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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Firmware update for Connect Station CS100

Canon has announced an update to the Connect Station CS100. Firmware version 2.5 introduces the ability to transfer movie from smart devices to your Connect Station via the dedicated Connect Station app. The new update also adds faster imports speeds, with transfers from a computer over networks in a third of the time. Other new features include infinite looping of an album on a screen and the ability to turn off auto-standby completely.

As soon as the update is released, you will be able to download firmware v2.5 for free from the Canon support sites:
Canon UK
Canon USA

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

EOS-1D X Mark II firmware version 1.1.3 released

Firmware Version 1.1.3 for the EOS-1D X Mark II camera incorporates the following improvements:

1. Corrects a phenomenon in which the drive mode icon is not correctly displayed when using custom shooting modes (C1/C2/C3).
2. Changes the maximum number of 'Release cycles' displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the 'Camera system information' menu.
3. Improves the reliability of communication via USB cable when using the Lens Data Registration function within EOS Utility 3 software.

Firmware v1.1.3 is for EOS-1D X Mark II cameras with firmware version 1.1.2 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already v1.1.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of your camera, please read the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.

(1) Once the EOS-1D X Mark II is updated to Version 1.1.2 (or later), it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.0 to 1.0.2).
(2) Camera settings files created using a camera running firmware Version 1.0.2 (or earlier) cannot be used on a camera running Firmware Version 1.1.2 (or later).
(3) Please use the latest EOS Utility version with the EOS-1D X Mark II after the camera has been updated to Firmware Version 1.1.2 (or later). EOS Utility Version 3.5 or later support cameras running Firmware Version 1.1.2 (or later).
(4) A new version of the instruction manual for the EOS-1D X Mark II has been issued following the functional improvements of firmware Version 1.1.2 (or later). You can download from Canon's website or order a printed version here

Two new EOS cameras to suit your photography level

Introduced today are the new Canon EOS 800D and EOS 77D. Following on from the path laid by the 750D and 760D, these two new cameras offer a very similar specification but a different level of control and way of working, depending on the stage you're at in your photographic journey.

Both cameras are equipped with a 24.2MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The 45-point AF system – with all points cross-type – offer excellent and responsive focusing. The cameras also offer the world's fastest autofocus using Live View mode at a rapid 0.03 seconds, offering responsive handling and quick shooting at 6 frames per second (fps).

Canon EOS 800D
EOS 800D
Following on from the EOS 750D, this new entry level EOS camera comes complete with a tutorial interface, so that if you're just starting our with your first DSLR you can get guidance on which settings to change to achieve the effects you want. You'll be learning about photography as you shoot, giving you confidence to shoot and skills as you go, but leaving you free to work on your composition.
Full specification and press release > 

Canon EOS 77D
For the more experienced photographer, this upgrade for the EOS 760D moves up a level in the Canon range – and rightly so thanks to its more advanced feature set and control systems. With a top LCD panel and dual control wheels, you can use your own skills and judgement to set the camera to work as you want. Plus, with added features such as Bulb mode and a built-in intervalometer, you can let your creativity roam free with long exposures and time-lapses. It's also the smallest of the mid-range cameras, weighing nearly 200g less than the 80D.
Full specification and press release >

Both cameras are fully connectable via Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, and will work with the new Remote Controller BR-E1.

The EOS 800D will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £779.99/€1,019.99, and also available as a kit with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens with an RRP of £869.99/€1,139.99.

The EOS 77D (body only) will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £829.99/ €1,079.99. It will also be available in two kit versions: with the EF-S 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM with an RRP of £919.99/ €1,199.99, or  with the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM with an RRP of £1,199.99/ €1569.99.

Canon adds EOS M6 to its mirrorless line-up

EOS M6 with built-in flash
The EOS M6 makes its debut today, offering all of the functionality and features of the popular M5 in a smaller, more compact body. Equipped with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 45 cross-type AF points, DIGIC 7 processor and two top thumb dials, this powerful camera offers control and quality.

It's equipped with Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity and offers remote control via your smartphone. Using Bluetooth you can also view the images on your camera directly on your connected phone.

Capable of achieving 7fps (frames per second) or up to 9fps with fixed AF, the M6 also has in-camera five-axis video stabilisation – for smoother movie shots – and full HD 60p video.

The M6 has a large 3.0 inch tilting touchscreen and has the option of adding an electronic viewfinder.

Available in two colours:
The EOS M6 (body only) will be available in black or silver from April 2017 with an RRP of £729.99/€989.9
The EOS M6 (in black or silver) with EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £839.99/€1,139.99
The EOS M6 (in black or silver) with EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £1,079.99/€1449.99

An all-new viewfinder
Also introduced today is the Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC2, a compact and lightweight external electronic viewfinder for both compatible EOS M cameras – including the EOS M6 – as well as a range of PowerShot models. The new 0.39-type viewfinder includes a 2.36 million dot display that reveals every intricate detail, while 100% coverage ensures everything the eye can see is captured in the shot. The Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC2 shows movement in real time with up to 120 fps refresh rate and makes it easy to swap between screen and viewfinder shooting, simply by raising the camera to your face, for truly responsive shooting. Weighing just 29 g, it’s a compact item for when you need that extra compositional tool.

The Canon Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC2 will be available in either black or silver from April 2017 with an RRP of £219.99/€279.99

New Bluetooth Remote Controller BR-E1

Alongside the two new EOS DSLRs announced today – which both feature Bluetooth connectivity – Canon launches the Remote Controller BR-E1. Offering the same features as the popular Canon RC-6, this new remote has the advantage of firing the camera shutter for both stills and movies from any angle within a 5 metre radius of compatible cameras thanks to Bluetooth technology, unlike the RC-6's need for line-of-site with its infrared beam.

At launch the BR-E1 is compatible with the EOS 77D and EOS 800D.

Remote Controller BR-E1 key features:
•    Bluetooth® connectivity
•    5m range from all directions
•    Easy-to-find controls
•    Capture images and movies
•    Focus and zoom controls

The Remote Controller BR-E1 will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £39.99 / €49.99.

New Canon 18-55mm kit lens

Canon today announces a new EF-S kit lens for its APS-C camera, like the new EOS 800D and 77D. The EF-S 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM is the smallest non-retractable kit lens of its focal range and the first 18-55mm lens from Canon to feature STM (Stepper Motor technology) for near-silent movie recording.

Measuring just 61.8mm long and weighing only 215g, the lens has a 4-stop Image Stabilizer and a seven blade circular aperture.

For full specifications visit the EOS system

The EF-S 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £219.99, and also available as a kit with the new EOS 800D and EOS 77D, both also available from April onwards.

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