31 March 2016

Canon still Number One in Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market

Canon Celebrates Its 13th Consecutive Year Of Number One Marketshare In Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Cameras

Canon Celebrates Its 13th Consecutive Year Of Number One Marketshare In Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Cameras


MELVILLE, N.Y., March 29, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that its parent company, Canon Inc., announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 13 consecutive years from 2003 to 2015.1

Canon Inc., which develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras—the CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire product lineup, from entry-level models to professional-use flagship cameras. Through its robust product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users, Canon has continuously secured the top global share within the industry.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Digital Rebel. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series of cameras which, equipped with a 35mm full-frame sensor, paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

During 2015, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of new interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 13th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In June, the Company released the EOS 5DS and 5DS R digital SLR cameras, which realize the world’s highest pixel count2 with approximately 50.6-megapixel resolution; while in April the EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i digital SLR cameras were released. Also, in March, Canon launched the EOS M3 camera.

Further bolstering Canon’s product lineup designed to meet the specific needs of a diverse user base, the Company announced, in February 2016, the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera, capable of high-speed continuous shooting – up to 14 frame-per-second, and the EOS 80D camera, which combines full-fledged still image-capture performance with outstanding movie-shooting operability. Also, the extensive EF lens-series lineup, production of which surpassed the 110 million unit mark in June 2015, currently comprises a total of 98 models3 and represents one of Canon’s biggest strengths, supporting the EOS series by enabling a wide array of shooting possibilities and rich expressive capabilities.

Through the further refining of its diverse imaging technologies, based on the Company’s core optical technologies, Canon will continue striving to create attractive and reliable products aimed at contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

Canon Source: Canon USA

30 March 2016

Canon Announces Five New PowerShot Digital Cameras

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS - BLUE FRONT
MELVILLE, N.Y. — Built to deliver high-quality images and HD video and featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC connectivity for easy sharing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its super-zoom PowerShot SX lineup - the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS digital cameras. Also announced are three new stylish and compact additions to the Company’s PowerShot ELPH series, the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS, PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital cameras as well as PowerShot ELPH 180, all housed within slim bodies that can easily fit in a pocket or purse.

Experiencing the power of a printed image is also easy when users connect and print to a Canon wireless printer, like the Canon PIXMA MG7720. And for even more convenience, the cameras are compatible with the new Canon Connect Station CS100 – a dedicated device for easy image and video viewing, sharing and storage.


Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Camera
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera builds on the features included in the PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera. The PowerShot SX540 HS has a powerful 50x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1200mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. It features a new 20.3-Megapixeliii High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor that helps deliver high resolution combined with stunning low-light performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFC technology. The new camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video at an improved rate of up to 60 frames-per-second in MP4 format with stereo sound. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera has an improved advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature that intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to identify the main subject of the shot, even when the subject is moving. It also features a lock button option for quick and accurate subject tracking. Additionally, its new Story Highlights feature automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 461,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle. Its Hybrid Auto mode records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $399.99. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Specifications >>



Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
Based on the successful PowerShot SX410 IS model, the PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera features an improved powerful 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFC technology. The 20.0- Megapixeliii sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality. Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations, and 720p HD video capture in MP4 format.

The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera also features Scene modes such as Fisheye effect, Toy Camera effect and Monochrome, which provide creative freedom to capture your photos. While taking these creative photos, Eco mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 230,000 dots) allows for easy operation and sharing. The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $299.99. Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Specifications >>



Canon PowerShot ELPH 360HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 360HS
The PowerShot ELPH 360HS is slim and stylish, boasting a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer that helps capture images with flexibility and ease. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFC. The 20.2-Megapixelii CMOS sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality even in low light. The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera also captures spectacular 1080p Full HD video.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen allows for easy viewing and the Hybrid Auto feature records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. Story Highlights mode automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $209.99 iv and will be available in silver and purple.


Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 20-Megapixel CCD sensor. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi® and NFC technology. The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life.

The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $159.99 and will be available in black, red and blue.


Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with an 8x optical zoom lens and 20-Megapixel CCD sensor. The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life. It also includes the Auto Zoom feature that automatically zooms in to frame subjects and keep them in focus.

The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $119.99iv and will be available in silver and red.

Source: Canon USA

 PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera
 Canon PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera Back / LCD View

New Canon SELPHY CP1200 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

19 March 2016

Sunrise Exposures with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
All Photos © Vernon Chalmers
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Objective: Demonstrating application of the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide zoom lens paired with the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body. 
Note: Long exposures on Manfrotto Compact tripod.No post-processing - just crops where applicable. Fast changing lighting conditions

Location:
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
 Equipment (Landscape Photography)
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens 
  • Manfrotto Compact tripod

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture: f/16 - f/22
  • ISO 100
  • Shutter speed: various (up to 30 seconds)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus (lens)
  • Zero post-processing (just crops) JPG / RAW conversion
  • Lens Profile correction (Lightroom 5.4)
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 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens 12mm  f/16 ISO 100
 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens 12mm  f/16 ISO 100
 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens 12mm  f/16 ISO 100
 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens 12mm  f/16 ISO 100
 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens 12mm  f/16 ISO 100
 Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens 12mm  f/16 ISO 100

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Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens Zoom Test Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens Zoom Test Cape Town>>

02 March 2016

Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration

Manual Mode settings / Bulb mode demonstration
Photos taken with Canon EOS 700D DSLR Manual Mode before sunrise Milnerton Cape Town / and Table Mountain Cape town late PM.
Objective: Demonstrating the change in exposure when using Bulb mode with three different shutter speed / release times taking three consecutive photos. (Bulb mode is generally used for Shutter Speeds of 30 seconds or longer - but could be used for shorter manual Shutter Speed selections as well). 

Note: Longer exposures are also achievable in the Canon Tv Mode (Shutter Priority) or by manually dialing in similar shutter settings in M Mode up to 30 seconds. 
Equipment
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Shutter Release
  • Exposure settings: Manual Mode ISO 100 - 400 Aperture f/8.0 - f/11 Bulb mode
  • Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01 tripod
  • With zero post-processing

Manual Exposure Settings
  • Shutter Speed: Bulb mode (Between 0.7 - 30.4 seconds)
  • Aperture: f/8 - f/11
  • ISO: 100 - 400
  • No flash
Table Mountain Cape Town : 10:45 PM
  
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Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration Table Mountain
ISO 100   Aperture f/8.0  Shutter / Exposure time 2.6 seconds
Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration Table Mountain
ISO 100   Aperture f/8.0  Shutter / Exposure time 20.4 seconds 
Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration Table Mountain
ISO 100   Aperture f/18.0  Shutter / Exposure time 30.4 seconds 


Before Sunrise Milnerton Cape Town : 05:53 AM

Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration
ISO 400   Aperture f/11  Shutter / Exposure time 0.7 seconds 
Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration
ISO 400  Aperture f/11  Shutter / Exposure time 3.2 seconds
Canon EOS 700D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Demonstration
ISO 400  Aperture f/11  Shutter / Exposure time 5.4 seconds
For other longer exposure examples have a look at the 2014 Cape Town Fireworks images.

Canon EOS 700D - Depth of Field Lens Test

With Canon EOS 700D /  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
With EF 50mm  f1.8 II lens at f1/8  ISO 400 (cropped)
Depth of Field test with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II / Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM lenses.

With Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR (Av Mode) tested with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens (nifty fifty) and Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. (Photos: Vernon Chalmers Milnerton Cape Town)

Objective: Demonstrating the changes in Depth of Field for creating selected background blur with variable aperture settings using two different Canon lenses. Depth of field is also referred to as Bokeh - which in Japanese means to blur / quality of blur by deliberately selecting certain area(s) of a photo in and out of focus.


Depth Of Field (DOF)
To go from a deeper to shallower DOF with any camera / lens combination one of the main considerations is Aperture (the size 
of the space in which light enters the lens / camera. It is measured in f/stops - a fractional formula used for allowing a certain amount of light in - ie. f/5.6 or f/11 which is controlled by the photographer via a variety of ways ie. manually dialing it in Av or Manual mode on the camera body). In Auto or P mode (and Tv Mode) the camera will decide the aperture for you).

Note: Using the same subject (London Red Telephone Money Box) at the same 50mm focal lengths for both lenses. With the Canon EF 18-135mm IS STM lens apertures f/3.5-f/4 is not available at this particular focal length. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens provided more / less the same Depth of Field results as the EF-S 18-135mm lens (at 50mm focal length).
Equipment
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
  • Exposure settings: Aperture f/1.8 - f/11 ISO 400
  • Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01 tripod
  • With zero post-processing

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • 50mm lens f/1.8 - f/11
  • 18 - 135mm lens f.4.5 - f/11
  • ISO 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 seconds
  • Autofocus on 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
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With Canon EOS 700D /  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
Aperture f1.8  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
With Canon EOS 700D /  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
Aperture f/4.0  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
With Canon EOS 700D /  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
Aperture f/5.6   ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
With Canon EOS 700D /  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
Aperture f/8.0   ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
With Canon EOS 700D /  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
Aperture f/11   ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i


Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
Aperture f/4.5   ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
Aperture f/5.6   ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
Aperture f/8.0   ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
Aperture f/11  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i

Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II Lens - Depth of Field Images - View >>

Canon EOS 6D / 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens - Aperture Demonstration - View >>

01 March 2016

Latest Canon EOS / Powershot Cameras - Specification Comparisons

New Canon EOS / Powershot Cameras - Specification Comparisons

Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D DSLR - View
Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II - View

Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s
Canon EOS 760D vs Canon EOS 80D DSLR - View

Canon EOS 760D vs Canon EOS 70D DSLR - View
Canon EOS 760D vs Canon EOS 700D DSLR - View

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Canon EOS 7D DSLR - View
Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Canon EOS 70D DSLR - View


Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX50 HS - View
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - View

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II



Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 80D

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS