Introducing Canon

Newcomer through to seasoned professional; whatever your level, Canon offers several cameras to meet your needs. Come with us as we highlight a few favourites...


Canon has long been revered as one of the 'big two' heavyweight brands in the camera market, and even with the emergence of strong rival brands, Canon has always held its place. The company is still one of the most popular go-to brands for all walks of photographer; from complete newbie to lifetime professional. The thing that sparks customers' interest, and what keeps them returning time after time, is the brand's complete obsession with perfection.
 Whether customers are shooting for pleasure or profit, Canon has created a wide-ranging remit of cameras that not only creatively empower its users, but also extend technology that immortalises frame after frame in impeccable detail. Today Canon cameras are universally regarded as being as reliable as they are high performing, as feature-rich as they are well-built, as capable of award-winning picture quality as they are user-friendly. There is rarely something missing from one of its models, and it's even rarer to find a bad review of one of its products. Over the next few pages, we profile some of the top selling and much-loved contenders.

DSLR

Attracting enthusiasts through to the world's top professionals, a Canon DSLR ofers something for everyone

Canon's arsenal of DSLR cameras is something that is ever-growing and ever-improving. Many of the world's photography elite are proud to own one or several models, and even everyday photography fans can enjoy the product, thanks to the range of DSLRs on offer. The range is helpfully split into three groups; Beginners, Enthusiasts and Professionals.
 The beginner models are designed for keen amateurs who want to upgrade from a compact. As such, the DSLRs in this category are more simplistic and offer helpful guides and self-explanatory controls to aid newcomers.
 The EOS range for enthusiasts supports those looking to challenge themselves and those who may want to take the next step towards becoming a semi-professional. The cameras feature enhanced technology and provide a wider choice of commands on the camera body. As well as sporting a steeper price tag, DSLR models in the pro end of the market range deliver expert standards, performance and consistency for creating extreme high-end photography.


1 Comfortable design
Canon's DSLR control layout and general design hasn't altered much over the years, but its intuitiveness and accessibility are regularly praised by the media and the brand's legions of fans

2 Categories
Canon groups its DSLR models into three families; Beginners, Enthusiasts and Professionals

3 ISO ranges
The DSLR models sport impressively wide sensitivity ranges with most scaling beyond ISO 12,000 making low-light handheld photography a genuine possibility

4 Feature packed products
Canon's DSLR range boasts state-of-the-art features and innovative technology. Most offer Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, GPS and function for full HD movies

5 Touch-screen technology
A growing number of DSLRs, like the brand's compact range, now house touch-screen LCD monitors and undoubtedly aids those who prefer the way smart devices operate

6 Lens love
Canon produces three categories of lenses; EF for the full-frame DSLRs, EF-S for those with cropped sensors and EF-M for owners of the CSC model

Canon EOS-1D Mark II

Boasting enhancements in every aspect when compared to its predecessor, the Mk II is a 20MP, full frame DSLR that will not only cater for all of your photographic needs but also deliver in terms of video as well. Its improved Dual DIGIC 6+ processor gives you the ability to capture stills in burst mode up to 14 FPS, with AF and AE tracking, and 16 FPS in live mode. You can also capture your footage in 4K within 29 minute bursts or choose 120p Full HD filming for creative slow motion footage and touch screen focusing allows you to focus in on your subject quickly and easily with the tap of the LCD screen. Noise, ISO range as well as the sharpness and speed at which you can capture your shot have all been enhanced by the DIGIC 6+ processor, another point in case is the manual ISO range has been expanded from LO: 50 to a phenomenal H3: 409600, meaning that you can shoot in lower light conditions than before, this makes it a strong contender for astro photographers as well as covering all of the bases for the broad range of photographer, ranging from studio to wildlife, astro to sports.


Packed with features and capable of imaging excellence, the Canon EOS-1D Mark II joins the brand's professional rank of DSLRs to critical acclaim

Technical data  
Price Price: £5,300 /$6,799 (body only)
Megapixels (effective) Approx. 230,000MP
Max resolution (pixels) 5184 x 3456
Sensor information 28.7 x 19.1 mm fullframe 8.2MP CMOS
Lens data Lens dependent
Zoom Lens dependent
Focus/macro Lens dependent
Shutter speed 30 -1/8000 sec
ISO sensitivity 100 - 1600
Exposure modes P, S, A, M, Auto
Metering options Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Multi-spot, Centre weighted
Flash modes E-TTL II Auto Flashwith EX-series Speedlite
Weight (body only) 335g
Dimensions (mm) 156 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Storage 2x CompactFlash Type I/II
LCD 2 ” TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism, approx. 100%

Summary
Part of Canon's professional range of DSLRs, the 1D Mark II is an ideal step up for keen shooters looking to trade in their prosumer DSLR.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

When it comes to shooting sport, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is ideal. Capable of shooting ten frames per second (10fps) while retaining all autofocus and exposure abilities, the EOS 7D Mark II is a force to be reckoned with. It also features 65 autofocus points, providing reality in a range of shooting conditions. Thanks to its 20.2MP sensor, the EOS 7D Mark II cam provide sharp exhibition-quality images. Dual card slots also mean that you needn't worry about corrupted cards, as your camera will always be shooting to two cards.

Technical data  
Price £1,429/$1,799 (body only)
Megapixels (effective) 20.2MP
Max resolution (pixels) 5472 x 3648
Sensor information 22.4 x 15.0mm CMOS sensor
Lens data Lens dependent
Zoom Lens dependent
Focus/macro Lens dependent
Shutter speed 30 - 1/8000 sec
ISO sensitivity 100 - 16000, expanded to 51200
Exposure modes P, S, A, M, Auto
Metering options Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Centre weighted
Flash modes Auto, Manual, Multi flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
Weight 910g
Dimensions (mm) 148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2mm
Storage Compact Flash Type I, Sd, SDHC, SDXC
LCD 3” Clear View II TFT, 1040k
Viewfinder: Pentaprism, approx 100% coverage

Summary
The 7D Mark II provides a welcome bridge between the entry-level models and the flagship cameras.

Canon EOS 100D

Not quite Canon's most entry level camera, the 100D is a lightweight, easy-to-use starter DSLR for those that are looking to get into more professional shooting. With an 18MP sensor and a large, responsive touchscreen, the EOS 100D is incredibly easy to use and suitable for many situations. As well as capturing stills, it's possible to shoot videos in Full HD on the Canon EOS 100D. You can even use the Video Snapshot mode to adjust exposure, focusing, sound and much more, all directly in your camera body.

Technical data  
Price £279/$599.99 (body only)
Megapixels (effective) 18
Max resolution (pixels) 5184 x 3456
Sensor information 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Lens data Lens dependent
Zoom Lens dependent
Focus/macro Lens dependent
Shutter speed 30 - 1/4000 sec
ISO sensitivity 50 - 102,400
Exposure modes Auto, P, A, S, M, 7 scene modes
Metering options Evaluative, Partial, S, CW
Flash modes A, M
Weight 407g without memory card
Dimensions (mm) 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4
Storage SD, SDHC or SDXC
LCD 3” 1040k dots, ClearView TFT
Viewfinder: Pentaprism, approx 97% field of view

Summary
Perfect for newcomers to digital SLR photography, the 100D boasts plenty of easy-to-use features.

CSC

Canon's one and only mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is an ideal choice for enthusiasts and pros alike

The EOS M3, like other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, was designed to aid enthusiasts to take their first steps into DSLR-style photography; offering the flexibility of lens choice and a full range of manual controls and enhanced technology all within the portable, compact body of a bridge.
 As well as attracting photographers looking to step up to a more challenging platform, the EOS M3 makes for an affordable choice for semi-professionals looking for a sensible back-up model. This has been made even more attractive as owners can purchase an optional mount adaptor (EF-EOS M) to enjoy the full support of the EF and EF-S lens range, meaning they can team the shooter with their existing collection of lenses as well as any new EF-M range products they might like to explore.


1 Beginner to pro
Whether you're an enthusiast stepping up from a compact or a semi-professional looking for a reliable backup, the EOS M3 has something for everyone  

2 Touch screen controls
As well as the on body controls, photographers can use the bright 3" 1040k dot touch screen LCD to make changes

3 Image size
The EOS M3's large APS-C size sensor allows photographers to print images as large as A2 and retain sharp and defined details

4 Hybrid
The EOS M3, like CSCs in general, blends the build quality and simplicity of a bridge, with the heightened features, controls and enhanced picture quality of a DSLR

5 Lenses galore
As well as accessing the new EF-M range of specific CSC lenses, users can purchase an optional mount adaptor (EF-EOS M) to enjoy the support of the EF and EF-S lens range, too

6 Movie magic
Like other CSCs on the market, the EOS M3 offers full HD video recording, but here we see the addition of Video Snapshot where the photographer shoots a series of short clips that can be edited together in-camera

Canon EOS M3

Historically Canon has been hesitant to break into the mirrorless world, but a few years ago it took its i rst step into the market. Two iterations later we have the Canon EOS M3, which features a 24.2MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, Wi-Fi and a tilting LCD screen.
 The EOS M3 holds a rather unique place in the EOS range, providing high-end features in a body that is much more reminiscent of Canon's range of compact cameras. Size isn't everything, however, and the EOS M3 does provide a lot of bang for your buck. As well as higher-end features, such as Full HD video capabilities and an ISO range of 100-12800, the EOS M3 includes more creative elements that have been left of a lot of the higher end DSLRs in Canon's range, which includes creative shooting modes among others.
 Perhaps the most appealing thing about the Canon EOS M3 is that as well as having its own exclusive range of lenses, which are referred to as the EF-M lenses, providing you have access to the relevant adapter you can use Canon's range of EF-S and EF lenses on your M3 for the ultimate compositional freedom.
 With a tilting LCD screen, the EOS M3 is a versatile shooter that can be used in almost any shooting situation. While its tilting screen makes it ideal for street photography, the combination of an adjustable viewpoint plus its compact size makes it a good choice for those trickier shots in crowds.


Currently the only CSC camera in the Canon family of cameras, the EOS M3 aims to attract photography enthusiasts and keen amateurs alike

Technical data  
Price £514 with 18-55mm kit lens (only in the UK with the kit lens)
Megapixels (effective) 24.2MP
Max resolution (pixels) 5184 x 3456
Sensor information 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS
Lens data Lens dependent
Zoom Lens dependent
Focus/macro Lens dependent
Shutter speed 30 -1/400 sec
ISO sensitivity 100-25,600
Exposure modes A, Scene (7), P, SP, AP, M
Metering options E, P, CW, S
Flash modes A, M, Fon, Foff
Weight 298g with battery
Dimensions (mm) 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD 3 inches 1040k dots, touch screen Clear View LCD II
Viewfinder: n/a

Summary

The EOS M is a lightweight and compact sharp shooter that still manages to produce exceptional image quality.

Bridge/ Superzoom

Canon's bridge and superzoom cameras are ideal for zooming across vast distances for the perfect shot

Both bridge and superzooms are compact, but they also share one other familiar trait; they provide huge zooms that deliver impressive focal ranges, sometimes in excess of 1000mm (equivalent). This attracts photographers who particularly enjoy shooting at vast distances such as sports, action, wildlife and street photography. Bridge cameras look like mini DSLRs, the main difference being that the big lens doesn't detach.
They only tend to be available in black and are considered larger and bulkier than other compacts, but this is because they usually offer larger focal ranges, like the PowerShot SX50 HS, which provides a jaw-dropping 50x optical zoom.
 Another draw of this type of shooter is that they normally feature an integrated viewfinder, which some photographers find easier to compose shots with when shooting far into the distance. Superzooms, on the other hand, are smaller than their bridge counterparts, and as such can't quite match the range of a bridge, but tend to don more stylish, colour-vibrant metal-casings.

1 Manual mode
Manual and semi-manual modes are regular features of bridge and superzoom models, as the breed of camera tends to attract the more adventurous shooter  

2 Zoom zoom!
Bridge and superzooms tend to offer two types of zoom: optical and digital. Multiplying the two together results in the total combined zoom

3 Superzoom stylish
Where bridge cameras are similar in look, superzooms tend to be more stylish, experimental and often are available in a choice of colours

4 Bridge vs superzoom
Bridge bodies are more reminiscent of DSLRs, whereas superzooms tend to look more like generic compacts, just slightly bigger

5 Genre happy
As this breed of compact features such a wide focal range, the camera suits photographers who enjoy multiple genres; from landscapes to portraits, wildlife to sports, bridge cameras are an ideal match

6 Focal range
The main draw of bridge and superzoom cameras is their titanic focal range, taking photographers from wide angle (24-25mm) through to its telephoto reach (500mm plus)

PowerShot G3 X

The ultimate camera for travelling and outdoors, the Canon PowerShot G3 X combines an large zoom equivalent to 24-600mm with a large one-inch 20.2MP sensor for the best-quality captures possible in a compact body.
 With such a large sensor, you won't lose out on the intricate details of your shots, no matter how zoomed in you are. Images can be easily printed without any compromise on quality.
 This is one of the most versatile zooms in Canon's PowerShot range too, with a focal equivalent of 24-600mm - a range that Canon hasn't even attempted to cover in its lens range for its higher-end EOS DSLR cameras. Even when you zoom into the furthest zoom distance, shots maintain sharpness and clarity thanks to in-built Intelligent Optical Image Stabilizer. Should you choose to shoot video on the PowerShot G3 X, the five-axis movie stabilisation will ensure that your clips are wobble-free for your best videos yet.
 Another useful feature on the G3 X is its large, high-resolution touchscreen LCD, which makes composing and focusing for your shots and videos an absolute breeze. You'll also i nd a built-in ND i lter for stunning landscapes, as well as Bulb exposure mode should you choose to capture long exposures.
 The G3 X features high-end technology in a compact, portable body. It may not be cheap, but it's certainly versatile.

This travel compact's huge zoom, superb ease-of-use and stylish design gets set to tempt holiday-makers right through to travel photographers

Technical data  
Price £799/$999.99
Megapixels (effective) 20.2MP
Max resolution (pixels) 5472 x 3648
Sensor information 1-inch CMOS
Lens data f3.2-6.9, 4.5-135mm (equivalent 24-600mm)
Zoom 25x optical, 4x digital
Focus/macro 1cm
Shutter speed 30 - 1/2000sec
ISO sensitivity 125 - 12800
Exposure modes A, Scn (7), P, M, Av and Tv
Metering options E, CW, S
Flash modes A, Fon, Foff, SS
Weight 733g with battery
Dimensions (mm) 123 x 77 x 105mm
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD 3.2-inch1620k dots TFT
Viewfinder: EVF TFT LCD

Summary

While it retails for quite a hefty sum, the Canon PowerShot G3 X provides the ultimate flexibility when you're shooting, whether you're working up close or from a distance.

PowerShot SX540 HS

The SX540 HS is the sturdy bridge camera with manual overrides, a 24mm wide angle lens that will let you see further with its 50X optical zoom, 20MP cropped CMOS sensor and updated DIGIC 6+ processor. You can shoot movies in full 60p HD, couple that with the Intelligent image stabilisation and super zoom and your footage will be smooth and stable. Use the built in Wi-Fi to either connect your smart device to control the camera manually or to download your images and send them to your social media accounts.

Technical data  
Price £313.99/$399.99
Megapixels (effective) 20.3MP
Max resolution (pixels) 5184 x 3888
Sensor information 1/2.3 type backilluminated CMOS
Lens data 4.3-215.0mm (24-1200mm)
Zoom 50x optical, 4x digital, 100x ZoomPlus
Focus/macro 0cm
Shutter speed 1-1/2000 sec
ISO sensitivity 80 - 3,200
Exposure modes A, Scene (6), P, SP, AP, M
Metering options E, CW, S
Flash modes A, M, SS, Fon, Foff
Weight 442g with battery
Dimensions (mm) 120.0 x 81.7 x 91.9 mm
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD 3" inches 461k dots TFT
Viewfinder: n/a

Summary

An affordable bridge camera with an impressive 50x zoom; perfect for nearly all subjects and scenes.

PowerShot SX60 HS

Boasting a breathtaking 65x optical zoom, the PowerShot SX60 HS is ideal for travel photographers looking for a versatile yet affordable camera. Whether you want to shoot landscapes or wildlife, the SX60 HS can deal with anything you throw at it.      
Another appealing feature of the SX60 HS is its Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, meaning that you can share and upload your shots on the move. Full HD video shooting is possible too, with high-quality audio and visual captures.

Technical data  
Price £399.99/$549.99
Megapixels (effective) 16.1MP
Max resolution (pixels) 4608 x 2592
Sensor information 1/2.3 type backilluminated CMOS
Lens data f3.4 - 6.5, 4.3-215mm (21 - 1365mm)
Zoom 65x optical, 4x digital, ZoomPlus 100x
Focus/macro 0cm
Shutter speed 1 - 1/2000 sec
ISO sensitivity 100 - 6400
Exposure modes A, Scene (6), P, SP, AP, M
Metering options E, CW, S
Flash modes A, M, SS, Fon, Foff
Weight 607g with battery and card
Dimensions (mm) 127.6 x 92.6 x 114.3mm
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD 3.0 inches 992k dots
Viewfinder: EVF, 100% coverage

Summary

The largest zoom in Canon's line up of bridge and superzoom, the SX60 HS provides a broad lens.  

Compact

Canon's compact range is plentiful and varied. We explain the differences so you can choose the one for you...

Canon produces two varieties of compact camera: PowerShot and IXUS. The differences between the two families come down to their target audience as the IXUS is aimed at people who simply want to point-and-shoot, whereas the PowerShot branch is intended for those who want to pursue photography. As such, the IXUS compacts tend to be slimmer and less equipped, whereas the PowerShot range incorporate bigger lenses with longer zooms and heartier technology, which results in larger cameras.
 Canon segments its collection of compacts from both branches into the following categories: Expert, Bridge, Superzoom, Wi-Fi, Point and Shoot, Underwater and adventure, and finally Low-light cameras. Keen photography enthusiasts should look in particular at the Expert, Bridge, Superzoom and Low-light assortment of compacts as the majority of these models feature manual as well as automatic modes, creative ilters, RAW support, bright lenses for low-light shooting and vast focal ranges for exploring photography genres.


1 Heightened controls
Canon's compacts are designed to be easy to use, but some offer even more control for an enhanced user experience such as the S series, which use a customisable Lens Control Ring, and the G series which provide multiple customisable front and rear controls  

2 Telescopic lenses
The bridge and superzoom collections feature cameras that boast huge focal ranges; currently the PowerShot SX50 HS claims the largest zoom (50x optical)

3 On the go
A growing number of Canon's compact collection now feature Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity technology which means users can shoot, share and send on the go

4 HS System
The majority of the brand's compacts, especially those that are considered high-end, feature Canon's HS System, which boasts big high-sensitivity CMOS sensors and the fast DIGIC processors

5 Low-light lenses
Canon's low-light cameras are ideal for shooting when the sun goes down as models like the Canon PowerShot G16 features a superbly wide aperture of f1.8

6 Accessorise
There are numerous accessories, which compact users can buy to broaden their camera's scope for creativity, including Speedlites, tele-convertors, viewfinders, underwater housing and remote controls

PowerShot G1 X Mark II

This is an updated version of the extremely popular G1 X original. In its latest form, the 'expert range' compact sees the addition of a faster, longer lens, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, a touch screen variangle LCD, an enhanced auto-focus system and dual lens control rings. As well as these new additions, the brand has made one notable reduction; the removal of the integrated viewfinder which may disappointment some photographers, although users can purchase an optional electronic viewfinder.
 The G1 X Mark II hosts an all-encompassing selection of controls on its stylish and strong metal chassis. Newcomers can take advantage of the automatic and scene modes, whilst veteran photographers will i nd the camera's manual and semi-manual setup easy to explore. Finally, an arty range of filters bridges the gap between levels, and is a fantastic resource for creative shooters.
 One of the biggest draws is the image quality, as the camera's sensor makes it one of the only compacts on the market to gift photographers with DSLR-like control over depth of field. Its fast and bright lens coupled with an ISO range that features well-controlled noise levels up until ISO 1600, makes it an ideal choice for shooting in low-light. Exposure is consistently accurate, colour values are strong and realistic, and details are punchy.


A feature-rich, high-end, strong performing expert compact, capable of creating the most impressive image quality on the market  

Technical data  
Price £799/$800 (body only)
Megapixels (effective) 12.8MP
Max resolution (pixels) 4352 x 2904
Sensor information 1.5 type Canon high-sensitivity CMOS (18.7mm x 14mm)
Lens data f2.0-f3.9, 12.5 - 62.5 (24-120mm)
Zoom 5x optical, 4x digital, 10x ZoomPlus
Focus/macro 5cm
Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000 sec
ISO sensitivity 100 - 12,800
Exposure modes A, Scene (6), P, SP, AP, M
Metering options E, CW, S
Flash modes A, M, SS, Fon, Foff
Weight 558g with battery
Dimensions (mm) 116.3 x 74.0 x 66.2mm
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD 3" inches 1040k dots PureColor II Touch screen TFT
Viewfinder: Optional EVF

Summary

It can be argued there aren't many stronger shooters in this corner of the compact market, but its rather steep price-point does bring it into contention with CSCs and DSLRs.

PowerShot S120

Donning an enviably bright f1.8 lens, fast 9.4fps burst, vast ISO range and Wi-Fi, the PowerShot S120 enters as the fifth camera to join Canon's critically acclaimed 'expert' compact range. Like most Canon compacts, this high-end shooter is responsive, and offers an unequalled handling experience. Image quality is strong, with the majority of pictures being well-exposed, displaying sharp details and rich, accurate colours. Noise is successfully managed until ISO 1,600 but the camera's noise reduction software can over soften on occasion.

Technical data

 
Price £450/$450 (body only)
Megapixels (effective) 12.1MP
Max resolution (pixels) 4000 x 3000
Sensor information 1/1.7 type backilluminated CMOS
Lens data f/1.8 - f/5.7 5.3 - 26mm (equivalent 24-120mm)
Zoom 5x optical, 10x ZoomPlus, 4x digital
Focus/macro 3cm
Shutter speed 250 - 1/2500 sec
ISO sensitivity 80 - 12,800
Exposure modes A, P, SP, AP, M, Scene (7)
Metering options E, CW, S
Flash modes A, Fon, Foff, SS
Weight 217g (with battery and card)
Dimensions (mm) 100.2 x 59 x 29mm
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC
LCD 3" PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Viewfinder: n/a

Summary

An 'expert' touch-screen compact ideal for those seeking a high performance shooter.

PowerShot SX280 HS

Cramming an impressive 20x optical zoom and a 40x digital zoom under the hood, the SX280 HS allows photographers to shoot at an equivalent wide-angle focal length of 25mm right through to a telescopic 500mm, making it ideal for landscape, portrait, wildlife and street photography enthusiasts. Proving to be a feature-rich travel compact, the camera touts GPS, Wi-Fi, manual modes, Full HD movies (60fps) and a hearty 12.1 MP image sensor.

Technical data  
Price £299/$280 (body only)
LCD 3" inches 461k dots PureColor II G TFT
Megapixels (effective) 12.1MP
Max resolution (pixels) 4000 x 3000
Sensor information 1/2.3 type backilluminated CMOS
Lens data f3.5 - 6.8, 4.5-90mm (equivalent 25-500mm)
Zoom 20x optical, 40x digital
Focus/macro 5cm
Shutter speed 1 - 1/3200 sec
ISO sensitivity 80 - 6,400
Exposure modes A, Scene (7), P, SP, AP, M
Metering options E, CW, S
Flash modes A, M, SS, Fon, Foff
Weight 233g with battery
Dimensions (mm) 106.4 x 62.8 x 32.6mm
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
Viewfinder: n/a

Summary

Representing excellent value for money, this compact shooter outputs high-quality images.

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