September 17, 2013
Posted in News

Adobe Lightroom 5.2 Available for Download

Lightroom 5

Just a few hours ago Adobe put version 5.2 of Adobe Lightroom online (download here). Among various bug fixes and a few new features (color noise reduction slider and feather adjustment for spot heal tool), support for the Canon EOS 70D has been added.

Adobe Lightroom available at Amazon | B&H | Adorama



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]