating for me and when I work with beginners, teaching photography all over the world - being able to switch to live view and get that easy feedback of your exposure before you take a photo is a really useful tool.Summary and Conclusion - Nikon D5600 vs Canon T7i (800D)Reasons you might want to pick the Nikon D5600 - you value the smaller size, the better image quality (especially in lower light), The additional features like time lapse (Canon only offers movie lapse) and the exceptionally easy and automated Ssnapbridge image sharing. Reasons you might choose the Canon - Video is important to you, the Dual Pixel AF is smooth and sneaky good, you plan to photograph action and or you want a straightforward manual control experience.Other Options -The Panasonic G85 is even smaller, especially when you start comparing lenses - the micro 4/3rd system stays small even when you have a few primes in your bag AND shoots beautifully stabilized 4k video.  The Sony a6300 also shoots 4k and does very well in low light though it isn’t as user friendly as either of these cameras.   Which would you choose - I’d love to know your opinion?   And don't forget to pick up a prime lens or twoCanon T7i Strengths

Yellowstone National Park with the Canon T6i

My daughter and I just returned from a great camping trip to Yellowstone National Park - She used the Canon T6i with an old  Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 and a refurbished 55-250 STM Lens - here are a few of her favorite photos from the trip.   This entire package is affordable and capable of great results. Honestly it is more about going someplace interesting than the gear you use. 

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600With the Nikon D5600 now available for the US and Canon T7i available for pre-order it's that time again for a bit of a comparison. At one point, Nikon had put on a good showing with the D5300 leading the market for photography while our video recommendation had been going to the Canon T5i. Since then Nikon camera's have been stagnating under minor updates while the  T7i got a decent upgrade in processing, sensor, connectivity, and focus certainly pushing it closer to the top of our list.

What's Different?

The T7i has faster autofocus that can see better in low light conditions and now includes 45 cross-type AF points. Live view focus uses the Dual Pixel AF which makes for smooth and cinematic like focusing for video. In comparison, the D5600 offers 39 AF points with only 9 being cross-type.  And live view focusing on the D5600 still uses the older, slower Contrast AF method.While the D5600 can't match the T7i's focusing it does come with new AF-P 18-55 lenses using stepping motors similar to Canon's STM system.  While we haven't tested the lenses yet stepping motors allow the camera smoother and quieter transitions while focusing for video. At the moment though Nikon's AF-P selection is very limited compared to the growing selection of Canon STM lenses.Autofocus - Canon T7i | Live View Autofocus: CanonNikon, since the D5300, has removed the anti-aliasing filter allowing for sharper photos. While the D5600 has seen improvements in connectivity it still uses the SnapBridge system which we do not recommend. Overall comparatively, you do save $100 going with Nikon, just enough for accessories such as a bag, batteries, or a tripod.Image Quality  - Sharpness: Nikon D5600 |Overall in this latest generation, things are looking strong for Canon. We'll have more on the T7i when Toby gets in a review unit soon. On paper at least Canon borrowed from the 80D enough to make a decent upgrade this year. Nikon still has its strength, which is crisp photos thanks to the removed filter, making a good choice. Canon keeps pushing ease of using making some very friendly cameras for a new DSLR beginner or someone that wants an upgrade from a previous model. Overall we have to give it to Canon as it makes for a better overall platform to use with great support and lens choices.Canon T7i Strengths

  • Smoother focusing Dual Pixel AF in Live view
  • 45 Cross-Type AF points  for faster focusing in low light
  • Ease of use
  • Better lens ecosystem, in this case primarily for entry-level users
  • Faster burst with deeper buffer

Nikon D5600 Strengths

  • No anti-aliasing filter allowing for sharper photos
  • Longer battery life
  • Smaller and slightly lighter
  • Better mobile app and connectivity vs Nikon SnapBridge
  • Better low light performance
  • Slightly cheaper
Spec Canon T7i Nikon D5600
MP 24 24
ISO 100-25600 (expands to 51200) 100-25600
Processor Digic 7 Expeed 4
Number of AF pts 45 (all cross type) 39 (9 cross type)
Viewfinder Pentamirror 95% Pentamirror 95%
Anti-Alias Filter Yes No
Live View AF speed Excellent Good
Top Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
FPS 6 5
Low Light focusing -3 EV (very good) -1
Video 1080p60 1080p60
Headphone Jack No No
Mic Jack Yes Yes
Connectivity WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth LE WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth
Battery Life 600 Shots 820 Shots
Weight 532 g (1.17 lb / 18.77 oz) 465 g (1 lb 0.4 oz / 16.04 oz)
Current Price $1299 with 18-135$899 with 18-55$749 Body $1,196.95 with 18-140$796.95 with 18-55$1,146.95 with 18-55 and 70-300$696.95 Body
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Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EOS T7i Line


Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Nikon D5600 Line


Photo Comparison
Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) front view
Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) back view
Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) top view
Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) right view
Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) left view

Canon T7i (800D) vs 77D (9000D)

Canon T7i vs 77DA new year and new Canons to match with the newly announced Canon T7i (800D) and 77D (9000D). Odd's are you're wondering a bit where the 77D fits in, both Toby and I have been asked a lot this week. On paper, it's a replacement to the T6S as a bridge camera between the entry level T7i and 80D.  While making the product line and obscure Canon naming just slightly harder it makes things a bit more drawn out with the bare bones budget T6, the new entry level T7i for beginners, the 77D making a step up with video, then going to the 80D as a truly semi-pro platform.

What's New?

While not a massive update we do get a few new tricks in these models as nice improvements brought down from the higher end models. While that might not sound impressive what is on the menu will make for a notable improvement. Maybe not enough to jump only one generation but if your camera is getting a little long in the tooth, such as a T4i, there is a good bit to be gained by an upgrade to say the 77D.Upgrades and New FeaturesT7i 45-point all cross-type AF

  • Going with the biggest improvement first, !!!DUAL PIXEL AF!!! for both cameras. Brought down from the higher tier cameras this allows for smoother autofocus during live view
  • Improved low light focusing, and a faster lock on time using 45 cross-type AF points.  Upgraded from 19 to 45 AF points is a serious boost in performance!
  • Digic 7 processors which should provide slightly better low light/high ISO performance
  • Bluetooth along with Wifi and NFC and also remote control using the BR-E1 Remote
  • Video time-lapse mode
  • And this is all in a slightly smaller, slightly lighter, camera bodies

What's Different?

In the T7i (800D) you get the basics and just that, while in the 77D (9000D) you get body improvements in line with the higher end cameras for a more professional and easier manual control. So what is different? Like the T6i/T6s cameras, the difference is mostly in the body with the 77D offering a very slightly larger body that offers a top LCD screen, a rear dial, lock switch and an eye sensor used to turn off the LCD when you bring your eye up to the viewfinder. When shooting side to side there is no difference in photo or video quality.

The Canon 77D (9000D) offers the same performance and sensor as the T7i (800D)



  • Top LCD screen
  • Rear Dial
  • Lock Switch
  • Eye Sensor
  • AI Focus
  • 5-axis digital image stabilization during video
Spec CanonT7i Canon77D
MP 24 24
ISO 100-25600 (expands to 51200) 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Processor Digic 7 Digic 7
Number of AF pts 45 (all cross type) 45 (all cross type)
Viewfinder Canon T7i Canon 77D
Live View AF speed Excellent Excellent
Top Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
FPS 6 6
Low Light focusing -3 EV (very good) -3 EV (very good)
Video 1080p60 1080p60
Headphone Jack No No
Mic Jack Yes Yes
Connectivity WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth LE WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth LE
Battery Life 600 Shots 600 shots
Weight 532 g (1.17 lb / 18.77 oz) 540 g (1.19 lb / 19.05 oz)
Current Price $1299 with 18-135 | $749 Body $1499 with 18-135 | $899 Body
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Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EOS T7i Line


Canon EOS 77D

Canon EOS 77D Line


Photo Comparison
Canon T7i vs 77D
Canon T7i vs 77D
Canon T7i vs 77D
Canon T7i vs 77D
Canon T7i vs 77D
Sample Images

CES 2017: Nikon D5600 Price and Release Date

Nikon D5600When Nikon announced their next entry level DSLR in November the Nikon D5600 was dropped with its specs but no details on price or when it was coming to the US. This week at CES they announced it’s coming soon, this month in fact. Coming in multiple kits, the Nikon D5600 will be released this month with the AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G lens for $799, with the AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens for $1199, with the 18-55 and AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G lenses for $1149, and body only for $699. Actually $100 less than the D5500 when it was announced last year.

Whats New?
  • Upgraded Touchscreen features such as cropping and frame advance
  • Nikon Snapbridge though WiFI, Bluetooth, and NFC allowing for things such as automatic image transfer, time sync, location info, remote control, and more
  • In-Camera Time-Lapse movie function brought from the higher end models
Available For Pre-Order at

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  • APS-C 24.2 MP CMOS Sensor
  • DX-Format
  • Expeed 4 Image Processor
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 25,600 max ISO
  • Removed low-pass filter
  • 39-point AF System
  • 3.2” articulating touchscreen
  • 1080p Video at 60fps
  • Snapbridge using Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC
  • Time-Lapse Movie Recording
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 124.0 x 97.0 x 70.0 mm
  • Weight 1.02 lb / 465 g


Yi M1 Mirrorless Camera Just Announced

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 An entry level camera from China is making the rounds at Photokina this week. The Yi M1 has the design of a Leica camera with a 20.16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor from Sony for only $330. Young Innovators, or YI Technologies in the US, was in the news recently for their move into the action camera market. The YI 4k Action Camera 2 had decent review while undercutting the GoPro by $200. Considering this mirrorless is using tech from Sony it has a good chance of doing okay as an entry level option. Aimed at the entry level crowd the camera itself only has two buttons and no viewfinder, opting for the three inch touchscreen to handle the workload.89a7c8a0-7e40-11e6-be40-cd4343874df8-png-hm As for options it’s a Micro Four Thirds with a Sony Sensor allowing for plenty of non YI MFT lenses available. Coming with the camera is a 12-40mm F/2.5-5.6 zoom lens or a combo with a 42.5mm F/1.8 macro prime. As a kit it’s $330, the dual lens set will sell for $450. fenxThe Yi M1 uses the 20.16MP Sony IMX269, actually the same sensor in the Olympus Pen-F giving it 4K (30fps), fast continuous shooting, and RAW image capability. This allows it a speed of five frames per second and a 81 point focus system which is good for a entry level camera. As for RAW it saves in Adobe DNG making it work perfectly with Lightroom. Bluetooth and Wifi are included for fast mobile sharing and remote control of the camera. Other accessories such as a backpack (costs $60), filters, and etc. have been announced by name but no details as of yet. The Y1 M1 will be out Sept. 23rd in China and later for the US. As their first real go at the mirrorless market it’s hard not to say it’s a decent try at a entry level option.Specifications:

Mount Micro Four Thirds
Sensor Sony IMX269 CMOS
Crop Factor 2.0x
Resolution 20MP (5184px*3888px)
Format Raw, Jpeg
Aspect Ratio 4: 3, 3: 2, 16: 9, 1: 1
Focus Contrast Detection
AF Multi-area, Center, Face Detection, Single AF, Continuous AF, Touch AF, Face Detection, & Touch Shooting
Manual Focus Focus Peaking & Zoom Manual Focus
Focus Points 81 Points
Screen 3 inch 720 x 480 RGB + Touchscreen
Shutter Speed 1 / 4000s ~ 60s
Exposure Modes Exposure Modes: Automatic, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual Exposure, B Door, T Door
Metering Mode Spot Metering, Evaluative Metering, Center-weighted Metering
ISO Auto, 100 - 25,600
Bracketing Yes, Up to 3 Shots
Time-Lapse Yes
Panorama Yes
Flash Supports External (Not Available as of Announcement)
Video 4K 3840 × 2160 30fps, 2K 2048 × 1536 30fps FULL HD 1920 × 1080 60fps, 30fps, 24fpsHD 1280 × 720 60fps, 30fps, 24fpsVGA 640 × 480 240fps
Video Format MPEG-4 / H.264
Audio Format AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
USB 2.0
HDMI Micro HDMI Connection
WiFi Yes
Bluetooth 4.1
Remote Shooting Yes, via Smartphone
Storage Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (max 512G)
Battery Life ~450 Photos
Color Silver, Black
Dimensions 113.5mm (W) x 64.3mm (H) x 33.6mm (D) excluding protrusions
Weight 280g
Cost $330 for Camera + Kit Lens. $450 for Dual Lens Kit.

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New Canon DSLR- EOS Rebel T6 (1300D)

Canon has announced a new bare bones, entry level DSLR- the Canon EOS Rebel T6 or 1300D in the rest of the world.  I almost always recommend buying a previous model- e.g. Canon T5i as a better investment (articulating touchscreen, 5fps vs 3 etc) but the T6 does have one advantage- WiFi/NFC. If you are on a tight budget and you want that connectivity it offers, it might be the best option for you at this price point .  Though for just $99 more you can get the Sony a6000 (my Sony a6000 review) with tons more features AND WiFi. Canon T6

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • 9 point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF provide impressive autofocus performance with accurate results.
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.
  • Large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 920,000 dots shows fine details and provides easy viewing.
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode simplifies settings for users without extensive photography experience.
  • Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, settings and effects for easy operation.
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode for easy-to-use video capture.
  • Continuous shooting up to 3.0 fps to capture action shots.
  • Creative options made easy with imaging features like Basic+ and Creative Auto.
  • Creative Filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect help you capture everything with a new perspective.
  • Auto White Balance provides "white priority," adjusting for the warmer tones under tungsten lighting.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Canon t6 Back Buy the Canon T6 from Amazon (available April 15th) $549.00Buy the Canon T6 from B&H Photo

Canon T6s Hands-on Review (vs T5i, 70D, Nikon D5500)

My Video review of the Canon T6s Tying to decide if the Canon 70D or the T6s (760D) is best for you? Read my T6s vs 70D Differences Explained simplyBuy The Canon T6s from B&H - Using my links costs you nothing extra and support my hard work and teaching through this site. Thank you!Canon T6s Samples

Podcast Special: Canon T6s Review (Audio)

I am hard at working finishing up my review of the Canon T6s and sharing thoughts on how it compares to the earlier rebels, Canon T3i,  T4i/T5i, the higher end 70D, Nikons D5300/D5500 and mirrorless cameras like the Sony a6000.  My full video review will be out this week. Subscribe to my podcast feed and you can hear the audio of the review now.   

Canon T6s Earlier Image Samples

Here are a few samples from the Canon T6s - Scroll down for a link to Dropbox where you can download the full resolution images and read some early thoughts.[gallery link="file" ids="8448,8449,8450,8452,8453,8454,8455,8456,8457,8451"]Full Resolution Sample T6s files in Dropbox Early Thoughts on the T6s

  • Live view focus and AI-Servo is almost as fast and smooth as the 70D, very good!
  • Higher ISO images are quite good, I don't think they are as good as Nikon D5500 but close
  • Having the small dial on the back for aperture and exposure adjustments is a nice touch - it is small but quite useful.
  • I wish you could adjust exposure while still using AUTO ISO.
  • Touchscreen is nice and responsive
  • The focus select mode button is a little random stuck up on top- luckily they provide a custom setting to avoid needing to use it.
    • Custom Functions(C.fn) > Page 5 C.fnIII: Autofocus/Drive AF Selection Area Selection Method Set to 1.  This lets you press the AF select button on the back corner of the camera and then rotate main dial (top dial) to change the AF mode.  You have three options Manual Selection 1pt, Manual Selection Zone AF, Auto Selection: 19pt.

More soon - what would you like to know about the Canon T6s 

T6s vs T6i vs 70D

Update Nov 24, 2015: Canon 70D Savings this week only - Click here for more detailsCanon 70D vs Canon T6s 760D

Canon T6s(760D) vs the Canon 70D

Canon 70D offers the following benefits:

  • Dual Pixel AF system- Faster and more competent focusing system for video or live view
  • Additional manual controls (Af mode, Drive mode and Dedicated AF-on button)
  • Weather sealing
  • 7 fps vs 5fps in T6s
  • Small, medium and full size raw. T6s only allows full size raw images. Having smaller sizes is nice for shooting time lapse.
  • Pentaprism viewfinder (larger and brighter view)
  • 1/8000 top shutter speed (1/4000 in T6s)
  • 1/250 flash sync (1/200 in T6s)
  • Micro focus adjustments possible with 70D - these let you correct for AF issues with lenses getting sharper images
  • Double the battery life. (920 shots vs 440 in T6s)

Image & Video Quality

  • How improved is the new Canon T6s 24MP sensor vs the 70D 20MP sensor?
    • ANSWER - PHOTOS: They are virtually the same, resolution difference is negligible and in my testing low light image quality is nearly identical, sometimes the 70D provides slightly better results. VIDEO: Similar results - 70D provides almost identical video quality.
  • *What is the focus speed of the Hybrid CMOS III system like vs the excellent Dual Pixel AF of the 70D?
    • ANSWER - The updates to live view are noticeable - the camera is faster and smoother when focusing. Still not quite the speed of the Canon 70D and the 70D still does better with non STM lenses.

Side by side video and photo samples coming soon. Canon T6s (760d)  offers the following benefits:

  • HDR Video and Miniature movie mode (not serious benefits but something that the T6s offers that the 70D does not offer.
  • Smaller & lighter - there isn't a big difference but it is noticeable.
  • Cheaper

More detailed Side by side will be coming soon. Sign up for the newsletter to be notified. Use my links for purchase and support my work.Order the Canon T6s from B&H Photo | AmazonOrder the Canon T6i from B&H Photo | AmazonOrder the Canon 70D from B&H Photo | Amazon

Thoughts on the T6i vs T6s

Both cameras share the exact same sensor and produce exactly the same image.  They also share the same focusing system with the T6s providing AF Servo in live view allowing you to track and keep in focus a subject when shooting stills with live view.No dual pixel AF (like 70D) in either camera but AF is improved, Canon reports that the performance of Hybrid CMOS AF III approaches that of Dual Pixel CMOS AF and I found this to be true in my testing. Focus is faster and the cameras do better with non STM lenses in live view / video. Both offer a silent shooting mode and flicker detection.The big difference between the T6i and the T6s is the top LCD and rear dial – this gives you better manual control and at a glance access to your current settings, again helpful for shooting manual or anytime when you really care about your settings and gives the camera just a little more room for the enthusiast photographer to grow.  Additional benefits of the T6s include horizontal level guide, HDR video, digital zoom and miniature movie mode. The rear dial and top LCD alone are worth the difference in price if you desire a more professional feel in this size camera.The T6s (760D) offers the following benefits

  • Top LCD
  • Rear command dial
  • Horizontal guide
  • Proximity sensor (turns LCD screen off when you bring your eye to the view finder)
  • AF Servo in live view
  • Movie-mode capabilities HDR Video and Miniature movie mode
  • Digital Zoom during video (see example) Zoom Example movie mode

Original video when cameras were announced. Specs, Preorder Links and My thoughts below the videoOrder the Canon T6s from B&H Photo | AmazonOrder the Canon T6i from B&H Photo | Amazon

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Canon EOS Rebel T6s Specs (Official)

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1.04M-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video & HDR Movie Mode
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • 5 fps Shooting & Extended ISO to 25600
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III & EOS Scene Analysis
  • Top LCD Panel & Quick Control Dial
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

T6s Price:

$849 (body only) Preorder from B&H Photo | Amazon $1199 (18-135STM) Preorder from B&H Photo | AmazonShipping April 26, 2015


Canon EOS Rebel T6i

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Canon EOS Rebel T6i Specs (Official)

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1.04M-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • 5 fps Shooting & Extended ISO to 25600
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III & EOS Scene Analysis
  • Creative Filters
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

Price:$749 (body only) order from B&H Photo | Amazon $899 (18-55 STM) order from B&H Photo | Amazon $1099 (18-135 STM) order from B&H Photo | Amazon  

Press release:CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW EOS REBEL DSLR CAMERAS FEATURING 24.2 MEGAPIXELS AND WIRELESS FUNCTIONALITYThe new EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i1 DSLR cameras combine affordability with workhorse imaging features and functionalityMELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new DSLR cameras to its popular EOS Rebel lineup: the EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR camera. Featuring a newly developed 24.2 megapixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor, both cameras deliver the highest resolution available amongst EOS models with an APS-C format sensor. Additionally, the cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities – a first for the Canon EOS Rebel system – making snapping and sharing high-quality, treasured images seamless.“The Canon EOS Rebel series is one of the most popular lines of DSLR cameras on the market, and we are proud to continue to innovate and upgrade this line with features such as wireless connectivity and improved image capture capabilities,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As the popularity of this line grows with consumers, we’re excited to launch the EOS Rebel T6s as our new flagship camera in the Rebel line, as well as have another budget-conscious offering in the line with the Rebel T6i.”With multiple features most commonly found in advanced amateur cameras, the EOS Rebel T6s is designed for photography enthusiasts, or those who are already experienced with entry-level cameras who want to take high-quality photos and videos, and look for more advanced features and functions. For more casual photography needs, or for users looking to purchase their first DSLR camera, the EOS Rebel T6i camera prioritizes affordability, without sacrificing basic SLR performance attributes like quick shutter response, and compatibility with Canon’s impressive line of interchangeable lenses and accessories.Outstanding Image Capture FeaturesThe new EOS Rebel cameras have an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) to accommodate shooting situations ranging from bright sunny days at the beach to dimly lit indoor dance recitals. The high-performance DIGIC 6 image processor helps provide outstanding image quality and speed, so pictures are clear and sharp.Building on the image capture functionality of their predecessors, the EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras feature Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF III image sensor-embedded autofocus system, which allows for high levels of speed and accuracy when capturing Full HD video or high-resolution photos in Live View. This is particularly useful when capturing children playing sports, or animals in the wild, when it’s imperative to get the shot at the exact moment action is happening. Helping photographers capture those special moments, the cameras have high-speed continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps). For photographers who prefer to compose their images through a viewfinder, the new EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras have a 19-point all cross-type AF system that allows for superb autofocus, as well as focus area selection modes.Brand-new to the EOS Rebel line, the cameras feature built-in wireless capabilities, which allow users to wirelessly transfer images and videos with ease to compatible smartphones and tablets through Canon’s newly updated and free Camera Connect app.2 Images and videos can also be shared wirelessly to a wide range of popular social networking sites through Canon iMAGE GATEWAY. 3 The camera’s built-in NFC (Near Field Communication)4 allows quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android device, or devices that support NFC like the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video storage and sharing device. The built-in Wi-Fi functionality also allows users to wirelessly print their images to any compatible printer, like the PIXMA MG7520 or PIXMA iP8720.With an intuitive design that allows for an optimal photographic experience, the new EOS Rebel cameras have a three-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor with approximately 1,040,000 dots. This design enables flexible positioning for high or low framed shots, as well as clear viewing even when outdoors in the sunlight. Additionally, the cameras feature the latest version of Canon’s EOS scene analysis system, which helps photographers capture beautiful images in a wider range of situations by detecting near-infrared light and flickering light sources. Also new to the entire EOS system, both models feature color tone detection, which helps ensure individuals in photographs are properly focused and/or exposed by adjusting both autofocus and exposure metering.Full HD Video CaptureThe EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras feature EOS Movie mode which captures Full HD 1080p resolution video up to 30 fps in MP4 format for high quality shooting and easy movie sharing on select social networking sites. Manual exposure control, digital zoom and an external stereo microphone jack are provided for advanced users using the EOS Rebel T6s.Expanded Creative FunctionalityAllowing for full creative control, the new EOS Rebel cameras offer creative filters available as presets for photos and movies. These filters can be displayed in real time during Live View shooting, providing an easy way for users to enhance their creative work. Users can further expand their artistic abilities right from the camera with Creative Filters such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome mode. Fisheye Effect gives images a panoramic look and feel, Toy Camera Effect adds a grainy look to soften photos, illustrating a vintage appearance and with Monochrome mode, photos can either have black-and-white, blue or sepia tones, to display a more classic appearance.Advanced Features & CapabilitiesFor photographers who desire more advanced features, the EOS Rebel T6s is the first EOS Rebel class DSLR camera to feature a top LCD panel, Quick Control Dial, Horizontal Level and built-in HDR movie capabilities. The new camera is also the first model in the EOS Rebel series to feature Servo AF in Live View, allowing continuous tracking of moving subjects during burst mode shooting sequences.AvailabilityThe EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera and EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR camera are scheduled to be available at the end of April 2015. The estimated retail price of the EOS Rebel T6s is $849.99 for the body only, and $1,199.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens. The EOS Rebel T6i has an estimated retail price of $749.99 for the body only, $899.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-55 STM lens, and $1,099.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens.For more information about the entire Canon EOS Rebel lineup, please visit The EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR cameras have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.2 For Wi-Fi connectivity: Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. Data charges may apply. With the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This software helps enable you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy-related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.3 One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album4 For NFC connectivity: Compatible with Android devices version 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and the Canon Connect Station CS100 ii photo and video storage and sharing device

Nikon D5500 Review (vs D5300, D7100, Canon T5i and more)

My hands-on video review of the Nikon D5500

NOTE: NIKON REBATES END 3/28/15 & include the D5500/D5300

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5300 - Differences Explained Simply

D5300 vs D5500 - Top ChangesBoth D5500 and D5300 offer:

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS Sensors
  • Expeed 4 Processors
  • 39-point AF system, 9 cross-type points (higher accuracy points clustered around the middle)
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 5 frames per second
  • HD 1080 video at 60p (10 minute recording limit, 20 minutes at 30p)
  • Fully articulating screen
  • Wifi

D5500 with 18-55  The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D5300:

  • A redesigned 24MP processor- I saw slight improvements in image quality at higher ISOs
  • Proximity Sensor (turns LCD off when you bring camera to your eye- helps with battery life too)
  • Smart Touch Screen - acts as a 3rd function wheel when your eye is up to viewfinder
  • Quiet shutter option - Mirror flipping down is just delayed - not a big difference in sound
  • Flat profile for video
  • Fine control over settings in Picture profiles (1/4 adjustments)
  • Slimmer and lighter, under 1lb
  • Redesign deep grip
  • Greater battery life (820 shots CIPA)
  • Additional Effects: Super Vivid, Pop and Photo IllustrationD5300 with 18-55

The D5300 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

 My Thoughts on the D5300 vs D5500The primary advantages of D5500 are the touchscreen, making the camera more user friendly and the slimmer and lightweight design.  Increased image quality at the higher ISOs is a nice bonus.  If you are a beginner this is a great way to ease into a DSLR with a camera that does provide room to grow as a photographer or is ready to be left on AUTO and provide you with excellent photos.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D7100 - Differences Explained Simply

They both offer 24MP sensors, the D5500 is a newer design with better image quality at higher ISOsThe D7100 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

  • Full Manual Control and additional function buttons for customizing
  • larger more ergonomically designed camera (comfortable to hold for long stretches)
  • Auto focus compatibility with more lenses (in body focus motor, lacking in the D5500)
  • Faster AF system with 51 focus points (39 focus points in the D5500)
  • 6 FPS vs 5FPS in the D5500. D7100 can do 7fps in crop mode.
  • D7100 has a pentaprism viewfinder providing a brighter view and covers a full 100% of the image area. D5500 uses a pentamirror design which covers 95% of the image area.
  • Weather Sealing against dust/moisture
  • Increased top shutter speed 1/8000 sec vs 1/4000 sec in the D5500.

The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D7100:

  • Much lighter and smaller
    • D5500 weighs: 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
    • D7100 weighs: 765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)
  • More user friendly for beginners
  • Cheaper. Buying the D5500 saves you several hundred dollars

Who should buy the D7100?Photographers looking to seriously grow and/or will need to be shooting in all weather conditions.  And photographers will access to older lenses that will work with the D7100.Who should buy the D5500?Photographers looking for an excellent quality DSLR (currently the best  at this price point) where size and weight is important.Nikon D5500 Sample Images (More Coming Soon)[gallery columns="4" td_gallery_title_input="Nikon D5500 Image Samples" link="file" ids="7232,7233,7234,7235,7236,7237,7238,7239,7240,7241,7242,7243"]

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i and Canon T6i/T6s

Watch my preview on the Canon T6i/T6s

760D and 750D - Why?

DPReview has an opinion piece on Canon's decision to run two very similar models of Rebels that differ in price by just 8%.  Read the article The gist of the article -

  • The lower end, T6i gives the big box retailers a cheaper camera to sell in large volume.
  • The T6s will sell better at the camera stores where employees will have an easier time explaining why the top LCD and other features make it worth spending more and thus make a better margin per camera

It is an interesting idea but I would love to see some numbers about these little camera shops and how much inventory they actually move compared to something like Amazon or B&H Photo. I suspect it is small. I know my local shop struggles to carry many Canon DSLRs as they force shp owners to buy larger amount of inventory than Nikon or Pentax.I do agree that the T6s is a clear winner between these two and in my mind worth the extra money.  Beyond the top LCD you get manual movie mode, Digital zoom in movie mode,  Servo AF in live view and the eye sensor.  See my complete write up on the T6i and T6s for more information.What are your thoughts? Any reason to go with the T6i? The difference is about the cost of the 50mm f/1.8 lens

Canon Announces EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM & Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM & Sl1

Two new lenses announced from Canon and a white version of their existing Sl1.

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon10-18STMA affordable cheap wide angle lens that includes IS (image stabilization) and STM (Canon's smooth and silent autofocus for video) make this an interesting announcement.  I have already pre-ordered mine, at $299 it is cheaper than many of the prime lenses I own and although I am not a huge fan of wide angle lenses (watch "How Focal Length Affects Perspective") They can be useful to have, add in IS and STM and you have a great addition to your kit that adds very little weight and gives you VERY wide and will do well in low light.   Downsides - it is a plastic kit lens and widest maximum aperture is f/4.5. It isn't as necessary to have wide apertures on wide angle lenses, you can shoot at slow shutter speeds without violating the focal length shutter speed rule (watch "Image Stabilization" and "Shutter Speed" for more info) but it does give you more freedom when shooting.    I like Colin's thinking - three lightweight lenses giving you excellent range and flexibility in shootingScreenshot 2014-05-13 11.12.49Pre-order Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM $299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Canon16-35 Similar to the release of the f/4 IS version of the 24-70, we now have a f/4 IS version of the 16-35 f/2.8 lens.  Taking a look at the MTF charts and on paper this looks to be a sharp lens and a more affordable wide angle option for full frame photographers.   The f/4 version will sell for $1199 and the f/2.8 non IS version sells for $1699.A bit more about the Intelligent IS in this lens

an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, making handheld shooting possible in dimly lit scenes where camera shake can occur. In addition, an intelligent CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning. This technological advancement supports a greater range of creative expression for photographers in otherwise difficult shooting situations, such as dark indoor scenes where flash photography is prohibited, or in places where a tripod cannot be used, or when shooting at low ISO speeds.

I don't feel the 24-70 f/4 IS is selling very well but as I mentioned above the wider apertures are less necessary in wider lenses and I know many photographers and videographers that would be fine shooting at f/4, especially for video and having excellent image stabilization all at a significant savings may entice a few more over. Pre-order the Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama 

Canon Sl1 (White)

CanonSL1Yawn - I have a review of the Sl1 here - it isn't a bad camera but releasing a white one doesn't interest me - thought it might be fun to mix and match and run around with the white kit lens on a black Sl1. . or not. 

Nikon D5300 vs Canon T5i - Differences Explained Simply


My Bullet points touch on what matters. Do not get stuck on numbers - the difference in focus points 39 vs 11 or the megapixels 24 vs 18. Both sound like a big difference but in day to day, real world use they do not matter.

Nikon D5300 Strengths

  • Excellent image quality- very sharp when using a good lens
  • Excellent Auto and flash setting - nice consistent exposure
  • GPS and Wifi built in.  See Weaknesses of the D5300.
  • A great number of scenes, filters, effects and robust HDR. This includes "fun features" like selective coloring and miniature video mode - Watch my video introducing the fun features of the D5200 & D5300 (they are the same in this respect)
  • Can shoot 1080P at 60fps - if you want to do slow mo this allows for full HD at 1/2 speed (30fps)

Suggestion - Buy the 35mm f/1.8 with the D5300 and you have the most portable package with excellent low light quality. You do sacrifice some convenience but gain incredible sharpness, quality and the ability to create those images with blurred background.  More lens recommendations for the Nikon D5300Nikon D5300 Weaknesses

  • User interface is cluttered and at times overwhelming
  • No Touchscreen - this can make menu navigation clunky and it does make changing focus in live view tedious
  • Live view focus is slower and no silent lenses available for auto focus during video
  • No focus motor which means there are some lenses that won't auto focus with your camera. There are plenty of lenses that will auto focus but it does make shopping for lenses a little more confusing and it is easier to end up with lenses that are manual focus only.
  • Slight greenish tint to many images indoors
  • GPS is quirky and if you are not careful you can completely drain your battery
  • Aperture changes in live view are at times blocked - you need to exit live view to change aperture
  • Sold with the 18-55 (newly redesigned but still not great) lens - SOFT.  Buy with 18-104 or review my lens recommendations above.

Watch my complete review of the Nikon D5300Buy the D5300 From Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Canon T5i (700D) Strengths

  • User friendly with a responsive and excellent touchscreen
  • Sold with 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM, both are very good starter lenses
  • Live view focus is faster and with STM lens it is smooth and silent making for easy video capture
  • Live view exposure simulation is quirk free - it just works and is excellent for learning- you can change aperture during live view
  • Wireless flash control
  • Less lens confusion, all current Canon lenses will auto focus with the T5i and a greater number of deals and savings on Canon lenses - more sales, rebates and refurbished store.
  • Canon colors are warmer and tend to look better(to me) right out of the box

Canon T5i weaknesses

Full Canon T5i (700D) ReviewBuy the Canon T5i (700) from Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Final Word - As an all around photo and video machine I really like the T5i - it provides that smooth and silent auto focus for video, is very user friendly while offering very good image quality and provides room to grow as a photographer.

The D5300 provides excellent image quality at the expense of user friendliness but does provide some power if you go digging through the menu. It also has to be given high marks for excellent auto pics- just point and shoot. Avoid the 18-55. The 18-140 is fine but if you are thinking about buying this camera and not planning on also purchasing the 35mm f/1.8 you are missing out.

Considering spending $1000+ on the Nikon D5300? Also consider the Canon 70D which is about the same price and offers all the benefits of the Canon - see my D5300 review for more comparison.

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New Canon Cameras - Canon T5 and GX1 Mark II

CP+ photo show is happening in Japan and as I mentioned in last weeks podcast This is traditionally a time when the camera makers announce new P&S cameras and low end DSLRs- very consumer orientated products. And last night Canon did announce a new entry level DSLR, the Canon EOS T5 and a pretty serious P&S the GX1 Mark II - which is the sequel surprisingly to the GX1 ;)

Canon T5

[gallery ids="4348,4351,4353"]Pretty disappointed in this release and I don't see any reason you would pick this over the cheaper SL1.

  • 18MP sensor - same that has been used for several years now.
  • Digic 4 Processor- this will not be a speedy camera 3fps which is slightly slower than the SL1
  • 1080p HD Video but not capable of continuous autofocus and bundled with 18-55 NON-STM confirms that. This older kit lens is OK but certainly not as good as the newer 18-55 STM Lens.
  • 3" LCD But it is not articulating.
  • Compatible with the little GPS-EP2 GPS is nifty addition but really I don't see a large market for budget DSLR paired with an expensive GPS logger.

The Canon T5 will be available in March for $549.00.   The SL1 currently sells for $539.00Full Canon Marketing Blitz below.   The Canon EOS SL1 offers the same quality with continuous AF and the STM lens that is improved at a slightly cheaper price.

Canon GX1 Mark II

[gallery ids="4350,4349,4347"]Slightly more interesting is the GX1 Mark II - A larger than average sensor size P&S with some nice features

  • 12.8MP- 1.5" - this is almost the size of the sensor in the Canon Rebels and larger than the sensor in the micro 4/3 P&S cameras
  • 5x Optical Zoom f/2.0 - f/3.9
  • Optical Stabilization built in.
  • WiFi and NFC for quick pairing with smartphones.
  • 1080p Full HD Video with stereo sound
  • Digic 6 Processor for snappy response and the handing the full HD files.
  • 3.0" LCD Articulating - Remote shooting is also possible via the WiFi

The Canon GX1 has sold OK - it is a crowded marketplace in the space between traditional P&S and your DSLRS - we have lots of options with these smaller format cameras that are wrapped around larger sensors.  This latest offering from Canon with the GX1 Mark II looks strong.  The feature set is nice and the sensor should provide good low light capabilities all packaged into something that can almost fit in your pocket.The Canon GX1 Mark II will be available at the end of April for $799 - Preorder from AmazonFull Product Info


18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) SensorThe EOS Rebel T5 has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor that captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers more than enough resolution for big enlargements or crops - your photos can be printed and framed without having to worry about quality. This first-class sensor is APS-C sized for an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format) and features many of the same new technologies as used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel's light gathering, helping to ensure images are captured beautifully and brilliantly.DIGIC 4 Image ProcessorThe DIGIC 4 Image Processor on the EOS Rebel T5 dramatically speeds up camera operations, offering an intuitive shooting experience and providing images full of detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the camera's 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor to achieve phenomenal levels of performance in virtually every situation, so you can shoot without having to worry about camera processes.EOS Full HD MovieThe EOS Rebel T5 offers easy-to-use video capture with breathtaking Full HD quality that is difficult for a smartphone to match. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 offers outstanding video capturing performance, quality and simplicity -simply press the dedicated Live View/Movie Recording button to get started shooting. Additionally, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features and even allows for in-camera editing. And with a wealth of over 60 interchangeable lenses available to choose from, your video has plenty of creative options.Plus, with the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS Rebel T5 will capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights "album." With no editing needed after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera's HDMI port.Scene Intelligent Auto modeThe EOS Rebel T5 features Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which incorporates a number of Canon technologies to deliver the best possible exposure, simply. Joining Picture Style Auto, Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance, Autofocus, and Automatic Exposure, Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyzes the image, accounting for faces, colors, brightness, moving objects, contrast, and whether the camera is handheld or on a tripod. It then chooses the exposure and enhancements that bring out the best in any scene or situation. Users without extensive photography knowledge or experience will not need to puzzle over settings; the Scene Intelligent Auto mode simplifies DSLR image capture so photographers can simply concentrate on composing images.Feature GuideTo help explain the specific function of features found on the EOS Rebel T5, the Feature Guide displays a simple description helpful in determining the applicability for the situation at hand. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during mode dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions. It appears automatically when a function is selected - a lifesaver when trying to determine the best mode or function for the next picture. The feature guide works automatically by default, and can be disabled easily through the camera's menu.Up to 3.0 fps Continuous ShootingThe EOS Rebel T5 is a fast camera, capturing up to 3.0 fps (frames per second) for up to approximately 69 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW files. Whether capturing the action on the soccer field or waiting for that perfect expression, the EOS Rebel T5 delivers intuitive, speedy operation for the best shot. With instant startup, speedy AF and virtually no shutter lag, the EOS Rebel T5 will help you capture the action, every time.Large 3.0-inch LCD MonitorThe EOS Rebel T5 has a huge, bright 3.0-inch LCD monitor that is ideal for composing and capturing amazing images, as well as showing them off to friends and family. The large display has high resolution with 460,000 pixels and a wide viewing angle of 170°. It's perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options.ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to H: 12800)With a broad range of light sensitivity ratings from ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800), the EOS Rebel T5 is ready to go no matter the light, capturing the finest detail with ease. Thanks to this expanded ISO range, the EOS Rebel T5 can capture more subjects in more situations, handheld, without the need for flash. This means more natural and detailed looking pictures and movies that can be shot discreetly, with ease.9-point AF System and AI Servo AFThe EOS Rebel T5 has exceptional autofocus with a 9-point AF system including a center cross-type AF point, delivering accurate focus whether the camera is oriented in portrait or landscape position. The system intelligently uses both normal and high-precision focus, depending on the aperture and available light, so your images are in crisp focus. An AI Servo AF system achieves and maintains consistent focus with an exceptional degree of reliability.Creative FiltersThe EOS Rebel T5 allows you to capture images with a new perspective without any need for extra accessories. The camera features five different, creative filters for still images: Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect and Toy Camera Effect. Each filter alters the mood and feel of any particular scene, allowing you to create photos with a fun, distinctive flair.Basic+ and Creative AutoThe EOS Rebel T5 is always ready to take beautiful pictures automatically. For photographers looking to experiment with more advanced settings, the EOS Rebel T5 is loaded with features to take you to the next level. Basic+ makes it easy to create the image effects you want, changing ambience or scene type according to simple choices made on the camera's Quick Control Screen. And ideal for beginners looking to expand their photographic horizons is Creative Auto mode where basic settings are based on full automatic operation, but shooting guides on the LCD screen explain how to make changes to exposure, tone, sharpness and more, and how those changes will affect the final image. In essence, with Creative Auto mode, you can experiment and learn more about photography while still taking stunning photographs.Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lensesThe EOS Rebel T5 is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Numerous lenses feature Canon's sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer technology to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS Rebel T5.Compatible with GPS Receiver GP-E2With the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2 attached to the hot shoe or the digital terminal, the EOS Rebel T5 can record location, including latitude, longitude and altitude, and has the ability to track the trajectory of movement with its logging function. An electric compass records the camera's orientation during each shot, and world time information is recorded through GPS syncing. With GPS information, you can always remember where and when your images were taken, perfect for tagging vacation photos or organizing albums. 

Canon G1X Mark II

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II raises performance and quality to new heights in a compact, brilliant design. Featuring a huge, 1.5-inch 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, a powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor and an all-new 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer and a circular, 9-blade aperture for stunning blurred backgrounds, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II delivers the outstanding image quality you would expect with a digital SLR camera but in a portable, Wi-Fi and NFC enabled package.It can capture 14-bit RAW plus JPEG images, features a staggering 31 focus points for speedy and accurate AF, a capacitive 3.0-inch tilt-type touch panel LCD and has newly developed Dual Control Rings on the lens barrel for fast control of exposure and focus. An optional high-resolution electronic viewfinder adds to the camera's professional feel and functionality. Whether being used as a companion to an EOS digital SLR or as a standalone camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II has the power to handle most any photographic situation it encounters.Canon 1.5-inch, 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Almost as large as the APS-C CMOS sensor found in many EOS digital SLRs, and bigger than those found in 4/3 system cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II's sensor sets the standard for sensitivity and resolving power in compact cameras. Each cell area is 4.5x the size of those found in 1/1.7 type sensors and is thus able to capture more light at the pixel level. This means better detail, even at higher ISOs, with minimal noise and distortion and, thanks to the sensor's wide cell pitch, breathtaking dynamic range. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera natively captures images in the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is the same as Canon EOS SLR cameras. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II also features a new Aspect Ratio function, enabling RAW image capturein both 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios while maintaining the same angle of view.Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with the very latest Canon proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which makes several important advancements to image quality both in stills and video. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, powering full resolution high-speed continuous still shooting and the advanced Star shooting modes. Video recording has also been improved with MP4 recording for better compatibility with mobile devices and tablets. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices. Plus, with MF Peaking possible thanks to the new processor, you'll have a pro-level focusing tool at your disposal.Canon HS SYSTEM The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies in the PowerShot G1 X Mark II: the amazing 1.5-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise at high ISO speeds and processes images at high speed, even at full resolution. Thus, the Canon HS SYSTEM allows you to use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in more situations.5x Optical Zoom plus a new f/2.0 - f/3.9, 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer Developed specifically for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, this large aperture lens offers the highest specifications for any camera in this class, and incorporates dramatic improvements on all fronts based upon the feedback of PowerShot G1 X users. It offers a 5x zoom factor with a 24-120mm equivalent range that's perfect for any number of shooting scenarios, and it has an incredibly bright aperture value of f/2.0 at wide angle and f/3.9 fully zoomed. It has a newly designed inner focusing system which enables fast AF speed with minimal lens movement, a reduced focusing distance of 5cm, features 14 elements in 11 groups and has a 9-blade aperture diaphragm for beautiful background blur. Engineered to perform and deliver gorgeous images every time, it's the perfect lens for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera's amazing sensor. And, in response to the overwhelming requests from PowerShot G1 X users, it has an integral lens cap.Optical Image Stabilizer Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.Built-in Wi-Fi The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology for convenient sharing and transferring of your still images and video. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and now Google Drive - through CANON iMAGE GA TEWAY# directly from your PowerShot camera, or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera can also connect directly to both iOS® and Android devices, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app without a computer. You can control the destination of your uploads to share with everyone or to selected groups, and even add comments. Sharing video is also easy with the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, which records video using the MP4 format with minimal file size. Enhanced Wi-Fi makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with amazing photos and video even as events unfold. The built-in Wi-Fi technology on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II also allows you to transfer images to other Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot cameras or print your photos directly to a PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer.One-touch connection to your mobile device or computer is also made possible on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II with the camera's dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button. You can choose to transfer images to your smartphone or tablet for immediate sharing with the CameraWindow app**, or to your computer on the same network with Image Sync to make saving and organizing your images easier. When the camera finds a linked computer on the same wireless network, images are sent directly to it. Otherwise, images are temporarily stored on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# then transferred once a connection is made, eliminating the need for cables.Remote Shooting With the built-in Wi-Fi® on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, you can use your smartphone or tablet to remotely control the camera. Simply connect wirelessly to your device and access the free Canon CameraWindow app. Your device will show a live image of the camera's capture for easy composition - perfect for wildlife and nighttime shots, group photos and all kinds of situations. The camera's versatile zoom, flash, self-timer and shutter are all under your control, with images being saved to your camera as usual.Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera supports NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, eliminating the need to find and open the Canon CameraWindow app* on your mobile device. Simply touch the NFC icon on your camera to your compatible Android device**, and the CameraWindow app will launch automatically for remote shooting and quick, easy sharing of your images. Built-in NFC technology also makes it simpler to install the app. If the app hasn't been installed yet, once you touch the devices together for the first time, the download screen will display automatically.Canon Full HD Video Advantage Preserving your important memories and creative film clips in stunning quality is easy with Full HD recording on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera and its dedicated movie button. With the camera's advanced DIGIC 6 Image Processor, the camera records Full HD video in MP4 that is breathtaking even when played back on a large-screen HDTV via the camera's HDMI output. Video is recorded at 30 frames per second* with stereo sound and because clips are recorded in MP4, you can fit more on a single memory card. The smaller file size also makes it easier to download to a computer and share with family and friends.

Recommended Lenses for the Canon 70D and other Canon DSLRS

Recommended lenses for Canon 70D, T5i(700d) and other Rebels.

I see two groups of people watching this video - those that haven’t bought a camera yet and are wondering if they should buy the camera with a kit lens(18-55 STM or the 18-135 STM) or buy body only and purchase a “better” lens separately and those that have the 70D or other Canon DSLRs and are wondering what they should add to their collection or upgrade to.

To the first group -maybe you heard from a friend or read on the internet that the kits lenses are bad. At times in DSLR history that has been true but the 18-55 IS STM and the 18-135 IS STM lenses sold with the 70D and current rebel models are actually quite good and their value when bought with the camera is excellent - if you are new to DSLRS the kit lenses ARE a good place to start and especially if you want to do easy video with either camera the STM lenses are necessary for that silent autofocus.  So if you haven’t bought the camera yet go ahead and buy with a kit lens - which one? 18-135 is a good travel and all around lens, nice for the family, capturing kids, vacations etc.  The 18-55 STM saves you some money and is a little easier to leave behind if you think you might want to upgrade sooner rather than later.  I do have another video that goes into the two choices in more detail 18-55 STM vs 18-135 STM.  Keep reading though as there is good info ahead.Those of you that already have the camera and are looking for the next lens - I am going to offer a recommendation or two in each of the following categories - Prime lenses (lenses that are fixed, don’t zoom), Walk-around lenses or general purpose lenses, telephoto and then your more specialty lenses like macro and wide angle.  I did keep budget in mind and picked lenses that I feel offer a great value.   I might throw out some terms or acronyms you are not familiar with -Use the following Lens Glossary if you need any more information on some of the acronyms and terms mentioned.Recommended Prime Lenses for Canon 70D (and other crop sensor cameras)

The question I hear from many new DSLRS owners is “how do I get those blurred background images?”  They are possible with the kit lenses but they are not always easy.  Using a lens with a wide maximum aperture is the easiest way to achieve those images AND cheapest way to get those images is by using a prime lens.   Canon’s 50 f/1.4 is excellent  - sharp, responsive focus and that amazing wide aperture.  An alternative is the 40mm f/2.8 - which is tiny,as equally sharp as the 50 f/1.4 but with a slightly wider focal length that if you are shooting indoors often you may find to be easier to work with and slightly more versatile.


Walk-Around Lenses 

Like I said the kit lenses do a very good job so to get MUCH better quality you have to spend a good bit more - there are lenses that are marginally better but few are better enough that their value outstrips the kit lenses- But when you add features and quality in the mix two stand out. The Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 about $500 offers a good range and it offers a constant aperture of f/2.8 over that range, this lets in lots of light and allows good control of your depth of field. You can get creamy bokeh at f/2.8 in the 50-75 range. And most importantly this is a sharp lens for the money and is as sharp as lenses that cost 2x as much. The Tamron doesn’t have image stabilization and I think that is fine but if you want something similar WITH IS the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS (sigmas version of IS) is about $570. Please know that IS only really helps with non moving subjects at those slower shutter speeds.

Telephoto Lenses

The recent refresh of the 55-250 STM has created another budget lens that offers a serious value - I have a separate review of the new 55-250 STM - short review-  the value is great, another STM so you have that silent AF for video and if you buy when you buy the camera and take advantage of the bundled savings you are getting a good zoom for less than $200! The next telephoto I’d recommend is a jump in price but the 70-200 f/4 is one of Canon’s most affordable L lenses - professional level lenses - very sharp, beautiful colors and contrast and versatile. 200mm at f/4 produces lovely bokeh.


With budget in mind the Canon 60mm macro is very good with excellent macro possibilities.  This lens can also be used as a lovely portrait lens/head shots for tighter shots.



There are more options out there - I have a 45 minute video where I share some thoughts on most of the current canon brand lenses - see the link below.  Do you still wonder what lens is best for you?  Give my Facebook page a like and let me know what type of photography you are into and how much you want to spend- I will respond with some suggestions.

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Review Canon 55-250 IS STM Lens

This is the newest version of Canon’s 55-250 lens, it replaces the 55-250 IS II which replaced an  even old 55-250 IS. I want to just touch on the highlights of the 55-250 IS STM lens and answer the question - is it worth the extra money versus the 55-250 IS or are you better off saving a little more and getting the 70-300 IS USM?  So this is partly a review and partly a Canon EF 55-250 IS STM vs Canon EF 70-300 IS USM vs Canon EF-S 55-250 IS II Battle. Very light emphasis on battle.

Quick Glossary of Terms.

  • IS: Image Stabilization - internal gyroscopes stabilize the lens when you are hand holding and allow you to shoot at slower shutter speeds without handshake causing blur in your images.

  • USM: Ultra Sonic Motor - A focusing system used by many canon lenses that offers quick focus and with some lenses full time manual focus.  This isn’t true of the 70-300 IS USM - it is not full time manual focus.

  • EF-S: Lens mount sized for Canon’s crop sensor cameras (APS-C) Examples include Canon T5i and Canon 70D.

  • EF: Lens mount appropriate for Canon’s full frame cameras like the 6D and 5D Mark III. Will also work on APS-C cameras

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The highlights -

  • Arguably the headline feature of this lens is now that this is an STM lens it means silent autofocus - this is a big deal if you are using it with a camera that allows continuous auto focus during video like the T5i or 70D it also makes a difference in smoothness of autofocus during video with T5i - The T5i really needs those STM lenses to achieve smooth focus and you can see a large difference in focus capabilities. The 70D is more capable in focusing, it is less dependent on the STM lenses but you still see an improvement and smoothness and speed and of course noise of focus.   The Verdict? The lens is completely silent - No sounds from focusing or the IS system.  The old 55-250 IS II does make noise and in quieter conditions the IS system of the 55-250 IS and the 70-300 IS is recorded by the cameras mic making them less desirable to use for video work, at least with IS on.

  • So the STM version is smoother and quieter in focus. Do photographers (not videographers) care?  I took all three lenses 55-250 IS II, 55-250 STM and the 70-300 IS USM to a recent cycling race and was really pleased with the speed of the STM in focusing on faster moving subjects,  noticeable improvement over the 55-250 IS II.  I was photographing some of these riders in servo mode as they were headed right toward me and the lens was quick enough to keep them in focus for more sharp shots than I expected.  Compared to the 70-300 IS USM the number of in focus shots was about the same.  One difference and this may be due to the slightly longer range provided by the 70-300, when that lens, the 70-300 loses focus it can really struggle to get it back.  I see less delay and struggle from the 55-250 STM. Verdict - the 55-250 STM is as capable as the more expensive 70-300 IS USM and yes, photographers (not videographers) should care.

  • Image Quality- The STM is sharper across the board - nothing amazing but a noticeable improvement across the range and these improvements bring it in line with the 70-300 and in some cases beats the 70-300. I was especially surprised by the results out at 250 and 300. The 55-250 STM was sharp enough that you could compensate for the decreased range by cropping the image/increasing the image size and you in many shots I still had a sharper image from the 55-250 even after that increase. Verdict - The 55-250 STM beats the 70-300 IS USM often enough that I see very few reasons to continue to recommend the 70-300 IS USM.

  • Build quality - The new version feels solid in the hand - offers full time manual focus if you half press the shutter, neither the older 55-250 IS II or the 70-300 IS USM offer full time manual focus. And compared to the 55-250 IS II the focusing is now internal, the older version had some rotation during focusing which made it difficult to use a circular polarizer. The new version solves that frustrating issue. Verdict: It is a budget lens and build quality reflects that but it does feel solid in hand and well constructed - focus ring is larger. 70-300 IS USM does offer two versions of IS - standard and a version for panning with action. 70-300 IS USM is also an EF lens, useable by full frame cameras, it also has a metal mount vs plastic with the 55-250 STM.

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In Summary you have a lens that has improved enough it makes the more expensive 70-300 IS USM obsolete - obsolete might be a strong word as the 70-300 does give you slightly wider apertures at those longer focal lengths and is still the cheapest/longest option from Canon that works on a full frame but ultimately I think this new 55-250 IS STM is a better value and it is a no brainer purchase if you want more zoom when buying a T5i or 70D because of the current $150 discount.  And it certainly is worth the small increase in price over the earlier 55-250 models. Videographers that use autofocus and want zoom - this is a no-brainer purchase - it does the job very well.

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Nikon D5300 Preview & My Thoughts

On the outside minor updates, redesigned grip should give you a little more room between grip and lens. Overall a tiny bit smaller (see table)

Model D5300 D5200
Dimensions 125 × 98 × 76 mm(4.9 × 3.9 × 3.0 in) 129 x 98 x 78 mm(5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
Weight (without battery) 480 g (16.9 oz) 505 g (17.8 oz)

It is the inside that is more exciting. The D5300 is now using the same sensor that is in the D7100 and they have ditched the antialiasing filter, you will also see this written as OLPF. Removing the AA or OLPF means sharper images and video. In my testing of the D7100 I found the images and video to be very sharp and it was basically impossible to produce moire(an optical illusion in finely repeating patterns) that is usually more common in sharper sensors, especially ones with out the AA filter.

Nikon D5300 - Will Moiré be more of an issue in the D5300?
Nikon D5300 - Will Moiré be more of an issue with the D300? It isn't with the D7100

Changes in D5300

  • Updated Processor, Expeed 4
  • 1080p at 60fps - D5200 was only capable of 1080i at 60fps
  • WiFi built in - simple and direct to a smartphone or device using NIkon's wireless app.  Does not work with video.
  • GPS - Battery hog but works well, tagging your location into the photos MetaData- will also record a track(your route) for display on a map
  • Bigger Battery/Better Battery life (as long as you are not using the GPS)
  • NOT sold with an 18-55 lens.  Body only or with new 18-140 Kit lens
We have an updated processor - Expeed 4, I expect this will help greatly with the general performance of the camera, I have found the D5200 to be very capable but somewhat slow, a very slight hesitation to take photos and to review images - something I haven't seen in other cameras in this class. The updated processor will also allow full 1080p at 60fps. The D5200 only offered 1080i. They have thrown in WiFi(now I can toss my dongle) and GPS and are claiming better battery life 700 shots(though I have seen 600 listed elsewhere) vs 500 shots, this better but not physically bigger battery will be backward compatible in D5200 and a few other cameras with a firmware update. And the older D5200 batteries will work in the D5300, just won't give you the same battery life.
So how much will all this cost? Here is where I think it gets interesting. My biggest complaint with the D5200 was that 18-55 kit lens. I am generally not a kit lens basher  - I think they are a fine place to start- cheap, convenient and quality is good enough. Except the Nikon 18-55 really held the camera back, the lens simply cannot resolve at the level of the sensor and the 18-105 was better but I feel like the D5200 doesn't really shine until you get a NICE lens on there. So Nikon heard my complaints (I am sure ;) and is bundling the D5300 with their new and improved over previous kit lenses, 18-140. But no new 18-55, I wonder if they have an improved 18-55 in the works but just couldn't get it out in time. So you can buy body only for $800 or with 18-140 for $1300 - that is steep! Users are going to look at that and see the T5i with touchscreen and basically same lens is $300 cheaper or with 18-55 STM lens is $500 cheaper I don't expect the D5300 to sell really well until the price drops or they get a shorter/cheaper kit lens in there. Not that it is in anyway a bad camera- this looks to be a fantastic upgrade from earlier models and a capable performer, it is just priced high for the level of the camera when sold with the 18-140 lens. OH and I almost forgot - it comes it colors- red, gray and black.Preorder now: Amazon | B&H  I will have hands-on of this camera soon.  Follow my Facebook page for future updates and/or subscribe to my newsletter. Nikon D5300 Product Tour