Canon celebrates 22nd straight year of Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards

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Canon press release:

TOKYO, April 18, 2016—Four Canon cameras and one Canon printer were recognized with “Best Photo and Imaging Product” awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 30 photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries across five continents. The five award winners are: the EOS 5DS R digital SLR (DSLR) camera, the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera, the PowerShot G5 X digital compact camera, the IXUS 285 HS (PowerShot ELPH 360 HS in the Americas) compact digital camera, and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 professional inkjet printer.

Best DLSR Professional / High Res: EOS 5Ds R

Named “Best DSLR Professional / High Res,” the Canon EOS-5DS R features an “impressive” approximately 50.6 megapixel full-frame sensor that the TIPA jury noted rivals those of larger medium-format digital cameras. The judges also highlighted the camera’s 5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting of full-resolution still images and Full HD video capture at 30 fps. The EOS-5DS R is equipped with Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, a newly developed mirror vibration control system and time-release lag settings to further suppress camera shake and allow the camera to realize the full potential of its sensor.  It has a 100% coverage 3.2-inch 1.04 million dot Intelligent ClearView II LCD viewfinder that can display a variety of shooting information. The jury also pointed out that the camera sports a 150,000 pixel RGB-IR metering sensor that utilizes EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF and that AF performance is enhanced by the 61-point high-density reticular sensor.

Best Photo / Video Professional Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Selected for this year’s “Best Photo / Video Professional Camera” award, Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II flagship-model DSLR offers impressive specifications. The camera is equipped with an approximately 20.2 megapixel 35 mm full-frame Canon CMOS sensor and achieves high-speed continuous shooting of approximately 14 fps, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode. The TIPA judges noted that the Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors enable high-speed writing of up to 170 RAW images and 81 RAW+JPEG images per burst. Thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF, in which all of the CMOS sensor’s pixels include both imaging and the phase-difference detection AF functions, the EOS-1D X Mark II is capable of high-speed AF tracking. The camera features an improved 61-point viewfinder AF and an improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm, and also achieves 4K 60p video shooting, and Full HD 120 fps high frame rate image capture suitable for slow motion video capture. With the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8B, compatible with the new IEEE802.11ac wireless LAN standard, data can be sent wirelessly at high speeds across the 5 GHz band.

Best Easy Compact Camera: IXUS 285 HS

Crowning the IXUS 285 HS “Best Easy Compact Camera,” the TIPA judges declared, “Canon continues to offer pocketable yet full-featured compacts that offer many more options and higher photo quality than camera phones.” The camera sports a 12x optical zoom lens with built-in image stabilizer, a dedicated Wi-Fi button and NFC for enhanced connectivity, and a 3-inch LCD screen. It boasts an approximately 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor that achieves high image quality even in low-light environments. What’s more, it can capture 1080p Full HD video and, using Canon’s proprietary algorithm, can produce a “highlight reel” in camera from selected albums.

Best Expert Compact Camera: Canon PowerShot G5 X

Crowned “Best Expert Compact Camera,” Canon’s PowerShot G5 X features a 1-inch approximately 20.2 megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor that achieves an approximately 6 fps continuous shooting speed and Full HD video. The camera features a 24–100 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 4.2x optical zoom lens with a nine-blade iris and an aperture of f/1.8 at the wide-angle end and f/2.8 at the telephoto end that achieves rich tonal gradations and exceptional blur characteristics across the entire zoom range. The G5 X features an EVF (electronic viewfinder) with approximately 2.36 million dots and approximately 100% coverage that employs an organic EL (electroluminescent) panel and has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps. A built-in eye sensor, which has a range of approximately 22 mm, can even detect users wearing glasses and switches display from the EVF to the 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen. Additionally, the camera’s hot shoe is compatible with all Speedlite flashes in the EOS system.

Best Photo Printer: imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

“Combining the ease of desktop use and a 17-inch wide cut sheet printer with many features from Canon’s higher-end pro printer models,” the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 earned the title of TIPA’s “Best Photo Printer.” It incorporates a new twelve-color LUCIA PRO ink system, with eleven pigment inks, including the newly formulated Photo Black, and Chroma Optimizer. What’s more, Photo and Matte Black have their own nozzles, so no switching is needed between print jobs.

Equipped with the air feeding system found in Canon’s large-format imagePROGRAF inkjet printers, the PRO-1000 virtually eliminates paper skewing, regardless of paper weight and type, while also achieving more accurate ink placement. A new print head expels more ink droplets per second for more stable print performance, and print head-mounted sensors can detect clogs and automatically delegate printing responsibilities to other nozzles to prevent discoloration.

About the TIPA Awards

Held every year since 1991, the TIPA Awards recognize the best photo and imaging products announced during the previous 12 months based on such criteria as innovativeness, use of leading-edge technologies, design and ease-of-use. In 1992, Canon took home its first TIPA accolade for the EOS 100 SLR camera and, over 24 separate occasions since then, has been honored with TIPA awards for a total of 78 products and technologies.*

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Includes the EOS D2000, jointly developed with Eastman Kodak, winner of the 1998-1999 TIPA Best Pro Digital Camera award.

Canon patent for EF-M 9-18mm f/3.5-4.5 STM lens

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Something is moving in Canon’s EOS M department. Here we have another Canon patent for an EF-M lens,, a EF-M 9-18mm f/3.5-4.5 STM.

We already have an ultra wide-angle lens for the EOS M system, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Will the optic formula described in the Canon patent ever hit the market? Hard to say.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-54371
    • Published 2016.4.14
    • Filing date 2014.9.3
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 1.90
    • Wide-angle intermediate telephoto
    • Focal length 9.22 14.05 17.50
    • F-number 3.39 4.04 4.63
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 53.07 44.12 37.91
    • Image height 12.27 13.63 13.63
    • Overall length of the lens 89.68 83.60 86.84
    • BF 14.22 15.78 16.00
  • Canon patent
    • Upon correction of the distortion, providing a constraint on stretching amount at each image height
    • Properly set the curve shape of the distortion aberration
[via Egami]

Canon EOS 5D Mark III killer deal, EF 24-105mm f/4, Pro-100, Speedlite 430EX II, 32GB card, more – $2,750

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Killer Deal, EF 24-105mm F/4, Pro-100, Speedlite 430EX II, 32GB Card, More –  $2,750

Authorised Canon reseller Adorama has a very good deal on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. You get a bundle with:

  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash, USA,
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag, Slate Gray
  • Sandisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card -BULK IN JEWEL CASE

The bundle is on sale at  $2,749.88 after $350 mail-in rebate (info). If you are comfortable with MIRs then this deal is impossible to beat.

New speculations about Canon’s next announcement dates (EOS 5D Mark IV, 6D Mark II, M4)

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Some new suggestions about Canon’s next announcements surfaced on the web.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: announcement in August 2016, Release in September/October.
  • Canon EOS M (High end model): announcement in October 2016, Release in November/December.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II: announcement in February 2017, release in March/April.
  • Canon EOS M4: announcement in February 2017, release in March/April

Please note that some of the dates listed above have been adjusted around four or five times. The only announcement date that’s a safe bet is the EOS 5D Mark IV date. It’s very likely the EOS 5D Mark IV will be announced late Summer 2016, ready for Photokina in September. This got confirmed from my sources. The other dates are better taken with a grain and of salt, though an announcement of the EOS 6D Mark II in 2017 starts to appear to be likely.

It’s also suggested that the EOS 6D Mark II might have the same sensor resolution as the EOS 5D Mark IV, i.e. 24MP. We got somewhat different information and we are trying to learn more.

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D) Tutorial User’s Guide (video)

Canon Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D) Tutorial User’s Guide (video)

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) at a glance:

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.
  • ISO 100–6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®* and NFC** connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sitesand the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • 9-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF provide impressive autofocus performance with accurate results.
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.
  • Large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 920,000 dots shows fine details and provides easy viewing.
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode simplifies settings for users without extensive photography experience.
  • Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, settings and effects for easy operation.
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode for easy-to-use video capture.
  • Continuous shooting up to 3.0 fps to capture action shots.
  • Creative options made easy with imaging features like Basic+ and Creative Auto.
  • Creative Filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect help you capture everything with a new perspective.
  • Auto White Balance provides “white priority,” adjusting for the warmer tones under tungsten lighting.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.* Compatible with iOS® and Android™smartphone and tablets

Neat 30 minutes video by Jared Polin. It’s a tutorial video for the Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) , and it should answer all the questions you may have.

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