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Rumor: Canon full-frame mirrorless already 'being used by select pro photographers'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:40:00 Z

So far, the EOS M5 is the nearest thing Canon has made to a high-end mirrorless camera.

Rumors of a Canon mirrorless full-frame camera are heating up. Just days after our own Canon interview from CP+ 2018 seemed to hint, quite strongly, that a "high-end mirrorless" from Canon is in the works, Canon Rumors is reporting that they have "confirmed from a couple of good sources" that a full-frame mirrorless Canon is indeed being tested by select pros.

The Canon Rumors report, published earlier today, claims that "a full frame mirrorless camera is well into its development cycle," and is in fact being used by "select Canon pro photographers" in the field. This matches up with what Canon told us during our interview at CP+ 2018. Specifically, the Canon executives we spoke to said:

In accordance with the full lineup strategy, we will be tackling [the mid-range and high-end mirrorless market] going forward.

And when we asked if it was "realistic" to expect a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera within a year, their tongue-in-cheek response was:

That would be nice, wouldn't it?

Read our full Canon interview from CP+ 2018

Canon Rumors is "very confident we’re going to see something announced before the end of Q1 in 2019," while other outlets have predicted something for Photokina in September. Either way, as rumors and reports heat up, it seems more and more likely the industry will be getting a major shake-up in early 2019 or late 2018.

The major unanswered question is: what about lenses? Will Canon release a new lens mount with this rumored full-frame mirrorless camera—thereby taking advantage of the shorter flange distance offered by mirrorless—will the new camera be compatible with EF lenses out of the box, or will it be some sort of hybrid arrangement?

When we spoke to Canon, the company said it "can’t simply ignore the [130 million EF lenses] in the market," but that "we’re considering the technical advancements that are possible" with a new mount. In the end, they didn't give us anything definitive, encouraging us instead to "let your imagination suggest some possibilities."

Canon interview: 'increased competition allows us to level-up'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:00:00 Z

Canon executives (L-R) Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive of Imaging Communications Business Group, Go Tokura, Chief Executive Officer of Canon's Image Communications Products Operation, and Naoya Kaneda, Advisory Director and Group Executive of Canon's Optical Business Group. At this year's CP+ show in Yokohama, we sat down with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Canon. Topics covered during our conversation with Go Tokura, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi and Naoya Kaneda included Canon's ambitions for high-end mirrorless cameras, and the importance of responding to changing definitions of image capture from the smartphone generation. Answers from the three interviewees have been combined, and this interview (which was conducted through an interpreter) has been edited for clarity and flow. How important is it for Canon to add higher-end mirrorless products to your lineup? At Canon we have what’s called a ‘full lineup strategy’. This means that we want to satisfy all of the demands in the market, so we have mirrorless and also DSLR, which combined makes an EOS hierarchy. We want to fill the gaps to satisfy customer demands across the board. The new M50 is an entry-level model, because that’s where the high-volume sales are. We want to establish ourselves in this market, and then move forward [from there]. In accordance with the full lineup strategy, we will be tackling [the mid-range and high-end mirrorless market] going forward. The EOS M50 offers 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, but not at the same time. Is there a technical reason for this limitation? With the EOS 5D Mark IV, we do offer 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, so technically it is feasible. But given the position of the M50 in the lineup, we can’t include all of the features available in a product like the 5D IV. Given the position of the product, we wanted to achieve the optimal balance [of features] in a camera in that range. We’ve optimized the M50 as best we can [for its market position], and within those parameters, the combination of 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus was not possible. Canon's new EOS M50 offers limited 4K video capability, making it the first of Canon's mirrorless cameras to go beyond HD video capture. Another manufacturer that we spoke to estimated that Canon would have a full-frame mirrorless camera within a year. Is that realistic? That would be nice, wouldn't it? The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 is coming up - when we look at photographers shooting with Canon at Tokyo in two years time, what will we see? The Tokyo Olympics is a very important opportunity for us. If we look at the professional camera market, we would like to introduce a professional model at that time. Having said that, we take reliability very seriously. So when we talk about [creating] a model for the Olympics, we’re not just talking about performance. We’re also want to make sure that we can achieve the same level of reliability that we’ve always delivered [in our professional DSLRs]. The Tokyo Olympics is a very important opportunity for us We also want to raise Canon’s presence overall, with camera products and also events and services. We have been instructed [by our senior leadership] to maximize the opportunity! Canon's gear room at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Major sporting events like this have always been a major focus for Canon, and have often served as showcases for new professional cameras and lenses. The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, in 2020 and is sure to be a major event for Canon. In your opinion, what is the most important quality for an entry-level camera? We are always looking for speed, ease of use, and maximum resolution. We’re also thinking about how we can deliver better image quality than a smartphone. So it’s about really focusing on speed, ease of use and image quality. Small size and weight comes into [the calculation] as well, and also the GUI. Looking beyond the entry-level class towards cameras aimed at high-end amateurs li[...]

Canon CEO: 'we will go on the offensive... in the mirrorless camera market'

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:58:00 Z

Presentation chart from Canon's Corporate Strategy Conference, indicating its goal to seize 50% of the interchangeable-lens camera market.

There it is, clear as day. One week after a Canon executive said in an interview that Canon is finally willing to cannibalize DSLR sales to invest in mirrorless, Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai has made an even more definitive statement during his presentation at the company's Corporate Strategy Conference on March 6th.

A summary of Mr. Fujito's speech can be found in this PDF, but the relevant paragraph—in which he's talking of growing markets Canon will become more involved in—is quoted in full below (emphasis added):

Within existing businesses, there are market areas that are growing, such as color devices in MFDs and laser printers, and mirrorless in cameras. In these segments, by launching differentiated products that only we can provide, we will stimulate the market, grow our sales, and secure additional market share.

For example, in our core camera business, in addition to our overwhelming share of the DSLR market, we will go on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market, which is exhibiting remarkable growth. This will allow us to reach our goal of 50% market share of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market.

50% market share "of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market" is no small goal, and the declaration that Canon will "go on the offensive" to expand sales in the mirrorless market lends some official credence to rumors of full-frame mirrorless prototypes. It also makes this prediction by a Sony executive feel all the more prescient.

Sony executive predicts Nikon and Canon will go full-frame mirrorless within a year

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:36:00 Z

Kenji Tanaka, Sony Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group | Photo by Carey Rose

Earlier this month at CP+, we sat down with several camera company executives for in-depth interviews about the photo industry, trying to tease out what the future holds for the cameras and lenses of tomorrow. One of the people we spoke with was Sony's Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group, Kenji Tanaka, and he had an interesting prediction. He told us to look for Nikon and Canon full-frame mirrorless "by next year's CP+."

We're still working on finalizing the full interview for you, but we wanted to share this tidbit right away:

One of the reasons that companies like Sigma and Tamron are creating native Sony FE lenses is that they’re looking forward to a future where full-frame mirrorless is the norm. How long will that be?

This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think [by then] they will be participating in this market.

Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think.

Rumors of Nikon and Canon full-frame mirrorless cameras have been swirling for years, but no official confirmation has ever come down the pike. The best we've managed to get so far is this somewhat vague statement from Nikon, and confirmation that Canon is now willing to cannibalize its DSLR sales to invest in mirrorless cameras.

Obviously Kenji Tanaka does not speak for Canon or Nikon—he even made sure to mention this was his "personal opinion"—but he has a much better high-level understanding of the camera industry's ins and outs that most of us. In other words: we take his 'personal opinions' quite seriously.

The latest whispers on the rumor mill claim there's a Canon full-frame mirrorless prototype in the wild, and up until CP+ came and went, many were hoping to see a full-frame mirrorless from Nikon at the show. As we move further into 2018 and look ahead to Photokina, Photo Plus Expo, and next year's CP+ show, maybe all of those rumors will finally start paying off.

Pro Services: Are they worth it?

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:00:00 Z

When you're a professional photographer your livelihood is intertwined with the health of your equipment. Like a portable hard drive, it's only be a matter of time until something fails in the field and has the potential to ruin your assignment, not to mention your relationship with a client. Although it’s likely that your gear could be covered under your home or renter's insurance policy, if you are working as full-time pro, it may not be enough. Not to mention that the process of filing a claim to cover that busted gear that you needed back in order yesterday may drive you crazy. Most major camera companies run Pro Support Service programs to help photographers when they wind up in situations like these. Joining up requires a certain amount of gear and often an annual payment. In exchange, photographers receive discounted gear repairs and equipment loans. We spoke to pros who have used the programs provided by Canon, Nikon and Sony to see how they stack up and if they’re worth the cost. Canon Pro Support Application Process How do you Qualify? Apply online instantly No sample images required Earn points for each piece of gear Fees vary depending on service level Must renew annually to continue to receive benefits Own a certain amount of Canon gear Canon offers four levels of membership within its Pro Support program with different ownership requirements and prices points: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Cinema. Each piece of Canon gear is assigned a number of points. The amount and kind of Canon gear that you own determines the level of membership that you qualify for, and gear depreciates in "points" over time. Canon doesn't require a certain number of bodies or lenses, but its list of qualifying gear is almost exclusively populated with full-frame cameras (the 7D II and 60Da are exceptions). The Silver CPS membership is the lowest tier. It has no annual fee, but requires 10 CPS points to join. A Silver CPS membership comes with CPS website profile and program discounts, event support, access to the 24/7 exclusive member hotline and a CPS ID Card. Crucially, what it doesn’t give you is access to is expedited repairs, discounts on repairs or equipment evaluation loaners. To get all of the perks pros typically need, you'll want a Gold membership. This level includes all of the Silver benefits plus two business day turnaround on repairs, equipment evaluation loans (a chance to try the newest gear for a 10-day period), and a 20% service discount on up to 10 pieces of gear, among other things. Gold membership costs $100 per year and requires 20 CPS points – two pro-level bodies like the 5D Mark III and a 5D Mark IV, plus an EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM will qualify. The Platinum CPS membership requires at least 50 points and costs $300 annually. Essentially, it's a Gold membership that goes an extra mile. Platinum members get the benefits of Gold, plus priority on equipment evaluation loans, next business day turnarounds on repairs, repair coverage loan once the repair is received, maintenance on up to 10 pieces of gear, free shipping both ways and a 30% discount on repairs on up to 15 pieces of gear. The quick turnaround time on repairs at the Gold and Platinum levels have been a lifesaver for many of the Pros that we spoke with The quick turnaround time on repairs at the Gold and Platinum levels have been a lifesaver for many of the Pros that we spoke with. Brooklyn Vegan photographer and photo editor Amanda Hatfield recalled the time her 16-35mm F2.8 lens stopped focusing a few days before she was scheduled to shoot the opening party of a new music venue in Brooklyn. "I definitely needed that lens in particular and was going to rent it if it wasn't fixed on time," she says. "I had it back well before Halloween." Florida-based freelance photographer Ian Witlin says his CPS Platinum membership has been nothing but excellent." It's saved me money in the long run and gets my gear back to me as [...]

Canon got it right on International Women's Day

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:50:00 Z

Photo by Mario Calvo on Unsplash "For International Women's Day, Canon..." as I read the subject line of the email, I cringe at the possible endings to that sentence. Not outside the realm of possibilities is something like, "Releases Commemorative Pink Camera Strap!" In 2018 I think we're better than that. Probably. I keep reading. "...Lends Support to 'Women Photograph'" is how it ends, and I feel a real sense of relief. This was an organization I knew and had covered in the past. It aims to 'elevate the voices of female visual journalists,' offering an additional resource for editors as well as grants and workshops for female photographers. I read on. "Canon will work with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program which funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals, and other developmental opportunities." If you're a brand looking to grab a slice of the #MeToo pie, you could definitely do much worse than this. Case in point: McDonald's put on a master class this year in getting it wrong. The fast food giant announced that it would be turning its logo upside down to recognize International Women's Day... a "W" instead of an "M"... for women... get it? Critics spoke up quickly, pointing out that it felt like an empty gesture coming from a company that can afford to do much more. The upside down arches were on my mind when I started reading that press release from Canon this morning, so it felt very reassuring to see the brand pledging real support behind an effort created by, and created for, women photographers. Sure, it's all marketing at the end of the day, and I truly hope Canon's support of Women Photograph doesn't begin and end with a one-time workshop. Issuing a press release is cheap. Following through, and staying committed in the long term isn't. But if you're going to talk about supporting women on International Women's Day, please don't just give us an empowering logo and a T-shirt. Instead, put your money where your mouth is. CANON U.S.A. LENDS ITS SUPPORT TO WOMEN PHOTOGRAPH, AN INITIATIVE CREATED TO PROMOTE THE REPRESENTATION OF FEMALE PHOTOJOURNALISTS Association Will Help Elevate the Voices of Female and Non-binary Photographers MELVILLE, N.Y., March 8, 2018 – In conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce their association with Women Photograph, a movement created to promote the representation of female photojournalists. Canon will work with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program which funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals, and other developmental opportunities. Launched in 2017 and founded by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph is an initiative to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community. A private database that includes more than 700 independent female documentary photographers based in 91 countries, any commissioning editor or organization can utilize the database for their photojournalistic hiring needs. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this year’s IWD than to support an initiative that is enriching the professional advancement of female and non-binary photojournalists,” said Elizabeth Pratt, director of professional client development and support and Canon Professional Services. “Women Photograph has created a home for professional women photojournalists to showcase their work for potential clients and Canon is honored to help continue the momentum of this initiative.” Canon Professional Services will host a Women Photograph Workshop at the Canon Customer Experience Center in Orange County, CA in December. Dates and details will be provided by Women Photograph. “Can[...]

Manager says Canon is willing to cannibalize DSLR sales with mirrorless cameras

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:27:00 Z


Scroll through your photo news feeds this morning, and you'll get a lot of "Canon manager confirms: Canon is shifting focus from SLRs to mirrorless" type headlines. But you may want to wait before you grab your hammer and smash that piggy bank in anticipation of new high-end mirrorless option from Canon, because the 'manager' in question confirmed no such thing.

The reports we're seeing are based on a late-February report in Nikkei Asian Review titled, admittedly, "Canon shifts focus from SLR to mirrorless cameras." The article was written the day after Canon released the M50 mirrorless camera, and in it, Nikkei quotes the president of Canon Marketing Japan, Masahiro Sakata, who identified mirrorless as a 'growth market' that Canon needed to invest in:

[Canon must] actively roll out products for a growth market even if there is some cannibalization.

Needless to say, this is not the same as confirming that "Canon is shifting focus from SLR to mirrorless cameras."

The quote is still intriguing, however, especially in the light of recent shipment and sales numbers out of Japan. Quoting last year's CIPA numbers, Nikkei points out that the Japanese market for interchangeable lens cameras dropped by 10% while mirrorless increased by just over 29%.

Over the years, the generally accepted narrative has been that Canon doesn't want to invest in mirrorless because it will cannibalize its SLR sales. Sakata's statement indicates that those days are over—Canon has noticed the industry trends, and is willing to "actively roll out" mirrorless cameras even if it means eating into sales of its affordable DSLRs.

Canon wants to be more active in the mirrorless space, but that doesn't necessarily mean 'high-end' mirrorless like the full-frame Sony a7 III

When it comes to high-end mirrorless, however, Sakata was much more reserved. He tells Nikkei that Canon will "look at the timing and consider [releasing a high-end mirrorless cameras]," which makes it seem like Canon's immediate mirrorless future might look more like the M50 than Sony's a7 line.

Of course, only time will tell, and rumor sites are still speculating that Canon (and Nikon) will both debut full-frame mirrorless offerings at Photokina 2018. We just wouldn't take these sparse quotes from Masahiro Sakata as "confirmation" that this will, in fact, happen.

Tokina unveils 'top premium' Opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens for Canon and Nikon

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:14:00 Z

Tokina has officially announced the Opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts that was leaked last week. The lens—part of Tokina's new 'Opera' series designed for 'high-spec full-frame DSLR cameras'—will arrive on store shelves in Summer of 2018, and a prototype is being shown off this week at CP+ in Japan. This lens, and the Opera series in general, are being billed as Tokina's 'premium' line—sort of like the Sigma Art series. In fact, Tokina goes out of its way to connect the term Opera with 'Art' in its press release. But marketing word choice aside, Tokina promises that Opera branded lenses will be "designed to perfectly match recent high-spec full-frame DSLR cameras, which keep requiring high quality optics." The Opera 50mm F1.4 FF is the first in this lineup, and already Tokina has put more tech into the lens than you're probably used to from the third-party manufacturer. The lens boasts a ring-shaped ultrasonic AF motor, weather sealing to protect internals from dust and moisture, an electric diaphragm mechanism for the Nikon version (a first for Tokina), and a focus ring that turns the same direction as your native Nikon and Canon glass. Unfortunately, Tokina hasn't revealed one of the most important details yet: price. But with the official release scheduled for summer 2018, it won't be long before we find out if (or by how much) Tokina has undercut Nikon and Canon's 50mm F1.4 options. Press Release Kenko Tokina Co., LTD. is Proud to Announce the New Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 FF, a Premium Full-Frame Lens for High-End DSLR Cameras February 28, 2018 About opera series With the debut of opera 50mm F1.4 FF we are launching a new series of next generation premium full-frame lenses for high-end DSLR cameras called "opera" series. Opera series is designed to perfectly match recent high-spec full-frame DSLR cameras, which keep requiring high quality optics to be used with. In addition to originally high-valued Tokina AT-X series, this new opera series is positioned as top premium series of full-frame size lenses and will be further expanded with other lenses of related specifications and performance. In modern society the word “opera” is commonly used to express general genres of stage art. In Italian it means work or work of art. As an omitted art genre definition opera comes from "opera musicale" that means a piece of music work. In Latin opera comes from "opus” and in contemporary language "magnum opus", "opera magna” still has a meaning of "great literary, artistic or intellectual work". We chose the name "opera" for a new premium full-frame DSLR lens series thinking of a lens that will help photographer in creating real "work of art". About the product The debuting premium full-frame lens for high-end DSLR cameras in opera series is 50mm F1.4 FF (FF - Full-Frame). Designed for full-frame format DSLR cameras, opera 50mm F1.4 FF adopts a ring-shaped ultrasonic motor for autofocus drive module. Weather sealing prevents from dust and moisture to come inside the lens body. For the first time in Tokina line up Nikon mount model incorporates an electric diaphragm mechanism. The direction of the focus ring rotation fits the genuine Nikon and Canon lens. Mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF Sensor size: full frame format About sales release Sales release: summer 2018 A prototype of Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF will be displayed at CP+2018 Kenko Tokina booth location: Exhibition Hall(1F), booth # G-57 [...]

Canon EOS M50: What you need to know

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:00:00 Z

Canon ESO M50: What you need to know The Canon EOS M50 is the brand's beefier entry-level mirrorless camera, slated above the comparatively compact EOS M100. Both sport APS-C sensors and single control dials, but the M50 provides a 2.36M-dot EVF, hotshoe and more substantial grip (similar to the EOS M5). An articulating touchscreen adorns the back and Canon's stellar Dual Pixel autofocus is available when shooting stills and video (in most settings... more on that later). We've had time to develop some first impressions of the camera. What follows is a distillation of the keys takeaways – everything you need to know about the Canon EOS M50. Same 24MP APS-C sensor, new Digic 8 processor It uses the same 24MP sensor as many of its siblings including fellow M-mount cameras like the M5, M6 and M100 as well as SLRs like the EOS 80D. But it makes use of the new Digic 8 processor, giving it a few advantages over other Canon interchangeable lens cameras. A faster burst speed is one of them: with autofocus the M50 can shoot at 7.4 fps (10 fps with focus locked). That's a big jump from the M100's 4 fps burst with autofocus, and even faster than the 80D's 7 fps burst rate with AF. The one caveat is that the buffer is limited to about one second. Another major advantage the new Digic 8 chip provides is the ability to shoot Ultra High Definition Video, making it the first Canon mirrorless camera to do so. But... It shoots 4K but... ...don't throw the confetti just yet, because the implementation of 4K leaves much to be desired, due to several limitations. The most notable limitation is that you can't use Canon's excellent Dual Pixel autofocus when shooting 4K, which is a real shame. We love Dual Pixel AF for its ability to stick to a subject without hunting, even if the subject moves. With the M50, there's still an option to use autofocus in 4K, but it's Contrast Detect, so will need to 'hunt' and is more prone to some wobbles. The other big limitation is a 1.6x crop when shooting UHD video – that's on top of the sensor's 1.6x APS-C crop. Thus, a 22mm F2 becomes the equivalent field of view to a 56mm lens. Hardly ideal. But it's not all caveats and bad news on the video front: the EOS M50 can shoot 1080/60p and 720/120p high frame rate capture with Dual Pixel AF. And there's no pesky additional crop (unless you use digital stabilization). New CR3 Raw format with a better compression setting The M50 is the first Canon camera to offer the latest CR3 Raw format, another product of the new Digic 8 processor. Why introduce it in an entry-level camera? Because it includes a new and improved compression option that might appeal to users wishing to dip their toes in shooting Raw, but don't want the large file sizes that come with it. With the old CR2 Raw files, if you want to save memory card/hard-drive space, there is an option for downsized 'small' and 'medium' Raw files that are lower resolution than an ordinary CR2 file. With CR3 there is a new compression option called C Raw: a compressed, full-resolution Raw file that can be as small as half the size of a full CR3 file. And, if Canon has been sensible about it, it should offer effectively the same quality. Increased Dual Pixel AF point coverage, Eye detect mode There's a couple of improvements in the autofocus department of the M50: there are now 99 selectable points to choose from, up from 49 on previous M cameras. Point coverage is still 80% x 80% when using most M-series lenses, users just now have more point precision. That said, with some lenses – specifically the 18-150mm, 28mm macro and 55-200mm – that coverage jumps to 88% x 100% with 143 points selectable. Canon representatives gave us no concrete reason for why some, but not all, lenses offer expanded coverage. However, we're hopeful any newly-introduced M-glass will o[...]

The Canon EOS 4000D might be the cheapest DSLR ever launched

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:32:00 Z

Canon Europe has launched the EOS 4000D, a still more cut-down version of the EOS 2000D/T7 announced earlier today. The entry-level model will launch for around £330/€380 body only, which would equate to somewhere around $385 without tax. That's the lowest launch price of any DSLR we can remember. Canon's four-digit-D series cameras, from the 1000D (Rebel XS) onwards, have always hit aggressive price points in the market by recycling existing components and features—we called the original 1000D a "reheated" 400D/Rebel XTi at the time. But the EOS 4000D takes this to a new level. The 4000D shares its body and viewfinder with its more expensive sibling (and previous cameras of this series), but relies on a version of the 18MP sensor first introduced nine years ago in the EOS 7D, and the Digic 4+ processor that made its debut in Canon's 2014 model-year compacts. The camera's rear display is a 2.7-inch LCD that we last encountered in 2011's EOS 1100D/Rebel T3. Finally, some kits of the camera will include the unstabilized 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 III first announced in February of 2011, although we're pretty sure the plastic lens mount is a first for a digital EOS. That's not to say that Canon has just launched a DSLR from five years ago's parts bin. Although it loses the NFC feature of the 2000D, it does retain Wi-Fi connectivity. This feature, a more modern version of Canon's Auto modes, and its much-loved JPEG engine means the EOS 4000D is likely to be a pretty credible super-budget DSLR. Still, we've not seen such aggressive corner cutting unit cost optimization since Sony's a3000 (which was seemingly made from upcycled yogurt containers), and can't think of a DSLR that has ever launched at a lower price. Is there one we've overlooked? And what do you make of the EOS 4000D? Let us know in the comments. Note: While the Canon EOS 4000D has only been launched in Europe thus far, don't rule out seeing a wall of them at your local BestBuy just as soon as Canon US has worked out which random letters to call it. Step up to effortless DSLR storytelling with Canon’s new EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D cameras London, UK, 26th February 2018 – Canon Europe today unveils the launch of the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D, Canon’s latest entry-level DSLR cameras. With a wide range of practical and easy to use features, these new cameras cater to the storytelling needs of individuals taking their first steps into interchangeable lens photography and those wanting to create superbly detailed DSLR quality pictures and cinematic Full HD movies with ease. The newest additions to Canon’s entry-level DSLR range, the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D have been designed for people who seek out new experiences and want to share their adventures seamlessly to social media. The cameras’ powerful combination of APS-C sensor technology, DIGIC 4+ image processor, seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and straightforward in-camera feature guides enable stories to be captured and shared with highly detailed photos and Full HD movies. With the EOS 2000D featuring a new 24.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor, and the EOS 4000D using an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, each camera allows for compelling storytelling with superb control over depth of field for beautifully blurred image backgrounds. Shooting rich, atmospheric photos during night-time adventures is also made possible with both models capable of low light shooting up to ISO 6400, expandable to ISO 12800. The DIGIC 4+ image processor, used in both models, powers Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode, enabling simple point and shoot photography with superb image results, as it automatically optimises every shot. The fast and responsive DIGIC 4+ image processor enables the Full HD video capabilities in both models, breathing cinematic life into captured memories. In addition to a rea[...]

Canon EOS M50 first impressions review

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 04:00:00 Z

Introduction The Canon EOS M50 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that features an electronic viewfinder, fully articulating touchscreen, single control dial and a 24MP APS-C sensor – the same used by its M-series siblings. It has Canon's latest DIGIC 8 processor and offers expanded Dual Pixel AF coverage, 4K/24p video capture (1.6x crop) as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. In a lot of ways it's a beefier, viewfinder-sporting M100, the brand's most affordable M-mount offering. And it will likely appeal to the same crowd: beginners and/or those stepping up from a smartphone as their primary photography device. Unlike the M100, the M50 has Canon's Guide Modes, like those found on the SL2 and T7i. But what's really exciting about the M50 is what it might indicate about future developments in EOS M and Rebel-series cameras. Key Features: 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video DIGIC 8 processor 2.36M-dot OLED EVF 1.04M-dot vari-angle LCD 7.4 fps burst in AF-C (10 fps in AF-S) 4K/24p UHD video (1.6 x crop) 1080/60p and 720/120p HD video Wi-Fi and NFC with Bluetooth 235 shot-per-charge battery live (via CIPA) One year ago, we met with Canon executives in Yokohama, Japan – you can read the full interview here. At the time, they promised the brand's main strategic focus going forward would be connectivity and video. The M50 is a clear indication that Canon is making good on that promise. This is the first Canon camera that will automatically send photos to your smartphone after each shot and the first M-series to offer 4K. But before you get too excited about that latter bit, it's worth noting that 4K comes with a heavy 1.6x crop, and Dual Pixel AF is not available in 4K (contrast detection AF is available). The M50 is the first Canon to use the new CR3 Raw format Dual Pixel AF can be used in all other video modes, including 1080/60p. It still covers 80% x 80% of the sensor but now with 99 selectable points (up from 49 on previous M cameras). And with certain lenses (18-150mm, 28mm macro and 55-200mm) that coverage increases to 88% x 100% with 143 points. The M50 is the first Canon to use the new CR3 Raw format, which has an updated compression option called C-Raw (compressed full resolution, rather than the downsized 'Small' and 'Medium' Raw formats). Other new features include an Eye Detection mode, only available in AF-S, as well as a new silent scene mode. The M50 also has a new gyro sensor that communicates movement to the lens-based IS system for better shake compensation, as well as dual Sensing IS (using data from the image sensor to compensate for shake when shooting stills or video). Compared to... Though the M50 is an entry-level camera, it's priced a bit higher than a lot of other entry-level offerings. Below we've compared it to some of its Canon peers as well as similar-priced mirrorless cameras. Canon M50 Canon M100 Canon M6 Panasonic G85 Sony a6300 Fujifilm X-T20 MSRP w/lens $900 $600 $900 $1000 $1150 $1000 Resolution 24MP 24MP 24MP 16MP 24MP 24MP Sensor size APS-C APS-C APS-C Four Thirds APS-C APS-C Stabilization Lens IS + digital Lens IS Lens IS Sensor + lens IS Lens IS Lens IS EVF 2.36M-dot No No 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot AF system (live view) Dual Pixel Dual Pixel Dual Pixel Depth from Defocus Hybrid AF w/425 PDAF points Hybrid AF w/91PDAF points LCD 3" fully-articulating 3" tilting 3" tilting 3" fully-articulating 3" tilting 3" tilting Number of control dials 1 top 1 top 2 top, 1 rear 2 top 1 top, 1 rear 2 top + shutter speed, exp. comp. dial Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Burst speed (AF locked) 10 fps 6.1 fps 9 fps 9 fps 11 fps 14 fps Video 4K/24p 1080/60p 1080/60p 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p Wireless Wi-Fi + NFC + BT Wi-Fi + NFC + BT Wi-Fi + NFC + BT WiFi WiFi + NFC W[...]

Canon announces EOS M50 with 24MP sensor, 4K video and built-in EVF

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:00:00 Z

Canon has taken the wraps off the EOS M50, a beginner-friendly mirrorless camera that's the first in the company's M-series to offer 4K video capture. It uses a 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, a new Digic 8 processor and unlike its M100 sibling, provides a built-in electronic viewfinder. Read our Canon EOS M50 First Impressions The M50 is also the first camera to offer a new CR3 Raw format. It provides a standard "image quality priority" Raw setting as well as a "size priority" C-Raw that produces up to 50% smaller files with the same resolution, albeit with a slight drop in image quality. Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth are also included, enabling a new option to automatically transfer images from the camera to a smartphone after each shot. The M50's updated processor makes 1080/120p high frame rate video possible, and UHD 4K recording is available at 24p. Unfortunately, 4K also imposes a significant 1.6x crop and Dual Pixel isn't available. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="" width="580"> The camera's 2.36 million-dot OLED EVF complements a 1.04 million-dot fully articulated touchscreen. With focus locked the M50 will shoot up to 10 fps; 7.4fps shooting is available in C-AF. Dual Pixel autofocus provides improved coverage with certain lenses, including the EF-M 55-200mm, EF-M 18-150mm and EF-M 28mm F3.5. With one of these lenses attached, the M50 gives 88% horizontal and 100% vertical sensor coverage and up to 143 AF points. A large number of EF and EF-S lenses will also give the same level of AF coverage, while other M-mount and EF/EF-S lenses will offer up to 99 AF points and 80% horizontal/80% vertical coverage. At 24mm, the G1 X III has a slight advantage over depth of field control compared to the the G7 X II, but either matches it or falls behind its smaller-sensored sibling elsewhere in the zoom range. This is a pretty big deal. After all, the G1 X III is Canon's flagship compact, and is the only camera currently on the market with an APS-C sensor and a zoom lens (it also fits in your pocket). On the other hand, the G7 X II is nearly half the price, is more compact, and its smaller 1"-type sensor is potentially offset by a much faster zoom lens with greater reach. Of course, this discussion is so far based on specification alone, and those specifications can't necessarily take into account real-world sensor and lens performance. So, let's check our theory, and see how these two cameras compare. Bright landscape This is the main situation in which you'd expect the G1X III to have an advantage. Assuming comparable sensor performance, we'd expect the G1X III's larger sensor to have greater dynamic range advantage, tolerating more light before clipping and thus allowing more exposure, which should give slightly cleaner tones throughout the image. G1 X Mark IIIISO 100F7.1 (F11.5 equiv) 1/320th G7 X Mark IIISO 125F4 (F10.9 equiv)1/1250th For this scene, we set both cameras on the same tripod, and exposed the scene to just barely clip the highlights of the sun's reflection on the building at center; though the exposure settings differ, both cameras received roughly the same amount of light at each of their respective base ISO values. It's clear to see that in this sort of scene, the G1 X III exhibits less noise in the lifted shadow areas than its smaller-sensored sibling, and there are areas, particularly in the trees, where fine detail is rendered a tad better. We should note that these sorts of bright daylight scenes (where you're not light-limited and can use base ISO), are where the G1 X III will really pull ahead of the G7 X II. In scenes with even more contrast than this, the difference will b[...]

Portrait mode perspective: the iPhone X versus the Canon M100

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:00:00 Z

With all the latest photo-centric smartphones including a form of Portrait mode, are interchangeable lens cameras still coming out on top? It's safe to say that Portrait mode, the artificial blurry-background generator on modern smartphones, isn't going anywhere. And now that it's here, it's only going to get better. It's an incredibly handy feature to have, and for the vast majority of users, is easily good enough that they may rethink the need to purchase a so-called 'real' camera in the future. But 'good enough' is a subjective assessment. So, we set up a tripod and grabbed an accessible entry-level camera that's specifically aimed at smartphone users, and did our own informal comparison. It turns out, though, that things aren't all that simple. The first comparison We found through our informal exercise that the iPhone X's built-in Portrait mode on its default camera app appears to roughly approximate the blur from shooting a 35mm F2.8 lens on an APS-C camera. In this case, we used the Canon EOS M100. The hair looks a little cut-out, but it's a fairly convincing result viewed at image level: iPhone X in Portrait mode Canon EOS M100 w/ EF-S 35mm F2.8 @ F2.8 Zoom in to 100%, though, and the advantages of the larger sensor M100 are apparent. There's far more detail in the Canon's image (though you can generally extract more detail from iPhone Raws, you can't shoot Portrait in Raw). Unfortunately, the tripod needed adjustment of an inch or two to make sure the iPhone image and the Canon image ended up a broadly similar positioning of the subject in the frame (there may be some distortion or other corrective effects at work that we don't have full insight into). For this comparison, the iPhone X had HDR enabled in Portrait mode, and the M100 image was processed through Adobe Camera Raw using an adapted EF-S Macro 35mm F2.8 lens. Apple also includes 'lighting modes,' so let's see if that makes a difference in your preference. The second comparison iPhone X in Portrait mode with Contour Light Canon EOS M100 w/ EF-S 35mm F2.8 @ F2.8 Here, we re-processed the iPhone's image to use the 'Contour Light' option. It gives the iPhone's image a much more 'purposed' look to the light, almost as if there is an umbrella off-camera left, instead of just a window, while the Canon image looks the same, because, well, it doesn't have 'portrait lighting' modes. The third comparison iPhone X in Portrait mode, Focos app set to F1.4 iPhone X in Portrait mode, Focos app set to F20 Canon EOS M100 w/ EF-S 35mm F2.8 @ F2.8 Lastly, there's a free app called 'Focos' that allows you further tweaks on images taken in Portrait mode. You can even specify the level of blur you want, measured in approximate f-number. Here, we see the two ends of the spectrum currently included in the app, from 'F1.4' to 'F20.' What's the big deal? We're approaching a time of reckoning for traditional camera manufacturers. Not only are computational cameras getting better, but they're increasingly in people's pockets, at the ready whenever they're needed. There are, of course, aspects of traditional larger sensor cameras that phones can't currently replace. The iPhone will struggle to focus on moving subjects and experiences significant focus lag in low light, and Portrait mode image quality in particular suffers as light levels drop. And while pleasing when viewed at the image level, things start getting mushy at 100%. But phones like the Google Pixel 2 are showing us that even these limitations are beginning to be addressed computationally. Then there's the form factor, the controls, the feel of the thing. But those are increasingly diminishing requirements for a broad range of photographers (especially sin[...]

Video: Watch a YouTuber disassemble his Canon 1D X Mark II to see what's inside

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:36:00 Z

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Photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon's Canon 1DX Mark II recently took a tumble while he was out on an ATV ride. But rather than let this obviously traumatic experience scar him, he decided to use it as an opportunity. Before sending his camera to Canon for repair, he decided to disassembled the $6,000 DSLR himself... on video.

The teardown takes viewers through the careful process of removing the camera's front and back, something McKinnon at one point describes as potentially "the dumbest thing I've ever done." Not to put too fine a point on it, because we like Peter, but we totally agree with him.

Fortunately, everything ultimately ends well. McKinnon successfully disassembles and then reassembles the 1DX Mark II before sending it to Canon for repair. The camera maker even provided McKinnon with a loaner unit to use while his own camera was in the shop.

It's a neat video that gives you a peek inside the very expensive and advanced DSLR, but we definitely don't suggest you ever try this at home. As McKinnon notes in the video, disassembling a camera like this voids whatever warranties are covering it. In other words, if you're curious to see what's inside, watch this video... don't try it yourself.

2018 Japan BCN camera rankings: Canon dominates DSLRs, tops Sony in mirrorless

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:02:00 Z

Photo by Mario Calvo The 2018 Japan BCN camera rankings are in, and they show that (surprise, surprise) Canon is still veritably dominating the DSLR space with 61.1% marketshare, only a slight drop from its previous 63.3% share. More impressive is Canon's performance in the mirrorless category where Canon took the number 2 position, hitting 21.3% versus Sony's 20.2%. Olympus beat both to take top slot in mirrorless at 27.7%, though, a small increase over its previous 26.8% marketshare. According to BCN, Canon also topped the "digital camera with integrated lens" category, holding 27.9% of marketshare over Nikon's 25.5% and Casio's 17.2%. The BCN rankings also look at action cameras, which saw GoPro take top slot with 67.2% marketshare (not that this has helped the company's outlook lately...), as well as digital video cameras, which has Panasonic on top with a 42% marketshare. Editor's Note: These numbers represent the Japan camera market, using about 50% of the sales data out of Japan. While Japanese market numbers are typically a good indicator of worldwide market, mirrorless numbers are often very different in the Asian market, where the technology caught on much faster than in Europe and the Americas. When looking at previous figures, the rankings show Nikon growing in DSLR sales while Canon and Ricoh both saw decreases. Olympus, Canon, and Sony all experienced growth in the mirrorless category, while Canon and Nikon both experienced growth in the integrated lens digital camera market. Notably, Canon continues to show strong growth in Japan's mirrorless market despite Sony's recovery from the disruption caused by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake. That earthquake had impacted Sony's nearby image sensors facility, which supplied sensors for both Nikon and Olympus, among others. In its early 2017 fiscal quarterly results, Olympus had noted that the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake had a negative impact on its Imaging Business sales. Likewise, Nikon had revealed its own Imaging Products Business impact during the same time, resulting in downwardly revised forecasts. However, despite Sony's facility restoring operations in the many months since the earthquake, Canon is still outpacing Sony in the mirrorless segment. Though Nikon saw DSLR marketshare growth in 2017, whereas Canon saw a slight decrease, the latter company still trounces its closest competitor at 61.1% versus Nikon's 34.4%. Whether Canon's biggest competitors will see any significant 2018 gains on the company in their respective categories is anyone's guess.[...]

Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:41:00 Z

Canon has announced that it will introduce a series of printers that are fitted with ink tanks designed so that users can refill the inks themselves. In move that might be interpreted as an "if you can’t beat them, join them" attitude, the company will release four models in the new Pixma G range, each of which has four built-in tanks for black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink. The company will also sell bottles of ink so that users can refill the printers without having to buy individual cartridges—they will also, in theory, save money. The new printers will be filled via 70ml bottles of colored dye ink which cost £10, and a 135ml bottle of black pigment ink that will cost £13. This makes the colored ink 13p per ml and the black 9.5p per ml compared with the 200p per ml that UK consumers pay for ink for the Pixma MG series, and 106p paid for 1ml of ink that’s used in the Pixma Pro range. It's worth noting, however, that Canon hasn’t made any print-life claims with these inks, and the printers are being marketed as general-purpose photo-capable machines rather than photo-specialist printers, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect the same quality. The Pixma G series consists of four models that range from basic printer to a multi-functional four-in-one (print, copy, scan and fax) with the second two models offering Wi-Fi connectivity and printing from a smartphone app. For more information, visit the Canon website. Pricing and Availability The PIXMA G1510: Available from March 2018 with a SRP of £180/€200 The PIXMA G2510: Available from March 2018 with a SRP of £200/€230 The PIXMA G3510: Available from March 2018 with a SRP of £250/€280 The PIXMA G4510: Available from March 2018 with a SRP of £300/€350 Press Release: Canon launches refillable ink tank printer range in the UK Canon announces the anticipated launch of its new collection of refillable ink tank printers. The high yield, easy to use and compact PIXMA G Series printers are designed for those seeking high volume, low cost per page, productive printers for home, home office and small office environments. The new PIXMA G series collection includes: PIXMA G1510, a printer designed for high volume printing at low cost per page PIXMA G2510, a high yield multi-function printer with added user benefits of copying and scanning PIXMA G3510, a high yield multi-function 3-in-1 printer with Wi-Fi connectivity that supports smartphone and tablet print, copy and scanning via the Canon PRINT app PIXMA G4510, a compact 4-in-1 printer with 20 sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and wireless connectivity to smart devices with a high page yield resulting in a low cost per page Boost Productivity: Created for home, home offices and small office environments, the PIXMA G Series has been designed to boost productivity. Keeping running costs down and delivering more prints, the PIXMA G Series offers convenience and efficiency to suit all printing requirements. Key Features: The strong focus across the range is the high page yield allowing users print up to 6,000 pages from the black ink or 7,000 pages from a set of colour inks[1] meaning you can print for longer without changing inks and ensuring very low cost per page Auto Power ON/OFF setting[2] helps to save energy when the printer is not in use High quality prints with genuine pigment black ink ensuring sharp and crisp text & dye colour inks for vibrant images; all the models within this series can produce borderless photos up to A4 Design & Technology The new PIXMA G Series printers have been built with productivity and design at its forefront; with front facing ink tanks that make [...]