July 26, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: More On Canon 75MP High Res DSLR (dual pixel tech, 36-38MP, 4K)


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I got word from a source that Canon is actively testing more than one prototype with a sensor over 75MP. It appears as if +75MP are the total count of photodiodes on the sensor, not the effective pixel count. The tested sensors employ the technology Canon introduced with the Canon EOS 70D, i.e. dual photodiodes for each pixel. The effective image resolution of the sensor should thus be around 36-38MP. The source also said that while Canon is researching high resolution sensors they put priority on image quality and to further improve high ISO/low light performance. There is no pressure to win the high resolution race. The source said that “this is not part of Canon’s philosophy” That is to say that Canon will embrace a lower resolution sensor if image quality does not correspond to expected figures. The high DSLR should be announced sometime before summer 2014. The source clearly stated that these prototypes have nothing to do with the successor of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. No indication about the name. Finally, the camera will do 4K video.

Previous features like high frame rate and EOS-1 shaped body have also been confirmed by the same source. Hard to say what we can expect. With the EOS 70D, Canon showed us that they still are on the edge when it comes to sensor technology (and research), and it is plausible they will employ the same tech also on full-frame sensors, pushing full-frame video performance event further. One thing is sure: with all this Canon high resolution DSLR rumours surfacing in the last weeks we can safely assume that there is something in work.

July 26, 2013
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Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) Review (dpreview)

Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D)
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Dpreview published their review of Canon super tiny DSLR, the Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D). The SL1 got a pretty good review, among the best features are excellent overall image quality, good high ISO image quality (even over 6400), the usability of the touchscreen, improved live view with STM lenses, and more. In the conclusion they write:

Canon took the standard Rebel and whittled it into a smaller body, removing only a few features, while adding one very important one: improved live view autofocus. The result is a mature camera for the family photographer that’s not a burden to bring along, but which can also serve as a reliable, lightweight backup for a more knowledgeable photographer. Those familiar with Canon SLRs will feel right at home, but those with smaller hands won’t feel left out or intimidated. For amateurs, Canon still includes full auto modes as well as Creative Auto mode for simple, jargon-less access to changes like color mode and background blur. Experienced photographers will be able to pick up the Canon SL1 and still feel at home, with a full set of manual and semi-auto modes.

This is the review to read if you want to learn about the Rebel SL1/EOS 100D. Sample pics are here (scroll down to the bottom).

July 26, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon Interviews Engineers on Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology (EOS 70D)


The Canon Digital Learning Center published an 8 pages interview with the engineers that are behind the Canon EOS 70’s new and groundbreaking Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus system. The PDF file can be downloaded here (scroll down the page, the link to the PDF is at the bottom).

The text starts citing three widespread assumptions:

The correct way to take photos is by looking through an optical viewfinder and shooting

Live View is a subsidiary function, inferior to the optical viewfinder

The DSLR’s movie mode is so difficult, as to be usable only by a professional

And then goes on:

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a new technology that will cast aside these assumptions. The entire surface of the sensor is lined with pixels composed of two photodiodes each, and the image plane phase-difference detection AF focuses using the phase-difference of the two parallax images.

Even when shooting with Live View, because it is phase-difference detection the AF is fast. Rather than pixels dedicated to AF, the pixels have both AF and imaging functions, all effective pixels can also be used for imaging. Now Live View Shooting will be a shooting method choice that is equal to optical viewfinder shooting.

Definitely worth a read!

[via NC]

Canon EOS 70D
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July 26, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Photo Printer – $99 (after $300 MIR)

PIXMA Pro-100

B&H has the WiFi-enabled Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Color Inkjet Wireless Photo Printer and 50 sheets of photo paper for just $99 (click here) after $300 mail-in rebate.

  • Resolution: 4800×2400 dpi
  • Print An 8×10″ Photo In 51 Seconds
  • Print Directly On CD/DVD
  • Uses 8 Individual Ink Cartridges
  • Print Up To 13×19″
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, AirPrint, PictBridge
July 25, 2013
Posted in News

A Bit Of Everything


  • Canon 6D vs Canon 5D Mark III Which One to Buy
  • Canon SL1 review: Find out why the world’s smallest DSLR is much more than just a mini Rebel T5i – imaging-resource
  • Canon Powershot SX130IS- Review – photographic-central
  • Canon Powershot A1200 Review – photographic-central
  • Canon PowerShot A3500 IS Review – ephotozine
  • Canon IXUS 135 HD Wi-Fi Review – ephotozine
  • Canon Dims Sales Outlook as Smartphones Capture Snapshots – bloomberg
  • Canon previews a handheld version of its MREAL Mixed Reality tech at SIGGRAPH, we go hands-on (video) – engadget
  • AF Consistency of EOS 5D3 and EOS 40D with EF50 1.4, EF 100 f2, EF 24-105 IS L – photo.net
  • Talking Gear: Dissecting the EOS C500 Steadicam rig accessories – Canon Digital Learning Center
  • Canon EOS Speedlite Custom and Personal Functions – Canon Digital Learning Center
    • Virtually every Canon EX-series Speedlite, with the exception of the super-compact Speedlite 90EX, offers the options of Custom Functions (abbreviated “C.Fn”) within the flash itself. As they have done in EOS cameras since 1989, Custom Functions in a Speedlite allow the photographer to change default settings and control certain aspects of the way a flash operates. In effect, they can allow the user to personalize his or her flash units, just as the Custom Functions in a camera body allow the photographer to personalize their cameras.We’ll take a closer look at what the different Speedlite Custom Functions do, show different ways to access them and provide a better idea of how they can be used in real-world situations to improve your flash photography.
  • Photos of Falling Subjects Moments from Disaster – PetaPixel
July 25, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm, EOS 6D

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eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only on sale for $2,866.82 (click here). Free shipping. Not the 5D3 killer deal we had last week but still a good price.

Same seller bigvalueinc has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $733.79 (click here). UV filter as bonus and free shipping. The lens is available also on Amazon by a third party seller for even less, $724.82 (click here). Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at a very good price, $759.99 (click here); USA warranty and free shipping. Usually the 24-105mm sells for $1149.

Finally, two Canon EOS 6D deals that are not new but still live. Bigvalueinc has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,581.81 (click here). Same conditions as above.

The EOS 6D is on sale for less and with some bonus accessories by eBay seller 6ave (99.5% positive ratings) for $1,572.61 (click here). The bonus items are: 2 replacement batteries, a compact charger, a case, and a pretty useless no-name 32GB memory card (see picture after the break). Want to know what Canon’s “entry-level” full-frame can do? Check this commercial shot entirely with a 6D.

All these deals can be found on dealsrunner.com.

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July 25, 2013
Posted in Reviews

(Update) More Canon EOS 70D Test Videos and Sample Pics

Thanks John (2 times) for pointing me to this!

Update: Polish site optyczne posted sets of sample pics taken with the EOS 70D at all ISO speeds. Some of the test scenes (bottles and pencils) have been used to test the EOS 650D, so you can compare them (scroll down to the sample pics).

Japanese site Digitial Life Innovator (translated) posted another video testing the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus of the Canon EOS 70D. There are also sample pics (original files available for download). I wasn’t able to understand (from the machine translated Japanese text) if they had a pre-production model of the EOS 70D (think so). However, the pics are all “out of the box” JPGs, and I think the image quality is impressive. They extracted frames from the video and made them available in a Flickr set.

It appears as if Canon made everything right with the EOS 70D. After long a true innovation by Canon. I bet the EOS 70D will sell very well, there is too much to love in this camera.

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Canon EOS 70D, EF-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/160, f/5.6, ISO5000, +1 EV (image credit: Digital Life Innovator)