Reviews: Canon IXUS 255 HS (techradar), Powershot N (cnet) And Powershot SX280 (photographyblog)

Canon ELPH 330 HS
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  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Canon 10x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24-240mm
  • 3.0″ LCD Monitor
  • Continuous Shooting Rate of 6.2fps
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Canon HS SYSTEM

techradar reviewed the WiFi-enabled Canon Powershot IXUS 255 HS (ELPH 330 HS in the US, available with a $30 discount for $199 at B&H and Adorama). In the conclusion they write:

Overall, the Canon IXUS 255 HS is a solid, dependable, easy to use point and shoot camera. With its full price of £230/US$230/AU$280, it sits comfortably in its price bracket, shared by rival cameras such as the rugged Fuji XP200, stylish Nikon Coolpix S9500 and ultra wide-angled Panasonic SZ9.

You can power on and take a shot within a matter of seconds, making it almost as quick to use as your always-to-hand smartphone, but with a resulting image quality that far outstrips its mobile competitors. It also offers an array of useful functions without cramming too much in for gimmick value, making it simple and easy to handle.

The Canon IXUS 255 HS is capable of producing some excellent images, with plenty of detail and vibrant colours. Pleasingly, we also found the HD video shooting to be good, making it useful for those who want to shoot the occasional home movie too.

Canon Powershot N
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  • 12.1MP High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 8x f/3.0 Optical Zoom Lens
  • 28-224mm Focal Length Equivalency
  • 2.8″ Capacitive Tilt-Touch LCD Panel
  • 1080p Full HD Video Capture
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • One-Touch Mobile Device Connect Button
  • Creative Shot Mode

cnet reviewed the WiFi-enabled Canon Powershot N ($299), a true fun-cam. In the conclusion they write:

The Canon PowerShot N acts as a nice complement to a smartphone camera. You get some optical zoom with excellent optical image stabilization, very good photo and video quality (certainly better than typical phone camera quality), and built-in Wi-Fi so you can still share your shots almost as easily as you can when you shoot with your phone. And it’s all in a tiny attention-grabbing package.

PowerShot SX280 Review
Canon PowerShot  SX280
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  • 12.1MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Focal Length Equivalent: 25-500mm
  • 3.0″ LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture at 60fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization
  • Hybrid Auto Mode
  • GPS Tracker

Finally, photograhpyblog reviewed the WiFi and GPS-enabled Canon PowerShot  SX280 ($329). In the conclusion they write:

The same 25-500mm, 20x zoom lens offers a broad focal range that makes it possible to frame up subjects near or far in pretty much an instant, pretty amazing given the size of the SX280 HS which is only a little larger than most compacts. The GPS system has been speeded-up, so that the waiting time for a lock on the nearest satellite is shorter, while wi-fi makes its first appearance on a Canon travel-zoom. As with Canon’s other wireless compacts, though, it doesn’t offer all of the features of rival systems and is a little difficult to both setup and use. Using both GPS and wi-fi quickly drained the battery, so buy a couple of spares if you want to take full advantage of the camera’s features.

Asia/Eu/Germany Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body Only (Eur 1562) w/ EF 24-105mm IS (Eur 2239)

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If you live in Europe you can get the EOS 6D body only or the kit with the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens for a real competitive price at DigitalRev. I calculated the price for Germany, the price may vary slightly for other European countries but is comprehensive of all taxes and custom duties. Free shipping.

For US visitors there is a good EOS 6D eBay deal here.

Could The New EOS-1D C Firmware Turn an EOS-1D X In An EOS-1D C?

EOS-1D C Firmware EOS-1D C Firmware

A few days ago Canon announced a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D C, which, among other fixes, brings 25fps at 4k. The firmware is not available by download, instead you have to take your EOS-1D C to an authorized Canon service center in order to get it on your camera. This is unusual.

The Phoblographer reports about users that are suggesting Canon doesn’t want the firmware to get in the hands of EOS-1D X owners. Why? Because the hardware of both cams is nearly (if not totally) the same and the EOS-1D C firmware could turn an EOS-1D X in an EOS-1D C, a higher end gear with a much heftier price tag ($11,999 vs the $6700 of the EOS-1D X). Btw, the EOS-1D X also got a firmware update in the last days.

The Phoblographer is currently investigating the issue with Canon.

The EOS-1D C is sold for $11,999 at the following shops: B&H and Adorama, and you can rent it here.
anon EOS -1D X price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon C100 vs EOS 7D Video Comparison

How do the Canon C100 and the Canon EOS 7D compare? It’s a $5500 (C100) vs $1300 (7D) affair and they have different sensors, but it is interesting to see where the differences are. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM was used on both cameras.

Canon C100 with a $1000 discount at: Adorama and B&H
Canon EOS 7D price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA [via planet5d]