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Monday, September 25, 2017

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III Coming In Mid October





The Canon Powershot G1X Mark III camera is expected to be announced in mid October with additional PowerShot models, like the G3X Mark II coming around the Consumer Electronic Show on January 9, 2018.

Heading into 2018 and beyond, The EOS-80D and EOS-7D Mark II's replacement, the Mark III will certainly be announced, together with the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R successor. Canon will almost certainly do away with the two different models and consolidate it into the EOS-5Ds Mark II camera.

I believe all the replacement cameras above will come with 4K video. In addition, Canon is already beta testing a new EOS-1 body now that has a higher pixel sensor than the EOS-1D X Mark II. The EOS-1D X Mark II is not scheduled to be replaced until 2019 or early 2020 but Canon has so many exciting technology they have to field test, including 100+MP sensors and Curved Sensors.

Finally, the professional full frame, mirrorless body with EF mount will be Canon's answer to the Sony A7 and A9 cameras that have been dominating the full frame mirrorless market for too long. I expect this high end mirrorless model will be announced some time in late 2018 or early 2019.

2018 and beyond are exciting years for Japan and Canon. In addition to the above mentioned cameras, a few new Diffractive Optics lens like the EF 600mm f/4 DO BR will also be announced.

The Soccer World Cup is in 2018 followed by the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. Then the Rugby World Cup and Summer Olympic Games will be held in Japan in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Canon usually makes a splash in these big world athletic events by introducing new gear for pro photographers.

Possible specs for PowerShot G1X Mark III :

  • 24mp APS-C Sensor (Mark II model has 1.5″ sensor)
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 24-120mm lens (35mm equivalent)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Canon Camera Applications For Certification




I am back from my High Arctic Wildlife Photo Tour. It was an enjoyable trip, albeit a bit light on the wildlife but I knew that in advance due to the late summer schedule of the tour. Nevertheless, I came across Polar bears, herds of Musk Oxen and Walruses, Arctic hares and foxes, a pod of Fin whales, seals, stunning sea ice and massive icebergs and glaciers as far as the eye can see.




Trying to get back to writing this blog but another trip is coming up next month. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Nokishita has unearthed new Canon cameras application for certification. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is expected soon but the applications point out to a new DSLR camera coming but I do not expect it until Q1, 2018.

I have reported Canon is working on a new EOS-1D camera in the past few months. It will have a higher pixel sensor than the current EOS-1D X Mark II but not sure whether it will be direct replacement of it. Beta models are out for field testing and the camera may be announced in the second half of 2018, around the same time Canon intends to announce a few new Diffractive Optics lens like the EF 600mm f/4 DO BR.

New Canon cameras applying for certification:

  • DS 126701 (Kiss X90)
  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • Made in Taiwan
  • Wi-Fi installed (Bluetooth not installed)
  • Size: W 129.0 mm × H 101.6 mm × D 77.1 mm

  • DS 126741 (Unknown)
  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • Wi-Fi installed (Bluetooth not installed)

  • PC 2328 (Unknown)
  • Digital camera
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • New wireless module installed (WM 600)

  • PC 2335 (PowerShot G1 X Mark III)
  • Digital camera
  • Made in Japan
  • SKU : 2208C001AA
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed

  • PC 2336 (MM100-WS)
  • Multipurpose module camera
  • made in Japan
  • SKU : 2540C002AA
  • Wi-Fi installed

Friday, September 22, 2017

Canon Announced Development Of Free Viewpoint Virtual Camera System


Massive iceberg in fjord, Geenland

Musk oxen with calf in Greenland

I am back from my High Arctic Wildlife Photo Tour. It was an enjoyable trip, albeit a bit light on the wildlife but I knew that in advance due to the late summer schedule of the tour. Nevertheless, I came across Polar bears, herds of Musk Oxen and Walruses, Arctic hares and foxes, a pod of Fin whales, seals, stunning sea ice and massive icebergs and glaciers as far as the eye can see.

You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com.




MELVILLE, N.Y., September 21, 2017 – Canon Inc. announced today the development of the Free Viewpoint Video System, a new visual solution that incorporates the optical and sensor technologies cultivated by the Company over many years. Using this technology, Canon aims to provide a high-value-added imaging solution for a wide range of applications including sporting events.

Various types of video production are employed at sporting events to convey a passion for sports and the thrill of competition. With the development of its Free Viewpoint Video System—which creates a realistic, immersive experience that gives the user a sense that they are really there—Canon has achieved a video experience that can be viewed from various angles and viewpoints, expanding the boundaries of visual expression and contributing to the development of video culture.

The system comprises several high-resolution cameras set up around the stadium, which are connected to a network and controlled via software to simultaneously capture the game from multiple viewpoints. Afterward, image processing technology renders the videos as high-resolution 3-D spatial data where users can freely move a virtual camera around the 3-D space, resulting in video that can be viewed from various different angles and viewpoints.

The Free Viewpoint Video System offers a completely new, totally immersive visual experience that enables viewers to operate a virtual camera in 3-D space to move freely around the stadium and even experience the simulated physical sensation of being among players on the field during a game. Along with providing a new way to enjoy sporting events, Canon plans to explore such potential applications for this system as training teams and athletes.

Canon will showcase the Free Viewpoint Video System at the Canon booth during Inter BEE 2017, held from November 15 to 17 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Canon Mini Projector - Mi1, Coming Soon




Canon Marketing Japan Inc will release the "Mini Projector M-i1," which can project video without using a personal computer, Sept 7, 2017.

The company expects that the projector will be used for making a presentation outside, having a conference in open space, projecting images at a construction site, etc.

The projector can project video by reading out data stored in the embedded memory or a USB memory stick by operating the touch pad. With a built-in battery, it can be used for up to two hours, and it can be used as a mobile battery for charging a smartphone, etc.

When the projector is connected to a smartphone, tablet computer, personal computer, etc via wireless LAN or Bluetooth, video from each device can be wirelessly projected. It uses Android OS and supports various applications such as web browsers.

The main unit measures 105 x 105 x 22mm and weighs 235g. Its projection range is from 0.5m (equivalent to a 14-inch screen) to 3m (84-inch screen), and its brightness is 701lm. It uses an LED light source with a service life of about 10,000 hours. There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, but it will be sold at ¥29,800 (approx US$273, excluding tax) at Canon Online Shop.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Extender USM Lens for $9,200 Including Free Shipping


Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Extender USM lens

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Extender USM lens camera for $9,200 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is a very good deal. Read my extensive review of this lens from my numerous wildlife photography tours with this versatile glass on MichaelDanielHo.com and keep up with my travels on Facebook and Twitter.

You will not find a link to this item because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website. You can easily find it on eBay yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest.

I am still on my High Arctic Wildlife Photo Tour. Currently in Iceland and will be heading home later this week. It was an enjoyable trip, albeit a bit light on the wildlife but I knew that in advance due to the late summer schedule of the tour. Nevertheless, I came across Polar bears, herds of Musk Oxen and Walruses, Arctic hares and foxes, a pod of Fin whales, seals, stunning sea ice and massive icebergs and glaciers as far as the eye can see.


Polar bear leaping among ice floes in the high Arctic

Had a few nights of Northern Lights activity around Greenland but I was too tired to stay up for any photography. Met and photographed some really cute Inuit children in Ittoqqortoormiit, a very remote village in East Greenland. Unfortunately, I have a new laptop and am having trouble processing the photos. So I will have to wait till I get home to post the photos.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Canon Announced New EOS Cinema C100 Mark II & C300 Mark II Firmware Updates


Canon EOS Cinema C100 Mark II and C300 Mark II camcorders


Canon EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL New Firmware Version 1.0.9.1.00 

Firmware Version 1.0.9.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :  

  • When CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is attached the following features are enabled:
  • Autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function.
  • Dual Pixel Focus Guide function.
  • The joystick on the camera's grip unit can be set to operate the zoom.
  • Manual control of the iris with Camera's Control dial.
  • Control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
  • Automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
  • Start/stop recording on the lens grip.
  • Retrieval of Lens metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance will display on the camera.
  • Allows the position of waveform monitor to be changed on the display.
  • Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses:
  • COMPACT-SERVO Lens [CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S]
  • EF Lens [EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM], [EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM]
  • When [Face Only] is active, the icon will change from gray to white when a face is not detected.
  • When the camera is turned off the IS mechanical lock will be active regardless of the position of the switch.
  • Fixes the list of shutter speed on the display when using Browser Remote.

Download : Canon EOS C300 Mark II Firmware v.1.0.9.1.00


Canon EOS C100 Mark II New Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 

Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements :

  • When CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is attached the following features are enabled:
  • Autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function.
  • The joystick on the camera's grip unit can be set to operate the zoom.
  • Manual control of the iris with Camera's Control dial.
  • Control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
  • Automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
  • Start/stop recording on the lens grip.
  • Retrieval of Lens metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance will display on the camera.
  • Adds peripheral illumination correction for the following lenses.
  • COMPACT-SERVO Lens [CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S]
  • EF Lens [EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM], [EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM]
  • When [Face Only] is active, the icon will change from gray to white when a face is not detected.
  • When the camera is turned off the IS mechanical lock will be active regardless of the position of the switch.

Download : Canon EOS C100 Mark II Firmware v.1.0.5.1.00 

Wildlife Photography - High Arctic Photo Tour


The high Arctic beckons

I am off on my high Arctic Wildlife Photo Tour. My journey starts in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Fly north and cross the Arctic Circle with a stopover at Tromso for passport check. Then fly on to Longyearbyen, deep inside the high Arctic. At latitude 78.50 degrees North, it is the most northern 'city' in the world served by regular jet service.


I am on Top Of The World (almost)

The Arctic is the northernmost part of our planet. The area lies above the Arctic Circle (66 degrees, 33 minutes North),  an imaginary line that rings the top of the globe. The Circle is about 1,400 nautical miles south of the North Pole but the High Arctic refers to islands and land mass much higher than 66 degrees, like the archipelago of Svalbard, Ellesmere Island in Canada, Franz Josef land in Russia and the most northern part of Greenland.

The Arctic is melting much faster than expected, and could even be ice-free in summer by the late 2030s, a report from the Arctic Council's Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program suggests. Previous studies had forecast an ice-free North Pole in summer by mid-century.


Polar Bear traversing the ice floes in Svalbard

Board the expedition ship in Longyearbyen, sail north and explore the west coast of Spitsgergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Hope to see and photograph Whales, Polar Bears, Walruses and Seals, Arctic Foxes plus a variety of sea birds including the rare Ivory Gull.


Blue Whale (largest animal on Planet Earth, ever) in the high Arctic


Atlantic Walrus frolicking in the high Arctic waters

Cross the Greenland Sea from Spitsbergen to the east coast of Greenland and travel south along the
ice's edge with an eye peeled on the horizon for wildlife and massive icebergs and glaciers. Explore the remote landscape on foot and zodiac, including an Inuit village. Cross the Denmark Strait and end up in Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice. Stay a few days for more exploration before heading home.


Ice Floes in the high Arctic

Iceberg resembling a piece of Blue Swiss Cheese

There will be no Internet access in the high Arctic, until I arrive in Iceland. In the meantime, you can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon Issued Service Advisory For EF 50mm f/1.4 With Focus Malfunction




From Canon USA :

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have determined that some EF50mm f/1.4 USM lenses exhibit a focus operation-related malfunction. The details of the phenomenon and Canon’s service policy are described below.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.

Phenomenon

While in AF or MF mode, when the focus position is moved from the infinity end to the close-up end, the focus operation stops near the area shown in the dotted circle below.



Canon EF 50mm f 1.4 USM Service Advisory Focus Malfunction

Possibly Affected Products

If the first four digits (from the left) in the serial number on the lens body (see image below) are “4918”, “5018”, “5118”, “5218”, “5318”, or “5418” then your lens may possibly be affected.




Canon EF 50mm f 1.4 USM Serial Number Identification

Support

Potentially affected products will be inspected and if necessary repaired free of charge. If you own one of the potentially affected products please contact our Customer Support Center.

When preparing your lens for inspection please be sure to attach the lens cap and the dust cap to the lens.

If you have not already done so, please register your Canon Product. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.

This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Canon USA Announced EOS-M100 Mirrorless Camera




MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the successor to the EOS M10 interchangeable lens camera: the compact and stylish EOS M100. An easy-to-use yet powerful camera, the EOS M100 is an excellent choice for those looking to step up from smartphone photography, offering the versatility of interchangeable lenses, optical zoom and the latest imaging technology, without sacrificing size, style or the ability to share instantly.

“We are living in a moment where more images are being taken and shared than any other time in history. In an increasingly visual world, high-quality images are the ones that truly stand out from the crowd,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “The new Canon EOS M100 can be the ideal camera for those eager to step up their images and share their creative vision without sacrificing image quality or on-the-go performance.”

Discover a World That Cannot Be Captured with Smartphone Photography

Canon’s newest EOS M-Series offering helps expand creativity while providing the ability to capture photos that simply cannot be matched by smartphone photography. The EOS M100 camera is boosted by a powerful 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the Canon DIGIC 7 processor. These attributes, alongside Canon lenses, are capable of rendering incredible details even when zoomed in on distant subjects or shooting in low-light scenarios, such as a dark restaurant. Packed with high-end features like Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which enables high-speed focusing for capturing fleeting moments nearly across the entire frame, and video mode, novice and enthusiast photographers alike will appreciate the tremendous capabilities of the new EOS M100 camera.




For those eager to share family photos, epic adventures or culinary creations with their friends and family, the EOS M100 camera is also Wi-Fi®*, Near Field Communication (NFC)** and Bluetooth*** connected, allowing for live-view remote shooting and the viewing and transferring of images to a compatible smart device, via the Canon Camera Connect app††. High-quality images and video can be uploaded to a compatible device for easy sharing to select social media networks. Once connected through Bluetooth, the EOS M100 camera can also work with a compatible smartphone’s GPS function to provide a geo-tagged log of where every photo was taken on one’s journey.

The EOS M100 camera features a revamped and simple touch user interface that makes it easy for users to change settings, adjust modes and even focus on their subject. The 3.0-inch LCD touch-panel display also offers tilt functionality, helpful when shooting subjects from creative angles. Users can also use touch focus and Dual Pixel CMOS AF to smoothly transition focus between subjects with the touch of a finger.




Users will also discover a newly designed and intuitive touch interface that makes it easy to choose settings and focus shots, while beginners can learn and improve on their photography using Canon’s Creative Assist function, an intuitive setting that allows users to execute their creative vision, even without an “expert level” of camera knowledge. To make a scene brighter or blur backgrounds, users simply select their desired change within the Creative Assist menu, and the camera will automatically make corresponding setting adjustments, available immediately in live view. Preferred settings can be saved for next time, while those using the mode will begin to learn more advanced camera techniques to further pursue their creative vision—beyond just Auto Mode.

Sized to be an on-the-go camera, the EOS M100 is slimmer and lighter than other M-Series offerings, and fits neatly into a bag with ease. The new sleek and refined design features two body color options—white or black.

The use of interchangeable lenses is a differentiator factor of the Canon EOS M-Series from most smartphone photography, with Canon offering seven distinct and lightweight EF-M lenses, spanning wide-angle, telephoto and macro applications. EOS M100 users can find a lens for nearly any application while maintaining a compact system ready for on-the-go moments. For those with Canon’s EF lenses, the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter (sold separately) will allow for the use of Canon’s complete lineup of EF and EF-S lenses. Exploring close-up macro photography is also possible using the EOS M100, combined with a macro lens option—great for wildlife or detailed food photos.

Expand Your Horizons with Useful Functions

The EOS M100 camera sports a host of useful functions for users of any level—whether a true beginner in the world of photography or someone who simply wants to take their images or video to the next level. These functions include:

  • Video Mode: Record Full HD 1080/60p video or picturesque time-lapse movies with the push of a button or use Hybrid Auto to pull still frames form HD video recording
  • Continuous Shooting: Don’t miss a moment with up to 4 frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting; up to 6.1 with fixed AF
  • ISO Range: 100-25,600 ISO range helps capture sharp images, even in low light
  • In-Camera RAW Conversion: Allows users to experiment with RAW photography and experiment with various in-camera expressions
  • Self-Portrait Mode: Using the 180-degree tilt of the LCD screen, take beautiful selfies and adjust brightness, focus and Smooth Skin functions with ease
  • HDR Backlight Control: Shoot three images with different exposures to help naturally correct scenes that are backlit or show differences in contrast
  • Bulb exposure: Continue shooting after the shutter button is released for light painting or capturing fireworks
  • Creative Filters: To add a personal touch, choose from a variety of creative filter options like Grainy Film, Art Bold, Fish-eye Effect and more

The Canon EOS M100 is scheduled to be available in black or white in October 2017 for an estimated retail price of $599.99 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and $949.99 with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens. In addition, the Canon EOS EF-M Mount Adapter is currently available for a suggested retail price of $199.99. For more information please visit usa.canon.com. Click here to see sample photos from Canon and read an in depth article on the camera from Canon Digital Learning Center.

Canon Announced EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and Three Tilt-Shift Macro Lenses


MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens as an addition to the Company’s existing 85mm focal-range lens line-up and three new Tilt-Shift macro lenses: the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. Canon also announced a new Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash. These new products will help provide both advanced amateur and professional photographers the unique photography tools for a variety of applications and solutions including architecture, landscape, food, product and portrait photography.

“Creating a powerful, timeless image requires more than just a camera. It requires high-quality, well-crafted optics and flashes to capture compelling photography,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., “These new lenses along and the Macro Twin-Lite flash will continue to push the boundaries and expand the possibilities of what advanced amateur and professional photographers capture and share with the world.”




Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens 

Canon EF 85mm focal-length lenses are traditionally very sought-after options for portrait photographers. With that in mind, Canon is expanding its EF 85mm line up with the introduction of the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM; the first Canon EF 85mm lens to feature image stabilization, providing up to four stops* of shake correction for smooth and crisp imagery.

The EF 85mm utilizes one large diameter, high-precision molded glass aspherical lens and features an ASC coating. The large f/1.4 aperture produces shallow depth-of-field, fast shutter speeds and a bright image inside the viewfinder, allowing photographers to focus and compose their image reliably. In addition, a circular aperture with 9-blade iris allows for beautiful bokeh.

The New Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM is scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1,599.00.




New Tilt-Shift Lenses 

Tilt-Shift lenses have several applications for suitable photographers because of their ability to provide enhanced creative control over perspective through the tilt function and depth-of-field through the shift function in their images. This ability can be optimal when photographing landscapes, portraits, and architecture.

The image quality derived from Canon Tilt-Shift lenses has evolved considerably since their first inception several years ago. Enhanced optical elements like molded aspherical glass and UD lenses are at the core of the new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. These features provide users with edge-to-edge resolution, improved image quality over previous Canon TS-E lenses and minimum distortion.

Canon also included two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses and Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), into the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lenses. SWC helps to reduce flare and ghosting, while ASC is a new technology that provides amazingly high, anti-reflective performance, particularly when alleviating incidental light that can enter a lens.




The new Canon Tilt-Shift lenses also offer improved operability over previous models, including larger tilt, shift-and-lock knobs, lock-release button and a new tilt-locking mechanism that firmly locks the lens in the zero-tilt position to help prevent unintended tilting to increase more precise shooting capabilities. The rotation of the tilt-shift lenses also allows users to freely change the axis of tilt movement and shift from right angles to parallel to better adapt to various shooting conditions and situations.

The new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00 each.

Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash 

To further enhance a photographer’s ability to shoot macro photography, the new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash can be the ideal tool. The use of a macro twin-lite allows for a more ideal lighting situation for photographers, and can be adjusted and shifted depending on the direction the photographer would like to control. Detachable macro twin lites can be rotated up to 60 degrees, and features a maximum guide number of 85.3 ft (26 m)**.

The new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash inherits the ease of use and operability of Canon’s latest Speedlite EX series flashes and increased brightness of the focusing lamp compared to previous Canon Macro-Twin Lites. There is also less noise produced from the charging of the lights. The new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash is scheduled to be available November 2017, for an estimated retail price of $989.99.

For more information on all of these products, please visit usa.canon.com

For in depth article from Canon Digital Learning Center, click on the following links:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Announcements Expected This Week From Canon




As reported earlier, Canon will be announcing three new Tilt-Shift lens this week. In addition, we can expect the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and a new, low end Mirrorless camera, the EOS-M100.

Canon EOS M100

Color: Black, White, Gray
Kit: Body, 15-45mm lens kit, double zoom kit, double lens kit
Scheduled Release Date : Early October 2017
Mass retailer price (tax included): Body 57,780 yen, lens kit 73,980 yen

Face jacket EH31-FJ

Official online store only
9 kinds (7 colorful and 2 kinds of leather style)

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Scheduled release date : late November 2017
Price (tax included): 194,400 yen

Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro

Scheduled release date : late December 2017
Price (tax included): 306,180 yen

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro

Scheduled release date : late December 2017
Price (tax included): 306,180 yen

Canon TS-E 135 mm f/4L Macro

Scheduled release date : late December 2017
Price (tax included): 306,180 yen

Lens hood ET – 83E (for EF 85mm), ET – 88 (for TS – E 135mm), ES – 84 (for TS – E 50mm / 90mm)

Macro twin light MT-26EX-RT

Scheduled release date : early November 2017

Compact photo printer SELPHY CP 1300 (overseas published)

Color: White, Pink
Card print kit available
Scheduled Release Date : Early October 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera - $2,730 With Free Shipping


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV full frame 30MP camera

Summary specs for Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting with CF and SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera for $2,730 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is a very good deal. Read my post and view Canon plus other videos of the camera by clicking on the tab above. By the way, the EOS-5D Mark IV is scheduled to receive a major firmware upgrade very soon to add C-Log and other features.

You will not find a link to this item because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website. You can easily find it on eBay yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can see travel and wildlife photos taken with this camera's more robust cousin, the EOS-5Ds (50MP sensor) on my website.

Nikon has announced their D850 full frame camera. The specs look impressive. I am especially taken in by the good combination of sensor resolution and shooting speed.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for about three decades and traverse the globe on wildlife photography tours. My main bodies are the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-5Ds. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

While both cameras perform well out in the field, there are improvements I like to see in their replacements. The EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot at 'lighting' speed of up to 14 fps for a DSLR, but its sensor is only 20MP, albeit of the highest quality pixels. The EOS-5Ds has a 50MP sensor but its shooting speed is a glacial 5 fps. 

This brings me back to the Nikon D850, with its good combination of 45MP and 7 to 9 fps burst rate. Ideally, I like to see Canon announce a EOS-1 camera with a 35 to 40MP sensor and 10 fps speed.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Canon EOS-M100 Mirrorless Camera Photo & Specs Leaked


Canon EOS-M100 mirrorless camera



As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the EOS-M10's successor, the EOS-M100 mirrorless camera next week.

Canon EOS M100 Camera Specifications

  • 24.2 MP sensor
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Video engine: DIGIC 7
  • ISO sensitivity : 100-25600
  • Continuous shooting performance : 6.1 fps
  • Video : Full HD
  • Rear liquid crystal: 3.0 type tilt type touch panel monitor
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth installed
  • Recording medium : SD / SDHC / SDXC card
  • Battery : LP-E 12
  • Size : 108.2 × 67.1 × 35.1 mm
  • Weight : 302 g

Canon USA CarePAK PLUS Helps You Recover Precious Images & Videos





MELVILLE, N.Y., August 24, 2017 – To provide that extra layer of security consumers are looking for when capturing or printing life’s treasured moments, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that the Canon CarePAK PLUS accidental damage protection plan will now include Image Recovery for all consumer-level Canon printers with a memory card slot. Already included with CarePAK PLUS for Canon cameras and camcorders, Image Recovery is designed to help retrieve lost or corrupted images or video files that might otherwise be gone forever.

Image Recovery is a newly added benefit of the Canon CarePAK PLUS plan, which also offers protection for hardware from accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges and more. Additionally, CarePAK PLUS covers normal product wear and tear beyond the standard warranty period. With Canon CarePAK PLUS, a damaged product will be repaired, or replaced with an equivalent product.

“Canon U.S.A. is committed to providing the robust support for a worry-free ownership experience. We want our customers to know that we are here for them by providing extensive solutions – even for the unexpected,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The newly expanded Canon CarePAK PLUS coverage gives our customers even more reason to feel confident in choosing Canon.”

With Canon CarePAK PLUS, customers will enjoy service provided exclusively by Canon, which no other full-coverage service plan for Canon consumer-level cameras, camcorders or printers can offer. Coverage includes genuine Canon factory service using genuine Canon parts, rapid repair processing, and 100 percent U.S.-based tech support that is never outsourced.

The additional value Canon CarePAK PLUS gives customers peace of mind, thus allowing them to focus on enjoying their Canon product with confidence. For additional details about Canon CarePAK PLUS, please visit : usa.canon.com/carepak-plus

Nikon Announced The D850 Full Frame Camera


Nikon D850 full frame camera


Nikon has announced their D850 full frame camera. The specs look impressive. I am especially taken in by the good combination of sensor resolution and shooting speed.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for about three decades and traverse the globe on wildlife photography tours. My main bodies are the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-5Ds. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

While both cameras perform well out in the field, there are improvements I like to see in their replacements. The EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot at 'lighting' speed of up to 14 fps for a DSLR, but its sensor is only 20MP, albeit of the highest quality pixels. The EOS-5Ds has a 50MP sensor but its shooting speed is a glacial 5 fps. 

This brings me back to the Nikon D850, with its good combination of 45MP and 7 to 9 fps burst rate. Ideally, I like to see Canon announce a EOS-1 camera with a 35 to 40MP sensor and 10 fps speed.

I am not surprised the announcement of the Nikon D850 now and the APS-C D500 camera last year may speed up Canon's decision to upgrade the EOS-5Ds and EOS-7D Mark II with the Mark II and Mark III models respectively next year. Hope you are listening Canon. The competition is heating up fast and you must respond with superior equipment.


Nikon D850 at a glance :

  • 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 7 fps Shooting for 51 Frames with AE/AF
  • 8K Time-Lapse, Negative Digitizer Mode
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor, Auto Focus Shift
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi






MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced the new Nikon D850, a powerful full-frame DSLR camera that provides professional photographers and multimedia creators with an impressive combination of resolution and high-speed performance. The 45.7-megapixel D850 is Nikon’s first DSLR with an FX-format, back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for image quality that is nothing short of majestic, allowing professionals to create stunning, high resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite its monumental resolution, the D850 is capable of an astoundingly fast capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) or 9-fps with the optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, while offering a range of new user-friendly features requested by Nikon shooters around the world.

The Nikon D850 is a serious tool that expertly enables every kind of photographer. Whether capturing for client work or personal projects, the camera delivers intense clarity and accurate skin tones for portraits, with the added benefit of low-light ability for weddings and events. It is versatile enough to be used for landscapes and fine art where broad dynamic range is critical, for sports that require a high frame rate and decisive AF, or for video creators who want 4K UHD flexibility. Whether in the studio or on-location, from the catwalk or the scenic overlook, to a wedding ceremony or night sky, the Nikon D850 is the tool that can capture it all, with astounding resolution and speed.

“The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it’s a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years, and bring to market a full-frame DSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of putting this camera through its paces, and there is nothing like it. The Nikon D850 introduces a whole new generation of photographers to medium format quality; the resolution is out of this world, and the tonality and range are at a level I never thought possible from a DSLR,” said Nikon Ambassador and award-winning wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis.

The Ultimate Combination of Resolution and Speed

The Nikon D850 is the new benchmark in DSLR image quality, with an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power. The 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to harness the maximum sharpness of NIKKOR lenses, with fantastic fidelity, tonality and clarity. This is also Nikon’s first DSLR to incorporate a BSI CMOS sensor, which captures light more efficiently, resulting in a wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture. Beyond the immense resolution, the Nikon D850 offers photographers superior performance:

High-Speed Capture: The D850 is capable of shooting up to 7 fps at full resolution, with full AF/AE or 9 fps at full resolution with the addition of an optional battery grip (MB-D18) and EN-EL18a/b battery (Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).

Wide ISO Range: The D850 offers a wide ISO range from 64-25,600 (Expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).

Flagship Focus System: The D850 uses the Nikon D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, which features 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f/8.

EXPEED 5: Behind every great sensor is a great image-processing engine. EXPEED 5 is Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing, improved low light performance, high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and greater power efficiency for longer battery life.

Innovation Built for the Needs of Professional Creators

In addition to its phenomenal performance, the Nikon D850 hosts a range of innovative and thoughtful new features that enhance workflow, and will leave every photographer or content creator wondering how they ever lived without them:

Tilting LCD Touchscreen: The 3.2-in., high resolution (2359k-dot) LCD monitor offers Nikon’s most extensive touch functionality ever.

Silent Shooter: The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, which is ideal for weddings, ceremonies and events where the shutter sound is discouraged. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked) at full resolution, while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel capture in DX image area mode at up to 30 fps.

Radio Flash Control: Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also supports Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting with the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10 accessories.

RAW Processing Power: Users can choose from 3 sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process RAW files in camera, saving time in post-production.

Phenomenal Battery Performance: Shoot all day and well into the night with up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge. Users who opt for the additional control and handling benefits of the optional battery grip can expect up to 5140 shots (CIPA standard).

Focus Stacking: Ideal for macro, product and landscape photographers, the Focus Shift Photography feature of the D850 is high resolution meets high magnification. This feature lets the user automatically shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity which can be easily assembled into a focus-stacked image using third party software.

Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives

Durable Construction: Ready for any field assignment or production environment, the rugged and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body lets users work with confidence in a wide range of tough environments.

Square shooter: Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading for easy composition.

Built-in Wi-Fi1 & Bluetooth2 Connectivity: Users can seamlessly send images to their compatible smart devices through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge3 also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.

Nikon’s Widest and Brightest Optical viewfinder: The 0.75x viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame to easily track and compose subjects.

Dual Card Slots: The D850 features dual memory card slots — XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as readily available SD media.

Illuminated Buttons: Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility and allow easy shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.

Multimedia Production Ready

Multimedia content creators and filmmakers alike will appreciate a wide range of considerate, industry-leading new features that can help to elevate any production:

Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps: The D850’s FX BSI CMOS sensor allows 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9, to increase lensing options and provide a true field of view.

Slow Motion: Creators can also capture Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for dramatic slow-motion video capture.

Focus Peaking: When shooting Full HD or in Live View for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.

8K / 4K Time-lapse: Users can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse that can be assembled in post for those who want the ultimate in video quality.

Zebra stripes: The D850’s highlight display mode uses zebra patterns to quickly spot overblown highlights. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects.

HDMI output: Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD footage, directly to an external digital recorder while simultaneously recording to a card.

Audio Control: The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphone. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.

THE FX-Format advantage

The amazing performance and image quality of the Nikon D850 is best coupled with the wide variety of NIKKOR lenses, heralded for their unmatched image quality, color reproduction and optical characteristics. For maximum fidelity, Nikon’s Gold Ring Series of lenses provide the highest caliber of optical performance needed for such immense resolution applications.

Photos & Specs of Canon's Upcoming TS-E Macro & EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Lenses


As reported earlier, Canon will be announcing three new Tilt-Shift lens soon. In addition, we can expect the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and a new, low end Mirrorless camera, the EOS-M100.

The three Tilt-Shift lens will replace the ancient TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lenses. The 3 new lenses will be TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro, plus a Macro Twin Light MT-26EX. Release date is most probably late August to early September. Below are the full specifications and images of the new lenses.


Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens


Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Specifications

  • Lens construction: 10 groups 14 pieces (1 aspherical lens)
  • Coating: ASC, fluorine coating
  • Number of diaphragm blades : 9 (circular diaphragm)
  • Shortest shooting distance : 85 cm
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.12 times
  • Filter diameter : 77 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length : 88.6 × 105.4 mm
  • Weight : Approximately 950 g
  • Image stabilization effect : about 4 steps
  • Ring type USM


Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens


Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Specifications

  • Lens construction: 7 groups 11 pieces (2 UD lenses)
  • Coating: SWC, fluorine coating
  • Number of diaphragm blades : 9 (circular diaphragm)
  • Shortest shooting distance : 48.6 cm
  • Maximum magnification : 0.5 times
  • Filter diameter : 82 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length : 88.5 × 139.1 mm
  • Weight : Approximately 1,110 g


Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens


Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro Specifications 

  • Lens construction: 9 groups 9 pieces (UD lens 1 piece)
  • Coating: ASC, fluorine coating
  • Number of diaphragm blades : 9 (circular diaphragm)
  • Minimum focusing distance : 39 cm
  • Maximum magnification : 0.5 times
  • Filter diameter : 77 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length : 86.9 × 116.5 mm
  • Weight : Approximately 915 g


Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens


Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Specifications

  • Lens construction: 9 groups 12 pieces (2 UD lenses)
  • Coating: SWC, ASC, fluorine coating
  • Number of diaphragm blades : 9 (circular diaphragm)
  • Shortest shooting distance : 27.3 cm
  • Maximum magnification : 0.5 times
  • Filter diameter : 77 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length : 86.9 × 114.9 mm
  • Weight : Approximately 945 g

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Canon Announced New Line Of PIXMA Wireless All-In-One Printers




MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2017 – Packing even more features in a small package, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today five new PIXMA TS-series Wireless Inkjet All-In-One (AIO) printers. The PIXMA TS9120, TS8120, TS6120, TS5120 and TS3120 Printers deliver a host of new features, while maintaining the sleek, compact body and versatile print, copy and scan functionalities of their predecessors. Each new model is equipped with a high-quality ink system, Bluetooth®2 connectivity for wireless printing and scanning, and the new, interactive Message in Print app3, soon to be available for users of compatible iOS devices in the fall of 2017. These new models are the ideal tools for tech gadget lovers, creative crafters and image makers to print and scan their creations in the most beautiful fashion.

“At Canon U.S.A. we are continuously striving to provide the highest quality and experience for our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Expanding on our previous PIXMA models, this new series will help make photos and at-home projects even more memorable with an advanced color ink system and the new Message in Print app.”

The new line of printers preserves popular features from the previous series of PIXMA TS All-in-One printers, including but not limited to cloud printing capabilities through a compatible smartphone or tablet device using Canon PIXMA Cloud Link5 and high-resolution scanning and support for a variety of paper sizes and types. The TS9120 and TS8120, like previous flagship models, provide easy-to-use super-sized 5-inch and 4.3-inch LCD touch panel screen to allow users to simply select copy, scan or print, as well as two-way paper feeding and an auto-duplex printing option.

New improvements to the PIXMA TS-series Wireless Inkjet All-in-One printers include : 

Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users of compatible mobile devices to print and scan wirelessly from the new printers with ease using the Canon Print App; improving the overall user experience.
The Message in Print App for compatible iOS devices, offering a new level of personalization when sharing photos – Simply embed a code onto a customized photo through the app, print and send The app allows embedded messages to appear on the screen of the recipient’s device when holding it over the printed photo received. Messages can range from videos or photos with animation and background music and may include text, dates, location information and URLs. The result combines a physical photo with an enhanced digital component such as music or video and ultimately, makes sharing memories that much more memorable.

Attractive new colors are available throughout the lineup that will further enhance the room’s interior. The PIXMA TS9120 is available in a sleek gray, gold or red. The PIXMA TS8120 is available in black, white or red. The PIXMA TS6120 and PIXMA TS5120 are available in black or white and the PIXMA TS3120 is \\$79.99 MSRP and available in white.

The TS9120 and TS8120 also feature upgrades such as : 

  • Six-way premium color system with a new Photo Blue ink to reduce graininess that can be found in bright colored prints from blues to whites, to deliver beautiful, high quality photos.
  • Direct print allows users to print photos directly from a compatible SD card or digital camera without a computer.

Disc label printing allows users to print directly to BD/DVD/CD labels.

The PIXMA TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $199.99 MSRP and the PIXMA TS8120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $179.99 MSRP.The PIXMA TS6120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $149.99 MSRP,the PIXMA TS5120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $99.99 MSRP and the PIXMA TS3120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $79.99 MSRP and available in white. 

Canon Powershot G1X Mark III Camera Coming Soon



The Canon Powershot G1X Mark III camera is expected to be announced soon, together with the EOS-M100 mirrorless camera, three Tilt-Shift 'L' Macro lenses and the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS.

Possible specs for PowerShot G1X Mark III :

  • 24mp APS-C Sensor (Mark II model has 1.5″ sensor)
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 24-120mm lens (35mm equivalent)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Canon DSLR Camera Announcement For 2018 and Beyond


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II full frame camera with EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens


As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce three new Tilt-Shift 'L' Macro and the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lenses in the next few weeks. In addition, the consumer grade EOS-M100 mirrorless camera will also be released.

Heading into 2018 and beyond, The EOS-80D and EOS-7D Mark II's replacement, the Mark III will certainly be announced, together with the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R successor. Canon will almost certainly do away with the two different models and consolidate it into the EOS-5Ds Mark II camera.

I believe all the replacement cameras above will come with 4K video. In addition, Canon will beta test new EOS-1 bodies next year. The EOS-1D X Mark II is not scheduled to be replaced until 2019 or early 2020 but Canon has so many exciting technology they have to field test, including 100+MP sensors and Curved Sensors.

Finally, the professional full frame, mirrorless body with EF mount will be Canon's answer to the Sony A7 and A9 cameras that have been dominating the full frame mirrorless market for too long. I expect this high end mirrorless model will be announced some time in late 2018 or early 2019.

2018 and beyond are exciting years for Japan and Canon. The Soccer World Cup is in 2018 followed by the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. Then the Rugby World Cup and Summer Olympic Games will be held in Japan in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Canon usually makes a splash in these big world athletic events by introducing new gear for pro photographers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPhone 8. Who Will Take The Lead?


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone

The battle of the Titans will begin very soon, starting with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on August 23, 2017. The Apple iPhone 8 will be announced some time in Q4, 2017.

Who will take the Lead?

With the debacle of the Galaxy Note 7 in the rear view mirror, Samsung is determined to reverse its fortune with the Galaxy Note 8. With this impressive phone shipping in days, they will have a few month's lead ahead of Apple.

The Apple iPhone 8's announcement may be delayed due to challenges around its 3-D sensing technology, difficulties with embedding the fingerprint reader on the front of the phone and shortage of OLED screens but still in time for the all important Christmas holidays. In the meantime, Apple is relying on the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus to keep customers from switching to Samsung.

Samsung is salivating about converting some of the current Apple iPhone 7 users to their new phone. Some observers say with the advent of ever smarter phones and their built-in cameras, they may even threaten the survival of point-n-shoot and DSLR cameras. Read my earlier post on this thought.


Samsung Note 8 Rumored Specs

  • 6.3in 3840x2160 Super AMOLED curved Infinity Display with 18.5:9 ratio
  • S Pen support
  • 162.5mmx74.6mmx8.5mm
  • Improved iris scanner
  • Screen embedded fingerprint scanner
  • Built-in 'Bixby' AI assistant
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 CPU (or Snapdragon 835 in the US), 6GB RAM
  • 12MP dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • IP68 certification 
  • 64GB build-in storage, microSD expansion
  • 3,000mAh battery. 
  • Fast charging, wireless charging support
  • Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue color options. 
  • List price : Over $1,000


Apple iPhone 8 smartphone ?


Apple iPhone 8 Rumored Specs

  • Three new models including two minor "S" upgrades plus an all-new iPhone 8
  • Display : 4.7, 5.5 and 5.8in  2436x1125 Curved OLED 
  • Storage : 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • CPU and RAM : A11 processor, 3-4GB RAM
  • Front Camera : 8MP
  • Rear Camera : 12MP dual-lens, dual-OIS, 4K video recording
  • Extras : Iris scanner, Wireless charging, Fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with True Tone technology and/or Ion-X glass
  • Virtual home button with integrated Touch ID
  • Touch ID alternative via iris scanning and/or facial recognition 
  • "Wireless" charging (inductive/magnetic charging, as with the Apple Watch)
  • Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration
  • AR capabilities featuring rear-facing 3D laser for enhanced depth perception 
  • Support for the Apple Pencil
  • Stainless steel and glass body
  • Four or more colors including a reflective, mirror-like option
  • Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
  • Intel or Qualcomm modem
  • iOS 11 (preview)
  • Superfast charging via USB-C connection
  • Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
  • Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
  • Apple's next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
  • List price : around $1,000 to $1,200

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Canon Refurbished Store Celebrates World Photography Day With 10% Off Today Only


Reflections Of My Mind - World Photography Day


Today is World Photography Day. Canon USA has refurbished lenses and cameras on sale at their store with 10% off and free shipping. No coupon code is needed and this deal expires tonight at 11:59PM EST.

If you have not purchased refurbished equipment from Canon before, rest assured they are covered by a one year factory warranty and indistinguishable from new.

I have used all of these lenses below on my wildlife photo tours over the years. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Yours truly is Not endorsing the Canon Refurbished Store. You will not find a link to this merchant because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website from any company. You can easily find the offer with Google search yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest.

  • Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L - $1511
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L - $539
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS - $791
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II - $1151
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II - $1115
  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS - $431
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - $1367
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS - $395
  • Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS - $431
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L - $1043
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM - $79
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II - $1439
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 - $279
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - $1583
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS - $971
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro - $647
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2L - $719
  • Canon EF 2x III Teleconverter - $309

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Canon Patent : Variable Curved Image Sensor






Canon has patented a new curved image sensor design. What makes this design interesting and perhaps revolutionary is, the curvature of the sensor varies with the focal length.

Of course, this is a very early stage design concept and curved sensor is not new. Will have to wait and see if Canon can make any meaningful improvement in image quality out of this new patent.