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Canon Announced Development of Photography Solution for Live Events



Canon announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a remote-control solution that will allow for operation of the company’s interchangeable-lens cameras.

Remote operation of cameras has been growing in popularity among photo agencies and media outlets, as seen in today’s coverage of global sporting and news events. Canon is excited to develop a powerful solution that reflects years of testing and feedback from the organizations that will benefit the most from this device.

The solution, currently under development, utilizes a system that enables the camera’s optical axis to be perpendicular to the device’s axis of revolution. This intuitive alignment will provide users with operation capabilities that feel similar to handheld or tripod shooting.

The hardware and software solution allows a photographer to control multiple cameras at once, with the ability to control multiple remote-control or static remote systems from a single computer. Photographers will be able to operate each device to pan, tilt or rotate the camera and zoom the lens, and images can transmit via a network connection to a centralized location, a feature that will prove to be very useful for news outlets and agencies.

The new solution will allow for image capture from a variety of angles and viewpoints that might not have been possible through conventional shooting methods. Moving forward, Canon’s goal is to create a system suited for a wide range of shooting needs that go beyond live sporting and news events, including e-commerce, product photography and more. By developing these types of innovative image-capture solutions, Canon is helping to provide new perspectives to the events that shape the world around us.


Canon Announced Its First RF Telephoto Zoom Lens



Canon USA Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the sixth lens in the RF family, the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM telephoto zoom lens. As the first telephoto zoom lens designed for EOS R and EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras, the compact and lightweight 10x zoom RF 24-240mm provides photographers high-quality images and video capture at a budget-friendly price point.

RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens is equipped with Nano USM, providing users quick, high-speed and precision auto focus (AF) when shooting video and capturing still images. With the powerful Nano USM, this lens allows photographers and videographers full time manual focusing making possible the fine tuning and adjusting of focus while in AF mode.

This is the first Canon lens designed for full-frame cameras to feature Dynamic IS and utilizes a CIPA-standard, five-stop image stabilization system. The five-stop IS allows photographers to capture images and record videos with minimal shake, even during nighttime sightseeing or in dimly lit indoor events, without the need of a tripod.

With paired with the recently announced EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera, the compact and lightweight portability of the RF 24-240mm rivals that of a Canon ASP-C camera system with a comparable EF-S lens. The RF 24-240mm and EOS RP knitted together are only slightly heavier and longer than the EOS Rebel T7i when it is kitted with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6IS.

Additional features of the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.64 feet/0.50 meters at wide angle and 2.56 feet/0.78 meters at telephoto
  • Maximum magnification of 0.26x at telephoto
  • Approximate weight of 750 grams/26.4 ounces
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO
  • 21 lens elements in 15 groups including one Aspheric and Two UD Lens
  • 12-pin communication system

The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3mm IS USM lens is scheduled to be available September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $899.99. In addition, Canon will offer a new EOS RP kit that includes the RF-24-240mm for an estimated retail price of $2199.00.


Canon Introduces Two New PowerShot G-Series Cameras



Canon has introduced the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II. They are the new powerhouse cameras for visual creators and advanced amateurs.

The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II cameras are successors to the PowerShot G7X II and the PowerShot G5X, respectively. These new cameras usher in a plethora of new and innovative functionalities. Depending on the model, new innovative features include live-streaming available with YouTube (via a wireless connection), a pop-up electrical viewfinder (EVF) and 4K video shooting.

Even though the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have many individualized, unique qualities, both include many core features that are true to Canon’s imaging excellence.

These features include:

  • DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
  • 20.1 Megapixel 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor to achieve high quality, high functionality and fast speeds
  • 4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p, FHD up to 120p, HDR, high frame rate movie with no crop
  • High-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of 20 FPS
  • Highest ISO speed in the PowerShot category with a maximum of 12,800
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB-C charge power supply

The PowerShot G7 III features live-streaming to YouTube capability via a wireless connection, allowing for creators of all levels to easily capture and post content in real time. It also offers vertical video support, 4K up to 30P high-rate movie with no crop, full HD up to 120p, and an optical 4.2x lens, helping to achieve high image quality.

Powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, a new 2.0 Megapixel sensor, and wrapped within a compact body with a microphone jack, the PowerShot G7 X III offers innovative technologies, an improved user interface, and Creative Assist for both video and still photography needs.

A lighter, compact and premium point and shoot camera that touts a new pop-up EVF, touch and drag AF and new optical 5x lens, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II is perfectly positioned to provide high quality and valuable functions. The PowerShot G5 X Mark II will satisfy the needs of advanced amateurs who regularly use and are familiar with Canon EOS cameras as a second camera or integrate it into their daily lives.

The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have an estimated retail price of $749.99 and $899.99, respectively, and are expected to be available in August 2019.


Canon is Developing New CMOS Sensor



Canon notes that the high demands of complex lighting and harsh environments require sensors capable of delivering high-dynamic range (HDR) and high-image quality in adverse temperature conditions. To answer this application need, Canon Inc., is pursuing development of the 3U3MRXSAAC, a 2.8 megapixel, 1/2.32-inch CMOS sensor ideal for HDR imaging.

The 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS, sensor being developed will be equipped with an HDR function that can achieve a wide range of 120 dB at low noise levels. This HDR function will reflect a greater ability to extract usable information even when there is a substantial difference between the lightest and darkest parts of an image. Even during normal drive operation, the sensor can achieve a dynamic range of 75 dB – greater than the sensors on many conventional digital cameras.

Additionally, the 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS sensor will also be capable of operating in environments with extreme temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 105 degrees Celsius. Typically, in high-temperature conditions, the increase in dark current noise (noise that occurs due to heat, even when no light reaches the sensor) can affect the quality of the image.

However, the 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS sensor will be equipped with functionality that helps correct black levels (the luminance level of the darkest portion of an image) in real-time to help maintain high image quality.

With a diagonal size of 1/2.32 inches (7.75 mm), the 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS sensor will feature approximately 2.8 million effective pixels (1936 x 1456), a pixel size of 3.2 μm x 3.2 μm and a frame rate of up to 60 fps (30 fps during HDR drive operation). The sensor will be compatible with the MIPI CSI-2 interface used by consumer-oriented cameras for a wide variety of purposes.


Canon Introduces the PowerShot SX70 HS Camera



Canon has introduced the new PowerShot SX70 HS compact digital camera. Featuring a 65x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 21-1365mm), 20.3 Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, the PowerShot SX70 HS camera is an ideal fit for anyone who wants powerful optical performance in a compact package.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0cm3  and a zoom up to 2730mm (with ZoomPlus), the PowerShot SX70 HS allows users to create beautiful close-ups and stunning wide shots without changing lenses.

The PowerShot SX70 HS features a 0.39-inch, approximately 2.36-million dot, high definition OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for clear, crisp representation of what the lens is seeing. This camera also features 4K video shooting and frame grabbing, and is the first Canon point-and-shoot camera comparable with the latest RAW format (CR3).

With the addition of a new eye sensor, the camera automatically switches to the EVF display simply by bringing the camera up to the eye. Additionally, the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology offers quick and easy sharing, making the switch from smartphone photography to the PowerShot SX70 HS camera simple and fun.

The DIGIC 8 processor enables the PowerShot SX70 HS camera to achieve five stops of IS with dual-sensing image stabilization (IS). Even during handheld shooting, IS allows users to take pictures with minimal worry about camera shake. The camera also features high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps.

A Zoom Framing Assist button on the side of the barrel enables quick adjustments of the view angle, which is especially useful during telephoto shooting. With a large grip for comfortable, stable shooting and an EOS-like user interface, the PowerShot SX70 HS will make it easy for artistic vision to come to life in the hands of photographers at any level.

The PowerShot SX70 will be available for purchase in November 2018 for an estimated retail price of $549.99.


Canon Introduced PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera



Cannon introduced the PowerShot SX 740 HS digital camera. It has a 40x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), a 20.3 Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, which is a first in the PowerShot series.

Capture precious moments on the go with the PowerShot SX740 HS digital camera. The superb 40x Optical Zoom can make faraway subjects seem close, with the Optical Stabilizer helping to ensure sharp and steady results.

For special, scenic memories, dive into the immersive world of 4K video recording for cinematic movies at nearly four times the resolution of Full HD. You can also flex your creativity with fun options like the 4K Time-lapse Movies, Food Mode and more.

Combining incredible zoom power with 4K capabilities and a variety of inspiring features, the pocket-friendly PowerShot SX740 HS is ready to accompany you on your next event.

Featuring a DIGIC 8 Image Processor, dual-sensing stabilization, automatic image transfer, feature assistant, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates 180 degrees, the PowerShot SX740 HS helps make transitioning away from smartphone photography fun and easy.

The PowerShot SX740 HS will be available for purchase in late August.


Canon Updates Lineup of EF L-Series Telephoto Zoom Lenses



Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced new telephoto zoom lenses: the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The new lenses serve advanced amateur and professional photographers in a variety of applications and solutions including wildlife, landscapes, portrait and sports photography.

Canon EF 70-200mm focal-length lenses are a popular option for photographers in need of a long zoom range that maintains a relatively compact design. In addition, these updated lenses inherit the same overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect from the Canon EF L-series of lines.

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM features numerous updates over its predecessor, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers using Canon DSLR cameras such as the EOS 6D Mark II or EOS 80D.

Optical Image Stabilization is upgraded from three stops to five shutter speed stops of correction over the original f/4 lens. The new lens also features three IS modes, each uniquely designed and suitable for a variety of shooting situations, such as the capture of still subjects, panning, or fast moving objects.

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon ID and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4l IS II is scheduled to begin shipping in late June of 2018 with an estimated retail price of $1,299.00. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III is scheduled to begin shipping in August 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2,099.00.


Canon Introduces their First Full-Frame Cinema Camera



Canon announced the EOS C700 FF, the company’s first full-frame cinema camera.

At the heart of the camera is a novel Canon-developed CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.

Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 (released in December 2016). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

The EOS C700 FF is capable of ProRes and XF-AVC internal recording up to 4K to CFast cards. With the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder, the EOS C700 FF is capable of recording 5.9K RAW up to 60 frames per second. When oversampling 5.9K in 4K/UHD recording, morié is suppressed and noise graininess improved, resulting in higher quality video compared to 4K image capture. The EOS C700 FF also has a wide array of 3K/UHD/HD recording options, including recording up to 168 fps in 2K RAW in Super 16mm (crop) mode.

The camera includes Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology (EF mount only), and has an impressive dynamic range of 15 stops. Other key features of the EOS C700 FF camera system include Canon Log 2 and 3, Slow/Fast Motion Recording, IP Streaming and support for ACES, SMPTE ITU-R BT.2100 (HDR) and User LUTs.

The rugged magnesium body was built with rounded edges and semi-circular sides behind the lens mount that hint at the Canon Cinema design legacy. The EOS C700 FF can be equally comfortable handheld, shoulder-mounted, on a tripod head, steadicam, gimbal rig, crane or car mount. An optional professional grade OLED HD electronic viewfinder (EVF-V70) offers additional versatility. The camera is also compatible with a variety of lens configurations including anamorphic and B4 (with the optional MO-4E adapter).


Canon Introduced EOS M50 and EOS Rebel T7 Digital Cameras



Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced their latest editions to their lineup of digital cameras: the EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens Camera, and the EOS Rebel T7.

The EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens camera is the first Canon EOS M-Series camera with 4K video recording which is four-times the size of full HD 1080. It is an all-around, entry-level camera with an extensive list of user-friendly features that encourages users to broaden their creative visions.

Providing improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor resulting in less noise and high definition in low-light situations, and the capacity of recording 4K video, the EOS M50 will capture crisp, photographic expressions in various situations.

The EOS Rebel T7 is the latest edition to the widely popular EOS Rebel line of entry-level DSLR cameras, with an upgraded CMOS sensor to deliver sharp, high-resolution images to capture life’s key moments.

The EOS Rebel T7 features an upgraded CMOS of 24.1 megapixel resolution. It is the successor to the EOS Rebel T6. Offering easy sharing of high-quality photos and videos on social media sites, EOS Rebel T7 provides continuous shooting up to 3.0 frames per second (fps), a nine-point autofocus system and a three-inch LCD monitor, offering users a multitude of options to capture and share life’s important moments.

The Canon EOS M50 is scheduled to be available in April 2018 for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body, only. The EOS M50 will also be available with the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in both black and white for an estimated retail price of $899.99. Additionally, the EOS M50 will be sold with the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 IS STM and the EF-M 55-200mm/4.5-6.3 IS STM in black only for an estimated retail price of $1,249.00

The EOS Rebel T7 is scheduled to be available in April 2018, and will be sold as a lens-and-body kit with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II for an estimated retail price of $549.99.


Canon USA Introduces Three New HD Camcorders



Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions, introduced three new compact and lightweight Full HD camcorders, the Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21. Delivering first-class optics, powerful sensors and a range of versatile features, these camcorders are perfect for a broad range of video productions.

The Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 Full HD camcorders each provide videographers with a spectacular 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lens allowing a user to easily capture a variety of scenes with superb image quality. Canon’s HD CMOS Sensor and the powerful optical zoom lens allowing a user to easily platform deliver great performance in low-light and the ability to capture superb Full HD images in 60p at 35bps.

Wide DR mode supports the smooth compression of high luminance areas to achieve 600 percent DR making it possible to shoot with smooth color gradation and suppressed overexposure. This is applicable to any shooting environment where the difference between light and dark areas is prone to causing overexposure. Flexible image expression is supported by a Slow/Fast Segment function that enables users to select shooting speeds from 0.4x to a maximum of 1,200x, and a Hi-UD lens supports the reduction of chromatic aberration and drives vivid imaging.

These camcorders are capable of recording in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, simultaneously, to Dual SD card slots. All camcorders offer HDMI, headphone jack, optional GPS support and the XA15 and XA11 models offer XLR professional audio terminals. Additionally, the XA15 model also features a HD-SD1 output.

Comprising of a compact and lightweight body, each camcorder is ideal for high-action shoots when both speeds and mobility are essential. Dynamic Mode provides 5-Axis image stabilization-roll axis, horizontal roll, up-down and left-right – to help facilitate smooth image capture in various styles of fast-paced shots. The VIXIA HF G21 is identical to the XA15 and XA11 in performance, but does not include a handle.

The Canon XA15, XA11, and VIXIA HF G21 Full HD camcorders are all scheduled to be available at the end of December 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1899.00, $1399.00, $999.00 respectively.