June 10, 2013
Posted in News

Adobe Lightroom 5 Released (Tutorial Videos, FAQ, Download Link) – Update


Update: Lightroom 5 should be on sale tomorrow, June 11th: B&H | Adorama | Amazon. For the time being only B&H has pre-order links.

Adobe released Lightroom 5 (download here).

A series of tutorial videos have been put online, they cover all aspects of the Lightroom workflow. A Lightroom 5 FAQ can be read here.

Lightroom 5

June 8, 2013
Posted in Deals

US Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1638

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Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>42000 ratings, 99.6% positive) has once again a great deal: Canon EOS 6D body only for $1,637.99 (click here).

June 8, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Watch On Google Currents (link fixed)

Dear Readers, I am happy to announce that the Canon Watch Magazine is now on Google Currents (Android, iOS). Click here to subscribe

June 8, 2013
Posted in News

HDR Video Captured In Real Time From A Canon EOS 60D (Magic Lantern)

Are there limits to the exploits made available by Magic Lantern and the coding skills of gifted hackers? After all the news of the last weeks and since we learned that even an EOS 50D (here on eBay), a camera that didn’t sport video capabilities, has been enabled to shot RAW footage thanks to the Magic Lantern hack, I thought there would be some rest. Nope.

Tao Ai, University of Toronto grad student, used a Canon EOS 60D with the Magic Lantern hack onboard, a video processing board with a field programmable gate array, and some pieces of code he wrote to capture the HDR feed produced by the 60D. The feed was then run through the video processing board to produce the final footage seen on the screen in the video above. The results is a HDR video feed at 480p and 60fps.

Everything is obviously very experimental, but it shows what can be done, which possibilities are hidden in Canon’s DSLR hardware, and – last but not least – what a skilled programmer can do (and I mean both the ML hackers and Tao Ai).

[via PetaPixel, video shot by Engadget]

Magic Lantern

Image courtesy: PetaPixel


June 8, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review (ephotozine) and Firmware Update

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Another review of Canon’s WiFi and GPS-enabled Powershot SX280 HS. ephotozine reviewed the camera. In the conclusion they write:
The Canon Powershot SX280 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a compact camera body and has a number of features that the traveller will find appealing including both GPS and Wi-Fi. Image quality is very good with excellent colours and good levels of detail. The 14fps high speed shooting mode will also appeal, although it would be nice if it was available in all of the modes, and could have been used for an automatic HDR mode. It would have also been nice to see an auto-stitching panoramic mode built in. One of the biggest issues with the SX280 is the very short battery life, which will be even shorter when using GPS and Wi-Fi. However, if you are looking for excellent image quality in a compact camera, with a lot of zoom, then the Canon Powershot SX280 HS is recommended.
The camera gets 4/4 stars and “delivers impressive image quality“. As usual with ephotozine‘s professional reviews, the review comes with lots of sample images, test charts etc. The SX280 is prices $329/€290.
A firmware update for the SX280 is available for download.

Firmware Version incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. Increases the duration of movie shooting by 20% in cases where the optical zoom is used compared to cameras running Firmware Version or Firmware Version through a reduction in the power consumption of the optical zoom.

2. Fixes a phenomenon with cameras running firmware version, in which the low battery level warning is prematurely displayed while shooting in movie mode.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
SX280 HS
June 7, 2013
Posted in News, Tips

Canon Starts Canon EOS 101 Tutorial Series for Beginning Photographers

The Canon Digital Learning Center (DLC) startes a series of tutorials for those who are new to photography.

Learn photography and videography basics in our Canon EOS 101 series where we delve into shooting modes, auto focus, file types and more. Whether you’re new to shooting photos or videos or just brushing up on skills, these tutorials for our Canon Live Learning students or entry level imagemakers range from setup to post production and offer tips on how to utilize the features of your EOS camera.

There are 13 videos that cover all aspects you would like to learn to progress in your photographic skills. And, hey!, it’s free.

[via The Phoblographer]