Photos Of Pets, Food And Family are highly popular, Canon study says

canon rumorsCanon published a study for National Photography Month about consumer’s confidence behind the camera. According to the study:

  • 80% of consumers rate their own photography skills as good
  • 62% think their snapping skills have improved in the past two to five years
  • 64% want to keep their photos printed
    • 32% of these like to create photo books

Canon press release:

Say Cheese! Snap Happy Consumers Highly Rate Their Photography Skills And Print Photos Of Pets, Food And Family!

Canon’s Inaugural Photography Trends Study Celebrates National Photography Month

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – May is National Photography Month and to celebrate, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is revealing consumer trends that are taking the world of photography by storm.

Consumers today have more confidence behind the camera, according to the 2016 Photography Trends Study released today by Canon U.S.A. With 80 percent of consumers rating their own photography skills as good to excellent, and 62 percent boasting that they think their snapping skills have improved in the past two to five years, the desire to capture, share and save memories through the power of the image with friends and family is clearly on the rise.

And as more and more images are uploaded to social media platforms, consumers are still looking to preserve their memories with tangible prints. Nearly two out of four (64 percent) of those surveyed indicated that they are likely or somewhat likely to print their photos after taking them. Once printed, many consumers are also getting crafty with their photos, with 32 percent of the respondents creating scrapbooks or photo books, and one quarter using their prints to decorate their homes.

Camera Confessions: 2016 Photography Trends

  • Count it out! One in four (24 percent) consumers are taking up to 300 photos per month.
  • Pets, family and events really rate: We’re a nation of animal lovers, with over half (59 percent) taking more photos of their pets, than selfies (57 percent). Almost two-thirds (64 percent) report taking photos of theirfamily and special occasions more than anything else.
  • Memorable Moments Matter: The majority (80 percent) are capturing photos during family gatherings and holidays, like Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hanukkah. Interestingly, photos at the gym are only taken by 16 percent of consumers.
  • Video is hotter than ever: More consumers are using their cameras for capturing video. Almost one in five (17 percent) are using their cameras to create content to be used online, with ‘velfies’ (video selfies) also gaining popularity – half of consumers (50 percent) are using their cameras to capture video of themselves.

An Increased Appetite for Food Photography 
With more than 178 million photographs on Instagram tagged with #food, food photography continues to be a big trend and passion point amongst consumers. More than half of consumers (55 percent) take food photos to show off a personal creation or new recipe. More than one in four consumers (27 percent) admit they share photos of food to brag and to give friends and family FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

Overall, the study also uncovered that as a nation we are true patriots when it comes to food photography. Almost half (43 percent) confirmed that American cuisine inspires most of their food photography with Italian cuisine coming in second place (22 percent), and Japanese and Chinese in third (nine percent) and fourth (seven percent).

What’s the hottest dish trending? Decadent ice cream dishes tops out as the most commonly photographed dish (51 percent), with pizza and pasta also coming in close behind as fan photo favorite dishes (44 percent and 42 percent respectively).

This month, join in the fun and grab a Canon EOS or PowerShot digital camera, PIXMA printer, a bowl of colorful ice cream, your favorite pet and gather the family around to celebrate National Photography Month.

About the Canon 2016 Photography Trends Study
The Canon 2016 Photography Trends Study was conducted online with 1,004 adult U.S. general population respondents. The survey was conducted by Toluna, between the dates of April 21 – 26, 2016.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens price drop, now $329 ($70 off), and more deals

Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Lens Price Drop, Now $329 ($70 Off), And More Deals

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM at a glance:

  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Two High Refraction Lens Elements
  • Gaussian Optics Eliminate Astigmatism
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Infrared Index
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.8″
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 58mm

Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens saw a $70 price drop in the US and now is on sale at $329 at the following authorised Canon retailers:

Don’t miss to check also the Canon Direct Store refurbished gear listings, they stocked up and many very good deals can be found there:

Another place to look out for good deals is our list of select Canon deals on eBay

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 shopping links for your country: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS compact camera announced

PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon’s PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera, available in black, red and silver, is scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $279.99.

Pre-order now: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Share Memories On The Go With New Compact, Connected PowerShot SX620 HS Digital Camera

Latest Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Provides Impressive Image Quality and Zoom Range in a Compact Size

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced today the new Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera – ideal for individuals looking for a convenient, easy-to-carry compact digital camera capable of producing high-quality photos and videos. This new camera boasts a 20.2 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 25X Optical Zoom lens (25-625mm equivalent) in a form factor that will easily fit in a pocket or purse, making it an ideal camera for those passionate about photography to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are.

The camera’s built-in wireless capabilities make it convenient to share images and videos on the go, and its powerful 25X optical zoom lens makes it ideal for those wanting to zoom in and out of the action. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera is a great companion for those looking to visually document their daily adventures and easily share their experiences as they explore new places and do new things.

As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX610 HS digital compact camera, the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera also features:

  • An Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) that helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a variety of shooting conditions
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communication (NFC™)*** to allow for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos to a personal computer or other compatible devices such as the Canon Connect Station CS 100
  • 20.2 megapixel* CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality, even in low light
  • The ability to capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video
  • Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle
  • Hybrid Auto mode that allows for recording up to four seconds of video before each image that is captured, then automatically combines each clip and still into a quick video recap of the day
  • Smart AUTO mode which intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on pre-defined shooting situations to help create the best possible image
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create unique images with an artistic flair
  • An Auto Zoom feature that, when enabled, makes the camera automatically zoom in on subjects and help keep them in focus

Canon’s PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera, available in black, red and silver, is scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $279.991.

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Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens officially announced


Canon announced their new Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash and the first macro lens for the EOS M system, the Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM with built-in LEDs. The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.99. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.99.


Canon press release:

Accessorize This Spring With The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens With Built-In Macro Lites And Image Stabilizer

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Spring is all about having the right look and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is giving photographers of all levels two new options that can improve their creativity and versatility; the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash and the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.

Photographers looking to take rapid-fire flash images will appreciate the improved recycling time in the new Canon Speedlite-600EX II-RT flash. Those looking to explore the world of macro photography will appreciate the stylish compact look of the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M Camera System, which features Image Stabilization and a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lites to enhance image quality during close-up photography.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash Offers Improved Recycling Time and More

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash is compatible with most EOS cameras. It replaces Canon’s top-of-the-line Speedlite 600EX-RT, and improves recycling time by approximately 1.1 to 1.5 times* during continuous flash shooting when using AA batteries and up to 2 times* when adding the new optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N.Additional Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash features include:

  • Zoom flash head covers wide focal length range of 20–200mm; maximum guide number is 197 ft./60m at ISO 100, making Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash the most powerful flash unit in the EOS system.
  • Wireless flash shooting support is available for both radio and optical transmission with compatible Canon Speedlites, offering users greater functional range when using flash.
  • Multiple flash system support allows control of up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites.
  • Dust- and water-resistant body for reliable operation in harsh environments.
  • Flash-readiness indicator on the display panel, simplified button and dial operation and variable manual flash output.
  • New, specially designed accessories supplied include a built-in bounce adapter, plus SCF-E3 hard-type color filter sets, and a soft case. The new Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N is available as an optional accessory for faster recycling time and more flashes per charge.
  • Illuminated dot matrix LCD panel for enhanced display information, including flash mode and usable distance ranges plus C.Fn (Custom Function) and P.Fn (Personal Function) settings.

First Macro Lens in the Canon EF-M lens series

Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight macro lens should look no further than the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first Canon Macro Lens specifically designed for the EOS M Camera System.

The new lens features a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units that illuminate close-up subjects as needed, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.

The standard focusing range of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications up to 1.2 times. This feature allows you to capture smaller details that really make your subjects stand out against the background.

Additional features of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens include:

  • Hybrid IS, the same feature as found on Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lenses** help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.
  • Angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) provides flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes at macro distances and beyond.
  • Tapered lens top shape makes it easy to capture high-quality images at close range without casting shadows.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT electronic flash unit is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.991. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.991.


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Canon PowerShot SX620 HS specifications leaked [CW5]

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Specifications Leaked [CW5]

Specifications of he soon-to-come replacement for the Powershot SX610 HS leaked over the web.

  • 20.2MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC4 + processor
  • 25 × optical zoom
  • Body color is black, white, red
  • Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Video 1080p
  • 3 inches 922,000-dot LCD monitor
  • Hybrid auto
  • Creative shot mode
  • Auto-zoom

I expect the announcement in the next days. Stay tuned…

[via Digicame-Info]

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT image and more detailed specifications leaked [CW5]

Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Image and more specifications of the upcoming Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT leaked over the web.

  • Guide number is a 200mm 60 (ISO100)
  • Cover the angle of view of 20-200mm (wide panel when using: 14mm)
  • Auto zoom, manual zoom
  • Head 90 degrees upward, 7 degrees in the downward direction, 180 degrees moving to the left and right direction
  • Custom Function 15 (36 settings)
  • Personal function 6 (12 settings)
  • Dust and water resistant
  • The size of 78.7mm x 143.2mm x 122.7mm
  • Weight 435 g
  • External battery pack CP-E4N
  • Adoption of a strong material to heat. Continuous emission number in comparison with the old model is a 50% increase. Battery Pack CP-E4N when using twice the continuous emission is possible
  • The liquid crystal panel of the dot matrix type
  • New charge indicator
  • New accessories: color filter SCF-E30R1, SCF-E30R2. Bounce adapter SBA-E3
[via Digicame-Info]