mpgxsvcd: These cameras may help Canon sell a few cameras now but it will hurt them in the long run. Uninformed consumers will buy these cameras and realize they aren’t much better than their phones. Then other people will show them results from cameras like the Panasonic FZ200 and LX7 and they will finally realize that the problem is that “Canon cameras” are no better than their phones. Some of the other cameras are actually much better.
That is funny. I thought Canon was trolling with this press release.
mpgxsvcd: I hope Dpreview finally steps up to the plate and tells Canon that this is not acceptable. It is time a camera or two gets the Bronze award.
"Why? they have done worse this year.much worse.
elph 340HS for instance."
I completely disagree. While the ELPH 340 HS is a truly terrible camera it also happens to be a truly inexpensive camera. It was $199 at launch. Now that doesn’t make up for its ridiculously slow lens but it makes it a little less deserving of the mythical Bronze award. It also has a more reasonable 4 FPS burst mode.
quiquae: Never ceases to amaze me how people keep waltzing in to give self-righteous pontifications about this low-end superzoom that they were never going to buy anyway.
The problem is that it is a low end camera with a high end price masquerading as a cheap alternative. There are plenty of cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony that will wipe the floor with this camera and do it for less money.
The issue we have is that Canon simply refuses to make a good product anymore. They simply go on name recognition and brand loyalty only. They are no better than Bose or Monster Cable.
I bought only Canon in the early 2000s because their cameras were the best. They used fast lenses and big sensors with large pixels. That was a recipe for success. Now they have done a complete 180 degree turn.
I actually want Canon to succeed. I want them to go back to their roots and make a competitive product again. You are right I would never buy these cameras. However, if Canon made a decent product for a reasonable amount of money I would go back them. So far I haven’t see that happen in about 4 years.
I hope Dpreview finally steps up to the plate and tells Canon that this is not acceptable. It is time a camera or two gets the Bronze award.
These cameras may help Canon sell a few cameras now but it will hurt them in the long run. Uninformed consumers will buy these cameras and realize they aren’t much better than their phones. Then other people will show them results from cameras like the Panasonic FZ200 and LX7 and they will finally realize that the problem is that “Canon cameras” are no better than their phones. Some of the other cameras are actually much better.
mpgxsvcd: Please don't buy these cameras. This only encourages Canon to build more terrible products.
"Terrible vs what?"
The Panasonic FZ200 is about $430 right now. It has a constant F2.8 lens from 25-600mm and shoots excellent 1080p @ 60 FPS video. The Panasonic LX7 is $350 and while it doesn’t quite have the reach that some people think they need it does have enough reach to get better shots than either of these cameras would give you.
mpgxsvcd: This Canon has an F3.4 to F6.0 24–1008 mm lens. They might as well have just included a fixed focal length 24mm F3.4 lens because that is about the only focal length and aperture that is remotely close to useful on this camera.
"I've taken shots of high-speed subjects at f/6.5 on my SX50IS, at 1200mm-equivalent, and cropped them to 2400mm-equivalent."
And they still looked like camera phone shots that were cropped way beyond their limits.
Please don't buy these cameras. This only encourages Canon to build more terrible products.
At least they didn't call it the T6i. Seriously Canon is designing in reverse. They are undoing everything that was great about their cameras before.
I am thinking that these Cameras would have fared better without a press release at all.
Dpreview should have recognized that these are not budget friendly cameras. These are cameras labeled “Budget Friendly” by Canon but they actually have heaps of profit margin built into them. They took out all of the expensive components like wifi and a fast lens and yet they raised the price of the camera.
F3.4 - F6.0. Seriously? It is like the Canon engineers suspend reality when designing these cameras.
If you are a novice photographer and you need a 600mm lens to capture something then you probably should reconsider whether you really need to capture that moment or not. In reality you simply are not going to do it justice no matter what camera you have. Buy a pair of binoculars and just let the memory of it serve you well.
This is the reason that people will continuously say "My phone takes just as good photos and videos as my camera". This is a piece of cr@p camera and it will sell like crazy in Best Buy because that is what Best Buy will promote.
Canon get your head out of your @ss and get back into the game.
This Canon has an F3.4 to F6.0 24–1008 mm lens. They might as well have just included a fixed focal length 24mm F3.4 lens because that is about the only focal length and aperture that is remotely close to useful on this camera.
Seriously 2 FPS for $400? Is this 2004 or 2014?
justmeMN: How *dare* Canon make a camera that's not designed for the enthusiast niche. It's an outrage! :-)
I don't think they made a camera that is for anyone. This is simply a camera that looks like it does everything on paper. However, in reality it offers nothing that would actually make your pictures or videos better than what you have now.
Why would anyone choose the SX520 over the Panasonic FZ200? They are both right around $400 but the FZ200 has all of these features below.
Constant F2.8 25mm-600mm lens. Seriously no one can effectively hand hold even 600mm. You don't need more than that.
1080p @ 60 FPS video and 120 FPS 720p video.
12 FPS continuous burst mode.
Jogger: Im surprised that DPR is impressed with the 4k video. The reviews that ive read have not been impressed with it at all. I guess its another checkbox to check off.. but, it would have been better to provide higher bit rate 1080p.
I would argue that the GH4 out resolves all but the more expensive monitors on the market today. Yes the GH4 has the best video performance. However, my bet is that you won’t be able to tell the difference between it and the FZ1000 in most cases.
Could everyone stop calling these cameras “Point and Shoot” cameras. This camera is capable of being used as a point and shoot but it is not limited to only that functionality like the category name suggests. Even professional cameras have a full auto mode like this camera does.
This is a Compact Mirrorless Fixed Lens Super Zoom camera. Nothing more. Nothing Less.