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Friday, 28 February 2014

Nine Canon designs recognised with iF Design Awards

Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognised as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design. Every year iF honours excellent design in three disciplines: product, communication and packaging design.

iF Product Design Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 100D digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot N compact digital camera, the LEGRIA mini camcorder, the PIXMA MG7150 / MG6450 / MG5550 inkjet printers, the i-SENSYS LBP7680Cx / 7110Cw colour laser printers, the WUX450 multimedia projector, and the LE-5W LED projector.

The iF Communication Design Award went to the user interface for the EOS M compact-system camera (left).

Canon won its first iF Product Design Award in 1989 for an office copying machine and, since that time, has been awarded for a wide range of products, including cameras, video camcorders and copying machines. This year marks Canon’s 20th consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards and brings the company’s cumulative award count to 90.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

EOS 1200D and the EOS Companion app

Canon has unveiled the EOS 1200D – a new entry level digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Designed for first-time DSLR owners who want impressive results straight out of the box, the EOS 1200D will launch alongside an EOS Companion app for mobile devices. Compact and lightweight, the EOS 1200D can be carried with ease.

The EOS 1200D captures images using an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor. A 9-point AF system features points spread right across the frame. With continuous shooting up to three frames per second can be captured.

Shooting modes include Scene Intelligent Auto which selects the most appropriate combination of camera settings.

The EOS 1200D also shoots Full HD video (1080p) and offers control of exposure, focus and sound levels. Video Snapshot mode records a series of short video clips and automatically joins them together in the camera for a summary movie of your occasion.

Adding a unique twist to each shot can be achieved with just a touch of a button, thanks to the camera's range of in-camera Creative filters. A choice of five different styles, such as Miniature effect, Fish-eye and Toy camera, can be applied either before or after a shot is taken, bringing a completely different perspective to the images.

The camera features a bright optical viewfinder to help frame the shots and a 7.5cm (3 inch) liquid crystal display (LCD) for shooting in Live View mode. The sharp 460k-dot resolution LCD is the perfect way to review stills and movies straight after capture.

EOS Companion app

The EOS Companion app for mobile devices offers tips and tutorials to help you get the most out of the EOS 1200D and other cameras in the EOS range. The app provides a range of expert tutorials and step-by-step exercises to take you through photography basics at a pace to suit you. It includes an ‘Inspire’ section, suggesting combinations of popular subjects such as pets or people, with photographic instructions, such as information about speed or perspective.

The app also features a troubleshooting guide to provide helpful tips on improving your photos and combating the most common type of problems, such as blurry or overexposed images, as well as tips on composition for groups and landscapes.

The app is compatible with iOS and Android devices and will be available to download from app stores in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Pricing and availability

The EOS 1200D will be available from March 2014 with the following SRPs:
·  EOS 1200D body only – £349.99/€419.99
·  EOS 1200D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DCIII – £399.99/€489.99                                        
·  EOS 1200D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – £449.99/€539.99

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Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II

Canon has expanded the EOS System with the launch of a new flash, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Designed for specialist DSLR shooters who are passionate about macro photography, it provides incredible flexibility to light and shoot a diverse range of subjects and features a range of new updates including independent flash head operation, increased responsiveness and enhanced custom functions.

Compatible with Canon’s complete range of EOS DSLRs, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II offers photographers fully automatic E-TTL II flash metering to deliver accurate and consistent exposures. Improved focusing lamps utilise new high-brightness white LEDs, which offer better illumination than the predecessor product – making it easier to focus in low-light conditions.  The left and right flash tubes can be controlled independently. The guide number is 14 (metres, ISO 100).

Users can also employ the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II as a wireless optical master unit to operate and trigger EX-series Speedlites remotely, with wireless control of up to three groups of external flashes via infrared. Custom adjustment of lighting ratios is possible via an integrated LCD panel, providing even greater lighting precision. 12 new custom functions and three new personal functions are also available, giving photographers the freedom to further adjust settings to meet specific creative challenges.

The Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II includes a range of new and enhanced features that offer even greater operability. Redesigned controls mean users can activate the unit from their camera's menu, while a new indictor displays the charge progress of the flash, which has been improved to just 5.5 seconds and is near silent, ideal for photographers who capture timid subjects.

In addition, an improved body design includes a new one-touch lock lever, making it quick and simple to attach the flash to EOS cameras. A new metal mounting foot and dust wiping mechanism also provides additional durability and reliability, while the cord is now attached to the left of the flash’s body, preventing interference with the camera’s shutter button. The overall design also makes it easy to attach filters to lenses, providing even greater creative freedom.

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II key features:
Ring-flash design for versatile lighting
Independently variable dual flash tubes
Powerful performance – guide number 14 (ISO 100)
Trigger compatible Speedlites wirelessly
LED modelling lamps improve low-light focusing
Easy-to-use controls
Fast, silent recycling

Pricing and availability
The Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II will be available from April 2014 with an SRP of £599.99/€699.99.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Canon celebrates 70 million EOS cameras

Canon has announced a new manufacturing milestone, with the combined production of film and digital EOS interchangeable-lens cameras passing 70 million units.

The EOS series was first introduced in 1987 and this latest manufacturing milestone marks the fastest-ever production period in EOS history – surpassing the 70 million unit mark just one year and four months after hitting 60 million units in October 2012.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Canon USA offers instant rebates

Canon USA is offering instant rebates uyntil 1 March 2014 on the EOS T5i / 700D and SL1 / 100D. Save up to $200 on various bundles.

Details here

Monday, 3 February 2014

Canon at The Photography Show

Canon will be attending The Photography Show 2014 with an aim to excite everybody with a passion for photography. With talks from special guests, access to Canon experts and a vast interactive display of innovative products, Canon is set to bring photography to life (Stand B10).

Hear first-hand and delve into the journeys of seasoned professionals that have been operating in the industry for years.  Learn of their experiences and tips with talks from Canon photographers across different areas of the show, including:
– Jeff Ascough, Wedding Photographer & Canon Ambassador, at The Student Conference
– Clive Booth, Fashion Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Catwalk
– David Noton,  Landscape Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Studio
– Danny Green, Wildlife Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Studio

Canon is also supporting those looking to take their first big step in photography with hands-on experience at Mollie Takes, a brand new workshop from the team at Mollie Makes. This explores a range of shooting techniques and essential skills when it comes to photographing the things you love.

Canon’s team of experts will be on hand to advise how to make to most of your kit to deliver excellence in everything you capture.

Visitors to the Canon stand will be able to experience a broad range of products that meet the modern and evolving needs of photographers.  A full DSLR product line up will be showcased alongside an elevated lens bar showing Canon’s wide selection of EF lenses highlighting new standards of performance and reliability. Visitors to the Canon stand can have hands-on experience with the products and see how each lens can give a new perspective.

To complete the plethora of imaging solutions, Canon will be demonstrating how the PIXMA group of printers can take your shots from digital to physical. Take creative control and be the master of your image journey with Canon’s range of PIXMA professional photo printers, the perfect match for exceptional photography.

Birmingham’s NEC, at the heart of the UK, is the setting of this inaugural event taking place between Saturday 1 and Tuesday 4 March 2014.


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