September 16, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon PowerShot G16 First Look Video

Quick overview about features and functionality of the new (WiFi-enabled) Canon PowerShot G16 by What Digital Camera. They write:

Taking into consideration of the new features that offered by Canon PowerShot G16 like the new image processor DIGIC 6, WiFi connectivity, and continuous shooting up to 9.3fps. This camera is worth buying if you want a back-up camera for your DSLR. In addition, the design and control are also quite compact although not different from the G15

September 16, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D7100 Comparison Shootout (video)

Thanks to reader Thierry I can feature a pretty interesting and well made Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D7100 shootout video (34 minutes) made by YouTube user MichaelTheMentor.  The video compares all the features of both cameras, it is a good guide for those who have to decide which one to get (the EOS 70D, obviously!) – it lasts 34 minutes but it is definitely worth to be seen if you are interested to learn about the EOS 70D. The EOS 70D is a damn well made all-round DSLR and I am glad Canon did finally deliver a truly innovative product for enthusiast and semi-pro photogs. Have a great day.

Canon EOS 70D
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Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D7100

September 15, 2013
Posted in Rumors

New Canon Gear Set To Be Announced This Week (next EOS M)?

French site photoblogue posted a short note saying that there will be a Canon announcement this week. There have been rumors in the past pointing to an announcement in September, mainly referring to the successor of the Canon EOS M (price & specs) and to new lenses. Stay tuned, if there is something that’s upcoming I will report here. Have a great day!

September 14, 2013
Posted in Reviews

To Agree or not to Agree: A Highly Controversial Canon Rebel SL1 vs 5D Mark III Comparison

Please note: here at Canon Watch I am trying to give you all information that is Canon related. That means I will also feature articles and post you may not agree or that just appear to be absurd. That’s the case with the comparison I am talking about below.

Ken Rockwell posted an article that is heating up minds on photography sites and forums. Basically he compared the Rebel SL1 ((price & specs)) with the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens to an EOS 5D Mark III ((price & specs)) with L-grade glass (the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II). He claims that for real life settings there is no much difference in image quality. Rockwell’s argues that the software in Canon’s entry level DSLR is so good that you can barely spot the difference. I do not agree with him, but you have to judge by yourself. It “may” be true that for some settings a 5D Mark III and an L-glass are an overkill, but there are lots of settings where a full-frame sensor and a high quality optic make a BIG difference. Check the two crops below and read Rockwell’s post for the whole story. Have a great day!

Rebel SL1 and 18-55mm STM at ISO 6400

EOS 5D Mark III and 24-70mm f/2.8L at ISO 6400

September 13, 2013
Posted in News

Hack: A Canon PowerShot A530 with CHDK Used to Shot (and send) Pictures from Stratosphere

There is not only Magic Lantern to get the juice out of your Canon DSLR, CHDK is a firmware extension for Canon PowerShot cameras (with many many supported PowerShots):

CHDK is a firmware enhancement that operates on a number of Canon Cameras. CHDK gets loaded into your camera’s memory upon bootup (either manually or automatically). It provides additional functionality beyond that currently provided by the native camera firmware.

To see all features click here, for an overview go here.  So, what do you need if you want to send images from the stratosphere to the ground? A lot of stuff I guess, but for the photographic part you’ll not need the high end gear you may think. Chris Stubbs is an apprentice electronic engineer who started a pretty cool project concerning high altitude balloon flights. To shot images he uses a Canon PowerShot A530 (here on eBay) with CHDK installed, and a cheap Radiometrix NTX2 FSK radio module that is so small it fits into the battery compartment.

There are a lot of technical details in Chris’ post, the project is described in every detail. Not a DIY weekend project but something you could replicate with a bit of patience and some technical skills.

Ready to go high (image credit: Chris Stubbs)

[via hackaday]


September 12, 2013
Posted in Reviews

DPreview Canon EOS 70D Studio Test Scened Added to Ongoing Review

DPreview added a set of studio test scenes to their ongoing review of the Canon EOS 70D. All files can be downloaded in full resolution for your viewing and pixel-peeping pleasure.

The EOS 70D is an amazing DSLR. It’s for sure the best all-round, multi-purpose APS-C DLSR on the market, and kudos Canon: you made it right. Unfortunately since I got mine I didn’t have enough time to shot and learn about the EOS 70D. It’s simply a great camera and all reviews have confirmed it so far. To get an overview below is a DigitalRev video about the EOS 70D.

I am in San Francisco now and will soon go back home. Just have a little more patience and posting will start again as usual. Have a great day.

September 12, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Prototype Full-Frame Sensor Captures Fireflies at Less than 0.01 Lux

Screenshot taken from the video mentioned below

Canon published a press release about a prototype 35mm sensor (announced in March 2013). This sensor is capable to capture images in extreme low light, less than 0.01 lux. To give an example the full moon provides approximately 0.3 lux, the crescent moon approximately 0.03 lux. If you follow this link there is a sample video that shows what it is about.

The press release:

TOKYO, Japan, September 12, 2013—Canon Inc. has successfully captured video footage of Yaeyama-hime fireflies flying in darkness, a feat made possible by the high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor developed by Canon for video capture that was announced in March 2013.

  • Yaeyama-hime fireflies amid jungle vegetation
    (Photomontage created from video footage)

  • 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor for
    Full HD video capture

The high-sensitivity, low-noise video-shooting capabilities of the dedicated 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor1for Full HD video capture were made possible not only through the integration of the high-performance sensor technologies employed in Canon’s digital SLR cameras, but also through the incorporation of new pixel and readout circuitry technologies that reduce noise.

Using a camera prototype equipped with the CMOS sensor, Canon, in cooperation with ZERO CORPORATION,2 succeeded in capturing video3 of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies that inhabit Japan’s Ishigaki Island, located off the northeastern coast of Taiwan. No artificial lighting was used during shooting, which took place after sunset amid the island’s mountains. Despite an exceptionally dark shooting environment4 of less than 0.01 lux, a level in which the naked eye would have difficulty discerning surrounding objects, the CMOS sensor was able to capture not only the color of the light emitted by the fireflies, each of which measures only a few millimeters in length, and their movements, but also the surrounding vegetation in which the species lives. Plans call for the footage to be used to benefit future research into the Yaeyama-hime firefly.

In addition to astronomical and natural observation, Canon is looking into applying this CMOS sensor to medical research purposes as well as surveillance and crime-prevention equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the realm of photographic possibilities while cultivating the world of visual expression.