Canon reveals “world’s smallest DSLR camera”
Canon will soon launch what it is calling the world’s smallest digital single-lens camera, with a body that weighs just over 370 grams, measures 116.8×90.7×69.4mm and features an 18MP image sensor.
The company said its new camera, the EOS 1000D in Ireland (‘EOS Rebel SL1’ in the US and the ‘EOS Kiss X7’ in Japan), next month.
Digital SLR makers like Canon are increasingly feeling competition from lower-priced ‘bridge cameras,’ that offer a step up from a digital point-and-shoot models but are far cheaper and easier to use. Bridge models typically feature a single optical zoom lens that cannot be swapped out.
Canon said it is the smallest digital SLR with an APS-C image sensor, a format used in many mid-range and high-end single lens cameras. It has a suggested retail price of €749 for the body alone and €899 together with a newly developed zoom lens.
The company said its size and weight are about 25% less than previous models.
The image sensor and graphics processor allow for shooting about four frames per second. It will also allow auto-focus on about 80% of image area it shows.
The company said the new camera and lens combination were designed for video as well as still shots, with quieter and smoother operation than previous models.
Canon also announced a separate camera, called the X7i in Japan, that offers a slightly upgraded feature set, including an LCD display that can be rotated for shooting at different angles.
Canon said it will initially produce 200,000 units per month of the smaller sized model.
IDG News Service