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Canon Officially Announces New T5 & G1 XII

By Anthony Thurston on February 11th 2014

It seems that the specs leaked earlier today on the two Canon cameras was for a good reason, Canon decided to join Sony and make several announcements tonight, among them the new T5 (or Kiss X70) and G1 XII.

Canon Rebel T5

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Canon Rebel T5 Specs

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Included
  • Digic 4 Image Processor
  • Full HD 1080p Video
  • 3″ LCD Screen
  • 100-6400 ISO
  • 9-Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

If you are interested in the new T5 you can pre-order it from B&H  in a kit starting at just $549. If you ask me, I am curious what the point of this camera is. I mean a T2i from 2010 has equal to better specs based on who you ask. Why would anyone want this?

Canon G1 XII


Canon G1 XII Specs

  • 12.8MP High-Sensitivity 1.5″ CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-120mm f/2-3.9 (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • High Speed AF and 5.2 fps Shooting
  • HS SYSTEM and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Dual Control Rings and 14-Bit RAW

If you are interested in the new G1 XII compact camera you can pre-order that now from B&H for $799. It looks like a solid “advanced” compact camera. Lens could be a little better, but 24mm at F2 is not terrible, and 120mm at F4 is sufficient during most daytime shooting.

What are your thoughts on these two announcements from Canon? Share your thoughts below to join the discussion.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Quien S

    What is the idea behind a pocket camera with fancy protrusions at the lens making it to thick to put in your pocket

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  2. Ahab F

    Remember the Non I series is the entry level dslr. Comparing it to the t2i and up isn’t the same as comparing it to it’s predecessor, the t3.

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  3. Joao Matos

    The problem with this camera is the way canon name it, there in the states, because here in europe it will be launched as 1200D, the entry level SLR from Canon, that will replace the 1100D, far behind in terms of specs. The only thing i don’t get is, what will they do respecting to the mid-level aps-c SLR, that justifies anyone to buy it?

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  4. Derek

    I agree that on paper, the T5 sounds like a step backwards. But, there are a lot of examples of cameras or other gear that sounded lame on paper, but have established a solid following and brought interesting things to light. I’ll wait to make a judgement either way until test shots and reviews.

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  5. Nick Mercer

    Completely agree with you Anthony. There is absolutely no point to the T5 other then to confuse the moms that buy into this line of cameras or the beginner photographers. They will just notice that it is newer..

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