Canon Powershot G3 X review (Camera Labs)

Canon Powershot G3 X Review (Camera Labs)

Camera Labs felt the pulse of Canon’s Powershot G3 X, the company’s first compact camera with a big sensor (1″) and a big zoom (25x). The  PowerShot G3 X sells for $999, and reviews aren’t all positive so far. The main winning point of the G3 X is the zoom range.

With a fixed lens model like the Canon G3X, the zoom range is all important and Canon is the clear winner here with a 25x optical zoom with an equivalent range of 25-600mm. The Lumix FZ1000 has a 16x / 25-400mm range, while Sony’s RX10 (Mark I and II) has an 8.3x / 24-200mm range. So the Canon G3X outguns them both, reaching three times longer than the Sony and half as far again as the Lumix. There’s one caveat here though and that’s where video is concerned. The Lumix FZ1000’s 4K UHD video mode takes a crop from the sensor which reduces the field of view, effectively zooming you in a little further. Fully zoomed in in 4K mode the field of view on the FZ1000 almost matches that of the G3X at its 600mm maximum telephoto in 1080p video modes. Head over to Camera Labs for the review.

The Canon Powershot G3 X is shipping at $999 in the USA: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.

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

Specs:

  • 20.2 MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 25x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.6 IS Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.2″ 1.62M-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
  • Full HD Video at 60p; HDMI Output
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12,800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Control Ring, Wheel, and Physical Dials

Canon announces 7 new wireless PIXMA printers

Canon Announces 7 New Wireless PIXMA Printers

Canon also announced AirPrint support for the new PIXMA printers (pre-order at Adorama).

Press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Seven New PIXMA Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printers

New features include improved initial set-up time, direct printing from Instagram and new ink formula

MELVILLE, N.Y., August, 18, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced enhanced printers for its PIXMA printer line: the PIXMA MG7720, the PIXMA MG6800 series and the MG5700 series of Wireless1 Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printers. Ideal for high-quality photo and document printing and creative applications, each model can connect to wireless networks easier than in the past for quick printing from the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY2 application with compatible mobile and tablet devices. Catering to the wants and needs of the everyday user, each model can also be used to create additional copies and scan important documents for archiving purposes as well. All of the printers utilize new genuine Canon inks, which provide deeper blacks and more vivid reds in photos for easy printing at home, and provide more visual impact for printing documents on plain paper than previous models.

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Nauticam announce underwater housing for Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R

Nauticam Announce Underwater Housing For Canon EOS 5Ds And EOS 5Ds R

Want to take your new Canon EOS 5Ds or EOS 5Ds R up to 100m deep under the sea? Nauticam announced underwater housings for both models.

  • Dimensions: 358mm (W) x 187mm (H) x 135mm (D)
  • Weight: 2.80kg , 2.65kg without ball mounts and handle brackets
  • Depth rating: 100m
  • Price: $3,600
  • Availability: August 25, 2015

Press release [via DPG]:

The Nauticam Housing for the Highest Resolution SLR to Date

Nauticam is pleased to introduce the latest in it’s acclaimed line of underwater camera housings, the NA-5DSR. This housing incorporates the latest innovations from the renowned Nauticam design team, and pairs it with the extraordinary Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R cameras. An astonishing 50 megapixels underwater will bring back images that were simply impossible previously.

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Canon patent for 10-120mm f/1.8 lens for 1″ sensor camera

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Canon filed a patent for a 10-120mm f/1.8 lens for an 1″ sensor. This patent makes you think about the XC10, Canon recently announced professional camcorder with an 1″ sensor. Might this patent refer to a replacement, or to another model? I can’t say for the time being. The XC10 has a 27.3-273mm focal range equivalent, and the fastest aperture is f/2.8.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-75523
    • Published 2015.4.20
    • Filing date 2013.10.7
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 11.54
    • Focal length 10.21 56.31 117.88
    • F-number 1.87 1.79 1.78
    • Half angle (in degrees) 38.07 8.09 3.88
    • Image height 8.00
    • Overall length of the lens 555.0
    • BF 16.56
  • Canon patents
    • 5-group zoom of positive and negative TadashiTadashiTadashi
    • Inner focus (part of the first group)
    • Inner zoom
[via Egami]

 

Canon EOS-1D X firmware 2.0.8 spotted in the field

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0.8 Spotted In The Field

A user of the German forum DForum sent his EOS-1D X in for maintenance, and got it back with firmware version 2.0.8. The latest official firmware for the EOS-1D X is 2.0.7

This happens often. Customer sent in their cameras for various maintenance task and get it back with a newer firmware. Usually this can be interpreted that the new firmware will soon be released. At the time of writing it is not known which bug fixes or new features come with firmware 2.0.8. The user who got the EOS-1D X back with firmware 2.0.8 didn’t find any differences, so it may be safe to assume that it is mainly a bug fix, or that compatibility with new lenses is introduced.

The EOS-1D X replacement, the EOS-1D X Mark II, is rumored to be announced towards the end of 2015. However, though this has been often rumored in the last months, it is still in the realm of speculation. I give an EOS-1D Mark II announcement in 2015 a chance of 50%-60%. In Q1 2016, we expect Canon to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 6D Mark II.

Stay tuned…