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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Major update to Digital Photo Professional (DPP)

Canon has launched Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0, the first sweeping overhaul of Canon’s RAW processing software since it was introduced.

Key features
•  Faster, real-time adjustments.
•  Improved RAW file workflow.
•  Better, more approachable user interfaces.
•  Compatible with 64-bit native environments.
•  Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts.
•  Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality.
•  Improved shadow recovery function.
•  Support for movie playback.
•  Auto Lighting Optimizer can be applied to JPEG images.
•  Better integration with EOS Utility.

Canon software engineers – having the unique advantage of being able to directly harness the power of the Canon sensors, DIGIC processors and lenses – have made the all-new Digital Photo Professional 4.0 a much faster, more dynamic, linear and feature-packed image editing software solution, thanks to the ability to fully utilise 64-bit architecture. The latest version of DPP has been designed and developed from the ground up, tailored to the workflows of professional and high-end amateurs to help them realise the key EOS System concepts of speed, ease of use and high image quality.

New colour adjustment palette
A new colour adjustment palette allows hue, saturation and luminance adjustment for eight individual colour gamuts, enabling the user to adjust one specific colour in isolation without affecting the image as a whole. This is particularly useful when adjusting background tones in portraits, where there might previously have been a risk of giving a colour cast to skin tones, for example.

Enhanced highlight function
Canon software developers have re-engineered the processing algorithms to increase the freedom in tonal rendering. By adjusting highlights, it is now possible to reproduce tones such as those in clouds and peoples’ faces that would previously have appeared washed out.

Dual display support
For those photographers with dual monitors, DPP 4.0 allows a secondary monitor to be used as the preview window on the primary display. While the main monitor can be used to perform delicate adjustments, a secondary image window for images can be used as a magnifier for closer inspection of part of an image.

Better EOS Utility integration

With the launch of DDP 4.0 comes an updated EOS Utility 3 and the two pieces of software now offer better integration. The introduction of EOS Utility 3 makes it is possible to trigger the camera direct from the DPP tool palette as well as access to all the rest of the EOS Utility remote shooting functions without the need to start a separate application, thus enabling a more streamlined and integrated workflow.

Camera compatibility and OS support

At launch, DPP 4.0 is compatible with Canon’s current range of full-frame DSLRs, including the EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D. For other models, an update of DPP 3.14 will be released. DPP 4.0 will be compatible only with 64-bit OS, such as Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, plus Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9. Download sites include: 
https://www.canon.com.au/en/Business/Support/Drivers-and-Downloads


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

EOS Utility 3.0

EOS Utility 3.0 is an application for making camera settings, transferring images and remote shooting. Its link to Digital Photo Professional 4.0 has been strengthened.

The Live View window has been integrated into one. It is now possible to release the shutter, capture screens, start the Live View window, and so on, from Digital Photo Professional.

In remote shooting, through linking with a new function in Digital Photo Professional 4.0 (elimination selection), an enhancement in selecting images taken in a photo studio has been achieved.

Compatibility
EOS Utility 3.0 is compatible with the following operating systems:
Windows 8.1, 8.1 (x64),
Windows 8, 8 (x64)
Windows 7, 7 (x64)
Mac OS X v10.9
Mac OS X v10.8

Download sites include: 
https://www.canon.com.au/en/Business/Support/Drivers-and-Downloads


EF-M telephoto zoom

The Canon EF-M range has its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s compact system camera, the EOS M, it offers advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), and a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer.
The new lens joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm.

When shooting movies, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as the focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.

Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an ultra-low dispersion (UD) element delivers excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters. A full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.

Pricing and availability
The EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM is available from July with an SRP £329.99 / €389.99. This lens is not being distributed in North America.


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

25 years of Canon professional cameras

Canon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the company’s flagship range of interchangeable-lens cameras.

The EOS series made its  debut back in 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650, the world’s first autofocus single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to employ a fully electronic mount system, capable of controlling functions including AF and aperture adjustment using electrical signals. Two years later, in 1989, the Company introduced its first professional EOS model, the EOS-1.

With the dawn of the digital era, in 2001 Canon launched its first flagship professional digital SLR (DSLR) camera — the EOS-1D, followed by the full-frame EOS-1Ds in 2002. Canon’s current flagship professional DSLR camera, the EOS-1D X, was brought to market in June 2012.

Including the EOS-1D C digital SLR camera, launched in December 2012 and capable of recording 4K video, Canon’s EOS-1 series lineup comprises a total of 14 models.



Thursday, 5 June 2014

Canon cloud-based image management

Canon has launched 'irista' – an advanced, cloud-based image management platform that allows you to access and manage photo libraries.

People today take thousands of digital photographs which have become scattered across multiple devices – irista is built to help curate entire image libraries in one central location. Previously known in beta-form as Project1709, irista makes it easy to find any picture or memory – regardless of which device it was shot on.

irista has been created around four consumer needs:
·  simple to use: making it quick and easy to find any image in a photo collection
·  connected: share images directly on Facebook and Flickr and keep track of likes and comments
·  inspired: a single place for people to interact with their images, enhance their photography skills and get the most out of their pictures
·  puts everybody in control: all images stored securely in one location so they can be accessed anytime, anywhere

The service supports a wide range of file types, has no file size limitations and automatically uploads new additions to image collections. A sleek user-interface is supported by a powerful search index, which allows people to locate an image based on a wide range of criteria. The clean, tiled design features a customisable timeline ribbon and tag-based filtering options that make it easier to find shots using dates, location, custom user tags, lens type and much more. Social integration with Facebook and Flickr also allows users to publish images on both platforms, as well as track social comments, directly from the irista interface.

irista is available to everyone, with tiered storage options to suit a range of different needs. The entry tier offers 10GB of cloud storage space completely free-of-charge. It offers casual or hobbyist photographers full use and functionality of the irista platform, providing them with an ideal place to manage libraries or specific photography projects. Advanced enthusiasts or professional users, who require larger capacities, can choose from two further storage options, with 50GB and 100GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.

irista subscription tiers are as follows:
·         Up to 10GB: No cost, full functionality
·         Up to 50GB: £4.49/€4.99 per month, or £45.00/€49.00 per year
·         Up to 100GB: £9.99/€10.99 per month, or £99.00/€109.00 per year

The full irista service is now live. You can sign up by visiting: www.irista.com



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