Is Nikon Retiring From SLR Camera Development?

Nikon Z 8 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Nikon Rumors

That’s a weird news, not even a rumor. Nikon is said to withdraw from SLR camera development.

Reported by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, here are the main points (machine translated):

  • Nikon withdraws from development of single-lens reflex camera
  • Existing models will continue to be produced and sold for the time being
  • Introducing artificial intelligence (AI) and image processing technology and concentrating on the development of mirrorless cameras that are becoming mainstream in the market
  • Canon also plans to end the development of the flagship model of SLR cameras within a few years
  • Nikon directs development resources to mirrorless cameras, which are expected to grow
  • It is easy for mirrorless cameras to be equipped with digital technology, and there is a large margin for expansion of shooting functions.
  • Mirrorless cameras are cheaper than single-lens reflex cameras, which have the same functions as the price of less than 100,000 yen.
  • By improving the performance of image sensors and processing engines, it is becoming possible to use it like a single-lens reflex camera without any discomfort.

Uh, I do not know what to think here. But given that Canon seems also set to abandon SLR development, it might be plausible that Nikon will too. Any ideas? The future present is mirrorless, I guess.

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It’s The Canon PowerShot Pick, And It Will Pick Your Best Moments

Canon PowerShot Pick

Canon released the Canon PowerShot Pick. The PowerShot Pick is an AI-powerded concept camera that is not entirely new to devoted Canon fans.

At a glance:

  • Active PTZ Tracking & Subject Detection
  • Takes Photos Automatically
  • 12MP 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • 3x Optical Zoom Lens, Max f/2.8 Aperture
  • 110° Tilt, +/- 170° Panning
  • Portable Design, Built-In Li-Ion Battery
  • Voice Recognition & MiniPTZ App Control
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and microSD Card Slot

The PowerShot PICK will be available for an estimated retail price of $499.99. Shipping is currently scheduled to begin late summer 2022. Black and white color options available.

Preorders are live: B&H Photo | Adorama.

Canon press release:

Let the PICK, Pick Your Moment!

Canon U.S.A. Introduces PowerShot PICK Active Tracking PTZ Camera To U.S. Market

MELVILLE, NY, July 12, 2022Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is releasing a new product: the PowerShot PICK Active Tracking PTZ Camera. This portable camera offers a hands-free solution for capturing candid photos and videos automatically*.

Many of us find that capturing content can interrupt the moment, resulting in a forced posed look. The PowerShot PICK can be the solution. Its face-detecting and tracking technology helps ensure that smiles and more can be detected, when set up through the corresponding app, and the PowerShot PICK will automatically move its camera to capture it all.

Previously, the product saw great success with a leading crowdfunding platform in Japan. Due to that success, Canon collaborated with Indiegogo, a similar platform in the United States, which now leads to the official introduction of the PowerShot PICK in the United States.

The PowerShot PICK offers a wide range of features, including:

  • Approximately 340 degrees of Pan movement and Tilt capabilities between -20 to 90 degrees
  • 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
  • 19-57mm focal length (35mm equiv.) and automatic image stabilization
  • Active Tracking with Auto Capture
  • Battery Powered
  • Select Voice Commands
  • 11.7MB photos and Full-HD 1080 60p video with movie rates of 59.94, 29.97, and 23.98 frames per second (FPS)

The PowerShot PICK requires the MiniPTZ mobile app for compatible iOS, iPadOS, and Android devices. The app includes capabilities like configuration settings, manual remote control of the camera1, automatically generated highlight videos (iOS only), and the ability to browse through and select favorite moments for download.

The PowerShot PICK is also a great way to capture your next social media post or home video. Whether you want to film a cooking tutorial or dance video, the PICK can easily record them. The PowerShot PICK is equipped with select voice commands. Let’s say you want to record a dance video. Say, “Hello PICK, record a video!” It’s as easy as that. The PICK is compact and convenient. Lightweight and battery powered, this product is great for everyone who wants to easily capture candid photos and videos almost anywhere.

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Denoise Ai

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Here Are The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM (announced)

RF 15-30mm

The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses have been announced. Preorder are live. The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM, and Canon RF 15-30 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses are scheduled to be available in late August 2022 for an estimated retail price of $599.99 and $549.99, respectively.

Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM: B&H Photo | Adorama

Wordwide:

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

Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM: B&H Photo | Adorama

Worldwide:

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

Learn more about the two new lenses with the master Rudy Winston.

Canon press release:

Canon Introduces RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM – Two New Compact and Lightweight Wide-Angle RF-Mount Lenses

Both Lenses Are Ideal for Entry Level and Photography Enthusiasts Looking for The Next Lens After The Standard Zoom

MELVILLE, NY, July 12, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of two new RF-Mount lenses, the RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. The lenses are both high-value, compact and lightweight wide-angle additions to the RF-Mount family and pair perfectly with the complete lineup of EOS R cameras, including the newly announced Canon EOS R10 and EOS R7 cameras.

The Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM lens is a large-diameter, wide-angle fixed focal length lens designed for capturing bright and clear images with beautiful bokeh and macro capabilities to get even closer, both features not possible with a standard kit lens. Will Cadena, wedding and portrait photographer touts the focal length saying, “I love this lens! It helps give you the feeling you are right there in the action, and the focal length really directs your eye to the center of the frame.”

Thanks to the wide-angle of view and built-in STM motor that tracks focus with natural movement, the new RF24mm lens is optimized for video use, particularly vlogging and other social media uses.

Additional Features of the RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens Include:

  • Fast F1.8 maximum aperture for great control over depth of field and bokeh, low-light shooting, and video recording, with fast and reliable autofocus.
  • Excellent image quality: highlights include a UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass element, one aspheric element, and Canon SSC (Super Spectra Coating) to help minimize ghosting and flare.
  • Minimum focus distance of approx. 5.5 In./0.14 m; close-up magnification 0.5x at minimum focus distance.
  • Optical image stabilization — up to 5.5 stops* of shake correction. Up to 6.5 stops Coordinated IS when paired with EOS R series cameras featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS).
  • Dedicated, programmable Control Ring with click-stop operation.
  • Equivalent to approximately 38mm coverage when used on cameras with APS-C size image sensors.
  • Impressively compact and light at only 0.6 lbs/270g.
  • Circular (9 blades) aperture for beautiful, soft backgrounds.

The Canon RF 15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens is an ultra wide-angle zoom lens designed for a variety of image-capturing moments such as dynamic landscapes and natural snapshots. Travel vlogger Juliana Broste (@TravelingJules) says that a wide-angle lens is her go to, “I’ve got options–whether I’m standing super close to my subject or backing up to get a sense of a place, I’m covered.”

Like the new RF24mm, this new lens has macro capabilities and produces images with beautiful bokeh, with the added flexibility of a zoom range. The RF15-30 is another excellent option for photographers looking to go beyond the standard zoom lens.

“The RF 15-30 F4.5-6.3 IS STM makes it easy to film handheld, so you can stay light on your feet and move about freely. So long shaky shots!”

Travel Vlogger, Juliana Broste

Additional Features of the Canon RF 15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Include:

  • Equivalent to approximately 24–48mm coverage when used on cameras with APS-C size image sensors.
  • Excellent image quality: highlights include two UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass elements, one aspheric element, and Canon SSC (Super Spectra Coating) to help minimize ghosting and flare.
  • Optical Image Stabilization — up to 5.0 stops* of shake correction. Up to 7.0 stops of Coordinated IS when paired with EOS R series cameras featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS).
  • Equivalent to approximately 24–48mm coverage when used on cameras with APS-C size image sensors.
  • Minimum focus distance of approx. 11 in./0.28m (5.1 In./0.13m in manual focus at 15mm zoom position.)
  • Canon STM (stepping motor) focus drive, especially suited for smooth, quiet video AF operation.
  • Impressively compact and light — approx. 0.9 lbs./390g.

​​​Price & Availability

The Canon RF24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM, and Canon RF15-30 F4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses are scheduled to be available in late August 2022 for an estimated retail price of $599.99 and $549.99, respectively**.

​​​For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.

These Are The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM And RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM (images & specs)

Canon RF 24mm F1.8

A day before the alleged announcement, images and specifications of two upcoming RF lenses have leaked: Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM are expected to get announced tomorrow, June 12, 2022. Images and specifications have already leaked on 5channel and imgur. Here they are.

RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

  • Lens configuration: 13 elements in 11 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.16m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.5x
  • Image stabilization: 5.5 steps, 7.0 steps when coordinated
  • Filter diameter: 67mm
  • Size: 76.6 x 88.4 mm
  • Weight: 390g

and the

RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM

  • Lens configuration: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.14m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.5x
  • Image stabilization: 5 steps, 6.5 steps when coordinated
  • Filter diameter: 52mm
  • Size: 74.4 x 63.1 mm
  • Weight: 270g

Announcement most likely tomorrow, June 12, 2022. Stay tuned.

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