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Canon Dominate Gizmodo’s Best Gadgets of the Year

18 Nov Posted by Matt in News |
Canon Dominate Gizmodo’s Best Gadgets of the Year

Gizmodo Best Gadgets ScreengrabTech-blogging heavyweights Gizmodo have published their Best Gadgets of the Year (So Far), and on the digital camera front it’s Canon who dominate proceedings.

We’ve already had our own look at the Best Budget Digital SLR Camera for Beginners (we should point out that the budget DSLR winner in Gizmodo’s list is somewhat more expensive than any of the models we tested), but it’s good to see what others are saying and they have a few reccomendations for categories we’re yet to test.  For now at least, it seems Canon still has its nose ahead of the pack…

Gizmodo Best Cameras

  • Budget dSLR: Canon T2i (known as the Canon 550D outside the US)
  • Midrange dSLR: Canon 7D
  • ‘Spensive dSLR: Nikon D3s
  • Point and Shoot: Canon S95 or Canon SD4000…check prices.
  • Pocket Camcorder: Flip Ultra HD, but only if you don’t already have an iPhone 4. Otherwise, your smartphone’s capturing better video than Flip’s dedicated device—give your pockets some extra space.
  • Phone Camera: iPhone 4
  • Waterproof Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
  • Helmet/Sports Camera: GoPro Hero HD and ContourHD Surfboard Mount

(read the full The Best Gadgets of the Year (So Far) at Gizmodo)

DCBs Verdict

The results of the Gizmodo round-up largely make sense, though even with a bit of a pre-Christmas push the ‘budget’ Canon EOS 550D/T2i will set you back around £650.  If you’re after beautifully cinematic HD video and a cracking stills camera then you won’t regret buying the 550D, though with no built-in guide mode you’ll need to put the effort in to get the best from it, especially if this is your first digital SLR.

Looking for something a bit more beginner and wallet-friendly?  Check out our Best Budget Digital SLR Camera for Beginners group test.  All these cameras are selling at under £350 right now - that’s about £300 less than you’ll find the 550D.

Some of their other choices have similar caveats too - the Canon S95 is a great compact camera, but if you’re new to exploring some of the finer settings and rely on your cameras Auto mode for the majority of your shots then the Canon PowerShot SX210 might be a better option.


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