Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II press text leaked ahead of announcement

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Press Text Leaked Ahead Of Announcement

Canon posted and then removed the press text for the Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II, and for other gear. The press release was removed but you can still see it via Google cache.

Canon press release:

Canon Proclaims “Visionaries Welcome” at the 2017 CES Show

Canon Announces PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera, PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit and Updated VIXIA HF-R Series Camcorders

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 3, 2016 – At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, January 5-8, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to debut its Visionaries Welcome” themed booth (Booth #16206 in the Central Hall), demonstrating the Company’s continued path of innovation and helping others “See Impossible.” Canon is also announcing a host of new travel-friendly imaging products. Included in this announcement is the slim and lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit, ideal for the vlogger on-the-go, and three updated models to the line of family-friendly VIXIA HF R-series personal camcorders.

“Beyond product introductions, this year we’re taking things at CES to a new level, declaring ‘Visionaries Welcome’ – inviting potential companies to learn what can be possible by incorporating Canon technologies and innovations into their designs,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. and chairman & CEO, Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. “We are always looking to bring to market products designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Whether someone is looking for the latest and greatest in a compact premium camera to document precious family moments or taking the plunge into vlogging with a creative, professional look, we have the right solution for them.”

Canon Proclaims “Visionaries Welcome”

The Canon booth at CES 2017 will look quite different this year – designed to invite future-thinkers; visitors will learn about a broader vision of what is possible with Canon innovations. On display will be products developed by current Canon customers such as Solidiphy, FoxTales, StyleShoots and Card Isle, that incorporate Canon technology and innovation to create products that are not just commercially successful but also cultivate a larger vision of what is possible when integrating Canon products. Offering our depth of 80 years of experience and leadership, a reputation for world-class U.S.-based customer service and support, and R&D capabilities, Canon is looking to expand collaborations with manufacturing companies as well as entrepreneurs to deliver visionary ideas and solutions well into the future.

Also on display will be Canon’s current imaging products across the EOS, PowerShot, VIXIA, PIXMA, imagePROGRAF and imageCLASS product lines.

PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera

For those looking to make a step up to a premium point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II features a 1.0- inch 20.2 Megapixel sensor and packs a lot of punch in a very small package. It also features the latest image processor, DIGIC 7, providing users with improved subject tracking and scene detection, and more. For added social network-sharing convenience the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the first Canon PowerShot digital camera equipped with Bluetooth®1 Smart for easy pairing with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Photographers of all skill levels looking for more “pro-like” features will appreciate the in-camera RAW conversion feature and improved Time-Lapse Movie Mode to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip.

PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera Features include:

  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel2 High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®3 and NFC4 and Bluetooth®1 Smart capability
  • Bright f/2.0 (W) – f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28-84mm)
  • 3.0” Touch Panel LCD
  • Full HD, Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Movie video functions
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps (In JPEG and RAW)

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera is scheduled to be available February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $529.99.

PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit 

For those up-and-coming filmmakers, social influencers and vloggers, Canon is excited to announce a compact, mobile and on-the-go solution for their social sharing needs — the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit. The kit includes the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera with an additional back-up battery, a Manfrotto PIXI tripod, and a 32GB San Disk SD card.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit is available for pre-order at the Canon Online Store (shop.usa.canon.com) and is scheduled to start shipping in February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $749.99.

VIXIA HF R82, R80 and R800 Personal Camcorders 

Updated for 2017, these three new VIXIA HF R-Series personal camcorders ideal for families who want to document life’s precious moments. Each model is equipped with a 57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Canon Image Sensor, DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, and a 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD. The VIXIA HF R82 camcorder offers 32GB of internal storage for recording up to 12 hours of video and the VIXIA HF R80 camcorder offers 16GB of internal storage for recording up to 6 hours of video. All of the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders allow for recording to a removable SD card. New features for these 2017 models include Flexible Slow and Fast motion recording, backlight correction when in Highlight Priority mode and support for the Canon Camera Connect App 3.

VIXIA HF R82, R80 and HF R800 Features include:

  • MP4 1080p/60p Recording
  • Lightweight, portable body
  • High-capacity BP-727 battery pack
  • HF R82 and HF R80 feature built-in Wi-Fi® and NFCcapability
  • Live Streaming feature
  • Zoom Framing Assist setting
  • File Lock Function
  • Built-in Down conversion
  • Compatible with optional Camera Pan Table CT-V1

The VIXIA HF R82, VIXIA HF R80, and VIXIA HF R800 camcorders are scheduled to be available in February 2017 for estimated retail prices of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively.

To learn more about the “Visionaries Welcome” message and Canon digital imaging products please visit Canon at 2017 CES Show at Booth #16206 in the Central Hall for a first-hand look at Canon’s latest products and new business initiatives. Follow Canon throughout the show on Instagram at @CanonUSA and Twitter at @CanonUSAimaging. Use #CanonCES to join the conversation.

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Another marvellous time-lapse of New York

eos 550dLet’s start the new year with this post. This is the fourth time I feature a work by photographer and artist Ynon Lan (1 | 2 | 3). He has his very own way to make artistic time-lapse videos, and he does it without fancy or expensive gear. Still NYC #2 is his latest work.

Says Ynon:

Time, trains and buildings get tangled up in this short experimental stop motion film.
The film is comprised of over 600 photos and videos shot at different areas all around New York City.

All ambient sounds and sound effects were recorded on location. Ynon used a Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and most of the time a EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

[via Ynon Lan]

Look what you can do with a hacked Canon A650 & Helios 44M-5 lens

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Hacked Canon A650 with Helios 44M-5 lens

These are the hacks I love most. Alexey Kljatov took a Canon A650 (2007) and did his own thing mounting a Helios 44M-5 58mm f/2 lens on the camera. To make this hack really fit for macro photography, the lens was attached backwards.

The hack appears to be made quickly and doesn’t look neat. However, it produces amazing images like the snowflake photo below. That’s the real hacker spirit: take gear, modify it following an idea, realise something awesome.

Kudos Alexey Kljatov for the cool hack! Be sure to have a look at his website for more amazing macro shots done with the hacked Canon A650, and to learn the how to of his macro setup plus a ton of information about macro photography.

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Shot with the hacked Canon A650

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II lenses used to discover a new “Dark Galaxy” with Dragonfly Telephoto Array

Canon EF 400mm F/2.8L IS II Lenses Used To Discover A New “Dark Galaxy” With Dragonfly Telephoto Array

Do you remember the Dragonfly Telephoto Array developed by the University of Toronto’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics? Well, there are some news.

First things first. What is the Dragonfly Telephoto Array?

Dragonfly is an innovative, multi-lens array designed for ultra-low surface brightness astronomy at visible wavelengths. Commissioned in 2013 with only three lenses, the array is growing in size and proving capable of detecting extremely faint, complex structure around galaxies. The most recent upgrade—completed in 2016—saw Dragonfly grow to 48 lenses in two clusters.

Last time I reported about Dragonfly it had 10 lenses mounted, now the lenses are 48. To build the Dragonfly, scientists used Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II lenses, because of “unprecedented nano-fabricated coatings with sub-wavelength structure on optical glasses“. I guess the lenses were modified according to the scientists’ needs.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II, yours for $10,000.

Next, what is the Dragonfly Telephoto Array good for?

Dragonfly is designed to reveal the faint structure [of the universe] by greatly reducing scattered light and internal reflections within its optics. It achieves this using commercially available Canon 400mm lenses with unprecedented nano-fabricated coatings with sub-wavelength structure on optical glasses.

Also, Dragonfly images a galaxy through multiple lenses simultaneously—akin to a dragonfly’s compound eye—enabling further removal of unwanted light. The result is an image in which extremely faint galaxy structure is visible.

Well, scientists discovered a previously unknown Dark Galaxy by using the Dragonfly Telephoto Array. The galaxy was named after the array. As The Atlantic reports:

Dragonfly 44 is a dim galaxy, with one star for every hundred in our Milky Way. But it spans roughly as much space as the Milky Way. In addition, it’s heavy enough to rival our own galaxy in mass, according to results published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters at the end of August. That odd combination is crucial: Dragonfly 44 is so dark, so fluffy, and so heavy that some astronomers believe it will either force a revision of our theories of galaxy formation or help us understand the properties of dark matter, the mysterious stuff that interacts with normal matter via gravity and not much else.

The discovery was made by astronomers Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University and Roberto Abraham of the University of Toronto. They did not use Canon sensors, tough. The lenses are mounted on SBIG STF-8300M CCD cameras. The array began imaging targets in 2013 from its home at the New Mexico Skies hosting facility.

If you are interested and want to know more, go for the videos below.

About the Dragonfly Telephoto Array

Below: about the newly discovered galaxy

[via The Atlantic]

Canon announce new PIXMA G-Series MegaTank printers with built-in refillable ink tank system

Canon Announce New PIXMA G-Series MegaTank Printers With Built-in Refillable Ink Tank System

Canon U.S.A. Launches First PIXMA Inkjet Printers with Built-In Refillable Ink Tank System

New PIXMA G-Series MegaTank Printers are Ideal for Users Seeking Convenient, Maintenance-Free Printing

MELVILLE, N.Y., December 27, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of the new PIXMA G-series MegaTank Printers; PIXMA G1200 MegaTank Single Function Printer, PIXMA G2200 MegaTank All-In-One Printer, PIXMA MegaTank G3200 Wireless1 All-In-One Printer and PIXMA G4200 MegaTank Wireless All-In-One Printer. This new line of printers is ideal for high-print volume printing environments within home offices, dorm rooms or anywhere a user needs a low-maintenance printer with enhanced connectivity and convenient, high-quality printing.

Each of the PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers feature a front-facing, built-in refillable ink tank system that makes it easy for users to monitor ink levels and refill when needed. Paired with the ink bottle’s spill-resistant tops, the system is designed to provide seamless and clean usability at home and in the office. This new hybrid integrated system of replenishing ink is cost-effective and offers higher page yield than the prior generation of PIXMA printers. The black ink provides up to 6,000 pages2 per bottle and the total color ink combination provides up to 7,000 pages2. The PIXMA G-series printers’ easy-to-use refillable ink bottles offer substantial ink capacity with 135 ml in the black bottle and 70 ml in each color ink bottle. Another value-added feature for the new PIXMA G-series printers is the initial quick installation set-up timeframe (for ink installation only) which is approximately six minutes3.

“Our PIXMA G-series printer models offer smart design inside and out,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Expanding the line of PIXMA printers with the added benefit of a built-in refillable ink tank system highlights Canon’s commitment to continuing to enhance the printing experience in businesses and in the home with genuine Canon print reliability.”

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