Canon unveils new VIXIA HF G40 and three new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders

Canon Unveils New VIXIA HF G40 And Three New VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces New VIXIA HF G40 And Three New VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders

Advanced Sensor Performance of the New VIXIA G40 Camcorder Provides New Creative Possibilities for Advanced Amateur Videographers; Improved Operability of New VIXIA R-Series Camcorders Makes Recording Special Family Moments Easier Than Ever

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, has updated the VIXIA HF G and R-Series lineup of camcorders with four new models announced today, the VIXIA HF G40, VIXIA HF R72, VIXIA HF R70, and the VIXIA HF R700 camcorders.

Featuring more evolved professional-level features than its predecessor, the new VIXIA HF G40 records 1080/60p Full HD in MP4 and AVCHD and features a Canon Full HD System including a genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens to cover a broad range of shooting opportunities, a new advanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor for improved low-light performance, and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor for superb imaging performance. The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature a 57x Advanced Zoom Lens and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and record 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps). In addition, the VIXIA HF R72 and R70 camcorders feature Near Field Communication (NFC™) connectivity allowing users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends by connecting easily to a compatible smartphone, tablet1 or NFC enabled computer.

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder 
The new VIXIA HF G40 camcorder is the ideal tool for advanced amateur filmmakers, wedding videographers and student reporters. Featuring a genuine wide-angle Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens and advanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor, identical to the one found in Canon’s XA35 and XA30 professional camcorders, this new camcorder provides excellent image quality especially in low-light situations.

The VIXIA G40 camcorder’s Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization five-axis system provides users with powerful image stabilization via a Dynamic mode to help reduce image distortion even when shooting while walking, as well as a convenient auto on/off feature. The ergonomically designed and highly portable VIXIA HF G40 features a 3.5–inch OLED touch panel screen with 10,000:1 contrast ratio and tilting, user-friendly, high resolution color Electronic View Finder (EVF). Advanced display features include Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone. The VIXIA HF G40 camcorder records 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 to dual card SD card slots with dual and relay recording and can record in slow and fast motion interval from 2x to 1200x.  The VIXIA HF G40 is also equipped with Linear PCM audio recording2 and Audio Scene Select.

A new “Looks” setting has been added for easy access to creative imaging effects such as Highlight Priority Gamma and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma. Highlight Priority video-recording mode helps users achieve the same effects as HDR making it possible to capture visual characteristics that might otherwise be lost due to video compression. This allows for the creation of video that can realistically convey the three-dimensional feel of blue skies and clouds, the translucence of water and the luster of metals. Drawing from technologies employed in Canon’s Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, the camcorder’s new Wide DR Gamma mode achieves a dynamic range that has been expanded to 600 percent compared to the 300 percent on the predecessor Canon VIXIA HF G30 model. This mode helps minimize the occurrence of under- and over-exposed areas to help create smooth color gradations, even when shooting in environments that tend to produce under- and over-exposed regions, such as those with drastic differences in lighting conditions. To help facilitate better focus ability and clearer, more pristine images, the camcorder features High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist.

The VIXIA HF G40 camcorder features full manual control and provides shooters with the ability to assign buttons on the camcorder for a custom shooting experience. The camcorder also includes a high-capacity battery, connectivity to various inputs and outputs and a mini advanced accessory shoe allowing users to easily attach accessories. In addition, the camcorder is compatible with the optional WM-V1 wireless microphone.

Canon VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders—feature improved battery life. 
Updated for 2016, the new line of VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders is ideal for families who want to capture life’s precious moments. Each model is equipped with a 57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Canon Image Sensor, DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, and a 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with increased brightness and new user interface for easy menu navigation and simple viewing of videos. The VIXIA HF R-Series line of camcorders is the ideal mix of high image quality, value and convenience.

The VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature an improved Zoom Framing Assist setting that is available in both auto and manual mode, making it easier to accurately track and capture subjects, even while they are moving. Shooters can record 1080/60p FULL HD video to both MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) and dual recording allows for saving to both formats simultaneously. Slow and Fast motion recording is available allowing shooters to record fast motion at up to 1200x and slow motion at 0.5x.

The VIXIA HF R-series camcorders provide users with a variety of internal memory options. The VIXIA R72 allows users to record up to 12 hours of video to a 32GB internal flash drive, while the VIXIA R70 allows users to record up to six hours of video to a 16BG internal flash drive, increased from three hours and 8GB of internal memory of its predecessor. All of the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders allow for recording to a removable SD card and feature dual card slots for relay recording.

Featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities, the VIXIA HF R72 and VIXIA HF R70 camcorders expand shooting options for filming important moments while simultaneously providing remote monitoring capabilities. Utilizing Wi-Fi and the free Canon CameraAccess Plus App1, users can easily share recorded video or live stream remotely from a compatible Android or iOS device that allows the user to control certain camera functions like record and zooming. The optional Camera Pan Table CT-V1 base accessory can be attached to the bottom of both the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders, which enables users to remotely pan the camcorder up to 200 degrees to the left or right, allowing them to act as baby monitors or security cameras. With the free Canon Movie Uploader App2 sharing videos with family and friends is easy. Available on the iOS platform, this app allows users to send video directly to a compatible smartphone or tablet for online sharing. For Android devices, the free Remote Browse App allows users to preview or download files to a compatible smartphone, tablet, or PC when using a web browser. Once both devices are wirelessly connected, users can download or instantly playback their videos without the need for an application or other software. In addition, built-in down conversion creates MP4 files for even easier sharing on the web. The new Canon VIXIA HF R72 and R70 camcorders are compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device which provides users with the ability to wirelessly transfer videos for storage via Wi-Fi® or NFC™.

For more creative videos, these camcorders allow users to customize a video by selecting from five Cinema Look filter effects which can be applied during or after filming. While in Audio Scene Select mode, users can select from eight predetermined audio modes that adjust and optimize audio settings based on the shooting conditions. Additionally, Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) allows shooters to choose from four different modes to help optimize IS for that particular shooting condition. The built-in microphone/headphone terminal provides users with the flexibility to record using an auxiliary microphone or listen to what they’re recording with headphones. All of the new Canon VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature the new high-capacity BP-727 battery for up to 180 minutes of recording time on a single charge and a file lock function that helps to safeguard against mistakenly deleting files from the camcorder.

The Canon VIXIA HF G40 camcorder is scheduled to be available February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,299.993. The VIXIA HF R72, VIXIA HF R70, and VIXIA HF R700 camcorders will be available in February 2016 for estimated retail prices of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively3. For more information please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/camcorders/consumer/vixia.

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Here they are: Canon announces five new Powershot Cameras to enhance the joy of shooting

Here They Are: Canon Announces Five New Powershot Cameras To Enhance The Joy Of Shooting

Canon press release (German text here):

Canon U.S.A. Announces Five New PowerShot Digital Cameras Designed To Enhance The Joy Of Shooting

New Additions Include Super-Zoom Models Ideal for Avid Travelers as well as Stylish and Compact Go Anywhere, Any Time Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Built to deliver high-quality images and HD video and featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and NFCTM connectivity for easy sharing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its super-zoom PowerShot SX lineup – the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS digital cameras. Also announced are three new stylish and compact additions to the Company’s PowerShot ELPH series, the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS, PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital cameras as well as PowerShot ELPH 180, all housed within slim bodies that can easily fit in a pocket or purse.

Experiencing the power of a printed image is also easy when users connect and print to a Canon wirelessiiprinter, like the Canon PIXMA MG7720. And for even more convenience, the cameras are compatible with the new Canon Connect Station CS100 – a dedicated device for easy image and video viewing, sharing and storage.

PowerShot SX540 HS Camera 
The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera builds on the features included in the PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera. The PowerShot SX540 HS has a powerful 50x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1200mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. It features a new 20.3-Megapixeliii High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor that helps deliver high resolution combined with stunning low-light performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM technology. The new camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video at an improved rate of up to 60 frames-per-second in MP4 format with stereo sound. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera has an improved advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature that intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to identify the main subject of the shot, even when the subject is moving. It also features a lock button option for quick and accurate subject tracking. Additionally, its new Story Highlights feature automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 461,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle. Its Hybrid Auto mode records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $399.99iv.

PowerShot SX420 IS 
Based on the successful PowerShot SX410 IS model, the PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera features an improved powerful 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM technology. The 20.0- Megapixeliii sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality. Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations, and 720p HD video capture in MP4 format.

The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera also features Scene modes such as Fisheye effect, Toy Camera effect and Monochrome, which provide creative freedom to capture your photos. While taking these creative photos, Eco mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 230,000 dots) allows for easy operation and sharing. The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $299.99iv.

PowerShot ELPH 360HS
The PowerShot ELPH 360HS is slim and stylish, boasting a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer that helps capture images with flexibility and ease. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM . The 20.2-Megapixelii CMOS sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality even in low light. The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera also captures spectacular 1080p Full HD video.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen allows for easy viewing and the Hybrid Auto feature records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. Story Highlights mode automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $209.99 iv and will be available in silver and purple.

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS 
The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 20-Megapixeliii CCD sensor. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFCTM technology. The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life.

The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $159.99iv and will be available in black, red and blue.

PowerShot ELPH 180 
The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with an 8x optical zoom lens and 20-Megapixeliii CCD sensor. The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life. It also includes the Auto Zoom feature that automatically zooms in to frame subjects and keep them in focus.

The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $119.99iv and will be available in silver and red.

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8K coming to Canon Cinema products in 2016 (C500 Mark II), and to Canon DSLRs in 2017 [CW4]

8K Coming To Canon Cinema Products In 2016 (C500 Mark II), And To Canon DSLRs In 2017 [CW4]

This comes from a reliable source, and was told to me through a phone call. The source works for an international television broadcasting station that is already testing 8K video equipment.

I’ve been told (thanks) that Canon will feature 8K video recording on an upcoming Cinema EOS camera. The most likely candidate is the Canon C500 Mark II, expected somewhere in Summer 2016. It’s unlikely that there will be other or new Canon Cinema products set to be announced in 2016. The Canon C500 features 4K, so it is not unlikely that Canon’s next step will be 8K.

The more interesting part of this rumor is that Canon is planning to feature 8K also on their high-end DSLRs in 2017. So, not on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, which we expect to get announced in the next months. For the time being I can not tell what Canon DSLR it will be. The EOS-1D X Mark II is Canon’s new DSLR flagship and for sure there will not be an EOS-1D X Mark III in 2017.

Does this mean there will be a new high-end Canon DSLR in 2017? Sounds a bit odd but it is possible. There is no high-end Canon DSLR I expect to get replaced in 2017. The EOS 5D Mark IV (might have a different name) and EOS-1D X Mark II replacements are expected for 2016.

Canon Powershot G5 X review (ephotozine)

Canon Powershot G5 X Review (ephotozine)

ephotozine reviewed the Canon PowerShot G5 X, a compact camera with an 1″ sensor and a lot of manual controls. It’s also a camera that is getting much attention from review sites. From ephotozine’s conclusion:

With a solid metal body and good handling the camera has the look of a mini Digital SLR, the camera has a number of advanced features which is to be expected of a serious compact camera, including full manual controls, raw shooting, and a flash hot-shoe. With a number of control rings (two on the front, and one on the back), and a dedicated exposure compensation dial, the camera is also easy to use, letting you quickly and easily change settings. You can also customise a number of controls, as well as what options are displayed when you use the Q (Quick) menu button. The camera can also be controlled using the touch-screen, however unlike the G9 X, there are still a number of external controls meaning you can use either the screen or the buttons. Read the review…

A reader wrote in the comment section of another featured Powershot G5 X review that he wished this was the body of the EOS M3. Couldn’t agree more.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon PowerShot G5 X core specs:

  • 20.2MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Multi-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Manual Control Dials, Star Shooting Mode

How to create dramatic black & white photos with Lightroom presets

This is a very good tutorial by Serge Ramelli on YouTube about how to create impressive black and white photos with Adobe Lightroom. Ramelli starts with the basic adjustments for B&W images. After that you will see how to use gradient filters and how to break the gradient by using radial gradient filters. All the tricks shown can then be saved as a preset for future editing tasks. The tutorial is for both experienced Lightroom users as well as for beginners.

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Canon patent for EF 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for full-frame DSLR

24-300mm f/3.5-5.6

Canon patent for a EF 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens for full-frame sensors. The patent description doesn’t mention image stabilisation (IS), so it’s unlikely this will be the replacement for the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS (announced 2001).

As usual, a filed patent doesn’t mean the described gear will necessarily hit the market. On the other hand, this may just be a patent on the way to the replacement for the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, and we could soon see another patent for a similar optical formula and with added IS.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-215438
    • Published 2015.12.3
    • Filing date 2014.5.9
  • Example
    • Focal length 24.70 101.33 292.01
    • Fno 3.50 4.59 5.87
    • ω (degrees) 41.22 12.05 4.24
    • Image height 21.64 21.64 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 202.71 232.50 288.71
    • BF 38.78 43.69 75.66

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