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Canon EOS M50 Mark II launched, but no plans for UK release

Canon has announced the launch of the EOS M50 Mark II. This small, compact APS-C sensor mirrorless camera offers a few minor upgrades to the original M50, most notably improvements to the Eye detection autofocus feature and a few video-based tweaks.While the camera has been announced in the USA – where the M50 has been one of the topselling cameras – and in Asian regions – where, similarly, the M50 has been incredibly popular – there are no plans at present to sell it in the UK or other European regions.Of the launch, Canon UK commented, "Canon has today (14th October 2020) announced the launch of the EOS M50 Mark II in some international regions. This is the successor to the award-winning EOS M50 mirrorless camera. At this stage we are unable to confirm if and when this camera will launch in EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa]."
To find out more about the EOS M50 Mark II, visit the Canon EOS camera system section via eos-magazine.com.
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Canon announces a new flagship flashgun: the Speedlite EL-1

Canon has launched a high-performance and versatile Speedlite flashgun. The Speedlite EL-1, which is compatible with Canon's radio and optical flash systems, is built to withstand demanding environments, with a weather-resistant design and fast recycling times of between 0.1 to 0.9 seconds. Matching the Speedlite 600EX-RT in terms of reach – with a guide number of 60 – the Speedlite EL-1 offers a number of firsts in relation to its design and performance. It has a new user-friendly interface and joystick for quick and easy navigation. The bounce ability has been enhanced, with 120ยบ of tilt now possible. It also comes with a range of accessories, including a new rechargeable battery pack, the LP-EL, which is rated for 335 shots at full power. What's more, the EL-1 is capable of up to 170 continuous full power flashes in a single burst, without overheating, which Canon says is as a result of a new active cooling system.There's also a low power mode, with output possible at j…

Firmware version 1.2.1 available for EOS-1D X Mark III

Firmware Version 1.2.1 for the EOS-1D X Mark III fixes a phenomenon, in which, after updating the camera's firmware to version 1.2.0, the Smart Controller may respond slowly or not at all on some cameras. This error may occur in cameras whose first two digits of the serial number are 01, 02, 03 or 04.

The firmware also incorporates the following fixes and enhancements.

1. Enhancements when using Browser Remote:The image list displayed will be refreshed automatically on the browser. On the shooting screen of the browser, you can set the movie resolution and a high frame rate. On the shooting screen of the browser, you can change the movie shooting mode.On the shooting screen of the browser, Live View will be displayed as soon as you select the movie shooting button.
2. Enhances Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.

3. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur during viewfinder shooting, in which the shutter may not be released or the camera may not operate…

EOS Webcam Utility Software no longer BETA

EOS Webcam Utility has now moved out of its BETA testing stage. It is free-to-download software that allows you to connect your compatible Canon EOS or PowerShot camera to a PC or Mac, where it will be recognised as a USB webcam. Now you can experience high-quality virtual meetings and video conferencing through your Canon camera. With businesses seeking new ways to improve their employees' video conferencing experience, Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility solution addresses the soaring demand for web cameras in 2020, with just a USB connection and a compatible Canon camera required. This simple-to-use, free software can be downloaded from the Canon website and configured in minutes with a video conferencing application. The software, currently supported by Windows, will also be compatible with the MacOS operating system (date to be confirmed).

This Canon software brings high image quality during important video conferencing for the most professional set-up. Users will notice an immediate …

Canon's Autumn 2020 cashback offers

Canon is offering up to £200 cashback on selected products this autumn, including: EOS R (£150 cashback)
EOS RP (£60 cashback)
EOS 5D Mark IV (£180 cashback)
EOS 6D Mark II (£90 cashback)RF 24-70mm f2.8L USM (£200 cashback)
RF 85mm f1.2L (£200 cashback)
RF 50mm f1.2L (£200 cashback)
RF 24-240mm f4.5-6.3 IS USM (£70 cashback)EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM (£90 cashback)
EF 24mm f1.4L II USM (£150 cashback)
EF 35mm f1.4L II USM (£150 cashback)
EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM (£80 cashback)
EF 24-70mm f4L IS USM (£80 cashback)
Speedlite 600EX-RT (£100 cashback)
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (£30 cashback)You can claim cashback when you purchase any of these products between Thursday 10 September 2020 and Thursday 6 October 2020. Claims must be submitted before midnight on Monday 30 November 2020.Full details of the caskback and how to claim are at Canon Autumn 2020 cashback

EOS R6 firmware version 1.1.1 released

Canon has released firmware version 1.1.1 for the EOS R6 camera which incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. A messaging is displayed when [HDMI display: Camera+External monitor] and [Overheat control: on] settings are both enabled.  2. When the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM is attached, an image stabilisation (IS) effect of approximately six stops* is achieved through collaborative control with the in-lens image stabilisation.

3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the IS capabilities may be degraded when performing continuous shooting in cases where the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM lens is attached to the EOS R6 running firmware version 1.1.0. 4. When using certain RF lenses for movie shooting, the in-lens image stabilisation mechanism has been improved.  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the "Slow Synchro" setting screen is not accurately displayed, when the language is set to English. 6. Fixes a typo displayed on the communication setting screen, when the lang…

Canon releases a further firmware update for the EOS R5 camera

Canon has released a further firmware update for the EOS R5.
Firmware version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fix and enhancement:

1. When the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM lens is attached, an image stabilisation effect of approximately six stops* is achieved through collaborative control with the in-lens image stabilisation.

2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the IS capabilities may be degraded when performing continuous shooting in cases where the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM lens is attached to the EOS R5 running firmware version 1.1.0.*Focal length 500mm, Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards.You can download the update from Canon's support website.

This firmware update is for cameras equipped with firmware versions up to 1.1.0 and includes previous improvements and fixes. If your camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.1, this update is unnecessary. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoro…