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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Canon's latest Irista updates go live

Canon has updated its cloud-based image management service, irista. The features going live are part of the next development phase of the platform and include an optimised user experience for tablets, as well as the ability to order high quality photo books directly from irista. There is also a new pricing for the irista subscription tiers, giving photography enthusiasts increased storage.

The new features are:
Adobe Lightroom integration Edit images directly in Lightroom, which stores and synchronises the edited versions on your irista account, maintaining a single place to store all your photos. Lightroom users will also find their photos with XMP data in irista, ensuring images can easily be filtered.
Multi-device ready Compatible with the most popular iOS and Android tablets, the user experience has now been enhanced to make all of irista’s functionality easily accessible on tablet devices.
Photo books at the touch of a button Create and order HD photo books directly from irista. Simply filter your favourite images and create a book within irista, all via your web browser. You’ll receive a premium quality photo book, allowing you to enjoy your photos time and time again.

New pricing – increased storage for photography enthusiasts
The irista updates are accompanied by a pricing refresh for the subscription tiers, which increases the storage options at all levels. The updated free tier now offers 15GB of cloud storage space - with full irista functionality. Advanced enthusiasts or professional users with larger image libraries can now get 200GB and 500GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost. Updated irista subscription tiers are as follows:
Up to 15GB: No cost, full functionality
Up to 200GB: £4.49/€4.99 per month, or £45.00/€49.00 per year
Up to 500GB: £9.99/€10.99 per month, or £99.00/€109.00 per yearAdditional storage can be purchased at £35.00/€39.00 per year for 100GB, £65.00/€69.00 per year for 500GB and £99.00/€109.00 per year for 1TB.

The updated irista service is now live - sign up by visiting www.irista.com

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

EOS 5D Mark III firmware update

Firmware Version 1.3.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following improvement and fix.

1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
2. Corrects some incorrect indications on the English and Russian menu screens.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Canon wins at SWPP Trade Awards

The Societies is a group of organisations incorporating the interests of all aspects of photography. The membership is open to full-time professional, semi-professional and the serious enthusiast.

Each year The Societies offer Trade Awards, voted for by over 7500 member photographers. Canon was successful in several categories.
Best Professional Digital Camera: EOS 5D Mark III camera (for the second year running);
Best Professional Flashgun: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT (also for the second year running);
Best Professional Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM.

Full details are available at:

Monday, 19 January 2015

Firmware update 2.0.7 for EOS-1D X

Firmware Version 2.0.7 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.
4. Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.
5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.
6. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the 'Save and read camera settings' function, the colour space data that is selected in custom shooting mode (C1-C3) is not saved. As a result of this fix, cameras with Firmware Version 2.0.7 will not be able to read the camera settings file created with cameras running Firmware Version 2.0.3 (or earlier). If you require the 'camera settings file, create it after updating to firmware version 2.0.7.
7. Corrects some incorrect indications on the English and Russian menu screens.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Canon is top Japanese company in US patent ranks for 10th consecutive year

Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014. The total of 4,005 averages out to almost 11 patents every single day of the year.

Year Ranking* No. of patents
2014 1st (3rd) 4,055
2013 1st (3rd) 3,817
2012 1st (3rd) 3,173
2011 1st (3rd) 2,818
2010 1st (4th) 2,551
2009 1st (4th) 2,200
2008 1st (3rd) 2,107
2007 1st (3rd) 1,983
2006 1st (3rd) 2,367
2005 1st (2nd) 1,828
* Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies

Note: Number of patents for 2014 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2013 tabulated by Canon based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon tops Flickr analysis of brand ownership

Flickr, the popular photo/video hosting/sharing website, has published its latest annual report, based on user data. Accurate figures are difficult to confirm, but in very round figures around 100 million users have uploaded around 10 billion photos and videos.

This has given Flickr a mass of data about the cameras we use.

In terms of camera ownership by brand, Canon topped the tables in 2013 (13%) and 2014 (13.4%). Nikon came second in 2013 (8.8%), followed by Apple (7.7%). In 2014, Apple came second (9.6%) with Nikon beaten into third place (9.3%) despite a higher percentage than the previous year.

The top five digital single-lens reflex cameras owned by Flickr users are:
Canon EOS 600D (3.2%), Canon EOS 7D (2.4%), Nikon D7000 (2.3%), Canon EOS 60D (2.3%), Canon 5D Mark III (2.2%).

You can dig deeper into the figures at Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014. Keep in mind that the data relates to Flickr users only and might not be representative of photographers in general.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Canon Connect Station CS100

Canon has given details of the Connect Station CS100, a photo-storage device that allows you to save, view and share your photos and movies all from one single accessible location.

Acting as a central hub for up to 1TB of content, the Connect Station CS100 makes worrying about which memory card or device your images are stored on a thing of the past. All your photos and movies can be easily imported from NFC-enabled Canon cameras and camcorders1 with a single touch.

Your favourite content can also be transferred to the Connect Station CS100 from a range of devices. Occasions captured on other cameras can be imported through a USB wired connection or directly from a memory card. Spontaneous moments shot on smartphones or tablets can be transmitted using Wi-Fi, via a web browser, making it easier than ever before to bring together all your images or videos.

The Connect Station CS100 can connect to large screen TVs via HDMI, allowing you to display and enjoy your images and movies in stunning Full HD resolution. For more casual viewing, you can also wirelessly view albums on your smartphone, tablet or computer via a web browser.

The Connect Station CS100 also makes it easy to organise your image libraries via your TV – using the dedicated infrared remote control you can view content in date order or create themed albums.

Using CANON iMAGE GATEWAY your Connect Station CS100 lets you share your images and movies to a range of social media sites – as well as to irista, Canon’s cloud-based image management platform – for everyone to enjoy wherever they are. Albums can also be sent in full resolution to other Connect Station CS100s, allowing you to share with friends and families around the world, so they can enjoy and print at a later date. You can even print stored images, without the need for a PC, using a connected PictBridge via Wireless LAN compatible printer.

The Connect Station CS100 will be available from June 2015 with an SRP of £199 / €239.

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