Canon press release:
NBC Olympics’ Production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi to Utilize More Than 70 HDTV Field, Portable, and Studio Lenses from Canon
Canon Lenses to Help Enable NBC Olympics to Provide Viewers with Outstanding HDTV Picture Quality and Long-Zoom Image Detail During its Coverage of 2014 Sochi Winter Games
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 10, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., has been selected to provide HDTV portable, field, and studio lenses to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its presentation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6-23. The announcement was made today by David Mazza, Senior Vice President, Engineering, NBC Olympics, and Larry Thorpe, Senior Fellow, Professional Engineering & Solutions division of Canon U.S.A., Inc.
More than 70 Canon HDTV lenses in total are involved in the production. Models include the XJ100X9.3B AF long-zoom field lens and the XJ27X6.5B AF studio zoom lens, both of which feature sophisticated Canon auto-focus capabilities based on a proprietary HD implementation of Through-the-Lens Secondary Image Registration Phase Detection Method technology. Also helping to provide steady images from telephoto distances will be the portable HJ40X10B super telephoto HD lens featuring Canon Shift-IS internal Optical Shift Image Stabilization, and the compact HJ15EX8.5B image-stabilized HD lens with Canon’s patented Vari-Angle Prism image-stabilizer (VAP-IS) technology.
We are getting closer to Wednesday, February 12th, when Canon will announce new gear.
A list of possible specs of the Canon Powershot G1 X II has surfaced on the web:
- 30 AF Points
- 3fps with AF, 5fps with focus locked
- Macro Mode: 5cm
- Tilt Screen
- Touch Screen
- EVF is optional
Sounds promising, really promising.
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There has been some anticipation about what Canon is going to announce on Wednesday, February 12th, ready for CP+ (see list below). Now, some more information leaked, and there are interesting things that may come in the next days. Btw, the image above (showing the G1 X II) may be a fake (and most probably is).
In addition to the previously rumored stuff, these gear may be announced:
- EVF-DC1 (External Viewfinder)
- WP-DC53 (Water Proof Housing)
- PowerShot D30
- PowerShot SX700 HS
More gear to expect (previously leaked):
- new DSLR below the Rebel SL1
- PowerShot G1 X II
- Canon PowerShot S200
- Canon PowerShot SX280 IS, a new super-zoom compact camera
- Possibly more PowerShot cameras