February 6, 2015
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Canon Powershot G3 X Development Announcement

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Canon press release:

Canon Is Developing PowerShot G3 X Premium Compact Camera, Featuring 1.0-Inch Sensor And 25x Optical Zoom Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new addition to the Company’s G-series lineup of premium compact cameras-the PowerShot G3 X-and will display a prototype of the camera at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015, to be held from February 12th-15th at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Exhibition Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

The new PowerShot G3 X, currently under development by Canon Inc., will incorporate a large 1.0-inch sensor and a 24-600mm (35mm film equivalent) 25x optical zoom lens while maintaining a compact size that makes it easy to carry around. The camera will produce images with beautifully blurred backgrounds, made possible by its large sensor, and provide users with a wide range of focal lengths, from wide-angle to telephoto. The addition of the new model will serve to further bolster Canon’s already impressive G-series PowerShot camera lineup.

Introduced in 2000 as a high-end-model lineup, Canon’s G series of PowerShot cameras has played a leading role in the compact camera market thanks to its high-image quality.

Calling upon the Company’s latest lens, sensor and image processing technology know-how, Canon launched the current flagship-model PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera in March 2014, followed in October of the same year with the launch of the high-image-quality compact-body PowerShot G7 X camera. Both models have proven popular among a wide range of high-end users, including users of EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras.

By actively and flexibly responding to the market’s diverse needs, particularly through the bolstering of the Company’s high-end-model lineup, Canon will continue to contribute to the expansion of the photographic imaging culture.

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February 6, 2015
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Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Officially Announced

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CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S HIGHEST RESOLUTION* FULL-FRAME DSLR CAMERAS: EOS 5DS AND EOS 5DS R

Featuring Canon’s Newly Designed 50.6 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, New DSLRs Deliver Ultra-high Resolution Images and Enhanced Features

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the Canon EOS 5DSi and Canon EOS 5DS Ri Digital SLR cameras featuring the world’s highest resolution* among 35mm format DSLRs. Providing photographers with uncompromising image quality, these new EOS models incorporate a newly designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and processing speed. Perfect for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and architectural photography, or anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allow for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.

Maximizing the potential of the new 50.6 megapixel sensor – for the first time in an EOS camera the low-pass filter effect in the EOS 5DS R model is cancelled. The cancellation of the low-pass filter helps deliver sharp images, squeezing the most out of every pixel. Both models provide attractive options for medium format shooters especially when coupled with a wide array of over 70 creative Canon EF lenses to choose from.

“Canon is always looking to deliver the absolute best in image quality and push our technology to the limits. These cameras deliver on that pledge, providing photographers with two new incredible tools that will enable them to make the most out of every shoot,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As photography becomes more specialized and more images are captured than ever before, the burden is on the photography equipment to keep up with the demands of today’s artistic talents. These new camera models will provide many photographers with new options to deliver their vision to clients, fans, and the world.”

Built to Maximize Sharpness
In addition to the 50.6 megapixel full-frame image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, both cameras include a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF array including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for high precision autofocus. They also include the EOS Scene Detection system featuring a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor that provides enhanced precision and performance.

In support of such a high-resolution imaging sensor, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras were designed to minimize camera shake and significantly improve stability via a reinforced chassis, baseplate and tripod lug to improve rigidity. Canon also re-designed the mirror vibration control system to help reduce mirror bounce and camera shake. To help maximize stability and minimize vibrations, Canon added a new Arbitrary Release Time Lag Setting in Mirror Lock mode in both models. In addition to the standard setting (press the shutter button once to lock the mirror, then again to release the shutter), the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras offer new setting intervals of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one and two seconds, releasing the shutter after the selected preset delay, allowing potential camera vibration to dissipate before shutter release.

A new Picture Style called “Fine Detail” has been added to enhance the sharpness of JPEGs and EOS Movies with three new settings: Strength, Fineness and Threshold. With such abundant resolution on each sensor, both models also provide two cropped shooting modes, while still delivering high-resolution images 30.5 megapixels for the 1.3x mode and 19.6 megapixels for the 1.6x mode. The available crop options are visible as a mask or an outline in the viewfinder; so shooters can know exactly where to frame their subject.

Capturing the Action
Like the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature an advanced AE system that can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and natatoriums. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting. And new Auto White Balance settings include Ambience Priority and White Priority (for use when shooting under tungsten lighting).

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long-exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

Both models feature Intelligent Viewfinder II providing approximately 100 percent field of view, while adding the ability to display cropped shooting frames and superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings and data such as dual-mode electronic level display and grid, as well as exposure, white balance, metering, drive, image quality and AF modes. A new Customizable Quick Control Screen, another first for EOS cameras, allows photographers to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras continue the EOS Movie tradition with the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD up to 30p or 720p HD video up to 60p. A creative Time Lapse Movie function, a first for EOS cameras, takes a continuous series of still photographs and automatically combines them in camera into a Full HD movie file. Interval adjustments can be set from one second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The number of shots possible range from 2 to 3,600 with a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds of playback time. In addition, high-speed continuous shooting up to five-frames-per-second (fps) at full 50 megapixel resolution allows users to capture fast action.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature dual card slots for CF and SD memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Built to last, the cameras also feature a shutter durability rating up to 150,000 cycles, the same as the EOS 5D Mark III.

Availability
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2015 for estimated retail prices of $3,699.00 and $3,899.00 for the body only, respectively.

February 6, 2015
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Why Did Canon Make an EOS M3 Without Dual Pixel AF?

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The EOS M3 is here. My sources got most of the specs right. It looks good, robust yet not massive. It has the manual control dials customers asked for, the tiltable display customers asked for. The M3 can be used with an EVF (EVF-DC1), customers asked for it. And there is more: WiFi connectivity, built-in flash, a rugged body. Everything fine so far, the M3 looks and appears fine, but one thing is really puzzling me: there is no Dual Pixel CMOS AF on board. I wonder why.

Big question in my opinion. Canon has this amazing technology called Dual Pixel CMOS AF. We saw it on the EOS 70D and the EOS 7D Mark II, not to forget the professional oriented cinema-cams C100 and C300. So, why did Canon not add it on the EOS M3?

To be honest, I have no idea. Maybe the 49 points Hybrid CMOS AF will deliver. Hybrid AF is not bad on the SL1 and M2. But can it compete with Dual Pixel AF? I’m used to the high precision, speed, and reliability of Dual Pixel AF on my trusted 70D, and it works like a charm everytime. When I use the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 with apertures brighter than f/2.8, Dual Pixel AF is the way to get the focus nailed – the conventional AF is not able to focus the Sigma in a confident way at these apertures (which is probably the fault of the Sigma 18-35mm). This is an important point: if you love the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 (you should, it’s an amazing lens) and want to use it at its best you need Dual Pixel AF to be sure to get the focus nailed when using f/1.8-f/2.8.

I want to see the reviews and test before making a statement but an EOS M3 with no Dual Pixel AF is a bit disappointing, so far. I was hoping for an EOS M3 with the 70D or 7D2 sensor. Canon made a new 24MP sensor (hurray!), and did not add Dual Pixel AF.

Is the EOS M3 a half-baked affair, what do you think?

EOS M3 specs:

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm)
  • AF is 49 points. Hybrid CMOS AF
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
  • DIGIC6 processor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Continuous shooting 4.2 frames / sec.
  • 384 zone metering
  • Battery LP-E17
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds
  • Video full HD
  • Built-in flash
  • LCD monitor tilting 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Touch panel
  • GPS is not equipped
  • EVF option (EVF-DC1)
  • The body is stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate
  • The size 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm
  • Weight 366g

Announcement of the M3 and more Canon products will be tomorrow Frida, February 6th at 5am London time, 11pm EST. I will live blog the event so stay tuned on CW tomorrow in order to not miss anything.

February 5, 2015
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(CW5) Canon EOS M3 Specifications Leaked

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Digicame-Info leaked the detailed specs of the upcoming EOS M3.

– 24.2MP CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm)
– AF is 49 points. Hybrid CMOS AF
– ISO100-12800
– Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
– DIGIC6 processor
– Wi-Fi
– Continuous shooting 4.2 frames / sec.
– 384 zone metering
– Battery LP-E17
– The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds
– Video full HD
– Built-in flash
– LCD monitor tilting 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Touch panel
– GPS is not equipped
– EVF option (EVF-DC1)
– The body is stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate
– The size 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm
– Weight 366g

February 5, 2015
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(CW5) Updated List of Tomorrows New Canon Products (new: 8000D, EF-M 22mm in silver)

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The EOS M3

Digicame-Info posted an updated list of the products Canon will announce tomorrow Friday, February 6th. The news: So far it is not clear if the EOS 8000D is the Japanese name of the EOS 750D or 760D, though I think it is the former. The EOS M3 comes also in a kit with the EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder.

  • EOS 5Ds
  • EOS 5Ds R
  • EOS 8000D (probably EOS 750D)
  • EOS Kiss X8i (probably EOS 760D)
  • EOS M3 (also EVF Kit)
  • EF11-24mm F4L USM
  • EF-M 22mm F2 STM Silver
  • More Powershot cameras

Announcement will be tomorrow at 6am London time, 12am EST. I will live blog the event so stay tuned on CW tomorrow in order to not miss anything.

February 5, 2015
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(CW5) Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R, and EF 11-24mm f/4L Press Release Leaked

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This is brought to you exclusively by Canon Watch :-) Thanks to the reader who sent the text.

Announcement will be tomorrow at 6am London time, 12am EST. I will live blog the event so stay tuned on CW tomorrow in order to not miss anything.

Press release:
Canon revolutionises resolution with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

London, UK, 6 February 2015 – Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.

Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors,the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens(1), the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs

Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides
ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, further expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range. For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes–1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x. Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.

Automatically exceptional
Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS Rfeature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame.
Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound. Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent.

Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for edit ing software. Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario. Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA–a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality

When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are very often organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn agreat shot into an incredible shot.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models(2). Today Canon unveils the world’s widest-angle retilinearzoom lens (1), the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.

EOS 5DS Key features:

  • 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
  • 61-point AF
  • Cropped Shooting

EOS 5DS R also includes:

  • Low-pass cancellation filter

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Key features:

  • Explore landscapes from an ultra-wide point of view
  • The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens
  • Minimal distortion – ideal for architecture and interiors
  • Advanced lens coatings guard against ghosting and flare
  • Enjoy swift, near-silent AF, with full-time manual override
  • Keep shooting even in tough weather conditions
February 5, 2015
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(CW5) Canon EOS 5Ds R Images Leaked (front, back, top)

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Digicame-Info leaked images of the upcoming Canon EOS 5Ds R (same as 5Ds but without low pass filter). As you can see the layout is the same as on the EOS 5Ds and the EOS 5D Mark III. Announcement tomorrow, Friday, February 6th, availability late March/April 2015. The EU prices have already leaked:

  • Canon EOS 5Ds: €3,499 (around $4,000)
  • Canon EOS 5Ds R (no low-pass filter): €3,699 (around $4,200)

EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R specs:

  • Sensor Effective Pixels 50.6MP. The total number of pixels 53MP CMOS
  • 5DS R has no low-pass filter
  • RAW (50MP), M-RAW (28MP), S-RAW (12.4MP)
  • Media CF (UDMA7), SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Crop 1.3x and 1.6x
  • Finder penta prism, 100% field of view, magnification 0.71 times, the eye point 21mm
  • Electronic Level
  • Grid display
  • AF 61 points (41 points cross type). EV-2 support.
  • ITR AF
  • Anti-flicker
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Bulb timer
  • Live View, the contrast AF (face recognition)
  • 150,000 pixel RGB-TR metering sensor. 252 zone TTL metering
  • EOS iSA system
  • ISO100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and ISO12800)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro is 1/200 sec
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • Video 1920×1080 30fps (ALL-I or IPB)
  • LCD monitor 3.2 inches 1.04 million dot
  • Mini HDMI output terminal. External microphone terminal
  • Battery LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • The size 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
  • Weighs 930g (CIPA guidelines). 845g (body only)
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