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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) with Canon software and products

Canon has given details of a number of compatibility issues with the new macOS 10.12 (Sierra) operating system which will affect a selection of their software packages and products.

If you own an affected product or software item, Canon strongly advises that you do not upgrade your operating system until confirmation of full functionality has been provided. Canon is planning to provide further information by the end of September.

Affected Camera Software Products:
• Camera Window DC
• EOS Utility 2
• EOS Utility 3
• Map Utility

Click here for a full list of affected products such as PIXMA Pro and imagePROGRAF printers as well as a number of scanners.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM with fast, whisper quiet Nano USM

Designed for use with full-frame or APS-C cameras, the new EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM offers cutting-edge AF and optical technology for stills and movies.

With a completely new optical design, the lens features one ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens element to reduce chromatic aberration, for sharp images with outstanding colour and contrast. When using the zoom, the new four-stop optical image stabilizer (IS) reduces the effects of camera shake, allowing you to shoot with longer shutter speeds without a tripod and still achieve sharp shots.

The built-in Nano USM – a breakthrough technology that was introduced with the EF-S 18 -135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM – offers fast focus acquisition, exceptional tracking speed and smooth, quiet operation. Nano USM makes the lens ideal for movie-makers, giving a natural look and feel to movies – the quiet motor ensuring that soundtracks aren’t disturbed by focusing noise and providing smooth focus transitions from one subject to another.

Lens Information Display
The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM is the first Canon lens to feature an electronic Lens Information Display, ideal for advanced photographers requiring visible shooting information in real-time. Perfect for checking settings at a glance, the display modes include focus distance, depth-of-field scale at various apertures, camera shake and focal length. The display is useful for checking steadiness when you are shooting at low-angles, while also allowing you to work out the 35mm equivalents when using APS-C and APS-H format EOS cameras. Designed with a sleek black finish, the lens seamlessly integrates with the look and feel of Canon’s EOS bodies. The 67mm filter thread and non-rotating front element makes it practical for use with filters.

Pricing and availability
•  The EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM will be available from November 2016 with an RRP of £499.

Small body, big power – the EOS M5, a new flagship mirrorless camera from Canon

Canon has announced a new EOS mirrorless camera – the EOS M5. It is the first EOS to feature Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor and includes a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for sharp photos and dynamic, cinematic movies.

Also new is the EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM, an all-occasion lens for EOS M cameras with a versatile 8.3x optical zoom and 4-stop Image Stabilizer for sharp, handheld shots. At just 300g, the lens offers high-end performance in a small body.

Power, precision, performance
DIGIC 7 offers boosted image processing power for lower noise, more detail and richer tones. When combined with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, spontaneous moments can be frozen thanks to DSLR-level AF speeds and accuracy, while sophisticated recognition and subject tracking helps the camera lock onto subjects for longer and more precisely in both movies and stills.

The 24.2 Megapixel sensor includes gapless micro lenses to maximise the sensor area, increasing pixel light sensitivity while making the camera less susceptible to digital noise. The sensor – which includes similar technologies to the EOS 80D – also improves dynamic range and editing latitude. For situations where shallow depth-of-field is needed, like portrait photography or moments of creative expression, the APS-C sensor makes the effect easy to achieve. The EOS M5 offers ISO values up to a 25,600 with no expansion needed.

While you can make the settings work for you, you can’t always control your subject. From an animal on the move to a moment of sporting brilliance, the EOS M5 comes to life in just one second, and can continually shoot at 7fps, or 9fps with fixed AF. For Full HD 60p movies that stay steady, the camera’s five axis-stabilisation keeps frames still even when using non-IS lenses, enhanced even further when using a lens equipped with Dynamic IS.

Electronic viewfinder
The built-in, large electronic viewfinder is centrally placed, for DSLR–like handling. It has a high resolution and fast 120fps refresh rate. When using the viewfinder, the LCD touch screen can be turned into a touch pad, letting you use your thumb to change the AF point or zone, mimicking the multi-controller ‘joy stick’ function of a DSLR. For full control, the camera has several customisable external buttons, including a new thumb-operated dial for easy exposure control. The EOS M5 can be used with over 80 EF lenses using the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M with no loss in performance or quality.

Get connected, stay connected
Alongside Wi-Fi and NFC, the EOS M5 offers Bluetooth connectivity to create a constant connection between your smartphone and camera. From there you can view and transfer images  as it automatically shifts to Wi-Fi when needed. The feature can also be used to turn your smartphone into a simple, low-power remote control for prolonged remote shooting or capturing scenes that require a fast shutter release, such as wildlife shoots.

EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM

The EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM is a versatile 8.3x optical zoom. With a four-stop Image Stabilizer, camera shake is minimised in lowlight – even when shooting handheld. Dynamic IS ensures steady movie footage on-the-move and it works seamlessly with the in-camera 5-axis digital stabilisation of the EOS M5. Other lens features include STM Motor technology for near-silent focusing and 7-blade aperture.

Pricing and availability
•  The EOS M5 body only will be available from end-November 2016 with an RRP of £1,049
•  The EOS M5 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be available from end-November 2016 with an RRP of £1,149.00
•  The EOS M5 with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be available from mid-December 2016 with an RRP of £1,399.00
•  The EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be available from mid-December 2016 with an RRP of £429.00

At launch there is an offer of the EF-EOS M mount adapter included free within the box when purchasing any variation of the EOS M5.

Click here for more details and a full specification

Saturday, 10 September 2016

New CMOS sensor with global shutter function

Canon has developed a CMOS sensor equipped with a global shutter function. This exposes all of the sensor's pixels at the same time, enabling the capture of distortion-free images even when shooting fast-moving objects. Employing a new signal-readout drive system and new pixel structure that significantly expands the full well capacity and reduces noise, the sensor contributes to high-image-quality video capture by making possible the realisation of a wide dynamic range.

Distortion-free image capture when shooting fast-moving objects
Standard CMOS sensors make use of the rolling shutter method, which sequentially exposes the pixels one row at a time. Because rolling shutters can create slight discrepancies in signal-readout timing depending on the location of the pixel, images of fast-moving objects may appear distorted and flash photography may result in the occurrence of the flash band phenomenon, in which the upper and lower portions of images display different levels of brightness. Because Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor employs a global shutter, when shooting such fast-moving objects as a rotating propeller or a speeding train, subjects are able to retain their proper form to create distortion-free images. Enabling the confirmation of object shapes with a high degree of accuracy, the sensor offers potential benefits in industrial applications, including as a sensor for use in inspection cameras.

Wide dynamic range realised through new proprietary drive method and pixel structure
When the newly developed CMOS sensor converts light into electrical signals and stores the signal charge in memory, the new drive system achieves a significant expansion in full well capacity. Also, because it employs a structure that efficiently captures light and each pixel incorporates an optimized internal configuration, the sensor makes possible increased sensitivity with reduced noise. The expanded full well capacity, realised through the sensor’s new drive system, and substantial reduction in noise, enabled by the new pixel structure, combine to deliver a wide dynamic range, facilitating the capture of high-image-quality, high-definition footage even when shooting scenes containing large variances in brightness.

Canon will explore various industrial and measurement applications for the newly developed CMOS sensor and consider deploying it in the field of video production for cinema production applications, TV dramas, commercials and more.

DPP and EU updates support EOS 5D Mark IV

Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software version 4.5.0 is available for download. The main changes are that is now supports the EOS 5D Mark IV (including the new Dual Pixel RAW function for focus microadjustment). It also supports the EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM (the lens with the built-in LED macrolite).

Also updated is EOS Utility (EU). Version 3.5.0 supports the EOS 5D Mark IV. In addition, it fixes a problem where, during remote shooting, there are instances where images cannot be properly recorded.

You can download the updates by going to:
and entering the EOS 5D Mark IV as the camera. In the next window select the software tab and scroll down.

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