Canon Announces Four New Professional Camcorders With 4K/30p Video

Professional Camcorders

As anticipated, Canon announced new camcorders ahead of NAB 2019. Pre-orders are open:

Press release:

Four New Canon XA Professional Camcorders Feature 4K 30p High-Quality Recording

XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40 Camcorders Deliver Crisp 4K Imagery in Compact Bodies at Affordable Price Points

MELVILLE, NY, April 2, 2019 – Meeting videographer needs for a variety of applications, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced four new additions to the lineup of XA Series professional camcorders, the XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40. These four camcorders are the first in the series to feature 4K 30p recording. They also include a detachable XLR handle and the XA55 and XA45 each feature an HD-SDI terminal. In addition, the company has announced the Canon VIXIA HF G60 4K UHD camcorder, a budget-friendly, compact-and-lightweight camcorder.

“Often spending their days and nights working in fast-paced environments, videographers need a camcorder that is affordable, reliable, and delivers great images,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new camcorders meet the needs of a variety of users, including those capturing news, shooting influential documentaries, educating young filmmakers or developing content for their companies.” 

All of the camcorders feature Canon’s five-axis Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization system, providing users with powerful image stabilization via a Dynamic mode, which helps reduce image distortion, even when shooting while moving. The ergonomically designed and highly portable camcorders have a three-inch LCD touch panel screen and user-friendly, tilting, high-resolution Electronic View Finder (EVF).

The XA55 and XA45 are excellent options for news reporting and documentary shooting, while the XA50 and XA40 are geared more towards broadcasting schools, government agencies and corporate-video production companies. The affordable VIXIA HF G60 caters to advanced amateur videographers who need a 4K UHD camcorder to shoot a wedding or a student film project. 

The XA55 and XA50 camcorders both feature a 1.0-inch sensor, nine-bladed circular aperture and Dual-Pixel CMOS AF with a 15x (25.5-382.5mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens. For natural and realistic life-like imagery the XA55 and XA50 camcorders feature a Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma mode. This lowers the barrier for focusing, especially when shooting in 4K, which requires strict focus accuracy. By suppressing overexposure in high- brightness areas of the composition, this mode helps achieve a wide dynamic range of 800 percent to help produce seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate color and virtually no blown-out highlights. The camera’s Dual Pixel Focus Guide takes advantage of Dual Pixel CMOS AF data to display focus-assist information on the screen. The camcorders also record 4K UHD/30p (4:2:0 8 bit) and 1080p Full HD (4:2:2 10 bit) via SDI/HDMI Output in XF-AVC and MP4 format to dual-card SD card slots with dual and relay recording.

The XA45 and XA40 camcorders both feature a 1.0-inch sensor, eight-bladed circular aperture with the ability to record 4K UHD/30p (4:2:0 8 bit) and 1080p Full HD (4:2:2 10 bit) via SDI/HDMI Output) in MP4 or XF-AVC format to dual-card SD card slots with dual and relay recording. To help provide enhanced image quality over its predecessor, over sample HD processing can be utilized with information obtained from the 4K 1/2.3-inch sensor and the DIGIC DV 6 image processor. Both camcorders boast a 20x (29.3-601mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens.

The Canon VIXIA HF G60 4K UHD camcorder is packed with many of the same great features found in the XA55 and XA50, like a nine-bladed circular aperture, Dual Pixel Focus Guide and Wide DR, but with the budget- conscious user in mind. The affordable camcorder is an ideal tool for young videographers taking their first steps in the craft and will be sure to please due to its compact-and-lightweight form factor in addition to ease of use.

Additionally, Canon today announced firmware updates for the XF705, XF405/XF400 and VIXIA GX10 camcorders. New features by model include:

  • XF705: Firmware Version 1.0.1.1 now features improved zoom response when using the zoom ring or zoom rocker, improved focus following speed during zooming, and improved image quality of interlaced recording.
  • XF405/XF400: Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 now features IP streaming, the ability to set custom white balance, support for the reset function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set and improved image quality of interlaced recording.
  • XF405 only: Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 now features 3G-SDI mapping at level A and level B.
  • VIXIA GX10: Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 now features the ability to set custom white balance.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon XA55, XA50 and VIXIA HF G60 are scheduled to be available in June 2019 for estimated retail prices of $2699.00, $2199.00 and $1699.00, respectively. The XA45 and XA40 4K UHD video camcorders are all scheduled to be available in April 2019 for estimated retails prices of $2199.00 and $1699.00, respectively*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Canon Announces Zoemini S and Zoemini C Instant Cameras With Built-in Printer

Canon Zoemini

In the USA they are named Canon IVY CLIQ and IVY CLIQ+. Pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon announced the Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zooming C, instant cameras with built-in printer and front-mounted mirror to enable users to get the perfect pose for their selfies.

Press release:

Shoot, print and share selfies on the go with the Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C instant camera printers

London, United Kingdom, Thursday 28th March 2019 – Canon Europe announces the release of two instant camera printers, the Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C. Building on the success of the original Canon Zoemini which launched in 2018, the new product range of all-in-one instant camera printers are the perfect pocket-sized companions for encouraging creativity with easy to print, peel-and-stick photos on the go.

The Canon Zoemini S is ideal for those wanting to capture, print and share their holiday adventures, a spontaneous selfie, photos with friends or an Instagram-worthy plate of food. Consisting of an eight-megapixel camera, front-mounted mirror, ring-light and remote shutter capability, the Canon Zoemini S is easy to use and will ensure its users are ready to take the perfect selfie in an instant.

The Canon Zoemini S comes in three stylish finishes; rose gold, matte black and pearl white and fits seamlessly into the palm of a hand, pocket or backpack for exceptional portability.

Whether out shopping with friends, celebrating a birthday party or attending a music festival, Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C users can shoot and print mini photos in a matter of moments on 2×3-Inch (5 x 7.6cm) Zink™ sticky-backed photo paper. Capturing everyday moments has never been easier or more fun with these compact and lightweight gadgets, so friends can share their stories whenever the mood takes them.

The Canon Zoemini S is supported by the free-to-download Canon Mini Print App (iOS/Android), which enables users to print their images directly from a smart device using Bluetooth® as well as edit from an array of creative filters and frames. Users can also remove the challenge of capturing group selfies, simply by using the Canon Mini Print App’s remote shutter and self-timer function, so no one will be out of shot.

In addition to Instagram and Facebook, the Canon Mini Print app enables users connect with Google Photos and Dropbox, so they can print physical copies of treasured memories while out and about.

For those seeking a streamlined version of the Canon Zoemini S, the Canon Zoemini C is available without the Canon Mini Print App compatibility and packs a five-megapixel camera, a selfie supporting reflective mirror and a Micro SD card slot. The Canon Zoemini C is available in four eye-catching colours; bubble gum pink, bumblebee yellow, mint green and seaside blue for instant keepsakes on the go.

Both the Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C come with 10 sheets of sticky-backed, smudge and tear-proof Zink™ printing paper, making it easy to print and decorate anything from a bedroom wall to a fridge or smart device. Additional paper is available to purchase in packs of 20 or 50.

Both models will be available from Canon’s online store and official Canon retailers from Thursday, 25th April 2019.

For more information or to locate your nearest retail outlet, please visit: 
https://www.canon-europe.com/cameras/zoemini-s 
https://www.canon-europe.com/cameras/zoemini-c

Canon Zoemini S: Key Features

  • Eight-megapixel camera with a Micro SD card slot1 to capture, print and share from the same device
  • Available in matte black, pearl white and rose gold, this lightweight camera printer is the perfect portable companion and fits easily into a pocket or bag
  • A front-mounted mirror and ring-light ensures selfies are captured spectacularly, while the Canon Mini Print App operates the remote shutter function, simplifying group shots via the self-timer
  • Use Bluetooth® and the Canon Mini Print App to print images from your smart device, with filter and collage options
  • Prints and refills with ink-free Zink™ technology which delivers smudge-proof, tear-proof, water-resistant and sticky-backed photos to print on the move
  • Device comes with 10 sheets of sticky-backed 2×3-inch Zink™ Printing Paper

Canon Zoemini C: Key Features

  • Five-megapixel camera with a Micro SD card slot2 to capture, print and export photographs
  • A front-mounted mirror enables users to perfect poses and print their ultimate selfies
  • Available in four vibrant colours, the lightweight and portable Zoemini C is the perfect pocket-sized companion
  • Prints and refills with ink-free Zink™ technology which delivers smudge-proof, tear-proof and water-resistant photos on the move
  • Device comes with 10 sheets of sticky-backed 2×3-inch Zink™ Printing Paper, to print, peel and stick

What’s in the box:

  • The Canon Zoemini S/C* (available colours detailed above)
  • One pack of Canon Zink™ Photo Paper (10 sheets of Photo Paper and 1 SMART SHEET™)
  • Micro USB charging cable (USB A to Micro)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Regulation Sheet
  • Wrist strap

About Canon Mini Print App

A mobile device must be connected to the Canon Zoemini Photo Printer via Bluetooth® and the Canon Mini Print App, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with mobile devices running iOS 9.0 or later, and Android devices running Android 4.4 or later. 

Guest Post: Canon EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1D Mark II N – Two Budget Professional Camera Options

This is a guest blog by Carl Garrard of Photographic Central. Carl is a photographer and gear reviewer with focus on cameras that are still highly capable despite their age. You can follow Carl on his blog. Carl’s post appeared first here. Carl also posted a pretty interesting review about the Canon EOS 40D.

Both cameras can be found on eBay: EOS-1D Mark II N | EOS-1D Mark III

Canon EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1D Mark II N – Two Budget Professional Camera Options

This is a continuation of my series of articles about highly capable cameras for those of you on a budget. This article is for professionals, or those seriously seeking to be professionals. I chose these two cameras for review because you can get both for about $900.00 used if you play your cards right. Considering you’d have to pay about ten times that much when they were new to get both, I’d say they qualify as excellent subjects for my budget article series here. Warning: These are top quality professional instruments. If you haven’t held a Canon 1D series camera before (or a Nikon equivalent), you still don’t know what a top quality professional instrument feels like. I thought I did, I was wrong. And before those 5D guys jump on my case I say to them: Pick one up and use one before you reply, and you’ll know. Then, you’ll just agree and we can be friends again. 

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Canon Celebrates 16th Consecutive Year of Number 1 Share of Global Interchangeable-lens Digital Camera Market

Canon Rumors Eos R Full Frame Mirrorless

Press release:

CANON CELEBRATES 16TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF NO.1 SHARE OF GLOBAL INTERCHANGEABLE-LENS DIGITAL CAMERA MARKET

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27 March 2019 – Canon Inc. today announces that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 16 consecutive years[1] from 2003 to 2018.

Canon develops the key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras – CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses – under the core concept of ‘Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality’. Incorporating a wide-ranging product lineup – from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals, to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high image quality shooting with easy operation – Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In March 2018, Canon launched products such as the EOS M50 mirrorless camera and EOS 2000D DSLR, which allow entry-level users to effortlessly enjoy capturing professional looking images. In striving to further expand its line-up, Canon has once again secured the leading share of the global market in 2018.

In September 2018, in pursuit of further expanding the boundaries of image capture and new possibilities in visual expression, Canon launched the EOS R mirrorless camera, equipped with a full-frame sensor, as part of the EOS R System, a new imaging system with lenses at its core. What’s more, in February 2019 Canon launched the EOS RP – a small, light and practical full-frame mirrorless camera with impressive image quality – and announced six new RF lenses, currently under development, as part of its plan to expand the EOS R System.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology to expand and create an even stronger EOS System that offers new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and to promote the ever-growing photo and video culture.

Alessandro Stanzani, Executive Vice President of Canon Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Europe, Middle East & Africa, commented, “In addition to maintaining the number one share of the global market, Canon has continued to maintain its leadership position in unit and value share of the digital camera market in EMEA. We are continuing to push the boundaries of optical innovation and these results demonstrate the appetite for new technologies and camera systems.”

For more information on Canon’s digital interchangeable lens cameras, please visit

www.canon-europe.com/cameras/i…

[via Photography Blog]

Next Canon EOS R Firmware Update Coming April 2019

Canon Eos R

Canon released an advisory about the next firmware update for the Canon EOS R.

The new firmware for EOS R (version 1.2.0) will be available on Canon website from middle of April, 2019.  

Firmware version 1.2.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes. 
Enhancements:
1. ​Eye-detection AF 
– Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
– Now available when shooting movies regardless of “Movie Servo AF” setting.
2. Small AF Frame Size
– Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
– Now available when shooting movies regardless of “Movie Servo AF” setting.

Fixes:
​1. Under certain conditions the electronic level displayed in the electronic viewfinder did not display properly.
2. Under certain conditions information displayed in the electronic viewfinder was not properly rotated.
3. Under certain conditions updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E7 was not possible.

Firmware Update for Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS Lens (ver. 2.0.0.)

Canon RF 35mm F/1.8 IS STM

Canon released firmware ver. 2.0.0 for the RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS for the EOS R system.

Firmware Notice: RF 35mm F/1.8 Macro IS STM: Firmware Version 2.0.0

Firmware Version 2.0.0 incorporates the following enhancement:

  • Support for the “panning” scene mode with the EOS RP has been added. The ”panning” scene mode reduces subject blurring and blurs the background when the lens is mounted to the EOS RP.

This firmware update is for lenses equipped with firmware version older than 2.0.0. If the lens firmware is already Version 2.0.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

The version of the lens firmware can be checked on the camera menu.


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If you have not already done so, please register the RF 35mm F1.8  Macro IS STM lens. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.