Canon G1 X – First full review

PhotoReview Australia published the first full review of the Canon G1 X.

Find the summary clicking here, or the start with the in-depth analysis. The latter includes performance graphs and lots of sample images at different ISO settings. We anticipate the final verdict:

Rating (out of 10):

  • Build: 9.0
  • Ease of use: 8.8
  • Autofocusing: 8.0
  • Still image quality: JPEG – 9.0; RAW – 9.5
  • Video quality: 9.0
  • OVERALL: 9.0

They suggest to…

Buy this camera if:
– You want a compact digital camera with DSLR-like controls.
– You’re interested in shooting raw files.
– You want effective image stabilisation for stills and video clips.
– You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings.
– You’d like the ability to shoot HD video clips.

Don’t buy this camera if:
– You will only shoot JPEG files.
– You require high burst speeds and buffer capacity plus fast cycle times for processing shots.

Check this links for pre-ordering the Canon G1 X:

[via 1001noisycameras.com]

When will Canon jump on the mirror-less bandwagon?

Not yet, as it seems.
A interview recently given by Mr. M. Tian Rong Jin, Managing Director of Canon Image Communication Division, may shed some light on the reasons Canon still did not deliver a mirror-less camera. The interview is in Japanese (click here) and the Google translation is rather messy (click here), but some information can be grasped.

  • The main message is that Canon was forced to change plans and schedules because of the earthquake in Japan and the flooding in Thailand. In both cases production facilities were heavily damaged. This caused delays not only in development but also in research. Production should have been returned to normal standards at the end of December 2011
  • Priority goes to image quality first and then to smaller and more compact devices (where the mirror-less paradigm could be the right approach)
  • Miniaturization of DSLR cameras with EF mounts is a target (and is in progress)
  • The EF system is still considered strategically important by Canon
  • Canon is working on a mirror-less system, and will most probably deliver in 2012

In the meantime, have a look if you can get the brand new Canon G1 X: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA

Tokina postponed the release of AT-X 17-35 F4 PRO FX


Tokina announced to postpone the release date for X 17-35 F4 PRO FX.
Scheduled for late July, the Canon Mount will be released at the End of August, and the Nikon Mount in September.
“AT-X 17-35 F4 PRO FX is a wide-angle zoom lens that covers the device’s full-size pickup.
In a wide-angle zoom lens is Tokina for the full size, AT has a lineup of already-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO, AT-X 17-35 F4 PRO FX is designed to F4 to open the. Have succeeded in small bold lens.

The F2.8 lens is in excellent properties, it is also worth noting the benefits of the F4 to open. The nature of the lens, usually to large diameter-to brighten the open. Larger diameter of the lens, however, there are aspects of the aberrations prone to occur. If you set the F4 to open the can be kept to a low occurrence of aberrations from the design stage, the optical design can become more reasonable. AT-X 17-35 F4 PRO FX is, APS-but almost as big as the wide-angle zoom lens for C, F4 is also largely due to the design of this size was realized.”
Suggested retail price: ¥ 98,000, around $ 1.200 and € 850,00.
Tokina (Google Translation)
Click to see 12 sample images taken with 5D MII

Check out price and availability of 5D MarkII: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA

Canon-Cloud


Canon USA selected the eGain 10 software suite for his multichannel custemer service.
This multilingual deployment will cater to the needs of both consumers and business customers through phone, email, social, and web channel”.
The eGain Press Release tells that Joseph Warren, vice president and general manager, Customer Support Operations for Canon U.S.A, said, “Canon customers are using a variety of agent-assisted and self-service interaction channels. With eGain 10 and its underlying Customer Interaction Hub platform, our customer service will be consistent, effective, and efficient across all touchpoints. Moreover, we can plug in new communication media as customer preferences evolve.”

“A highlight of the contact center knowledge management and web self-service applications is the eGain Multisearch™ capability. Unmatched answer findability is provided through the simple search box, which brings together federated content and multiple access methods (keyword and natural language search, dynamic FAQs, question matching, topic tree browsing, and guided help) and offers them with GPS-style navigation. These eGain applications will enable agents to resolve a broad range of pre-sales and post-sales customer queries, while empowering customers with the same capability through web self-service.”
eGain Press Release