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Monday, January 7, 2019

Canon Announced Waterproof and Shockproof VIXIA Camcorders




MELVILLE, NY, January 7, 2019 – Providing a dependable and durable pair of products that fit the everyday lifestyle of busy families, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new ruggedly designed additions to the VIXIA family of digital camcorders – the VIXIA HF W11* and HF W10*. Both models are waterproof (up to 16.4 ft. / 5m), shockproof and dustproof and are capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit /-10 degrees Celsius so users can capture a variety of fun moments, such as trips to the beach for swimming or the mountains for skiing. Featuring 1920 x 1080 video AVCHD Full HD video recording, both camcorders are equipped with a 40x optical and 60x digital zoom lens allowing users to record action both near and far.

“From soccer games to vacations, there are plenty of activities that families want to capture that require a product that fits their fun-filled lifestyles,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Weighing less than a pound, these new waterproof, shockproof and dustproof VIXIA models are perfect for active families so they won’t miss a minute of the action in any season, whether indoors or out, in good weather or wet weather.”

The VIXIA HF W11 camcorder offers an attached LED light and 32GB of internal storage for recording up to13.5 hours of crisp, high-definition video, while the VIXIA HF W10 camcorder offers 8GB of internal storage for recording up to three hours of video. Both models allow for five hours of continuous recording time**. Users can also record to a removable SD memory card, allowing for additional recording capacity as well as easy sharing with friends and family. In addition, both camcorders feature a 3.0-inch touch-panel LCD screen enabling users to view a recording or change settings all at the touch of a finger.

Price and Availability

The VIXIA HF W11 and VIXIA HF W10 camcorders are both scheduled to be available in April 2019 for an estimated retail price of $449.99 and $399.99 respectively1. For more information, please visit: usa.canon.com

Canon Announced Rayo S1 Mini Projector




MELVILLE, NY, January 7, 2019 – It’s easy to love going to the office when your office is wherever you want it to be. Road warrior, traveling sales person, start-up founders – whatever the title, work doesn’t have to take place within the confines of a traditional office. Using lightweight, portable and versatile office equipment – work can happen anywhere. That’s why Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a portable mini projector, the new Canon Rayo S11, allowing business professionals and consumers to mirror their smartphones, project photos, videos and documents, and play audio files wherever the job takes them.

With the ability to run for up to two hours completely wirelessly and share presentations from a USB drive or internal storage, the art of business pitches and presentations can now be refashioned thanks to the Rayo S1 and its variety of features. Users can showcase PDFs, word-processing documents and slide presentations, as well as host conference calls where office space is limited. The Rayo S1 projects up to 84 inches, giving users the ability to take their presentations on the road.

In addition, the transition from office life to home life is seamless. The Rayo S1 can easily integrate into family activities making it the quintessential tool for projecting movies at sleepovers and playdates or sharing photographs during family gatherings. The pre-installed Canon Camera Connect app allows for connection to compatible Canon cameras.

"The average person’s workday isn’t the traditional nine-to-five within an office - it’s early mornings, late nights and being on-the-go. In order to align with the consumer’s needs, it is necessary to provide business equipment that matches the work lifestyle of today,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With its sleek design and compact size, the Rayo S1 effortlessly fits into a consumer’s work life as well as their home life.”

At the core of the Rayo S1 is portability – weighting 0.5 pounds and measuring 4 inches x 4 inches in size. The projector is a small but mighty image solution featuring 4GB of internal storage as well as: 

  • A smart touchpad for easy navigation
  • Compatibility with select wireless mouse, keyboard and presenters
  • The ability to connect and mirror a smartphone or tablet
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard to type
  • Built-in power bank for charging mobile devices
  • 3 Watts Bluetooth speaker
  • Built-in web browser
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Built-in Canon Camera Connect application
  • Android OS
  • Tripod mount

The new Canon Rayo S1 is scheduled to be available for purchase in May 2019 at an estimated retail price of $259.99.

Canon To Release Major Firmware For EOS-R Camera In Q1, 2019




My readers know I am not a fan of the EOS-R camera in its current form. A major firmware release is expected the first quarter of 2019 in addition to a slew of new RF lenses. There is little to indicate what is included in the new software right now but suffice to say it cannot fix the major 'problems' like a single card slot, lack of a thumb wheel, around 3 fps burst rate in Servo AF with Dual Pixel RAW files, unimpressive battery life, etc.

If and when Canon announce their EOS-1D full frame mirrorless camera, I will take another look at their offering.

I will be off on my wildlife photography shoot, the first tour of the new year. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Canon To Announce A Slew Of RF Lenses For The EOS-R Camera In 2019




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, and my three decades of utilizing Canon equipment. As you know, I am not a buyer of the current EOS-R camera but will reconsider my decision when they announce their pro model this year.

Also expected in 2019 is a bunch of RF lens announcement. The following are rumored :

  • RF 16-35mm f/2.8L 
  • RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS
  • RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  • RF 105mm f/1.4L
  • RF 85mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • RF Macro lens
  • RF non-L kit lens


My advice to Canon is, do not place too much emphasis on the EOS-R and RF lenses, at the expense of the traditional high end EOS cameras and EF lenses, like the successors to the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-7D Mark II. There will be ample space for both camera and lens system to coexist for many years to come. As a global leader in photographic equipment, you can handle more than one system at a time.

The Rugby World Cup in 2019, follow by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 are the perfect events to highlight Canon's dominance in sports and wildlife photography. How many pro photographers do you think will be taking a EOS-R camera to these events?