Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM DxOMarked (very good optical performance)

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM DxOMarked (very Good Optical Performance)

DxOMark published their lab results for the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens:

After revamping the original Mark I version with a noticeably lower build, including a plastic mount and no AF distance scale, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II model really didn’t add Canon anything to its reputation as a premium lens maker. It had one redeeming quality, though: its image quality was really very good. The new STM version doesn’t quite match the recently-updated Nikon AFS Nikkor 50mm f1/.8G in its aspirations or price (the Nikkor is available now for around $220); however, Canon has enhanced the look and feel and replaced the old micro-motor with a stepper type. Best of all, the image quality is practically identical and at $129, it remains a steal. Read the review.

Canon developing high-sensitivity network camera that realizes high visibility even for long-range nighttime surveillance

Canon Developing High-sensitivity Network Camera That Realizes High Visibility Even For Long-range Nighttime Surveillance

TOKYO, September 2, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company is developing a high-sensitivity network camera equipped with a fast high-magnification lens capable of long-range color image capture even at night, making possible the viewing of subjects that the naked eye would have trouble discerning.

Amid ever-increasing safety and security concerns, a growing need for advances in surveillance systems has fueled demand for high-performance network cameras capable of clearly recording visual data night and day for such applications as urban surveillance and the monitoring of important infrastructure facilities.

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Canon Powershot G3 X field test by Imaging Resource

Canon Powershot G3 X Field Test By Imaging Resource
  • 20.2 MP 1 inch CMOS sensor
  • 25x, f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens, 24-600mm equivalent
  • ISO 125-12800
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 1080p Full HD and Expanded Movie Options
  • Built in Wi-Fi and NFC for instant sharing

Imaging Resource posted a very exhaustive review of the PowerShot G3 X.

From the conclusion:

The Canon PowerShot G3 X delivers high quality images across an impressive range of ISO speeds. With an excellent 24-600mm lens, the G3X offers a focal length range that its direct competitors can’t match at this time. The large touchscreen display is sharp and is an acceptable alternative to a viewfinder in many, but not all, situations. The G3X does many things well and has a lot to offer, but it is not without its drawbacks. The G3X’s autofocus performance excels in good conditions but disappoints in lower light. Despite having an excellent focal length for wildlife images, the slow continuous RAW shooting and less than impressive continuous autofocus hampers the G3X’s ability to capture action, particularly at longer focal lengths.

The review comes with sample pics, high ISO tests, and more. The G3 X is a solid performer, and this review confirms it. It’s just a bit expensive in my opinion, selling at $999.

Canon PowerShot G3 X price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 7D Mark III appears on Canon Austria site (but it’s a typo)

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Appears On Canon Austria Site (but It’s A Typo)

Canon EOS 7D Mark III is mentioned on Canon Austria’s site (see pic above) for a cash back action. Don’t get too excited, it is clearly a typo. The EOS 7D Mark II was announced in 2014, and it took Canon 5 years to replace the EOS 7D. Don’t expect an EOS 7D Mark III announcement soon. There will be an EOS 7D Mark III, but in years 🙂

Canon developing 4K projector that combines high brightness with compact, lightweight body

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TOKYO, September 1, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing an LCOS projector capable of displaying 5,000 lumen video and still images at a resolution of 4,096 x 2,400 pixels, a level of definition that surpasses the 4,096 x 2,160 pixel-resolution of 4K digital cinema.

Tracing its beginnings to the movie industry, 4K-resolution content has been gaining traction in the broadcasting industry. Amid ongoing advances in image quality and definition made possible by the introduction of a growing number of 4K production tools, Canon is leveraging its proprietary optical technologies to make its entry into the 4K projector market in 2016.

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