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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Canon confirms EOS-1D X Mark III will be its last flagship DSLR camera



In an interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, Canon’s Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai stated the EOS-1D X Mark III will be Canon’s last flagship DSLR. Mitarai confirmed Canon will end the development and production of its DSLR cameras, including the flagships, by transforming manufacturing to produce mirrorless systems only. 

“It is natural that mirrorless cameras will become the mainstream of digital cameras… The market needs are acceleratingly shifting to mirrorless cameras. In line with this, we are steadily shifting manufacturing” Mitarai stated (Google translated). According to Mitarai, Canon will end the development and production of the flagship model of the digital SLR cameras a few years from now, stating “Canon’s SLR flagship model is known as the “EOS-1” series, the first of which appeared in 1989. The latest model EOS-1D X Mark III released in 2020 will be the last model in fact”.

Currently, there’re three models that are considered flagships in the mirrorless world : Nikon Z9, Sony Alpha 1, and Canon R3. However, in Canon’s space, the R3 is not defined as a flagship. The EOS R3 has been developed in the shadow of the venerable EOS-1D X Mark III. In fact, the R3 is the hybridization of the R5 and the 1D X. However, Canon has confirmed in interviews that the R3 is not the flagship, but the EOS 1DX Mark III is Canon’s diamond.

Canon said that the EOS-1D X Mark III is Canon’s most successful camera to date. Indeed, in terms of reliability, robustness, and quality, the 1D X Mark III never fails to deliver.  Nevertheless, due to the rise of mirrorless systems and the elevated market share and demand for mirrorless cameras, Canon admits it’s time to move on and terminate its DSLR camera system.

I have taken delivery of the EOS R3 camera and the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens. In the next few months, yours truly will be putting this combo through some real world photos shoots and test in order to write a review on them. Stay tune and keep checking back. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and this blog. 

Friday, December 3, 2021

Canon released new firmware updates to EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS R5, EOS R6 cameras



* * *  Read my preliminary review of the Canon EOS R3  * * *


Canon has released new firmware for the Canon EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras.

Download Firmware v1.6.0 for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Firmware Version 1.6.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.
  • Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.
  • Adds the ability, when the Rating function is assigned to the Protect/Voice memo button, for voice memos to now be recorded by pressing and holding the button.
  • Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with 2 cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.
  • Changes the default value of [Connection option settings], [FTP transfer settings], and [Power saving] to [Disable].
  • Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].
  • Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.
  • Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

Download Firmware v1.5.0 for the Canon EOS R6

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

  • Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.
  • Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.
  • Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.
  • Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.
  • Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with 2 cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.
  • Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.
  • Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].
  • Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.
  • Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.
  • Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

Download Firmware v1.5.0 for the Canon EOS R5

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.
  • Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.*Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.
  • Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.
  • Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.
  • Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.
  • Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with 2 cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.
  • Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.
  • Adds support for the RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens.
  • Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].
  • Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.
  • Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.
  • Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

My first mirrorless camera - Canon EOS R3 review







































































Over three years after the announcement of the Canon EOS R camera, I have decided to buy my first mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R3.  My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, using Canon equipment for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and this blog. 

Canon invited me to a special showing of the EOS R back in October 2018 but the camera's performance was underwhelming. I have held off buying a mirrorless camera until the technology has matured enough to give me performance at least comparable to my EOS-1D X Mark III body.

I am beginning to work with the R3 and trying to separate hype from facts. Went to a few local parks, Central and Baja California, Grand Tetons National Park, Alaska and sub Arctic Canada for some real world wildlife testing. So far, I am impressed but not wowed. The EVF cannot match the OVF on the EOS-1D X Mark III for speed and accuracy but it provides real time exposure of the image before I take the shot. That is a distinct advantage of the EVF over the OVF. The Electronic Shutter performs slightly better than the Mechanical Shutter on the Mark III. The AF tracking, especially in Animal Mode is impressive in most cases but the Eye AF is over hyped and unimpressive. 

The R3 and RF 100-500mm lens combo and battery life performed well in cold climate (-20F) but the AF tracking in Animal Mode cannot match the EOS-1D X Mark III's AF performance. Sometimes, it was confused by small branches, flowers and leaves when I tried to zero in on Hummingbirds.

The new camera feels very solid and comfortable in my hands. Practically indistinguishable from the EOS-1D X body. All my cameras have the same feature settings so I don't have to fumble around to locate the functions I use most often. I am a wildlife photographer, not a videographer so there will be no testing on video features of the R3. 

Coming from decades of DSLR use, I am prepared to give the new technology some time. I am beginning to get used to the EOS R3 and gaining more confidence with the camera. I still have a few more real world wildlife photo shoots to go on in the next few months. I will write an extensive review on it after that. Stay in touch and check back often. The R3 mates well with the RF 100-500mm lens. Almost all the photos here were taken with the RF 100-500mm lens. The rest were shot with the EF 600mm f/4L IS III. I will use this new camera/lens setup and compare it to the EOS-1D X Mark III with EF 100-400mm II combo. They are currently my workhorse.   

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Major Firmware updates coming to EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras




London, United Kingdom, 16th November 2021 – Canon Europe today announces firmware updates for the EOS R5 (firmware v1.50), EOS R6 (firmware v1.50) and EOS-1D X Mark III (firmware v1.60). Following the recent launch of the EOS R3, a powerhouse for sport and reportage photography, Canon bolsters its professional range of cameras with enhanced detection, seamless file transfer and optimized support for lenses.

Unrivalled detection for subject tracking

Across both the EOS R5 and EOS R6, this update delivers enhanced recognition of subjects. Users of these cameras are now able to select “vehicles” as the main subject. Inheriting this abilty from the EOS R3, the cameras can track racing cars and bikes. The update also enhances the overall AF tracking of people, with improved eye and face detection even when the subject is wearing a mask, as well as adding body detection. Strengthening detection within the EOS-1D X Mark III for winter sports, the firmware provides improved head detection for subjects wearing goggles and helmets.

Simplified operation for streamlined workflows

For professional photographers, their camera needs to operate as an extension of them, with seamless and intuitive functionality to help them capture the shot. This upgrade gives EOS R5 and EOS R6 owners the ability to set a custom white balance in Live View, streamlining manual white balance control. Across all models, the firmware ensures that photographers aren’t able to mistakenly transfer files by pressing the multi-controller when “Transfer with SET” is set for FTP transfer. Previously, the EOS-1D X Mark III employed separate buttons for voice memo and image rating, but with newly added settings users can use one button to do both functions simultaneously.

Enhanced support for lenses

As the RF lens range continues to grow, photographers are able to unlock new possibilities with their cameras. Thanks to this latest update, the EOS R5 is now compatible with Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM and the RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens, enabling content creators to easily capture immersive footage for virtual reality. The update also offers full-time manual support for the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM, even if AF is selected.

The EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III firmware updates will be available to download from 2nd December 2021 from local online support centres.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Canon celebrates the 10th year anniversary of the Cinema EOS system




MELVILLE, NY, November 4, 2021 – Canon Inc. announced today that the company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinema camera and lens products for the film and visual production industries. Since its debut, the company’s line of products has received an abundance of support from professional filmmakers around the world.

In 2011, both film-analog and digital equipment were being used side-by-side in the cinema production industry. Digitalization was continuing its spread, and digital cameras equipped with Super 35mm equivalent large-format sensors were becoming the mainstay of the industry. Amid this environment, Canon leveraged its visual technologies, including the optical technologies cultivated since its founding, and launched its Cinema EOS System, thus formally marking its entry into the cinema production industry.

When developing equipment such as cameras and lenses for the cinema production market, it’s essential to have assistance from professionals in the field who use the equipment. From the release of its first digital cinema cameras (EOS C300 / EOS C300 PL) and lenses (CN-E14.5-60mm T 2.6 L S / CN-E14.5-60mm T 2.6 L SP) in January 2012, Canon has always sought out feedback about performance, ease-of-use and recording styles from end-users on the front lines of cinema production. Canon strives to develop products with designs and intuitive ergonomics that enable the shooting styles and visual expression demanded by professionals.

Canon has continued to expand the boundaries of visual expression and pursue the development of devices with ever-evolving technology. The company’s first Cinema EOS camera, the EOS C300, which is equipped with a CMOS sensor that produces video reproduction comparable to 35mm film, was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy® award from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in 2012. What’s more, the company has been honored for its cinema lenses, having received another Technology and Engineering Emmy® award in 2017 for its 4K cinema lenses that have earned high praise from the market for its excellent optical performance.

Canon’s Cinema EOS System is widely used in the modern cinema production industry, including in film and television production. The EOS C300 Mark II (released in September 2015) digital cinema camera and eight cinema lenses were used to film the 2018 Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo. The System was also honored at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020, where the winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography, ACASÄ‚, MY HOME, was filmed with the EOS C300 and EOS C100 Mark II cameras (released in December 2014).

Message from Hiroto Okawara, Unit Executive, Image Solutions Business Unit 2

I am truly honored to have reached this ten-year milestone. It’s thanks to the support from all of you in the cinema production industry, we’ve made it all the way here from our very first steps into Hollywood. In order to help creators produce work as close to their ideals as possible, we will continue to push forward in our efforts to further develop the Cinema EOS System.

The cinema production industry evolves day by day, and Canon will also continue to implement new technologies in order to create products that serve the ever-diversifying needs of users.

Message from David Klein, member of the American Society of Cinematographers and Cinema EOS System user

Canon still cameras and lenses have been in my hands since I was old enough to click a shutter. Canon’s cinema lenses have been in my hands for almost ten years now, and we have relied heavily on specific characteristics like their personality, sharpness, consistency, and reliability. The EOS-1D C camera has been in the arsenal since 2013, along with every flavor of EOS C300 cameras in some capacity, and they’ve all given us the images we want and need on a daily basis. So happy 10th-anniversary Cinema EOS System, we’re all looking forward to the next ten.

The Cinema EOS System Product Lineup

Launched in 2011, Canon’s Cinema EOS System leverages the company’s strengths—including the ability to develop and manufacture in-house key features such as CMOS sensors, visual processing platform, and interchangeable lenses. Today, the system’s expansive lineup comprises 13 digital cinema cameras and 30 cinema lenses*. In addition to digital cinema cameras and lenses, the system is compatible with the company’s EOS Series RF and EF lenses, helping to support a diverse range of visual expression for creators everywhere.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Canon EOS R3 full frame mirrorless camera Owner and Technical Manuals

 


Canon is expected to ship the Canon EOS R3 starting November 26, 2021. I expect to get mine by the end of this month, at the latest. For those who can't wait to get their hands on one, here are the Owner Manual and Technical Manual.

Download them to peruse all the wonderful features of the camera and get a head start. After I have taken delivery of the EOS R3 and the RF 100-500mm lens, they will accompany me on a few real world wildlife safaris under the most demanding situations and I will write a complete review of the camera. I will have the EOS-1D X Mark III body with me as a comparison.  Keep checking back for the latest information on the EOS R3 body. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Anxiously waiting for the Canon EOS R3 production camera I have ordered




Canon announced the revolutionary EOS R3 full frame mirrorless camera on September 14, 2021. I have placed my order for the body a few minutes after the official announcement was made, plus the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 zoom lens. Hope to take delivery by the end of November, 2021. Up to now, I have not been a fan of any mirrorless camera or RF lens. My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon equipment for over three decades and in particular, the EOS 1 model camera since 1989. 

The reason why I have waited this long is the current crop of full frame mirrorless cameras lack the battery life, ergonomics and 'zero' latency of the EVF I demand of a wildlife camera. The EOS R3 appears to have addressed all my concerns. After I have taken delivery of the EOS R3 and the RF 100-500mm lens, they will accompany me on a few real world wildlife safaris under the most demanding situations and I will write a complete review of the camera. I will have the EOS-1D X Mark III body with me as a comparison.  Keep checking back for the latest information on the EOS R3 body. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Canon announced the full frame mirrorless EOS R3 camera








My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have been using Canon equipment for over three decades. I started with the first EOS 1 in 1989 and have used all the models since then. When Canon introduced their EOS R in 2019, they invited me to a private, introductory launch event but I was not wowed by the camera and all its subsequent new models until now.

The EOS R3 will be my first mirrorless camera. I have placed my order and will write a thorough, real world review and compare it to the EOS-1D X Mark III, after I have taken delivery (hopefully no later than November) and gone on a few wildlife tours. Expect a long wait if you have not placed your order already. Keep checking back on my Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. 


MELVILLE, NY  September 14, 2021 – Building on the success of the EOS R camera series, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the next leap forward in full-frame mirrorless cameras – the professional-grade Canon EOS R3. The new camera leverages the advancements in technology that Canon has developed since the original EOS R launch in 2018 and bridges the gap between the immensely popular EOS R5 and the world-renowned Canon flagship EOS-1D X line. The EOS R3 is the first ‘3’ series camera from Canon since the widely used EOS-3 film camera launched in 1998.

The EOS R3 camera’s features greatly emphasize superb AF performance and speed with fast-moving subjects. It was designed to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals, even when working in some extremely challenging conditions.

‘The launch of the EOS R3 sets a new benchmark for the Canon EOS R camera system. Canon listened carefully to the voices of professionals when developing a camera to meet their standards,’ said Tatsuro ‘Tony’ Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. ‘The EOS R3 is a monumental evolution in digital imaging technology. I look forward to seeing the camera in action on the sidelines of sporting events and in the hands of nature and wildlife photographers across the globe.’

The core of the EOS R3 features a Canon designed and manufactured 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor. The sensor is the first of its kind from Canon, and when combined with the DIGIC X processor, delivers a high-speed readout allowing for continuous blackout-free shooting at up to 30 fps in electronic (silent) shutter mode and up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter, with minimum rolling electronic shutter distortion. The combination also increases the high sensitivity, light-capturing efficiency of a native ISO range of 100-102400, expandable up to 204,800 for still images. Like the EOS R5 and R6, the camera features the improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 1,053 AF Points and evolved EOS iTR tracking down to EV -7.5 for subjects such as eye, face, head, animals, and select cars and motorcycles. In addition, the camera features up to 8 stops3 of in-body image stabilized (IBIS) shake correction. 

Leveraging technology and performance feedback from the popular EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, the EOS R3 uses Deep-Learning technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting. Featuring a new 5.76-million-dot and 120 fps blackout-free Electronic Viewfinder, the EOS R3 camera will provide photographers with the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With Eye input AF2 and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

The EOS R3 camera doesn’t just capture spectacular still images, it also packs impressive video specs as well. The camera is capable of shooting 6K 60p RAW and 4K 120p 10-bit uncropped video with Canon Log 3 support, in addition to the possibility for oversampled 4K and RAW movie internal recording. Canon Log 3, which is frequently used in cinema production, helps to reduce the possibility of highlight blowouts. What’s more, the features such as industry standard BT.709, BT.2020 color gamuts, and cinema gamut help to maintain color and tonal consistency. Coordinated 5-axis IBIS helps to correct operator motion or shaking providing dependent video capturing even when using a lens without built-in Optical IS.

Additional features of the EOS R3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera include :

• Canon’s next-generation Multi-Function Shoe that is compatible with a variety of accessories including the Speedlite EL-1, and new accessories such as the ST-E10 Speedlite Transmitter, External Mic and Smartphone Link Adapter

• One-piece magnesium alloy design, integrating the body with a vertical grip section

• Weather and dust resistance equivalent to EOS-1D camera models.

• Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS® and Android® devices allows photographers to transfer their images quickly and easily without the need for wired LAN equipment

• Built-in Wired LAN, 5GHz Wi-Fi®, USB and Bluetooth® technology

• Dual-card slots, supporting one CF express and one UHS-II SD

The Canon EOS R3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2021 for a suggested retail price of $5999.99*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Canon released firmware V 1.4.0 update to the EOS R5 mirrorless camera




Canon UK has released a major new firmware update to the EOS R5 for videographers. This update adds external 8K ATOMOS Ninja V+ support via the HDMI port.

Firmware v1.4.0 also adds simultaneous movie recording to both memory card slots and the VPG 400 profile.

Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements :

  • Adds support for outputting 8K/30p/10-bit video signals for ProRes RAW recording to ATOMOS’s Ninja V+ recorder* via HDMI.
  • Adds support for movie recording when the camera is connected to the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S EF cinema lenses.
  • Adds simultaneous movie recording capability on card 1 and card 2, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
  • Adds support for the VPG 400 (Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification.
  • Improves operation stability when using the RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 600mm f/4L IS USM.
  • Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection, if the camera’s screen turns off, a zebra pattern is displayed via the HDMI output.
  • Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.

Download firmware v1.4.0 for the Canon EOS R5 at Canon UK



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Canon announced the XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder


MELVILLE, NY, August 17, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of the XF605 4K UHD professional camcorder. The new XF-series professional camcorder comes equipped with a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor and the ability to record 4K/60p/4:2:2/10-bit/HDR video to dual onboard SD card slots. Equipped with Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF1, the XF605 achieves high-speed and high-accuracy focusing and is the first XF-series model to include Eye Detection AF, as well as improved face and head detection, enabling more accurate and stable tracking of subjects. The new camcorder also includes new video transmission functionality, making it an ideal tool for broadcast journalists.

Featuring a Canon L-Series lens with 15x zoom, 3-ring operation, a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, and a DIGIC DV7 image processor, the XF605 allows for the capture of in-camera HDR video. Users also have the ability to leverage a high frame rate of up to 120 FPS when opting for Full HD recording. Canon Log 3 recording is also available, to provide additional color latitude. Weighing more than 21 ounces less than the XF705, (which is more than a 25% reduction), the XF605’s compact body is also 10% shorter in both length and height.

In addition, the camcorder provides professionals with a more intuitive user experience through features such as Direct Touch menu operations and touch-panel playback. By way of the newly released CTM2 mobile app for iOS, the XF605 can connect and transfer recorded video data via cable3 or wirelessly to compatible iOS devices and transfer proxy footage, audio, and metadata to servers at broadcast stations or other locations, thus making possible faster and more efficient workflows for broadcast operations. The camcorder features built-in Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity for Browser Remote, IP streaming, and FTP transfer. What’s more, the camcorder is also the first XF-series model to feature USB Video Class, allowing use as a webcam without the need for a third-party HDMI to USB adapter.

The XF605 is equipped with a new multi-accessory shoe. By connecting the XLR microphone adapter CA-XLR2d-C4 (sold separately) developed by TEAC Corporation, up to four channels of XLR input can be used together with the audio input of the XF605. This enables a flexible audio recording workflow.

The Canon XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder is scheduled to be available in mid-October 2021 for an estimated retail price of $4499.00*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com/provideo.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Canon to announce the XF605 professional camcorder soon




The XF605 is a powerful new camcorder designed for ENG applications and for a wide range of live and recorded productions, including sports, events, documentaries, streaming, and more.

It offers a new level of performance and control to videographers who work solo.

With 15x optical zoom, professional connectivity and advanced autofocus, including eye-detection AF and intelligent head-detection technology for the first time in the XF series, this is a versatile camera that is perfectly suited to studio work or in the field.

Compact in size but equipped with a full range of controls and connections, the XF605 integrates seamlessly into live production and studio environments.

The large 1 inch CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV7 processor deliver professional 4K UHD 60P / 50P shooting in XF-AVC and 10-bit 4: 2: 2 MP4 for exceptional image quality and maximum flexibility in post-production.

The XF605 is the first professional camcorder to feature eye-detection AF technology and EOS ITR AF X, an intelligent head-detection technology that enables videographers to achieve optimal results even in the toughest conditions.

Broadcast quality video

The 1 “CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV7 processor work in harmony to deliver 4K UHD 60P / 50P in XF-AVC and MP4 4: 2: 2 10-bit, as well as FHD 120P HFR for exceptional picture quality and flexibility during post-production.

Professional optics and control

Capture the finest details with the L-series 4K lens with 15x optical zoom and independent rings for zoom, focus and aperture control.

There are also three image stabilization modes, plus built-in ND and infrared filters, for added control.

Advanced autofocus

Achieve sharp focus of your subjects’ eyes with eye-detection AF technology and intelligent head-detection technology via EOS ITR AF X, an innovative “deep learning” technology to detect a subject’s head, even when it is not facing the camera.

Connectivity and professional streaming

The XF605 integrates seamlessly into live and studio environments, with 12G-SDI, Wi-Fi and Ethernet for IP streaming. The Content Transfer Mobile app allows you to edit news ML-G2 compliant metadata, transfer footage to your iPhone, and upload directly to FTP servers.

Intuitive controls and customization

Stay in control and customize the XF605 to your needs with independent controls and 11 assignable buttons. An improved touch screen interface allows you to quickly and intuitively control on-screen settings, menu navigation and playback control. A new multi-function slide hitch opens the doors for additional accessories with larger capacities.

Versatile recording options

Capture wide dynamic range in Canon Log 3 for greater flexibility in post-production or shoot directly in broadcast-quality PQ or HLG HDR formats. Simultaneous recording to two SD cards in different formats offers maximum flexibility for production needs.

Shared color science

The XF605 supports the same color matrices as Canon’s EOS R system and Cinema EOS gamut, reducing the time required during post-production to ensure color match between camera shots of different gamuts.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Canon establishes Professional Photographer Service Center inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Main Press Rooms



TOKYO, July 19, 2021 - Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that the company will establish a photo service center for professional photographers in the Main Press Center (MPC), where members of the international press gather, during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (henceforth, Tokyo 2020 Games) with the purpose of ensuring photographers are as best-equipped as possible to capture exciting and definitive moments of top-class athletes.

Professional photographers around the world require camera manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art technologies and top-class-performance equipment, as well as provide a comprehensive network of meticulous service and support.

Thus far, Canon has provided on-site support for press photographers, including camera and lens maintenance and technological support, behind the scenes at major sporting events around the world. The Tokyo 2020 Games are no exception—there too, Canon will apply its professional support know-how acquired over its long history in order to provide flexible and appropriate support for photographers and the various requests and equipment troubles they may have.

The Tokyo 2020 Games Main Press Center, located in the West Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, is expected to receive many members of the international press. As a Gold Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Games (still cameras and desktop printers), Canon aims to contribute to the successful operation of the event. With this goal in mind, the company will establish the largest camera photo service center of this event within the MPC.

At the photo service center, which will operate under the motto of "Zero Downtime" to ensure that photographers don't miss their chance at capturing decisive moments of this intense competition due to equipment trouble or other such problems, Canon will provide speedy maintenance service, equipment repairs and loaning of replacement equipment so that photographers can always be ready and in the best possible condition.

The Canon photo service center will provide such equipment as the company's professional flagship camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III, as well as the EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras and super-telephoto lenses. In addition, elite and highly trained staff will be working on-site to support photographers until the end of the closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In addition, Canon's remote camera system will be used at the event venues. The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R enables digital interchangeable-lens cameras (DILC) to be operated remotely, including the ability to adjust shooting angles, and can be installed and used in locations at the event areas where human photographers cannot access, such as from ceilings.

Canon strives to support photographers aiming to capture historic and powerful moments of top-class athletes engaged in fierce competition and contribute to the promotion and development of photographic culture. In addition, the company will support the efforts of the media to deliver to people around the world moments of passion and excitement during the sporting world's premiere event, thus contributing to the promotion of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

*The Canon photographer service center will take thorough precautions against the spread of COVID-19 infections in order to ensure that photographers and staff may use and operate the booth safely and witCanon adopts a white paint coating for its L-series telephoto and super-telephoto lenses.

Canon developed the signature white of its lens barrels as a tool for photographers at international sporting events. The first such lenses* produced by the company, the FD600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. and FD800mm f/5.6 S.S.C. large-diameter super-telephoto lenses, were released in June 1976.

Compared with standard lenses, super-telephoto lenses are much larger, and therefore more prone to the effects of sunlight and are frequently used under the intense heat of the summer sun.

In order to reduce the adverse effects that heat has on the lens' optical performance, Canon adopted its signature white coating for its lens barrels, which reflects heat more effectively than black. Canon continues to improve this technology through such improvements as a proprietary heat shield lens barrel coating used by the EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses (released in 2018).

At various sporting events held worldwide, there is often a "sea of white" in the photographers' section—rows upon rows of professionals using Canon lenses. Among photographers, these lenses gained the nickname "white lenses," and the color white came to be known as a marker of a high-performance professional lens.

*Among lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras. The lenses were used with the TV2000mm f/11 super-telephoto lens (released in September 1960) for broadcast cameras for broadcasting baseball matches. Reference: Realizing remote operation for DILCs that support on-location press

Remote still photography image capture solution Robotic Camera System CR-S700R

For on-location press at sports matches and other events, remote camera technology enables still photography from perspectives and angles that would not be possible through conventional means. Allowing photographers to operate their cameras from a distance, this technology is becoming increasingly widespread.

In February 2020, Canon released the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R solution for capturing still photos using interchangeable-lens cameras* via remote operation.

The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R, developed in response to and in order to meet the needs of users worldwide, supports the still image capture for press photographers.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Canon & IBM Japan form joint business operation to promote visual and performing arts



TOKYO, July 2, 2021 - Canon Inc. (Headquarters: Ohta-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Fujio Mitarai; heretofore: Canon) and IBM Japan Ltd. (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Akio Yamaguchi; heretofore: IBM Japan) announced today that, starting in July, the two companies will form a business partnership based on the use of volumetric video technology to promote the visual and performing arts.

Volumetric video technology entails the use of digitalized 3D spatial data, which is rendered by computers to create a virtual space in which video can be generated from any angle. This technology has attracted significant interest in the sporting world and is becoming increasingly widespread in the entertainment industry. In addition, Canon has implemented this technology during an international rugby tournament in 2019 as well as other sporting events. In July 2020, the company established its Volumetric Video Studio – Kawasaki, to expand its range of activities in the entertainment industry.

In this joint project both companies have leveraged their combined technologies, products and networks to propose a volumetric video solution for the visual and performing arts community, with the aim of exploring new business opportunities and creating and growing new value for audiences. In particular, Canon contributes its volumetric video technology, which makes possible nearly simultaneous video capture and generation of high-resolution video. Through this technology, the company provides a new method for video content production and audiovisual experiences, in addition to passing on valuable cultural traditions.

Leveraging its know-how and experience in the field of art, IBM Japan provides consulting services that include business strategies and project execution support for companies involved in the arts in order to help the visual and performing arts achieve a digital transformation.

In addition, using its IBM Power System AC922 for accelerated computing and IBM Elastic Storage System broadband storage technology, the company can provide technological support through high-quality, high-speed and secure visual data processing and streaming technology, thus increasing the value of services using volumetric data.

The first project created through this corporate partnership is the release today of a performance of the Noh theatre work “Lady Aoi,” produced by Hoshokai and utilizing volumetric video technology. Directed by Kazufusa Hosho, Head of the Hosho Noh Style, the performance gracefully flows between scenes of the Noh stage and the spiritual world. For the creation of the video, Canon obtained 3DCG data of a real-life Noh stage, generated dynamic backgrounds and CG animations, and captured video of the Noh actors’ performance at the Volumetric Video Studio – Kawasaki. These resources were then smoothly integrated into the completed product, right there at the studio. IBM Japan provided high-speed infrastructure and technological support through its IBM Power Systems AC922 advanced dedicated parallel processing server and IBM Elastic Storage System broadband storage technology, enabling the use of essential responsiveness required for real-time video rendering.

Through this partnership, both Canon and IBM Japan will aim to create new value within the visual and performing arts world while expanding the potential use cases of volumetric video technology.


Friday, July 9, 2021

Canon released latest version of DPP and EOS Utility software



The latest versions of Canon's Digital Photo Professional 4.15.0 and EOS Utility are available and is fully compatibility with the EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility :

  • Supports Firmware Version 1.5.0 or later for the EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • Supports Firmware Version 1.4.0 or later for the EOS R6.

Download the new software here

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Canon Log 3 is available on the latest firmware for Canon EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras


New firmware updates for Canon EOS R6 and the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III cameras have been released.

Canon EOS R6 firmware 1.4.0 incorporates the following enhancements & fixes (download) :

  • Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. 
  • Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added.
  • Improves operation stability when using the RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.
  • Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection.
  • Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware 1.5.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes (download) :

  • Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. 
  • Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and RAW (Light) will be available in a future version of Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional software.
  • Support for the processing of RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and the application of Viewing LUT will be available in a future version of Digital Photo Professional software.
  • Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
  • Support for the VPG 400(Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification, has been added.
  • Fixes an issue in which there are rare instances where the shooting settings for Still Photo mode are retained when a user switches to Movie mode.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Canon EOS R3 full frame mirrorless camera announcement coming in September 2021




Canon will officially announce the EOS R3 camera on September 14, 2021. They have made a development announcement of the camera on April 14, 2021. This will be my first mirrorless camera. Worth the wait. So far none of the mirrorless cameras interest me.

Canon EOS R3 Specifications :

  • 24 MP backside illuminated sensor. Canon designed & manufactured
  • Multi-Controller & Smart Controller
  • Vari-Angle Touch Screen
  • NEW accessory shoe
  • Wifi 5GHz
  • High speed 30fps electronic shutter with AF/AE tracking + RAW shooting at this speed
  • AF down to -7.0 EV
  • 8 Stops Coordinated Control IS with Optical IS and In-Body IS
  • 4K Canon Log3​
  • Oversampling 4K
  • Internal RAW video
  • Inclusion of cars and motorbikes in AF tracking technology
  • RAW internal movie recording
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter
  • The same weather sealing as the EOS-1D series
  • LP-E19 Battery
  • Dual card slot SD & CFExpress
  • List price $5,999 in the US.  €6,099 in Europe
  • Expected shipping date - Late November 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New Firmware enhance Cinema and Live Production capabilities of Canon Cinema EOS Equipment


MELVILLE, NY, June 1, 2021 -– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced upcoming firmware updates for several of its professional imaging products. Based largely on feedback from our users, these firmware updates provide improved workflow, ease-of-use, customization options, and enhanced lens compatibility and functionality for several popular Canon products. Some of the key free firmware updates are as follows :

EOS C70, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C500 Mark II

Adds BT.709 Standard Gamma, Custom Picture Name Support of 16 Letters – A BT.709 Standard/BT.709 option has been added under Gamma/Gamut. Standard BT.709 will be set to CP File “C6.” Also, a Custom Picture file can now have a maximum of 16 letters.

EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II (View Video)

XC Protocol Functionality – Canon’s new IP Protocol for streaming and camera control. Developed specifically for live production, the XC Protocol allows for camera control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-IP100 and easier development for 3rd party product collaboration.

12G-SDI Output Option for 2K/FHD – Adds the option to limit the 12G-SDI output to 2K/FHD when recording in resolutions at 4K and above. This allows compatibility from the SDI Out port with 3G-SDI devices.

MON. Out & HDMI Simultaneous Output –Adds the ability to use both the Mon. Out & HDMI output simultaneously. This brings the total number of monitor outputs to three, increasing flexibility in production.

Anamorphic 1.8x De-squeeze – Adds 1.8x de-squeeze function to further increase compatibility with anamorphic lenses.

“Look File” Feature – Originally introduced with the EOS C70, this feature allows the user to load a 3D LUT file onto the camera and apply the look to the recorded image. This allows the user to apply the results of a color corrected image to be recorded in-camera with no additional post-production necessary.

EOS C70 (View Video)

HDMI View Assist –Adds the View Assist feature, which allows for a WideDR/BT.709 LUT to be displayed over HDMI when shooting in a Canon Log gamma.

Improved AF Feature – This update adds a “Whole area” option to the AF Frame size, increasing the AF area to 80% of the frame. When “Whole Area” is selected the AF switches to “Tracking” by a single touch operation and switches to “Face Detection” when a face is touched.

When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter, the Possible AF Range Frame is now only momentarily displayed when selecting the AF Frame position.

Expanded EF Lens Support When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x Adapter – adds the following lenses, fully compatible with DPAF, optical corrections, and metadata transmission :

  • EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM
  • EF16-35mm F4L IS USM
  • EF24-105mm F4L IS USM
  • EF70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
  • EF70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM
  • EF70-200mm F4L IS USM
  • EF70-200mm F4L IS II USM
  • EOS C300 Mark III

60p -> 24p/30p Pulldown Feature –This feature allows for seamless switching of the frame rate aesthetic without interrupting the output signal to a production switcher. This allows you to change the frame rate “look” quickly with the press of a button with no blackout or glitch.

EOS C500 Mark II

Anamorphic 4:3/6:5 Resolution Options When Sensor Mode is set to Full Frame Mode (Cinema RAW Light only) –Adds these resolution modes to allow for more options and simplify the anamorphic post-production process.

EOS R5

Support for Both the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and 70-200mm Lenses[i] – Compact production now fits in the palm of your hand! The popular ENG lenses can now be used (via an EOS R adapter) on the dynamic EOS R5 camera when both the camera and lens firmware have been updated.

Firmware for EOS C70 is expected to be available for download on June 30, 2021, the firmware for the EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II cameras is expected to be available on July 30, 2021, and the firmware for the EOS R5 is expected to be available on August 18, 2021.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

More information on the upcoming Canon EOS R1 and EOS R3 mirrorless cameras





The head of Product and Consumer Expertise at Canon Russia was recently interviewed by PhotoWebExpo. To no one's surprise, he indicated the upcoming EOS R3 is not the top-of-the-line mirrorless camera, the future EOS R1 will have that title.

My readers know I am not a fan of the current crop of mirrorless cameras, notwithstanding the great improvement made in the EOS R5 and EOS R6 models. My biggest complaints are the latency in the EVF versus a top-of-the-line DSLR camera like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. The mediocre battery life even when a battery grip is added and the marginal benefit of the RF over the EF mount lenses.

The real question for me is does Canon intend the make the upcoming EOS R3 or the EOS R1 the sports and wildlife photographer's dream camera. I am not a videographer so all the 8K talk does not interest me. My current EOS-1D X Mark III camera is capable of taking 5.5K videos already. 

My requirements for a full frame, mirrorless wildlife camera is rather simple. A mid resolution state of the art sensor with a burst rate of around 30 fps. Eye Control AF2 and Servo AF activation with a No latency EVF in an all weather, sealed EOS 1 like body and battery.

Canon EOS R3 indicated specifications :

  • All new Canon 35mm full-frame body construction
  • A Stacked CMOS Sensor that delivers substantially faster read-out speeds and produces much lower “rolling shutter” distortion
  • Eye Control AF, with the ability to set your focus point in the viewfinder by looking where you want to focus
  • A powerful DIGIC X image processor for high-speed image processing
  • High-speed continuous shooting, up to 30 fps with AF/AE tracking when using the electronic shutter
  • A newly developed electronic shutter that reduces warping and noise in low-light environments, when capturing a moving subject
  • Enhanced AF performance and tracking, with better eye, face, head, and body detection
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • An integrated vertical grip, for a better transition from horizontal to vertical shooting
  • Weather-resistant and durable, built for the most challenging weather conditions
  • Compatible with Canon’s new Mobile File Transfer app, which supports high-speed workflows with iOS devices
  • Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Eye Control AF, Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Subject Tracking with Deep Learning
  • Integrated Vertical Grip with LP-E19 battery
  • Weather-Sealed Construction equivalent to EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Back illuminated buttons just like the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Dual card slots - CF Express and SD

As you can see, the upcoming EOS R3 camera can be a Sony Alpha 1 beater. The price of the EOS R3 will be less than the list price of $6,499 for the EOS-1D X Mark III. My guess is it might be $5,799 to $5,999. I should know by the end of 2021 whether there will be a full frame mirrorless camera in my equipment bag starting next year.

Summary of soon to be released Canon EOS R3 features :

  • First full-frame back-illuminated stacked CMOS imaging sensor designed by Canon, featuring high-speed read-out and low distortion
  • Electronic shutter with up to 30 fps with AF tracking and continuous AE
  • Eye and body detection AF for improved AF performance during portrait and sports photography, featuring Deep Learning
  • Additional recognizable subjects for AF tracking
  • Eye Control AF — select the initial area for AF tracking by looking at the to-be-focused-on subject during still image capture (only) for fast AF point positioning.
  • With Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame.
  • When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.
  • Eye Control AF may not function with all individuals, and with certain glasses or contact lenses
  • Dust resistance and drip/moisture resistance equivalent to EOS-1D X series cameras
  • Integrated vertical grip
  • Compatible with Mobile File Trasmitter
  • AF at EV -7 (extremely dark)
  • 8-stops coordinated control IS with IBIS and optical IS (in-lens)
  • Up to 30 fps continuous shooting in RAW format (again, with AF tracking and continuous AE)
  • New tracking subject for deep learning technology: motorsports (car/bike)
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter supported
  • High performance video, including Canon Log3, oversampling 4k, RAW movie internal recording, AF tracking for people, animals, and motorsports
  • Professional reliability and network capabilities, including wired LAN and 5GHz
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • New accessories capable of data communication and power delivery
  • Appearance and operability from the 1-series and R5
  • Multi Controller and Smart Controller (first appeared in Canon EOS-1D X Mark III)
  • Vari-angle monitor
  • 3-dial operation