Monday, August 22, 2005

Canon launch their new digital SLR

Canon have launched their new EOS-5D.

Pitched somewhere between the 12.8 megapixel EOS-1D and 8 megapixel EOS-20D, the EOS-5D has the following features:
  • 12.8 megapixel CMOS sensor
    (EOS-1Ds - 16.7 MP, EOS-1D - 8 MP, EOS-20D - 8 MP)
  • Full frame (35 mm) sensor
    (EOS-1Ds also has full-frame sensor, EOS-1D and EOS-20D have smaller sensor)
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
    (EOS-1Ds - 4 fps, EOS-1D - 8.5 fps, EOS-20D - 5 fps)
  • US$3299 RRP
    (EOS-1Ds - US$7500, EOS-1D - US$4200, EOS-20D - US$1400)

One of the coolest things that is now being utilised is wireless communications...

With the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, photographers can work cable-free as full-frame image files can be transferred automatically through a wireless LAN to a computer in seconds.

But knowing most camera manufacturers, any optional item usually runs into the hundreds of dollars. But if you are doing studio or limited area work, the wireless comms would make shoots so easy. I suppose if you had a nice power efficient laptop, you could also use the wireless out in the field. I wonder what the power consumption is like...

DP Review has published a preview of the Canon EOS-5D and sample images from Canon can be found here.

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