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Monday, January 23, 2017

Canon Again Ranks First and Third in Patents Awarded Among Japanese and US Companies


Elephant calf trumpeting on the Masai Mara, Kenya


I am back home after a rather successful East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It will take me a little time to get back in my daily routine and updating my readers on the latest Canon rumors, and photography news in general.

This was my first photo safari of 2017 and this will be another busy season for me. The equipment I brought with me worked well. I used the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

My next trip is coming up soon and it will be a whale photography tour. Please check back often as I post my new photos after I get back to my regular chores. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


TOKYO, January 12, 2017 - Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005 – 2016

  • Year        Rank       # of patents
  • 2016 1st (3rd)     3,665
  • 2015 1st (3rd)     4,127
  • 2014 1st (3rd)     4,048
  • 2013 1st (3rd)     3,820
  • 2012 1st (3rd)     3,173
  • 2011 1st (3rd)     2,818
  • 2010 1st (4th)     2,551
  • 2009 1st (4th)     2,200
  • 2008 1st (3rd)     2,107
  • 2007 1st (3rd)     1,983
  • 2006 1st (3rd)     2,366
  • 2005 1st (2nd)    1,829

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens - $1,599 With Free Shipping


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens

I am back home after a rather successful East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It will take me a little time to get back in my daily routine and updating my readers on the latest Canon rumors, and photography news in general.

This was my first photo safari of 2017 and this will be another busy season for me. The equipment I brought with me worked well. I used the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens is my favorite medium zoom lens. This workhorse has been with me on global photo shoots for many years. There is also highly-rated company selling the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens for $1,599, including free shipping on eBay. The regular price is $2,049.

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Canon Ranked First Again Among Manufacturing Companies In Nikkei Environmental Study


African lion with its kill - A baby Hippo

I am back home after a rather successful East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It will take me a little time to get back in my daily routine and updating my readers on the latest Canon rumors, and photography news in general.

This was my first photo safari of 2017 and this will be another busy season for me. The equipment I brought with me worked well. I used the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

My next trip is coming up soon and it will be a whale photography tour. Please check back often as I post my new photos after I get back to my regular chores. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com



TOKYO, January 23, 2017 - Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has ranked first for the third time among manufacturing companies in Nikkei Inc.’s 20th Environmental Management Survey, receiving high ratings for each criterion, including perfect scores for promotion of environmental management structure, resource recycling and measures against global warming.

Started in 1997 by Nikkei Inc., the Environmental Management Survey is an annual survey that assesses businesses’ endeavors to improve environmental measures and management efficiency. This year’s survey was based on a questionnaire sent to 1,733 companies that was answered by 396 companies.

In the manufacturing category, each company’s level of environmental management was assessed based on five criteria: promotion of environmental management structure, pollution and biodiversity-related measures, resource recycling, environmental product policy and measures against global warming, and ranked based on their total score.

In this year’s survey, Canon achieved perfect scores for promotion of environmental management structure, resource recycling and measures against global warming for such highly rated activities as the Company’s carbon offset program that reduces CO2 emissions equivalent to those produced by such products as office multifunction devices and some production printers to zero and the establishment of an automatic toner and ink cartridge recycling system. Additionally, the Company also scored highly for other criteria, achieving a total score of 496 (out of a possible 500), placing first in the manufacturing category.

Under its Action for Green environmental vision, introduced in 2008, Canon set a goal of annually reducing lifecycle CO2 emissions for each product by 3%, and is proactively making efforts through such initiatives as energy-saving activities at manufacturing bases, a modal shift in distribution, reduced energy consumption during product use, product remanufacturing,* reusing parts and recycling consumable goods. As a result, in 2015, lifecycle CO2 emissions per product were approximately 30% of those in 2008—successfully achieving an average reduction of approximately 5% a year.

Canon’s Action for Green environmental vision aims to realize a society that promotes both enriched lifestyles and the global environment through technological innovation and improved management efficiency. Throughout the entire product lifecycle—Produce, Use, Recycle—Canon continues to expand activities with its customers and business partners to reduce environmental burden in pursuit of this environmental vision.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Canon Maintains Lead Over Competitors in Camera Sales In 2016


Close your eyes and count till Ten, mom - Lion cub in Masai Mara, Kenya

I am on my way home after an East African Wildlife Tour. The wildlife sightings were very good and my equipment performed quite well. Accompanying me on this trip are the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Nikon started their 100th anniversary celebration at the CES 2017 earlier this month. To the causal observer, one might think they are the dominant camera manufacturer in the world. In fact, they are much smaller than Canon and Sony provides most of their sensors that go into Nikon's cameras.

BCN has recently released the 2016 sales figures for major camera manufacturers. Canon has continue to maintain the lead over its competitors. 2017 will promise to be another robust year for them with exciting new products on the horizon.

Full Year 2016 DSLR Camera Market Share (Japan)

  • Canon 63.3% (vs 56.2% in 2015)
  • Nikon 31.6%
  • Ricoh 4.8%

Full Year 2016 Mirrorless Camera Market Share (Japan)

  • Olympus 26.8
  • Canon 18.5% (vs 13.6% in 2015)
  • Sony 17.9%

Full Year 2016 Fixed Lens Camera Market Share (Japan)

  • Canon 27.3% (vs 30.5% in 2015)
  • Nikon 22.1%
  • Casio 19.3%

Full Year 2016 Lens Market Share (Japan)

  • Canon 24% (vs 24.1% in 2015)
  • Sigma 14.3%
  • Nikon 12.5%

Full Year Photo Printer Market Share (Japan)

  • Canon 53.1% (vs 56% in 2015)
  • Casio 25.0%
  • FujiFilm 18.0%

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Latest Possible Specs for Canon EOS-6D Mark II Camera


Not even three months old Lion cub in Masai Mara, Kenya

I am on my way home after a rather successful East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. Just a quick note to share with my readers on the upcoming Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera.

As reported earlier, the EOS-6D Mark II full frame camera is expected to be announced around NAB in April, 2017 or at the latest, in late Q2 or early Q3. Keep checking back for the latest news as I receive them.

You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Possible specs for Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera

  • All new 28MP sensor
  • Dual SD slots
  • Tilting LCD with touchscreen capabilities
  • Larger and more vivid viewfinder
  • Single DIGIC 7 processor
  • DPAF
  • Some 4K video capability but not full 4K performance
  • WiFi, NFC & Wireless charging
  • New AF system with more cross-type points 
  • Suggested list price of $1,999 in the U.S.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wildlife Photography - East Africa Photo Tour, Day Fifteen




So far so good. Weather is excellent, Goldilocks delight - not too hot in the day, not too cold in the early morning. Wildlife sighting is good but not spectacular. Hope to improve on it as the days go by.

Equipment working well. I have the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

Little time to look over and process the photos. Only have a small laptop to process a few pics. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com






Dueling Zebra Stallions



Critically endangered Black Rhino and Calf

Hippo See, Hippo Do


The Wildlife Ho-tographer is having a great tour. Let's drink to that.

Reticulated Giraffe feeding in front of Mount Kenya's peak, peeking over the hills  

Sunrise on Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera Tutorial Videos




Big Hole in the ground - Grand Canyon from 8 miles high


I am in on a wildlife photography tour in East Africa. I brought with me the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-5Ds cameras plus the EF 100-400mm f/4,5-5,6L IS II, EF 400mm f/4L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lenses. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Will have little time to connect and post photos. You can follow my travels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Canon Digital Learning Center has put out a series of short videos on how to get the most out of the EOS-5D Mark IV camera. Click on the link below to view it.

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/galleries/galleries/tutorials/eos_5d_markiv_tutorials.shtml

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hasselblad May Be Acquired By DJI?



Is it in the works? DJI, the Chinese maker of the aerial drones, may be in the process of acquiring financially troubled Hasselblad, maker of medium format cameras, based in Sweden. Together, they announced a strategic partnership back in November 2015.

It is hardly a secret the few medium format camera manufacturers are on shaky ground. While sales in DSLR cameras are slipping in the last few years, medium format sales are suffering even worse.

This is hardly unprecedented. Chinese carmaker Geely acquired Swedish car manufacturer Volvo in 2010. Keep checking back for the latest info. 

Canon Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of The EOS System





Happy Anniversary, Canon. My readers know I am The Wildlife Ho-tographer using Canon EOS equipment for almost 30 years. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


TOKYO, January 5, 2017 - Canon Inc. will celebrate in March the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Company’s EOS System, which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories, beginning with interchangeable EF lenses.

Canon’s EOS System made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and EF lenses.¹ An acronym of “Electro Optical System” while also carrying the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, the EOS series saw first light in 1987 as the world’s first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras.

With all the digital camera key devices—the CMOS sensor, image processor and interchangeable lenses—utilized by the EOS System developed in-house, a strong product lineup began to take shape as the basic performance of each product steadily increased. Playing to this strength, Canon released the first entry-level DSLR in September 2003, the EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions), ushering in a new digital era. With the Kiss Digital highly praised for its compact, lightweight design, user-friendliness and competitive price, Canon seized an overwhelming portion of the interchangeable-lens camera market that year, taking the No.1 share, which it has held for 13 consecutive years through 2015. What’s more, thanks to long-term support from customers, in November 2015, cumulative production of EOS-series cameras reached 80 million units, and in August 2016, the total number of EF lenses produced surpassed the 120 million-unit mark.

Since its debut in 1987, the EOS System has consistently aimed to expand the boundaries of photographic expression, and with Canon’s optical technology at its core, the Company continues to refine its imaging technology and strengthen and expand the EOS System. In 2008, the Company released the EOS 5D Mark II, the world’s first digital SLR camera equipped with a Full HD video function, facilitating the widespread adoption of digital SLR cameras as a tool for capturing video, and in 2012, that video technology was transformed for the B-to-B sphere in the form of the Cinema EOS System, introduced to the world in Hollywood, California. Now, the EOS System, including the Cinema EOS System, comprises 24 models² with a selection of 97 EF lens models.³ With this rich product lineup, the EOS System meets the various needs of different users.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, combining still-image, video and network capabilities to expand and create an even stronger EOS System that meets the needs of increasingly diverse users to promote the spread of photo and video culture. What’s more, thanks to advances in imaging technology, Canon is opening up new expressive avenues, where texture, three-dimensionality and a sense of realism can be recreated in both still images and videos, to support appealing imaging experiences.

  • The EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 and EF 50mm f/1.8 were released alongside the EOS 650.
  • Includes digital cinema cameras, compact-system cameras and film cameras.
  • Includes two EF lens extenders and two models not available in Japan. As of December 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How To Pick The Right High-End PowerShot Camera For Your Photography


Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II camera


Canon has just announced the PowerShot G9X Mark II camera. For those trying to decide which model of G series PowerShot camera to buy, the following excerpt from Canon Digital Learning Center may help.


The five models in the premium, high-end PowerShot series for 2017 include :

PowerShot G1 X Mark II 

The flagship model, with unique 1.5-inch CMOS sensor (largest in the PowerShot series), and wide-aperture, 5x (24–120mm equivalent) zoom lens for available-light shooting

• PowerShot G3 X 

The long-zoom model, with two important fundamental features:  a large, 1-inch, 20 million pixel CMOS sensor, and an excellent 25x zoom lens (24–600mm equivalent)

• PowerShot G5 X 

The advanced camera with electronic eye-level viewfinder (only EVF among current G-series models).  Fast f/1.8~2.8, 4.2x zoom lens (24–100mm equivalent); full array of features and user control.

• PowerShot G7 X Mark II 
20 million pixels, on a large 1-inch CMOS sensor, but a flat, compact form-factor better suited to many travelers and casual users.  Again, a fast, f/1.8~2.8, 4.2x zoom lens.

The most compact model in the premium G-series.  An expert’s compact camera, with numerous user controls, but in a pocketable size and form-factor.  3x (28–84mm equivalent) zoom lens; still has the large 1-inch sensor size, for superior low-light imagery (compared to majority of slim, compact digital cameras).

The new G9 X Mark II features

If you know the previous Canon PowerShot G9 X, you know the fundamentals of the new-for-2017 G9 X Mark II model.  The same lens, same 20.2 million pixel resolution, the same super-compact form factor, and controls highlighted by a large Control Ring surrounding the base of the lens.  But there are numerous refinements and additions to the Mark II camera.




Enhanced Wi-Fi® connectivity — Bluetooth, “always-on” technology

New for 2017 is the addition of Bluetooth technology, to help in providing and maintaining wireless connection between the G9 X Mark II and mobile devices like smartphones.  Unlike previous systems, which exclusively relied on more power-consuming Wi-Fi technology, the new Bluetooth connectivity aims to have a low-power method of initially connecting and then maintaining consistent connection to your device.  Any time you actually connect and are transferring image files, the system switches seamlessly to traditional Wi-Fi, which has greater bandwidth and is better able to work with original still image or video files.

The enhanced wireless and Bluetooth capability also means your smartphone (or tablet) can be an easily accessible remote controller, using the updated Canon v.2 Camera Connect app (for compatible Android and iOS devices).  This includes remote Live View shooting, as well as remote playback of images on the camera’s memory card and viewing them on the mobile device’s screen.

Control Ring operation

New with the G9 X Mark II is easy, user-defined command over what the Control Ring adjusts. Combining the elegant touchscreen interface with this innovative ring, users now only have to touch a small Control Ring icon on the LCD panel to toggle between different user adjustments via this ring.

For instance, in a shooting mode like Aperture-priority (Av mode), touching the icon toggles the ring through adjusting the lens aperture, the ISO, and Exposure Compensation.  It’s easy and quick to touch the icon to tell the system what you want to control, and then turn the Control Ring to make the changes you want.  This change alone makes the Mark II even better-suited to the expert photographer that wants a super-compact camera, but doesn’t want to sacrifice the type of control he or she may be used to with their larger interchangeable-lens cameras.

New DIGIC 7 processor

You won’t see this feature when you look at the camera, but its benefits show in a number of important ways.  With more robust and faster processing capabilities, the G9 X Mark II now gives about one stop better high-ISO image quality (digital noise levels at ISO 1600, for instance, are about the same as the previous model’s when it was shot at ISO 800).  AF tracking of moving subjects around the picture area is noticeably more responsive.  New features like in-camera RAW image processing, Time Lapse video, and even faster initial start-up times are now possible, with this added processing power.  In short, this is an important upgrade, with multiple benefits that photographers of many different levels will come to appreciate.

Higher performance 

Significantly faster shooting speeds, for longer continuous bursts, with the G9 X Mark II :

• Full-resolution JPEGs:  up to 8.1 shots per second; burst rate 38 continuous shots

• RAW images:  up to 8.2 shots per second; burst rate 21 consecutive shots

Drive speeds slow somewhat when the camera’s continuous, Servo AF is active, but even here, up to 5.3 frames per second is possible with full-res JPEG images.  Any way you slice it, this is a brisk-performing compact camera, and this will surely please many experienced shooters looking for responsiveness in a compact camera.

Dual Sensing Image Stabilization

Canon has enhanced in-camera optical stabilization, by now using two sources to detect shake and camera movement.  Traditionally, Canon has relied on gyro sensors, within the lens or camera body, to detect any such movement.  In the G9 X Mark II, Canon adds to this the ability to detect shake off the imaging sensor, giving an important source of added information for shake-correction.  Armed with this Dual Sensing IS system, the G9 X Mark II provides up to 3.5 stops of shake-correction with its (equivalent) 28–84mm lens.  Please note:  This new Dual Sensing capability means that only detection of camera shake and movement is done at the imaging sensor… the G9 X Mark II uses this added info to provide enhanced optical stabilization — only — within the lens.

Summary

An already great PowerShot G9 X design has been refined, and the newest Mark II version is arguably even a better fit for its target audiences.  The new ability to instantly change what the Control Ring adjusts, by simply touching an icon on the LCD monitor, is a huge enhancement for any user who wants to go beyond the simplest full-auto shooting.  And, the advent of Bluetooth with its Wi-Fi features means this is a camera that can more easily shoot and share, which many of today’s users want.

Canon PowerShot SX432 IS and IXUS 185 and 190 Cameras Coming


Canon PowerShot SX 432 IS camera

Canon IXUS 190 point-n-shoot camera


The Canon PowerShot SX 432 IS and IXUS 185 and 190 cameras will be announced very shortly. The PowerShot G9X Mark II and a few other pieces of equipment have also been announced.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Magic Lantern Hacked Canon EOS-5D Mark III Firmware To Produce LossLess Files


Magic Lantern hacked into Canon EOS-5D Mark III firmware  

Magic Lantern, an open source firmware for Canon cameras, and a name we have not mentioned for quite a while, has again hacked into a Canon EOS-5D Mark III's firmware. This time, there is a possibility of shooting lossless 14bit DNG format on EOS DSLR cameras.

The ML programmers has decoded Canon's CR2 files and were able to create a lossless DNG file.
A user by the name of Danne has posted the results on the Magic Lantern board. Keep checking back to find out when this feature may be available on their forum.

Canon Announced PowerShot G9 X Mark II, G7 X Mark II Creator Kit and VIXIA HF-R Camcorders



Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II camera announced





MELVILLE, N.Y., January 3, 2016 – At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, January 5-8, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to debut its Visionaries Welcome” themed booth (Booth #16206 in the Central Hall), demonstrating the Company’s continued path of innovation and helping others “See Impossible.” Canon is also announcing a host of new travel-friendly imaging products. Included in this announcement is the slim and lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit, ideal for the vlogger on-the-go, and three updated models to the line of family-friendly VIXIA HF R-series personal camcorders.

“Beyond product introductions, this year we’re taking things at CES to a new level, declaring ‘Visionaries Welcome’ – inviting potential companies to learn what can be possible by incorporating Canon technologies and innovations into their designs,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. and chairman & CEO, Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. “We are always looking to bring to market products designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Whether someone is looking for the latest and greatest in a compact premium camera to document precious family moments or taking the plunge into vlogging with a creative, professional look, we have the right solution for them.”

Canon Proclaims “Visionaries Welcome”

The Canon booth at CES 2017 will look quite different this year – designed to invite future-thinkers; visitors will learn about a broader vision of what is possible with Canon innovations. On display will be products developed by current Canon customers such as Solidiphy, FoxTales, StyleShoots and Card Isle, that incorporate Canon technology and innovation to create products that are not just commercially successful but also cultivate a larger vision of what is possible when integrating Canon products. Offering our depth of 80 years of experience and leadership, a reputation for world-class U.S.-based customer service and support, and R&D capabilities, Canon is looking to expand collaborations with manufacturing companies as well as entrepreneurs to deliver visionary ideas and solutions well into the future.

Also on display will be Canon’s current imaging products across the EOS, PowerShot, VIXIA, PIXMA, imagePROGRAF and imageCLASS product lines.

PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera

For those looking to make a step up to a premium point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II features a 1.0- inch 20.2 Megapixel sensor and packs a lot of punch in a very small package. It also features the latest image processor, DIGIC 7, providing users with improved subject tracking and scene detection, and more. For added social network-sharing convenience the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the first Canon PowerShot digital camera equipped with Bluetooth®1 Smart for easy pairing with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Photographers of all skill levels looking for more “pro-like” features will appreciate the in-camera RAW conversion feature and improved Time-Lapse Movie Mode to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip.

PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera Features include :

  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel2 High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®3 and NFC4 and Bluetooth®1 Smart capability
  • Bright f/2.0 (W) – f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28-84mm)
  • 3.0” Touch Panel LCD
  • Full HD, Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Movie video functions
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps (In JPEG and RAW)


The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera is scheduled to be available February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $529.99.

PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit

For those up-and-coming filmmakers, social influencers and vloggers, Canon is excited to announce a compact, mobile and on-the-go solution for their social sharing needs — the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit. The kit includes the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera with an additional back-up battery, a Manfrotto PIXI tripod, and a 32GB San Disk SD card.
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit is available for pre-order at the Canon Online Store (shop.usa.canon.com) and is scheduled to start shipping in February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $749.99.

VIXIA HF R82, R80 and R800 Personal Camcorders

Updated for 2017, these three new VIXIA HF R-Series personal camcorders ideal for families who want to document life’s precious moments. Each model is equipped with a 57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Canon Image Sensor, DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, and a 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD. The VIXIA HF R82 camcorder offers 32GB of internal storage for recording up to 12 hours of video and the VIXIA HF R80 camcorder offers 16GB of internal storage for recording up to 6 hours of video. All of the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders allow for recording to a removable SD card. New features for these 2017 models include Flexible Slow and Fast motion recording, backlight correction when in Highlight Priority mode and support for the Canon Camera Connect App 3.

VIXIA HF R82, R80 and HF R800 Features include :

  • MP4 1080p/60p Recording
  • Lightweight, portable body
  • High-capacity BP-727 battery pack
  • HF R82 and HF R80 feature built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC3 capability
  • Live Streaming feature
  • Zoom Framing Assist setting
  • File Lock Function
  • Built-in Down conversion
  • Compatible with optional Camera Pan Table CT-V1


The VIXIA HF R82, VIXIA HF R80, and VIXIA HF R800 camcorders are scheduled to be available in February 2017 for estimated retail prices of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively.

To learn more about the “Visionaries Welcome” message and Canon digital imaging products please visit Canon at 2017 CES Show at Booth #16206 in the Central Hall for a first-hand look at Canon’s latest products and new business initiatives. Follow Canon throughout the show on Instagram at @CanonUSA and Twitter at @CanonUSAimaging. Use #CanonCES to join the conversation.

Monday, January 2, 2017

National Geographic Offers Free United States Geological Survey Topographical Maps




For active hikers, climbers and photographers venturing out into the great outdoors, the US Geological Survey (USGS) is a go-to source for maps and information.

Now National Geographic has complied all the topographic maps of the United States on one easy to navigate website. The whole country is on a searchable map that allows the user to zoom into each individual quad and print out the maps in PDF format.

The paper copy consists of 5 pages. Page 1 is the quad in context and Pages 2 through 5 are the USGS Quads, one quarter on each page. You can access NatGeo's map website here.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year From Michael Daniel Ho - The Wildlife Ho-tographer


The Morning After - New Year's Day Blues

A very Happy New Year to my readers and all the best for 2017. I hope some of you are not feeling and looking like the Polar bear above this morning. MichaelDanielHo.com thanks you for another year of enthusiastic support and looking forward to sharing more exciting travel and wildlife photos, Canon rumors, photography news and analysis from the field.

I have another full year of wildlife photography tours planned. Leaving for my first trip of 2017 to East Africa for a rendezvous with the Big Five in their early summer, soon. You can follow my travels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, see my equipment bagupcoming wildlife photo tours and works on MichaelDanielHo.com