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Join Canon for REIMAGINE live event

Canon today announces details of REIMAGINE – a live-streaming event revealing and discussing its biggest product launch yet.

On Thursday 9 July, 13:00 BST, registered attendees can join the REIMAGINE keynote session (starting 13:00 BST) which will uncover the details of Canon's innovative product launch and also attend in-depth Q&A discussions (starting 18:00 BST).

To attend the REIMAGINE event, please register at the following link:
https://www.canon.co.uk/pro/events/reimagine-live-event/
During the REIMAGINE Q&As, attendees will have the chance to have their questions answered in sessions hosted by technology journalist Lucy Hedges who will be joined by Canon Europe product experts and leading photographers and videographers, who were among the first to experience the latest additions to Canon’s product range.

The Canon Ambassadors joining the REIMAGINE discussions are:

Ilvy Njiokiktjien – a much-lauded Dutch documentary photographer who has worked all over the world, t…
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Canon receives eight nominations in new Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame

Public voting is now open for the 2020 Inaugural Class of the Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame. MPB, the world’s largest resale platform for digital photography and filmmaking kit, has launched the Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame to honour the best photo and video equipment of the digital era.
The twenty-five nominees across five awards categories—Classic, Game Changer, Iconic, Road Tested and Trendsetter—cover thirteen leading brands of photography and videography kit. The camera experts at MPB chose the nominees based on their qualities, embodying the spirit of each category.
Canon features strongly in three of the categories, registering eight nominations out of 25 slots, the most for any single manufacturer.

The Classic category – with camera bodies and lenses renowned as evergreen benchmarks of quality – features three Canon classics: the EOS 5D Mark III camera, plus EF 70-200mm and EF 50mm f1.8 lenses.

In the category of the rugged kit workhorses, Road Tested nominees include the…

The Photography Show goes virtual

The Photography Show and The Video Show, postponed from March 2020 to September 2020, will not being going ahead at the NEC this year, due to continued uncertainty around hosting large events.

However, the organisers have announced that, for the first time ever, the shows will take place as a virtual festival on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 September 2020. The event will be free to attend from the comfort of your own home. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Next year the show will return to its home at the NEC from 18 to 21 September 2021. All entry tickets and passes booked and confirmed for the 2020 event will remain valid. If you are a ticket holder and would prefer a refund, you can request one here.


Firmware update for stop-motion photographers

Canon has made available some specialist firmware for the EOS R. Unlike most firmware, which can be downloaded for free and installed by the user, this update, currently only being promoted in North America, costs $100 and can only be installed by a Canon Service Centre.

Alternatively, you can buy an EOS R with the firmware pre-installed for a $100 premium.

The firmware is only of use to photographers doing stop-motion work and using Dragonframe software. Stop-motion is a technique where a subject is shot a frame at a time with very small movements applied between exposures to give the impression of motion when the frames are played back. Wallace and Gromit is a well-known series of films created by stop-motion methods.

The firmware provides a Live View resolution of 1920 x 1280, compared to the normal 960 x 640. It also allows Manual Focus Peaking via a USB connection.

The downside is that HDMI output is disabled. If you do not use Dragonframe, this firmware upgrade is not for you.

EOS Webcam Utility software

Canon has developed EOS Webcam Utility software to bring easy-to-use, plug and play, webcam-like functionality to selected Canon cameras (see below for full list of compatible EOS models). This allows you to use your camera as a high-quality webcam for personal or business video calls.

The free software is currently Beta, which means that Canon welcomes feedback about bugs and suggestions for additional features. Also, it can only be used with Windows 10 64-bit at present, though compatibility with other computer operating systems is likely in the future.
UPDATE 28 May 2020
EOS Webcam Utility Beta is now also available for Mac OS – 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave) and 10.15 (Catalina).

Details about compatible cameras and download instructions are available at:
https://shop.usa.canon.com/estore/marketing/ebook/Canon-WebCam-Utility-Instructions-with-USB.pdf

The software download can be access here:
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/self-help-center/eos-webcam-ut…

Another EOS R5 teaser announcement from Canon

Canon Inc. has taken the unprecedented step to announce further specifications for the EOS R5 – a full frame mirrorless camera currently in development.

This teaser confirms the video recording capabilities of the EOS R5, including internal 8K RAW up to 29.97fps (full sensor width) and suitability with high-end production workflows.

Of the as-yet unreleased EOS R5, Canon says that on the set of high-end productions such as commercials, dramas and documentaries, the EOS R5 is the perfect shooting partner to the likes of its brand-new EOS C300 Mark III – a next generation modular Cinema EOS System camera also launched today. In addition to the EOS R5’s still photography specifications, its video capabilities include:
• 8K RAW – non-cropped, internal recording up to 29.97fps
• Non-cropped internal recording 8K video capture – up to 29.97fps in 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)
• Non-cropped internal recording 4K video capture – up to 119.88fps in 4:2:2 10-bit…

EOS 850D delayed

There are reports that the availability of the EOS 850D (Rebel T8i in North America; Kiss X10i in Japan) will be delayed. It was due for release in April 2020, but the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted supply and production chains.

June 2020 has been suggested as a new release date.