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Sunday, September 22, 2019

My thoughts on Canon EOS R mirrorless camera one year after its introduction




Canon announced the EOS R system featuring the newly designed RF mount on September 5, 2018. You can download the whitepaper on this new body here. I was invited by Canon to a hands-on demonstration of the production camera on September 9, 2018.

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

After attending the invitation, I determined this new camera is not for me and made a post to explain my decision. It is the worst kept secret Canon is still 'behind' Sony in cutting edge mirrorless camera technology. The reason is not technical, it is incremental. Canon can easily match or beat Sony in any camera but since they have a huge existing EF mount and DSLR customer base to protect, Canon's caution is understandable due to the possible cannibalization of their existing business.

Canon's reluctance to match Sony's mirrorless performance must end soon and all signs point to 2020 as the year they will take their gloves off. Low to medium end DSLR sales have been dropping for quite a few years due to smartphone cameras' competition and to a lesser degree, competition from mirrorless cameras. 

First, there will be a major firmware upgrade V 1.4.0 to the EOS R and EOS RP on September 26, 2019. This will be an interim fix to pump up the performance of the two cameras. The megapixel version and the pro version of the EOS R will be announced in 2020, most probably before the June Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. To round out the debut, a mirrorless version of the EOS-1D X Mark III will eventually be announced, perhaps later in 2020 or 2021, since the Mark III will be the last top-of-the-line DSLR camera Canon will make.

I have not decided whether to acquire either the EOS R pro version or the EOS-1D X version of Canon's new mirrorless camera. Personally, I find the current EOS-1D X model to be nearly as perfect a camera line as possible. The weight does not bother me at all. I do not like looking at images through an EVF. Images do not appear natural to me. The new RF mount lenses are over priced and the current EF mount lens lineup is hard to beat. Canon can change the perception of a long time user like myself if they work hard enough but only time will tell whether management is willing to take some calculated risks and stay ahead in the competitive world of digital photography.

Canon Announced 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS Binoculars with Lens-Shift Image Stabilization




MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – What do birdwatching, hiking, camping and sports watching all have in common? They all need a trusted and high-quality set of binoculars to view and bask in the full experience. Continuing to elevate viewing through impressive optics, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new, lightweight entry-level Image-Stabilized Binoculars with an 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS. Specifically, the 8×20 IS binoculars are the world’s lightest binoculars with image stabilization*. These new entry-level models also feature Lens Shift Image Stabilization (IS) technology, a technology that allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to help correct shaking from handholding.

“One of the secrets to Canon’s success is the company’s dedication to its strong legacy of optical brilliance and imaging technologies that match the various needs of our customers for today and into the future,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new binoculars embody those same principles, enhancing the viewing experiences for our customers while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”

The new binocular models both feature Shift Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. This technology incorporates a microcomputer and improved gyro performance that assists in cancelling out the effects of user-shake or movement, resulting in an enhanced detailed view of objects. Reducing shake also lessens fatigue when viewing for long periods of time, making them comfortable to use at concerts and events. Canon is offering two models with different zoom powers (8x and 10x) which can handle various situations for a wide range of users.

Additional features in both models include:

  • Compact and Lightweight Binoculars with Image Stabilization
  • High-Magnification Ratio of 8x to 10x, respectively
  • High-Efficiency Shift-System Image Stabilizer
  • Powered IS Mode
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super-Spectra Coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of up to 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Ergonomic design and comfortable grip

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s new 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available in early November 2019 for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $549.99 respectively**. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera possible specs and announcement date




As reported earlier, the successor to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera, the Mark III is expected to be announced by Q1, 2020 with a possible development announcement before the end of 2019.

I have been an EOS-1 user since the line was introduced in 1989. The latest and possibly last EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR body may have the following specs :

  • All new mid 20MP sensor
  • Powered by dual DIGIC 8+ processors
  • Dual card slots - 1 CFast and 1 CFExpress or 2 CFExpress
  • Shoots 6K video without cropping
  • IBIS in test prototype and probably in final version
  • 3.2 million-dot touch screen
  • Burst rate equal to Mark II model in AF. Faster than 16 fps in LiveView.
  • Improved silent shooting mode
  • New battery but backward compatible with older models

Keep checking back for the latest development and information. I am very interested in getting this body. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Canon to release Firmware update to EOS-R and EOS-RP cameras in September




Free Firmware Update for Canon EOS-R and EOS-RP coming soon

A new and improved firmware update will be released in late September for the EOS R system. Those interested can download the update for their respective system via the EOS R and EOS RP support pages.

The update will improve three main functions :

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay
  • Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.

Canon announced RF 15-35mm and RF 24-70mm lenses






MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – The time has come and the wave of momentous advancements in the world of the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system continues as Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the introduction of the RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lenses. With their large, bright F2.8 aperture, a zoom range that covers a wide range of shooting scenes and image stabilization (IS), as well as Nano USM – these lenses are sure to become workhorse lenses for professional and advanced amateur photographers.

“As the emergence of mirrorless cameras continue accelerating the market and with Canon’s deeply rooted heritage in optics, we are excited to expand the lens offerings and acquiesce the needs of EOS R users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The technical improvements and features within these new RF lenses are needed to drive the market forward.”

RF15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM 

As Canon’s first F2.8 wide zoom lens equipped with IS for full-frame with a CIPA standard of five stops, the RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is furnished with edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range to capture clear images with high image clarity from the center of the image throughout the entire focal range. Speaking of focal range, the RF15-35mm is an ultra wide range that allows for broader photographic expression with more emphasis on perspective. Other components include:
High Image quality has been achieved due to the large diameter mount and shorter back focus of the EOS R system.
Total size of the lens is equivalent to the existing EF lens, but allows for IS, wider field of view and the control ring indicative of the RF lenses.
Drip and dust resistant and ideal for landscape, architecture, nature, sports and portrait photography needs.

RF24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM 

Created for a wide range of shooting scenarios from street scene snapshots to movie shooting, the RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lens remains portable while equipped with IS. Other components include:

Equivalent to the size of the EF counterpart but with Image Stabilization.
High speed and high precision Nano USM motor for accurate, silent focus operation for stills and moving shooting.
Takes moving shooting into account with focus breathing suppression during manual focus operation, sensitivity setting during MF operation, usage of the focus ring is adjustable and customization of the control ring to assign aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed and exposure compensation as desired.
Free Firmware Update

In addition, a new, free downloadable firmware update will be released in late September for the EOS R system. Those interested can download the update for their respective system via the EOS R and EOS RP support pages. The update will improve three main functions :

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay

Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.

Pricing and Availability 

The Canon RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lenses are both scheduled to be available in late September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2,299.00* each. To complete the trinity of F2.8 lenses, the RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is scheduled to be shipping within the second half of 2019 – stay tuned!

Canon announced EOS M6 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera









MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – It is often said that in life, having two options is generally considered a good thing. Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced two advanced amateur ILC cameras, the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II. These two models usher in the next generation of Canon APS-C sensor cameras and share many similar characteristics, while also being uniquely different at the same time. Both cameras are designed to fit the needs and preferences of a variety of photographers taking into account their skill level and subject matter.

“As camera technology continues to evolve, we find ourselves in a constant state of innovating and challenging the status quo to meet the various desires of our end-users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of these cameras, Canon is reaffirming its continued commitment to a broad range of photographers by offering them the digital imaging tools required to meet their needs.”

The EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II include many core features that are identical and hold true to Canon’s imaging excellence. These features include:

  • 32.5 Megapixel CMOS(APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K UHD up 30p and 1080p FHD up 120p video recording with no crop
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View with 5,481 manually selectable AF positions
  • Electronic shutter with a minimum of up to 1/16000th
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology

The Performance DSLR Way: The EOS 90D

The EOS 90D DSLR camera is ideal for the advanced-amateur photographer who values the look-and-feel of the DSLR body and benefits such as an optical viewfinder, 3.0-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD, addition of the multi-controller and a shutter button feel of professional EOS cameras. Now capable of shooting up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), a drastic increase from the 7.0 fps with the EOS 80D, users can capture all of the action on the sidelines of a football game or wildlife while on safari. Assisting in a photographers’ ability to capture the action is the 45-point all-cross type AF system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage and now supports up to 27 points in f/8 metering. In addition, the new AE sensor boasts an impressive 220,000 pixels and utilizes EOS iTR AF (face priority) detection. Together, these two features allow for the detection and tracking of faces in various environments and shooting situations while using the viewfinder.

The Compact-and-Lightweight Way: The EOS M6 Mark II

Bringing the controls and functionality of a Canon EOS DSLR into a compact mirrorless camera, the EOS M6 Mark II is destined to wow advanced-amateur photographers. With its enhanced usability, the EOS M6 Mark II is capable of shooting up to 14fps with AF and AE tracking as well as capturing a remarkable 30fps when using RAW Burst Mode with pre-shooting capabilities. The camera also features touch-and-drag AF when using the optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder . A popular and notable benefit of Canon mirrorless cameras allows photographers to select AF positions with the touch of a finger. The EOS M6 Mark II also includes Canon’s Dual Pixel AF with Eye AF Servo to help ensure images are in sharp focus and a 3.0-inch, touch-panel LCD screen with tilt-option to help ensure a user’s portrait or selfie game is and stays on point.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 90D is scheduled to be available mid-September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for body only, $1349.00 for EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit and $1599.00 for EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit*. The EOS M6 Mark II is scheduled to be available late September 2019 in both black and silver for an estimated retail price of $849.99 for body only, $1099.00 for EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit and $1349.00 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit*.

For additional information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Canon announced the EOS-90D APS-C DSLR camera









MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – It is often said that in life, having two options is generally considered a good thing. Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced two advanced amateur ILC cameras, the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II. These two models usher in the next generation of Canon APS-C sensor cameras and share many similar characteristics, while also being uniquely different at the same time. Both cameras are designed to fit the needs and preferences of a variety of photographers taking into account their skill level and subject matter.

“As camera technology continues to evolve, we find ourselves in a constant state of innovating and challenging the status quo to meet the various desires of our end-users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of these cameras, Canon is reaffirming its continued commitment to a broad range of photographers by offering them the digital imaging tools required to meet their needs.”

The EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II include many core features that are identical and hold true to Canon’s imaging excellence. These features include:

  • 32.5 Megapixel CMOS(APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K UHD up 30p and 1080p FHD up 120p video recording with no crop
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View with 5,481 manually selectable AF positions
  • Electronic shutter with a minimum of up to 1/16000th
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology

The Performance DSLR Way: The EOS 90D

The EOS 90D DSLR camera is ideal for the advanced-amateur photographer who values the look-and-feel of the DSLR body and benefits such as an optical viewfinder, 3.0-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD, addition of the multi-controller and a shutter button feel of professional EOS cameras. Now capable of shooting up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), a drastic increase from the 7.0 fps with the EOS 80D, users can capture all of the action on the sidelines of a football game or wildlife while on safari. Assisting in a photographers’ ability to capture the action is the 45-point all-cross type AF system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage and now supports up to 27 points in f/8 metering. In addition, the new AE sensor boasts an impressive 220,000 pixels and utilizes EOS iTR AF (face priority) detection. Together, these two features allow for the detection and tracking of faces in various environments and shooting situations while using the viewfinder.

The Compact-and-Lightweight Way: The EOS M6 Mark II

Bringing the controls and functionality of a Canon EOS DSLR into a compact mirrorless camera, the EOS M6 Mark II is destined to wow advanced-amateur photographers. With its enhanced usability, the EOS M6 Mark II is capable of shooting up to 14fps with AF and AE tracking as well as capturing a remarkable 30fps when using RAW Burst Mode with pre-shooting capabilities. The camera also features touch-and-drag AF when using the optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder . A popular and notable benefit of Canon mirrorless cameras allows photographers to select AF positions with the touch of a finger. The EOS M6 Mark II also includes Canon’s Dual Pixel AF with Eye AF Servo to help ensure images are in sharp focus and a 3.0-inch, touch-panel LCD screen with tilt-option to help ensure a user’s portrait or selfie game is and stays on point.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 90D is scheduled to be available mid-September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for body only, $1349.00 for EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit and $1599.00 for EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit*. The EOS M6 Mark II is scheduled to be available late September 2019 in both black and silver for an estimated retail price of $849.99 for body only, $1099.00 for EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit and $1349.00 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit*.

For additional information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Canon EOS-90D, EOS M6 Mark II cameras, RF 24-70mm, RF 15-35mm lenses shipment delayed


Canon has apparently delayed the shipment of the EOS-90D, EOS M6 Mark II cameras and RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lenses till mid to late September, 2019. You can download the EOS-90D camera Spec Sheet here.
  

RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.28m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.21 times
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • Size: 88.5 × 126.8 mm
  • Weight: 840g
  • Camera shake correction effect: 5 steps
  • North America Price : $2.299
  • Scheduled release date : Late September 2019


RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Lens construction: 21 elements in 15 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.21m (wide-angle end), 0.38m (telephoto end)
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.3x (when 32mm)
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • Size: 88.5 × 125.7 mm
  • Weight: 900g
  • Camera shake correction effect: 5 steps
  • North America Price : $2,299
  • Scheduled release date : Late September 2019






As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the EOS-90D DSLR camera at the end of August.

EOS-90D full specifications :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 10 fps shooting
  • 4K at 30p/25p
  • Full HD at 120p/100p
  • Optical viewfinder & face detection
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 220K dot RGB + IR metering
  • Touchscreen Vari-Angle LCD
  • Dust and water-resistant
  • Built-in flash, WiFi and GPS
  • Battery grip BG-E14
  • Comes with EF 18-55mm and EF 18-135mm lens kit
  • US list price $1,199 body only
  • With EF 18-55mm kit lens $1,349
  • With EF 18-135mm kit lens $1,599








The EOS M6 Mark II is also going to be announced soon.

Full specifications for this body :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 14 fps burst rate
  • RAW burst to 30fps
  • Up to ISO 26500
  • Eye detect AF
  • AF capable down to -5 EV
  • 4K video
  • Full HD at 120fps
  • Removeable OLED viewfinder
  • Available with EF 15-45mm and EF 18-150mm lens kits
  • EVF kit available
  • Comes in Silver / Black color


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Canon RF 15-35mm, RF 24-70mm and RF 70-200mm lenses coming next week



Canon is scheduled to announce the EOS 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II next week. In addition to the two cameras, there should be three RF lenses waiting to be announced - RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

The estimated prices are as follows. These are rather expensive lenses, albeit all equipped with IS but what does that tell us about Canon's plan to introduce IBIS in their new cameras?

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM  – US $2,499
Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM  – US $2,499
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM  – US $2,799

The RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM are scheduled to begin shipping in October and the RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM will begin shipping in December. There is still no word on pricing or availability for the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Canon released Firmware Version 1.3.0 for EOS-R camera




Canon has released a minor firmware release for the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera.

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following enhancement: 

  • Support for the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens has been added.

Download EOS RP firmware v1.3.0 at Canon UK

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Videos of Canon EOS-90D DSLR and EOS M6 Mark II cameras leaked




As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce the EOS-90D DSLR camera at the end of August.

EOS-90D full specifications :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 10 fps shooting
  • 4K at 30p/25p
  • Full HD at 120p/100p
  • Optical viewfinder & face detection
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 220K dot RGB + IR metering
  • Touchscreen Vari-Angle LCD
  • Dust and water-resistant
  • Built-in flash, WiFi and GPS
  • Battery grip BG-E14
  • Comes with EF 18-55mm and EF 18-135mm lens kit








The EOS M6 Mark II is also going to be announced soon.

Full specifications for this body :

  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 14 fps burst rate
  • RAW burst to 30fps
  • Up to ISO 26500
  • Eye detect AF
  • AF capable down to -5 EV
  • 4K video
  • Full HD at 120fps
  • Removeable OLED viewfinder
  • Available with EF 15-45mm and EF 18-150mm lens kits
  • EVF kit available
  • Comes in Silver / Black color


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Canon EOS-90D APS-C camera coming at the end of August, 2019





As reported earlier, Canon  is definitely going to announce the EOS-90D APS-C camera in August, 2019. This new body may be the successor to the EOS-80D and the much-loved EOS-7D Mark II DSLRs.

The following preliminary specification will be quite close to the final camera.

Possible specifications of EOS-90D camera : 

  • New 32.5MP APS-C DPAF sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 8 processors
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 45 AF points with over a dozen cross-type points
  • Shoots 4K videos with no crop
  • Autofocusing covers 100% of sensor
  • ISO range 100-51200
  • 10 fps burst rate
  • 3.2 inch 1.62 million dot articulated LCD screen
  • Can support live eyeAF in 4K and Full HD video modes
  • LP-E6N battery
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Supports clean video to HDMI out
  • $1,399 MSRP US price. Camera body only
  • Comes with EF 18-55mm and EF 18-135mm lens kit

Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them. I will be interested in acquiring this camera for my wildlife photography tours.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Canon's upcoming EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS-90D, EOS-R Pro, EOS M5 Mk II, EOS M6 Mk II cameras






There are many rumors on the Internet the last few months about Canon's upcoming camera announcements, so I will give you a summary and my take on the current situation.

EOS-1D X Mark III should be announced by Q1, 2020 and shipped in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, 2020. I will definitely add this camera to my equipment bag for wildlife photography and use my current EOS-1D X Mark II as a backup body. The Mark III camera will remain Canon's top-of-the-line body for the foreseeable future.

EOS-90D will become a reality by the end of August 2019. This body may replace the much-loved EOS-7D Mark II and the EOS-80D cameras. I will also add this body to my inventory when I go on wildlife tours because of the extra reach an APS-C sensor provides.

EOS-R Pro debut is expected before the Summer Olympics in 2020 but the date is more fluid at this time. Many of my readers know I am not a fan of the current EOS-R. If this new pro mirrorless camera lives up to my requirement, I may add it to my inventory. Currently, I do not own any mirrorless body.   

EOS M5 Mark II and EOS M6 Mark II may come before the end of 2019. This is a good selling line of cameras for Canon, especially in Asia so they have every intention to keep the new models competitive and load them up with powerful functions and desirable features. I am not interested in APS-C mirrorless bodies.

Possible specifications for the EOS M5 and EOS M6 Mark II cameras :

  • 30+MP APS-C CMOS sensor (new sensor technology for higher dynamic range)
  • DIGIC 8+ Imaging Processor
  • 4K up to 30p (with no crop or 1.3x no pixel binning crop), Full HD up to 180p
  • No Canon Log but new Movie Picture Style
  • Dual Pixel AF Focus Guide
  • New Selfie mode and Vlog mode
  • Enhanced Movie IS
  • Burst rate of up to 16 fps (with AE/AF)
  • RAW Burst mode at 30 fps (with AE/AF)
  • Dual Pixel AF with expanded area
  • Eye AF (tracking possible)
  • Electronic shutter 1/16000s
  • Focus Bracketing
  • Supports external electronic viewfinder
  • USB-C charge power supply

Monday, July 22, 2019

Canon EOS-90D APS-C camera coming August 2019




Canon  is expected to announce the EOS-90D APS-C camera in August, 2019. This new body may be the successor to the EOS-80D and the much-loved EOS-7D Mark II DSLRs.

The rumor mill is on fire about how this new camera possibly coming in a mirrorless APS-C EF mount body. In my judgment, this is extremely unlikely.

Possible specifications of EOS-90D camera : 

  • New 30+MP APS-C sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 8 processors
  • Dual card slots
  • Shoots 4K videos with no crop (no mention of DPAF)
  • Autofocusing covers 100% of sensor
  • 10 fps burst rate
  • Can support live eyeAF in 4K and Full HD video modes
  • LP-6N battery
  • Supports clean video to HDMI out

Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them. I will be interested in acquiring this camera for my wildlife photography tours.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sony announced A7R IV, 61MP full frame mirrorless camera







Sony Electronics Introduces High-resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Back-illuminated, Full-frame Image Sensor :

  • World’s first[i] 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP[ii] back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
  • 15-stop[iii] dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth, natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps[iv] with full AF / AE tracking for approximately seven seconds [v] in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three times as long in APS-C mode
  • 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image area and 425 contrast AF points
  • Debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording[vi] and advanced Real-time Tracking[vii] plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording
  • Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high resolution images of 26.2MP[ii]
  • 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast
  • Upgraded connectivity and operability including high-speed Wi-Fi support, wireless PC remote connectivity[viii], FTP wireless transfer, faster data transfer via USB and more
  • Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix], S-Log3, HDR workflow support
  • Multi Interface Shoe™ with digital audio interface delivers the high-quality sound recording with Sony’s new microphone and XLR microphone adaptor
  • Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip and button layout for improved control with compact, lightweight body


NEW YORK — July 16, 2019 — Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the latest addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7R series full-frame mirrorless camera line-up: the extremely versatile, powerful Alpha 7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4).

Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever, the new Alpha 7R IV delivers stunning image quality with high resolution and wide dynamic range while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous shooting and much, much more.

“We are continuing to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital camera performance,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level image quality with high-speed shooting, extremely fast focusing and an extensive list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability. This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.”

A New Level of Image Quality 

The new Alpha 7R IV features a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 61.0 MP[ii], the world’s first[i] of its kind. The new sensor’s back-illuminated structure and effective noise reduction techniques combine to deliver extremely low-noise and high-sensitivity performance, ensuring the absolute maximum image quality. The camera also boasts an impressive 15-stopiii dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights, and utilizes algorithms from many of the latest Alpha cameras to maintain outstanding color reproduction.

This new full-frame model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis, optical in-body image stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a shutter speed advantage of 5.5-steps[x]. Additionally, the shutter unit assembly has been carefully redesigned to reduce even the slightest movement that may cause blur.

The Alpha 7R IV also includes Sony’s highest resolution viewfinder ever, a 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. About 1.6x the resolution of the EVF in the Alpha 7R III, this new viewfinder provides an extremely accurate, true-to-life depiction of the scene being framed. The display quality can be set to ‘Standard’ or ‘High’ mode, and to either 60 fps or 120 fps refresh rate to best match the subject and shooting conditions.

Additionally, the new camera features an evolved Pixel Shift Multi Shooting[xi] mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution images. In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in one pixel or half-pixel increments to capture 16 separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of 963.2 million pixels of data, which are then composited into a 240.8 million pixel (19008 x 12672 pixels) image using Sony’s “Imaging Edge™” desktop application[xii]. Ideal for photographing architecture, art or any other still life subject, this enhanced mode produces photographs with a level of detail and color accuracy that is simply stunning.

Shooting and Focusing Speed 

The innovative new Alpha 7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera can shoot full resolution images at up to 10 fps[iv] with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to approximately seven seconds[v] in full-frame, full-resolution mode (JPEG / RAW), and approx. three times as long in APS-C crop mode delivering 26.2MP[ii] images. These high-speed options ensure that fast moving subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and incredible image detail.

The upgraded focusing system of the Alpha 7R IV is comprised of 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 74 percent of the image area. There are also 425 contrast AF points that add extra precision and reliability for low light and other situations that are best served by contrast AF. The higher AF sensor density and refined tracking algorithms of the new camera produce a notable improvement in tracking performance, allowing complex subject motion and sudden subject movements to be reliably tracked with greater precision than ever.

The Alpha 7R IV also supports Real-time Eye AF, which employs artificial intelligence to detect and process eye location data in real-time, locking and maintaining focus on the subject’s eye with extreme precision. This is available for both animal and human subjects, with either animal or human Eye AF mode selectable depending on the shooting situation. Real-time Tracking[vii] is available as well, which utilizes a newly developed subject recognition algorithm to ensure the ultimate subject tracking and persistence of the focusing system. There is also an anti-flicker shooting[xiii] mode, which automatically detects the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting in a shooting environment to minimize any impact on the final image.

Enhanced Connectivity for Professional Workflow 

Sony’s new Alpha 7R IV full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of advanced connectivity features designed to enhance professional workflow. The new model includes wireless LAN functionality to support the conventional 2.4 GHz band, as well as a high-speed 5 GHz[xiv] band for faster, more stable data transfer. Wireless PC remote connectivity (wireless tethering shooting)[viii] is also available on the new Alpha 7R IV, a first for Sony cameras. Requested by many working professionals, this allows for much more freedom in studio and location shoots, letting the photographer move around freely and without restriction.

In addition to high-speed Wi-Fi® and wireless PC connectivity[viii], the new full-frame camera is equipped with a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.2 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ connector that supports extremely fast wired data transmission, with almost doubled data transfer speed achieved in combination with Sony’s Imaging Edge software (compared to the Alpha 7R III). It also supports FTP data transfer with background transfer capability, allowing photographers to send images to a specified FTP remote server while they are still shooting or reviewing images.

To support an efficient, high-speed, connected professional workflow, Sony has announced version 2.0 of its “Imaging Edge” desktop applications (‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’)[xiii]. The ’Remote’ application allows users to control cameras and monitor live shooting on their PC screen; the ‘Viewer‘ application is used to quickly preview, rate and select photos from large libraries; and the ’Edit‘ application can develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery.

To maximize convenience in image transfer, when utilizing the latest version of Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile™ application[xv], the camera can now transfer images to a connected smartphone even if the camera’s power is set to OFF[xvi].

High-resolution 4K and Professional Filmmaking Features 

In addition to its impressive still image capabilities, the new Alpha 7R IV performs exceptionally well as a serious filmmaking tool, offering 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the image sensor, and full pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix]. This ensures high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 are also available to maximize color grading flexibility, with S-Log 3 offering a total of 14-stops of dynamic range. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)[xvii] is also available on the Alpha 7R IV to support an Instant HDR workflow.

For video autofocus, the versatile new full-frame camera utilizes a refined Fast Hybrid AF system that achieves faster, smoother, more stable autofocus during video shooting – even if an object temporarily moves in front of the intended subject. The camera also includes Touch Tracking functionality during movie shooting, allowing the user to simply touch the screen on their intended subject for instant acquisition.

The new Alpha 7R IV debuts Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting, a first in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not. The aforementioned Touch Tracking functionality will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected.

Another notable video feature is the addition of a digital audio interface to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), allowing a direct, digital connection from the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit for clear, low-noise and high-quality audio recording. Interval shooting for creating time-lapse videos is available, as well as full HD recording at up to 120 fps, Slow and Quick Motion[xviii] functions and much more.

Enhanced Build, Design and Customizability 

The new Alpha 7R IV has several upgrades to its design and usability, with many adjustments being implemented directly from the voice of Sony’s professional community.

To maximize durability, the new Alpha 7R IV features upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xix], with additional sealing provided at all body seams, battery compartment cover and media slots. The camera is built with an extremely lightweight and durable magnesium alloy and also has an upgraded six screw, extra-firm lens mount.

Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip for greater comfort and a more sure hold within the hand; an increase in the diameter and feedback for the ‘AF-ON’ button; a new multi-selector joystick design for improvised control; an exposure compensation dial lock button; and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial. A strong request from many professional users, the new camera also includes two UHS-II compatible media slots, allowing for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds.

For added convenience, camera setting registration is expanded. Now, almost all camera settings can be saved to, and read from, an inserted memory card. Up to 10 combinations can be saved to any individual card and loaded into any camera body of the same model.

Despite its increased pixel count compared to the Alpha 7R III, the battery life has been improved with a CIPA measurement of up to 670 still images per change using LCD monitor, or 530 images with EVF. For even more uninterrupted operating time, the new optional VG-C4EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, and the optional Multi Battery Adaptor (NPA-MQZ1K) can hold up to four Z batteries. The body can also be powered via the USB connector[xx].

New Accessories 

Sony has also released a variety of new accessories to compliment the new Alpha 7R IV camera, including :

  • VG-C4EM Vertical Grip – Provides same operation, handling and design as the Alpha 7R IV camera, including upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xx]; doubles battery life and allows USB battery-charging via the camera body
  • ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone[xxi] – Eight high-performance mic capsules and advanced digital signal processing provide three selectable directivity patterns in one compact microphone of approximately 99.3mm (4 inches) in length with Super-directional pick up; when connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible quality is achieved without noise or degradation
  • XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit[xxii] – Two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack for microphone and line input, with extensive control that helps facilitate the post processing workflow; connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible audio quality is achieved without noise or degradation; supplied extension cable for Audio provides extra flexibility for camera attachment with rig, cage or bracket
  • SF-M series TOUGH – Ultra-Tough UHS-II SD card with ultra-fast speed up to 277MB/s (read) is ideal for shooting under severe circumstances, and streamlines the post-shooting workflow; supplied with file recovery software (supports both mac OS and Windows)
  • MRW-S3 – Fast USB for PC hub with UHS-II SD/microSD reader, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD), contributes to efficient workflow by ultra-fast, stable backup to PC or SSD


Pricing and Availability 

The new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship in September 2019 for approximately $3,500 US and $4,500 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

The new VG-C4EM Vertical Grip will ship in September 2019 for approximately $400 US and $530 CA.

The new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone will ship in September 2019 for approximately $350 US and $470 CA.

The new XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit will ship in October 2019 for approximately $600 US and $800 CA. 

Canon Service Notice - EOS M50 EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Kit may contain an incorrect battery charger (LC-E17)




From Canon USA :

An incorrect battery charger (LC-E17) may be included in some M50 EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Kits.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue.

Support

If you received the LC-E17 battery charger in the EOS M50 EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Kit please contact our Customer Support Center, using the information below. Canon will replace the LC-E17 with the correct battery charger, LC-E12, free of charge.

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.

If you have not already done so, please register the EOS M50. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Canon to introduce IBIS on their upcoming EOS-90D and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras




Canon is expected to finally introduce In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) in their upcoming DSLR camera(s). Perhaps it will be in the EOS-90D or the EOS-1D X Mark III, some time in late 2019 or Q1, 2020.

Their IBIS patent filing with the US Patent Office can be viewed here. Keep checking back for the latest information and development.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

SIGMA announced the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless camera




SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “SIGMA fp,” the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera*. The SIGMA fp incorporates a 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels in a compact body, and boasts great versatility and scalability that allows mixing-and-matching of a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. It is a camera that is casual enough to take anywhere, anytime, and high-spec enough for serious still and cine shooting in the highest image quality, all in a robust and classy body.

Regardless of the differences in shooting scenes and styles or genre boundaries between stills and videos, this new camera is set to expand the freedom and possibilities in image shooting and art creation further than ever before. A “pocketable full-frame” camera: SIGMA fp, is now available.

*As of July, 2019.

SIGMA’s take on an entirely new system camera. The world’s smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame” camera is here.

The environment that surrounds shooting and art creation is undergoing radical changes. In this day and age when one user may have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly according to specific purposes and settings, SIGMA stopped and questioned the inherent value of a digital camera.
As a result, SIGMA set itself to develop a user-oriented digital camera that reflected the idea of “how a camera can be” in a more flexible and true-to-life manner, without conforming to manufacturers’ ideas of camera-centric categories and hierarchy.

Pocketable full-frame│Impressive portability and power

The “smallest and lightest body possible” with which one can express their creative ideas whenever they want, combined with a “full-frame sensor” that is suitable for serious occasions without compromising on image quality, and “superb build quality” that makes the camera the perfect linchpin of a high-performance lens system.

Scalable│Versatile scalability

An “open and liberal system” that allows one to pair the camera with lenses and accessories, whether from SIGMA or other brands, using a variety of attachments, complete with “versatile scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scenes.

Seamless│Full-fledged, liberating shooting functions

A “highly intuitive UI” that allows one to move between full-fledged still and cine shooting modes with just one finger, making for a “seamless and truly creative tool” that goes beyond style and genre differences.

Making it a top priority to realize these three concepts all at once and without requiring any trade-offs, SIGMA selected only the elements and mechanisms that were truly needed with no compromise to create the SIGMA fp as the embodiment of an “entirely new digital camera that SIGMA can offer to the world right now.”

It’s a camera body that changes its configuration with great flexibility centered around the user. It’s a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover. It’s a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”
The SIGMA fp is here to broaden the potential of “image shooting” ad infinitum.

World’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera

With overall dimensions of 112.6×69.9×45.3mm and body weight of 370g, without battery and card, the SIGMA fp is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera*. It employs a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels for high-quality images.

Covered on the front and back sides with die-cast aluminum alloy for its superior robustness and thermal conductivity, the compact body of the SIGMA fp is built with a signature heat sink structure and sealing on 42 points for a dust- and splash-proof structure, making it a perfect camera to use for long hours under all types of environments. With its small body and great adaptability, the SIGMA fp enhances the joy of full-frame image quality, no matter what one’s shooting settings may be.
*As of July, 2019.

Electronic shutter for a variety of settings

“Able to shoot whenever you want, wherever you want”―to realize this concept, the SIGMA fp incorporates a construction without a mechanical shutter for quiet shooting. This allows shooting without worrying about noise in a situation where one would have hesitated with a conventional camera because of its shutter sound. It gives no shutter shock even when shooting in quick succession at a frame rate of 18 frames/sec. eliminating even the tiniest shakes.

In addition, the absence of a mechanical shutter, whose performance level can change through continuous operation, means that the SIGMA fp is a camera with improved reliability.

Superior options in artistic picture & video creations

The SIGMA fp is a frontrunner in incorporating functions that help exploring the photographic and cinematic creations.

For instance, in addition to a number of different color modes, the SIGMA fp has newly introduced the “Teal and Orange” mode, inspired by the color grading technique commonly used in Hollywood films. Each mode has a slider that enables adjustment of the strength of the effects to apply, providing even greater control in one’s creations.

The SIGMA fp is the first SIGMA camera to employ a tone curve adjustment function in addition to “Fill Light”, a special adjustment function of SIGMA Photo Pro, and they are both available in-camera. It has also newly introduced “TONE” and “COLOR” buttons for a quick access to each of the tone control and color mode menus. With these enhanced functions and a variety of operation elements, the SIGMA fp makes it simple and easy to create an image, in-camera with great details, be it still or video.

Advanced picture & video generating functions

The SIGMA fp employs a number of advanced technologies for image and video generation.

The Auto HDR function takes advantage of an electronic shutter to take multiple pictures of different exposures (3 frames for still photography and 2 frames for video) at once, which can then be merged into a single picture or video with a great dynamic range that could not have been achieved in normal shooting.

The Cinemagraph function, meanwhile, achieves a hybrid between still photography and video in the form of animated GIFs in which parts of a still image keep moving. With this function, the SIGMA fp is capable of creating Cinemagraphs in-camera.
Note: The Auto HDR function in the Cine mode and the Cinemagraph function are to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

L-Mount

The SIGMA fp uses the L-Mount*, characterized by a short flange focal length, large diameter, and superior durability. For interchangeable lenses, in addition to the wide-ranging choices of SIGMA lenses, other manufacturers’ lenses can also be an option through the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corporation. With the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21, SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount lenses can be used, making the best out of one’s lens investment.

*The L-Mount Trademark is a registered Trademark of Leica Camera AG.

Supports full-fledged video production

For raw video data, the SIGMA fp supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording. With 4K UHD/24fps recording, it produces video data that can be used even in filmmaking. It also supports ALL-I recording which is optimal for editing H.264 compressed videos.

For video output, it uses USB3.1(GEN1), which allows a smooth data transmission to an external recording unit. As it also supports cinema camera-like user interfaces, the SIGMA fp is a camera that can be taken straight to video production settings.

Note: The feature of playing CinemaDNG footages in-camera is to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

Seamless transition between Still and Cine modes

Going from the Still mode to the Cine mode at the flip of a switch. Each mode comes with a specially designed operation system and displays, making it possible to concentrate on shooting in each mode, stress-free.

For more about other features, please refer to the link : https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/fp-series/main-feature

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Canon announced PowerShot G5 X Mark II and G7 X Mark III cameras




MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2019 – Ansel Adams, one of the greatest landscape photographers once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Never have truer words been spoken as digital photography has evolved and storytelling is shared through multiple mediums. Providing visual storytellers more options to bring their imaginative visions to life, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II cameras. Successors to the PowerShot G7 X II and PowerShot G5 X respectively, these new cameras usher in a plethora of new and innovative functionalities. Depending on the model, new innovative features include live-streaming available with YouTube* (via wireless connection), a pop-up electrical viewfinder (EVF) and 4K video shooting.

“Creators and photographers of all levels are reinventing the way stories are told and, as technology has progressed, so have the diverse needs of our customers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With features such as live-stream to YouTube* and a pop-up EVF, the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II are true testaments to the company’s commitment to integrate the latest advancements for those who choose to digitally stream their journeys with the world or seek to scale and capture the highest peaks.”

Even though the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have many individualized, unique qualities, both include many core features that are true to Canon’s imaging excellence. These features include:

  • DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
  • 20.1 Megapixel** 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor to achieve high image quality, high functionality and fast speeds
  • 4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p, FHD up to 120p, HDR, high frame rate movie with no crop
  • High-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of 20 FPS
  • Highest ISO speed in the PowerShot category with a maximum of 12,800
  • Wi-Fi®1 and Bluetooth®2 connectivity
  • USB-C charge power supply
  • Craft Your Own Unique Visual Voice with the PowerShot G7 X III


Calling all YouTube creators, the PowerShot G7 X III is primed to be the next-generation vlogging camera. The PowerShot G7 X III features live-streaming to YouTube** capability via a wireless connection, allowing for creators of all levels to easily capture and post content in real time. The PowerShot G7 X III also offers vertical video support***, 4K up to 30P high-rate movie with no crop, full HD up to 120p, and an optical 4.2x lens, helping to achieve high image quality. Powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, a new 20.1 Megapixel** sensor, and wrapped within a compact body with a microphone jack, the PowerShot G7 X III offers innovative technologies, an improved user interface and Creative Assist for both video and still photography needs.

Capture on-the-go with the PowerShot G5 X Mark II

A lighter, compact and premium point and shoot camera that touts a new pop-up EVF, touch and drag AF and new optical 5x lens, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II is perfectly positioned to provide high image quality and valuable functions. From trekking through various terrains of Patagonia where users can leverage the new panoramic shot feature, to capturing key moments with loved ones, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II will satisfy the needs of advanced amateurs who regularly use and are familiar with Canon EOS cameras as a second camera or integrate it into their daily lives.

The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have an estimated retail price of $749.99 and $899.99†, respectively and are expected to be available in August 2019.

Canon announced RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens for EOS-R camera




MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2019 – Introducing the next travel companion for photographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the sixth lens in the RF family, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM telephoto zoom lens. As the first telephoto zoom lens designed for EOS R and EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras, the compact and lightweight 10x zoom RF 24-240mm provides photographers high-quality images and video capture at a budget-friendly price point.

“Providing photographers of all skill levels with the invaluable tools to help capture and create the images they desire has been and will continue to be a paramount goal for Canon,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new RF 24-240mm is an excellent option as an all-around travel lens that provides attractive features for a wide variety of image capture.”

The RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens is equipped with Nano USM, providing users quick, high-speed and precision auto focus (AF) when shooting video and capturing still images. With the powerful Nano USM, this lens allows photographers and videographers full time manual focusing making possible the fine tuning and adjusting of focus while in AF mode. This is the first Canon lens designed for full-frame cameras to feature Dynamic IS and utilizes a CIPA-standard, five-stop image stabilization system. The five-stop IS allows photographers to capture images and record videos with minimal shake, even during nighttime sightseeing or in dimly lit indoor events, without the need of a tripod.

When paired with the recently announced EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera, the compact and lightweight portability of the RF 24-240mm rivals that of a Canon APS-C camera system with a comparable EF-S lens. The RF 24-240mm and EOS RP kitted together are only slightly heavier and longer than the EOS Rebel T7i when it is kitted with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. The diminished form factor of the new lens and EOS RP together, as compared to other full-frame mirrorless camera systems using a similar focal-length telephoto zoom lens, make the lens and camera the ideal kit for travelers who are constantly on the go.

Additional features of the Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.64 feet/0.50 meters at wide angle and 2.56 feet/0.78 meters at telephoto
  • Maximum magnification of 0.26x at telephoto
  • Approximate weight of 750 grams/26.4 ounces
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 21 lens elements in 15 groups including one Aspheric and Two UD Lens
  • 12-pin communication system


Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3mm IS USM lens is scheduled to be available September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $899.99*. In addition, Canon will offer a new EOS RP kit that includes the RF-24-240mm for an estimated retail price of $2199.00*.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS lens coming next week



Canon will be announcing the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS lens next week. The suggested list price in the US will be $899.00


Key features of the Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 lens :

  • Versatile 10x Zoom Range
  • Near-Silent Nano USM Focusing
  • Five-Stop Image Stabiliser
  • Weighs just 750g
  • Circular, Seven-Blade Aperture
  • Large Lockable Zoom Ring
  • Clickless 1/8-Stop Aperture Control
  • Customisable Control Ring
  • Full-Time Manual Focusing
  • Built for the EOS R System

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II camera photo and specs




Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II camera specifications :

  • 20.1 MP 1.0 type stacked CMOS
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 5x optical zoom (converted 24 -120 mm f / 1.8-2.8)
  • 30 fps RAW continuous shooting mode
  • 4K movie (29.97 / 25 fps, up to 9 minutes 59 seconds)
  • Full HD 120 fps movie
  • 3.0 type 1.04 million dots touch panel tilt type liquid crystal
  • 0.39 type 2.36 million dots pop-up type EVF
  • 3.5 mm microphone input terminal
  • Equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Size : 110.9 x 60.9 x 46 mm
  • Weight : 340g
  • Fastest 1/25600 second electronic shutter
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Continuous shooting - up to CRAW 89, RAW 55 and JPEG 118 at 20 fps
  • Suggested list price in the US - $899

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III camera photo and specs



Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III camera specifications :

  • 20.1MP 1.0″ type back-illuminated CMOS
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • Even RAW files can be shot at up to 30 frames per second
  • 4K video
  • Full HD 120 fps
  • 3.5mm microphone input terminal
  • Equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Size: 105.5 x 60.9 x 41.4 mm
  • Weight: 304g
  • Suggested list price in the US - $749

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III and Pro EOS-R cameras might be announced some time in Q1, 2020


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera


My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. Currently, I am finishing up a road trip of the UK. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about Canon announcing the EOS-1D X Mark III and pro version of the EOS-R cameras some time in early 2020, to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

There is an increasing chance this will indeed happen, perhaps with Canon releasing the two cameras simultaneously. I expect a development announcement of the pro version of the EOS-R camera some time in Q4, 2019. Perhaps you have noticed Canon has been readying the release of high end, zoom lenses in the not too distant future. This can dovetail into the release of the pro EOS-R model.

If the new mirrorless camera comes with the functions and features of a pro DSLR as I have laid out in my previous post, I may be interested in acquiring one but I am still not convinced by the RF mount and will use the EF adapter to continue using my extensive EF lens inventory. Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Canon announced new PIXMA G-series Megatank printers




MELVILLE, NY, June 6, 2019 – In a time where it seems like digital is king, we cannot forget that 69% of Americans feel overwhelmed about the constant barrage of digital information. It’s time to bring it back to basics and embrace the benefits of print. In that spirit, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new PIXMA G6020 All-In-One Printer and the PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Single-Function Printer. These new PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers are further extending the current lineup and are ideal for high-print volume printing with low maintenance.

The magic of PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers lies with the continuous ink supply system. Boasting ink bottles with spill-resistant tops, the printer system is designed to provide seamless and clean usability at home and in the office. With black ink providing up to 6,000 pages per bottle and total color ink combination providing up to 7,700 pages, the printers provide a high-page yield, making them cost-effective and convenient for the consumer. Further adding to the flexibility and convenience of the two new MegaTank models is automatic two-sided printing along with a 350 page paper capacity when using both the front and rear trays. In addition, these two new printers feature faster print speeds than the previous generation of MegaTank printers, producing 13 impressions per minute (“IPM”) for black and white4 and 6.8 IPM for color.

“Listening to our customer’s printing needs is a top priority for our company as we continue to bring new innovations to our products and the marketplace, ” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “I am confident that today’s product introductions will deliver upon the needs for a continuous ink system and easier wireless technology.”

The PIXMA G6020 and PIXMA G5020 printers both feature wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi® and, for users of compatible mobile devices, the added benefit of access to the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, allowing for easy setup and basic operations on compatible smartphone devices. Through the Canon PRINT app, users can easily access PIXMA Cloud Link to print photos and documents from popular online social platforms and services, such as Instagram®, Facebook®, Twitter®, Flickr®, Photobucket®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Google Drive™ and Microsoft® OneDrive®.

The PIXMA G6020 printer also supports the Apple AirPrint® software feature and the Google Cloud Print™ web printing service for printing from the Gmail™ email service and the Google Docs™ web-based word processing program on a compatible mobile device and from the Google Chrome™ browser for Mac®, Windows®, Linux® and Chrome OS™ operating systems.

The new PIXMA G-series printers are available today, with the PIXMA G6020 All-In-One Printer available for $299.99 and the PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Single Function Printer for $249.99. For more information and a detailed listing of all product features, please visit : shop.usa.canon.com/gseries.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Canon new Sumire Prime Lenses make Hollywood premiere at Cine Gear Expo




MELVILLE, NY, May 30, 2019 – At the 2019 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest cinema offerings in Booth #12. Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to experience the recently announced Sumire Prime Lenses, Canon’s first PL-Mount cinema prime lenses. Additional cinema solutions in the booth will include the EOS C700 FF and EOS C200 cinema cameras, CINE-SERVO lenses and 4K Reference Displays. Also on display in the booth will be Canon’s groundbreaking EOS R series of full-frame mirrorless cameras and complementary RF series of lenses.

“Each year, Cine Gear Expo provides Canon with a unique opportunity to interact with one of our most vital customer bases – working cinema professionals, right in their backyard of Hollywood,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Similar to past Cine Gear shows, we are not only excited to showcase our latest products, but also to listen and engage with this audience in order to best serve them not just today, but in the future.”

In addition to showcasing professional products and service offerings, Canon will host a series of educational seminars and panel discussions. On Friday, May 31st from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in Screening Room 5, Canon Senior Trainer Charles Zablan will provide attendees with a technical overview and in-depth, hands-on opportunities with the Sumire Prime Cinema Lensesi. Canon will also host two panels during the expo as follows:

Friday, May 31st - Opening Up About Canon’s New Sumire Prime Lenses

Paramount Theater 

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Announced earlier this year, Canon’s new Sumire Prime lenses are full frame, PL-mount cinema lenses that offer a unique, artistically pleasing look with gentle and beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh. In this panel discussion, cinematographers discuss their first impressions after their recent experiences shooting with the lenses.
Saturday, June 1st
Canon Conversations

Paramount Theater 

Canon’s cinema cameras and lenses have had a substantial impact throughout TV and film since the company first entered the market in 2011. In this panel, leading cinematographers will discuss the Canon gear that they’ve used on their recent projects, and how it has helped them capture their vision.

Cine Gear attendees will also be able to learn more about Canon’s CarePAK PRO Accidental Damage Protection Plan, which covers professional cinema and video products. Canon CarePAK PRO offers coverage from accidental damage such as drops, spills and power surges, protecting customer investments from unforeseen repair costs and excessive downtime.

Follow Canon’s Cine Gear activities on Twitter at @CanonUSApro or on Instagram at @CanonUSAprovideo. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Canon EOS-7D Mark III or EOS-90D. What's in a name?




I wrote a post back in February asking whether the EOS-7D Mk III and EOS-90D may be morphed into a single camera. The rumor mill has been buzzing in the last few days about how Canon is 'discontinuing' the EOS-7D line of cameras. "The EOS-7D Mark II will be the last of its kind !" Don't pay much attention to these headline grabbing proclamations.

There is little doubt Canon is at the crossroad of a major decision. How to simplify their mirrorless and DSLR camera lineup without losing valuable DSLR customers rapidly. The EOS-7D and EOS-5D lines may 'disappear' in the not too distant future but will be replaced by other bodies with similar capabilities.

My advice is not to get hung up on the model number or name but buy the features and functions you need and want. Canon will announce a replacement to the EOS-1D X Mark II some time in early 2020, along with a pro version of the EOS R mirrorless camera. A new APS-C camera will probably come out some time in the second half of 2019. It may be called the EOS-7D Mk III, EOS-90D or something else. I hope it will have the following features :

  • Low to Mid 20MP sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 8 processors
  • 10 fps (12 fps possible but unlikely)
  • 4K+ video @ 30fps and 1080p @ 60fps
  • Pop up flash and WiFi. GPS and WiFi  more likely
  • 2 memory slots, one SD and one CFast (Unlikely. Dual SD more likely)
  • AF points to below 100 with more cross-type points
  • Increase in high ISO and Dynamic Range performance
  • Addition of illuminated buttons on the back panel

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Canon plans to announce new RF Prime and Super Telephoto lenses for the EOS R camera in 2020




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

As a lifelong user of Canon equipment, I am not a fan of the Canon EOS R and RF cameras even though I was invited to a VIP preview just before their official launch in September 2018.

My biggest concern is the wasted opportunity in utilizing the current EF lens lineup without an adapter and the lack of must-have features on the current EOS-R model. The introduction of the new RF line of lenses raised a formidable barrier for me.

Canon seems to think a plethora of new RF lens introduction, including fast primes and Super Telephotos next year will help change minds. They will not change my mind until a new high end EOS-R camera appears with pro DSLR functions and features

The demise of the DSLR camera has been predicted by numerous pundits. Same prediction that the electric car will replace the internal combustion engine automobile. Perhaps that will happen one of these decades but I think the years of DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras coexisting are still ahead of us.

2020 is a big year for Canon. The Summer Olympics will take place in Japan and the world's photographers will converge in Tokyo and all the other cities around Japan. Canon is expected to announce the replacement to the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-7D Mark II cameras some time in early 2020, along with a pro version of the EOS R mirrorless camera. Check back often to get the latest information.