September 25, 2014
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Canon Patent For Apodization Filter

Apodization

Egami spotted a patent filed by Canon for an apodization filter. Such a filter should not decrease light and allows for phase difference detection

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-63100
    • Published Date 2014.4.10
    • Filing date 2013.9.24
  • Canon purpose of patents
    • Improvement of the blurred image by apodization filter
    • And suppress the reduction in light intensity
    • Symmetry of the permeability is achieved to ensure
  • Canon patents
    • Split the exit pupil, and receives by dividing also the imaging surface
    • The divided regions of the exit pupil, there is not, as with a filter apodization

[via Egami]

September 25, 2014
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Interview With Canon’s Masaya Maeda (higher res sensors coming, also for EOS-M, more mirrorless in the near future)

Masaya Maeda

Dpreview posted an interview hold at Photokina 2014 with Mr. Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon.

There are some rather interesting snippets I want to quote.

Q: Currently no Canon camera offers more than 22MP. Do your DSLR customers ask for higher resolution?

A: Yes. We know that many of our customers need more resolution and this is under consideration. In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.

High resolution sensors coming in Canon DSLRs, and for EOS M system sounds good! :-)

About the EOS 7D Mark II:

Q: You’ve had a long time to get feedback from 7D owners – what did they want most in a replacement?

A: Besides a bigger sensor, they wanted the same sort of features found in the EOS-1D X. We did a lot of interviews with 7D users – more than 5000 people in total – and we think that in the EOS 7D Mark II we got very close to achieving EOS-1D-type features in a lightweight body.

The Powershot G7 X has a Sony sensor. Canon thinks…

Q: [...] we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

Pragmatism. That’s cool. Stay tuned, there is more to come from Canon in the near future.

[via Dpreview]

World-wide 7D Mark II pre-order links after the break  Read the rest of this entry →

September 24, 2014
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Deal Alert: Canon Powershot S120 – $343 (instead of $449)

 Powershot S120 Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon Powershot S120 + accessories on sale for $343.27. Compare to $449.Free shipping and limited quantity.
September 24, 2014
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Canon Powershot G7 X Features A Sony BSI-CMOS Sensor

 Powershot G7 X

Powershot G7 X: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

A lot suggests the Canon Powershot G7 X is featuring a Sony 20-MP 1” BSI CMOS sensor. The same sensor that’s mounted on the Sony RX100 III and Panasonic FZ1000.

In a meeting with Dpreview‘s staff, Canon stated that the sensor in the Powershot G7 X is a “BSI-CMOS” sensor, and that the sensor is not manufactured by Canon.

A similar hint comes from PetaPixel in their G7 X vs RX100 III comparison. They write:

Surprisingly the Canon G7 X and Sony RX100 III could be stepbrothers. Canon allegedly admitted the 20MP 1″ sensor was not developed internally, fueling speculations that G7 X could be using the same Sony 20-MP 1” BSI CMOS sensor. Any difference between the two rivals can be attributed to the lens and design philosophy of the engineering teams from both sides.

Thom Hogan from gearophile writes:

What we get in the US$700 G7 X is the Sony 20mp 1” sensor coupled with a 24-100mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens, a 1m dot touchscreen, a built in ND filter, 1080P/60 video and some other PowerShot stuff. [...] it even has a “selfie” mode.

As you can see, it appears the Powershot G7 X is indeed featuring Sony’s sensor. It’s a first time for Canon. To the best of my knowledge there has never been a Canon digital cameras featuring a sensor not made by Canon. However, the Sony sensor coupled with Canon’s excellent optics sounds good to me. The G7 X has a longer zoom range than the Sony RX 100 III, and a faster aperture.

There is also a serious hint by Canon itself that they are working on another compact camera with possibly an 1 inch sensor. And that’s not all, another hint by Canon itself suggests the company is researching the possibility of developing a new mount type, and that they could join the m4/3 standard.

Is Canon changing strategies and opening to sensors made by other manufacturers? What do you think?

Canon’s new super-small camera with an 1 inch sensor and WiFi is already shipping at DigitalRev for €629/$699. The PowerShot G7 X will be available in October 201. Pre-order at Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.

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Sony RX1000 III

 

September 24, 2014
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Hot Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ PIXMA PRO-100 And More Accessories – $2,849 (Adorama)

EOS 5D Mark III

Super hot deal by authorised Canon dealer Adorama. You get a rich EOS 5D Mark III bundle for $2,849 after $550 mail-in rebate (info here). Free shipping in the USA. The bunds includes:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III – USA Warranty (Regular $3,399)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $398)
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
  • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black (Regular $59.95)
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack (Regular $34.95)
  • Flashpoint Battery Grip For Canon 5D Mark III (Regular $69.95)

You get $200 MIR on the camera and $350 MIR on the printer/camera/paper for a total of $550 in savings. Price at checkout is $3,399.

September 24, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Review (Dpreview)

EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Review

 

Dpreview posted their hands-on review of the brand new Canon EOS 7D Mark II. An excerpt:

The 7D II offers the same ‘Intelligent Tracking and Recognition’ (iTR) mode introduced in the EOS-1D X, which uses colorinformation from the RGB sensor to identify and track subjects in conjunction with the AF system. Theoretically, this allows the camera to automatically select the appropriate AF point in order to stay on the initially focused subject. It should even detect faces to focus on them (outside of Live View).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II announcement, product description and specs here.

[via Dpreview]

EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Review

7D Mark II smart viewfinder (image © Canon)

In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699). The new EOS 7D Mark II can be pre-ordered also in the USA. Shipment is expected for November 2014 and orders will be shipped on a first come first serve basis:

World-wide pre-order links after the break.


Chuck Westfall about the EOS 7D Mark II

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September 24, 2014
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Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Can Be Pre-Ordered

Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro

The new Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary (announcement) lens for APS-C DSLRs is available for pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama.

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