WHETHER you're an amateur in the mood for quick snaps in between classes or a professional photographer in the making, Canon offers a wide range of choices to choose from.
Canon is a household name, especially when it has to do with cameras, garnering numerous awards and recognition for its products. This year will be the ninth consecutive year that Canon has been awarded the Reader's Digest award in the Best Digital Camera category. It has won the award in both the Gold and Platinum categories in the past years.
Canon has also earned the Superbrand status by the Malaysian Superbrand Council in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. In addition, Canon has gained recognition from the Putra Brand Awards and Brand Laureate Awards.
The Canon EOS 1100D, EOS 600D and EOS 60D SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras are ideal choices for students as they are lightweight making it easy to carry around. These cameras are also affordable enough to meet the price range of students.
A versatile digital SLR camera is the best way to describe Canon's EOS 60D. This model created Canon history as the first EOS model to come equipped with a wide Vari-Angle LCD Monitor.
The high resolution monitor comes with seven adjustable levels of brightness for easy viewing under any light condition.
Among the features of this 18 megapixel camera is its ability to record movies in three different settings - Full HD which delivers videos with a film-like finish, HD which delivers smooth movies and SD which captures movies that are easy to upload on websites.
A unique feature of the EOS 60D is its ability to capture still photographs while a movie is being recorded. User are also able to delete unwanted scenes and the start and end points of movies can be designated via in-camera editing functions.
The EOS 60D is fast and accurate and users are able to capture images that happen within a split second or images of a particularly detailed scene. Its high speed continuous shooting also enables the user to capture vivid images at 5.3 frames per second.
The basic EOS 60D model starts at RM3,338 (body only) and can go up to RM4,799 (with EFs 18-200mm IS lens).
Canon EOS 600D
Photographs in vivid colours with sharp details - that what users will achieve with the Canon EOS 600D. This camera comes equipped with a Vari-Angle Clear View LCD monitor that is three inches wide and makes for exceptional recording and playback of images.
The Vari-Angle with its specially designed hinge enables the camera to be swivelled at almost any angle allows photographers to capture images from fresh framing perspectives.
The EOS 600D comes with Canon's 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C-sized) sensor which lets the photographer capture images that range from vast, spectacular landscapes to close up wildlife shots in precise details.
A unique feature of this model is the Fully Automatic Scene Intelligent Auto Mode. This is a fully automatic shooting mode and when coupled with the EOS Scene Detection System, analyses every element of a scene including a person's face, and or the brightness of the image, movement, contrast, colour and distance.
This information is evaluated by another feature known as Scene Intelligent Auto to produce beautiful exposures that truly captures the essence of its surroundings.
For those who like to play around with their images, the EOS 600D has the perfect feature in its Creative Filters. This fantastic feature enables the user to add special effects like the grainy black and white effect, the fish-eye effect, the soft focus effect, the toy camera effect and the miniature effect to their captured images.
For its outstanding features, the EOS 600D won the TIPA award this year in the Best DSLR Entry Level category and is priced at RM2,549 for a basic model.
Canon EOS 1100D
This model makes capturing sharp, high-resolution images a breeze because of its user-friendly design philosophy.
Available features like Creative Auto and Feature Guide enables even amateur photographers to produce stunning photographs.
The EOS 1100D is equipped with a 12.2 megapixel APSC-sized CMOS sensor which enables the user to capture and record scenes from lush sprawling landscapes to full-bodied portrait shots with vivid colour and outstanding clarity.
To enable easy uploading of photographs to websites, the EOS 1100D comes pre-loaded with the ability to save photographs on smaller resolutions.
In addition, this compact model has a crystal clear 2.7-inch, 230,000 dots TFT LCD monitor. This feature makes reviewing captured photographs much more pleasurable. The wide viewing angle of the screen makes shooting via Live View a piece of cake. Also, the brightness of the monitor is adjustable up to seven levels.
The multi-function quick control button feature on the EOS 1100D is designed with the meticulous shutterbug in mind.
The quick control button can be accessed in all shooting modes enabling the user to adjust the range of context-sensitive parameters.
Another exciting feature of the EOS 1100D is its 720p HD movie recording ability. The sound of the video is automatically recorded by the integrated microphone that is located on the right shoulder of the camera.
This model is the first of the EOS SLR range to come in four colours - black, red, brown and metallic grey and the price of the basic model starts from RM1,999.