New concept cameras from Canon: 100-400mm smartphone cam & 360-degree intelligent cam

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At The Photography Show 2018 Canon displayed some new, conceptual stuff: a 360-degree intelligent camera and a 100-400mm smartphone camera.

Photography Blog was on location, and shot a set of product images of both cameras. They write:

The Canon Smartphone camera has a 100-400mm zoom lens and attaches to a smartphone via a flip-out Lightning port, yet it weighs a mere 100g. There’s also an optional clip-on viewfinder that uses magnets to snap onto the main device, which along with the zoom differentiates it from the DxO One camera. A non-working prototype was on show.

The second Canon concept model is the so-called “Intelligent Compact Camera” which automatically shoots stills and video, using AI to decide when and what to shoot (a bit like Google Clips). It has a 3x zoom lens and can pan and tilt through 380-degrees, there’s a small tripod attachment too, and it can even be mounted on the hotshoe of your EOS camera. A fully working prototype was on display.

Check out the gallery.

Below: Canon’s 100-400mm smartphone camera.

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Worth more than all rumors: Sony exec says Canon and Nikon will launch a FF mirrorless within a year

Canon Rumors

Among all the swirling rumors about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera, there is some lining on the horizon. And it comes no less than from Mr. Kenji Tanaka, Sony Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group.

Interviewed by DPReview, Mr. Kenji Tanaka said:

This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think [by then] they will be participating in this market.

Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think.

Well, folks, believe me: it means a Canon full frame mirrorless camera is coming (not that there is someone left having doubts about that). I’m pretty sure Sony has a close eye on anything the competition does.

Canon too clearly stated that they will go “on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market” (see this report too).

It’s coming folks. Stay tuned.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

Canon wants 50% market share of interchangeable-lens camera market, goes on the offensive with mirrorless


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Canon posted documents from the company’s Corporate Strategy Conference. Not only the giant is alive and kicking, but there is a clear statement by CEO Fujio Mitarai about Canon’s plans with mirrorless, and with interchangeable-lens cameras in general (emphasis mine):

Within existing businesses, there are market areas that are growing, such as color devices in MFDs and laser printers, and mirrorless in cameras. In these segments, by launching differentiated products that only we can provide, we will stimulate the market, grow our sales, and secure additional market share. For example, in our core camera business, in addition to our overwhelming share of the DSLR market, we will go on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market, which is exhibiting remarkable growth. This will allow us to reach our goal of 50% market share of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market.

This is a clear statement. Canon is now taking mirrorless seriously (see this report too). Canon is already the leader in the camera market, aiming at 50% of market share of the entire interchangeable-lens market appears to be a move to challenge all of the competition, or to warn them what is going to happen in the near future.

The conference documents are available online:

I’m always interested in your opinion, so feel free to sound off in the comment section.

A few of the slides of the presentation can be seen below.

Canon U.S.A. Lends Its Support to “Women Photograph”, to Promote the Representation of Female Photojournalists

Canon Rumors

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Lends Its Support to Women Photograph, an Initiative Created to Promote the Representation of Female Photojournalists

Association Will Help Elevate the Voices of Female and Non-binary Photographers

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 8, 2018 – In conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce their association with Women Photograph, a movement created to promote the representation of female photojournalists. Canon will work with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program which funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.

Launched in 2017 and founded by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph is an initiative to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community. A private database that includes more than 700 independent female documentary photographers based in 91 countries, any commissioning editor or organization can utilize the database for their photojournalistic hiring needs.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this year’s IWD than to support an initiative that is enriching the professional advancement of female and non-binary photojournalists,” said Elizabeth Pratt, director of professional client development and support and Canon Professional Services. “Women Photograph has created a home for professional women photojournalists to showcase their work for potential clients and Canon is honored to help continue the momentum of this initiative.”

Canon Professional Services will host a Women Photograph Workshop at the Canon Customer Experience Center in Orange County, CA in December. Dates and details will be provided by Women Photograph.

“Canon is an ideal strategic partner as we ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent,” said Daniella Zalcman, founder and director of Women Photograph. “So much of breaking into the photojournalism industry relies on networking and professional development events that can be prohibitively expensive and the generous support from Canon will help our photographers access these resources.”

For more information about Women Photograph or to learn more about the travel grant program and the upcoming workshop, log onto:

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS developers talk about the craft behind the lens

EF 85mm F/1.4L IS

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS is in stock and sells for $1,599 at Amazon (world wide), Adorama, Canon Store, and B&H Photo.

Canon Europe posted an interview with the engineers who conceived and designed what is universally seen as the most exciting Canon lens of 2017, and as another optical masterpiece by Canon. The interview appears to be a slightly modified version of an interview posted December 2017 on Canon Asia’s Snapshot site (with more sample images).

The interview starts with Mr. Yamaguchi, Canon’s Product Planning Lead, next is Mr. Iwamoto, Canon’s Optical Design Lead, and finally Mr. Okuda, Canon’s Mechanical Design Lead.

Excerpt from the interview with Mr. Yamaguchi:

During the planning of the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, we talked with many professional photographers, including wedding photographers, who would have many opportunities to use this lens. They told us that EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is highly valued for its excellent expression and bokeh thanks to its large aperture. Being a heavy lens, however, it’s easy to get tired with extended use, and the autofocus speed is not necessarily satisfactory. Some said that even though it’s a large aperture single focal length lens, the addition of image stabilisation would allow worry-free shooting.

Excerpt from the interview with Mr. Iwamoto:

We focused on striking a balance between clarity of resolution for the centre of the screen that’s a feature of an L lens and the beautiful bokeh on the edges, ideal for popular portrait compositions with subjects in the centre of the frame, while taking realistic weight, size and cost into consideration.


In order to reduce the size of the entire lens, both the focus group and stabilising optical system must be lightweight and only move a small amount. For this lens, we used the following new optical arrangement from the front of the lens: the front group, the focus group, the diaphragm, the stabilisation optical system and the rear group.

Excerpt from the interview with Mr. Okuda:

Using highly durable ball bearings in the drive mechanism for this lens reduces load and improves resolution and accuracy. The use of ball bearings also contributes to high-speed autofocus. The heavy focus lens group must be driven with the limited power of the motor, but the focus lens can be driven quickly since the ball bearings reduce the load.

The interview comes with a lot of very interesting images of the interiors of the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS. Definitely worth to read. Read Canon Europe’s article “The craft behind the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens“.

Canon firmware update for EF-M 15-45mm, 18-150mm, 55-200mm (Dual Sensing IS support for EOS M50)

Canon EOS M50

Dual Sensing IS, a combination of lens and in body image stabilisation, was introduced with the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, and is available on the new EOS M50 (canon rumors).

To support Dual Sensing IS on the EOS M50, Canon released firmware update for the following EF-M lenses:

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (download firmware)
Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (download firmware)
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM (download firmware)