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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Canon announced EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras and 4 new RF lenses and two Teleconverters
















MELVILLE, N.Y., July 9, 2020 – With anticipation at a fever pitch, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the company’s next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras – the EOS R5 and EOS R6. These groundbreaking cameras are the result of many years of collecting and listening to feedback from Canon users and are sure to meet the needs and demands of a variety of creators. The EOS R5 is a camera designed for professional applications featuring a new 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and uncropped 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps.

The EOS R6 is geared towards advanced amateurs featuring a 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and 4K video recording up to 59.94 fps. The addition of the EOS R5 and the EOS R6 cameras within the EOS R series lineup further solidifies Canon’s commitment to providing the equipment needed for users to bring their content to the next level.

Canon is also introducing four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders: The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM, Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM, and RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM lenses. All four new lenses were designed to meet the ever-expanding demands of the skilled creatives who capture amazing imagery using EOS R series cameras, including the new EOS R5 and EOS R6. In addition to the lenses, there are two new RF lens extenders, a 1.4x and a 2x model, allowing for users to take their compatible RF lens focal lengths even farther, and a 13-inch professional printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300, to bring photos to life through the power of print.

“For all of the Canon research and development team members who worked tirelessly on the production of these new products, today marks the culmination of a long journey. For those people looking for the next great tools to work with to expand their creative possibilities, the door is now wide open,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The industry has asked for new products that can push their levels of creativity to new heights, and we are confident that the EOS R5 and EOS R6, alongside the new lenses, lens extenders, and the pro printer, will fulfill those needs and more.”

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6

Both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras have the ability to capture the action of a variety of fast-moving subjects with impressive accuracy and speed. When using the mechanical shutter, each can shoot up to 12 fps and up to 20 fps when using the completely silent shutter. Both cameras are the first to be outfitted with Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF II which utilizes up to approximately100 percent coverage of the AF area and EOS iTR AF X incorporating AF tracking algorithms using deep learning technology and enhanced readout speed of the CMOS sensor and processing speed thanks to the DIGIC X image processor.

The 1,053 automatically selected AF Zones are made even more potent by the ability to detect the human eye, face or head as well as the eye, face or body of animals such as dogs, cats and even birds. Adding to the feature set is the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer, having coordinated control with Optical Image Stabilizer in IS equipped RF lenses. This provides up to 8 stops of shake correction, a feature that many creators have long asked for from Canon. Both the EOS R5 and R6 cameras come with a new LP-E6NH battery with a higher capacity than the previous model.

As the new flagship model in the EOS R series lineup, the EOS R5 camera has features that pack a punch for a variety of users who create both still and video content. It has a powerful 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and is driven by the speedy DIGIC X image processor, giving wide dynamic range as well as boasting an ISO range of 100-51,200 that is expandable up to 102,400. In a camera full of eye-popping features, one that really stands out is the ability to record uncropped 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps and 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

The camera can also record 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). External recording in 4K is also available up to 59.94 fps. When in DCI modes, the 8K and 4K video recording is uncropped and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.

Additional features of the EOS R5 camera include :

  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II
  • Built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 5.76 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh rate
  • 3.2-inch 2.1 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen
  • 5GHz/2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth Technology with the ability to utilize the image.canon application, as well as optional WFT-R10A wireless file transmitter with Ethernet support
  • Enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial, multi-controller • The ability to voice tag photos and videos
  • Weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 5D series

The EOS R6 camera is well-equipped with a host of new features to push the limits of creativity for imaging enthusiasts. The combination of the EOS-1D X Mark III based 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC X image processor produces an ISO range of 100-102,400 and is expandable to 204,800. Internal video recording at 4K is capable up to 59.94 fps or 1080p up to 119.88 fps in 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon Log(H.265) or HDR PQ(H.265). The camera also features a built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 3.69 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh ratevi.

Additional features of the EOS R6 camera include :

  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • 3-inch 1.62 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen
  • 2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi®vii and Bluetooth Technologyviii with the ability to utilize the image.canon application
  • Enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial, multi-controller
  • Weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 6D series

Battery Accessory

The optional BG-R10 battery grip accessory will be available for both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The BG-R10 accommodates up to two batteries and is compatible with the new LP-E6NH, LP-E6N and LP-E6 batteries. The convenient BG-R10 grip accessory can also improve handling for users while capturing portrait photography.

Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

The Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is a high-performance and versatile super-telephoto zoom lens that will find its way into the bags of many photographers. The compact and lightweight lens features optical image stabilization of up to five stops* of shake correction with three different IS modes, including standard, panning and during exposure only. Two Nano USM motors are at the heart of this lens and provide users with high-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with a minimum focusing distance of three feet.

Additional features of the Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM include :

  • Rotation-Type zoom ring and torque adjustment allows for precision control and feel
  • Customizable control ring that enables photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Canon L-Series grade dust and weather-resistant construction with a fluorine coating
  • Lens hood with side window allows specialty filters to be adjusted even while Lens Hood is attached
  • Compatible with the new 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders (from 300 to 500mm focal length)

Canon RF600mm and 800mm F11 IS STM

The Canon RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are the first fixed focal length super-telephoto RF lenses and are incredibly compact and lightweight. The portability of the new lenses is made even greater due to the ability for the lens barrel to retract and lock in place when the lenses are stowed away and not in use. Diffractive Optics technology helps to reduce the necessary number of lenses and greatly diminish the cost of the lenses, making them affordable for a broader group of photographers.

Additional features of the Canon RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses include :

  • Lightweight – the RF600mm weighs approximately 2.05lb and the RF800mm weighs approximately 2.78lb, respectively
  • Compact size, RF600mm measures approximately 7.85inch and RF800mm with measures approximately 11.09inch when retracted, respectively
  • Fixed f/11 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization of five stops* for the RF600mm and four stops* for the RF800mm of Shake Correction
  • Lead screw-type STM enables smooth auto focusing for still-image and video shooting
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Compatible with the new 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders

Canon RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM

The third RF85mm lens in the RF lineup, the Canon RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM is compact and lightweight, featuring a bright f/2 aperture helping to capture images that have exceptional bokeh. The lens features a maximum magnification of 0.5x and a minimum focusing distance of 1.15 feet, providing users with macro-photography capability.

Additional features of the Canon RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM include :

  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to five stops* of Shake Correction
  • Hybrid IS compensates for angular and shift camera shake during macro photography
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes.
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Nine blade Circular Aperture

RF Lens Extenders

Lens extenders have long been a practical and useful tool for a variety of photographers. That story continues with the introduction of the Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x. The new lens extenders inherit the same high image quality, precision AF and reliability, such as being drip and dustproof, of EF lens extenders. When used in combination with the newly-released compatible lenses, the capturing range can be dramatically increased, providing consumers with additional use cases for their existing RF lenses.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300

Completing the lineup of professional printer options from 13 inches through 60 inches, Canon also unveiled today the new 13-inch Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Inkjet Printer along with a new Premium Fine Art Rough paper. Providing an improved workflow and high-quality output within a smaller footprint compared to previous models, this new printer excels at professional printing performance. Combined with the new Premium Fine Art Rough paper that features a textured surface to express the depth of an image, the printer along with the paper and new EOS R5 or EOS R6 camera introduces a new powerhouse professional imaging trio that meets creators’ demands.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available at the end of July for an estimated retail price of $3899.00 for the body only and $4999.00 for the R5 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit**.

The EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available at the end of August for an estimated retail price of $2499.00 for the body only, $2.899.00 for the R6 and RF 24-105 F4-7.1 IS STM lens kit or $3,599.00 for the R6 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit**.

The BG-R10 battery grip accessory and WFT-R10A are both scheduled to be available at the end of July for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and $999.99**, respectively.

The RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is scheduled to be available in September 2020 for an estimated retail price of $2,699.00. The RF600mm F11 IS STM and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are scheduled to be available at the end of July 2020 for an estimated retail price of $699.99 and $899.99, respectively. The RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in October 2020 for an estimated retail price of $599.99 **.

The RF Extender 1.4x and 2x are scheduled to be available at the end of July for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $599.99** each.

The imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Printer will be available later in July for a suggested retail price of $899.99. Premium Fine Art Rough paper will also be available later in July for a suggested retail price of $44.99 for Letter size, $109.99 for 13” x 19” inches and $169.99, 17” x 22” inches**.

For more information please visit, www.usa.canon.com/virtualproductlaunch

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Canon RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11 Diffractive Optics lenses coming very soon


Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO lens

Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO lens


Canon will be announcing two RF long lenses very soon. The RF 600mm and RF 800mm will feature a DO element and boast between 4 and 5 stops of image stabilization. The 800mm lens is made up of 11 elements in 8 groups and weighs 2.78 lbs (1260 g) while the 600mm is made up of 10 elements in 7 groups and weighs about 2.0 lbs (930 g).

The RF 600mm length is 7.8 inches (199.5 mm) when retracted and 10.6 inch (269.5 mm) extended for shooting. The RF 800mm will be 11 inches (281 mm) retracted and 13.8 inches (351.8 mm) extended for shooting. Both lenses are very slow with a minimum aperture of f/11 and have a list price of around $700 to $900 respectively.

I am a fan of Canon's Diffractive Optics lens technology, like the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, for wildlife photography but find it puzzling what these new cheap RF long lenses are good for?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Register for Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 LiveStream announcement on July 9, 2020




The Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras plus a lineup of lenses and accessories will be announced during a LiveStream event on July 9, 2020.

You will be the first to be informed by Canon ambassadors and experts about our largest product launch to date.

09.07.2020 | 14:00 CET | Broadcast available in English only.

You can register for the event here.

Canon cameras to be announced :

  • Canon EOS R5
  • Canon EOS R6

Canon Accessories :

  • Canon WFT-R10 (A/B/C/D/E)
  • Canon BG-R10
  • Canon LP-E6NH

Canon Lenses :

  • Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
  • Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM
  • Canon RF 600mm f/11
  • Canon RF 800mm f/11
  • Canon RF 1.4x Teleconverter
  • Canon RF 2.0x Teleconverter

Canon Lens Accessories :

  • Canon Lens Hood ET-101
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-88B
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-77
  • Canon Lens Case LZ1328
  • Canon Lens Case LZ1435
  • Extender lens cap RF

Canon Printers :

  • A3+ Printer

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Olympus announced Imaging Business will be sold by the end of 2020




Olympus Corporation ("Olympus") and Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. ("JIP") hereby announce that, today, the parties signed a memorandum of understanding to carveout Olympus’s Imaging business to a new company (“NewCo”) and subsequently transfer its shares to a fund managed, operated or otherwise handled by JIP (the "Transaction").

After the due diligence and further discussions and negotiations, the parties are aiming to sign a legally- binding definitive agreement for the Transaction (the "Definitive Agreement") by September 30, 2020. We will promptly make further announcement if any matters relating to the Transaction that needs further announcement occur.

1. Background and Purpose of the Transaction

Olympus's Imaging business began with the manufacture and sale of a camera using the photographic lens Zuiko in 1936. Through innovative technology and unique product development capabilities, Olympus has developed and launched various products, aiming to contribute to make people’s lives more fulfilling. Those products include: Olympus Pen, the innovative half-sized camera; Zuiko Pearlcorder, the world's first micro-cassette tape recorder; and Olympus OM-D series, the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Olympus has implemented measures to cope with the extremely severe digital camera market, due to, amongst others, rapid market shrink caused by the evolution of smartphones; Olympus has improved the cost structure by restructuring the manufacturing bases and focusing on high-value-added interchangeable lenses, aiming to rectify the earning structure to those that may continue generating profit even as sales dwindles. Despite all such efforts, Olympus’s Imaging business recorded operating losses for 3 consecutive fiscal years up to the term ended in March 2020.

Under such circumstances, Olympus considers that, by carving-out the Imaging business and by operating the business with JIP, the Imaging business’s corporate structure may become more compact, efficient and agile and it is the most appropriate way to realize its self-sustainable and continuous growth and to bring values to the users of our products as well as our employees working in the Imaging business. Olympus therefore has decided to sign the memorandum of understanding for the Transaction.

JIP has strong track records in supporting strategic carve-outs that realize growth potential and encourage autonomous growth. By adding support from JIP, the NewCo, as the successor of reputable brands such as “OM-D” and “ZUIKO,” will utilize the innovative technology and unique product development capabilities which have been developed within Olympus, and will realize continuous growth of the business by bringing better products and services to the users and customers and by making itself a productive and rewarding work place for its employees.

2. Imaging Business after the Transaction

NewCo will succeed and maintain the research and development functions and manufacturing functions globally as reformed under the contemplated structuring reforms to continue to offer high-quality, highly reliable products; and also continue to provide supports to the imaging solution products that have been distributed by Olympus.

3. Outline of the Transaction

The specifics of the Transaction shall be decided in the Definitive Agreement after careful examination and consultation between the parties. The parties currently consider the outline of the Transaction shall be as follows.

The parties will proceed with the actions and procedures for Transactions in full compliance with applicable laws including consultation obligations and other requirements under local employment laws.

Structure

Olympus’s Imaging business will be transferred to the NewCo by way of company split or otherwise, and then, shares in the NewCo will be transferred to a new company to be established by JIP.

Signing of Definitive Agreement : Scheduled to be signed by September 30, 2020
Closing : Olympus and JIP strive to close the Transaction by December 31, 2020.

Structuring Reform

Prior to the closing of the Transaction, Olympus plans to implement structuring reforms to the Imaging business aiming to change the business structure of Imaging business to be more profitable and sustainable. We are currently investigating costs and other impacts of the structuring reform. If any future event which requires disclosure arises, Olympus will announce it promptly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Canon Camera Connect App can remotely control many EOS camera or Camcorder




Camera Connect is a unified app that connects your mobile devices to any Wi-Fi® or Bluetooth®-equipped Canon camera or camcorder. Whether you shoot with a compatible EOS camera, PowerShot camera or VIXIA camcorder, one app is all you need.

With a fresh and intuitive new interface developed for both iOS® and Android™ operating systems, Camera Connect makes it easy to see what you’ve captured, transfer photos and videos to your mobile device, and use your device to control your camera. Click here for more information from Canon.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras and lens kit options coming in July 2020




Canon is expected to announce the EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras the first week of July. The new cameras will also be sold with RF lens kits options. Pre-order will be accepted on day of announcement and delivery is expected to commence in Q3, 2020.

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 lens kit options :

  • Canon EOS R5 body only
  • Canon EOS R5 with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EOS R6 body only
  • Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

Below are the SKU for the newly registered RF lenses :

  • 4515C005 - Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • 4318C005 - Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • 4234C005 - Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
  • 4112C005 - Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM
  • 3986C005 - Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO IS STM
  • 3987C005 - Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM
  • 4113C005 and 4114C005 - RF 1.4x and RF 2x

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Canon EOS R5 camera possible specifications and list price. Announcement coming very soon











My readers know why I am not buying Canon mirrorless camera now. When the EOS R1 debuts next year, I may be interested in acquiring one. The semi-pro EOS-R5 mirrorless camera will be announced the first week of July. It will be positioned below the EOS-1D X Mark III and may have the following specifications :

  • All new 40+ MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
  • About 5 stops with IBIS, 8 stops with IS in lens
  • 12 fps with Viewfinder, 20 fps with Live View
  • Signature scroll wheel in back of camera (finally)
  • Dual memory card slots (One SD, one CFexpress)
  • AF On smart controller like the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • New Mode dial on top of camera
  • No-Crop on 8K video
  • Dual Pixel AF available in 8K
  • Internal recording
  • Body AF tracking
  • Face AF tracking
  • Eye AF tracking
  • Animal detection autofocus
  • 8K @ 30 fps RAW, 4K @ 120 fps and 60 fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Improved LP-E6NH battery with longer life
  • New BG-R10 grip with extra battery
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Development announcement. Available second half of 2020.
  • List price about $3,900 in the US.
  • Announcement date - second week of July
  • Shipping date - end of July

Aurora Aperture introduces a next generation rear mount filter system




Irvine, California, May 15th, 2020 – Aurora Aperture Inc. today has introduced a next-generation rear mount filter system.

The new next-generation rear mount filter system supports the Canon 11-24mm F4L USM and other select Canon wide-angle lenses, Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G, Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art EF mount and Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art EF mount, Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art E and L mount, and Sony 12-24mm F4 G.

“In 2017 we introduced a rear mount filter system for the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM: The Aurora Aperture CR format, an industry-first rear mount glass filter,” said Jeff Chen, founder, and CEO of Aurora Aperture Inc. “The next generation rear mount filter system is a major upgrade from the CR format filter system. It expands supported lenses to several other popular ultra-wide-angle lenses, at the same time adds more filter choices. More importantly, the new system features a robust magnetic quick-release mechanism. ”

Next Generation Rear Mount Filter System

The next generation rear mount filter system improves usability by using an innovative magnetic mounting system. A filter is installed to a supported lens simply by attaching the filter onto the magnetized adapter on the rear of the lens. The magnetic quick release feature greatly simplifies the filter installation, especially for photographers working in harsh outdoor environments.

Designed in California, the Aurora Aperture next generation rear mount filter system provides a simple and elegant solution for ultra-wide-angle lenses that lack a front filter thread. Users would normally have to use either low-quality gel filters in the rear of the lens or otherwise use a massive front mount filter with sizes up to 186mm mounted onto a bulky adapter.

The Aurora Aperture next generation rear mount filters are very compact and lightweight, making them much easier to carry. The filters are made from high-quality Schott D 263® T eco thin glass* with multi-layer nano-coatings for their light reduction capability, resulting in accurate color rendition and minimizing field curvature. These filters can meet the high-resolution demands of 4k/8k video, and the high pixel density of modern-day sensors.

A PFPE based nano-coating is applied to both optical surfaces, ensuring the protection of filters against water, oil, dust, and dirt. This coating allows filters to be cleaned as substances do not adhere to the filter easily and are removed with little effort. The PFPE based nano coating has a 110-degree static contact angle, one of the best in the industry.

The filter glass is protected by a high strength stainless steel frame. The filter frame makes the filter easier to handle and adds protection to the filter glass. Aerospace-grade 7051 aluminum alloy is used for the filter adapter. This material is practically twice as strong as the 6000 series aluminum alloy used in conventional lens filters.

Available Filters

PowerND™, neutral density (ND) filters of light reduction strength in :

  • ND4 (2 stops)
  • ND16 (4 stops)
  • ND64 (6 stops)
  • ND256 (8 stops)
  • ND4000 (12 stops)

PowerGND™, soft graduated neutral density (GND) filters of light reduction strength in :

  • ND3 (1.5 stops)
  • ND6 (2.5 stops)
  • ND12 (3.5 stops)

PowerDusk™, a light pollution reduction filter for astrophotography and for cityscape photography in blue hours by reducing artificial light pollution.

Supported Lenses

Canon EF Rear Mount

  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
  • EF 11-24mm F4L USM
  • EF 14mm f/2.8L USM & EF 14mm f/2.8L USM II
  • EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM (EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM not supported)
  • EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

  • Sigma EF Rear Mount
  • Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art
  • Sony E mount
  • L mount
  • Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G

Availability and Pricing

The Aurora Aperture next generation rear mount filters will be available through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign starting in May 2020. The general public and dealer availability is expected in September 2020. The price of filters will start from $43 and goes up to $113 per filter, depending on the type of filter. The price of lens adapters will be $35 to $41, depending on the supported lenses.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Canon EOS R6 full frame mirrorless camera announcement coming in July 2020






Despite the challenge posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, Canon is expected to launch the much anticipated prosumer EOS R5 full frame mirrorless camera in the month of July as well.

The less expensive, consumer version will be known as the EOS R6, with the following rumored specifications :

  • 20MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS
  • 12 fps mechanical and 20 fps electronic.
  • OverSampled 5K, 4K @ 60p, 1080i/120p video
  • Canon Log
  • 10-bit video shooting
  • AF system identical to EOS R5
  • Bluetooth 4.2 (EOS R5 gets Bluetooth 5.0)
  • Dual SD UHS-II card slots
  • Head and Animal detection AF
  • No top-down screen
  • 5M-dot EVF identical to EOS R5
  • Lower resolution EVF than EOS R5
  • Build quality not as good as EOS R5
  • LP-E6NH battery. Same as EOS R5
  • New grip with extra battery
  • Announcement second week of July 2020 
  • Shipping date - August 2020
  • List price about $2,500 in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

How to use your Canon DSLR, Mirrorless and PowerShot cameras as a Webcam



Canon announced a free software that turns your Canon camera in an USB-connected webcam - EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

With Canon’s Webcam Utility Beta, many EOS DSLRs, mirrorless and PowerShot cameras can be used as a webcam. You an download the beta version of the software here. If you’d like to ask questions or provide feedback pertaining to the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software, please visit our forum, Canon.us/forum-eoswebcamutility.


MELVILLE, NY, April 28, 2020 – As virtual meetings and gatherings become the new norm, you don’t want to be caught in the dark with a low-quality webcam. Fortunately, a new solution – EOS Webcam Utility Beta software** — was unveiled today by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, for select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras. To help bring you into the light, this beta version solution converts your compatible EOS ILC and PowerShot camera through a simple USB connection into a webcam. Built by Canon software developers, this beta version software helps consumers to improve their video appearance while using popular video conferencing applications in the market, delivering clarity and high-image quality.

EOS DSLR Cameras

  • EOS-1D X Mark III
  • EOS-1D X Mark II
  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EOS 5DS
  • EOS 5DS R
  • EOS 6D Mark II
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 77D
  • EOS 80D
  • EOS 90D
  • EOS Rebel SL2
  • EOS Rebel SL3
  • EOS Rebel T6
  • EOS Rebel T6i
  • EOS Rebel T7
  • EOS Rebel T7i
  • EOS Rebel T100

EOS Mirrorless Cameras

  • EOS M6 Mark II 
  • EOS M50
  • EOS M200
  • EOS R
  • EOS RP

PowerShot Cameras

  • PowerShot G5X Mark II
  • PowerShot G7X Mark III
  • PowerShot SX70 HS

The EOS Webcam Utility Beta software solution requires one single USB plug (which may need to be purchased separately) to connect the camera to a Windows* operating systems computer. Once the software is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will be ready to go.

Similar to the Windows operating system version released April 28, the new macOS compatible software solution requires one single USB plug (which may need to be purchased separately) to connect the compatible camera to the computer. Once the software is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will have improved video appearance while participating in video conferencing and virtual meetings.

“In unprecedented times, it’s imperative for Canon to provide our customers with useful, simple and accessible solutions to assist them in whatever imaging needs they have,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “Our goal is that the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software can help reduce some of the remote workday stress for employees who are tasked with video conferencing and virtual meetings.”

To learn more, including whether your Canon EOS ILC or PowerShot camera is compatible, and to download the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software, visit canon.us/livestream.

To learn more, including whether your Canon EOS ILC or PowerShot camera is compatible, and to download the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for both macOS and Windows, visit Canon.us/eoswebcamutility.

If you’d like to ask questions or provide feedback pertaining to the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for macOS, please visit our forum, Canon.us/forum-eoswebcamutilitymac.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Canon announced new CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 Cinema lens




MELVILLE, NY, April 20, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions today announced the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S), a new CINE-SERVO cinema lens designed for use with 4K cameras. The new lens, which is available in both EF and PL mount, features 10x optical zoom, a built-in 1.5x extender and a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit, providing broadcast-friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters. The lightweight design of the lens (6.7 lbs.) is remarkable given the zoom range and feature set, especially when compared with other lenses of similar focal lengths. This outstanding model, as well as the Sumire Prime Lenses announced in 2019, have further strengthened Canon’s robust lineup of Cinema Lenses.

“As the lines between broadcast, cinematic and commercial productions continue to blur, it becomes more important to have a seamless product line that can provide solutions across a broad scope of applications,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies and Communications Group. “The CINE-SERVO lens family combines outstanding performance and an unmatched focal range from 17mm up to 1500mm in the three-lens family. The new CINE-SERVO 25-250mm lens adds a great deal of versatility to the lineup, and will soon be a favorite of productions large and small.”

Similar to the existing award-winning 17-120mm and 50-1000mm lenses, the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm offers outstanding 4K optical performance thanks to its ultra-low dispersion glass and a large-diameter aspherical lens. Combined with Canon’s unique optical design technology, these components work to help correct color fringing and limit chromatic aberration during operation. The lens features Canon’s renowned warm color science and an 11-blade aperture that produces a beautiful, smooth bokeh.

The new lens is ideal for cameras with a Super 35mm sensor. While the 10x zoom covers a focal range of 25-250mm, the built-in extender stretches that range to an impressive 375mm with an added benefit of allowing for full-frame sensor coverage with only a stop of difference in light loss.

The servo drive unit included with the 25-250mm lens can be easily removed to allow for manual operation, and the gear pitch is compatible with standard cinema controls of zoom and focus. The EF mount version of the lens allows for the utilization of Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides users with smooth AF operation and high-speed tracking performance, and the PL mount version supports Cooke/i Technology. In addition, like the 17-120mm, the 25-250mm lens also features a macro function to enable close-up shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S) is scheduled to be available later in 2020 for an estimated retail price of $29,999.00.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Canon announced more details on EOS R5 mirrorless camera




MELVILLE, NY, April 20, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today is sharing additional specifications of the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera currently in development. The newly released information divulges further details on the 8K video recording capability, IBIS and more.








Newly announced details of the Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera include :

  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
  • No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.*
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
  • A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
  • Dual-card slots : CFexpress and SD UHS-II.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Canon announced EOS C300 Mark III camera and CN10x25 IAS cinema lens


Canon EOS C300 Mark III cinema camera




Canon has apparently announced the EOS C300 Mark III Cinema camera and CN10x25 IAS S E1 / P1 (25-250mm) 10x zoom cinema lens in Asia.

You can watch the live Canon announcement in North America at 1:00 pm EDT (10:00 am PDT) on Monday, April 20, 2020 here.


Canon Cinema C300 Mark III :

Adding to its robust and expansive line up of Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras, the EOS C300 Mark III is Canon’s next-generation Super 35mm workhorse. The camera features a new Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor, and like the full-frame EOS C500 Mark II digital cinema camera, employs a modular design and an interchangeable lens mount that allows users to easily customize the camera according to the needs of each project, making it an ideal tool for a wide range of video content production. The introduction of these two cameras signal Canon’s equal and high attention to the two important constituencies of Super 35mm and full-frame content creation.
The newly developed 4K Super 35mm DGO imaging system captures high dynamic range content by reading out each pixel through two separate gains. One gain prioritizes saturation in highlight areas while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with 16+ stops of dynamic range, clean rich shadows and vibrant highlights in up to 4K/60p. In 2K recording mode, The EOS C300 Mark III features recording speeds up to 180p. Equipped with Canon’s latest video imaging processor, the DIGIC DV 7, the camera achieves more fluid and efficient recording of 4K and HDR and can process high-speed video recording, including 4K at 120p.

The EOS C300 Mark III camera utilizes Cinema RAW Light a very powerful and useful tool for helping to cut the data size of a file to about one-third to one-fifth of a similar Cinema RAW file, without losing grading flexibility. In addition to being able to record 4K and 2K RAW data internally without using an external recorder, the camera also supports XF-AVC (with a choice of Intra or LongGOP), offering flexible options in recording durations..

The EOS C300 Mark III camera is modular and customizable, just like the EOS C500 Mark II. Included with the camera are 13 accessories, such as a 4.3-inch LCD monitor and the GR-V1 grip, and users can choose from a wide range of additional accessories that allow them to configure the EOS C300 Mark III to their preferences. Optional accessories include the EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, SU-15 shoulder support unit and EU-V1 and EU-V2 expansion units. The EU-V1 expansion unit allows for gen-lock, sync out, remote use and ethernet connection, while EU-V2 expansion unit features those functions plus a V-mount battery connection, two analog XLR audio ports and 24v DC Out. Additionally, the mount kits (sold separately) allow users to exchange the EF mount with an EF cinema lock mount or PL mount.

Additional features of the Canon EOS C300 Mark III include :


  •  4K DCI/UHD up to 120 fps and 2K/HD up to 180 fps — with 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC recording
  •  2 CFexpress media card slots
  •  Compatibility with EF and PL lenses as well as anamorphic and spherical lenses
  •  Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 120fps
  •  5-axis electronic image stabilization, which can be utilized even without the use of a lens with   IS functionally
  •  Support for Canon Log 2 and 3
  •  Four-channel recording that supports 4 XLR inputs with the use of the EU-V2 expansion unit
  •  User LUT allowing users to upload and apply custom LUTs
  •  The camera body is approximately 6 in (width) x 5.8 in (height) x 6.6 in (depth) with a body   weight of approximately 3.9 lbs., making it compact and lightweight.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C300 Mark III Cinema Camera is scheduled to be available later in 2020 for an estimated retail price of $10,999.00. For more information, including accessory prices and availability, please visit, www.usa.canon.com/provideo.

Friday, April 17, 2020

World Press Photo 2020 Photographer and Photography Winners







World Press Photo announced the winners of its 2020 Photo Contest. It is a photo taken by Yasuyoshi Chiba of the 2019 Sudan uprising. The following breakdown of camera brands and sensors used for the Photo Contest is provided by Photolari, the Spanish photography website.

Canon's share of the winners' circle dropped to 38% from 46% last year. Similarly,  Nikon dropped from 37% to 26%.  Sony's and Fuji's share increased from 2.6% to 7% and 10% to 16%, respectively.  Notice even Hasselblad, Mamiya and DJI (drone maker) also made the list.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Canon cameras and lenses won 2020 TIPA World Awards




Madrid, Spain, 14 April 2020 : The Technical Image Press Association has announced the winners of the 2020 TIPA World Awards. Along with exciting cameras and lenses that cover every category, from entry-level to expert to professional, TIPA World Award winners in 40 categories represent the wide range of products and services that make up the imaging industry today, including inkjet papers, imaging software, storage media, accessories, lighting, monitors and more.

TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) has announced the following Canon products as winners for 2020 :

  • Best DSLR Professional Camera : Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Best DSLR Advanced Camera : Canon EOS 90D
  • Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens : Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Best Professional Portrait Lens : Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS
  • Best Vlogging Camera : Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Thomas Gerwers, Chairman of TIPA, “Given the extraordinary circumstances the world and our industry face today, we felt that we should continue with our efforts in recognizing the best imaging products of 2020.

“We believe that now more than ever our support of the industry and the people who work so hard, be it in production, distribution, or marketing, deserve credit and our thanks and appreciation for their efforts to continue to develop new and exciting products and grow into the future. Of course, while the process of nomination and selection of award winners had to adapt to the circumstances, we maintained our usual rigorous standards in our considerations.”

The Award Process

Beginning in late 2019 and through March 2020, nominations within select categories were gathered by the TIPA Technical Committee. Editors from member magazines were consulted, equipment was tested and evaluated, and new categories, representing emerging imaging trends, were considered.

Finalists are usually voted on at the TIPA General Assembly, attended by representatives from TIPA member magazines from around the world, and originally scheduled for mid-March in Las Vegas this year. When travel restrictions began to be implemented the TIPA Board decided that voting should of course still take place, so product recommendation and an online voting procedure were instituted for members from around the world.

“Our hope,” said Thomas Gerwers, “is first of all that everyone remains safe and that this pandemic eases. We look forward to organizing a General Assembly later this year to welcome new member publications and continue our efforts to work with editors from the worldwide TIPA group of professional, amateur, and business magazines and online publications to support and grow the imaging industry.”

TIPA World Award honorees this year include long-time industry companies as well as new entrants and those who represent emerging trends in the photo/imaging industry, as well as awards within specific market segments and applications. For a full list of the 2020 TIPA World Award winners, along with award citations and images, please visit www.tipa.com.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera firmware version 1.1.0 available for download




Canon Japan and Europe has made the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update version 1.1.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement and fixes :

  • The option to capture full HD movies and 4K UHD movies in 23.98p frame rate has been added.
  • The communication speed has been improved when connected via wired LAN.
  • The "Browser Remote" function has been added.
  • The function to transfer only protected images has been added.
  • Corrects the phenomenon in which, when the electronic level is set to "Show" in the viewfinder display, in rare cases, the camera may freeze when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.
  • Corrects the phenomenon in which the Custom Shooting Mode settings may change when the shooting mode is switched.

You can read my real world review of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Canon U.S.A. awarded Energy Star® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for 2020




MELVILLE, NY, April 2, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce it has been awarded the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award for Sustained Excellence for the company’s leading contributions and partnership with ENERGY STAR. This year marks the sixth time overall (2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) in which Canon has won the esteemed Partner of the Year Award with ENERGY STAR, and the third consecutive year (2018, 2019, 2020) in which the company’s work earned the Sustained Excellence accolade.

As the highest honor bestowed, the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award is given only to those partners who have received Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years. Winners must have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for this distinction, in addition to representing energy-efficient products, services, homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.

“Canon is honored to receive ENERGY STAR’s Sustained Excellence Award, which truly reflects our ongoing commitment to social and environmental responsibility through our Kyosei philosophy,” said Shinya Fukuda, executive director and general manager, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “By creating technological solutions with sustainability top-of-mind, we are not only contributing to the welfare of communities worldwide; we are simultaneously respecting the environment and helping to reduce customer and consumer costly energy waste.”

Canon Inc. announced temporary suspension of operations at Headquarters and selected offices in Japan




TOKYO, April 6, 2020 - The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly spread throughout Tokyo and other large urban areas. Amid this situation, our highest priorities are to protect the health of our employees and their families, neighboring families and businesses, as well as customers and business partners, and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Therefore, Canon Inc. announces that the following offices will temporarily suspend operations from Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 17.

Offices to be closed

Company Headquarters: 30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146-8501, Japan
Kawasaki Office: 70-1 Yanagicho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-8602, Japan
Kosugi Office: 9-1, Imaikami-cho, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 211-8501, Japan
Tamagawa Office: 16-1, Shimonoge 3-chome, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 213-8512, Japan
Yako office: 451, Tsukagoshi 3-chome, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-8530, Japan

This temporary suspension of operations has been enacted for reasons of health and safety, and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. There have been no infections among employees at any of the above offices.

We sincerely apologize for any difficulties caused to our customers and business partners as a result of this decision, and greatly appreciate your understanding.

We will continue to respond to the changing situation, maintaining as our highest priorities the protection the health of our employees and their families, neighboring families and businesses, customers and business partners, and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. We will review and revise our response as the situation evolves.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III real world camera review by MichaelDanielHo.com




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have returned from a wildlife photography tour of Japan last month to test the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera. You can read my preliminary review here and follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and this blog and visit me on MichaelDanielHo.com.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and lock downs in many parts of the world, I am unable to go on more foreign tours to further field test the camera. Once the lock downs are lifted, I will embark on more wildlife trips and add to my review with further comments. As with any new, complicated camera, there will be a new firmware update coming in April to address some minor issues in the EOS-1D X Mark III. Keep checking back for further updates.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Canon Virtual Press Conference on April 20, 2020 will announce new cameras






MELVILLE, NY, March 30, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that they will be hosting a Virtual Press Conference to unveil the company’s new professional imaging products and technologies. The Virtual Press Conference, which will be streamed on the Canon U.S.A. website at usa.canon.com/VPC2020, is scheduled to air on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 1:00 PM EDT/10:00 AM PT.

“As Canon continues to monitor the global response surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the effects of which have impacted every aspect of our lives, we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and ongoing support during this challenging time,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president, and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc “The road ahead is long and filled with uncertainty, but when the broadcast and cinema industries are ready to resume ‘normal’ activities, Canon wants them to know we will be there to continue to support professionals with new products and technologies that meet their needs.”

The new Canon broadcast and cinema products featured during the Virtual Press Conference are aligned with the current and growing needs of the respective industries such as 4K UHD and HDR, as well as evolving technologies.

For more information and the latest updates, please visit usa.canon.com/VPC2020 and follow us on Twitter at @CanonUSAprovideo and Instagram @canonusaprovideo.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Canon celebrates 17th consecutive year as global leader in sales of Interchangeable Lens for Digital Cameras





MELVILLE, NY, March 26, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. has maintained the number one share of the global market for interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) for 17 consecutive years from 2003 to 2019.

Canon develops the key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras - CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses - under the core concept of, “Speed, Comfort, and High Image Quality.” Offering a wide-ranging product lineup,  from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals to entry level models that allow users to enjoy high image quality shooting with easy operation - Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.

During the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Digital Rebel (EOS Kiss Digital or EOS 300D in other regions) in September 2003. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS 1D X series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

Canon introduced new possibilities for photographic expression with the launch of the EOS R System in October 2018. Including such products as the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lenses that fully leverage the company’s optical technologies, the new products helped further expand the Canon EOS System. In 2019, Canon launched a wide range of products including the EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera in March and EOS 90D DSLR in September. In striving to further expand its lineup, Canon managed to secure the number one share of the global market for the 17th consecutive year.

Canon is also currently developing the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, equipped with a newly developed full-frame CMOS sensor and featuring high-speed continuous shooting for still images and 8K video recording. The company is also currently developing seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders, including the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM, and plans to release them throughout the course of 2020. Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, to expand and create a stronger EOS System for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. These innovations open up new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and to promote the spread of photo and video culture.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

New Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware coming in April to address issue



My readers know I have recently returned from Hokkaido, Japan to put the EOS-1D X Mark III camera through a real world test. My first review is here. There will be addendum as I go on more wildlife photography tours, further testing the new camera.

I have experienced (once) a seize up with the EOS-1D X Mark II and Mark III bodies when firing in the maximum burst mode, in severely cold weather. A quick pull out and reinsertion of the battery cleared the problem immediately.

In addition, there is a phenomenon, which I have not experienced, as described below :

Phenomenon:

When the camera is used with the electronic level set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, in rare cases, the camera may not perform normally when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.

Affected Product:

EOS-1D X Mark III (Firmware version 1.0.0)

Workaround:

Use the “Hide” setting for the electronic level in the viewfinder display.

Setting procedure: Menu / Set-up 2 tab / Viewfinder display / Electronic level* [Hide]
*Default setting: [Hide]

Support:

In early-April 2020, Canon plans to release a firmware update to address the phenomenon listed above.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Canon closed Service Centers in California, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii due to CoronaVirus




Notice to our Customers regarding closure of California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii Service Facilities :

Due to the “stay at home” directives from authorities in California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii, as well as local “Shelter in Place” orders, our Canon service facilities in those states are temporarily closed until further notice. Products needing repair can be directed to our Factory Service Center in Newport News, Virginia. Please note that walk-in service is not available at this location. We apologize for any inconvenience and delays that may occur during this time. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.

We encourage you to use our online system to set up the service of your product at:

https://www.usa.canon.com/repair

The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that is of great concern to everyone. Canon’s commitment is to take proactive and proportional steps in accordance with all recommended procedures and protocols as advised by the CDC, the United States Government, and state, regional and local public health agencies.

Again, we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state authorities. The health and well-being of our customers, clients, and employees remain our top priority during this difficult time. As conditions change, we will take recommended and appropriate steps to restore and continue the excellent service that you have come to expect from Canon USA, Inc. For updates and other information regarding COVID-19 measures, please visit our web site:

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/to-our-customers

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Canon confirms upcoming EOS R5 is a mirrorless EOS-5 series camera




Recently, TechRadar was able to put some questions to David Parry, Canon's Product Marketing Specialist, during a brief chat about the EOS R5. Below is an excerpt of their conversation :


Is the Canon EOS R5 body based on the EOS R?

"What you can see is that it is actually slightly fatter than the EOS R across the top. In my view, it gives it more of a DSLR sort of look to it," David Parry said.

Why is the EOS R's Multi-function bar missing on the EOS R5?

"We've got the joystick on here, instead of the Multi-function bar. Everybody knows the multi-function bar on the EOS R got a mixed response – some people really got on with it, some people really couldn't get on with it at all," he said. "So maybe going with this is a safer bet – more people are used to the multi-controller."

"Because this is a 5-series, more people at that kind of level will expect functions similar to what you get on a 5D." he added.

So is that why this camera is called the EOS R5?

"It's aimed at that level of the market. This isn't a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it's aimed at that segment of the market," he said.

"Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we've got the R5 now. So it's all the same sort of level." he added.
And more generally away from the specs, who is the Canon EOS R5 aimed at? What type of photographer will buy it?

"This is going to be a well-rounded product in the sense that it's full-frame, it's got a high frame-rate (20fps and 12fps), it's got amazing video capability with the 8K. So it's going to be an incredibly powerful product," he said.

"As the name gives away, the type of consumer who's going to buy it is going to be your 5-series user, it's going to be that sort of level of product. Someone who's using it professionally and someone who's using it semi-professionally as well," he said.

"But let's not forget there are a lot of enthusiasts out there who love products at this level," he added. "It's not targeted towards any particular genre of photography, in the same way that the 5 series evolved into that all-rounder type of camera. With the 5-series you see it in every single kind of photography situation you can imagine," he added.

The EOS R5 has impressive video credentials. How does it handle heat issues when shooting 8K video?

"We've been doing this for a while now and we've learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup. For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other," he said.

"And being able to dissipate heat using different materials has been something we've been pretty proud of on other products. This is something we've learnt using both our camera and our video Cinema EOS series with that technology as well," he added.

"So there's a lot of technology that we know is now coming together and giving us the ability to really step up these specifications," he said.

The EOS R5 has Animal Eye AF. Does this work in both video and stills?

"We can't divulge that at the moment, but what's really exciting about that for us is that it's dogs, cats and birds – as far as I'm aware no other manufacturer has mentioned birds in their Animal AF," he said.

"I'm intrigued to see how that works out in the field – because birds are obviously quite different, that's quite a broad spectrum. With dogs and cats, they've got different breeds, but they do look relatively similar, whereas birds can look completely different, from house martins right up to ostriches. That's pretty exciting," he added.

Is animal autofocus based on the same Deep Learning tech that we first saw on the Canon EOS-1DX Mark III?

"We're not divulging anything about where that tech has come from, but again all the learning from other cameras we have do go into the next generation," he said.

"I think the Deep Learning technology is very, very exciting – about being able to get it to recognize people wearing crash helmets and things like that, which has made a big difference to the 1DX."

Does the EOS R5 have full weather-sealing for wildlife photographers?

"We never quote weather-sealing figures, because of the big hole in the front of the camera, but we normally quote another product that has the same level within our lineup," he said.

"I don't know what the weather-sealing capabilities on this product will be, but we are aware that people do use these in pretty harsh environments, so that would be a consideration for us. I couldn't say what those figures are, but it's pretty robust I have to say," he added.

And lastly, the current situation with coronavirus is obviously difficult for a lot of manufacturers. Is the EOS R5 likely to be delayed?

"We're in the same situation as all the other manufacturers in that we're keeping an eye on things and seeing what we can do," he said.

"It's not the same as this, but we've had natural disasters before, so we have a pretty robust system for being able to deal with things like the tsunami and earthquakes. I know this is very, very different, but there's things in place to work on this kind of thing," he added.

"We can't say whether this is going to be affected or not, but let's just wait and see what happens over the next few weeks. This is going to be a really exciting camera for us. It's creating quite a stir and we want people to really enjoy this product, so the sooner we can get it out there the better really," he added. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Canon's upcoming EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras' possible specifications




I have just returned from a wildlife photography trip to Hokkaido, Japan to field test the production model of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera. You can read my review here.

When I was there, Canon announced the closure of five facilities based in the Oita, Miyazaki and Nagasaki prefectures, from March 2nd to March 13th, ostensibly because of interruption of the supply chain from China. Together with all other disruptions caused by the Coronavirus, this will delay the schedule announcement and delivery of the upcoming EOS R5 and EOS R6 full frame mirrorless cameras.


EOS R5 possible specifications :
  • All new 40+ MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
  • About 5 stops with IBIS, 8 stops with IS in lens
  • 12 fps with Viewfinder, 20 fps with Live View
  • Signature scroll wheel in back of camera (finally)
  • Dual memory card slots (One SD, one CFexpress)
  • On / Off switch for Video and Live View
  • No-Crop on 8K video
  • Dual Pixel AF available in 8K
  • Internal recording
  • Body AF tracking
  • Face AF tracking
  • Eye AF tracking
  • Animal detection autofocus
  • 8K @ 30 fps RAW, 4K @ 120 fps and 60 fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Improved LP-E6N battery with longer life
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Development announcement. Delivery some time in second half of 2020.


EOS R6 possible specifications :
  • All new 20 MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
  • About 5 stops with IBIS, 8 stops with IS in lens
  • 12 fps with Viewfinder, 20 fps with Live View
  • Dual memory card slots (Two SD or one SD, one CFexpress)
  • Dual Pixel AF available in 4K
  • No top down LCD screen
  • Body AF tracking
  • Face AF tracking
  • Eye AF tracking
  • Animal detection autofocus
  • 4K @ 60p, full HD @ 120p
  • New battery with lower resolution EVF
  • Build quality lower than EOS R5
  • Announcement and delivery in late Q2 to Q3 of 2020.