Monday, February 8, 2010

Canon EOS 550D Rebel T2i - An Indie Film-Makers dream...

Canon are on a roll... as if the 5D MkII and the 7D weren't cheap enough for making stunning movies on, now they've gone and undercut their own prices with the new 550D. Ok, it's a slimmed down 7D... it's not as well built (plastic not magnesium-alloy) and it's got no weather-proofing..and maybe the AF system isn't quite as good...but for film-makers , it's a dream come true. Full 1920 x 1080 25p!!! It's still got the same HDMI out, still got the adjustable shutter speed, aperture and ISO an still uses an 18MP APS-C size CMOS chip.


For a UK street price of about £900 you get the cam with a 18-55mm kit lens and for around £1100 you get the cam with a 18-135mm kit lens. For around £1200 you get the dual kit which includes the 18-55mm and a 18-250mm zoom.
The Specs:
  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
  • Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
  • Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
  • 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
  • iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
  • Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
  • Exposure compensation +/-5 stops (although viewfinder scale is still +/-2 stops)
  • Select maximum value for Auto ISO
  • External Microphone socket
  • Movie crop function
  • Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility
This has got to be a massive moment for indie film-makers... you really can buy a camera that will give you gorgeous images, captured with a sensor far bigger than you'd ever get with a pro-sumer HD camera for less than a grand.  Amazing. I want

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