Canon ready to take next step into space business, will launch own microsatellite on Friday June 23, 2017

Canon Ready To Take Next Step Into Space Business, Will Launch Own Microsatellite On Friday June 23, 2017

In the past we reported about Canon’s efforts to step into the space business. The company built a “mini-rocket” together with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. The launch, which happened at the beginning of 2015, was a failure. The rocket exploded.

At the end of 2016 we got news about Canon building its own miniature satellite (equipped with Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras). The launch of this miniature satellite was scheduled for January – March 2017. There have been delays.

Latest news have it that Canon will start the company’s miniature satellite (named CE-SAT-I) on Friday June 23, 2017, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, southeastern India.

Nikkei Asian Review reports:

The CE-SAT-I will be put into orbit 500km from the ground, where it will conduct tests for two years to verify technologies that will be the foundation of the company’s planned space business. The launch of the rocket was initially planned for January but was delayed by the Indian Space Research Organization.

The CE-SAT-I has drawn attention due to the adoption of advanced technologies Canon Electronics has accumulated based on office equipment and cameras, and it is the starting point of the company’s two pillars for its space business model, although details are still sketchy.

As one pillar, Canon Electronics will photograph the surface of the earth via satellite, analyze the pictures and sell them as value-added data to corporate clients. Such data is called remote sensing, and it is seen overseas as a promising business.

Read the report at Nikkei.

Firmware 1.1.1 for Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R released

Firmware 1.1.1 For Canon EOS 5Ds And EOS 5Ds R Released

Canon released firmware 1.1.1 for the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R to the general public.

What changed:

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes:

1. Corrects a phenomenon in which shooting may not be completed while using HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode, when certain combinations of settings are selected.
2. Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.

3. Corrects the level display when the camera is held in the vertical orientation with the hand grip pointing downward.

4. Corrects a phenomenon in which, when using certain CF cards, it may take approximately five seconds for the camera to power on depending on when the camera’s power switch was turned <ON>.

Please review the instructions thoroughly before updating the firmware on your camera.
The firmware update takes approximately 6 minutes.

Please note that the firmware for EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R is different.

The Evolution of Canon’s Auto-Focus Technology (video)

Neat and short video by Canon USA about the evolution of Canon’s Auto-Focus technology. The second video below is about Dual Pixel AF, the ground breaking and game changing on-sensor AF system Canon introduced 2013 with the EOS 70D. Enjoy.

For over 30 years, autofocus has been a vital tool for making sure your images are sharp. In this video, learn how Canon has continually created new breakthroughs in autofocus technology. Learn more here.

Is there a difference between a pro photog using $500 gear and an amateur using $5000 gear?

EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The folks at Mango Street wanted to know, and thus started a little experiment.

An amateur photographer was given a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 35mm f/1.4L II, a pro photographer got the Canon Rebel T3i with a 18-55mm kit lens and the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens.

So, what did the test reveal? Watch the video below.

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Canon Announce New Short Throw REALiS LCOS Projectors With Outstanding Optical Lens Shift

Canon Announce New Short Throw REALiS LCOS Projectors With Outstanding Optical Lens Shift

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Brings New Short Throw REALiS LCOS Projectors With Outstanding Optical Lens Shift to Market

The REALiS WUX500ST and WUX500ST D Pro AV LCOS Short Throw Projectors Offer Unique Appeal with Installation Flexibility While Maintaining High Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 6, 2017 – Appealing to a wide range of markets and applications including higher education, museums and galleries, corporate, simulation and training, digital signage, and medical education and training, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces two new LCOS Projector models to the REALiS lineup – the REALiS WUX500ST Pro AV LCOS Projector and the REALiS WUX500ST D Pro AV LCOS Projector. These new additions, which include a short throw ratio of 0.56:1 and an outstanding optical vertical lens shift of 0-75 percent, allow end-users to create spectacular big-screen projections even in tight spaces, without worrying about issues like glare into a presenter’s eyes or a presenter’s shadow overtaking a screen.

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