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: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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
Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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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June 26, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens – $780

EF 24-105mm
Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>42000 ratings, 99.5% positive) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens on sale for $779.99 (click here). USA warranty, free shipping.

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June 26, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Review (dpreview)

EF 200-400mm

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x
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dpreview published their review of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x lens. They reviewed the lens together with the folks at DxOMark. Some excerpts from the conclusion:

  • […] it’s clear that the 200-400mm is exceptionally good
  • On full frame it’s near-flawless, and there’s practically no perceptible sharpness penalty for using the extender
  • AF with static subjects is very fast and extremely accurate
  • […] unique among top-end super-telephoto zooms
  • […] absolutely stellar optics and innovative design earn the lens our top award

The EF 200-400mm f/4l IS 1.4x got dpreview’s Gold Award. DxOMark says about the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x:

[…] the Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X offers image quality that’s close to the best in class, along with the convenience and versatility that’s otherwise lacking with those fixed focal length equivalents.

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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x DxOMark scores without (left) and with (right) activated extender (Image credit: DxOMark)

June 26, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Ad Campaign Counters Raising Smartphone Dominance


In a new advertising campaign Canon strikes back to the raising sales figures of smartphones (photography). The campaign is called “don’t let a call interrupt your photo”.

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