Canon promotes CMOS sensor technology touting exciting prospects (Canon ME20F-SH)

Canon Promotes CMOS Sensor Technology Touting Exciting Prospects (Canon ME20F-SH)

Canon posted a rather theatrical (at least at the beginning) video to underline the low light features of the company’s CMOS sensors.

A moonbow is a natural phenomenon that can only be seen when the appropriate lunar brightness, angle of elevation and levels of moisture in the air align. They are so rare that in Hawaii it is said they bring happiness to those who see them. Recently, Canon succeeded in capturing video of a moonbow, which would prove difficult to see with the naked eye, using an ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor. Additionally, using a 250 million pixel ultra-high-pixel-count CMOS sensor, Canon succeeded in capturing* video in which the lettering on the side of a plane flying approximately 18 km away could be clearly read. “Exciting Prospects for CMOS Sensors,” a video introducing these technologies, is now available to view on the Canon Video Square.

The video is here.

This is about the pioneering technology featured in the Canon ME20F-SH (images below), a commercially available multi-purpose camera that goes up to ISO 4M; it’s yours if you have $20,000 to spend.

Dual Pixel AF has become a Canon standard, here’s how it works

Dual Pixel AF Has Become A Canon Standard, Here’s How It Works

It’s safe to assume that Dual Pixel AF (DPAF) has now become Canon’s standard on-sensor auto-focusing technology. Since it made it into a Rebel, it will be featured on almost any future Canon DSLR and MILC (and who knows…maybe also in some high-end PowerShots).

Dual Pixel AF debuted in July 2013 (press release), on the still noteworthy Canon EOS 70D. It took Canon a long time to feature it on other cameras, and even longer to put it into a mirrorless camera. The EOS M5 and EOS M6 are the first Canon MILCs to feature it. And hell if it makes a difference on a mirrorless system. If only Canon had used it before on their mirrorless offering.

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Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) sample photos (Canon official)

Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) Sample Photos (Canon Official)

At a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 6 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth
  • HDR Movie and Time-Lapse Movie
  • Movie Electronic IS, Feature Assistant

Canon Japan posted a set of four sample photos shot with the new Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D in EU).

Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) pre-order links, shipping starts 3/31:

Pre-order links for the rest of the world: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials by Canon Professional Network

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials By Canon Professional Network

The Canon Professional Network started a Digital Photo Professional video tutorials series. There is one new video tutorial coming each week.

Welcome to the Digital Photo Professional video tutorial section! CPN writer and software expert George Cairns unpacks Canon’s popular workflow software and explains key components with video demonstrations on how it can make a difference to your RAW workflow.

We will be publishing one video per week over the next 11 weeks, looking at particular elements of the software, with each video accompanied by a pdf mini guide and sample imagery used in the tutorial. Collect all 11 guides to build up the ultimate DPP library!

The first Digital Photo Professional video tutorial is “Get organised”. If you prefer you can get the tutorial by reading the PDF file, or just head over to the Digital Photo Professional video tutorials page (click here).

Fun fact: Canon EOS 77D and EOS 80D kit with 18-135mm IS USM lens have same price

Fun Fact: Canon EOS 77D And EOS 80D Kit With 18-135mm IS USM Lens Have Same Price

Is that weird? The Canon EOS 80D and EOS 77D kits with the EF-S 18-135mm lens have the same price, $1,499 (80D | 77D).

I am not sure I get the reason ;-)

The Canon EOS 77D was announced today and is available for pre-order.

Given the same price for the EOS 77D and EOS 80D kit, which one would you get?

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware 1.1.3 available for download

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware 1.1.3 Available For Download

Canon released Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware 1.1.3.

Changes in Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware Version 1.1.3

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions.

  1. Corrects a phenomenon in which the drive mode icon is not correctly displayed when using custom shooting modes (C1/C2/C3).
  2. Changes the maximum number of “Release cycles” displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the “Camera system information” menu.
  3. Improves the reliability of communication via USB cable when using the Lens Data Registration function within EOS Utility 3 software.

The Version 1.1.3 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.2 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.

Download EOS-1D X firmware 1.1.3 here.