Canon patent shows how LCD displays on future lenses may look and what information is displayed

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A Canon patent spotted by Digicame-Info shows what Canon’s engineers have in mind for the company’s future lenses. An LCD display on the lens that will show all kind of information.

From the images above it seems the lens LCD display will show information about distance/depth of field, and also about stabilisation issues on both axis’.

Cool patent. Currently, a replacement for the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS is rumored to have such a display.

Canon will start selling imaging sensors to others for the first time, business report suggests

Canon is going to sell image sensors to third parties for the first time ever. Canon’s sensor technology will be featured in self-driving cars, robots and other smart machines.

That’s what business portal Nikkei reports today.

The Japanese maker of digital cameras and office equipment plans to begin selling its CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors within two years and has already assembled a team to launch the business.

The competition that Canon brings to the market could help raise the level of a technology whose use has expanded from taking photos to enabling machines to see the world around them.

And what is it for?

For starters, Canon has developed a new sensor able to capture fast-moving objects with little image distortion. With an increased memory for brightness, the new sensor outperforms rival devices in terms of capturing contrast, according to the company.

Canon says it could help autonomous cars see the road and identify pedestrians during high-speed night driving. In factory robots, it could improve the mechanical workers’ ability to perform quality checks or position parts. Other image sensor manufacturers are also pursuing automotive and industrial applications.

I am pretty sure the new sensor mentioned above is the global shutter sensor Canon announced today.

Read the story at Nikkei…

[via Image Sensors World]

A closer look to still and video features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at a glance:

  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.

Two very interesting, 15 minutes videos by CanonUSA about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s still and video features.

In the first vdeo below, Canon’s Technical Advisor Rudy Winston discusses the still functions of the EOS 5D Mark IV. He discusses features such as dual pixel AF, cropping modes, diffraction correction, Digital Lens Optimizer and more.

Next video. Canon’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey discusses the video functions of the EOS 5D Mark IV. Ramsey goes into features such as the frame rates on the camera, Slo-mo, touchscreen with Dial Pixel AF, 4K still frame grab functionality, built in time lapse movies, HDR movie shooting, and more.

Pre-orders links are online

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body

USA – $3,499 – Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £3,599 – Park Cameras

Germany – WEX Cameras | Calumet

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens

USA – $4,599 – Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-70mm IS USM Lens

USA – $4,399: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

Battery Grip for 5D Mark IV (BG-E20)

USA – $490: Adorama | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £329.99 – Park Cameras

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

USA – $2,199: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £2,349 – Park Cameras

GermanyWEX Cameras

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

USA – $1,099: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £1,129 – Park Cameras

GermanyWEX Cameras

Canon W-E1 WiFi adapter

USA Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

UK Park Cameras

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV announcement, introdution videos, hands-on and previews and more following the link below.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Live Panel discussion at B&H Photo on 2pm EST

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At 2pm EST B&H Photo will host a live panel discussion about the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Ken Sklute, Denis Reggie, Larry Becker, Brent Ramsey and Rudy Winston will discuss features and advantages of Canon’s new game-changer.

Canon press release, introduction and hands-on videos, previews, technical articles, pre-order links and more about the EOS 5D Mark IV can be accessed following the link below.