Canon cues up a new budget SLR

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Goodbye, old faithful. For almost three years Canon’s most basic SLR, the EOS 1100D, has been a standby for many pro photographers and the perfect camera for introducing interchangeable lens photography to a newcomer. But its day is finally done: Canon has announced its replacement and its time to shoo the 1100D off stage right and welcome its successor, the EOS 1200D.

The EOS 1200D is a more solid and stable design than that of its predecessor. Not hugely different in terms of looks, but with a better finish that doesn’t feel quite as cheap. More importantly, it inherits the 18MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor that appears in many of the other current EOS cameras. Both photo and video quality benefit from this as it now records moving pictures in full HD.

Along with the EOS 1200D announcement Canon released the MR-14 EX II ring flash for lovers of macro photography. The two flash tubes that make up the lighting source for the flash each have independent power control. Recycle times are quick and silent which will help with sensitive creatures.

SA pricing and launch date to be confirmed.

[Image – Canon]

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.

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