June 27, 2013
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Posted in News

Update (and an EOS 70D?) What’s That?? A Canon EOS 8D?



UPDATE (thanks nnn): the same Russian page lists also the EOS 70D, body only and two kits. See image below. Placeholder is the EOS 60D.

Russian site fotoplus.su (translated) posted an offer for a Canon EOS 8D. The picture, however, is of an EOS 7D. The mighty EOS 8D is offered both as body only option and as a kit. The lens suggests an APS-C sensor. Someone knows somewhat?

[via digicame-info]

June 27, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon EOS 70D Announcement in a Few Days?


Canon EOS 60D, the predecessor of the highly awaited EOS 70D.
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Digicame-info (translated) reports a rumor from a trusted source that suggests the announcement of the Canon EOS 70D may be a matter of a few days. The EOS 70D should be available as a kit with the EF-S18-55mm IS STM or the with EF-S18-135mm IS STM lens. The battery grip for the EOS 70D will be the BG-E14.

This seems to fit with another rumor saying that Canon is preparing a big press event short. Another rumor reported here on Canon Watch a few hours ago shows the landing page of Canon France with two new and somewhat weird camera categories: “Compacts 24×36″ and “APS Compacts”. These categories suggest Canon may be working on a full-frame compact camera (like the Sony RX1) and on more APS-C featured compact (system) cameras.

Fact is, the Canon EOS 60D has never had such a low price tag as these days, Buydig on eBay (138558 ratings, 99.5% positive, Canon Authorized Dealer) sells the Canon EOS 60D body only for just $589 (click here)

June 27, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Rumor: Is Canon Working on a Full-Frame Compact Camera (and more APS-C compacts on the way)?

Canon Rumor

Thanks to the reader who sent me in the information!

May Canon be working, and maybe be set to announce it in short, on a full-frame compact camera like the Sony RX1 and on more compact system cameras with APS-C sensor, like the Canon EOS M? That’s what the product landing page of Canon France suggests. Have a look at the screenshot above: the EOS M is mentioned in the reflex category, and then there are two categories named “Compacts 24×36″ and “Compacts APS”. The former link is active and leads to a page where you are supposed to have a choice among different models, but there are no models in the dropdown lists. The latter (Compacts APS) is inactive.

Don’t know what to think about that. The latest Canon-related rumor was suggesting that Canon is preparing a big press event (they are sending out invitations). Then there are the EOS 70D and EOS 7D Mark II, both excpectd to be announced this year. However, none of these fits in the category “Compacts 24×36″ or “Compacts APS”.

What di you think?

June 27, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Camera Review (dpreview)

PowerShot D20

dpreview reviewed the GPS-enabled Canon PowerShot D20, a waterproof (and freezeproof and shockproof) compact camera. The D20 can go 10m/33ft deep, if you need to go further there is an optional housing. The camera’s specifications:

  • 12.1MP Image Resolution
  • 1/2.3″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • Waterproof, Freezeproof & Shockproof
  • 5x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom
  • 28-140mm Equivalent Lens
  • 3.0″ Rear LCD Screen
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • HS System & Intelligent IS
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • Underwater Macro & GPS

In the conclusion preview writes:

The Canon PowerShot D20 is a capable compact camera that offers good photo quality (for its target audience), plenty of fun features and, of course, the ability to handle water, dust, cold, and the occasional impact. The fish-shaped body is made of a mix of metal and composite materials and is as solid as you’d expect from a rugged camera. The D20 is waterproof to 10m/33ft, shockproof from 1.5m/5ft, and freezeproof to -10C/+14F. It has two sealed compartments (one for the battery and memory card, the other for I/O ports), and they’re locked so tightly that you’ll never open them accidentally. We took the D20 in swimming pools and the ocean, and had no problems with leaks.

Canon PowerShot D20 price check: PixMania NL, DigitalRev, eBay.nl

PowerShot D20

June 27, 2013
Posted in News

Update – Canon EOS M Firmware Version 2.0.2 Available For Download


Update: I just installed the new firmware: It Works GREAT!! :-)

The long awaited firmware update (v. 2.0.2) for the Canon EOS M is available for download.

Got to “Support and Drivers”, then choose your operating system and then you can download the firmware.

Details of changes:

Firmware Version 2.0.2 incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

1. Improves focusing speed in One-Shot AF mode.

2. Now supports EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. *When placing the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM without conducting the firmware update, although rare, at times the EOS M will not function.

3. Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Traditional Chinese and Korean language menus.

Firmware Version 2.0.2 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.9 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

If you wish to update your camera’s firmware, please read this page carefully before using the download service.

Preparations for a firmware update:

Windows: After the downloaded compressed file (.zip file) is extracted, a firmware folder is created. *Extracting the downloaded file: Right-click the zip file, and then select Extract All to extract the file.

The extracted folder contains the firmware (file name: EOSM1202.FIR , file size: 17,743,884 bytes) and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese).

Before starting the firmware update operations, please confirm the contents of the download, and carefully read through the firmware update procedures.

June 27, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS 60D at Ridiculous $589 Still Available



Top rated eBay seller buydig (138558 ratings, 99.5% positive, Canon Authorized Dealer) has the Canon EOS 60D body only on sale for $589 (click here). Be aware that the price shows up when you add the item to the cart. Free shipping, USA warranty, limited stock).


June 26, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review (Photography Blog)


EF 40mm

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
PixMania NL, DigitalRev, eBay.nl

Photography Blog reviewed Canon’s full-frame pancake lens, the amazing EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (now just $149), a lens with an excellent value for the money. All other reviews I featured here on Canon Watch confirmed the good optical performance of this relatively “cheap” lens. Cheap, here, means inexpensive and doesn’t mean there are compromises on build or optical quality. Sure, it is not an “L” grade lens, but the little pancake has more to offer than just a low price tag or a great ease of use. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM has a discount of $50 and is sold for $149 at both Adorama and B&H.

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