Canon Unveils Free EOS Webcam Utility Beta – Use Your Camera As A Webcam

EOS Webcam Utility Beta

Canon released a free software that turns your Canon camera in an USB-connected webcam: EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

With Canon’s Webcam Utility Beta “select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras” can be used as a webcam. You an download the beta version of the software here. Help can be found in the Canon support forum. These Canon cameras are supported:

The video below tells you all you need to kow.

Canon press release:

New Canon U.S.A., Inc. Software Solution Allows Select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras to Function as High-Quality USB Webcam

MELVILLE, NY, April 28, 2020As virtual meetings and gatherings become the new norm, you don’t want to be caught in the dark with a low-quality webcam. Fortunately, a new solution – EOS Webcam Utility Beta software** — was unveiled today by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, for select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras. To help bring you into the light, this beta version solution converts your compatible EOS ILC and PowerShot camera through a simple USB connection into a webcam. Built by Canon software developers, this beta version software helps consumers to improve their video appearance while using popular video conferencing applications in the market, delivering clarity and high-image quality.

The EOS Webcam Utility Beta software solution requires one single USB plug (which may need to be purchased separately) to connect the camera to a Windows* operating systems computer. Once the software is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will be ready to go.

“In unprecedented times, it’s imperative for Canon to provide our customers with useful, simple and accessible solutions to assist them in whatever imaging needs they have,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “Our goal is that the Webcam Utility Beta software can help reduce some of the remote workday stress for employees who are tasked with video conferencing and virtual meetings.”

To learn more, including whether your Canon EOS ILC or PowerShot camera is compatible, and to download the Webcam Utility Beta software, visit canon.us/livestream.

If you’d like to ask questions or provide feedback pertaining to the Webcam Utility Beta software, please visit our forum, Canon.us/forum-eoswebcamutility.

Canon EOS C300 Mark III Hands-On And First Impression (video)

C300 Mark Iii Canon Firmware Updates

Here is a Canon EOS C300 Mark III hands-on video, by ProAV TV.

The Canon EOS C300 Mark III Cinema Camera (announcement) is scheduled to be available later in 2020 for an estimated retail price of $10,999. You can preorder the C300 II at B&H Photo and Adorama.

At a glance:

  • Super 35mm Dual Gain Output (DGO) Sensor
  • 4K 120p, 2K Crop 180p HDR
  • Cinema RAW Light and XF-AVC H.264 Codec
  • EF Lens Mount, DIG!C DV7 Image Processor
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Here Is How The Canon EOS R5 Looks Side By Side With The EOS R And EOS RP

Canon Eos R5

How big is the Canon EOS R5 compared to other members of the family?

An image showed up (on top) where you can see how the size of the upcoming Canon EOS R5 compares to its siblings, the EOS R and EOS RP. As you can see the EOS R5 is slightly more bulky than the EOS R.

During Canon’s live-streamed announcement (you can watch it again here) Canon revealed the second teaser about the Canon EOS R5 after the development announcement and a subsequent reveal of more specifications. All R5 coverage is listed here.

[via Xitek via Mirrorless Rumors]

Canon Q1 Financial Results: Imaging Profits Down 80% And It Will Get Worse (Covid-19 impact)

Canon Q1 Financial

Canon published the company’s Q1 2020 financial results, and things look everything but good. Once more it’s the COVID-19 impact.

It was clear that COVID-19 would have such an impact on profits of many companies, Canon not excluded. Indeed, the presentation starts with two statements that speak very clearly:

  • Spread of COVID-19 completely changes global economic landscape
  • Global economy faces worst recession since the Great Depression

The impact of Coronavirus is huge:

When we announced our projection back in January, due to factors such as the easing of U.S.-China trade friction, the UK avoiding the possibility of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, and economic recovery in emerging markets, we expected the global economic environment to improve while understanding the potential downside risks.

However, the global spread of COVID-19 is casting a long shadow over people’s lives and as a result is having an enormous impact on economic activity and changing the face of the world economy. This is also the view of the IMF, who significantly downgraded its 2020 GDP growth projection from 3.3% back in January to -3.0%. This makes the global economy this year the worst since the Great Depression.

Looking back at the first quarter, the impact of COVID-19 first appeared with the suspension of operations at our production sites in China for both office equipment and cameras. Next, due to supply-chain disruptions, we could not avoid a decline in factory utilization rates in Asia, including Japan. As a result, we faced a situation of tight product supply. On the other hand, the impact on the market was initially limited to only some regions, like China, but expanded to other regions, including Europe and the U.S. This put a stop to global economic activity which had a significant impact on our product sales.

Canon operating profits from the imaging branch (cameras and inkjet printers) are down 80%, and Canon foresees even worse scenarios.

Also, from statements all over the financial results material, it’s clear that Canon puts a lot of stakes on the upcoming Canon EOS R5 (all information, known facts and rumors listed here).

Canon Q1 Financial

More information and downloadable material about Canon Q1 financial results can be found here.

Canon Launches Canon Connected – Free Educational & Inspiring Videos For Photography Enthusiasts

Canon Connected

Here is something to do while in social isolation. Enter Canon Connected, a new resource with free access to educational and otherwise inspiring videos.

Below is a short introduction, more about Canon Connected can be found here. There is also a YouTube channel with a first set of videos.

Canon UK press release:

Canon launches Canon Connected – a free to access content hub featuring educational and inspiring videos for photography enthusiasts

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland – Thursday 23ʳᵈ April 2020 – Canon Europe today announces the launch of Canon Connected, a free-to-access content hub, designed to educate, inspire and entertain photography enthusiasts and videographers. Produced by Canon Ambassadors and community of filmmakers, experts and influencers across Europe, inspiring and educational videos will be uploaded to the hub regularly, enabling people to learn a new skill or perfect their technique during these unprecedented times.

For many professional photographers and filmmakers, the restrictive lockdown measures imposed across the world has impacted their ability to work and travel. Canon Connected provides these very people the opportunity to share their experience, knowledge and talent with a virtual community of photography enthusiasts and in the process, enables them to continue with their livelihoods from the safety of their home.

Canon Connected provides a plethora of ways for visual storytellers to create and share thought provoking content. Covering a variety of relevant topics, videos will comprise of tips, tricks and tutorials for anyone interested in learning from the masters of their craft or simply fine-tune their photography or video-making skills.

Visitors to the Canon Connected hub will be able to select from videos produced by some of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished photographers and filmmakers, including Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Daniel Etter, documentary and expedition photographer Ulla Lohmann and editorial expert Wanda Martin, talking through how to set up a home studio. In addition, extreme sports photographer Richard Walch shares his vlogging essentials, while family photographer Helen Bartlett provides tips for how to photograph restless children.

Canon Ambassadors associated with Canon Connected:

  • AWARD-WINNING TIPS
    Daniel Etter – Pulitzer Prize winning photographer sharing stories behind some of his most famous images.
  • SHOOTING FROM HOME
    Ulla Lohmann – Specialising in travel, expedition and adventure photography, offering creative ideas on capturing dynamic imagery when locations are limited.
  • SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY AT HOME
    Eddie Keogh – With 35 years’ experience shooting sport at the highest level, Eddie shares his tips for taking sports photography to the home and garden, substituting players for pets and fans for family.
  • MASTER THE LIGHT
    Sanjay Jogia – Luxury wedding photographer specialising in Indian weddings, offering tips on creative uses of lighting and its importance in photography.
  • FREELANCERS
    Wanda Martin – With extensive experience in editorial and portrait photography, providing insight into turning your home into an exciting and creative shooting space.
  • FAMILY PORTRAITS
    Helen Bartlett – Highly-regarded family photographer offering family photography tips which can be implemented at the home or on-the-go.

Susie Donaldson, ITCG Marketing Director at Canon Europe, commented “I am extremely proud to support our network of Canon Ambassadors and community of photography enthusiasts during these challenging times. Canon Connected will host an exciting array of inspirational and educational video content which will help our community learn and develop new photography techniques from the comfort of their home, long after the lockdown has lifted”.

More so than ever, it is important for professional photographers, videographers and photography enthusiasts across all genres and technical capabilities to unite and share their invaluable knowledge with a supportive and passionate community.

For more information on Canon Connected, please visit: www.canon.co.uk/pro/canon-connected

Follow updates using #CanonConnected across Canon’s social media channels.

You Can Now Buy The Canon EOS RP Kit With The RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens

Canon Eos Rp Kit

A new Canon EOS RP kit option has been added with the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens. The new kit sells at $1,299.

All Canon EOS RP kit options: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

The RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens is a light-weight, entry-level oriented lens option for the RF mount and EOS R system.

Key features:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Center Macro Focus, 1:2 Magnification
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
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