First photo of Canon 8K Camera system

Thanks Ebrahim. A photo of Canon’s new 8K camera system (development announcement) sent in by a CW reader. He says:

Body is identical to C300II but it records externally using an intermediate module then to Four Odyssey 7Q+ 4K recorders (Four 4096×2016 signals making up DCI 8K) up to 60p.

Can’t say with 100% confidence that it is the real thing. But I guess it is. The photo was posted on Imgur.

Canon Unveils The Future Of Imaging Technology At EXPO 2015 New York

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Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Unveils The Future Of Imaging Technology At EXPO 2015 New York

Once-Every-Five-Year Exhibition Brings Together Powerful Products, Cutting-Edge Technology and Inspirational Ideas

NEW YORK, September 9, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today commences its Canon EXPO 2015 New York, an imaging showcase galvanized by the visionary experience of New York and inspiring visitors to see impossible by providing a peek into the Company’s vision for the future. This once-every-five-year event offers attendees the rare chance to see and experience the incredible breadth of Canon’s imaging technology, as well as a glimpse into future products, solutions and services that will transform the way customers live, work and share experiences.

“Throughout history, from roll film to digital cameras, wooden printing presses to inkjet technology, creators have relied on technology to discover new worlds and further the progress of mankind. When we embark on new adventures, we explore uncharted territories, choosing to see what’s never been seen, and doing what has never been done,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As today’s creators explore their world, continuing to dream and discover, Canon will be there for the journey, ready at the helm to provide the right technology to see impossible.”

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.0.5 Released – UPDATE

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.0.5 Released – UPDATE

Update 3: the firmware is now online at Canon USA.

Update 2 (thanks Niklas): firmware 1.0.5 can be downloaded from Canon Japan: Windows | Mac OS X

Update: firmware 1.0.5 doesn’t appear to be online. For the time being I can’t say if it was removed, or just hasn’t been put online.

Original post:

Canon released a new firmware for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, version 1.0.5 (download). Canon’s advisory:

Thank you for using Canon products.

Firmware Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes:

  • Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the “Peripheral illumination correction” is applied inconsistently.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, while performing an EF lens firmware update, the progress bar displayed on the LCD monitor may freeze at 100% even though the update has been completed.
  • Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the “Geotag information appended to image” and “Log data” GPS functions.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, where at the time of shooting in very rare cases “Err 70” occurs, or the shutter does not release.

Firmware Version 1.0.5 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.4 If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

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Canon develops image-processing technology that digitizes material appearance information

Canon Develops Image-processing Technology That Digitizes Material Appearance Information

Canon develops material appearance image-processing technology that digitizes material appearance information qualities such as gloss and three-dimensional surface characteristics to enable printing reproduction

TOKYO, September 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it has developed material appearance image-processing technology that, through the acquisition of material appearance information using digital cameras, enables printing that faithfully recreates such material appearance characteristics as gloss, plasticity and transparency, qualities that change in appearance depending on the orientation of lighting or the angle from which an object is viewed.

Material appearance characteristics are those qualities that determine an object’s look and feel, such as gloss, plasticity, surface contours and transparency. The acquisition of this information, such as surface contours and reflectance, in addition to color data, is essential for reproducing an object’s texture in photographs and other forms of printout.

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More Innovation by Canon: 8K video camera and EOS DSLR with 120MP (development announcement)

More Innovation By Canon: 8K Video Camera And EOS DSLR With 120MP (development Announcement)

Canon is pushing technology and innovation, again. Today we have a development announcement for a Cinema EOS System 8K camera, a professional-use 8K reference display, and an EOS DSLR equipped with a 120MP sensor. For those who didn’t get it: Canon will release a 120MP full-frame DSRL. Yesterday the compamy announced the development of a 250MP APS-H sensor. That makes Sony and their 4K stuff look really old, doesn’t it? :-)

Canon developing next-generation imaging devices to expand the possibilities of visual expression

TOKYO, September 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

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Canon launches two high performance 2/3” 4K field broadcast lenses, the UHD DIGISUPER 90 and UHD DIGISUPER 86

Canon Launches Two High Performance 2/3” 4K Field Broadcast Lenses, The UHD DIGISUPER 90 And UHD DIGISUPER 86

More high-tech gear announced by Canon today. Press release:

4K and beyond: Canon launches two high performance 2/3” field broadcast lenses, the UHD DIGISUPER 90 and UHD DIGISUPER 86

London, UK, 7 September 2015 – Canon today introduces two new 2/3” 4K field lenses – the UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) and UHD DIGISUPER 90 (UJ90x9B). Delivering exceptional optical performance, with the UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) surpassing even 4K resolution, both offer outstanding focal range and are ideal for use within live broadcast production environments.

First class 4K image performance

The UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) and UHD DIGISUPER 90 (UJ90x9B) are part of Canon’s evolving 2/3” 4K lens line-up and join the recently launched CJ12ex4.3B in the range. Both provide professionals with the freedom to shoot live broadcast or sport events in stunning 4K quality, and in a first for Canon’s 2/3” lens line-up, the UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) offers resolving power beyond 4K.

The new lenses ensure exceptional resolution from the image centre to the edges, at both telephoto and wide angle, thanks to their advanced optical construction. Additionally, an increased use of fluorite and UD glass, combined with Canon’s expert use of coatings, results in exceptional control over ghosting and flare with sharp, high contrast images supporting a large number of tones.



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