Canon’s 2012 Awards

Canon's press release:

Canon U.S.A. Closes Out 2012 In Award-Winning Fashion

Company Receives Numerous Awards in 2012 Including a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 15, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to mark 2012 as another award-winning year. Customers and publications are praising Canon across various product segments for quality, innovation and customer support. The business world has taken note of Canon's dedication to environmental issues and industry-leading practices. This year, Canon was selected as one of Interbrand's 50 Best Global Green Brands 2012 (ranking number 29) while also placing among the top five companies in the computer industry on Fortune magazine's 2012 World's Most Admired Companies list.

Additional key awards and industry recognitions received by Canon include the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years; placement in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services Worldwide1 report; and for the fourth consecutive year, BenchmarkPortal's2 Center of Excellence certification, demonstrating Canon's dedication to providing comprehensive service and support to customers.

“We are extremely pleased to have received so many awards and industry recognitions from various industry organizations spanning product review, customer service and corporate initiatives,” said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. “These awards and recognitions exemplify our commitment to not only providing high-quality products and services, but also our dedication to our customers and the environment as well.”

Maintaining status as an industry leader and continuing to earn accolades from the top industry publications continued throughout 2012 across all Canon product lines. As in years past, 2012 was no different for Canon cameras and lenses as honors were earned by entry-level point-and-shoot cameras up to professional DSLR and video cameras.

New for this year, Canon is extremely proud to announce that the Company will receive a 2012 Technology & Engineering Emmy® award in the category “Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras.” The CMOS image sensor debuted in the Cinema EOS system line in November 2011 and has helped bring digital cinema closer to the superb aesthetics associated with 35 mm motion picture film. The Cinema EOS line took home numerous honors including the Digital Video Black Diamond award from Digital Video Magazine and the EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera won the Pick Hit award from Broadcast Engineering.

Canon's input-to-output capabilities were highlighted with awards granted to several cameras. The PowerShot G1 X digital camera won Outside magazine's Gear of the Year award and PCMag.com named the EOS Rebel T3 and T3i to their best digital cameras list. Reviewed.com, a division of USA TODAY, named the EOS-1D X DSLR camera Best Ultra High-End and Best Overall Camera and presented the Best Value System for Video award to the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR camera. Additionally, numerous Canon printers were the recipients of awards throughout 2012 including the PIXMA PRO-1 that won the Gold Award from DP Review and the PIXMA MG6220 that CNET named to their best all-in-one printers list.

Canon's line of scanners, Multifunction Printers (MFP) and Large Format Printers received awards for various products. The imageFORMULA P-215 Personal Document Scanner was the PCMag.com 2012 Editors' Choice and received the title of “best scanner” along with the CanonScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner. The 2012 Top Products Awards from My Print Resource named 17 imagePROGRAF printers to their list including the imagePROGRAF iPF760, iPF6300S, and the iPF825 MFP, and BERTL named the Canon FAXPHONE L100 to its Best Spring Awards list. Continuing to offer consumers efficient products, the Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw (as tested with its wired interface), MF5960dn, MF8380Cdw (as tested with its wired interface) and imageRUNNER 1750 MFP were all awarded the Summer 2012 Buyers Laboratory “Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency” award.

 

The Blinking Red AF Point Debacle (EOS 5D Mark III in AI Servo Mode)

The Blinking Red AF Point Debacle

This is getting irritating, at least. While Canon released a firmware update for the EOS-1D X, they didn’t for the EOS 5D Mark III. Canon Rumors has new information about this issue. Quoting CR (what they have been told):

They are testing that at the moment but don’t know if it is possible to implement. The former system had a different type of focusing screen and it was easy to handle because it had no reflection in the viewfinder. The new system, with the LCD screen inside the viewfinder is reflecting the red light back and this can affect the light metering system. In the EOS-1D X, the viewfinder box is bigger than in EOS 5D Mark III, which aids in making it possible and workable. In the EOS-1D X they alternate red illumination and metering, and this is why there is the red blinking. With the EOS 5D Mark III, they are testing it but they are not sure if they can make it operate in the same way.

Well, what do you think…?

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

 

New Camera Databases (for specs, comparisons, etc)

New Camera Databases

There are new camera databases for you to check, and obviously to use. You may find it useful to learn more about existent cameras and lenses:

Digicamdb.com: Easily find sensor size, pixel pitch and other important sensor characteristics for 3284 digital cameras.
Mirrorlessdb.com: Full specs of all mirrorless cameras and lenses.
Lesnumeriques: A french camera studio image comparison.
Google docs file: Mirrorless Camera Native Lenses

[via mirrorlessrumors]

Remains of the Day

Canon Is Sponsor Of The IAAF World Athletics Series

Canon's press release:

Canon to sponsor four years of the IAAF World Athletics Series, beginning in 2013

TOKYO, November 14, 2012—Canon announced today that the company will be an Official Partner of the IAAF World Athletics Series from 2013 to 2016, including two editions of the IAAF World Championships.

Canon will sponsor a total of 15 IAAF World Athletics Series events, including the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, which will take place in August 2013, and the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, scheduled for August 2015.

Boasting a rich history, the IAAF held its inaugural World Championships in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland, making next year's event in Moscow the 14th to date. The Canon Group, which has long focused on promoting sports, decided to sponsor the championships based on shared goals with the IAAF, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, of “contributing to the promotion and development of athletics worldwide and its values of universality and excellence.”

At numerous sporting competitions both in Japan and overseas, Canon has provided behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering these events, including camera and lens maintenance services and product loans. To further improve on-site media support at each Canon-sponsored IAAF competition, the company will establish a camera service center at each event to assist the numerous journalists and sports photographers from various countries and regions across the world.

As an Official IAAF Partner, various Canon input and output products will be designated as official products of the IAAF World Championships, including cameras, lenses, video cameras, copiers, multifunction devices, printers, scanners, facsimile machines and projectors.

Through the use of Canon products and technologies, the Canon Group will continue contributing to the advancement of sports.

IAAF World Championships in Athletics: Canon Sponsorship Overview

World governing body:

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

Homepage:

iaaf.org

Event Schedule:

2013-2016

Event Dates Location

IAAF World Cross Country Championships Mar. 24, 2013 Bydgoszcz, Poland

IAAF World Youth Championships Jul. 10-14, 2013 Donetsk, Ukraine

IAAF World Championships Aug. 10-18, 2013 Moscow, Russia

IAAF World Indoor Championships Mar. 7-9, 2014 Sopot, Poland

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Mar. 29, 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark

IAAF World Race Walking Cup May 3-4, 2014 Taicang, P.R. of China

IAAF World Junior Championships Jul. 22-27, 2014 Eugene, OR, U.S.A.

IAAF Continental Cup Sep. 13-14, 2014 Marrakech, Morocco

IAAF World Cross Country Championships Mar. 2015* TBD

IAAF World Youth Championships Jul. 2015* TBD

IAAF World Championships Aug. 22-30, 2015 Beijing, P.R. of China

IAAF World Indoor Championships Mar. 2016* TBD

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Mar. 2016* TBD

IAAF World Race Walking Cup May 2016* TBD

IAAF World Junior Championships Jul. 2016* TBD

*

Anticipated month the event will take place; specific date(s) yet to be determined.

Japan