Canon Announces Development Of Canon EOS R1 Flagship

Canon Eos R1

We expected it, and it came. The development announcement of the Canon EOS R1.

B&H Photo will notify you as soon as it is available for preorder.

Canon press release:

CANON DEVELOPS EOS R1 AS FIRST FLAGSHIP MODEL FOR EOS R SYSTEM

New Image Processing System Further Improves AF and Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 15, 2024 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. announced today that it is currently developing the EOS R1, a full-frame mirrorless camera, as the first flagship model for the EOS R SYSTEM equipped with an RF mount and is aiming for a 2024 release.

The EOS R1 is a mirrorless camera geared toward professionals that brings together Canon’s cutting-edge technology and combines top-class performance with the strong durability and high reliability sought in a flagship model. This camera will dramatically improve1 the performance of both still images and video and meet the high requirements of professionals on the frontlines of a wide range of fields including sports, news reporting, and video production.

This camera employs the newly developed image processor DIGIC Accelerator in addition to the pre-existing processor DIGIC X. The new image processing system, composed of these processors and a new CMOS sensor, enables large volumes of data to be processed at high speeds and delivers never-before-seen advancements in Auto Focus (AF) and other functions.

By combining the new image processing system and deep learning technology to an advanced degree, Canon has achieved high-speed and high-accuracy subject recognition. For example, subject tracking accuracy has been improved so that in team sporting events where multiple subjects intersect, the target subject can continually be tracked even if another player passes directly in front of them. In addition, the AF “Action Priority” function recognizes subject movement by rapidly analyzing the subject’s status. In moments during a sports game when it is difficult to predict what will happen next, this function automatically determines the player performing a certain action, such as shooting a ball, as the main subject and instantly shifts the AF frame, thereby helping to capture decisive moments of gameplay.

The combination of the new image processing system and deep learning technology will help to improve image quality. Canon implements the image noise reduction function, which has been previously developed and improved as part of the software for PCs, as a camera function to further improve image quality and contribute to user creativity.

Canon is working on field tests for this camera and will support capturing definitive and impactful moments at international sporting events to be held in the future.

Going forward, Canon will continue to expand the EOS R SYSTEM lineup of fascinating cameras and RF lenses, thereby continuing to meet the demands of a wide range of users and contribute to the development of photography and video culture.

About Canon U.S.A. Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29.4 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. as of 2023 has ranked in the top-five overall in U.S. patents granted for 38 consecutive years. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To learn more about Canon, visit us at www.usa.canon.com and connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/canonusa.# # #

1 In comparison to EOS R3 (released in November 2021)

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office. Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

Canon Patent: 200-800mm f/6.3-9 And 150-600mm f/6.3-9 Lenses

Canon Patent

A new Canon patent application for two telephoto lenses.

Canon patent application 2024062200 (japan, published 5/9/2024) discusses optical formulas for two telephoto lenses for the RF mount:

  • 200-800mm f/6.3-9
  • 150-600mm f/6.3-9

From the patent literature:

  • An object of the present invention is to provide a zoom lens that has high optical performance, a high zoom ratio, and is small and lightweight.
  • [Background Art] In recent years, imaging optical systems used in imaging devices are required to be small and lightweight zoom lenses that have a long focal length at the telephoto end and have high optical performance over the entire zoom range.
  • According to the present invention, it is possible to provide a zoom lens that has high optical performance, has a high zoom ratio, and is small and lightweight.

[via asobinet]

Canon EOS R50 Review (reasonable amount of quality features)

Canon EOS R50 Review

Here is a Canon EOS R50 review. The EOS R50 is one of the entry-level EOS R bodies and features an APS-C imaging sensor.

Canon EOS R50 at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC X Image Processor
  • UHD 4K 30p Video Recording
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 651 Zones
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.62m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 15 fps Electronic Shutter
  • Movie for Close-Up Demos Mode
  • Vertical Movie Mode
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

Dustin Abbott posted his comprehensive EOS R50 review. From hos conclusion:

[given the price] the Canon EOS R50 will almost certainly sell well for Canon because it offers a reasonable amount of quality features for the very low price point. The only cheaper APS-C mirrorless camera is the Canon R100, and that camera comes without the articulating LCD screen and has an older focus system.

You’ll want to either have relatively small hands or else a strong desire for a compact camera, but, if that’s the case, you’ll enjoy having a decent viewfinder and an excellent touchscreen in such a compact camera. The autofocus system is very robust for this class of camera, which definitely ups the fun factor.

The biggest reason to hesitate on purchasing the Canon EOS R50 is the utter lack of native lenses available for it. Canon needs to demonstrate that they are going to support the RF-S mount in a way far better than their failure to support the EF-M mount. The current state of the EOS R system is that I really like and enjoying using many of the cameras, but I’m frustrated by the policies regarding lenses.

Read the complete review at dustinabbott.net

Mr. Abbott’s reviews are among the most professional and exhaustive you’ll find. I strongly recommend you check it out in its entirety. The review comes with sample images, ISO tests, and basically with anything you might want to know about the EOS R50.

If, on the other hand, you prefer watching a video, below is the video-review of the Canon EOS R50.

Canon EOS R50:

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Here It Is: NIK Collection 7 Has Been Released (faster, smoother, better)

Nik Collection 7

One of my favourite photo editing tools got a significant update.

DxO released NIK Collection 7, click here for more information and to download a trial version.

Price and availability: Nik Collection 7 upgrade is £79 €89 $89, Nik Collection 7 full version is £145 €159 $159

Here is the press release:

Nik Collection 7 by DxO, with a New Faster and Smoother Workflow

Paris (France): DxO Labs, the company that is standing at the forefront of photo editing technology, presents the latest edition of Nik Collection, the photo editing suite of seven premium applications which, extend the capabilities of programs such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity Photo, and DxO PhotoLab.

“Nik Collection exists to accelerate visual creativity in any photography workflow. With version 7, not only have we maximised performance, but we’ve introduced new selection tools that deliver a remarkable level of control,” Boris Oliviero, Product Director.

New Options for Nik Color Efex

  • Nik Color Efex now features an extended HSL filter for extending colour range selections. complete with a new Vibrancy slider.
  • Dynamic Filters enables you to stack and reorder filters and even create local adjustments.
  • Access Nik Viveza plugins as filters from within Nik Color Efex introducing a fluid and simplified workflow.

U Point Local Adjustments now have Powerful New Adjustment Tools

Nik Collection’s signature U Point technology gets three new tools to give users outstanding precision when making selections for local adjustments.

  • The new Polygonal Tool allows photographers to quickly select irregular shapes.
  • Control Points can now be modified into any elliptical form.
  • Luminosity Masks can be used for accurate and faster selections by targeting levels of brightness.

Work Faster with Speed Upgrades

  • Images now launch up to 30% faster, enabling a more efficient workflow.
  • New Switch To, feature enables you to seamlessly move between plugins.
  • Quick Export lets you output images without leaving the plugin or app, allowing you to make fast comparisons of image versions.
  • New look and functionality for the library with a Quick Search tool and the ability to organise users presets and filters for faster access.

Other Changes

Nik Perspective has been removed from Nik Collection 7. With parallel installation, owners of Nik Collection 6.3 will still be able to continue to use Nik Perspective.