10 new useless cameras from Canon

Well, either Canon has lost its mind, or they now segmentize their products too much. They announced 10 new P&S cameras recently, and they all have very disturbing video-related features. Removed features, that is.

– Except the SX260 HS, none of the other new models now support exposure compensation and exposure lock in video mode. That was a feature that was standard in all older models. Without these features, videos look like amateur hour.
– All their low-end cameras now do 25p instead of 24p. This is very dubious, because this is not a case of Canon throwing a bone to the Europeans and their PAL system. This is a case of Canon cutting off the “cheap 24p camera” pathway.

Basically, we had 2-3 years of Canon P&S superiority when it comes to video, and now Canon very consciously is removing video features so they can sell more high end products (e.g. dSLRs), or trying to save their failing camcorder division.

As the market stands today, I can’t recommend anymore ANY new P&S for video (from any manufacturer). A dSLR is the way to go for anyone serious about video (with lenses, you’d need a good $1500). I’m personally eager to see the new T4i.

For those who are interested in old P&S stock, Amazon currently sells the Canon A1200 (720/24p @ 22 mbps with exposure comp/lock and color controls) for $79 (last year’s model). Here’s a documentary shot with this little camera, unfortunately not uploaded in HD though.


Omniscient Eyes wrote on February 8th, 2012 at 8:39 AM PST:

Ok, so if a DSLR is the route to go (for video)… what lense(s) would you recommend? I’m aware there is an extremely wide variety to choose from… but IYO, what would you suggest (please not ‘just’ L lenses).

Also, can you do a post or maybe list some things youd like to see on the T4i? I have a T3i that I bought a month ago. I dont need to tell you how awesome the video is on it… but now im debating if I should have waited for the T4i… guess we’ll have to see.

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Eugenia wrote on February 8th, 2012 at 10:41 AM PST:

Lenses are less important for video as they are for photography, because the image gets shrinked internally. They do matter though, but mostly for the very expensive ones. Just get lenses that support autofocus, everything else is up to you.

Regarding the T4i and all Digic5 next-gen Canon dSLRs, I already wrote here.

KoDece wrote on February 9th, 2012 at 6:21 PM PST:

It’s the skill not the camera lol. Maybe that’s the constant struggle the manufacture’s face. Pretty soon you’ll need to buy upgrade firmware to shoot in ClearNight mode (a simple ISO boost with basic NR). Anyway I’ve been lurking on your blog since 2010. I just grabbed a Powershot A1200 to curb withdrawls from letting go of my T2i :(. Well I want to email some footage I filmed today right after buying it ($80 at Walmart). It’s in flat mode too :).

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Eugenia wrote on February 9th, 2012 at 6:39 PM PST:

>It’s the skill not the camera lol.

This is true for most situations. However, there are 4-5 basic video features that are needed before the skill takes over as the main component in the work. See, if your camera can’t set or lock exposure, no matter how much skill you got, it’s useless for 99% of the artistic projects. At least for the kinds of videos I shoot, it’s required.

KoDec wrote on February 10th, 2012 at 6:49 AM PST:

Well for me manual control over exposure (aperture, shutter) and focus are absolute key. Now with the canon point and shoot we have to let the camera pick the values but at least it locks when recording. Good bye to focus pulls with the lens however. I’m uploading some clips to box by the way for you.

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