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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Canon adds new features to the EOS 7D

Canon has updated the EOS 7D with firmware v2, adding a range of new features. These include a higher maximum RAW burst rate, in-camera editing functions, user-definable Auto ISO and support for Canons latest GPS Receiver.

Enhanced raw performance
The  RAW buffer is now extended to a maximum of 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs (was 15 RAW or 126 JPEG).

In-camera editing Photographers can now process their RAW files and correct artefacts such as peripheral illumination, distortion and chromatic aberration in-camera. Additionally, adjustments to white balance, sharpness and Picture Style, as well as a host of other parameters, can  be made immediately after shooting, with the results saved as new JPEG files. JPEGs can be  resized without the need for a PC or Mac.

Image rating Photographers can now filter large volumes of pictures on their way back from a shoot using an image rating facility. Image rating data is stored in each files metadata, which can be read by a range of editing applications, including Canon Digital Photo Professional, Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge.

Extra control in stills and movies
A newly-added control of Auto ISO enables photographers to limit the maximum ISO speed to any point within the native ISO 400-6,400 range.

Improved audio functionality Users can complement the cameras Full HD (1920x1080p) movie footage with 16-bit digital stereo sound, sampled at broadcast-quality 48KHz. A new manual control of audio levels allows users to choose from 64 sound levels. A digital wind-cut filter also reduces noise made by movement of air around the microphone, ensuring sound is clear and free from peripheral interference.

GPS compatibility Firmware v2 also provides added capacity for users to track the location of their images with new support for the GPS Receiver GP-E2  Canons latest high-performance GPS unit. The GP-E2 is attached securely to the hotshoe and connected to the camera via a cable. It allows EOS 7D users to geo-tag photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken  adding the information to the EXIF file of the image. A GPS Logger tracks movements by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, and compatibility with Google Maps means users can view their route in Canons free Map Utility software.

Other  feature updates include
• Time zone settings
• Faster scrolling of magnified images

• Quick control screen during playback

Version 2 firmware for the EOS 7D will be available to download from August 2012.


Friday, 8 June 2012

EOS 60D/60Da firmware version 1.1.1

 Firmware Version 1.1.1 for the EOS 60D and 60Da incorporates the following fixes.
1. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera's serial number displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number. If the camera's serial number is 2147483648 or higher and the camera firmware is Version 1.1.0 or earlier, the images captured with the camera will be affected. This phenomenon only affects the EOS 60D; it does not affect the EOS 60Da. Both of these cameras are equipped with the same firmware. To obtain the serial number correctly in the shooting information of images that are already captured using the old firmware, Canon is preparing updates for Digital Photo Professional and ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser applications.
2. Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


EOS 5D Mark III firmware version 1.1.3

Firmware Version 1.1.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports the single focal length EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June 2012.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera's power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens is mounted to the camera with an extender (EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM;  Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III)
5. Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Canon unveils the EOS 650D

Key features
• 18 MP APS-C  Hybrid CMOS sensor
• Full-HD movies with manual controls and continuous AF
• 5fps continuous shooting
• Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen
• ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity, extendable to ISO 25,600
• 9-point wide-area AF
• Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Canon has launched the EOS 650D – a camera that offers high image quality and simple touch-screen operation. Ideal for newcomers to the system, the EOS 650D combines intelligent automatic shooting modes with a range of advanced features – making it easy-to-use today, with a full range of manual modes to explore tomorrow.

The EOS 650D is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system, which ensures exceptional detail in stills and continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies. At the camera’s heart is an 18 megapixel (MP) Hybrid CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 processing, enabling the capture of sharp, full resolution images at up to 5 frames per second (fps). A Vari-angle capacitive touch-screen also makes camera operation quick and easy, providing instant access to an extensive range of settings and scene modes.

Outstanding quality in all conditions
A newly-developed 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor provides super-fine resolution, capturing images that are rich in colour and detail. Ideal for shooting in low light without flash, the camera features a native 100-12,800 ISO range, allowing the capture of natural-looking shots with minimal noise, while an expanded ISO 25,600 range also offers the ability to shoot in more extreme low-light conditions.

The EOS 650D is the first entry-level EOS to be powered by Canon DIGIC 5 processing, offering greater speed, responsiveness and advanced colour rendition. DIGIC 5’s 14-bit image processing provides beautiful and subtle transitions between colour tones, such as those of an evening sky, and its vastly-increased power also makes the camera ideal for capturing fast-moving action such as football or other sports.

The new dual AF system makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. A superior 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View AF in Live View and Movies - subject to use with Canon stepping motor (STM) lenses mode.

Touch control and Vari-angle flexibility
The new 7.7cm (3-inch) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen features capacitive technology. The screen is highly responsive and supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping – making it easy to access shooting modes, alter settings and even capture a shot using the screen alone.

Touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. You can select AF points, track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the camera’s Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant and intuitive, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. The Vari-angle hinge allows the screen to be angled and tilted to suit virtually any situation, while a super-sharp 1,040k-dot resolution ensures every detail is clearly displayed.

EOS Movie: enhanced with Continuous AF
The EOS 650D makes it easy for anyone to shoot Full HD (1920x1080p) videos. Thanks to Hybrid AF, users can focus exclusively on story-telling while the camera continuously tracks the subject. New EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses are also ideal for shooting videos, utilising a virtually-silent stepper motor to ensure movies are smoother and clearer than ever.

With Video Snapshot mode, anyone can create fun, fast-paced videos with a professionally-edited feel. Snapshots can be recorded in two, four, or eight second segments, and then combined or reordered in-camera ahead of playback. An integrated mini-HDMI port also makes it easy to share the results on any HDTV.

Explore with EOS
Two brand new shooting modes located on the mode dial help beginners to shoot confidently in difficult lighting conditions. HDR Backlight Control tackles tricky, brightly-backlit scenes by capturing three different exposures – under, correctly, and over-exposed – and combining them into one HDR image displaying both highlight and shadow detail. Handheld Night Scene, meanwhile, makes it easier to capture beautiful low-light evening shots with no tripod, rapidly shooting four different images before combining them into one detailed, blur-free picture.

The camera’s range of shooting modes also allows you to explore the boundaries of your creativity. Basic+ allows you to go beyond basic automatic settings, with a range of presets you can use to dramatically and instantly alter the mood of a shot. Canon’s fun range of Creative Filters can now be applied to images using the Touch-screen, with new ‘Art Bold Effect’ and ‘Water Painting Effect’ offering more ways to apply a creative twist to a shot.  If you simply want to point and shoot, Scene Intelligent Auto mode does the work for you – analysing the scene and automatically selecting the best settings, so you can take great shots out of the box.

Over 60 EF lenses cover everything from wide-angle and macro to extreme telephoto, and countless accessories provide the tools to meet virtually any creative challenge.

New lifestyle camera bag - 300EG
Canon also today announces the launch of a new camera bag, the new 300EG - designed with enough room to hold one camera body, 2-3 lenses, as well as a number of accessories.  The 300EG bag also features padded pockets and compartments to keep your photographic equipment safe and secure. The cross strap, messenger style bag makes it easy to access your equipment when you need it, while the additional waist straps give you a more stable carrying position when on the move. For a limited time only, you can purchase the new EOS 650D and receive the Canon 300EG camera bag free of charge. The promotion runs from 15th June to 31st August 2012. Participating retailers only.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 650D is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £699.99/€839.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EOS 650D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £799.99/€949.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EOS 650D + EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2012, priced at £1019.99/€1219.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The 300EG Camera Bag is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £79.99/€89.99 RRP incl. VAT.

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EF-S 18-135mm and EF 40mm lenses


EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Versatile 18-135mm zoom range – perfect for travel
• Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
• Dynamic Image Stabilizer for smooth movie footage
• Fast autofocus with full-time manual override
• Minimum focusing distance of 0.39m

EF 40mm f2.8 STM
• Portable pancake design
• Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
• Fast f2.8 maximum aperture for low-light shooting
• Close focus to 0.3m
• Fast, quiet AF for pin-sharp results
• Great image quality right across the frame 

Two new compact, lightweight lenses - the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f2.8 STM have been introduced. Both offer a number of new features, including continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

Fast, accurate autofocus for film-makers and photographers
As well as offering full-time manual focus controls when shooting stills, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f2.8 STM are also ideal for aspiring movie makers, allowing you to focus more accurately during shooting. The perfect companion lenses to the new EOS 650D, both models feature new stepper motor technology (STM), enabling fast, continuous focus when recording moving subjects - ensuring movies will be smoother and clearer than ever before.

Offering enhanced AF performance with high-speed, high-precision focusing, the two new lenses make it easy for photographers to capture more spontaneous shots, with exceptional detail and clarity. This is particularly useful for documentary, action or travel photography. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.39m and 0.3m respectively, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f2.8 STM allow you to get even closer to the action whilst keeping the subject in perfect focus.



EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM – versatile, high-performance zoom
Offering a focal length range of 18-135mm, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM has been created to offer photographers a compact, versatile zoom lens which can be used to capture a variety of subjects, from portraits to landscapes and action shots. Ensuring high-quality stills at slow shutter speeds, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM features an intelligent optical Image Stabilizer which offers a 4-stop advantage over non-IS models. The lens will also sense whether the photographer is shooting normally or panning, engaging the most appropriate IS mode to capture the best possible image. When shooting movies, Dynamic IS automatically engages, countering any shake caused by the videographer’s movement to produce smooth, stable footage.

For subtle background blur when exploring shallow depth-of-field in stills and movies, the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM features a circular aperture with an Electro Magnetic Diaphragm (EMD) which permits highly-accurate control over aperture settings. High image quality is also assured throughout the zoom range thanks to four groups of lens elements including one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Precision Molded Optics (PMo) element to counter chromatic aberration. Canon’s optimised Super spectra coatings on each lens element also reduce ghosting and flare, ensuring images require minimal post-processing.  

EF 40mm f2.8 STM – super-slim, high image quality
The EF 40mm f2.8 STM is Canon’s first EF pancake lens, making it ideal for photographers who want a versatile, compact and lightweight lens for portrait, reportage, travel or landscape situations. Precision control over the circular, seven-blade aperture is enabled by the EMD, producing a beautiful bokeh effect and an aspheric lens with Super spectra coatings ensures optimal image quality from the centre of the lens to the periphery for stunning shots of practically any subject.  

Pricing and Availability
The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2012, priced at £479.99/€569.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £229.99/€279.99 RRP incl. VAT.

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