New sensor brings higher sensitivity
Canon has introduced a new flagship G-series camcorder, the Vixia HF G30, geared for advanced amateur videographers. The camera features a new wide-angle f/1.8 lens with 20X zoom capabilities, built with the same ultra-low dispersion glass that is used in the company's pro equipment, while the new CMOS sensor has been enlarged over its predecessor for improved light sensitivity and reduced noise.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 takes on mirrorless and micro four thirds
Canon has taken the covers off the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR, which it is calling the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured digital SLR camera. The new device weighs 14.36 ounces and is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i as a point of comparison. Canon appears to be targeting the device at would-be mirrorless camera buyers or those interested in micro four thirds devices.
EOS-b has 18MP sensor, EF-S 18-55mm lens, $800 pricetag
A previously-unannounced camera from Canon appeared on the Best Buy website, shortly before being taken down. The listing on the retail site described a camera as an EOS-b 18-megapixel digital SLR, combined with an EF-S 18-55mm zoom lens, and that it was available for pre-order at a cost of $800.
Preview shots from an iOS or Android device
Photography is always a popular theme at the Macworld Expo, where Hyper brought its CameraMator wireless viewfinder for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. MacNN has taken a closer look at the Kickstarter-funded device, which enables users to preview snapshots or trigger the shutter from an iOS or Android device.
ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, A2500 added to consumer camera line
Canon has announced the addition of three stylish, feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras to its line of imaging products. Newly added are the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, and A2500. The PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera provides advanced wireless connectivity for easy sharing, and includes the company’s HS System that delivers clear images with minimal noise and maximum detail even when shooting in low light. Canon's Smart Auto feature allows the new cameras to detect up to 58 scene types for the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera, and up to 32 scene settings for the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera and PowerShot A2500 digital camera. All three models also feature "eco-mode," a new power consumption management technique that extends battery life by approximately 30 percent.
Lefties likely to appreciate Canon's quirky PowerShot N compact shooter
At Canon's booth at CES we made ourselves familiar with the upcoming PowerShot N compact camera. It breaks from tradition in two key ways, as it's a near perfect square rather than the usual rectangular form factor and lacks a physical shutter button. Instead, users can either use the 2.8-inch touchscreen to capture photos or by pressing down on the forward-most metal ring. Right behind it is the zoom ring, with a larger diameter, allowing zooming in during video capture (at up to 1080p) as well.
Canon Cinema EOS-1D C, shoots video in 4K at 24fps
The Canon Cinema EOS-1D C, first announced in April, is now shipping in Japan. The high-end full-frame camera is the first on the market to be able to shoot video in the Ultra HD format with a resolution of 4096x2160. US customers can expect to get their hands on the new flagship camera for $11,999 when it goes on sale by the end of the week.
Wireless printers have paper cartridges at front, sits flush to wall
Canon has refreshed its printer and scanner lines with an improved design aesthetic and a number of functional improvements. Three Pixma printers, two of which are classed as "All-In-One" printers, and a CanoScan scanner have been listed by the company as being close to release in stores, with wireless connectivity being the main focal point, besides the redesigns.
Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony cameras added or improved
Apple has released a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, version 4.02, for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11. The new version improves the compatibility of the two applications with a number of new camera models that take pictures in RAW format. Models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony are among those included in the update, which is just 5.04MB in size. The update works with the now-combined iPhoto and Aperture libraries, meaning only one update needs to be issued for users of both -- or either -- programs.
24-70 lens features macro mode
Canon has announced two new lenses for its DSLR cameras. Of the pair, the flagship is the EF 24–70mm f/4L IS USM. As its name implies the lens is a high-end L-series model, supporting apertures up to f/4 at all zoom levels. It's also equipped with an ultrasonic motor, image stabilization, and a macro mode, the last of which can be turned on with a switch. The lens should ship in December at a cost of $1,499.
Stagnant global economy blamed for lower demand
Canon has seen its net income go down by more than a third, according to the company's third quarter results. Revenues dropped to $10.3 billion, a fall of 13 percent compared to last year's results, with the continued low demand of the company's products claimed to be the main culprit. Demand for compact cameras have stalled, with the "stagnation of the global economy" receiving the blame.
Uncompressed HDMI video allows for external recording
Canon has confirmed it will be releasing a new firmware for its EOS 5D Mark III in the spring. The biggest update for the camera will be in allowing videographers to record uncompressed high-definition video from the HDMI port to an external recording device. The uncompressed YcbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit output will allow users to edit the resulting footage with the most minimal degredation possible.
New features added include Wi-Fi, 50x optical zoom
In addition to the EOS 6D announcement from earlier, Canon has boosted the PowerShot line with three new models. The G15 provides some of the most advanced features in the PowerShot lineup. Built-in Wi-Fi allows the PowerShot S110 to share images and video to social networking. A high-powered 50x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization give the SX50 HS clear, steady images even at full telephoto magnification.
Camera ships with Wi-Fi, GPS
Canon has quickly introduced a direct competitor to Nikon's new D600 and Sony's Alpha 99, unveiling the EOS 6D full-frame prosumer DSLR. The 6D appears to merge features from the 5D series, pairing the Digic 5+ image processor of the Mark III with a new 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that falls closer to the specs of the Mark II, though the new offering is priced below either of the older models.
Both superzoom cameras use 16MP sensors, DIGIC 4 processing
Canon has announced two new superzoom cameras. Both the SX160 IS and SX500 IS use similar 16-megapixel sensors in tandem with a DIGIC 4 image processor and Cannon's Intelligent IS (image stabilization) system, have a three-inch LCD on the back, an ISO range of 100-800, and the ability to take 720p video at 25 frames per second, but then they diverge.
Sony's A99 said to target Canon's 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III DSLRs
With its upcoming Alpha 99 DSLR, Sony will aim to specifically outperform Canon's 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III, Sony Alpha Rumors learned from its sources. The feedback Sony gathered from professional photographers indicated they wanted pro video quality and support so that's the two areas it aims to better Canon's shooters. A support system will also be developed for the camera, the source said.
Firmware v2 adds in-camera editing, extra controls
Canon has issued a firmware upgade for its EOS 7D DSLR. Firmware v2 adds a number of improvements to the three-year old camera, allowing greater control of image settings and functionality. Changes include a higher maximum RAW burst rate, now up to 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs, as well as a number of new in-camera editing functions.
Canon posts tutorial, inspirational, and other videos on dedicated YouTube channel
Canon North America has just announced the launch of its dedicated YouTube channel that gives visitors the chance to learn about the company's products. The videos currently up are fairly short, but don't go in-depth. Still, there are a few beginner-friendly tips and tricks for setting up and using the features of various Canon products, including the EOS DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras, and flashes.
Canon last of four largest camera makers to use mirrorless system
Canon has officially unveiled its previously rumored mirrorless camera, the EOS M. The launch makes Canon the last of the large four manufacturers to use such a system, with Sony's NEX-C3, Nikon's J1 and V1, and Fujifilm's X-Pro 1 reaching the market earlier this year and late last year. Using an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with the DIGIC 5 image processor, the EOS M appears to match many of the specifications the Rebel T4i uses, if not sharing the physical appearance.
Electrix sound pack for Ableton
Canon has launched a new iOS application that allows users to print and scan directly from their mobile device. Canon Direct Print and Scan connects with imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER Advance systems, and includes support for directly printing e-mails, PDFs, and photos. Users can also scan documents and manage print finishing and scanning options, such as paper size selecting, scan resolution, duplex printing, and more.
Photo All-In-One offerings include one wireless model
Canon announced today the release of three additions to its Pixma Photo All-In-One printers and one new compact Selphy model. The new Pixma models includeare the MG4220 Wireless, MG3220 Wireless, and MG2220. The Selphy model is the CP900 Compact Photo Printer. The company also announced today the roll out of new software tools aimed at helping users organize and store their photos.
Improved augmented reality system to aid in product design
Canon has previewed its Mixed Reality (MR) augmented-reality system in Japan. Billed as a product design tool, it allows users to wear display-equipped eyewear to see and interact with a virtual object. A physical object is also used for positional reference and tactile feedback, adding to the perception that the object is real.
Canon looks to move to fully-automated camera production by 2015
Electronics maker Canon will transition to the manufacturing of its digital cameras entirely by robots rather than human workers, company spokesperson Jun Misumi told SeattlePI. Such a move would reduce costs and isn't relegated to just Canon, as other Japanese companies are moving towards the same. Canon is aiming to have the process fully automated by as soon as 2015, though this is the best case scenario and no specific dates were revealed.
Canon details 5D Mk 3 light bug and 1.1.2 update
Canon tackled some of the teething issues of the EOS 5D Mark III, including its exposure bug. In a statement, it said that the LCD was skewing the displayed exposure value, but not the actual shot. The company would inspect DSLRs on request starting in mid-May, but it didn't see cause for a fix.
Deals on printers, USB drives, and more
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EOS 5D Mark III can trigger false exposure
Canon has posted a warning about a potentially serious issue with the EOS 5D Mark III. Lighting up the LCD while photographic dark scenes can confuse the autoexposure sensor, making it think the scene is brighter and skewing the final results. The company was preparing "countermeasures" to combat the problem, but what those were hadn't been mentioned.
Mass production stalls
Canon has admitted that its flagship EOS-1D X camera and EF 24-70mm lens are facing production delays that will affect the expected ship dates. The company originally promised to ship the 1D X late in March, however the camera is now expected to be delayed until this summer.
Canon intros C300 successor for 4K shooting
Canon on Thursday made a number of announcements relating to high-end pro video, starting with the EOS-1D C and now the EOS C500 and C500 PL. Either of the C500 models is meant for cinematographers and shoots up to 4K resolution (4096x2160) video, though the former takes EF-mount lenses and the latter accommodates PL-mount glass. They output in 10-bit uncompressed RAW format and meet SMPTE production standards.
The camera also simultaneously records 50Mbps HD proxy video to its CF card to ease offline editing. At its heart is a new Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor rated that is rated at approximately 8.85 megapixels.
Canon EOS-1D C becomes real
Canon made its concept camera real on Thursday by revealing the EOS-1D C ahead of NAB. The variant on its highest-end DSLR is the first camera of its kind to record 4K (4096x2160) video. Although capped at 24 frames per second, the 8-bit, 4:2:2 video is advanced enough that it can be used as part of a professional movie shoot using greater-than-HD video cameras from companies like RED while keeping the size much smaller for handheld recording.
Makes rare backtrack on earlier code
Apple is pushing out two new patches to Mac users via Software Update. Of these the most critical is Java for OS X 2012-002, which actually replaces 2012-001, released earlier this week. Apple rarely outright removes an earlier update; 001 may have had a critical bug or security flaw that was somehow missed in a rush put out the code, which was meant to combat the Flashback Trojan.
Canon focuses on star photography with new DSLR
Canon on Tuesday updated its astronomy-friendly DSLR offering for the first time in several years by launching the EOS 60Da. The new version, a modification not seen since the EOS 20Da, takes the 18-megapixel camera and gives it both a changed infrared filter and improved sensitivity to hydrogen-alpha light. The upgrades give it about three times better performance overall for photographing a nebula cloud and other star formations.
Super HD camera sports $8k price
Sony may soon be releasing a high performance NEX-based camera for the professional videography market. EOSHD quotes sources as saying the company will be unveiling the NEX FS700 at the NAB 2012 conference next month. The camera can purportedly record at 4K resolution with a price point of $8,000.
Sony A99 said to get 102-point cross-point AF
The upcoming Sony Alpha 99 (A99) may sport with a 102-point cross-point autofocus system, Sony Alpha Rumors learned from trusted sources. Prototypes of the Single-Lens Translucent (SLT) camera are reportedly equipped with the feature, which offers nearly twice as many autofocus points as some flagship DSLRs from competitors. The Nikon D800 has 51 points, for example, while Canon's EOS 5D Mark III has 61. Sony's own A77 camera has 19 cross points.
Pro DSLRs hit US shelves by tomorrow
Two high-end digital SLRs have begun hitting retailers' shelves. The 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800 has started to ship to Japan and Europe as of Wednesday, and is expected in Australia today as well as the US tomorrow for Nikon Professional Services customers. The 22.3-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II was anticipated at US stores on Sunday, but B&H Photo has it in stock and already has begun shipping.
Panasonic Lumix GF5 images are leaked online
A site called nPhoto has just shared what appear to be official photos of the upcoming Lumix GF5 camera from Panasonic. They follow up from yesterday's less formal photo leak, and the source confirmed that the ISO range will be the same as that offered by Canon's EOS 7D and 60D DSLRs. This would put it at 100 to 12,800.
Best Buy screen reveals 5D Mark III due March 25
The flagship Canon EOS 5D Mark III will be shipping at Best Buy stores and likely other retailers on March 25, Engadget learned. The date is indicated in a photo of the inventory screen at Best Buy sent in to the source and lines up with earlier reports that the camera will be out before month's end. At the same time, the 404-page owner's manual (PDF) is also available online, and ahead of the release.
Strong Yen expected to affect profits
Canon is reportedly planning to slash production costs by at least 400 billion yen (~$4.8 billion USD) by expanding its use of robotics. The strategy move is said to be related to the strength of Japan's yen currency, which is expected to negatively impact the company's annual profits by as much as 100 billion yen (~$1.2 billion USD).
Canon hints at Cinema EOS DSLR news
Canon has sent out invitations for an April 15 event ahead of the NAB media production expo in Las Vegas. Saying only that "the story continues," it uses the same theme as the Cinema EOS event from November. Its most probable candidate is the Cinema EOS DSLR Canon hinted at in the fall, which would mate a full-frame DSLR body with 4K video recording and cinematography-oriented lenses.
Nikon pulls D800 promo videos with Canon content
In a promo video for its recently released D800 at its Bangkok launch, Nikon included footage that not only was used without permission but also shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Once the video was shared on YouTube (below), people who recognized their work began calling Nikon out on its mistake. One such party was Norwegian pro photographer Terje Sørgjerd, whose work is seen in Nikon's video, was used without permission, and was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II.
Canon PIXMA MX892 gets cloud printing support
Canon introduced a new PIXMA-series high end printer on Tuesday in the MX892 Wireless Office All-In-One (AIO). The printer will connect to cloud and local network services to print or fax documents, including AirPrint, Google's Cloud Print, Picasa Web Albums, and PIXMA Cloud Link services. The printer also offers a number of templates for placing images on stationery and calendars, among others.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III answers long call
Canon on Friday brought out one of the most sought-after DSLRs of recent years in the EOS 5D Mark III. The full-frame DSLR has only a slight resolution upgrade, to 22.3 megapixels, but the new sensor and a new DIGIC 5+ processor have rapidly caught the cult favorite camera up to the modern era. It now has a much more precise 61-point autofocusing system and can shoot at up to six frames per second (up from 3.9) at the full resolution.
Authenticity of spec sheet remains unclear
A broader range of potential specifications for Canon's EOS 5D Mark III camera may have leaked ahead of schedule. Corroborating earlier rumors, a leaked spec sheet posted on Canon Rumors suggests the DSLR will be outfitted with a 22-megapixel sensor and 61-point autofocus system. Fresh details point to a new Digic 5+ image processor, rather than the company's existing Digic 5 chip, and an ISO range that tops out at 102400.
Canon 5D Mark III leaked ahead of March 2 debut
The Canon 5D Mark III that's expected to officially launch on March 2 has shown up on the CanonRumors forums. There will be at least two events to unveil it, with one in France and the other in Singapore. The unconfirmed specs include a 22-megapixel sensor and a 61-point autofocus system.
Sony may have DSLR-grade rival to Canon G1 X
Sony may be hoping to one-up Canon's PowerShot G1 X with a more ambitious camera of its own. A rumor originating from multiple "trusted sources" of Sony Alpha Rumors has a future camera using a DSLR-grade sensor at APS-C size but with a non-removable lens like its Canon alternative. The lens itself is described as a pancake-sized compact zoom that would keep the camera relatively small.
Canon lens patent confirms mirrorless camera due
A new patent application found online on Monday has lent strong support to the belief Canon is working on a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera. The patent is for an 18-45mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens explicitly meant for APS-C mirrorless cameras. Allowing for the crop factor, the lens is equivalent to 29-70mm if it were full-frame.
Unusual burst of updates
In an unusual move, Apple has released simultaneous OS X driver updates for eight different brands. These include Canon, Samsung, Gestetner, Ricoh, Infotec, Lanier, InfoPrint, and NRG. Filesizes range from just under 17MB for the InfoPrint drivers to almost 330MB for Canon.
Canon launches three AIO printers
Canon has introduced three all-in-one Pixma printers, the MX372, the MX512 Wireless and the MX432 Wireless. The two wireless enabled devices both support AirPrint allowing users to print directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The printers are also accompanied by a companion mobile app, Canon Easy-PhotoPrint that is available for both iOS- and Android-based smartphones and tablets and now allows users to print PDFs created directly on the devices, not just photos as previously.
Canon adopts Wi-Fi in compact cameras
Canon brought Wi-Fi to more of its point-and-shoot cameras on Tuesday. Both the Elph 530 HS and Elph 320 HS can both send media directly to Image Gateway, an in-between album that in turn lets users share to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. An iOS app, CameraWindow is coming in March that promises to keep compact cameras relevant: it will let owners send photos and videos directly to the Apple devices both for safekeeping and to upload to the same social sites.
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS joins lineup
The most performance-minded camera in Canon's lineup for the CP+ show Tuesday was unveiled as the SX260 HS. While the model name is slightly off from leaks, it confirms talk of a leap from 14X to 20X zoom in the body. The design comes outfitted with both a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that helps in low light as well as a DIGIC 5 chip that improves image quality and allows for 1080p video.
Canon PowerShot A810 through A4000 IS arrives
Canon picked Tuesday to bring out no less than six new PowerShot A-series cameras to boost its entry level. At the top, the A4000 IS and A3400 IS each have firsts: the A4000 IS has a long 8X zoom, while the similar-resolution A3400 has a 5X zoom but is the first A-series with a touchscreen that can be used to focus or take the shot. These and the other new cameras in the line all have 16-megapixel sensors and 720p video support.