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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,

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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.