June 8, 2013
Tags:
Posted in News

HDR Video Captured In Real Time From A Canon EOS 60D (Magic Lantern)

Are there limits to the exploits made available by Magic Lantern and the coding skills of gifted hackers? After all the news of the last weeks and since we learned that even an EOS 50D (here on eBay), a camera that didn’t sport video capabilities, has been enabled to shot RAW footage thanks to the Magic Lantern hack, I thought there would be some rest. Nope.

Tao Ai, University of Toronto grad student, used a Canon EOS 60D with the Magic Lantern hack onboard, a video processing board with a field programmable gate array, and some pieces of code he wrote to capture the HDR feed produced by the 60D. The feed was then run through the video processing board to produce the final footage seen on the screen in the video above. The results is a HDR video feed at 480p and 60fps.

Everything is obviously very experimental, but it shows what can be done, which possibilities are hidden in Canon’s DSLR hardware, and – last but not least – what a skilled programmer can do (and I mean both the ML hackers and Tao Ai).

[via PetaPixel, video shot by Engadget]

Magic Lantern

Image courtesy: PetaPixel

 

June 8, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review (ephotozine) and Firmware Update

SX280 HS

User Newtown grafitti on flickr
Another review of Canon’s WiFi and GPS-enabled Powershot SX280 HS. ephotozine reviewed the camera. In the conclusion they write:
The Canon Powershot SX280 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a compact camera body and has a number of features that the traveller will find appealing including both GPS and Wi-Fi. Image quality is very good with excellent colours and good levels of detail. The 14fps high speed shooting mode will also appeal, although it would be nice if it was available in all of the modes, and could have been used for an automatic HDR mode. It would have also been nice to see an auto-stitching panoramic mode built in. One of the biggest issues with the SX280 is the very short battery life, which will be even shorter when using GPS and Wi-Fi. However, if you are looking for excellent image quality in a compact camera, with a lot of zoom, then the Canon Powershot SX280 HS is recommended.
The camera gets 4/4 stars and “delivers impressive image quality“. As usual with ephotozine‘s professional reviews, the review comes with lots of sample images, test charts etc. The SX280 is prices $329/€290.
A firmware update for the SX280 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.0.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. Increases the duration of movie shooting by 20% in cases where the optical zoom is used compared to cameras running Firmware Version 1.0.0.0 or Firmware Version 1.0.1.0 through a reduction in the power consumption of the optical zoom.

2. Fixes a phenomenon with cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.0, in which the low battery level warning is prematurely displayed while shooting in movie mode.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
SX280 HS
June 7, 2013
Posted in News, Tips

Canon Starts Canon EOS 101 Tutorial Series for Beginning Photographers

The Canon Digital Learning Center (DLC) startes a series of tutorials for those who are new to photography.

Learn photography and videography basics in our Canon EOS 101 series where we delve into shooting modes, auto focus, file types and more. Whether you’re new to shooting photos or videos or just brushing up on skills, these tutorials for our Canon Live Learning students or entry level imagemakers range from setup to post production and offer tips on how to utilize the features of your EOS camera.

There are 13 videos that cover all aspects you would like to learn to progress in your photographic skills. And, hey!, it’s free.

[via The Phoblographer]

June 7, 2013
Posted in News

Magic Lantern RAW Hack: What It Can Do On Your Canon DSLR (supported cam infograph)

Magic Lantern

See what the Magic Lantern RAW hack can do on all supported Canon DSLRs. Stay tuned following this thread in the ML forum.
[via planet5D]

 

June 7, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Pics

EF-M 11-22mm

Canon NZ published the product page of the new Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for the EOS M system. While it seems that the page is still under construction, there are some sample pics to check.

EF-M 11-22mm

June 7, 2013
Tags:
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens Reviews (performance is impressive)

Sigma 18-35mm

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
Get notified when it is in stock at B&H

The world fastest zoom lens (for APS-C sensors) with a fixed aperture, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM got reviewed. The lens, part of Sigma’s “Art” line-up, caused some hype when it was announced. Sigma called it UFO (Unbelievable F-stop Object). Some hands-on here and here.

Focus Numerique (google translated) tested a pre-production model, and writes:

The results of the new Sigma zoom are impressive and worthy of a professional optical 24×36 mm that opens to f / 2.8 constant! Of course, the best results are obtained with medium apertures between f / 5,6 and f / 8, though the sharpness is present in larger openings also. However there was a decrease of sharpness between the center and edges of images with larger apertures and f / 1,8 particularly.

Digifoto (no translation from Flemish) writes:

We were surprised again after seeing the test photos. You expect from a zoom lens at fully open aperture somewhat lesser performance in the corners. The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 however scored exceptionally well, even at the 18mm f/1.8 corner tightened remains very good. The bokeh of the lens looks very stylish, and distortion remains well within bounds.

Image samples of the Sigma 18-35mm can be seen at Dpreview.

[via SAR]

×