Reports about Canon XC10 lens sliding out when used on drone


First reviews about the Canon XC10 aren’t really stellar, and now reports about the XC10’s lens “sliding out” when the camera is used on a drone appear to make the figures even worse. If true, this is particularly embarrassing since Canon touts the XC10 as made for drones.

Drone operator Scott Winn tested a Canon XC10, and says:

The lens is a high quality 4k lens that was specially built for this camera and isn’t some kit lens. But never the less it is a fixed lens. On occasion while flying this camera when we would looks straight down the lens would slide out, and we would have to land to fix it. Perhaps this was a prototype issue, but all it takes is some tape to fix that. The autofocus seemed to have a harder time than it did when shooting from the ground. On the ground it was near flawless, but in the air we couldn’t get it to keep focus.

Having to fix a sliding lens with tape isn’t what you are willing to accept on a $2,500 camera.

Canon’s new, 4k and WiFi enabled, XC10 camera (announcement) sells for $2,499 and is available for pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama. Canon XC10 specs:

  • 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image
  • 12 Megapixel One-Inch 4K-Compatible CMOS Image Sensor
  • DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor
  • XF-AVC Codec for 4K 30p and Full HD 60p
  • Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
  • Slow and Fast Motion Recording
  • Exceptional Still Capture Capability
  • High Speed Dual Pixel AF with Face Detection
  • CFast 4K Recording Technology
  • Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma
  • Image Settings Compatible with Cinema EOS Cameras
  • Compact and Ergonomic Design
  • Wireless Operation
  • Workflow Versatility
  • Compatible with Multiple Canon Accessories
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[CW1] Canon working on a professional underwater camera?

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A weird rumor surfaced. The rumor suggests Canon is working on a professional underwater camera that “would not require an underwater housing” and that is “far superior to any of the point and shoot options” out there.

I do not know how deep an underwater cameras has to go to be called a professional underwater camera. On the other hand I am pretty sure to know that without an external housing a camera can hardly be taken “seriously” underwater.

What do you think?

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About our rumour rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable (less than 15% chance to be real)
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor (15%-40% chance to be real)
  • CW3 – around 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past, high probability to be true (60%-80% chance to be real)
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true

Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware 1.04 locking up the camera?

7D Mark II

A user in the Fred Miranda forum posted about an issue he or she has with the firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

[…] I decided to update the firmware since I do have the 70-200II […] Camera locked up twice shooting one game, I was looking through view finder turned away looked back through and had no info like it was shut off…the second time it was resuming from sleep….I have little doubt its the firmware…It also changed my MFA adjustments, and god help me I couldnt get it to repeat even my quick and dirty adjustments ( easy to do with a 300 2.8 and white lines on the ground at 45 degrees ) to MFA…it was perfect at +7 before ( and I routinely spot check each game )…it was closer to +4 after ( didnt realize this till I started reviewing some shots) then as I spot checked throughout the game I kept having to move it ( while not on a tripod with a release its a monopod and I use OS..I can shoot against objects to set the correct DOF vs object shot which is more important to me than sharpness on a chart..I do this all the time and its more repeatable than you think…Tomorrow I am going to do a factory reset and start over just to make sure…Proceed with caution…anyone have a link to the 1.02 firmware so I can put it back on there?

If you encounter this issue, try the following: 1) record the camera settings, 2) install the firmware update, 3) do a camera reset, 4) remove the battery for a few minutes, 5) restart the camera and 6) restore the settings. However, of the issue is in the firmware, this procedure will not help.

What about you, did you experience the issue after having installed firmware 1.04 on your EOS 7D Mark II?

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

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Exclusive Deal: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens – $719 (compare at $799), EDIT: deal over

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Update: the deal expired yesterday.

We are excited to offer an exclusive deal for Canon Watch readers, kindly sponsored by Adorama.

For limited time you can get the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM “Art” lens for $719 using coupon code CWLENSADRM (click here). That’s $80 off the regular price. The offer will expire sunday night at 11:59pm EST (May 17).


  • This lens is part of Sigma’s Art line; deeming it well-suited to creative image making due to its large, constant f/1.8 maximum aperture and ability to produce aesthetic bokeh by way of a nine-blade circular diaphragm
  • One aspherical lens element, as well as the incorporation of SLD glass, help to minimize the appearance of distortions and aberrations throughout the zoom range and provide clear imagery with enhanced sharpness
  • The Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, quiet and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications. This AF motor can also be manually overridden at any time by rotating the focusing ring, giving you the ability to fine-tune image sharpness through manual focusing
  • Constructed using a TSC compound material, this lens is lightweight while also exhibiting notable durability and resistance to environmental changes
  • An internal focusing and zooming mechanism helps to maintain a consistent overall lens length and a non-rotating front ring facilitates more efficient use of circular polarizers
  • Compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software for fine-tuning your lens’ performance, updating its firmware and better suiting it to your needs
  • Focal Length: 18 – 35 mm (comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28.8 – 56mm)
  • Aperture: Maximum: f/1.8, Minimum: f/16
  • Angle of View: 73.8deg. – 42.2deg.
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11″ (27.94 cm)
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.3
  • Groups/Elements: 12/17
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Filter Thread: Front: 72 mm
  • Dimensions (Dell): Approx. 3.07×4.76″ / 7.79×12.09 cm
  • Weight: 1.78 lbs / 0.80 kg

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