Camera Market “has largely bottomed out”, Canon says

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In their recent Q2 2022 financial results, Canon added a Q&A file to the documentation. Some interesting insights can be found.

From Canon’s Q2 2022 Q&A (emphasis mine):

Q1. What is your outlook for the external environment in 2023 and the sustainability of your growth going forward?

A1. Even if production around the world recovers smoothly, it will probably take around a year for the inflation caused by the shortage of goods, which arose from supply-chain disruptions etc., to subside naturally. We expect to continue growing as we have transformed our business portfolio and will actively invest to further enhance our products

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Q5. What is your outlook for the camera market going forward? Additionally, will you continue to offer both Mirrorless and DSLR cameras?

A5. The camera market has largely bottomed out at its current size. Going forward, we expect the professional and advanced amateur segment to expand further and that products will become more highly developed. Accordingly, we expect the overall market to grow from now on. As for DSLR cameras, we will continue to supply products as long as there is demand

Canon EOS R7 Review – One Of The Best Cameras Canon Makes (PetaPixel)

Canon Eos R7 Review

Here is a Canon EOS R7 review that highlights the many advanced features of Canon’s EOS R model with APS-C sensor.

At a glance:

  • 32.5MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 4K60 10-Bit Video, HDR-PQ & C-Log 3
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 15 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 1.6m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Dual UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

PetaPIxel posted their Canon EOS R7 review. There are some criticism to the ergonomics but overall, the EOS R7 appears to be a very capable mirrorless camera. From their conclusion (emphasis mine):

Calling the Canon EOS R7 one of Canon’s best cameras is a lofty claim, but I think it’s still deserved. We are talking about a $1,500 camera that can get away with creating pretty much anything at a high level. It feels pretty nice in the hand, has weather sealing, plus incorporates many of the company’s latest software features inside. The 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with in-body image stabilization is capable of taking some beautifully rendered images with room for cropping and composing in post. It’s shockingly fast in both frames per second and autofocus, making it a lot easier to come away with keepers.

While not touched on in this review, even the video shooting is ready for assignment with 10-bit 4K 60p footage that it can record, which is oversampled from 7K, is really nice and the ability to harvest as much dynamic range as possible with Canon Log 3 is also possible.

Read the review at PetaPixel…

More Canon EOS R7 information, reviews and more is listed here.

Canon EOS R7:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Canon Patent: RF 16-28mm Lens That Might Be f/2.8 or f/2.8-4 or f/4

Canon Patent

Here is a Canon patent application for a lens that might hit the shelves, sooner or later: RF 16-28mm.

Canon patent application 2022112179 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for an RF 16-28mm lens. Three optical formulas are discussed in the patent literature:

  • RF 16-28mm f/2.8
  • RF 16-28mm f/2.8-4
  • RF 16-28mm f/4

From the patent literature:

A zoom lens that is compact and has a wide angle of view while achieving high optical performance with little variation in aberration during zooming, and an imaging device and an imaging system having the zoom lens.

A photographing lens with a half angle of view exceeding 35 degrees is called a wide-angle lens, and is suitable for photographing a vast landscape by taking advantage of the wide angle of view. A wide-angle lens needs to satisfactorily correct distortion and curvature of field, which worsen as the half angle of view increases.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the present invention to provide a zoom lens which is compact and has a wide angle of view, and which can obtain high optical performance with little aberration fluctuation during zooming, and an image pickup apparatus having the zoom lens.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 16.45-27.50
  • F-value: 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 52.70-39.08
  • Image height: 19.00-21.64
  • Total length: 138.01-127.30
  • Back focus: 14.00

Example 2

  • Focal length: 16.45-27.50
  • F-value: 2.88-4.00
  • Half angle of view: 52.740-38.91
  • Image height: 19.00-21.64
  • Overall length: 121.56-117.50
  • Back focus: 14.21

Example 3

  • Focal length: 16.45-27.50
  • F-value: 4.10
  • Half angle of view: 52.69-39.09
  • Image height: 19.00-21.64
  • Overall length: 124.60-121.49
  • Back focus: 14.08

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

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Datacolor Spyderx

Only for today (7/29/2022) B&H Photo has a 52% discount on the Datacolor SpyderX Elite Color Control Kit.

At a glance:

  • Lens-Based Color Engine Technology
  • Ambient Light Monitoring
  • Color Profile and Settings Switching
  • Single-Click Wizard Calibration
  • Manual Console Calibration Mode
  • Supports Multiple Monitors
  • Video and Cine Calibration Targets
  • Projector Calibration
  • Soft Proofing and StudioMatch
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems

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New Canon EOS R3 Firmware Just Released (1.2.1, after ver. 1.2.0 had been pulled)

Canon Eos R3 Firmware Sample Picture User Manual

Canon already released a new firmware update for the Canon EOS R3, after having pulled the previous firmware update because of an issue.

Canon EOS R3 firmware Version 1.2.1 (download) incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:

  1. Adds the ability to set “Custom high speed continuous” to the Drive mode. It is possible to shoot from 2 to 50 images continuously at a speed of approximately 30 to 195 fps.
  2. Adds the ability to select “FHD 239.76 fps/200.00 fps” in “High frame rate.”
  3. 1- Adds the ability for in camera “Depth compositing” during “Focus bracketing.”
    2- Adds Focus bracketing and depth compositing with a flash (Speedlite EL-1).
  4. Adds the ability of time-lapse movie recording. Note that the time-lapse movie setting is retained even if the camera enters the Auto Power Off state before starting time-lapse movie recording.
  5. Adds the ability of Cloud RAW processing functionality. RAW processing with the latest image processing technology is possible. This is a paid service that requires the purchase of a Canon Imaging App Service Plan, which will be available starting July 25, 2022.
  6. Adds the ability to convert multiple HEIF images into multiple JPEG images.
  7. Adds the ability to set [Still Image Crop/Aspect] to [Custom Controls]. The assigned button can be used to switch between crop and aspect ratio.
  8. Adds the ability to crop and resize images during transfer to an FTP server.
  9. 802.1X authentication/WPA2-Enterprise now supports the PKCS#12 certificate format.
  10. Adds an electronic shutter sound to be played when the mechanical shutter or electronic 1st-curtain is set.
  11. Enhances the performance of “Movie Digital IS”. It stabilizes the image when taking selfies or walking shots using a wide-angle lens.
  12. Adds [Auto Power Off Temp.: Standard/High] to the menu for still shooting.
  13. Fixes an issue, which displays Error Code 70 on the camera, that may occur, in rare instances, when the [Disp. performance] setting is set to [Smooth].
  14. Fixes minor issues.
  15. Fixes an issue, in which, after having updated the camera to firmware Version 1.2.0, when performing the [Factory reset] operation, some shooting settings are not retained.

*Items 1 through 14 are changes of Firmware Version 1.2.0, and item 15 is newly added for Firmware Version 1.2.1.