Canon has introduced a new camera, called EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70, which claims its place as the company’s entry-level APS-C DSLR from the EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / EOS Kiss X50.
A new entry-level DSLR camera has been announced for beginner photographers. Canon has decided to replace the older EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 with a newer, more powerful shooter, which will become available at an affordable price.
It is called Canon EOS 1200D and will retail as Rebel T5 in the United States, while the Japanese folks will find it in stores under the name of EOS Kiss X70.
Canon reveals new EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 entry-level camera with old sensor and image processor
The new Canon 1200D features an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and it is powered by the DIGIC 4 image processor.
The company says that the DSLR will be very fast and will capture high-quality images even in low-light conditions. However, it is hard not to notice that this is a sensor similar to the one introduced in the Canon 7D more than four years ago and which can also be found in the EOS 700D and EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 DSLRs among many others.
Photographers will certainly be upset that the Japan-based manufacturer has included a DIGIC 4 processor, as about one year has passed since DIGIC 6 has been introduced
Either way, the new Canon 1200D sports an ISO sensitivity range between 100 and 6400, albeit it can be extended to 12800 using built-in settings. Its autofocus system consists of nine points and its continuous shooting mode supports only 3fps.
Canon 1200D captures RAW photos and records time-lapse videos
As expected, the new Canon Rebel T5 is capable of capturing RAW images and full HD videos. It allows users to compose shots using a built-in optical viewfinder, although they can also make use of the fixed 3-inch 460K-dot LCD screen in Live View mode.
The usual shutter speed range will stand at users’ disposal offering a maximum of 1/4000th of a second and a minimum of 30 seconds. With the proper cables and skills, photographers can access the camera’s time-lapse recording feature, which will result in cool videos of their favorite places in the world.
Canon 1200D sports USB 2.0 and mini-HDMI ports, as well as a slot for an SD/SDHC/SDXC card. As expected, there is no built-in WiFi or GPS functionality, so users will have to retort to external accessories for that.
Canon reveals new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II for macro photography
As for lighting up dark environments, Canon has added a built-in flash into the new DSLR as well as an autofocus assist light. Nevertheless, the more exciting announcement is the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II.
It is aimed at macro photography and it supports E-TTL wireless, therefore it is compatible with Canon’s Speedlite 600EX-RT flash guns.
The company will release the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II as of March 2014 for a price of $549.99. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon for a similar price and release date.
These availability details can also be applied for the EOS 1200D with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens kit. Amazon is offering this product for pre-order with identical price and launch date.