Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.0.5 Released – UPDATE

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.0.5 Released – UPDATE

Update 3: the firmware is now online at Canon USA.

Update 2 (thanks Niklas): firmware 1.0.5 can be downloaded from Canon Japan: Windows | Mac OS X

Update: firmware 1.0.5 doesn’t appear to be online. For the time being I can’t say if it was removed, or just hasn’t been put online.

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Canon released a new firmware for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, version 1.0.5 (download). Canon’s advisory:

Thank you for using Canon products.

Firmware Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes:

  • Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the “Peripheral illumination correction” is applied inconsistently.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, while performing an EF lens firmware update, the progress bar displayed on the LCD monitor may freeze at 100% even though the update has been completed.
  • Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the “Geotag information appended to image” and “Log data” GPS functions.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, where at the time of shooting in very rare cases “Err 70” occurs, or the shutter does not release.

Firmware Version 1.0.5 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.4 If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

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Canon EOS 80D specs floating around (not the real stuff) [CW1]

Canon EOS 80D Specs Floating Around (not The Real Stuff) [CW1]

A set of specs said to belong to the Canon EOS 80D is floating around the web. As with other fake rumors of lately, this one too originated from a forum.

Please note that it is impossible to have reliable EOS 80D specifications so early. While the specs below may look plausible to you, it’s nothing more than a randomly assembled set of specs.

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & Digic 6+ or 7 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture
  • 49-Point AF System
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Continuous shooting rate of up to 8 fps

I doubt the EOS 80D will have 24MP, it will likely be more, Don’t take it with a grain of salt, take a truckload of it. However, the EOS xxD series gets updated every three years. The EOS 60D was announced in 2010, and the EOS 70D in 2013. 2016 will most likely be the year of the EOS 80D. That’s the only reliable part of the rumor, and we already knew it.

Canon develops image-processing technology that digitizes material appearance information

Canon Develops Image-processing Technology That Digitizes Material Appearance Information

Canon develops material appearance image-processing technology that digitizes material appearance information qualities such as gloss and three-dimensional surface characteristics to enable printing reproduction

TOKYO, September 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it has developed material appearance image-processing technology that, through the acquisition of material appearance information using digital cameras, enables printing that faithfully recreates such material appearance characteristics as gloss, plasticity and transparency, qualities that change in appearance depending on the orientation of lighting or the angle from which an object is viewed.

Material appearance characteristics are those qualities that determine an object’s look and feel, such as gloss, plasticity, surface contours and transparency. The acquisition of this information, such as surface contours and reflectance, in addition to color data, is essential for reproducing an object’s texture in photographs and other forms of printout.

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More Innovation by Canon: 8K video camera and EOS DSLR with 120MP (development announcement)

More Innovation By Canon: 8K Video Camera And EOS DSLR With 120MP (development Announcement)

Canon is pushing technology and innovation, again. Today we have a development announcement for a Cinema EOS System 8K camera, a professional-use 8K reference display, and an EOS DSLR equipped with a 120MP sensor. For those who didn’t get it: Canon will release a 120MP full-frame DSRL. Yesterday the compamy announced the development of a 250MP APS-H sensor. That makes Sony and their 4K stuff look really old, doesn’t it? :-)

Canon developing next-generation imaging devices to expand the possibilities of visual expression

TOKYO, September 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

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Canon Rebel SL1 bundle deal – $449 (18-55mm IS STM, 75-300mm, PRO-100 printer, and more)

Canon Rebel SL1 Bundle Deal – $449 (18-55mm IS STM, 75-300mm, PRO-100 Printer, And More)

Adorama has a killer deal on the Canon Rebel SL1, world’s smallest DSLR. This bundle is the perfect beginner’s kit, and it comes for just $449 (after $350 mail-in rebate). The bundle includes:

  • Canon Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag for DSLR with Attached Lens, Slate Gray
  • Corel Digital Organization Creativity Software Kit, Includes PaintShop Pro X7, AfterShot Pro 2, Nuance OmniPage 18, FileCenter Standard 7

If you’re comfortable with mail-in rebates, then this is a deal hard to beat. The same bundle is available also with the white Rebel SL1.