Canon has created two interesting niches for itself with cameras that represent a good value for beginning photographers along with very strong DSLR models. The cameras listed here have been released in the past 18 months, and they represent the best new cameras from Canon, both in its PowerShot point and shoot camera lineup and in its powerful DSLR lineup.
Canon's upgrade to the EOS 60D DSLR camera is now available for sale, and this new advanced model is going to provide some impressive features for an intermediate-level DSLR model.
The EOS 70D DSLR camera includes a 20.2 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, which is one of the best Canon image sensors available. The 70D also includes the same 19-point autofocus system that was included in the "five-star" EOS 7D camera.
The EOS 70D also includes a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, and 7 frames per second burst mode at full 20.2MP resolution.
It's been four years since the first mirrorless camera appeared in the market, and Canon was the final holdout among the major DSLR manufacturers to not add a DIL camera to its lineup.
That's no longer the case.
Canon's first DIL camera, the EOS M, now is available for sale. The Canon EOS M DIL is available primarily in black or white camera bodies, although two other models (silver or red) are available in some locations in the world. This camera includes a EF-M lens mount.
The M offers an 18MP image sensor, 1080p video recording, and a high-resolution touch screen LCD. Nikon introduced its first DIL camera last year with the J1, and now Canon has joined the mix. DIL cameras continue to grow in popularity, and having Canon on board will only enhance this type of camera technology.
Canon's smallest DSLR camera -- the award-winning Canon EOS Rebel SL1 -- is now available. This is the smallest DSLR camera on the market that contains an APS-C sized image sensor.
The SL1's CMOS image sensor offers 18 megapixels of resolution. Canon has designed the Rebel SL1 to be an easy-to-use camera for those photographers looking to make the jump from a point and shoot model to an interchangeable lens camera by including a mode called Scene Intelligent Auto Mode.
The SL1 also offers a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, four frames per second shooting options, and full HD video recording. You can purchase the SL1 with a kit lens or with the camera body alone. The SL1's camera body alone weighs 14.36 ounces, making it the lightest DSLR on the market with such a large image sensor. As with other Canon DSLR cameras, the EOS Rebel SL1, which made my list of 2013's best cameras, is available in black only.
Canon's T3i Rebel camera -- the T3i -- builds on the successes of past Rebel DSLR cameras while incorporating the latest technologies and features.
The T3i uses an APS-C size image sensor and uses Canon EF lenses. With 18 megapixels of resolution, the T3i is near the top end of consumer DSLR cameras. The award-winning T3i allows for nine AF points and includes a 3-inch high-resolution LCD that can swivel away from the camera.
Although it's touted as an upgrade to last year's Canon Rebel T4i, the new Canon EOS Rebel T5i doesn't appear to offer a significant number of improvements over the T4i. So if you already own the T4i, an upgrade probably isn't worth the investment.
Still, if you didn't purchase the T4i, the now available T5i can provide some nice improvements over older Rebel cameras, making it well worth considering as an upgrade over those older DSLR models.
Beginning photographers will find a top-end, 16MP of resolution with the Canon PowerShot A2400 camera, but some of its other features are only average or a bit below average.
With the A2400, which Canon recently announced, you'll find a 5X optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, and 720p HD video. All of these features are a bit lacking, at least when compared to other new 2012 models.
However, considering the A2400's low price, some beginning photographers can deal with average features. The A2400, which is available in light blue, pink, silver, and black, also measures just 0.84 inches in thickness, which is great.
The latest entry-level ELPH camera from Canon, the ELPH 115 IS, isn't going to amaze you with its feature list, but it's a solid little camera now available for right around the $150 price point.
The PowerShot ELPH 115 IS has a 16MP image sensor, an 8X optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD, and 720p HD video capture.
The ELPH 115 is available in black, blue, pink, or silver camera bodies. This camera also features what Canon is called an ECO mode, through which the camera employs power savings whenever appropriate, extending its battery life.
Canon has attempted to provide some advanced features in its ELPH series of stylish point-and-shoot cameras with the HS (high sensitivity) designation, and the latest in this family, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, follows along this line of thinking.
The ELPH 330, which made my list of the best cameras in 2013 can shoot at up to 6.2 frames per second in burst mode at a full 12.2MP of resolution. It also should perform well in low light using the HS technology, and the ELPH 330 can shoot at an ISO setting up to 6400.
The ELPH 330, which is available in black, silver, or pink, also has a 10X optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen.
The sharp-edged design of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS gives it an interesting look for a point and shoot camera. And it has some great photographic features to match its cool design, making it a 5-star camera.
The ELPH 520 HS includes a 12X optical zoom lens, which Canon claims makes the 520 HS the world's thinnest 12X zoom camera. The ELPH 520 HS measures 0.76 inches in thickness.
In addition, the ELPH 520 HS uses a 10.1MP CMOS image sensor, which should improve low light photography results. It has a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD and full HD video capabilities. The ELPH 520 HS is available in blue, red, silver, and black camera bodies, depending on your location in the world.
The PowerShot G16 is a very powerful fixed-lens camera with some high-end features. You'll find a fast f/1.8 lens with this camera, something that's rarely found outside of a DSLR lens.
The G16 has a 1/1.7-inch CMOS image sensor carrying 12.1 megapixels of resolution. The fast lens is a 5X optical zoom lens, which is pretty good for this type of camera. You can pick between the G16's optical viewfinder and its high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen to frame photos.
There are quite a few features found here that will appeal to advanced photographers.
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS provides some very impressive features for a point and shoot camera, giving both beginner and intermediate photographers a model that's going to give them some nice options.
You'll find 12.1 megapixels of resolution, a 20X optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, and full HD video options with the SX260 HS.
In addition, the PowerShot SX260 HS features a built-in GPS unit and a popup flash unit. It's an expensive camera, but it has quite a few features that you won't find in other point and shoot models, making this camera well worth considering.
Few fixed-lens cameras can match the 30X optical zoom lens that Canon has included with the SX500 IS.
Canon included 16MP of resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD, and 720p HD video options with the SX500 IS. This camera is a large model that's only available in black, so be sure that you can work with a camera that measures more than 3 inches in thickness before you purchase this one.