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Monday, 30 July 2012

EOS Utility and Mountain Lion

Canon has reported that EOS Utility will not start when used with Mountain Lion, Apple's latest operating system (OS X 10.8).

An update to EOS Utility will be issued later in the year to fix this issue.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Canon enters mirrorless market with EOS M

 Key features
18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body
Scene Intelligent Auto
Be versatile with interchangeable lenses
Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact
Easy-to-use touch-screen
Atmospheric photos in low light
Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode

Canon's first compact system camera
Canon  expands its EOS range with the launch of the EOS M. This is the company’s first compact system camera (CSC). It offers DSLR-quality imaging, creative features and Full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model. Canon says that the EOS M is for enthusiasts who chronicle their lives through images without necessarily considering themselves to be photographers.

The EOS M features an 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor. A super-fast shutter allows you to capture split-second action. The atmosphere of evening shoots and  night-time scenes can be captured by the ISO range of 100-12,800 (extendable to 25,600).
The camera features a Hybrid AF System that supports super-fast, accurate autofocusing when shooting stills and movies.  

With its bright, high-resolution, 3-inch, Clear View LCD II Touch screen, the EOS M gives as much or as little control over your photos as required. You can select different shooting modes and settings via the on-screen icons, or let the Scene Intelligent Auto mode adjust the camera settings according to the subject and shooting conditions.

Whether you want to capture every detail of a close-up or zoom in to frame a subject in the far distance, any one of Canon’s extensive range of over 70 EF lenses can be connected using the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

You can create unique images with a range of Creative Filters, such as Toy Camera effect, Grainy B&W or even a filter that mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens. The filters can be applied before the shot is captured, with the result previewed in Live View, allowing you to experiment with different effects before selecting the  treatment for your final image.

The EOS M lets you switch easily to Full HD video with stereo sound. Video Snapshot mode helps family and friends avoid long home movie viewing sessions, guiding you to create edited movies in-camera.

Extending the EOS System with dedicated accessories
In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF and EF-S lenses (using Mount Adaptor EF-EOS M), accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own bespoke range of compact accessories.

 Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

The EOS M will ship with a new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard. Lightweight and highly-compact, it offers a maximum guide number of nine and supports wide-angle lenses, making it a general-purpose flash for everyday use. A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, giving more advanced users the opportunity to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours.

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Pricing and Availability
The EOS M will be available in the UK and Republic of Ireland from October 2012
EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM:  £769.99 /  € 909.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EOS M + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM + Lens Adapter  £879.99 /  € 1,049.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM  £949.99 / € 1,129.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM         £269.99/ € 320.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM         £229.99 / € 273.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Lens Adapter         £129.99 / € 154.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Speedlite EX90. £119.99/€139.99 RRP incl. VAT

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Canon launches Facebook app and PIXMA software for printing photos

Canon is introducing new photo printing software solutions.

Print Your Days
A new Facebook application, 'Print Your Days' makes it easier to enhance and print photos directly from the site without the need for any additional software. The app, available online via Facebook, includes tools which allow you to automatically adjust photo layouts and create unique collage prints with up to five photos printed on a page. It also provides a range of style and editing options, including borders, cropping and the ability to add captions as well as colourful photo effects, such as sepia tone for a popular vintage look. A selection of 24 colourful backdrops can be chosen to decorate the background of a collage, ranging from fun spots or stripes to more natural effects such as grass or cork.

'Print Your Days' also makes it possible to print photos uploaded to Facebook by friends (providing friends on Facebook have given permission to access their photos), so photos of holidays, birthdays and other special occasions can be  enjoyed and shared in print as well as online.

'Print your Days' is compatible with Windows 7 and Vista only. It requires Silverlight 5 or later. If this is not installed you will be guided to the download site of Microsoft where Silverlight 5 can be downloaded.

My Image Garden
New PIXMA printing software, 'My Image Garden', makes navigating between Canon’s printing and scanning software effortless. Available for all PIXMA printers launched since Autumn 2010, My Image Garden, compatible on both Windows and Mac operating systems, is a one-stop platform that combines all software currently available for Canon PIXMA printers through a single, easy-to-use interface. New advanced features include Automatic Suggestion, which searches your PC for stored images and displays forgotten photos on the desktop via a slideshow. The images can then be edited and printed through 'My Image Garden'. Automatic Layout uses image technology to recognise images and automatically recommend the optimum layout for print. Face recognition software also detects faces in photos and automatically groups images together, making it easy to locate shots of particular friends and family.

'My Image Garden' software will be available for download by the end of July 2012.

Creative Park Premium
Available through Canon’s new 'My Image Garden software' is 'Creative Park Premium' (only available when using genuine Canon inks with a Canon PIXMA printer). This is a free resource for downloading and creating printable cards, crafts, calendars and other stationery. It includes access to exclusive imagery and artwork from famous photographers and artists, with popular designs featuring Paddington Bear, Peter Rabbit and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

'Creative Park Premium' has  been upgraded to feature a new, easy-to-use photo selection process that enables you to display, download and print images through a single user interface. Also featured in the updated software is a range of new content, such as photos and crafting templates from National Geographic that can be used to create calendars. New content from NASA includes a selection of printable crafting templates for building 3D space shuttles.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Problems with some EOS 650D cameras

Canon Europe has posted two notices about issues with the new EOS 650D camera.

Camera model name
Canon has indentified a phenomenon in which the camera model name embedded in the EXIF data of captured images incorrectly shows 'EOS Kiss X6i'. This is the model name for the EOS 650D in the Japanese market. Even if this occurs, the image taken is still captured correctly. Some units with '3' as the second digit of the serial number are affected.

Click here for further information. Details of Canon Service Centres are provided if the camera needs to be returned for repair. A free repair service begins on 17 July 2012.

Front rubber grips
The front rubber grips of some EOS 650D units produced between 31 May and 15 June 2012 may turn white after a short period of time. After investigation and analysis with the rubber manufacturer, Canon has determined that zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is the substance that causes the problem. The amount of this substance that has been detected on any individual unit is minimal, but in rare cases, depending on individual sensitivity, contact with this substance may cause an allergic skin reaction.

Click here for further information. You can enter the serial number of the camera to see if it is one of the affected units. Details of Canon Service Centres are provided if the camera needs to be returned for repair. A free repair service begins on 17 July 2012.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Revised on-sale date for EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens

A further delay to the start of mass production means that the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will now be available from September 2012.

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