Full Canon XC10 specs now released in Japan – Update

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And here it is the new Canon X10! It’s a 12MP 4K camera that is going to ship in mid June in Japan.

And those are the google translated info from the Japanese press text:

Edit: in the meantime we have the English press text. The XC10 will be available starting June 2015, and will sell for around $2,000.

Canon premieres the XC10 – a breakthrough compact 4K video and stills camcorder

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 8 April 2015 – Canon today unveils the XC10 – a compact, lightweight video and digital stills camera that brings professional 4K quality to aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. Inheriting many of the Cinema EOS range’s features, the XC10 offers incredible recording versatility and is the ideal solution as a small, stand-alone camera for independent film makers or the perfect accompaniment as a supporting B camera in larger productions.

Unleashing 4K recording for enthusiasts
Boasting outstanding market leading image quality, traditionally associated with larger cameras, as well as the flexibility and ease of use of traditional compact camcorders, the XC10 delivers consistently breath-taking results. Its advanced imaging engine – a powerful combination of a specially developed 1” CMOS sensor and Canon’s new DIGIC DV5 image processor – gives both budding filmmakers or experienced pros the blistering speed and quality they demand to capture 4K video, at a wide range of variable bit rates.

Able to fit seamlessly into workflows, or productions with existing Cinema EOS cameras, the XC10 can record UHDTV standard (3840 x 2160) 4K footage to an internal CFast 2.0™¹ card at up to 305Mbps, or Full HD (1920 x 1080) footage to an SD card at up to 50Mbps, with pro-standard 4:2:2 colour sampling for high resolution performance.

The XC10 delivers rich colour, synonymous with Cinema EOS cameras, with a high ISO of up to 20,000, ensuring excellent results in low light conditions, and a 12-stop Wide Dynamic Range, providing vivid detail in both highlights and shadows.

Shooters have the freedom to capture a diverse range of scenes in professional 4K quality using a specially developed 10x optical zoom lens, complete with Canon’s class-leading image stabilisation technology. With a versatile 27.3-273mm focal range (35mm equivalent, in video mode) videographers can easily switch between capturing sweeping scenes, to intimate close ups with a single lens. Pros and enthusiasts alike can change between movie recording and still image shooting, capturing high quality 12.0 MP images, or extracting 8.29 MP stills from 4K video footage.

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Uncompromising design, optimised for easy shooting
The XC10 redefines the boundaries of advanced compact camcorder design, with a body that’s instantly intuitive to use. Once in your hand, you’ll find a rotating grip that supports a variety of shooting styles, as well as essential feature controls at your fingertips, including a manual zoom and focusing ring. Designed to match any shooting preference, the camcorder features a 7.66cm vari-angle touch LCD, with 100% field coverage, providing direct access to the menu system through a simple set of cross keys, while an included optical loupe viewfinder, that fits the LCD, offers a more traditional shooting experience.

Fostering creativity with expert workflows
Professional videographers can easily integrate the XC10 into existing production kits and workflows, thanks to its portfolio of professional standard codecs and recording modes. Canon’s new XF-AVC H.264 codec supports recording in both 4K and Full HD quality, enabling easy integration into industry- standard Non-Linear Edit systems. Canon Log Gamma also enables maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing and seamless quality matching with content shot on Cinema EOS cameras. Additionally, videographers can freely shoot in 4K, and later down convert to Full HD, to create a higher quality end product, and enable greater flexibility in the editing process.

A selection of slow and fast motion recording modes – including up to 1200x fast motion in 4K/Full HD, and up to1/4x slow motion in HD – as well as interval shooting provide further creative opportunities.

The XC10 is also Wi-Fi compatible; enabling remote control of key features via a browser, smartphone or tablet – securing its position as an essential part of any Cinema EOS video shooter’s toolkit.

XC10 Key benefits:

Stunning 4K video and 12MP stills from one compact camera
High bit rate XF-AVC files, great for post production
Seamlessly integrate with professional workflows
Get creative with fast and slow motion recording
Built-in Wi-Fi for easy browser/smart device control

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Lensbaby announce Velvet 56, a new high-end classic portrait lens

Lens baby announced Velvet 56, a 56mm f/1.6 SLR and mirrorless camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities. The Velvet 56 retails for $499.95 and $599.95 for Velvet SE. The lenses will be available beginning 4/13/15

PORTLAND, OR and ST. LOUIS, MO–(Marketwired – Apr 7, 2015) –(ShutterFest 2015) — Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the Velvet 56, a new high-end classic portrait lens. Velvet 56 will be on display for the first time during ShutterFest 2015, being held April 7-8 at St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.

Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 SLR and mirrorless camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities. This “new classic” portrait lens delivers a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures, and beautifully sharp but subtly unique images as you stop down — with gorgeous, velvety tones that give digital images a film-like, organic quality. Incredibly versatile, Velvet 56 enables photographers to move seamlessly from shooting an environmental portrait, to capturing details in a subject’s clothing or jewelry. Nature and macro photographers will find its close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic to just a touch of velvety smoothness, provide a set of visual tools that will expand their vision of the world.

Evoking the image style and construction quality of classic portrait lenses of the mid-20th century, Velvet 56 features the heft and smooth, dampened manual focus of these early lenses. Velvet 56, with an all metal body, will be available in two colors: traditional black, plus, Velvet SE, a special silver edition. Velvet SE will feature a beautiful clear-anodized finish, along with engraved aperture and focus markings.

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Canon to sponsor 23rd World Scout Jamboree

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Canon press release:

Canon to sponsor 23rd World Scout Jamboree

TOKYO, April 7, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Scout Association of Japan to become a Platinum Sponsor1 of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree,2 which kicks off on July 28, 2015, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

Canon will support the 23rd World Scout Jamboree through a contribution as a Platinum Sponsor, the event’s highest sponsorship ranking, along with product loans and other assistance.

The Company will host a booth at the World Scout Jamboree’s program venue, with plans to allow participants to pose for commemorative photos captured using Canon cameras, which will be output on the spot by Canon printers and given as souvenirs. The Company will also launch a photo gallery on the World Scout Jamboree’s homepage to share photos captured from the camping grounds, from which participants can view, download and print their favorite photographs both during and after the conclusion of the event.

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(CW2) Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM Image Leaked?

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An image of a possible Canon 50mm f/1.8 IS STM lens leaked on the web. Fake or real?

Hard to say so far. The lens in the image appears to have a good build quality, a large focusing ring, has IS and STM, looks authentic. It’s also questionable if this lens will replace the 50mm f/1.8 II (the Nifty-Fifty), or the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

If the image is real, then the lens appears to be placed higher in Canon’s line-up than the Nifty-Fifty. Btw, os there a reason to replace the Nifty-Fifty?

What do you think? For a comparison, see below the 50mm f/1.8 II and 50mm f/1.4.

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Canon release updates for Digital Photo Professional (DPP), EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor

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Canon released new version of their photo software. You can download all updates here. See below what has changed:

Digital Photo Professional 3.14.48

  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM

Digital Photo Professional 4.2.10

  • Supports EOS 8000D/EOS Rebel T6s/EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i/EOS Rebel T6i/EOS 750D, EOS M3
  • Supports EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

EOS Utility 2.14.20

  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM

EOS Utility 3.2.10

  • Supports EOS 8000D/EOS Rebel T6s/EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i/EOS Rebel T6i/EOS 750D, EOS M3
  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM.

Picture Style Editor 1.15.10

  • Supports EOS 8000D/EOS Rebel T6s/EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i/EOS Rebel T6i/EOS 750D, EOS M3

Canon developing high-magnification, long-focal-length broadcast field zoom lens supporting 4K production

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Canon press release:

Canon developing high-magnification, long-focal-length broadcast field zoom lens supporting 4K production

TOKYO, April 2, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company is currently developing a high-zoom-ratio, long-focal-length field zoom lens that realizes exceptional imaging performance for use with 4K-capable broadcast cameras employing 2/3-inch sensors. Canon will exhibit a prototype of the 4K field zoom lens at the 2015 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, to be held from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

As 4K-resolution content, which traces its beginnings to the movie-production industry, continues to gain ground in the broadcasting industry, initiatives are currently underway to implement 4K broadcasting in countries around the world with an increasing number of professionals making use of equipment supporting 4K production.

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