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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Canon Announced Rechargeable, Compact IVY Mini Photo Printer




MELVILLE, N.Y., April 19, 2018 – Today’s consumers are increasingly looking for unique ways to seamlessly blend their personal online brand and real life persona. With internet users having an average of seven social media accounts², products that support connections between people and technology have become ever more important. In that spirit, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the IVY Mini Photo Printer. Available in Rose Gold, Mint Green and Slate Gray, the IVY Mini Photo Printer empowers the next generation of creators to tell and share their story in real life (IRL) through the power of print in the digital age.

“The proverb ‘good things come in small packages’ couldn’t be more true for the first 2x3 photo printer from Canon U.S.A.” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It’s our smallest and lightest printer yet, and the company is excited about giving customers more access to creatively connect and instantly share memories than ever before from the palm of their hand.”

BE CREATIVE IRL 

For smartphone photographers seeking to stay portable and on the go with their devices, this sleek and compact portable printer has an extensive list of standout, user-friendly features through the Canon Mini Print app¹. The app includes creative filters, such as photo frames and stickers, augmented reality (AR) face distortion, as well as additional photo-editing tools including added text, fun frames and the option to draw. These features encourage users to creatively add fun enhancements and share those distinctive memories in real time in either a 2x3 print or sticker output option.

BE UNIQUE IRL

With customization at the foundation, this printer, through the Canon Mini Printer App, offers the option to print not only individual smudge-free and water-resistant 2x3 prints or stickers, but also a tile print that is made up of four or nine prints, as well as over ten unique collage templates that print on one 2x3 photo. From selfies to sunsets, this output option offers the freedom of expression for a wide variety of consumers.

BE TECH-SAVVY IRL

The IVY printer utilizes ZINK Zero Ink Technology from ZINK, an amazing way to print in full color without the need of ink cartridges. Additionally, each pack of paper comes with one blue ZINK SMART SHEET; calibrating your IVY printer to the photo paper in that pack to produce an image that meets Canon’s high-quality image standards.

The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is currently available for an estimated retail price of $129.99*, which includes the printer body and a starter pack of ten sheets of photo paper. Twenty-sheet and fifty-sheet packs of photo paper will also be available for an estimated retail price of $9.99* and $24.99*, respectively. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Canon May Announce Two Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras




My readers know I am not a fan of the current crop of consumer and prosumer mirrorless cameras on the market. I have been reporting on Canon working on their own full frame mirrorless cameras for over two years now.

The latest rumor is Canon may announce two full frame mirrorless models. The first one will be the professional version, with the high end but not quite pro model coming a few months later. Apparently, Canon is still working hard on how to come out with a native EF mount model.

My advice to Canon is simple. If you cannot announce a professional full frame mirrorless camera with the EF mount soon, you will never catch up and overtake Sony's lead. This will be a big mistake and grave opportunity loss. Therefore, failure is not an option. Anything less than a high end, native EF mount model with a mid to high 30MP sensor will not excite professional photographers like myself and Canon does not have a lot of chances to make improvements on their mistakes.

Therefore, make this full frame mirrorless camera project your highest priority and get it right the first time. An announcement is expected by the end of the year. Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tour Of Kodak Film Manufacturing Factory


A journey down memory lane. The good old days of film cameras and photography, brought to you by another Kodak moment.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Amazing World Of New Canon Camera Sensors


Sony may be the largest manufacturers of camera sensors but Canon has more advanced sensors in their labs they have not introduced. The upcoming high-end, full frame mirrorless camera, the replacement of the EOS-1D X Mark II and the EOS-5Ds Mark II may each have a new sensor in them. Click on this Canon page to see a description of their new camera sensors.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Canon May Pull Out Of Photokina Show In 2018


Photokina is going through some changes with their annual show, cutting it short from 6 to 4 days and changing the show from September to May, starting 2019. Some exhibitors have already announced they are pulling out of the September 2018 show, including Elinchrom and Profit.

Looks like Photokina may have cut itself off with some important exhibitors for this year. Canon is rumored to be seriously considering the move as well. After all, why exhibit in September when you have to do it all over again in 7 months?


Monday, April 9, 2018

Canon May Replace EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR With MegaPixel Sensor Camera




Canon announced the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR 50MB sensor cameras in February 2015. However, Canon already has sensors with well over 100MB working in their labs for a few years.

They may replace the EOS-5Ds models next year with just one camera spotting a full frame sensor in the neighborhood of 75MB+

A bit earlier to have any reliable leaks yet but the simplification of having just one model to replace the EOS-5Ds cameras is welcome. Stay tuned for more information.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Canon Announced EOS C700 Full Frame Camcorder Camera



Canon C700 FF Camcorder


MELVILLE, N.Y., March 28, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the EOS C700 FF, the Company’s first full-frame cinema camera. The beauty and majesty of full-frame digital cinema is now becoming a new creative reality. Since the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera in 2008, Canon has been a part of the full-frame video movement, and the introduction of the C700 FF has reinforced Canon’s commitment to this market. At the heart of the camera is a novel Canon-developed CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.

Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 (released in December 2016). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

“Since the launch of Canon’s Cinema EOS line of products in November 2011, the goal was to one day develop a cinema camera worthy of being the ‘A’ camera on major Hollywood productions, and Canon met that goal with the introduction of the EOS C700,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “After listening to our customers and closely monitoring market trends, Canon set forth a new goal: to launch a full-frame cinema camera. With this introduction, we are very excited to see the C700 FF in the hands of industry professionals as they shoot their latest projects.”

Existing owners of Canon’s original EOS C700 cinema camera will be pleased to know they can have their Super 35mm sensor upgraded to the new Full-Frame sensor for a fee*. Authorized Canon facilities such as Canon Burbank are ready to process C700 upgrades as well as lens mount swaps, and offer equipment drop off, on-site repairs and upgrades, as well as equipment testing and demonstration.

The Sensor

The newly developed sensor featured in the EOS C700 FF has an active image area of 38.1 x 20.1mm and supports readout at full size, as well as Super 35mm, Super 16mm and anamorphic modes. In addition to full-frame lenses, it can be used with conventional Super 35mm lenses to originate 4K / UHD standardized production formats and Super 16mm lenses (with an adapter) to originate 2K / HD production formats in crop modes. The sensor captures wide tonality exceeding 15 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut meeting ITU-R BT.2020 standards. This offers broad latitude when grading, providing outstanding effectiveness in HDR video production.

Recording

The EOS C700 FF embodies a choice of two high-performance codecs for on-board recording –Canon XF-AVC or Apple ProRes. Like other cameras in the 4K Cinema EOS family, the EOS C700 FF uses CFast cards to capture 4K / UHD or 2K / HD. A striking feature of the C700 FF is the Oversampling 4K Processing that processes a 5.9K image capture to produce 4K (DCI or UHD) having enhanced image sharpness, curtailed moire, and a lowered visibility of noise at the higher ISO settings. This is especially advantageous for on-board anamorphic image capture. Low-rate 2K/HD proxy data including metadata, can be recorded to SD cards, ideal for offline editing. The camera also allows high-frame-rate recording of up to 168fps in 2K crop and relay or simultaneous recording onto both CFast cards. In addition, the C700 FF can shoot at a Full HD high-frame-rate recording at a maximum of 168 fps. Additional formats are planned with future firmware updates.

To further complement the features of the EOS C700 FF, Canon has turned to its trusted partner Codex to provide a fully integrated (no cables) recording and workflow option. The combination of the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder docked onto the back of the EOS C700 FF enables 5.9K 60 fps RAW recording, 4K RAW up to 72 fps (in 24p mode), 4K ProRes up to 60 fps and 2K ProRes up to 168 fps (in Super 16mm mode).

The C700 FF also supports the latest version (1.0) of the ACESproxy, the ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management transmission standard.

HDR

For users looking to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, the EOS C700 FF is an excellent solution, providing 15 stops of latitude (with Canon Log2 only), along with Canon’s proprietary Log Gammas (Canon Log3, Canon Log2 and Canon Log) and renowned color science. Canon Log2 is recommended when originating HDR imagery containing both highlight details and deep shadowed details. In comparison with Canon Log, Canon Log3 offers a wider dynamic range while retaining performance in darker regions.

Additionally, these cameras seamlessly integrate with Canon’s latest professional 4K UHD Reference Displays for on-set review and color management that conforms to SMPTE ST 2084 standards of HDR display.

The look of a cinematic production begins with the lens, and the EOS C700 FF offers both PL and EF lens mount options which are interchangeable at a Canon authorized service center. For full frame imaging, the EF lens mount version of the new EOS C700 FF is compatible with Canon’s family of seven Cinema Prime lenses, including the newly announced CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens, as well as the diverse lineup of over 70 interchangeable EF lenses. The EF mount supports Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Dual Pixel Focus Guide. The Focus Guide assists operators with a precision visual indicator in the viewfinder when pulling focus. Alternatively, for certain demanding shooting situations the reliable capabilities of Dual Pixel CMOS AF can be deployed. The EOS C700 FF PL mount version is also compatible with Cooke’s /i metadata communication technology.

The EOS C700 FF EF and EOS C700 FF PL are scheduled to be available in July 2018 for an estimated retail price of $33,000.00. For more information on the EOS C700 FF please visit, usa.canon.com/provideo.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Canon Professional Full Frame Mirrorless Camera With EF Mount Coming In One Year Or Less


Sorry, Canon and Sony. But the time is Now to bring out the Mirrorless camera many photographers want





My readers know I have been reporting on Canon's development of a full frame mirrorless camera for about two years now. There is little doubt this camera is coming. Even Canon's arch rival in this space, Sony, has acknowledged it and expects the arrival soon. The real question is will Canon finally leverage their greatest advantage over Nikon, Sony, Leica, etc. and announce a professional, EF mount, full frame mirrorless camera.

I have been calling for Canon to bring to market such a camera for over a year. Canon must think outside the box and comfort zone on this new body. The camera should be called EOS-1M, must have the EF mount and ergonomically similar to the EOS-1 body style, with a new sensor higher than the current EOS-1D X Mark II but lower than the present EOS-5Ds in megapixels. A burst rate of between 15 to 20 fps, comes with 3 types of card slots - SD, CF and CFast, a built-in flash and weighs less than 2 pounds. This is certainly doable given the engineering prowess of Canon.

Enough of the tinkering around with the EOS-M, APS-C based models. Canon has a few full frame mirrorless prototypes in their labs. They have been surveying professional photographers and want to get it right the first time with this announcement. Real life testing of these cameras have started already.

As The Wildlife Ho-tographer, I have been a Canon user and company observer for almost three decades. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon Inc. is conservative and rarely tries to be the first in introducing new stuff. Rather, they try to 'perfect' the equipment first before bringing them to market. But there is a risk in waiting too long. In an interview with Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai earlier this year, he intimated he wants the company to be more innovative and nimble.

Hopefully, Canon will take the upcoming opportunity, like the Photokina Show in September in Germany, and announce their concrete plans in bringing out a professional full frame, EF mount mirrorless camera. The camera should go on sale before Christmas of 2018 or at the latest Q1 of 2019. Keep checking back for the latest information and development as I get them.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III Coming April & September 2018




Last week, I reported the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II is coming in Q3. Now the latest information appears to indicate the EF 70-200mm f/4 Series II lens will be announced next month and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III may be announced just before Photokina 2018 in Germany. This is a stable glass for many photographers, from wedding to wildlife.

The second half of 2018 will be a busy year for Canon's announcements. In addition to EOS-M50 announced in February , the company is expected to release a new EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM prime lens for the EOS-M mirrorless camera. Slightly shorter than a 50mm full frame equivalent.

Keep checking back for the latest information.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II and EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lenses Coming Q3, 2018




The second half of 2018 will be a busy year for Canon's announcements. In addition to EOS-M50 announced in February , the company is expected to release a new EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM prime lens for the EOS-M mirrorless camera. Slightly shorter than a 50mm full frame equivalent.

More interestingly is the replacement to the venerable EF 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with the Series II model. This is a stable glass for many photographers, from wedding to wildlife. Too early to know what the new lens will come with but both pieces of glass are expected around the time of the Photokina Show in Germany in September. Keep checking back for the latest information.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sony Expects Canon and Nikon To Announce Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras In One Year





I have reported about Canon Japan working on their full frame, EF mount, mirrorless camera for over a year now. There are a few working prototypes floating around in their labs. They have not finalized on a marketable model but I will not be surprised we will have an announcement at year's end or early 2019 from Canon and Nikon.  Sony's free ride with their A7 and A9 series of full frame mirrorless cameras will come to a crashing end.

In a recent speech given by Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai, he made the following comments :

"Within existing businesses, there are market areas that are growing, such as mirrorless in cameras,” Mitarai says. “In these segments, by launching differentiated products that only we can provide, we will stimulate the market, grow our sales, and secure additional market share.

For example, in our core camera business, in addition to our overwhelming share of the DSLR market, we will go on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market, which is exhibiting remarkable growth . . . . This will allow us to reach our goal of 50% market share of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market."

Earlier this month at the CP+ Show in Japan, Sony Camera's General Manager, Mr. Kenji Tanaka made the following comments :

"This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think by then they will be participating in this market.

Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think."

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Sony A7R III Camera Comparison




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have used Canon equipment for almost three decades. Throughout the years, I have embarked on many worldwide photo shoots, and have taken the Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II cameras on tour, from the high Arctic to Antarctica, and many places in between. The EOS-1 series cameras have been my workhorse for decades.

The two videos below may be interesting to those who may be considering upgrading to a new high end DSLR or mirrorless camera. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Canon Firmware To Update EF-M 15-45mm, EF-M 18-150mm, EF-M 55-200mm Lens With Dual Sensing IS




Canon has released firmware updates for three EF-M lenses to support dual sensing IS. These lenses compensate for shaking with an image stabilization in both the camera body and lens.

The EOS-M50 already supports dual sensing IS. Download the following firmware from the Canon website by clicking on the following links and have three additional EF-M lenses with dual sensing IS.

EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Canon Planning to Announce EF-M 32mm f/1.4 Prime Lens Later In 2018




Earlier this month, I reported Canon is planning to announce a new EF-M fast prime lens for the EOS-M mirrorless camera line, roughly equivalent to a 50mm full frame focal length. With the expected EOS-M50 to be released soon, the latest information points to a lens something like the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 lens being announced in the second half of 2018. Many of Canon's wide angle lens do not come with IS and this may be another lens in that category.

Ethisphere Institute Named Canon USA One Of The Most Ethical Companies Of 2018




MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2018 – As a testament to the company’s strong standing as a good corporate citizen and its proactive approach to corporate social responsibility initiatives, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has been recognized as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This recognition is based on a variety of factors including: measuring and improving culture, leading with integrity and committing to transparency, diversity and inclusion. In 2018, 135 companies were recognized across 23 countries and 57 industries.

“I’d like to thank the Ethisphere Institute for this honor, which Canon takes great pride in,” said Kenneth Sharpe, Vice President, Corporate Audit, Ethics and Business Consultation, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “To be named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is a true reflection of the values, culture and leadership that drive our organization. This distinction speaks to the integrity that is present throughout every level of our organization and represents the hard work and dedication of our cherished colleagues who work to meet this high standard every day.”

“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged. Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice. The World’s Most Ethical Companies, in particular, continued to show exemplary leadership,” said Timothy Erblich, Chief Executive Officer of Ethisphere. “I congratulate everyone at Canon U.S.A., Inc. for being recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.”

The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. Scores are generated in five key categories:

Ethics and compliance program (35%)
Corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%)
Culture of ethics (20%)
Governance (15%)
Leadership, innovation and reputation (10%)
Research by the Ethisphere Institute has found that, when indexed, companies listed among the “World’s Most Ethical” outperformed the U.S. Large Cap Index over five years by 10.72 percent and over three years by 4.88 percent. Ethisphere refers to this as the Ethics Premium.

The full list of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at www.worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees.

For more information on Canon U.S.A., Inc., please visit www.usa.canon.com.

How Did The Photography Industry Perform In 2017?


The folks at LensVid put together the video below to give us a recap of what happened to the photography industry in 2017. My take is smartphones will continue to get better and take business away from the Point-N-Shoot and lower end DSLRs but the high end models will certainly hold its own.

Once Canon and Nikon announce their high end, full frame mirrorless cameras with native mounts some time this year, to take advantage of their formidable lines of EF and Nikkor lens, Sony's market share will decline and the entire mirrorless camera segment will increase and perhaps equal to the high end DSLRs in the next few years.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Upcoming Canon EOS-M50 Mirrorless Camera Will Have 4K Video




A followup to my earlier post on what Canon intends to announce before the CP+ Show in Yokohama, Japan in March. The EOS-M50 will have an APS-C sensor and the EF-M mount but will most probably come with 4K video, making it the first APS-C camera from Canon with 4K capability.

Canon EOS M50
A new mirrorless camera position between the EOS M6 and EOS M100.

Canon EOS Rebel T7
Less performance than Rebel T7i and replacement for the EOS Rebel T6.

Canon EOS Rebel T100
A new Rebel priced below the EOS Rebel T7.

Speedlite 470EX AI
A new flash with some additional features.

New Lenses
Perhaps some consumer grade kit lens to go with the new cameras.

At the moment, it does not appear Canon is planning any major announcement or exciting new product to wow the attendees of the upcoming CP+ Show.  Keep checking back for the latest information.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sigma Announced 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens




February 9, 2018 – Sigma Corporation today announced the brand new 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art wide aperture zoom lens. In addition to the new Global Vision full-frame lens model, Sigma also announced a new front conversion service for the 14-24mm F2.8. See official Sigma sample photos taken with lens here.

Outstanding Art Lens Performance

Designed for 50-megapixel plus cameras, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art achieves the legendary Art lens sharpness with three FLD glass elements, three SLD glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements, including one 80mm high precision molded glass aspherical element. With near zero distortion (less than 1%) and minimal transverse chromatic aberration, flare and ghosting, the new Sigma 14-24mm offers constant F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and delivers optimal image quality at every focal length and shooting distance. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus allows photographers to capture incredible, in-the-moment images.

Rugged Design

In addition to outstanding optical performance, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art features the Sports line level dust- and splash-proof design with special sealing at the mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring and cover connection, allowing for the lens to be used during varying weather conditions.

Versatile Camera System Mount Support

The new Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mount features brand new electromagnetic diaphragm, whereas the Canon mount is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.

Front Mount Conversion Service for Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art

Addressing the rising popularity of multi-camera productions, especially using ultra wide-angle lenses in shooting virtual reality (VR) content, Sigma has introduced its Front Conversion Service. Converting the petal-type hood of the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art to an exclusive round component allows for the lens to be used in various VR scenarios without the risk of interfering with other lenses in the VR rig or undesired shadows in the content.

Pricing and availability for the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art lens will be announced later. The availability of this fee-based service for Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art will be announced at a later date.

Canon USA Selected By NBC To Provide Equipment For Production Of 2018 Winter Olympic Games




MELVILLE, N.Y., February 8, 2018 – NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, to provide a wide variety of HDTV Field, Portable and Studio lenses for its broadcast of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 8 - February 25. The announcement was made today by Chip Adams, VP of Venue Engineering, NBC Olympics, and Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Over 70 Canon broadcast lenses will be used, including the DIGISUPER 95 TELE long-zoom field lens featuring a focal length of 1178mm (2356mm with 2x Extender); the DIGISUPER 27 studio lens providing crisp HD imagery in a studio environment; the HJ14ex4.3B wide-angle HD lens capturing a panoramic 96.3 degrees angle-of-view; and the HJ24ex7.5B HDTV field telephoto zoom lens, providing a remarkable 7.5-180mm zoom range in a compact, portable body.

“A Winter Olympics production can be tough on equipment and especially lenses,” said Adams. “Canon lenses have always proven themselves in difficult conditions. The images, equipment and the support we get from Canon are always exceptional.”

“We are honored to once again be chosen as the broadcast lens provider for NBC” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Firmware Update Coming Late March




From Canon USA : 

On February 6, 2018 we revised the availability of future Firmware from late February to a late March 2018 release.

We would like to inform you that release of firmware to enhance functions of the EOS 5D Mark IV, which was originally scheduled for November 29 at the same timing as the firmware updates for six other models (EOS-1D X Mark II: Ver.1.1.4; EOS-1D X: Ver.2.1.0; EOS 5D Mark III: Ver.1.3.5; EOS 5DS: Ver.1.1.2; EOS 5DS R: Ver.1.1.2; EOS 6D Ver. 1.1.8), has been postponed until late March 2018 for reasons related to firmware preparation. We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users of this product who have been inconvenienced.

In the firmware to enhance functions of the EOS 5D Mark IV, we are planning to incorporate the following enhancements: 
  • Support will be added for chromatic aberration correction, peripheral illumination correction, distortion correction, and Digital Lens Optimizer when using Digital Photo Professional to process RAW images captured with the following TS-E lenses: TS-E 17mm f/4L, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO.
  • Support will be added to fix a phenomenon* in which standard exposure may not be obtained, or an irregular exposure may result, when Silent LV (Live View) shooting with the following TS-E lenses: TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO.
  • Support for Exif 2.31 will be added.
  • *This phenomenon occurs when tilt or shift is applied on a TS-E lens (TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO) during LV shooting when Silent LV shooting is set (set to Mode 1 or Mode 2 on the menu). For this reason, until the firmware update, when performing viewfinder shooting or LV shooting, please shoot with the Silent LV shooting set to [Disable]. 

Support 

If you have not already done so, please register the EOS 5D Mark IV. 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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Canon XC20 Camcorder's Possible Specifications




Canon is expected to announce the XC20 to replace the current XC15 camcorder some time in 2018.

Canon XC20 Camcorder Possible Specifications :

  • UHD 4K Output up to 60 fps
  • 8MP 1 inch CMOS Sensor
  • Dual-Pixel CMOS Autofocus Feature
  • DIGIC DV 6 Processor
  • 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization
  • Wide Dynamic Range
  • Live Stream/FTP/Remote App via Wi-Fi

Sigma To Announce 14-24mm f/2.8 Art DG HSM Lens This Year




Sigma has a very successful Art line of lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras. They are planning to match almost all the high end Canon glass on the market, including the Super Telephoto line.

They have a 14-24mm f/4 DG HSM lens available now but is planning to announce the f/2.8 version some time this year. Sigma is the better of the two third party lens manufacturers. Read my earlier post on the interview with CEO Kazuto Yamaki. Check back often for the latest information.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Canon Cameras and Lenses Most Widely Used at Super Bowl Games





No secret here, really. Canon sales are head and shoulder over the rest of the pack and their Super Telephoto lens and cameras once again dominated at this year's Super Bowl game. They just had a good 2017 and poised to do even better in the years ahead, leading to the finale of the Summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.


MELVILLE, N.Y., February 6, 2018 – In 2017, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, was the number one selling Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC)1 brand and APS-C ILC2 brand in the U.S., according to The NPD Group. Canon has been number one worldwide in these camera segments for the last 14 years, based on a global Canon survey3. February 4thshowed that 2018 is off to a great start for Canon, as top sports photographers from across the country gathered in Minnesota to cover the big game between the teams from Philadelphia and New England. An estimated 80 percent4 of the photographers in the stadium used Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses, and Canon’s iconic white lenses filled the sidelines from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. In addition to the photographers on the sidelines, Canon’s line of HD broadcast lenses were also used extensively to help deliver the game to nearly 110 million television viewers.

“Canon understands there are many equipment options for photographers and we are honored to be the primary choice for both the pros capturing the nail-biting moments of the big game and for people capturing the important moments of their lives,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As an industry leader, we also recognize the important role that service and support plays in keeping our customers satisfied, whether at our award-winning service centers throughout the country or on-site at major global events.”

A full complement of friendly and knowledgeable staff from the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team, a fixture at major sporting events throughout the year, were on site at the stadium for most of the week leading up to game day providing comprehensive equipment maintenance, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support to the major photo agencies and individual professional (or media) photographers covering the game.

For veteran sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Peter Read Miller, this was his 40th time covering the big game as a professional, and he was well stocked with Canon cameras and lenses.

“CPS has been a great support to me throughout the years, especially at a game like this where I get real time technical and equipment support. They’ve been instrumental in my success over the years.”,” said Miller. “40 years of shooting the big game is an amazing experience. Photographers are just as competitive as the athletes, and it’s great to know that I can count on Canon equipment and support to help me get the winning shot.”

In 2018, CPS will be proudly attending to professional photographers at over 22 locations, including major sporting, auto racing, Hollywood and political events.

For more information about CPS, please visit http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Canon Plans To Revamp Its Super Telephoto Lenses Before 2020 Summer Olmypics




Another series of Canon Super Telephoto lens patent has appeared. As reported earlier, Canon plans to 'revamp' their Super Telephoto lens in the next couple of years. The timetable is no accident. 2018 is the Winter Olympics, followed by the World Rugby Championship in Japan, sponsored by Canon and of course the Big Daddy of them all, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Canon intends to pull out all the stops for these 3 events and showcase their top of the line cameras and lenses. The EF 600mm f/4 DO IS is expected at the end of this year. As with the Series II Super Telephoto lens, weight reduction was a welcomed feature over the Series I. It will again be a top priority in the upgrades, together with improvements in the IS system.

Of the current Super Telephoto glass, the EF 200mm f/2L IS and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS are the oldest, having been announced back in 2008. The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 500mm f/4L IS II and EF 600mm f/4L IS II were announced in 2011.

I expect the EF 300mm f/2.8 II, EF 400mm f/2.8 II and EF 500mm f/4 II lenses will get the upgrade first since these are the most popular speed and focal lengths for sports and wildlife photography. Keep checking back for the latest info as I get them. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Friday, February 2, 2018

Canon Planned EOS-M50 Camera and Lens Announcement For CP+ Show In March





Canon EOS M50
A new mirrorless camera position between the EOS M6 and EOS M100.

Canon EOS Rebel T7
Less performance than Rebel T7i and replacement for the EOS Rebel T6.

Canon EOS Rebel T100
A new Rebel priced below the EOS Rebel T7.

Speedlite 470EX AI
A new flash with some additional features.

New Lenses
Perhaps some consumer grade kit lens to go with the new cameras.

At the moment, it does not appear Canon is planning any major announcement or exciting new product to wow the attendees of the upcoming CP+ Show.  Keep checking back for the latest information.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Canon EF-M Prime Lens and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Replacement Coming In 2nd Half Of 2018




2018 will be a busy year for Canon's announcements. In addition to new Rebel cameras and lens coming before the CP+ Show in March, the company is expected to release a new fast, prime lens for the EOS-M mirrorless camera. Most probably in the 35mm focal length, roughly equivalent to 50mm on a full frame sensor.

More interestingly is the replacement to the venerable EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. This is a stable glass for many kinds of photographers, from wedding to wildlife. Too early to know what the new lens will come with but both pieces of glass are expected around the time of the Photokina Show in Germany in September. Keep checking back for the latest information.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Will Smartphone Photography Replace The Point-N-Shoot and DSLR Camera?





It is probably the worst kept secret to anyone following the photography industry but many camera manufacturers have been experiencing declining sales for the last few years. The main reason is due to changing customer preference and the advancement in many smartphone cameras.

Canon, the largest photographic equipment manufacturer in the world has experienced drops in profits in the last few quarters but they had a good 2017 and as you can see from the chart above, their market share has actually increased gradually from 2012 to 2017.

Canon may be a bright spot among its competitors and they have 93 reasons why not to fear smartphones but based on the most recent data published by CIPA, the Japan-based Camera and Imaging Products Association, sales have not improved much for the other manufacturers.

It seems mirrorless cameras offered the industry a bright spot for about two years but now sales are leveling off and the increase in sales may have been at the expense of the traditional DSLR market.
There is no question smartphones have taken away some sales from the low end point-and-shoot and DSLR camera segment, but the best way to keep a photographic company relevant is to come out with the state of the art product to convince serious photographers why it is still the traditional DSLR camera that takes the best photos. What is more important than the number of DSLR sold is the mix of the sales, since low end cameras like the Rebel and SL series bring considerably less profit than the higher end models like the EOS-5 and EOS-1 bodies.

My readers know, I am the Wildlife Ho-tographer using Canon equipment for almost 30 years. Through the decades, I have used almost all of Canon's cropped and full frame, film and digital cameras and lenses. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

On my previous trips like the photo shoot in the Peruvian Amazon, I have used both my smartphone and DSLR cameras to take photos and find the two types of photography perfectly compatible with each other. More important than smart phones or cameras is a smart photographer, with the proper skill and experience to adapt and make the best of the situation at hand. I use the EOS-1D X Mk II and EOS-5Ds cameras as main bodies for my work.

Canon New Rebel Camera Prototype Images Leaked




Canon is expected to announce new Rebel cameras before the start of the CP+ Show on March 1 in Yokohama, Japan.

The images above may be the new Rebel prototype, derived from an FCC certification.

DS 126701 FCC ID
  • AZD 230 Single-lens reflex camera 
  • Made in Taiwan 
  • Wi-Fi installed 
  • Size: W 129.0 mm × H 101.6 mm × D 77.1 mm 
  • Battery: LP-E 10

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Canon Inc. Announced Robust 2017 Financial Results

Canon Inc. has announced their 2017 financial results. Despite all the hype in the last few years about mirrorless cameras and how smartphone photography may eventually replace the DSLR cameras, etc., one big takeaway is the following.

Canon is doing well and will continue to do so, staying heads and shoulders over its photographic competitors. Their overall market share in equipment sales reached a low of about 40% in 2012 and has steadily climbed since then to almost 50% in 2017.









Canon’s looking back to 2017

Looking back at the global economy in 2017, the U.S. economy continued to grow steadily as employment conditions and corporate earnings improved. In Europe, the economy remained stable as unemployment rates decreased and capital investment increased due to strong exports. The Chinese economy rallied due to public investments while the economies of emerging countries realized moderate recovery as the economies of Russia and Brazil bottomed out owing to the rising price of natural resources. In Japan, corporate earnings improved and consumer spending showed signs of recovery. As a result, the global economy overall continued to recover more robustly than was expected at the beginning of the year.

As for the markets in which Canon operates amid these conditions, demand for office multifunction devices (MFDs) and laser printers remained at around the same level as the previous year. While demand for cameras shrank moderately, demand for inkjet printers increased from the previous year with the economies recovering in emerging countries. Additionally, there was solid demand for medical equipment, mainly outside of Japan. Within the Industry and Others sector, demand for flat panel display (FPD) lithography equipment and manufacturing equipment for organic LED (OLED) panels enjoyed strong growth and the demand for network camera also enjoyed solid growth.

Performance by market segments

Looking at Canon’s full-year performance by business unit, beginning with the Office Business Unit, unit sales of office MFDs increased from the previous year and achieved higher growth than the market average, supported by steady sales of next-generation color models designed to strengthen the product lineup such as the newly launched color A3 (12”x18”) imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 series for small- and medium-size offices. Among high-speed continuous-feed printers, unit sales of the OcĂ©-produced VarioPrint i300, a high-speed sheet-fed color inkjet press that offers superior low-running-cost performance, increased.

As for laser printers, sales of both hardware and consumables increased from the previous year, supported by steady sales of new models that achieve low power consumption and compact body designs. These factors resulted in total sales for the business unit of ¥1,865.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.2%, while operating profit totaled ¥180.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.6%. Adjusted operating profit, which excludes impairment losses on goodwill from operating profit, increased by 26.6% to ¥214.6 billion.

Within the Imaging System Business Unit, while the pace of decline in demand for interchangeable-lens digital cameras is gradually decelerating, the sales of the advanced-amateur-models —including the EOS 6D Mark II—enjoyed solid demand, allowing Canon to maintain the top share, mainly in the United States, Europe, and Japan. As for compact-system cameras, the advanced-amateur-model EOS M6 and the entry-level EOS M100 enjoyed strong demand. As for digital compact cameras, amid the shrinking market, unit sales remained at the same level as the previous year, supported by the increased sales of such high-value-added models as the newly launched G9 X Mark II—part of the high-image-quality PowerShot G-series lineup.

As for inkjet printers, the newly designed home-use TS-series, refillable ink tank models targeting emerging countries and the imagePROGRAF PRO series of large format inkjet printer targeting the professional photo and graphic art markets enjoyed strong demand, resulting in unit sales increasing from the previous year. As a result, sales for the business unit increased by 3.7% year on year to ¥1,136.2 billion, while operating profit totaled ¥175.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 21.8%.

Canon’s outlook for 2018

As for the outlook for 2018, the U.S. economy is expected to recover stronger as corporate earnings and capital investments steadily improve thanks to tax reform. The European economy is expected to recover slowly due to increasing uncertainty surrounding the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU, although consumer spending is expected to remain stable due to solid employment conditions. Looking at China, the economy is expected to stabilize through public investments and solid consumer spending. Emerging economies, including Southeast Asia, are expected to continue to grow due to strong exports.

With regard to the Japanese economy, the outlook indicates a trend of gradual recovery supported by improved employment conditions and consumer spending. Overall, the global economy is expected to continue achieving moderate growth, despite such concerns as increasing geopolitical risks.

Canon Released New Digital Photo Professional 4.7.21




From Canon USA:

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.7.21 :

Fixes a phenomenon in which Dual Pixel RAW Optimizer may not be started.
Fixes a phenomenon in which Filter/Sort pane may have malfunctions in displaying when the high-resolution monitor is being used. [Windows version]

Download : Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.7.21

Canon Filed Patent For Fingerprint Identification On Cameras and Lenses


Canon has applied for a patent for some sort of biometric identification on cameras and lenses. You can read the entire patent filed with the USPTO here.

Frankly, I find this to be an 'ingenious' solution to a non existing problem. There are so many things camera manufacturers can improve and perfect on their equipment. Installing Biometrics is not high on my list and preference but I suppose Canon has to protect their intellectual property rights.



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Recap Of Expected Canon Announcements Before CP+ Show In March



The CP+ Show is taking place in Yokohama, Japan on March 1. Canon is expected to announce the following Rebel and Mirrorless cameras and lenses just before the opening.


DS 126701 (Rebel)
  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • SKU: 3011C001AA, 3011C002AA, 3011C003AA
  • Made in Taiwan
  • Wi-Fi installed
  • Size: W129.0 mm × H 101.6 mm × D 77.1 mm

DS 126741 (Rebel)
  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • SKU: 2728C001AA, 2728C002AA, 2728C003AA
  • made in Japan
  • Wi-Fi installed

PC 2328 (EOS M50)
  • Digital camera
  • Made in Japan
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • New wireless module installed (WM 600)

PC 2352 (Unknown)
  • Digital camera
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • The same radio module as the PC 2328 (WM 600)
  • Interchangeable Lens 1 

SKU: 2309C005AA

  • Made in Japan
  • Interchangeable Lens 2 

DS 401141 (Mirrorless focused flash)

  • Electronic flash
  • SKU: 1757C003
  • SKU: 2439C005AA

Friday, January 26, 2018

93 Reasons Why Canon Shouldn't Fear Smartphone Photography




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, utilizing Canon equipment for over 30 years and traveling the globe on wildlife photo tours and how I feel about smartphone and mirrorless camera photography. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

The following article from Nikkei Asian Review puts it well why Canon has nothing to worry about the onslaught of smartphone and mirrorless cameras at this time.

TOKYO -- Quite a few photography buffs will tell you: The lens makes the camera. And for storied single-lens reflex camera manufacturers like Canon, lenses might be the secret to surviving the era of smartphone ubiquity, too.

The market for digital cameras peaked in 2010 and has been shrinking ever since. As smartphone cameras improve, fewer and fewer consumers see a need to lug around an SLR, or even a compact point-and-shoot. Shipments of single-lens cameras fell 11.1% on the year in 2016, by volume.

In response, camera companies are looking for a new niche, with features not found in smartphone cameras. Lenses -- from super telephoto models to ultrawide angles -- offer the manufacturers myriad ways to differentiate themselves. 

Over three decades, Canon has produced more than 130 million EF (Electro-Focus)-mount lenses for its SLRs, carving out a leading market share in Japan. The country's lens market has been shrinking since 2012, but this year it is expected to return to growth, and Canon is once again asserting itself with a wide variety of products.

Even as the domestic lens market was declining, Canon continued to ramp up production by 10 million units a year, on average. Total output of EF lenses surpassed 50 million units in 2009 and 100 million in 2014. 

The EF catalog features 93 lenses -- the broadest range of any Japanese camera maker. It includes EF Cinema lenses, developed for video shooting. Professional models with advanced features bear a distinctive red line around the barrel.

With an adapter, EF lenses can also be used on Canon's EOS M line of mirrorless cameras -- an increasingly popular type.

In 2015, Canon introduced an 11mm lens -- the widest angle in the world. All told, Canon controls 24% of the Japanese lens market, in terms of the number of products in use, according to statistics research company BCN released with its BCN Award 2017. That is nearly 10 percentage points higher than the 14.3% slice held by second-ranked Sigma.

Sigma and Tamron do give Canon a run for its money, but so far it has managed to fend them off.

Canon's reputation as an innovator keeps customers coming back to its lenses. In 1995, it became the first to introduce lenses equipped with image stabilization, which compensates for blur arising from shaky hands. In 2001, Canon introduced lenses that use laminated diffractive optical elements, leading to smaller, lighter models. And in 2015, the company wowed photographers with an 11mm ultrawide-angle lens that captures nearly the entire field of human vision in one shot. 

This is a technological edge Canon is likely to continue to sharpen, in this age where everyone has a camera in his or her pocket.

Canon Testing A Different Type Of Camera Body?




Canon is ranked as one of the most innovative companies in the world with impressive patents awarded year after year. It is understood they have many projects in their labs and prototypes out in the field for testing all the time.

Therefore it is no surprise a completely new type of camera has been rumored to be in the testing phase. It is too early to have any definitive specifications of this experimental model but the purported shape shows it to be a radically different body and perhaps there are two separate versions, to accommodate EF and EF-S lens.

My readers will recall my post earlier this month on the interview with Canon Inc.'s CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai, in which he commented how his company must be more innovative in order to be competitive and stay on top. 

I don't want to speculate on this new camera right now. Keep checking back for the latest information as I receive them.

Canon Ranks 5th In U.S. and 1st In Japan In Patents Awarded





TOKYO, January 10, 2018 - Canon Inc. ranked third for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2017, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 32 years running, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. What's more, Canon once again ranked first among Japanese companies.

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 prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Year      World    Japan    # of patents

2017 3rd      1st            3,285
2016 3rd      1st            3,665
2015 3rd      1st            4,127
2014 3rd      1st            4,048
2013 3rd      1st            3,820
2012 3rd      1st            3,173
2011 3rd      1st            2,818
2010 4th      1st            2,551
2009 4th      1st            2,200
2008 3rd      1st            2,107
2007 3rd      1st            1,983
2006 3rd      1st            2,366
2005 2nd      1st           1,829

Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Will Canon Announce The EOS-7D Mark III Camera



I am back from my East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It was a great trip with many sightings and photo opportunities. Time to process my photos and return to writing this blog. While I was away, there were a few interesting pieces of photography news that caught my eye.

It seems Canon may be hesitating on annoucing the EOS-7D Mark III in 2018. I still think there is a slightly less than even chance they may release the camera this year, since the Nikon D500 is challenging the EOS-7D Mark II in a very serious way. If Canon decides not to release the Mark III in 2018, they will have to release a major firmware upgrade to the current model, like they did with the EOS-7D back in 2012.

The EOS-90D will appear before the EOS-7D Mark III if the decision is made to delay its introduction. Also expect Canon to announce more Rebel series cameras before the CP+ Show on March 1 in Yokohama, Japan.

Things are moving rapidly right now in Canon's labs and board room. They are planning to make big announcements in the next couple of years, from the full frame EF mount mirrorless camera to the Super Telephoto lens upgrade and more high end Diffractive Optics glass. All this is to culminate and capture the world's photographers attention leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Check back often to find out the latest development.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, utilizing Canon equipment for over 30 years and traveling the globe on wildlife photo tours. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How To Make Canon's Full Frame Professional Mirrorless Camera Successful





I am back from my East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It was a great trip with many sightings and photo opportunities. Time to process my photos and return to writing this blog. While I was away, there were a few interesting pieces of photography news that caught my eye.

Apparently, Canon has sent out a rather dramatic invitation to selected dealers and VIPs for a mirrorless camera announcement in February. It is rumored only owners and senior management are permitted to attend, no sales people.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, utilizing Canon equipment for over 30 years and traveling the globe on wildlife photo tours. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Those who have toured extensively know how heavy an equipment bag can get once all the gear and accessories are accounted for and how tiresome hand holding an EOS-1 body with a proper lens for long period of time can get. I have been interested in buying a professional grade mirrorless camera ever since Sony introduced their A7 and now A9 series of full frame cameras but the current offerings do not meet my needs.

Canon has been experimenting with different versions of their full frame mirrorless camera for over two years now and is expected to announce one some time in either 2018 or early 2019 but in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. They may even announced two versions, a pro model first, followed by a prosumer one later. Not necessary, in my opinion. Do it right with just one top-of-the-line pro model.

In my opinion, any new Canon professional full frame camera must have the following features :

Native EF mount

Any new mirrorless camera without an EF native mount is not going to attract serious photographers who have invested in their extensive EF lens inventory. I am NOT interested in using adapters.

Feel, Size and Weight

The current crop of high end mirrorless cameras do not feel right to me. Once a professional lens is mounted, the combo feels front heavy. The new Canon model must have the feel of an EOS-1 body, with built-in molded grip and a well balanced weight, albeit lighter, once the commensurate lens is attached.

Electronic Viewfinder

First in class Electronic Viewfinder is a must and the screen must come with the highest megapixel, replete with crisp and faithful colors reproduction.

Battery Life 

The current EOS-1D X Mark II camera's battery can comfortably lasts a full day's shooting on an average trip unless it is in extremely cold climate. The new mirrorless camera must be able to come close to this performance. I know this is the Achilles' Heel of many high end models but I am confident Canon engineers can and will overcome this limitation.

Burst Rate

As a wildlife photographer, I do need fast shooting speed in my equipment but a burst rate of around 12 - 14 fps is adequate for my needs. Anything faster than that is marketing hype.

The other bells and whistles like 4K video, GPS, WiFi, etc. are nice to have but they add weight, complication and cost to the final product and are not a deal breaker for me. There must a healthy compromise between features, price and weight.

Let me hear your thoughts about what you feel are important in Canon's upcoming high end, full frame, mirrorless camera. Keep checking back for the latest news for any future announcements.  

DJI Announced Mavic Air - Portable 3-Axis Gimbal 4K Camera Drone





January 23, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced Mavic Air, an ultra-portable, foldable camera drone that delivers higher performance, more intelligent features and greater creative possibilities than any other consumer drone. Developed with the traveler and outdoor enthusiast in mind, Mavic Air inherits the best features of DJI’s iconic Mavic series with a 4K camera for superior image quality, new QuickShot modes and SmartCapture for easier, more intelligent photo and video capturing, and FlightAutonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems for smarter, safer flight. A marvel of engineering and design, Mavic Air enables limitless exploration wherever adventure takes you.

“When DJI introduced the Mavic Pro, it reinvented what a consumer drone could be: powerful, yet portable, accessible, but advanced,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “Today, with the introduction of Mavic Air, we have pushed these attributes to the next level to create our best consumer drone yet.”

Designed for Portability and Power

Weighing just 430 grams, Mavic Air is the most portable DJI drone ever created. Its folding arms and propellers sit flush against its slender aerodynamic frame, making it so compact that its footprint is nearly the size of a modern smartphone when folded.

Every aspect of Mavic Air’s camera has been designed for maximum performance. Its recessed three-axis mechanical gimbal is suspended from dampeners to further reduce vibration providing superior protection and steadier shots. A powerful camera housing a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and the equivalent of a 24mm F2.8 lens (on a 35mm full frame sensor) captures high-quality photos and videos.

Mavic Air photographs crisp 12-megapixel still images utilizing new HDR algorithms that preserve more highlight and low light details, allowing you to capture stunning aerial pictures from sunrise to sunset. It also shoots smooth stabilized 4K video at 30 fps, capturing the highest quality video of any DJI consumer drone with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps. Preserving the action in dramatic fast-paced scenes is now possible through its ability to shoot 1080p slow-motion video at 120 fps.

Mavic Air is DJI’s first drone with 8 GB of onboard storage letting you save photos and videos directly to the aircraft on the go, plus a microSD card slot for additional storage capacity. The newly added USB-C port makes exporting captured footage easy and fast.

Expand Your Creativity

Mavic Air’s intelligent camera system creates new possibilities for anyone regardless of their photography and drone piloting experience. Photo enthusiasts who want to capture their surroundings in complete detail can use the new Sphere panorama feature to automatically shoot and stitch together 25 photos, creating a crystal-clear 32-megapixel panoramic image within one minute. Mavic Air also supports multiple panorama modes, creating horizontal, vertical, and 180-degree images.

QuickShot intelligent video modes make creating professional videos fun and easy with predefined flight paths that automatically keep your subject in the frame. Use Rocket, Dronie, Circle, or Helix plus two new modes Asteroid and Boomerang, to effortlessly create videos that once required significant piloting skills and sophisticated editing software. Asteroid starts with a spherical image that zooms in as it descends toward the subject on the ground, while Boomerang circles the subject in an oval-shaped flight path with the video finishing at the start point.

Mavic Air’s ActiveTrack intelligent flight mode has been improved to automatically sense multiple subjects, following your subject and keeping it in the frame with more precision, especially during high motion activities like running and cycling.

Powered by machine learning technology, SmartCapture[1] is an ultra-responsive control mode that makes shooting photos and videos effortless. With a maximum range of up to 20 ft (6 meters), you can give hand gesture commands to launch, follow, photograph, record, push, pull and land, letting you capture the moment from any angle without the need for a remote controller.

Smarter, Safer Flight

More powerful computing capabilities and optimized algorithms help Mavic Air fly smarter and safer through obstacles and terrain. FlightAutonomy 2.0 processes data gathered from seven onboard cameras and infrared sensors to construct a 3D map of its environment for more precise hovering and better flight performance. The improved forward and backward dual camera vision systems can sense obstacles up to 66 feet (20 meters) away. To help navigate through more complex outdoor environments, Mavic Air has newly developed Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems that helps pilots avoid and bypass obstacles automatically, providing an extra layer of reassurance during flight.

Mavic Air has a maximum flight time of up to 21 minutes. It can fly stably in windy conditions of up to 22 mph (36 kph) and at high elevations of up to 16,404 ft (5,000 m) above sea level[2]. Mavic Air’s remote is the first to feature detachable control sticks that can be stored inside the remote controller for added portability. Its omnidirectional antennas placed on the foldable landing gear help increase signal coverage to deliver a maximum range of up to 2.5 miles (4km)[3] with 1080p real-time video transmission when flying with the remote controller. When in Sport mode, Mavic Air flies at exhilarating speeds of up to 42 mph (68 kph) and is compatible with DJI Goggles for an immersive FPV flight experience.

Price and Availability

Mavic Air will be available in three colors: Onyx Black, Arctic White and Flame Red. The US retail price including the drone, battery, remote controller, carrying case, two pairs of propeller guards and four pairs of propellers, is $799 USD. The Mavic Air Fly More Combo includes the drone, three batteries, a remote controller, a travel bag, two pairs of propeller guards, six pairs of propellers, a battery to power bank adapter and battery charging hub, for $999 USD.

Starting today, Mavic Air will be available for pre-order at store.dji.com, the four DJI Flagship Stores and authorized dealers. Pre-orders will start shipping on January 28. For more information on all the new features and capabilities of Mavic Air, please visit www.dji.com/mavic-air.