Canon EOS M3 Underwater Housing announced (Nauticam NA-EOSM3)

Nauticam announced their underwater housing for the Canon EOS M3, the Nauticam NA-EOSM3. Details and Specifications:

  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Dimensions: 195mm W x 127 mm H x 104 mm D
  • Weight: 1.09kg
  • Model Number: 17322
  • USA Retail Price: $1450

Press release [via Dive Photo Guide]

Announcing Nauticam Support for Canon EOS M3
A full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon MIL flagship.

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of the NA-EOSM3, the newest offering in the largest lineup of precision aluminum underwater camera housings available today.

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Canon EOS 6D deal – $1,049 (reg. $1,399)

Canon EOS 6D Deal – $1,049 (reg. $1,399)

Top Rated Plus eBay seller RedTagCamera (99.9% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale at $1,049 (body only). Compare at $1,399. Free shipping in the US. A bundle with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS is also available at $1,599 (you have to select the bundle from a drop-down list). Please note: this is likely a grey import item.

Enthusiast-grade EOS M4 and new EF-M lenses coming, says Canon’s Masaya Maeda (8K, 4K, 120MP & 250MP sensors, new EF-S lenses, high-end inkjet printers coming soon, and much more)

Enthusiast-grade EOS M4 And New EF-M Lenses Coming, Says Canon’s Masaya Maeda (8K, 4K, 120MP & 250MP Sensors, New EF-S Lenses, High-end Inkjet Printers Coming Soon, And Much More)

Imaging Resource posted a long and revealing interview with Mr. Masaya Maeda, Senior Managing Director and Chief Executive of Canon Inc’s Image Communication Products Operations. The interview was taken at Canon Expo 2015 in NYC.

One of the things you can read in the interview is that Canon will soon release a new line of high-end inkjet printers. According to Mr. Maeda, this may happen very soon. There is also talk about Canon’s strategy in the lens department. All the new lenses released in the last 5 years have been engineered with the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R in mind. Mr. Maeda talks about 8K and 4K, the 120MP and 250MP sensors, reveals that new EF-S lenses will be announced.

Obviously, there is a question about Canon’s plans with mirrorless technology.

Q: […[ What is Canon’s strategy relative to mirrorless, and are you in any danger of being left behind in that market? Many competitors have not just a range of bodies, but a very large collection of lenses for them, as well.

Masaya Maeda: As I mentioned before when I talked about lenses, for all of the products, we are working from the top of the pyramid. Going forward […] we will put more effort into mirrorless, and also, naturally, we will continue to expand the EF-M lens group. In the very near future, I think that Canon will come out with a mirrorless camera that you would really like.

Masaya Maeda: I promise.

Sounds a bit like a deja vu to me (thanks lw). Another interesting question regards Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

Q: […] Dual Pixel CMOS AF has had a huge impact on autofocus performance, especially for video. We understand that it’s also a very expensive technology to manufacture. Can the cost come down as you gain more experience in manufacturing, or will it always cost quite a bit more than conventional sensors? And is there a chance we would eventually see it in Rebel-class cameras? Dual Pixel would especially benefit EOS M, where you don’t have the separate phase-detect system; is cost the overriding reason we haven’t seen it there?

Masaya Maeda: You are exactly right here. In the future, I would really want to introduce the Dual Pixel CMOS AF on projects in the Rebel-class cameras. We’re working on that.

An EOS M4 camera with Dual Pixel AF on board would make a huge difference. There is a lot more in the interview with Mr. Masaya Maeda.

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What did we learn from Canon Expo 2015 in NYC?

What Did We Learn From Canon Expo 2015 In NYC?

First and foremost: It’s Canon to decide when we shall know what they are doing in their labs, and what will go into production in the next 2-3 years. Canon gave us more clues during Canon Expo 2015 than we were able to collect through rumors in the last year. So much about rumors.

So, what can we learn from Canon Expo 2015?

  1. The 120MP full-frame sensor, working in a prototype DSLR, is in an advanced stadium of development. Good enough to showcase it to the public and to let people play around with it. It’s safe to assume that Canon will release a full-frame DSLR with such a sensor around 2018. No one saw it come. Educated thougths about Canon’s upcoming full-frame 120MP DSLR at PetaPixel.
  2. A development version of Canon Connect Station was on display. This version can wirelessly charge a camera. It’s pretty obvious to assume that Canon will soon produce cameras that can be charged wirelessly. No one saw it come. More about this is here.
  3. Canon is clearly committed to being the leader in sensor tech & development. Stuff like the ISO 4.5M camera and the 250MP APS-H sensor may be prototypes, but they are working prototypes. Taking in account how conservative Canon is, if a piece of gear is showcased that way, it means something. There were some patents in the past, but no one saw it clearly come. More about the 250MP sensor here. Info about the ISO 4.5M camera are here and here.
  4. Canon is researching and investing in Virtual Reality technologies. While not being directly related to photography, this is a domain where a company that’s leading the camera industry can play well. More about Canon’s VR projects here.
  5. Canon clearly thinks further than 4K, researching and developing professional 8K video systems. It appears (to me, at least) that Canon thinks 4K is not worth the effort, 8K comes soon. This is pure speculation, however. More info here.
  6. Canon has the skills and guts, and the labs, to develop what they think is worth to be researched and developed. Few understand that technology never is just the hype of the moment. If taken seriously, technology that’s worth the efforts is always a long term affair. Canon and Fuji understand it, Sony not.

Maybe the best lesson we learned from Canon Expo 2015 is that all the Canon rumors mean very little at the end of the day. If it wasn’t for the Canon Expo, most of the stuff listed above would still be unknown to us.

No company nor technology are 100% perfect, but do not tell me that Canon is not innovating. There was more trendsetting at Canon Expo 2015 than we saw in the last 3 years from all other companies in this industry.

Btw, the next Canon Expo will be in Paris, in less than a month. Your thoughts and comments are welcome…