January 7, 2014
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Canon Powershot N100 Hands-On (engadget)

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Canon Powershot N100
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Announced yesterday, Canon’s new concept camera, the dual camera enabled Powershot N100 got its first hands-on review by engadget (with a 2min hands-on video). The N100 in some way follows the Powershot N. The N100 has a tiltable display, WiFi and NFC, and a rear facing camera (dual capture) to get a unique perspective on your life (and your life as photographer). The back camera is named “Story Camera” by Canon: “with the innovative and new Dual Capture mode, users can simultaneously capture special moments using the Main Camera, while the Story Camera, a rear facing sub-camera, will embed a picture of them onto the main image“.

The N100’s specifications (from Adorama’s product page):

  • Dual Capture uses a rear-facing secondary camera to capture your expression while shooting and then creates a picture-in-picture effect.
  • Story Highlights automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of software.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows wireless transferring of images and video to compatible mobile devices, select social networking sites and your Wi-Fi enabled computer, and lets you remotely shoot using your smartphone or tablet.
  • For easier Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) allows quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android device.
  • The convenient Mobile Device Connect Button allows you to connect to your compatible Android or iOS device for quick and easy sharing.
  • 5x Optical Zoom, bright f/1.8 and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer for excellent image quality.
  • 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps provide excellent low-light performance.
  • Creative Shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original image to create unique images with an artistic flair.
  • Hybrid Auto records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel.
  • 3.0-inch tilt, capacitive touch panel LCD helps provide flexibility.
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button.

Complete specifications and feature list after the break.

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January 7, 2014
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CES 2014: Sigma Announces Redesigned 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS HSM “Contemporary” Lens

Sigma announced a redesigned 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS HSM lens, part of the “Contemporary” line-up. Price and availability to be announced. Press release was made together with the announcement of the new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens.

Lens Construction 16 Elements in 13 Groups
Angle of View 76.5º-8.1º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 7 (rounded diaphragm)
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 39 cm / 15.4 in
Filter Size (mm) 62mm
Maximum Magnifications 1:3
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
70.7mm x 86mm/2.8in. x 3.4in.
Weight 430g / 15.2oz.

Sigma’s product description:

The Sigma 18-200mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS lens is the second addition to the Contemporary line from Sigma’s Global Vision. The Sigma 18-200mm lens was designed for APS-C sensors and features a new matte black finish, thermally stable composite material in its construction and smaller and lighter design then previous models. With exceptional performance, this 18-200mm camera lens does not sacrifice image quality for versatility. Having the ability to shoot from wide angle to telephoto is highly useful particularly for travel photography, landscape photography, street photography, portrait photography and nature photography. An improved minimum focusing distance of 14.7 inches paired with the use of Special Low Dispersion glass, the 18-200mm excels at bringing out great detail in close-up photography as well. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, accurate and fast autofocus and an optical Stabilizer (OS) helps compensate for camera shake. Make this lens your all-in-one lens to handle any shooting scenario.

January 6, 2014
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CES 2014: Sigma Announces New 50mm F1.4 DG HSM “Art” Lens

Sigma announced a new lens, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM. This is a completely new designed lens and not really a replacement for the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. Price and availability to be announced.

  • Completely redesigned and reengineered
  • Exceptional Image Quality
  • Incredible focal point sharpness when wide open
  • Pairs well with Pro-Level DSLR’s
  • MTF A1-tested
  • Front & rear lens caps and lens hood (LH830-02) is included

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Lens Construction 13 Elements in 8 Groups
Angle of View 46.8º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 40 cm / 15.7 in
Filter Size (mm) 77mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 5.6
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
85.4 x 99.9 mm/ 3.4 x 3.9 in
Weight 470g / 16.6oz.

Sigma’s product description:

The staple Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM has been redesigned and reengineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large 1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens is pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography.  A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, smooth and accurate autofocusing and paired with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and Super Multi-Layer coating, the 50mm 1.4 is a high performance lens for modern DSLR sensors. 13 elements in 8 groups allow for unsurpassed performance even at wide apertures and close-up photography is easily managed with a minimum focusing distance of 40cm. The Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens is the new exceptional standard, standard prime.

Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation of America introduces two lenses at Consumer Electronics Show 2014

Staple lenses in Sigma lineup redesigned as part of the company’s Global Vision Rework

LAS VEGAS– Jan. 6, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the launch of two new Global Vision lenses from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are the latest additions to Sigma’s Global Vision lineup. Both lenses’ availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

“These two lenses are among our most popular, and we’re pleased to reintroduce these products by adding them to our Global Vision lineup,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 18-200mm, in particular, is an exciting new lens as it now has improved close-up macro functionality, updated optics and a Global Vision design, making it a fantastic alternative to the kit lens. As has been the case with our recent Global Vision lenses, we expect an array of photographers to gravitate to their technically advanced features and slick new look.”

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January 6, 2014
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CES 2014: Dreamers Welcome at Canon’s Booth

Canon press release:

Imagine, Create and Share With Canon’s Imaging Solutions at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Company Unveils “Dreamers Welcome” Theme through Engaging Demonstrations, Creative In-Booth Displays and Interactive Social Media Contests

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 7th -10th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest consumer and professional products through a theme of “Dreamers Welcome.” Attendees to the booth (#13304 in the Central Hall) will experience inspiring visual displays and interactive product demonstration areas that will inspire attendees to create and share in addition to learning from professional photographer speakers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view several short films from “Project Imaginat10n,” Canon’s latest film festival inspired by user-generated photographs at the Project Imaginat10n Theater located in the booth, along with a gallery of images from the PIXMA PRO City Senses tour.

“Now more than ever, consumers are expressing and sharing their everyday moments through images. By using Canon’s high-quality imaging devices and intuitive Wi-Fi and cloud-based solutions, consumers can capture superb images and video to connect, share and print quickly and easily,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “At CES, we’ve created an environment devoted to revitalizing imaging in a way that speaks to the Canon imaging culture and how we adapt to consumers’ diverse lifestyles by offering products that keep them connected and inspire them to share.”

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January 6, 2014
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CES 2014: Canon Announces 4 New PIXMA Printers

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Four New PIXMA Printer Models Delivering a Wide Variety of End-User Benefits That Enhance the Printing Experience for Home Office Professionals

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the latest offerings in its lineup of PIXMA printers – the Canon PIXMA MX532 Wireless1 Office All-In-One, PIXMA MX472 Wireless Office All-In-One, PIXMA iX6820 Wireless Inkjet Business and PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo models – to address the varying needs and budgets of personal and home office users. Ideal for business professionals who work from home, the new office printers offer multiple solutions to help make business processes run as smooth as possible when outside a corporate setting. For crafting and creative project enthusiasts, the new photo model delivers high-quality imaging output as well as a variety of creative tools. With the introduction of these devices, Canon looks to provide a wide-range of end-user benefits and premium applications to multiple consumer markets.

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January 6, 2014
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CES 2014: Canon Announces New Lineup of Multi-Purpose VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders

Pre-order:

Canon press release:

Canon Introduces New Lineup of Multi-Purpose VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders

Three New VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders Provide Excellent Low-Light Shooting Performance and Enhanced Zoom; Two Wi-Fi®-Enabled Models Provide Remote Monitoring Capabilities, Advanced Baby Mode

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, has revamped the VIXIA HF R-Series lineup of camcorders with the announcement of three new models, the VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500 camcorders. The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders all feature a 57x Advanced Zoom, an upgrade from previous VIXIA R-Series HF camcorders, along with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, a Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and three-inch capacitive touch panel LCD. The VIXIA HF R52 and VIXIA HF R50 camcorder models feature advanced Wi-Fi capabilities as compared to their predecessor models, enabling them to also function as remote monitoring devices at home or outside the home with mobile internet access.

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January 6, 2014
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CES 2014: Canon Announces VIXIA mini X Compact Personal Camcorder (better audio quality & image stabilisation)

Canon VIXIA mini X pre-order: Amazon

Canon press release:

Canon Introduces VIXIA mini X Compact Personal Camcorder with Improved Audio Quality and Image Stabilization

New VIXIA mini X Compact Personal Camcorder Features Linear PCM Audio Recording and High Quality Built-In Stereo Microphone

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the new VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder. The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder gives shooters the freedom to film and record their hobbies, specials interests and memorable moments hands-free, now with “professional-like” features and outstanding audio quality. The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder features the same outstanding image quality seen in the previous VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder, as well as easy-to-use Wi-Fi® sharing capabilities for uploading to social networking sites like Facebook©, and YouTube.

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