Engadget scooped the next Canon Rebel (Canon 400D dSLR) that everyone has been speculated would be released for Photokina.
If the specifications are true, I’ll have to eat a little humble pie. I was predicting the 9 point AF system (as Nikon has switched to the CAM1000 11 point AF system with the D80), but I wasn’t predicting the following:
- 10.1 megapixel CMOS.
- Anti-dust removal. I thought this was a feature that Olympus/Panasonic and Sony would want to keep away from the big boys (Canon and Nikon).
- Shitty shot buffer.
The rest of the specs listed are no different the the Rebel.
I’m really surprised with that. For the record I was thinking the following:
- Same 6 megapixel CMOS. I was thinking Canon would put a 10+ megapixel CMOS in a 30D replacement this year instead of the Rebel this year
- Same plastic body and design. Some people really like how small and light the Rebel XT is. Better keep with what works.
- Same 3fps frame rate. I predicted the same for the D80, why would I predict otherwise for the cheaper Rebel 400D?
- 9 point AF system like the 10D/20D/30D (a no brainer given Nikon’s move). The current Rebel line has a 7-point AF. It’s only useful for sport and wildlife photography but it is important to keep up with the jones.
- Larger LCD in the back. Canon sorely needs this, it makes a huge difference for photography. The 30D has this upgrade which keeps up with the D200 and D80 on Nikon’s side.
- Larger shot buffer. (They should also upgrade the PIO/ATA system but they probably won’t.)
- A real spot metering, instead of partial metering.
- Maybe 3200 ISO. Doesn’t really matter as it’s very noisy at this point
- Possibly a pentaprism and better viewfinder instead of a pentamirror and tiny viewfinder. However, I don’t think Canon anticipated this move by Nikon in the D80 so I have my doubts.
A 10.1 megapixel 1.6x CMOS from Canon out this year, if true, is a great thing for the industry. It shows Canon is really serious about APS-C. Something I’ve been saying was in the cards for the last year now.
(BTW, read the original Engadget post. You can see how deluded people are about thinking that Canon could introduce a 35mm frame camera in a Rebel designation. The power of magical thinking.)
If I have to eat a little humble pie about the timing, I’m happy to.
(I don’t want everyone buying Nikon—how then would I stand out? ;-))
There are two lenses to be introduced. Strangely both are EF, not EF-S lenses. So it shows Canon is still trying to maintain the perception of “waste money on EF lenses now on the off chance that someday you can afford a 5D later.”
A 70-200mm f/4L IS (a “baby L”) which in general I find very uninteresting because it’s just an image stabilized version of a lens already out and really about trying to get quality on a tight budget. Obviously the IS is going to push up that price a notch which IMO goes against the point.
The other lens is a 50mm f/1.2L USM. Besides incorporating a piezoelectric motor in a normal prime (not the first time, btw, see below), the other thing is the “L” designation and the 1.2 aperture. (Nikon has a 1.2 in that range, but it’s manual focus only.) That’s pretty cool, but I’ll have to see the results. Unlike Nikon, Canon is notorious of making their wide aperture stuff “too hot” in that they perform worse stopped down than a much, much cheaper lens—I’m specifically thinking about the $2500 50mm f/1.0L USM, or, as I like to call it: the craptastic craptastic.
Here is a relevant quote:
The EF 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4 produced images almost indistinguishable from those produced by the 1.0L lens at the same aperture. At f/1.0, images were soft to the point of being almost useless for any uses I would have for images. This lens may be a collectors item because it is rare and no longer in production. However, because of its poor performance at apertures wider than f/1.4 and the improved performance of high ISO digital cameras, there is little or no photographic rationale to own one.
My hope is that Canon learned from this mistake, because if this lens does well, Nikon will take a look at wide aperture DX normals.