Hybrid Digital Single Lens Reflex—these are versatile cameras with interchangeable leses. “Hybrid” refers to their ability to shoot both stills and video. “Digital” refers to the fact that they don’t shoot film. “Single Lens Reflex” refers to the use of a hinged mirror that sends the image up into the viewfinder–a design that was developed nearly a century ago. The mirror is hinged so that it flips up when the shutter is open, which is where “reflex” comes in.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
The full-sensor 5D family has been my go-to camera when I don’t need the horsepower of a 1D camera. I appreciate the smaller form factor and lighter weight. No surprise–the current Mark III generation is the best yet. The focus is dead on. The high-ISO performance is incredible.
Canon EOS 1D X
For no-compromise shooting, the full-sensor 1D X is the choice of pros all over the world. At 12 frames-per-second (RAW + JPEG), it is perfect for shooting high-action sports. The magnesium alloy body and full weather-sealing literally mean that you can shoot outdoors in the rain.
Canon EOS 6D
The recently announced EOS 6D brings the entry point for full-sensor cameras down to a new affordable level. It’s also the first D-series camera with Wi-Fi and GPS built in. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one this fall.
Canon EOS 7D
The 7D is a tried-and-true workhorse among HDSLRs. It features the APS-C sensor (which is smaller than the full-sized sensors found on the cameras above).
Canon EOS 60D
In addition to my 5D Mk III, I almost always have the 60D in my bag for those times when I want a less-obtrusive camera. It also has a tilting screen, which makes it a very handy camera to have when shooting overhead in crowded spaces. APS-C sensor (1.6x crop factor).
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
This is a sweet, little HDSLR that is the perfect starter camera. Despite it’s price point, this is a full-featured camera that has features not found on the earlier 7D and 60D cameras. APS-C sensor (1.6x crop factor).
Canon recently jumped into the new generation of MILCs. Thanks to the lack of a mirror and pentaprism viewfinder, these smaller cameras that offer the image quality of HDSLRs without the bulk.
Canon EOS M
Of all the cameras recently introduced, this is the one that I am most excited to use. The EOS-M features an APS-C sensor (same as the 7D, 60D, and T4i above). Yet, it is substantially smaller due to the mirrorless design. With the optional EF-M Lens Adapter, you can use your full-sized Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
I always have a point-and-shoot camera in my gear bag so that I can capture shots of my sets and locations without disturbing the settings on my HDSLR. All of the cameras listed below shoot both RAW + JPEG and have zoom lenses that retract into the body of the camera, so they are easy to carry in your pack or pocket.
Canon PowerShot S100
At about the size of a deck of playing cards, the PowerShot S100 will easily drop into your pocket or purse. The f/2 lens zooms from the 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm, which covers the most common shooting situations. The built-in GPS will geotag your images–especially handy when shooting on vacation. Canon recently announced the PowerShot S110.
Canon PowerShot G12
The G15 is about twice the thickness of the S100 and is built like a brick. While pocket-sized, it’s best to have a pair of baggy pants for this solid guy. Unlike the S100, which has a fixed screen, the G15 has a screen that tilts out and swivels–which I find to be a great help when looking for interesting camera angles in crowded situations. The f/2.8 lens zooms from the 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. Canon recently announced the PowerShot G15.
Canon PowerShot G1 X
This is the heavy-duty, pro-grade version of the G12/G15. I took the G1 X on a two-week backpacking trip and was very impressed with the quality of images that it produced. The f/2.8 lens zooms from the 35mm equivalent of 28-112mm.
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