Artificial Intelligence Coming To The Canon EOS R5 Mark II?

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A well known rumors mill came up with an interesting rumor. AI coming to be featured on the Canon EOS R5 Mark II. But is it reliable?

The long rumored Canon EOS R5 Mark II is now said to feature artificial intelligence (AI). While there are no suggestions about what AI might do on the EOS R5 Mark II, it is likely it will regard autofocus. AI could be helpful in tracking faces and/or people, even specific faces or people. But it might also be used for in-camera processing, scene settings. If the AI rumor is true, you might expect it to be featured on the EOS R1 too.

The EOS R5 Mark II is now rumored to have 45MP (60MP in the past). Moreover, both the EOS R5 Mark II and “white unicorn”-EOS R1 are said to be announced around May 2024.

Please be aware that rumors are nothing but rumors, and that there is people relying on them to pay the bills at month’s end. So, do not take anything too serious. Even better, forget rumors and go out to snap pictures.

Stay tuned for more, if you want.

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon Patent: 10-20mm f/4, 10-20mm f/2.8-4 And 9-18mm f/4 Lenses

Canon Patent

A new Canon patent application. Canon patent 2024023099 (Japan, published 2/21/2024) discusses optical formulas for three wide angle zoom lenses.

  • 10-20mm f/4
  • 10-20mm f/2.8-4
  • 9-18mm f/4

From the patent literature:

  • An object of the present invention is to provide a zoom lens that is small and has good optical characteristics, and an imaging device and an imaging system including the zoom lens.
  • BACKGROUND ART: Zoom lenses used in imaging devices are required to have a wide angle of view, be compact, and have good optical characteristics. As a wide-angle zoom lens, a so-called negative lead type zoom lens in which a lens group with a negative refractive power is arranged closest to the object side is known.
  • A negative lead type zoom lens has the characteristics that it is relatively easy to widen the angle of view and easily obtain a long back focus. However, negative lead type zoom lenses tend to have an asymmetrical lens configuration with respect to the aperture stop. Therefore, it is difficult to correct various aberrations, for example, it is difficult to suppress aberration fluctuations during focusing, and it is very difficult to obtain high optical performance.
  • In particular, in the inner focus type, in which focusing is performed using a small and lightweight lens group located closer to the image side than the first lens group in order to perform high-speed focusing, aberration fluctuations during focusing tend to increase.
  • The present invention provides a zoom lens that is compact and has good optical characteristics, and an imaging device and an imaging system having the zoom lens.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 10.33-19.39
  • F value: 4.08-4.12
  • Half angle of view: 61.36-48.13
  • Image height: 18.92-21.64
  • Total length: 128.82-123.27
  • Back focus: 12.13

Example 2

  • Focal length: 9.20-17.90
  • F value: 4.08-4.12
  • Half angle of view: 64.04-50.40
  • Image height: 18.90-21.64
  • Total length: 125.26-119.35
  • Back focus: 10.50

Example 3

  • Focal length: 11.30-23.90
  • F value: 4.08-4.12
  • Half angle of view: 59.29-42.15
  • Image height: 19.02-21.64
  • Total length: 129.79-129.33
  • Back focus: 14.54-10.54

Example 4

  • Focal length: 10.30-19.80
  • F value: 2.89-4.12
  • Half angle of view: 61.76-47.54
  • Image height: 19.18-21.64
  • Total length: 132.94-127.01
  • Back focus: 11.35

More Canon patents are listed here.

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Fujifilm X100VI Mirrorless Camera Announced

Fujifilm announced a new, cute looking little camera, the Fujifilm X100VI. Pre-order it at B&H Photo.

At a glance:

  • 40.2MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 HR Sensor
  • X-Processor 5 Image Processor
  • Fujinon 23mm f/2 Lens
  • 35mm Full-Frame Equivalent
  • 6-Stop In-Body Image Stabilization
  • 425-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • Hybrid 0.66x OVF with 3.69m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 20 Film Simulation Modes with REALA ACE

Fujifilm press release:

Fujifilm Debuts X100VI Mirrorless Digital Camera

X100VI’s iconic dial-based design and advanced technology includes new features for content creators of all types; special limited edition also announced in celebration of Fujifilm’s 90th anniversary

VALHALLA, N.Y., – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to officially announce the highly anticipated launch of FUJIFILM X100VI digital camera (“X100VI”, pronounced X100 Six), the newest model in the popular X100 Series. X100VI offers outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight body, and features Fujifilm’s legendary color reproduction technology, which is best experienced through its revered Film Simulation modes, a feature, users have come to expect from all Fujifilm digital cameras, along with In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) and enhanced video capabilities.

“The viral popularity of our X100 Series cameras has shown us time and time again that making images is as tactile as it is technical,” said Victor Ha, vice president, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Electronic Imaging Division. “X100VI continues this tradition by bringing our most advanced imaging technology to an image-making experience that feels organic and familiar to creatives of all levels.”

Product Features 

•    X-Trans™ CMOS 5 HR and X-Processor 5 deliver high image quality and high performance
X100VI is equipped with the back-illuminated X-Trans™ CMOS 5 HR sensor1 with approximately 40.2 megapixels. The sensor has an impressive pixel structure that allows light to be efficiently captured compared to prior X100 Series cameras. Additionally, ISO 125, which on the previous X100V model was only an extended sensitivity option, is now available natively on the X100VI. With its fixed, 23mmF2.0 lens, X100VI delivers sharp, high-resolution images.

X100VI comes with 20 of Fujifilm’s popular Film Simulation modes, including the new REALA ACE mode, which applies a diverse range of distinctive tones to the user’s images. REALA ACE mode offers faithful color reproduction and high-contrast tonality, making it suitable for a wide variety of subjects and situations.

The camera incorporates an impressive autofocus (AF) prediction algorithm for reliable focusing, even when recording continuously-moving subjects. X100VI uses the subject detection AF X-Processor 5 to accurately track a range of subjects. Built using deep-learning AI technology, it can detect animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, trains, insects, and drones2

•    Enhanced high performance to maximize X100VI’s range
X100VI is the first camera in the X100 Series to incorporate a 5-axis, in-body image stabilization function with up to 6.0 stops3, while generally maintaining the X100 Series’ characteristic compact size and lightweight, only having increased in weight by 1.52 ounces over the previous model.

The “Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder” allows the user to switch freely between the optical viewfinder (OVF) and the electronic viewfinder (EVF), pursuing the rangefinder style of photography that has been a hallmark of the X100 Series. The EVF is equipped with a high-resolution OLED panel with approximately 3.69 million dots, optimizing the immersive shooting experience.

The “Electronic Range Finder” (ERF) function allows a small EVF to be simultaneously displayed on the OVF. Using this feature, the photographer can view either the entire frame or the area of critical focus, increasing the capabilities of a standard optical viewfinder. The ERF function is highly convenient, especially for street photography.

X100VI is capable of 6.2K/30P movie recording, a first for the X100 Series. The camera is also equipped with a tracking AF function during movie recording to ensure high-quality content creation.

X100VI offers an accessory-free, native Camera to Cloud integration for Adobe’s Frame.io, which allows users to wirelessly connect any X100VI to an active internet connection, authenticate it to Frame.io, and automatically upload photos and videos just moments after they are created. This can drastically reduce the amount of time needed to reach the end of any post-production workflow. X100VI is the latest in Fujifilm‘s digital camera portfolio to integrate Frame.io’s Camera to Cloud technology, joining X-H2, X-H2S, and GFX100 II in offering the capability. 

•    Sophisticated, functional product design 
As with the prior model, aluminum is used for the top and bottom surfaces of the X100VI body. Aluminum, which features a high degree of malleability, is pressed and machined for crisp, clean edges, and the surface is finely blasted for a smooth texture. In addition, anodized aluminum is used on the camera surface to produce a high-quality finish.

X100VI’s ultra-thin tilt LCD monitor can be stored in a fully flat position, a design leveraged from the X100V. The stylish, integrated body design allows for a variety of shooting styles, from high to low angles. The shape of the grip has been fine-tuned to ensure a secure yet comfortable feel. The positions of the buttons on the back of X100VI have been designed to maximize ease of operation with the right hand, enabling extremely comfortable shooting while utilizing the viewfinder.

•    Wide variety of compatible accessories enhance X100VI’s capabilities 
Weather resistance is available for X100VI when the optional AR-X100 adapter ring (MSRP $49.99 USD/$50.00 CAD, available in silver and black) and the PRF-49 protection filter (MSRP $55.99 USD/$70.00 CAD) are used in conjunction with X100VI’s lens. This allows the user to continue making images in challenging weather conditions.

Fujifilm’s optional LH-X100 lens hood (MSRP $139.99 USD/$100.00 CAD, available in black and silver) is also compatible with X100VI. In addition to being lightweight and precisely crafted from machined metal, the hood is cleverly designed not to obstruct the field of view when looking through the viewfinder, thus achieving light-shielding performance.

Two separately offered FUJIFILM conversion lenses allow the user to change the focal length without changing the optical performance of X100VI, thereby enhancing the photographic field. WCL-X100 II (MSRP $349.95 USD/$450.00 CAD, available in silver and black) is a dedicated wide conversion lens that multiplies the fixed focal length by approximately 0.8x, converting it to 28mm (35mm format equivalent), while the TCL-X100 II (MSRP $349.95 USD/$450.00 CAD, available in silver and black) is a dedicated teleconversion lens for narrowing the field of view by multiplying the fixed focal length by approximately 1.4x, converting it to 50mm (35mm format equivalent).

Adding the separately offered, LC-X100V genuine leather case (MSRP $79.99 USD/$100.00 CAD) ensures the X100VI can be carried in style. The battery and the user’s memory card can be inserted and removed from the camera without the need to remove the camera from this case.

Limited Edition X100VI Units Also Announced
 
To celebrate Fujifilm’s 90th anniversary year in 2024, a special Limited Edition of 1,934 X100VI cameras will be made available by Fujifilm, worldwide. The Limited Edition camera body is engraved with the corporate brand logo from Fujifilm’s founding in 1934, and each unit bears a unique serial number. These numbered X100VI units are packaged in a special, soft-release box that includes a special strap and Fujifilm history cards. The Limited Edition X100VI units will be available in extremely limited quantities and vary depending geographical location. Please contact your local Fujifilm sales and marketing company to explore the opportunity to purchase the item in your area.

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What To Expect From Canon In 2024 (EOS R1, R5 Mark II, Lenses)

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What will Canon release in 2024, what can we expect?

A new rumor suggests what Canon might have on their radar for 2024.

  • Canon EOS R5 Mark II might be released within the next months, say around April 2024, and it will be announced before the Canon EOS R1
  • A development announcement of the Canon EOS R1 might happen at the same time as the EOS R5 Mark II announcement
  • Still at the same time, Canon might announce the RF 28mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 and the Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L
  • The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Z might be announced around July 2024, might have internal zoom and “power zoom” functionality
  • Both the C300 and C500 series of cameras might get an update before IBC in September 2024

Some of the gear in the list above is rumored since long, since years, indeed. The EOS R1 was rumored sine the EOS R system came into existence, and the same can be said for the RF 35mm f/1.2L. This is gear that Canon will (or might) announce sooner or later, so the rumors will end to be reliable, sooner or later.

Forget rumors, go out and snap pics.

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Has Been Discontinued

Canon EOS 6d Mark Ii

Please note: the original post mentioned the EOS R6 Mark II, that was obviously nonsense and a mistake.

It appears the Canon EOS 6D Mark II has reached end of life, at least what concerns the production.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Digital IS
  • 3″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Dust and Water-Resistant; SD Card Slot

Sources from Japan suggest that the EOS 6D Mark II is no longer produced. The EOS 6D Mark II is still available at major resellers, though.

Our Canon EOS 6D Mark II coverage is listed here.

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Canon Claims To Be #1 Mirrorless Camera Brand In The US

Canon

Canon press release:

The Mirrorless Data is Clear: Canon is #1

MELVILLE, NY, February 8, 2024  –Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions is proud to announce they have solidified the #1 mirrorless camera brand position for a third year in a row in 20231 and was the #1 mirrorless camera brand in the U.S. in 20232.

Since the introduction of the EOS R system, Canon has continued its innovative product developments with cameras such as the EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R5 C, EOS R5 and EOS R8. The robust rolodex of cameras has options for the professional photographer on the sidelines of world-class sporting events, to portrait or wedding photographers looking to capture a moment of a lifetime and the family photographer who is documenting the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Canon mirrorless cameras have a place in the gear bags of any visual storyteller looking for high-quality images and video.

“The needs of our customers have always been at the forefront of our business at Canon and it’s why we have worked so hard to maintain a number one position within the industry,” said Brian Mahar, senior vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “I am proud of our team for not only achieving this great success, but for also empowering our visual storytellers.”

“Canon mirrorless cameras have impacted my business’s bottom line as well as my client experience. With the advancement of technology, I’m able to concentrate more on client interaction and higher quality production. I’ve seen an enhancement in my photography, my profit and client satisfaction.” Vanessa Joy, Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning wedding and brand photographer

To learn more about Canon’s EOS R system including RF lenses visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/cameras/eos-r-system

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

1 Source: Circana, Retail Tracking Service, U.S. unit sales, 12 months ending December 2021, 2022, and 2023

Source: Circana, Retail Tracking Service, U.S. unit sales, 12 months ending December 2023