July 3, 2013
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Update – Super Hot Deal: Canon EOS M w/ 22mm ($299), EOS M w/ 18-55mm IS STM ($349)

Canon EOS M

 

UpdateAdorama and Amazon also discounted the Canon EOS M to $299 with the 22mm and $349 with the 18-55mm. This could definitely mean that the next Canon M system camera is on the way.

B&H has some real Canon EOS M steals:

These are never seen price drops for the EOS M kits. And now that the EOS M got the long awaited firmware update that solved all the Auto-Focus issues, these kits are even more interesting. Click here to see how much the new firmware improves AF performance.

Just $299 for the EOS M with the EF-M 22mm is a great bargain. This may the best time to get one. Hurry up since they have limited supply, and these deals won’t last long. However, they expire July 9.

Canon EOS M specs:

  • 18.0 MP CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Full HD 1080p Movie with Focus Tracking
  • 3.0″ Touch Screen LCD with 1040K-dots
  • Touch AF and Multi-touch Operation
  • Hybrid CMOS Auto-focus for Photo & Video
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600 (H)
  • Canon’s First Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M

July 3, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal Still Alive: Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Cards for $24.95

 Sony 32GB

Get it while it lasts: Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Cards on sale at B&H for just $24.95 (click here). No idea how long this will last, guess it is some sort of “flash sale”. Limited supply.

  • 32GB Capacity
  • Class 10 – UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: 94MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 45MB/s
  • Water / Dust / X-Ray Proof
  • Resistant to UV Light, Magnets, Static
  • Withstands Extreme Temperatures
  • Downloadable File Rescue Software
July 3, 2013
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Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Set To Be Released On July 11

 EF-M 11-22mm

Canon Japan announced the release date for Canon’s third lens for the EOS M system, the wide-angle zoom 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. It will be released to the public on July 11.

Good times for the so much criticised (not always for a good reason, imo) EOS M: the recently released firmware update countered the slow AF issue that were plaguing the EOS M since the beginning, and that yielded a lot of bad press. With firmware 2.0.2 the EOS M AF has become perfectly usable. Some videos that show the AF performance with firmware 2.0.2 on the 11-22mm are here.

The EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM can be pre-ordered at the following shops:

Canon EOS M price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via DC Watch Impress]

July 3, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D: More Links, Videos, Hands-On, Sample Images

EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D body only - $1199 - Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev
Canon EOS 70D with 18-55mm lens - $1349 - Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev
Canon EOS 70D with 18-135mm lens - $1549 - Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev

And, btw, the Canon EOS 60D is just $599 at B&H and Amazon.

Ok, samples first. Canon Japan (thanks Mark) published a page with sample images and videos (downloadable). The following crop is taken from a sample shot at ISO 3200.

EOS 70D

1/400, f/4.0, ISO3200, Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (Image credit: Canon JP)

Let’s go on with some consideration by DPreview about the EOS 70D’s sensor:

[...] on the inside it sports an entirely new sensor that is, potentially, revolutionary. It offers 20.2MP resolution, but uses a ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ design in which every single pixel is split into two separately-readable photodiodes, facing left and right. This means that in principle they are all capable of phase detection autofocus in live view and movie mode.

Yes, the new sensor, and its AF capabilities, are the true innovation that Canon introduced with their latest prosumer/enthusiasts DSLR. Canon has long be criticised for their rather conservative approach to sensor technology. Having “only” 18MP on most of their recent APS-C DSLR was by some people interpreted as a inability to keep up with modern imaging technology. Now we know that Canon was quietly researching something that’s throughly innovative. If you want to have a deeper look into the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus system featured on the EOS 70D, have a look at this well made technical introduction by Canon itself. The technology behind the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is well explained also on this page of dpreview’s hands-on. About the AF system, they write:

So far we’ve only had our hands on a non-final EOS 70D for a relatively short time, but our initial impressions are pretty positive. With the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit zoom, the camera is clearly much faster and more decisive at focusing in Live View than any previous EOS – or indeed any other SLR.

The new AF system of the Canon EOS 70D is a great leap forward in sensor tech. So much that it will challenge the likes of Sony and the 4/3 consortium in general. This is the sensor that most probably will be featured on the EOS M2, and it is a game changer, hence the next Canon mirrorless system camera could be a game changer.

Canon also beefed up the 70D, compared to its predecessor, the EOS 60D EOS 60D (price & specs). For example, AF micro-adjustement has been introduced.

More hands-on. Techcrunch thinks the EOS 70D is Indie Filmmaker’s Dream Camera. Another hands-on by techradar, they also compared the 70D to the 60D. More: PC Magazine, Heise DE (German), PetaPixel. Imaging Resource asks if “this new DSLR [will] change autofocus forever?“. Newsshooter asks if the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a revolution is AF for video.

Some videos. The first from Canon France:

Another one from Canon Germany:

A hands-on by What Digital Camera:

A behind the scenes that explains the Dual Pixel CMOS AF:

That’s all for the time being. If you like what I am doing here on Canon Watch, then consider pre-ordering your EOS 70D using one of the links below. It won’t cost you a penny more as usual, and I get a small commission that helps me to pay the bills at the end of the month.

Canon EOS 70D body only - $1199 - Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev
Canon EOS 70D with 18-55mm lens - $1349 - Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev
Canon EOS 70D with 18-135mm lens - $1549 - Amazon | Adorama | B&H | DigitalRev

July 2, 2013
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Special Sale: Only $24.95 For a Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card

 Sony 32GB

UPDATE: It’s even a little bit less less on Amazon (thanks Geoff), but it is slower one (thanks fobeeguy)

Get it while it lasts: Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Cards on sale at B&H for just $24.95 (click here). No idea how long this will last, guess it is some sort of “flash sale”.

  • 32GB Capacity
  • Class 10 – UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: 94MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 45MB/s
  • Water / Dust / X-Ray Proof
  • Resistant to UV Light, Magnets, Static
  • Withstands Extreme Temperatures
  • Downloadable File Rescue Software

 

July 2, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D Hands-On, First Impression, Pre-Order Links, and More Information

EOS 70D

EOS 70D specs:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Move Servo AF
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 7 fps
  • ISO 100-12800 (Expandable to ISO 25600)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode

Let’s start with the real game-changer featured on Canon’s new EOS 70D, the dual pixel Auto-Focus system. Canon has a good introductory article about the new AF, with videos and a list of compatible lenses. Canon’s press release for the EOS 70D is here, for the Dual PIxel AF here.

Hands-on reviews are surfacing on the web. DPreview has the most comprehensive preview you can find so far. They write:

We’re also pleased to see Canon cramming in all the best features from its other cameras. The touchscreen interface that the 70D borrows from Canon’s Rebel series is, we think, just about the best in the business. It complements the new AF system in offering focus point selection by touch, along with the ability to ‘pull’ focus from one subject to another during movie recording simply by touching the screen. Meanwhile the on-board Wi-Fi offers genuinely useful features, including the ability to use your smartphone as a remote control (complete with live view), and to browse and rate your images on a tablet. These may not be features you use all the time, but they expand the possibilities of what you can do with the camera.

 

The Phoblographer had their hands on the EOS 70D, the reviewer says:

I like the way that Canon is going with the 70D. Though I’ve bashed them in the recent years, I like the direction that they’re going, the fact that they see other companies innovating and trying to fight back. The 70D seems like quite a camera for a news shooter, sports shooter, father, and for anyone looking to get more serious about their photography overall.

Next is Engadget, fairy impressed with the performance of the Dual Pixel AF:

There are other improvements as well, but they pale in comparison to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is fully compatible with 103 EF lenses. That tech is likely to make its way to the rest of Canon’s lineup eventually, but if you want to take advantage now, there’s only one model in the world that includes it. As for other features, a boosted consecutive mode enables 7 fps captures, compared to just over 5 with the older model. There’s also a multi-shot noise reduction mode, which we often see on higher-end point-and-shoots, but rarely DSLRs

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