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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Canon announced Rebel T8i / EOS 850D DSLR camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 12, 2020 –– Whatever your family dynamic, there are certain moments with the ones you love that deserve to be remembered. In the spirit of capturing powerful moments that last a lifetime, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveiled today the Canon EOS Rebel T8i. The newest and highest-performing Rebel camera within the Canon lineup features the DIGIC 8 Image Processor, eye-detection in live view, 4K video, clean 4K HDMI output╦ć, and is the first EOS DSLR with vertical video1 all within a compact and lightweight body to bring photography and videos to life.

“Our commitment to high-quality and high-performing DSLR cameras is unwavering,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Visual storytelling is not one size fits all, and in order to encourage our current and future customers to explore their content creation journey and make it easier for people to explore the art of photography and the power of an image, it is imperative that the next EOS Rebel provide high-quality still imagery, high-speed shooting capabilities as well as top notch video functionality.”

The Greatness Within the EOS Rebel T8i

The compact and lightweight EOS Rebel T8i camera is ideal for documenting the early days on the soccer field and aspiring shutterbugs looking to go beyond the “Auto” feature. This includes :

  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System with Face Detect to ensure images are in focus
  • 24 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor with shooting speed up to 7 fps
  • 4K UHD, Full HD up to 24P
  • Equipped with an Approx. 220,000 Pixel New AE Sensor and EOS iTR AF (Face Detection)
  • Fast & Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye-detection (Servo)
  • Vari-angle, 3.0-inch LCD Touch Screen
  • Advanced Control with AF-ON Button and Quick Control Dial
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®2 and Bluetooth®3 Connectivity

Compatible with an extensive line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses, this model can capture vertical video and has multiple connectivity options using Bluetooth® and WiFi® technology, making it ideal for vlogging, uploading content to social media platforms, and web services or for day-to-day usage when capturing life’s most precious moments.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS Rebel T8i camera body has an estimated retail price of $749.99 and the EOS Rebel T8i kit with EF-S 18-55mm F4-5.6 IS STM lens has an estimated retail price of $899.99. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit

Canon EOS R5 high end mirrorless camera coming

MELVILLE, NY, February 12, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera. The camera will feature a newly designed CMOS sensor and new image processor, along with new state-of-the-art optical technologies the company has been able to cultivate through its long history of groundbreaking camera and digital imaging solutions development. In addition, Canon plans to release seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders that are currently in development. These new photography tools will help to continue to strengthen the EOS R system and cement the RF mount as an industry leader.

“Today’s announcement comes as a direct result of the tireless effort of Canon engineers who have been tasked with developing the next generation of Canon EOS R camera and RF lenses to help elevate the popular system that was announced in 2018,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from a variety of photographers. The outcome is a camera and lenses that will delight a variety of shooters and further helps to demonstrate Canon’s commitment to full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.”

The EOS R System was initially developed to provide engineers with the ability to design lenses that were thought to be impossible to create previously. The wide lens mount diameter, shorter back focus, and high-speed system for transmitting data between camera and lens have resulted in an imaging system that delivers higher image quality and greater ease-of-use than ever before.

The new full-frame mirrorless camera currently under development will fully leverage the advantages of the EOS R System, helping to produce a camera that features high-speed continuous shooting and 8K video recording. Furthermore, the camera will provide photographers with more efficient workflows thanks to improved transmission functionality, operability and reliability. These enhancements, along with many others, will help to further elevate and solidify the EOS Series concept of “Speed, Comfort and High-Image-Quality.”

Canon’s EOS R5, the first of the next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras planned for EOS R System, will include a newly developed CMOS sensor. The new sensor will enable enhanced features such as high-speed continuous shooting up to approximately 20 frames-per-second (FPS) when using the silent shutter and up to approximately 12 FPS when using the mechanical shutter – A feature professional sports and wildlife photographers will find to be extremely impactful on their ability to capture fast-moving subjects. From a video perspective, the camera’s 8K video capture capability will prepare videographers for the future of movie-making- capturing 8K footage today allows for even higher-quality 4K productions in addition to the ability to extract high-resolution still images from the video footage. The EOS R5 will be the first Canon camera equipped with IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) and when used in conjunction with the extremely effective in-lens stabilization (IS), will allow photographers to handhold the camera in light levels not previously imagined. Additionally, the camera will also feature dual-card slots and will support the automatic transfer of image files from the device to the new cloud platform.

Alongside the EOS R5, Canon is also developing seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders scheduled for release during 2020, including the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x.

RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L USM lens

A preview of the EOS R5 will be on display at the 2020 WPPI Show (February 25-27) in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera delivery / EOS R5 development announcement

Canon announced their last, top-of-the-line DSLR - EOS-1D X Mark III on January 6, 2020. I have placed my order and will pick up the camera on February 14, just in time to go on my Japanese wildlife tour photographing Snow Monkeys, Steller Sea Eagles and Red-crowned Cranes.

As usual, I will put the Mark III through real world tests around the globe and write a complete review soon. You can download the new camera's Owner Manual hereMy current EOS-1D X Mark II has been my main camera for almost 4 years and will be a trusted backup once I take delivery of the Mark III. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on

It is no secret that DSLR bodies are on their way out. The phase out period is still years away though. Canon will not update their EOS-5D DSLR line any more and is expected to announce a mirrorless version of this venerable camera next month. I bought the first EOS-5D in 2005 for almost $4,000 (a full frame bargain at the time).

The new camera may be called EOS R5. It will be positioned below the EOS-1D X Mark III and may have the following specifications :

  • 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)
  • AF On smart controller like the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • New Mode dial on top of camera
  • 8K @ 30 fps RAW, 4K @ 120 fps and 60 fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Improved LP-E6NH battery with longer life
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Available the second half of 2020
  • List price just below $5,000

The 8K video feature is designed to grab attention and do not require any cropping. The 40+ MP is also appealing to the megapixel chasing crowd. This will not be the mirrorless camera I buy from Canon. You can read my earlier post on the reason why.

2020 will be a very busy year for Canon and their engineers are working overtime to finally get serious about their place in the post DSLR, future mirrorless camera world. I expect the next top-of-the-line EOS-1D camera (EOS R1) to be a mirrorless body but retain almost all the present ergonomics and features of the EOS-1D line and may include the EF/RF mount capability without an adapter. 2021 may be the year, with a late 2020 development announcement. That will be my next camera from Canon, when it happens.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Canon EOS R6 full frame mirrorless camera coming around second half of 2020

Canon is planning to introduce an EOS R6 full frame mirrorless camera to replace the EOS-6D Mark II full frame DSLR body. This is in line with the imminent release of the EOS R5 full frame mirrorless camera to replace the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R line of DSLR cameras.

Rumored specs of the EOS R6 full frame mirrorless camera :

  • New 20MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • EOS R6 will have IBIS. Possible on EOS R5 as well.
  • 12 fps mechanical and 20 fps electronic shutter
  • 4K video @ 60p
  • Scroll wheel in the back of camera
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • No top down LCD window
  • No magnesium alloy body
  • May share the same battery as the EOS R5
  • This may be the least expensive, full frame mirrorless body
  • End of Q2 announcement with Q3 delivery date

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Canon Rebel T8i or EOS 850D DSLR camera coming soon

Canon is expected to announce the Rebel T8i / EOS 850D camera before the CP+ Show in late February, 2020. This new camera will breath some new life into the Rebel line until Canon decides whether to announce an APS-C mirrorless camera, perhaps later this year.

Rumored specs of the upcoming Canon Rebel T8i / EOS 850D body :

  • A new 24.1MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • 7 fps burst rate
  • Video in 4K @ 30P
  • 3″ 1.04 million pixel touch panel vari-angle LCD
  • Size : 131.0 x 102.6 x 76.2mm
  • Weight : 515g  Slightly lighter than its predecessor