How to transform a inexpensive DIY keychain game kit in a Canon timelapse remote


Cool hack by Ilya Titov: a keychain sized gadget that allows you to set a timelapse triggering scheme for your Canon DSLR.

All you need is a small game kit called Attiny Arcade, a small IR LED which will be used to send commands to the camera, and the necessay code to operate the remote. The software is open source and can be downloaded here.

The project doesn’t seem difficult to realise.

[via DIY Photography]


How to make stereoscopic images with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s Dual Pixel RAW

Canon Eos 5d Mark Iv

A user of DPReview’s forum discovered that you can produce stereoscopic images with Dual Pixel RAW files of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

I don’t think this was planned by Canon when they implemented Dual Pixel RAW. On the other hand, it’s a pretty good example of the potential of this technology. I am sure we will see more new applications of Dual Pixel RAW. As soon as the EOS 5D Mark IV starts to be widely used, such discoveries will pop up.

You can learn about making stereoscopic images with Dual Pixel RAW files in this thread. CR2 files are available for download so you can try it for yourself. Another discussion thread about stereoscopic images made with Dual Pixel RAW files is here.

If you want to learn more about Dual Pixel RAW I recommend this article by Canon DLC.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV pre-order links after the break.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

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Canon publishes free EOS AF Microadjustment Guidebook


Canon Digital Learning Center published the Canon EOS AF Microadjustment Guidebook, and made it available for free. You can download the Canon EOS AF Microadjustment Guidebook it here. The guidebook comes as PDF file or mobile version.

AF Microadjustment has been a feature in mid-range and high-end Canon EOS D-SLRs for some time now. But there have been questions, and more than a little confusion, about the best process to test and perform these adjustments.

Canon Inc. engineers have provided a guidebook that shows the steps a typical camera owner can perform to indeed test his or her lenses, and determine whether adjustment is needed.  And, it describes how to carry out the adjustment procedure.  This guidebook applies to any Canon EOS digital SLR with built-in AF Microadjustment, and applies to all Canon EF and EF-S lenses.  We hope it clarifies some points for our customers, and shows that the Microadjustment procedure doesn’t need to be a long, technical process.

The guide applies to all Canon DSLRs featuring AF microadjustment.

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's newly developed sensor
Canon’s newly developed sensor

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]