February 12, 2014
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Canon Powershot G1 X II Presentation By Ziv Koren (and Canon’s product video)

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A video presentation of the Canon G1 X II by Canon Ambassador of Light Ziv Koren was posted on Canon Germany‘s Youtube channel. The video is in English with German subtitles and is named “My city. My Camera”. Enjoy.

There is also the official, 5 minutes first look video presentation (below) of the Powershot G1 X II by CanonAustralia.

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced and can be pre-ordered for $799: AmazonB&H Photo | Adorama. Availability: April 2014.

Powershot G1 X II accessories:

  • Canon EVF-DC1 ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER for G1X Mark  II: B&H Photo
  • Canon WP-DC53 WATERPROOF CASE for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
  • Canon LH-DC80 LENS HOOD for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
  • Canon FA-DC58E FILTER ADAPTER for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo

Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo have landing pages with pre-order links for all the Canon Powershot cameras announced today.

February 12, 2014
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Rumor: Samyang Set To Produce Auto-Focus Lenses (and to change logo)

Photo Rumors reports a rumor that if true will change a lot of things. Samyang is rumored to start producing auto-focusing lenses. This would be great. Samyang (or Rokinon or Bower etc) is known to produce well made lenses with very good optical properties. Having AF on those lenses would be great!

Samyang is also rumored to show a new logo, that appears to have already leaked (see pic above).

[via PR]

February 12, 2014
Posted in News

More Powershot Cameras Announced By Canon (S200, ELPH 150 IS, 140 IS, 135)

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Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo have landing pages with pre-order links for all the Canon Powershot cameras announced today. For the Rebel T5/EOS 1200D see here.

Today Canon also announced the Powershot S200, ELPH 15o IS, ELPH 140 IS, and ELPH 135. It appears the Powershot S200 has been announced only for the European market (see Canon DE press release).

Canon press release:

Three New Super Sleek And Compact Canon PowerShot ELPH Digital Cameras Provide Superb Image Quality

New Pocket-size PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 Digital Cameras Feature High-Quality Optics, Outstanding Performance and HD Video Capabilities

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the addition of three new versatile and high-performance PowerShot digital cameras to its ELPH lineup. The ultra-compact PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 digital cameras are ideal for capturing sharp, high-quality images and video.

Each new PowerShot ELPH digital camera features a powerful zoom lens and image sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor providing clear, crisp and vivid images. In addition, all three cameras are equipped with a dedicated movie button, allowing users to quickly capture meaningful memories in 720p HD video.

Canon’s new PowerShot ELPH digital cameras are designed with ease-of-use in mind, enabling users to enhance their photography through a series of intuitive features. In Smart AUTO mode, each camera will analyze the scene at-hand and select the optimal camera setting. ECO mode can reduce battery consumption by dimming and eventually turning off the LCD screen when not in use, helping to increase the number of shots and time capturing video in-between charging cycles. In addition, the convenient Help Button offers a quick and easy way to uncover the potential of each camera by explaining the functionality of various settings and features.

“These new PowerShot ELPH cameras are ideal for those individuals who realize that their everyday moments are worth capturing on a dedicated digital camera that delivers stunning image quality,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

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February 12, 2014
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Canon Announces New 30x Compact Camera and World’s Deepest Waterproof Camera

 

Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo have landing pages with pre-order links for all the Canon Powershot cameras announced today. For the Rebel T5/EOS 1200D see here.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS (available in March 2014)

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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS – black $349 – Adorama | B&H Photo

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS – red $349 – Adorama | B&H Photo

 

Canon PowerShot D30 underwater digital camera (available in April 2014)

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Canon PowerShot D30 underwater digital camera – $329 – Adorama | B&H Photo

Canon press release:

Canon Announces a New Super-Zoom PowerShot Digital Camera and a New Waterproof PowerShot Digital Camera

The New, Super-Zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and Waterproof PowerShot D30 Digital Cameras Deliver Outstanding Performance and Versatility

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of the new super-zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and the adventure-ready, waterproof PowerShot D30 to the PowerShot line of compact digital cameras.

The stylish and pocket-sized PowerShot SX700 HS camera features an impressive 30x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-750mm zoom range), built-in Wi-Fi®, and Near Field Communication (NFC™)1 capabilities helping to ensure high-quality images can be captured and easily shared. This focal range will allow a user to be able to photograph a flower that is close but also have the zoom to capture an image of wildlife that is in the distance – all in a compact camera. The new PowerShot D30 camera is the world’s deepest waterproof camera*, allowing for shooting up to 82 feet below sea level. This ready-for-adventure camera is also shockproof and cold and heat resistant. Both cameras produce breathtaking low-light images and offer 1080p full high-definition video so moving and still images can be clearly captured in many different environments.

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February 12, 2014
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Canon Powershot G1 X II and Accessories Available For Pre-Order

Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo have landing pages with pre-order links for all the Canon Powershot cameras announced today. For the Rebel T5/EOS 1200D see here.

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced can be pre-ordered for $799: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama. Availability: April 2014.

Powershot G1 X II accessories:

  • Canon EVF-DC1 ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER for G1X Mark  II: B&H Photo
  • Canon WP-DC53 WATERPROOF CASE for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
  • Canon LH-DC80 LENS HOOD for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
  • Canon FA-DC58E FILTER ADAPTER for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo

First view at dpreview.

The core specs:

  • 12.8MP High-Sensitivity 1.5″ CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-120mm f/2-3.9 (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • High Speed AF and 5.2 fps Shooting
  • HS SYSTEM and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Dual Control Rings and 14-Bit RAW

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera Featuring Enhanced Optics, Wireless Connectivity and Creative Shooting Options for Professionals and Photo Enthusiasts

Canon’s Latest G-series Digital Camera Features a New Type of 1.5-Inch CMOS Sensor, 5x Zoom Lens, Wi-Fi® and NFC™ Capabilities, Full HD and A Three-Inch Touch Tilt LCD Screen 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Building upon the success of the PowerShot G1 X digital camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled its new flagship PowerShot G1 X Mark II, a digital camera designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7″ sensor found in professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. It features a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, made by Canon, allowing for optimum performance with an ISO range of 100-12800. This sensor, combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, comprises the Canon HS SYSTEM resulting in faster autofocusing speeds over the PowerShot G1 X camera, allowing photographers to capture detailed, vivid images even in low-light conditions.

Featuring a newly-developed f/2.0 – f/3.9, 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent 24-120mm zoom range) with Dual Control Rings, this new camera provides customized zooming and focus-functionality similar to a DSLR camera. With this wide of an aperture, photographers have the ability to isolate their subjects by separating them from a background that is blurred. This gives more control and creative possibilities when using a PowerShot camera. The Dual Control Rings include a Step Ring to adjust various customizable settings and a Continuous Ring to make focusing adjustments during manual focus, as well as additional customizable settings for manual shooting. The new lens also features a nine-blade aperture to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at full-zoom range.

“The new high-end PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera delivers incredible, professional-level shooting capabilities in a compact camera body making it the ideal second camera for DSLR shooters,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “In addition, with the introduction of advanced wireless capabilities such as NFC and enhanced low-light shooting and autofocusing, the G1 X Mark II is a well-rounded professional-level camera that allows photographers to get creative.”

Improved Operation and Performance

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with a new type of Canon-made, 1.5-inch CMOS sensor to help achieve optimal performance from low to high ISO speeds. It has a default aspect ratio of 3:2 which is the same ratio the advanced user has come to expect when shooting with a DSLR camera. If the photographer wants to switch to a 4:3 ratio, it can be done without impacting the field of view.

The new PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera uses 31 Auto Focus (AF) points, compared to the PowerShot G1 X camera that uses nine AF points, resulting in improved autofocus capabilities allowing the user to easily compose the image and focus on a specific subject in the frame. Utilizing the bright, capacitive touch, three-inch tilt LCD on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera helps provide flexibility in shooting by tilting 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is also compatible with Canon’s new optional electronic viewfinder that mounts to the hot shoe. A new optional grip* will also be available for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera. These accessories are ideal for photographers looking for the feel of a DSLR camera with the portability of a point-and-shoot camera.

Seamless Connectivity

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology, so users can share still images and videos online quickly and easily using compatible mobile devices.1 Using the Mobile Device Connect button, users can connect to a smartphone, a tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY 2 through the cloud. For even easier connectivity, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera introduces Near Field Communication (NFC™)** – a first for Canon’s G-series cameras – so transferring photos to a compatible Android™ device can be simple and intuitive. This digital camera’s new remote shooting feature also allows the user to sync the G1 X Mark II with a smartphone or tablet and utilize the shutter, optical zoom and self-timer features from that device.

Extensive Shooting Modes

Ideal for portrait photography, the camera’s Background Defocus mode softens the background behind a subject to help users create professional-looking portraits. In addition, simply pressing the camera’s dedicated movie button allows photographers to capture 1080p Full HD video with ease. And, as commonly found in most DSLR cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera has a full range of shooting and recording modes, including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, for outstanding creative control.

Unique to Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera features Advanced Star Mode with four options to capture images of starry night skies with impeccable quality. The “Star Portrait” and “Star Nightscape” modes help capture the radiance of stars while still allowing you to capture the subject. The “Star Trails” mode captures video trails of stars to turn trails into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time Lapse Movie” mode will shoot images of star movement and then combine the images to make a film that shows the movement of the stars, creating a truly stunning video.

Availability

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera will be available starting in April for a retail price of $799.99.

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February 12, 2014
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Canon Rebel T5/EOS 1200D Available For Pre-Order

Rebel T5

Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo have landing pages with pre-order links for all the Canon Powershot cameras announced today.

Canon Rebel T5/EOS 1200D has been officially announced and is available for pre-order for $549 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama. Availibility: March 2014.

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Included
  • Digic 4 Image Processor
  • Full HD 1080p Video
  • 3″ LCD Screen
  • 100-6400 ISO
  • 9-Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

Rebel T5/EOS 1200D first impression at techradar

Canon press release:

The New, Easy-To-Use Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Provides Photographers with High Image Quality and Full HD Video Capture

Ideal for Entry-level Digital SLR Users, the New EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Helps Users Confidently Capture Outstanding Still and Video Images

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera – the latest model in the company’s popular EOS Rebel lineup. The new camera provides entry-level photographers with an affordable way to take their imaging skills to the next level. Incorporating an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS Rebel T5 camera delivers improved functionality with the speed and high quality needed to create impressive images – even in low light.

The new EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR camera offers users an extensive ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) to accommodate shooting situations from bright, natural outdoor lighting to dimly lit indoor settings. The camera can also automatically lock-in on moving subjects with ease using the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s nine-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point). With help from the AI Servo AF, users can benefit from the camera’s outstanding autofocus capabilities. The new EOS Rebel T5 camera also offers a continuous shooting mode of up-to three frames per second (fps) to help photographers capture the action at children’s activities, sporting events and more. Images can then be easily viewed on the camera’s large three-inch LCD monitor.

“The EOS Rebel T5 camera is designed for entry-level DSLR photographers looking to expand their creative options and advance their photography skills,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The improved functionality of this new EOS Rebel camera will help them do just that as it intelligently guides users on how to pinpoint their perfect shot and capture high-quality images and videos worth sharing.”

Detailed, High-Quality Images

Photo enthusiasts can capture high-quality images that are true-to-life in color, sharpness and contrast with the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting is also made easy thanks to the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s Intelligent Auto mode that helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection, especially useful for shooting at night.

The Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T5 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as other accessories like the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Ideal for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units.

Full HD Video Capture

The camera’s Full HD Movie mode helps make shooting high-quality 1080p movies simple. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, as well as in-camera editing.

Intuitive Design and Full Creative Control

The new EOS Rebel T5 camera offers a full creative feature set – providing a variety of effects and settings to enhance photographs and video. Whether adding contrast for a more dramatic effect or boosting exposure for additional brightness, Canon’s EOS Rebel T5 camera will guide users on how to hone their photo editing skills and view their original photographs from a new visual perspective. The camera features fun, creative filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect enabling photographers to expand their creativity.

The EOS lineup is known for its easy-to-operate, intuitive camera models that deliver high-quality images. Canon’s latest DSLR camera offers advanced imaging features such as Basic+ and Creative Auto to direct entry-level photo enthusiasts through making camera setting adjustments. The camera’s built-in Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, setting and effects for easy operation no matter what the shooting situation. This function is designed to guide and educate first-time users on the EOS camera settings, and will also intelligently provide recommendations while shooting in certain settings.

Availability

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

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