Japan’s low cost mini-rocket, aided by Canon tech, failed launch

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Some time ago I reported about Canon joining the space race by helping Japan build a low-cost “mini-rocket”. Engineers from Canon joined a team led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Canon’s contribution was to “choose the best rocket parts as well as make key control instruments smaller and lighter”.

Unfortunately the launch of the Japanese mini-rocket, the SS-520, failed. Nikkei Asian Review reports:

The rocket, about 10 metres (35 feet) long and 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter, was carrying a 3-kg (6.6 lb), 35-centimetre satellite to take images of the earth and gather other data.

The first stage of the rocket launch was carried out but not the second, after communication problems were discovered, JAXA’s spokeswoman told Reuters.

The mini-rocket SS-520 fell into the sea southeast of Uchinoura. The launch was supposed to be a proof of concept that Japan has the technology to launch micro-satellites using mini-rockets. JAXA hopes to use this technology for commercial operations made available to private companies.

More technical information about the failed launch can be read at Nasa SpaceflightThanks Barry for the tip!


Harvard release whole set of university-level photography courses for free

Part of the list of offered courses

Part of the list of offered courses (there are more)

Harvard released their university-level photography classes for free. including classes on software and retouching.

All courses are accessible through Harvard’s Alison platform, just click here, register and start learning.

The courses cover anything from exposure, optics, histograms, light and how to use it best, and much more. At the end you can take an evaluation module to assess what you have learned. This is a cool, professional and totally free resource. Do not miss it and enjoy!

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Canon U.S.A. Announces 2017 Executive Promotions

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Canon U.S.A. Proudly Announces 2017 Executive Promotions

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 12, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced several senior executive appointments and promotions. Through their collaborative vision for success and dedication to excellence, these individuals have continually delivered the highest level of leadership and commitment to both Canon’s customers and partners, helping the Company to maintain its position as an industry leader.

“Our employees are a tremendous asset to our Company, and we are pleased to begin the year with six hard-earned and well-deserved executive promotions,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “I congratulate these executives, and thank them for their pledge to continued growth and success. With these professionals at the helm, I am confident their merits will drive further success for Canon in 2017.”

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Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for twelve years running

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Well, for sure Canon files an impressing number of patents.

Press release:

Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for twelve years running

TOKYO, January 12, 2017—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2016

Year Ranking* No. of patents
2016 1st (3rd) 3,665
2015 1st (3rd) 4,127
2014 1st (3rd) 4,048
2013 1st (3rd) 3,820
2012 1st (3rd) 3,173
2011 1st (3rd) 2,818
2010 1st (4th) 2,551
2009 1st (4th) 2,200
2008 1st (3rd) 2,107
2007 1st (3rd) 1,983
2006 1st (3rd) 2,366
2005 1st (2nd) 1,829
* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Note: Number of patents for 2016 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Canon release Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.5.20 (support for new cameras, and for older models)

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Canon released a new version of their photo software, Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.5.20. Support for new cameras, and eventually also for older camera models, has been added. This is good news, since now also owners of an EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D etc can use DPP 4.x.

Canon has released a new update to its popular Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP4) software. Version 4.5.20 adds support for older cameras including EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 400D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi), EOS 350D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT), PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100, and PowerShot S100V along with support for the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens.

There are also some bug fixes in the new version.

  • Improved accuracy of the lens data of Digital Lens Optimizer for EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lenses.
  • Fixed the problem where it takes time to display a preview image on the high resolution display.
  • Fixed the phenomenon on the Mac OS in which RAW images imported via remote shooting are not displayed for preview in some cases.

You can download Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.5.20 here. First select your camera and then proceed to the download section.

How to use Adobe Lightroom for mobile (Canon Professional Network)


Canon Professional Network posted a short tutorial about how to use Adobe Lightroom for mobile.

Richard Curtis, Adobe Systems UK Principal Solution Consultant in Digital Imaging, writes exclusively for CPN on how to get the best from Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile app.

Adobe Lightroom for mobile is a free app, but only makes really sense when used together with Lightroom, along with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan.