[News] Canon To Manufacture Digital Cameras In Brazil

Today’s Canon Press Release:

Canon To Manufacture Digital Cameras In Brazil Through Establishment Of Canon Indústria De Manaus

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 11, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced plans to launch digital camera production in Brazil through the establishment of Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda., located in the state of Amazonas.

Recently, the digital camera market has displayed steady growth, led by emerging countries. Brazil, in particular, has a large market with demand expected to increase, which has created a pressing need for a strategic product supply.

In response to these circumstances, Canon has newly established Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda. in Amazonas state, Brazil.

Overview of New Company
1. Name: Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda.
2. Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
3. Representative: Masanobu Hishinuma (President)
4. Business activities: Manufacture of digital cameras
5. No. of employees: Approx. 60 (tentative, as of the end of 2013)
6. Capital: 210 million yen (calculated at an exchange rate of BRL 1= JPY 39.5)
7. Equity structure: Canon Inc.: 99.99% / President Hishinuma: 0.01%
8. Establishment: May 2012
9. Total floor area: Approx. 1,800 sq. meters
10. Total investment: Approx. 110 million yen
11. Start of operations: July 2013 (tentative)

Note: Canon also operates a business machine and digital camera marketing company in Brazil, Canon do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda., which was established in November 1974.

[Review] The Amazing EOS 50D, Reloaded

You may wonder why I am featuring a review of the EOS 50D, an older camera that already has a follow-up (the EOS 60D). However, the 50D was, and still is, a high performing camera, and in the right hands it still produces amazing pictures. That’s why I want to feature a review of the 50D, made by Carl over at photographic central (click here). The EOS 50D was in some way a special camera: it was the last, true iteration of the glorious x0D series. The 60D wasn’t really the follower of the 50D, since Canon decided to split the x0D series, crippling down the 60D and introducing the EOS 7D. Just to make some examples: the 60D didn’t get a magnesium alloy, nor does it have some of the “semi-pro” features of the 50D (and 40D), such as joystick and multi-flash support. Moreover, the 60D has a simplified top plate and info panel, no AF micro-adjust, and a lower burst rate.

Click here to see the Canon EOS 50D price on eBay.

Sample image at ISO 6500 – image courtesy of Photographic Central

Canon EOS 50D price check: [shopcountry 1286].

Check the live-ticker below for possible EOS 50D deals on ebay.

Technical specifications:

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[Pre-Order] EOS 650D/T4i/X6i And EF-S 18-135mm STM IS Available For Pre-Order At Amazon Germany

Looks like Amazon Germany is the only one of Amazon’s European branches that has the new EOS 650D (T4i/X6i) and EF-S 18-135mm STM IS lens (both announced yesterday) ready for pre-order. The following kits are available:

  • EOS 650D & EF-S 18-55 IS II for EUR 899,00 (click here)
  • EOS 650D & EF-S 18-135mm STM IS for EUR 1.149,00 (click here)
  • EOS 650D body only for EUR 799,00 (click here)
  • EF-S 18-135mm STM IS for EUR 499,00 (click here)

[Pre-Order] Kiss X6i/Rebel T4i/650D and EF 40mm STM Available For Pre-Order At Amazon Japan

Amazon Japan has the Kiss X6i (Rebel T4i in America, EOS 650D in Europe) available for pre-order (click here to see all offered kits). The following options are available:

  • X6i/T4i/650D & 18-135mm STM IS for ¥ 129,800 (click here)
  • X6i/T4i/650D & EF-S 18-55mm IS II & EF-S 55-250mm for ¥ 129,800 (click here)
  • X6i/T4i/650D & EF-S 18-55mm IS II for ¥ 99,800 (click here)
  • X6i/T4i/650D body only for ¥ 89,800 (click here)

As far as I understand, they also have the EF 40mm STM pancake available for pre-order (¥ 20,530, click here), and the 18-135mm STM IS too (¥ 60,690, click here).

[Review] Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Most Comprehensive Hands-On Review So Far

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digitalcamerainfo published what is the most comprehensive first-impressions review of the Rebel T4i/650D I saw so far. I would almost dare to say this is a review (though they were using a pre-production model). The review goes over eight dedicated sections covering everything from handling to usage modes and controls, photo gallery included. The overall impression is pretty positive, the new Rebel didn’t miss most of the expectations people had. The highlights are the AF improvements (live view shooting and video recording), the touchscreen, 1080p video recording, a new 18-megapixel image sensor and the faster shot to shot rate (click here for more specs, or click here for a series of videos). Not to forget the greater ISO range. From the conclusion:

In shooting with the T4i, it’s clear that the sum of all those spec upgrades is a camera that truly feels new. That’s a good step for Canon, as we felt the T3i was a lackluster, marginal improvement on the massively successful T2i that preceded it. With the T3i staying in the line as a mid-level option (above the T3 and below the T4i, for now), that separation was necessary for the T4i to be relevant.

In our time with the camera, we loved the snappiness of the new autofocus and more responsive shutter. The camera itself is very familiar, as its body is almost identical to the T3i, with only some minor handling differences. On the inside, the new Digic 5 processor chugs through bursts much quicker than the T3i did, and the autofocus is a hair sharper.

If you are looking for a detailed insight in all of what this camera has to offer, then digitalcamerainfo’s review is the one you should not miss.

Below are pre-order links for the Rebel T4i/650D (and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens).

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