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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2

Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 are available as final releases. The updates include bug fixes, new camera support (including the EOS 60D) and new features for Lightroom.

The updates can be downloaded at:

Canon develops the world's largest CMOS image sensor

Canon has developed the world's largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera.

At 202 x 205 mm, the sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon's largest commercial CMOS sensor.

In the past, enlarging the size of the sensor resulted in an increase in the amount of time required between the receiving and transmission of data signals, which posed a challenge to achieving high-speed readout. Canon has solved this problem through an innovative circuit design, making possible the realization of a massive video-compatible CMOS sensor. Additionally, by ensuring the cleanest of cleanroom environments during the production process, the sensor minimizes image imperfections and dust.

Potential applications for the high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behaviour.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

EOS 60D plus six new lenses

Canon has announced a range of new EOS products for autumn 2010.

The latest EOS camera is the 60D, which replaces the 50D. The new camera is the first EOS with a vari-angle LCD monitor. You can fold the screen out and adjust it for viewing from above and below, to the side and at the back of the camera. This is especially useful with Live View shooting, but makes it easier to see menus and images in any shooting mode with the camera in almost any position.

The EOS 60D features a host of new functions. The powerful DIGIC 4 processor supports in-camera RAW image processing, allowing photographers to edit settings such as brightness, contrast, white balance or correct distortion or chromatic aberration. The edited image can then be re-saved as a JPEG, ready to be printed or uploaded to a PC or the web.

For photographers who want to add post-production effects to their images without the need for expensive software, the EOS 60D also features a range of new creative filters that can be applied in-camera. Filters including Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Miniature Effect provide images with a different feel, allowing photographers to create a themed collection - using Grainy B/W to give images a reportage style, for example – or easily smooth skin tone in portraits with Soft Focus.

The EOS 60D captures 1920x1080p HD video with a variety of user-selectable frame rates,as well as 720p video. Movie Crop mode is also available, recording with the central 640x480 pixel area of the sensor to create an effective magnification of approximately seven times the focal length of the lens.

Full manual control in Movie mode allows photographers to employ their own exposure and focus settings and take advantage of the effects achieved from Canon’s wide range of EF lenses.

The EOS 60D (body only) has an RRP inc. VAT of £1099.99 / €1309.99
A range of camera + lens kits are available.

New lenses are:
     (RRP inc. VAT £1599.99 / €1909.99; available October 2010)
     (RRP inc. VAT £1499.99 / €1789.99; available January 2011)
     (RRP inc. VAT £7499.99 / €8929.99; available December 2010)
     (RRP inc. VAT £11499.99 / €13689.99; available December 2010)
EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM
     (price and availability not yet announced)
EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM
     (price and availability not yet announced)

Canon has also redesigned its two Extenders (teleconverters). The Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III complement the latest range of L-series lenses, matching their appearance and offering a visible differentiation from previous models. A carefully positioned lens release mechanism also makes it easy to mount the extenders quickly, reducing the time that the camera and lens are exposed to the environment. The extenders offer the exceptional build-quality and are resistant to both dust and water, allowing photographers to use them in extreme shooting conditions.
     (RRP inc. VAT  £549.99 / €659.99; available December 2010)
     (RRP inc. VAT £549.99 / €659.99; available December 2010)

EOS MOVIE plug-in update for Final Cut Pro

Canon has announced a new plug-in for quicker and easier editing of EOS MOVIE footage in Apple’s software suite, Final Cut Pro. The update will be available to download for free from mid-September.

EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.1 will add to the recently released Plug-in-E1 by providing support for the Canon EOS 60D, the latest addition to the EOS range. The plug-in will allow users to view metadata and EXIF data for movie files. It will also provide support for multi-core processing, allowing even faster conversations with the latest generation of Macs.

The original plug-in was designed to convert EOS MOVIE footage from Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR cameras to Apple’s high-quality ProRes 422 codec at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion. Users will still have the benefits of being able to add timecode and reel names to footage quickly and easily.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Canon develops high-resolution APS-H sensor

Canon has successfully developed an APS-H-size CMOS image sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world's highest level of resolution for its size (as of 20 August 2010, based on Canon study). The imaging area of the sensor measures approx. 29.2 x 20.2mm.
Compared with Canon's highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor of the same size, comprising approximately 16.1 million pixels (in the EOS 1d Mark IV), the newly developed sensor features a pixel count that, at approximately 120 million pixels, is nearly 7.5 times larger and offers a 2.4-fold improvement in resolution.

With CMOS sensors, while high-speed readout for high pixel counts is achieved through parallel processing, an increase in parallel-processing signal counts can result in such problems as signal delays and minor deviations in timing. By modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the new CMOS sensor makes possible a maximum output speed of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultra-high-resolution images.

Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.

Images captured with Canon's newly developed approximately 120-megapixel CMOS image sensor, even when cropped or digitally magnified, maintain higher levels of definition and clarity than ever before. Additionally, the sensor enables image confirmation across a wide image area, with Full HD video viewing of a select portion of the overall frame.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

EOS 7D Studio Version

Canon USA has launched a studio version of the EOS 7D. It features a Canon Barcode Solution that writes customer information to the image file metadata so that the data can be maintained throughout the entire workflow process – ideal for school photographers, forensic and medical photo workflows.

The EOS 7D Studio Version allows administrators to disable unwanted features and settings. The camera has four different ‘lock’ levels, allowing administrators to set the appropriate level of camera functionality for any studio operation. Password access stops the user changing the camera settings and disrupting the overall project and workflow.

The EOS 7D Studio Version kit includes Canon’s WFT-E5A unit, which along with an optional barcode reader can scan and seamlessly manage image and customer data through a “wired connection”. A wireless system configuration is also possible through Canon’s BU-30 Bluetooth adapter further adding to the system’s convenience and functionality. Existing WFT-E5A units require a firmware update to work with Barcode functionality. This update needs to be done at a Canon service centre. If the customer chooses this option, the ability to read and embed GPS (Global Positioning System) data will no longer be available.

The EOS 7D Studio Version was shown at the Canon Pro Photo Solutions Show (London, 26 and 27 October 2010). However, there are no immediate plans to sell the camera in the UK. Canon UK is waiting to see if there is likely to be a demand for the system.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Trio of EISA awards for Canon

Canon has been given three awards by the European Imaging and Sounds Association (EISA). The EISA awards are voted by an expert panel, comprising editors from more than 50 prominent magazines across 20 countries. The awards recognise the products that combine the most advanced technology, features and design with genuine values.

European Camera 2010-2011: EOS 550D
The EISA judging panel said: “Canon’s EOS 550D makes an excellent entry-level camera, as it offers a wide range of features in a well-designed and easy to use body. Full HD video recording is available with full manual control of exposure and of focusing, as well as still image modes for photographers of all skill levels. The camera has the same 18-million-pixel resolution as the high-end EOS 7D and offers very similar image quality, but in a camera that is much more affordable. This is a well-specified camera packed with features that will help all types of photographer enjoy their hobby more.”

European Advanced SLR Camera 2010-2011:  EOS 7D
The EISA judging panel said: “Thanks to its new 19 cross-type AF points, its extremely high ISO settings and a burst mode that allows up to eight frames to be captured in one second, the Canon EOS 7D is the natural choice when it comes to photographing action and sport. The camera uses Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 processor and an 18-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which combine to deliver high-quality still pictures and Full HD 1080p movie capture. Though moderately priced, the EOS 7D has a rugged magnesium alloy body shell, is environmentally sealed and offers a bright, 1x magnification, 100% viewfinder.”

European Family Camcorder 2010-2011:  LEGRIA HF M31
The EISA judging panel said: “The perfect family camcorder should be easy to operate by each and everyone; from adult to child. The tiny Canon LEGRIA HF M31 manages this perfectly thanks to its superb touch-screen and low button count. But don’t get the wrong impression: despite its compact size, this is a fully featured HD camcorder with high-speed autofocus and even a microphone connector. The optical image stabilizer adds to the unexpected high level of performance, as does the possibility to record on 32GB flash memory or an external SD-Card.”

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Canon patents wireless control flash

Wireless controlled flash is not new – the current Speedlite system uses a system based on infrared and visible light pulses. However, a new patent suggests that Canon is looking at remote operation using WiFi control. A receiver/transmitter in the camera and the Speedlite promises a lot more options for flash photography.

There is no information on if or when the system will see the light of day.

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