The DSLR market continues to grab the 2007 spotlight and it has been shining brightly lately as Canon recently announced a bushel full of new cameras (along with a few printers and scanners) with two new DSLRs taking center stage.
The headline act is the new 21.1-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III, a high-end DSLR that features a new CMOS imaging sensor (36 x 24mm), 5fps shooting rate with bursts of up to 56 jpegs and 12 RAW format images. Canon explains that the Mark III has incorporated two identical next-generation DIGIC III imaging engines into the camera for parallel signal processing. The CMOS sensor reads out to the dual processors simultaneously in eight channels. The resulting performance is “the best we’ve produced” according to Canon.
The Canon 40D will surely battle the Mark III for industry headlines as Canon has brought an important mid-level DSLR into a product portfolio that includes the wildly popular 20D and 30D models. The 40D features a newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and a DIGIC III image processor, along with, Canon tells us, a redesigned autofocus sensor and 6.5 fps continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images). The company also announced several new additions to their consumer-level PowerShot line as well as some new printers and scanners that we’ll cover in upcoming issues.