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September 25, 2014
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Interview With Canon’s Masaya Maeda (higher res sensors coming, also for EOS-M, more mirrorless in the near future)

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Dpreview posted an interview hold at Photokina 2014 with Mr. Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon.

There are some rather interesting snippets I want to quote.

Q: Currently no Canon camera offers more than 22MP. Do your DSLR customers ask for higher resolution?

A: Yes. We know that many of our customers need more resolution and this is under consideration. In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.

High resolution sensors coming in Canon DSLRs, and for EOS M system sounds good! :-)

About the EOS 7D Mark II:

Q: You’ve had a long time to get feedback from 7D owners – what did they want most in a replacement?

A: Besides a bigger sensor, they wanted the same sort of features found in the EOS-1D X. We did a lot of interviews with 7D users – more than 5000 people in total – and we think that in the EOS 7D Mark II we got very close to achieving EOS-1D-type features in a lightweight body.

The Powershot G7 X has a Sony sensor. Canon thinks…

Q: [...] we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

Pragmatism. That’s cool. Stay tuned, there is more to come from Canon in the near future.

[via Dpreview]

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September 24, 2014
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Canon Powershot G7 X Features A Sony BSI-CMOS Sensor

 Powershot G7 X

Powershot G7 X: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

A lot suggests the Canon Powershot G7 X is featuring a Sony 20-MP 1” BSI CMOS sensor. The same sensor that’s mounted on the Sony RX100 III and Panasonic FZ1000.

In a meeting with Dpreview‘s staff, Canon stated that the sensor in the Powershot G7 X is a “BSI-CMOS” sensor, and that the sensor is not manufactured by Canon.

A similar hint comes from PetaPixel in their G7 X vs RX100 III comparison. They write:

Surprisingly the Canon G7 X and Sony RX100 III could be stepbrothers. Canon allegedly admitted the 20MP 1″ sensor was not developed internally, fueling speculations that G7 X could be using the same Sony 20-MP 1” BSI CMOS sensor. Any difference between the two rivals can be attributed to the lens and design philosophy of the engineering teams from both sides.

Thom Hogan from gearophile writes:

What we get in the US$700 G7 X is the Sony 20mp 1” sensor coupled with a 24-100mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens, a 1m dot touchscreen, a built in ND filter, 1080P/60 video and some other PowerShot stuff. [...] it even has a “selfie” mode.

As you can see, it appears the Powershot G7 X is indeed featuring Sony’s sensor. A Sony 1 inch sensor coupled with Canon’s excellent optics sounds good to me. The G7 X has a longer zoom range than the Sony RX 100 III.

There is also a serious hint by Canon itself that they are working on another compact camera with possibly an 1 inch sensor. And that’s not all, another hint by Canon itself suggests the company is researching the possibility of developing a new mount type, and that they could join the m4/3 standard.

Is Canon changing strategies and opening to sensors made by other manufacturers? What do you think?

Canon’s new super-small camera with an 1 inch sensor and WiFi is already shipping at DigitalRev for €629/$699. The PowerShot G7 X will be available in October 201. Pre-order at Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.

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September 24, 2014
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Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Can Be Pre-Ordered

Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro

The new Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary (announcement) lens for APS-C DSLRs is available for pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama.

September 23, 2014
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Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Presentation Video (by Zeiss)

By Carl Zeiss Lenses on Youtube:

With the Otus 1.4/85 ZEISS is expanding its high-end lens family. The Otus 1.4/55, an SLR standard lens, already set new global standards in what it means to achieve perfection. The expectations for the 85-mm focal length are just as high. This new member of the Otus family is an outstanding and fast all-around lens that accepts no compromises

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 sells for $4,490 and can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo and Adorama. Sample pics can be seen on Zeiss’ Flickr album.

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

September 23, 2014
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Canon Announces Apple AirPrint Support for 6 New MAXIFY and PIXMA Printers

Apple AirPrint

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Apple AirPrint Support for Six New Models in the MAXIFY and PIXMA Printer Lineup

Delivering Seamless, Convenient Mobile Printing From iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 23, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that the MAXIFY MB5320 Wireless Inkjet Small Office All-In-One (AIO) printer, MAXIFY MB5020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office AIO printer, MAXIFY MB2320 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, MAXIFY MB2020 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, MAXIFY IB4020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office printer and PIXMA iP110 Wireless1 Mobile Printer, now support Apple AirPrint®wireless technology. Beneficial for consumers and home office professionals alike, AirPrint2 allows users to seamlessly print photos, email, web pages and documents wirelessly from iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices, without downloading or installing any device drivers.

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September 23, 2014
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Canon Announces Wireless PIXMA iP110 Mobile Printer

PIXMA iP110

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces PIXMA iP110 Mobile Printer for On-the-Go Business Professionals

Mobile Printer Features PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) with Cloud Link and Excellent Document Printing Capabilities in a Sleek, Sophisticated Design

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 23, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the PIXMA iP110 Wireless1 Mobile Printer, designed for on-the-go business professionals who need a printer that can keep up with their ever-changing lifestyle. The printer has an optional battery that gives business professionals the ability to quickly deliver high-quality text and graphics, including last-minute presentations, charts and graphs, and beautiful color photos on the road. It also features the cloud-based PIXMA Printing Solutions2 (PPS) app, a user-friendly platform, allowing easy access to the cloud directly from compatible smartphones, tablets, or other mobile devices. With this platform, users can print and scan images and documents directly from several of the most popular online services such as Facebook®, Twitter®, Photobucket®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Microsoft®OneDrive™ and Google Drive™.

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September 23, 2014
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Canon Announces 5 New Wireless and Cloud Connected Inkjet Printers

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Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Unveils New Line Of Wireless, Cloud Connected Inkjet Printers For Small And Home Office Users

Printers Ideal for Small and Home Office Business Owners in the Construction, Real Estate, Professional Services, Repair and Maintenance, Healthcare, Retail and Food Services Industries 

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 23, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today five models in the new MAXIFY series of Wireless1 Inkjet printers for the small office/home office (SOHO) user: the MAXIFY MB5320 Wireless Inkjet Small Office All-In-One (AIO) printer, the MAXIFY MB5020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office AIO printer, MAXIFY MB2320 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, MAXIFY MB2020 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, and MAXIFY iB4020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office printer. Designed with small and home office users in mind, these Wi-Fi® enabled printers offer enhanced features including high-quality, low cost per print, quick first print, cloud printing capabilities2,3,4, and award-winning 100 percent U.S.-based service and support for MAXIFY printers.

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