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Thursday, 8 March 2018

EF-M lenses get firmware update for EOS M50

Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera
Canon has released updates for three of its EF-M lenses in preparation for the release of the EOS M50 with its new Dual Sensing IS function. This technology combines in-camera body and lens-based shake detection which is then used by the lens to determine the amount of stabilisation required.

Firmware updates are available for the following lenses (click lens name for link):
EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

There are detailed instructions for installing the software when you download the firmware update – Canon recommends that you read this carefully before attempting the installation.

Canon updates software to support new cameras

Canon has updated its portfolio of software for the Canon EOS system to support the three EOS cameras released in February 2018. Digital Photo Professional, Canon's RAW editing software, has been updated to ver. 4.8.20, whilst EOS Utility (ver. 3.8.20), and Picture Style Editor (ver. 1.20.20) also both offer support for the following cameras:

EOS 2000D (Rebel T7)
EOS 4000D

You can check for the latest version of Canon's software applicable to your EOS camera via the Canon Support website.

Firmware update v1.0.1 for EOS 200D (Rebel SL2)

Canon has released a firmware update for its smallest current DSLR camera, the EOS 200D (Rebel SL2). Firmware Version 1.0.1 incorporates the following fix:

1. Corrects an erroneous display that may appear when some third-party accessories are attached to the hot shoe.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Download firmware from Canon UK website

Monday, 26 February 2018

Innovative and smart: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI announced

Canon today launches the world's first flash equipped with AI Bounce – a new Auto Intelligent (AI) function that takes the fuss and uncertainty out of bounce flash photography. This revolutionary new technology intelligently calculates and manoeuvres the flash head position automatically to create optimum lighting for outstanding images.

Revolutionary flash innovation – AI Bounce
The AI Bounce function automates bounce photography within the flash. This never-before-seen innovation uses a test flash to calculate the perfect angle for natural, flattering illumination, whilst automatically moving the motorised flash head into the optimum position for perfect lighting.

The full-auto mode carefully manipulates the flash head for every new shot, eliminating unwanted shooting complications. It also removes the time needed to evaluate the shot and reposition the flash head manually. As a result, photographers of all levels can confidently and quickly use the flash, reassured that the Speedlite 470EX-AI can help deliver consistently beautiful images.

For those with greater experience in flash photography, the semi-auto mode allows the user to set the bounce flash angle for different shooting scenarios. The Speedlite 470EX-AI then automatically adjusts the flash head for different camera orientations. This pioneering technology enhances the opportunity for photographers to be creative with their lighting, whilst achieving consistency in every shot. This is crucial for portrait photographers who regularly alternate between landscape and portrait.

EOS magazine's take
It is a long time since we were excited by a Speedlite, but this one is amazing, based on what we've seen so far. Our brief interaction with the Speedlite 470EX-AI at the official Canon press event left us fascinated by the way in which the flash head moves of its own accord.

The repositioning of the head as you move the camera from horizontal to vertical format is extremely clever. The chances are that you will be watching the Speedlite more than the subject the first time you use it! If you have ever struggled with bounce flash photography, here is the answer. And it is also a very capable unit when you do not need the AI bounce flash feature.

The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI is available from April 2018 with an RRP of £519.99.

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI full press release and specification

Canon EOS M50 launched

Canon today launches the EOS M50, the latest addition to the EOS M series and Canon’s most intuitive and technologically advanced mirrorless camera yet.

Designed for today’s modern adventurers, aimed at vloggers and those moving up from a smartphone or compact camera, the EOS M50 is Canon’s first mirrorless camera to feature 4K movie capability, a Vari-Angle touchscreen and Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor.

Canon states that the M50 sits between the EOS M100 – its entry level mirrorless camera – and the EOS M5 and M6 – two feature-rich models – but is intended as an easier entry point than the latter two cameras. The controls are simplified and the camera includes Canon's recently developed Guided interface, first seen on the EOS 800D and 77D.

Coupled with Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi for seamless connectivity, the EOS M50 also includes a new feature offering automatic back-up to the cloud. The APS-C sized 24.1MP CMOS sensor gives for beautiful soft backgrounds and sharp, high-resolution images in low-light situations, and 10 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting for capturing the most fleeting moment in rich defined detail.

It's the first camera to showcase Canon's latest DIGIC processor and, coupled with the powerful Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and up to 143 AF points, here at EOS magazine we're looking forward to putting the camera through its paces.

The EOS M50 is available from March 2018.
• EOS M50 body only – £539.99 / €629.99
• EOS M50 + EF-M 15-45mm lens – £649.99 / €759.99

Canon EOS M50 full press release and specifications

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