15 November 2017

Canon’s family photo & video platform Lifecake passes two million users

Canon’s family photo & video platform Lifecake passes two million users
Privacy milestone for families with kids: Canon’s family photo & video platform Lifecake passes two million users

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 15 November 2017– Lifecake, a social network for parents to share family photos privately and securely with other family members, has surpassed two million users and 120 million uploads, reflecting a rising concern for privacy on mainstream social media.

Two million Lifecake parents and family members reflect trend to keep family moments secure

QUICK SUMMARY
  • Since being founded in 2012, Lifecake has gained two million users as parents reject public “sharenting” in favour of more controlled, safe family network.
  • Lifecake has also surpassed 120 million photo and video uploads, and one billion secure photo views
  • The average parent lacks privacy know-how and shares 1,500 images of their child on social media before their 5th birthday, according to a ParentZone study* commissioned by UK domain registrar Nominet. (https://www.nominet.uk/parents-oversharing-family-photos-online-lack-basic-privacy-know/)

IN AN AGE OF "SHARENTING”, 2 MILLION LIFECAKERS GO FAMILY-ONLY
A new child timeline is added to Lifecake every 30 seconds – Lifecake allows parents to share timelines with specific friends and family members, so they can stay up to date in a safe and private space. It’s an indication that parents are increasingly wary about posting their kids' photos and videos on the public Internet. Some cite privacy concerns, others simply want to keep family moments away from wider social media audiences.

According to a Nominet/ParentZone study* of 2,000 British parents, the average parent “lacks basic privacy know-how” and shares almost 1,500 images of their child on social media before their fifth birthday.

"Parents take tons of photos. The desire to document the joys of childhood is clearly there," said Lifecake cofounder Ed Botterill. "But there are increasing concerns about controlling who can see images posted on public social media accounts, and who owns the content once it’s uploaded. Lifecake provides a safe, private and future-proof way to do that. Just family and close friends, no one else."

A BILLION PHOTO VIEWS. A CENTURY OF ATTENTION
Lifecake’s milestone illuminates parents’ evolving awareness of appropriate online behaviour. The platform now counts two million parents, grandparents and other family users. In another symbolic highlight, Lifecake recently passed a billion detailed views of 120 million uploads, demonstrating the popularity of the platform for keeping families and friends connected.

“If each view lasted about three seconds, a billion photo views adds up to a century of enjoying family moments,” said Botterill. “That's two million people pausing their lives to connect with the most important people in their lives, wherever they are in the world. Such emotional time travel helps parents relive their memories and reclaim moments that would otherwise be lost. With Lifecake, they can live the story of childhood safely and privately.”

* The “Share with Care” study was commissioned in summer 2016 by non-profit domain registry Nominet and conducted by Parent Zone, a social enterprise focused on educating families about children on the internet. https://www.nominet.uk/parents-oversharing-family-photos-online-lack-basic-privacy-know/

Canon Press Release Source: Canon UK

Luminar 2018 vs Lightroom: Online Article Links and Comparisons

Skylum Luminar 2018 vs Lightroom: Online Article Links and Comparisons
Skylum Luminar 2018
Skylum* (Macphun) recently announced Luminar 2018 - a digital photo editor and organizer that is competing directly with Adobe Lightroom. Instead of the Adobe Lightroom CC and classic CC (cloud) offerings Luminar can be run as standalone software, a Photos extension or as a plugin for Aperture, Lightroom or Photoshop. 

In 2018 Luminar will get a free update offering a digital asset manager that is compatible with Adobe Lightroom catalogs.

For the first time Luminar (2018) will be available for both Mac and Windows users and for more information / pre-ordering go here Luminar 2018


* Macphun is currently in the process of changing its name to Skylum Software More>>

Adobe Lightroom CC and Classic CC
There will be no Lightroom 7 and there will also be no more Lightroom Desktop versions after Lightroom 6. 
Adobe announced that Lightroom 6 will be the last standalone version of Lightroom and Adobe Lightroom will now be offered via 3 different photo-oriented subscription plans (via Adobe Lightroom CC and classic CC).

Adobe Lightroom CC and Classic CC are now available through 3 different photo-oriented subscription plans

Skylum Luminar vs 
Adobe Lightroom: Online Article Links / Comparisons / Reviews

Luminar 2018 vs Lightroom Comparison 
Luminar 2018 vs Lightroom Comparison

Aiming For Lightroom Users, Luminar 2018 Brings New Features, User Interface
Aiming For Lightroom Users, Luminar 2018 Brings New Features, User Interface

Skylum takes on Lightroom CC with improved Luminar 2018 photo editor
Macphun takes on Lightroom CC with improved Luminar 2018 photo editor

Lightroom Alternative? LUMINAR for Mac & Windows
Lightroom Alternative? LUMINAR for Mac & Windows

Skylum Luminar 2018 announced - Life after Photoshop (Lightroom)
Skylum Luminar 2018 announced - Life after Photoshop (Lightroom)

Luminar 2018 makes complex photo editing look like child’s play (Review)
Luminar 2018 makes complex photo editing look like child’s play (Review)

Is the New Luminar 2018 a Good Lightroom Alternative?
Is the New Luminar 2018 a Good Lightroom Alternative?

The New Luminar 2018 Luminar Macphun Review
The New Luminar 2018 Luminar Macphun Review

Luminar 2018 Gets Major Update and Takes on Adobe Lightroom

Luminar 2018 Gets Major Update and Takes on Adobe Lightroom

Luminar 2018 Takes on Adobe Lightroom
Luminar 2018 Takes on Adobe Lightroom

Skylum is Making a Lightroom Rival: Here’s a Peek at What’s Coming
Skylum is Making a Lightroom Rival: Here’s a Peek at What’s Coming

Luminar 2017 vs Luminar 2018
Luminar 2017 vs Luminar 2018

13 November 2017

New Canon Wireless Printer Pairs with Smartphones to Offer Mobile Document Scan and Copy

SINGAPORE, 13 November 2017 – Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, today introduces the PIXMA TS207 and TS307. The TS307 stands out for being the first-ever wireless*¹ printer designed to deliver high-quality printing, document scan and copy, by harnessing high-resolution camera optics found on modern smartphones. 

New Canon Wireless Printer Pairs with Smartphones to Offer Mobile Document Scan and Copy


"The latest PIXMA printers strike a fine balance between versatility and affordability for home and small offices." said Mr. Satoru Takeda, Vice President of Regional CII, Canon Singapore. "In catering to smartphone users, the PIXMA TS307 is designed in a thoughtful way to bring about absolute convenience. Document scans and copy in high resolution can be made directly through smartphones, without the hassle of using PCs or laptop."

PIXMA TS307: When paired with a smartphone and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, the TS307 transforms into a multitasking workhorse, producing high-resolution scans of A4 documents or pages from books. A stylish grid surface doubles as a slip-resistant document scan table, where documents or books can be placed flat before image capture with a smartphone camera. Document edges are automatically detected, images are optimized in-app for brightness and contrast seamlessly before printing. Alternatively, images can be converted to PDF format and saved to the local library of the mobile device, cloud service, or sent over email.

The PIXMA TS307 is also equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for easy wireless setup, as well as one-touch access point mode connectivity for connecting with mobile devices easily in the absence of wireless routers. AirPrint and Wireless Pictbridge connectivity round up the suite of powerful wireless connectivity options for this affordable, yet versatile printer. 

The PIXMA TS207 succeeds previous generations of printers in the same class, delivering superior performance coupled with style. A glossy-grid textured surface breaks out over the printer exterior for a touch of sophistication while offering protection from fingerprint smudges. Alongside crisp text and strong colours for documents on plain paper, the printer also produces borderless 4R photos effortlessly.

Message in Print App Adds Augmented Reality Features to Your Printed Images

Imagine a birthday greeting popping out from a snapshot of someone blowing out their birthday candles, or a photo postcard of a concert that "transports" you to a video of the performance. With Canon's new Message in Print app*², all is possible. Create personalised messages with animation or pick a web link, then embed it in any photo. To unlock the surprise and bring your image to life, just view the image via the app!

Low-Cost Ink Cartridges with Scalable Options

Both the PIXMA TS307 and PIXMA TS207 are bundled with Canon's efficient low-cost ink cartridges, PG-745S and CL-745S. With the capability to print up to 100 pages in black and colour, these cartridges are the perfect solution for those who have less need to print on a regular basis. For users who find their print volume demands exceeding the yield capacity of the bundled ink cartridges, standard or XL ink cartridge options are also available.

PIXMA TS307
Wireless Printer with Smartphone Copy

Product Dimensions (WxDxH)430 x 282 x 143mm (approx.)
Document ISO Print Speedapprox. 7.7ipm (B&W) / 4.0ipm (colour)
Photo Print SpeedApprox. 65sec.
Key Features• Smartphone copy
• Low-cost ink cartridges
• Borderless photo printing up to 4R
• Supports wireless and mobile printing
• Message in Print app

PIXMA TS207 
Compact Printer with Low-Cost Cartridges

Product Dimensions (WxDxH)426 x 562 x 213mm (approx.)
Document ISO Print Speedapprox. 7.7ipm (B&W) / 4.0ipm (colour)
Photo Print SpeedApprox. 65sec.
Key Features• Low-cost ink cartridges
• Borderless photo printing up to 4R
• Scratch and fingerprint-resistant surface

1 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

2 Applicable to PIXMA TS307 only. This app is only available on the App store for iOS devices.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. For more information on device compatibility, please visit the App Store.

Canon Press Release Source: Canon Asia

Canon Grand Prize winners for New Cosmos of Photography 2017 Competition

Canon announces the Grand Prize winners for its New Cosmos of Photography 2017 (40th edition) photo competition

TOKYO, November 13, 2017—Mr. Trond Ansten & Mr. Benjamin Breitkopf, for their work "17 toner hvitt," were declared the Grand Prize winners of Canon's New Cosmos of Photography 2017 (40th edition) photo competition at a public meeting of the Grand Prize selection committee held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum on Friday, November 10.

Canon announces the Grand Prize winners for its New Cosmos of Photography 2017 (40th edition) photo competition
Grand Prize winners Trond Ansten & Benjamin Breitkopf's entry, "17 toner hvitt"  :  Image Credit Canon Global

The New Cosmos of Photography accepted entries for the 2017 competition from April 20 to June 15. In addition to conventional photo prints, the range of eligible entries was expanded in 2015 to include online submissions of digital works (stills and videos), attracting 1,705 submissions from individuals and groups both inside and outside Japan. From those entrants seven Excellence Award winners and 11 Honorable Mention Award winners were selected by the Excellence Award Selection Committee. The Excellence Award winners, as Grand Prize candidates, attended a public meeting of the Grand Prize selection committee held on November 10. Each candidate gave a presentation and faced questioning by the selection committee, after which the committee convened and chose Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf as the Grand Prize winners.

In addition to ¥1 million (approx. US$ 8,840) in prize money, Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf were awarded a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens kit and the right to hold an exhibit of new work at the New Cosmos of Photography 2018 Exhibition to be held in fall of next year. Details of the Grand Prize public selection committee meeting will be made available on the New Cosmos of Photography website.

The New Cosmos of Photography 2017 Exhibition of Excellence Award winners, including Grand Prize winners Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf, and Honorable Mention Award winners will continue until November 19 (Sunday) at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.

The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon's cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression. The annual contest, launched in 1991, has been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of entrants or the number or format of entered works. As such, the contest encourages the creation of original works that push the boundaries of photography's potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners through exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as through publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website. To date, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 27,406 entries from both individuals and groups, and has turned out a great number of outstanding photographers who are enjoying widespread success around the world. As a result, the contest has come to be regarded today as a gateway to success for new photographers.

About the winning entry
"The people who appear in this film essay, which is also a work of art, are attempting to resolve the contradictions in their existence and to find some kind of meaning, through snow and cod, and occasionally through bizarre means. This film serves as a metaphor, with both documentation aspects and dramatic aspects, and takes up the question of what is today's Arctic and the issue of managing resources in a region of rising geopolitical tensions."

Comments from the Grand Prize winner
Asked about their thoughts on receiving the award, Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf said, "We've not expected to get the new cosmos of photography in "moving still Image." We find this surprising and we want to say thank you to all the team members who are included to make this happen."

Comments from the selection committee
The following is a comment from Ms. Hiraki Sawa, a member of the selection committee who selected Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf's work at the Excellence Award selection stage: "This year, Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf were chosen as the Grand Prize winners at a public meeting of the Grand Prize selection committee. When I saw their work, it really caught my eye and I could sense they had a high level of talent as artists. What's more, the flow of their images and their editing techniques were superb and produced excellent results. Going forward, I would like to see them put out new works one after another."

Canon Press Release: Canon Global

06 November 2017

Canon Celebrates Explorer Of Light Stephanie Sinclair

Canon Celebrates Explorer Of Light Stephanie Sinclair At The Imaging Alliance ‘Salute Photographers Who Give Back’ Event
Canon Celebrates Explorer Of Light Stephanie Sinclair At The Imaging Alliance ‘Salute Photographers Who Give Back’ Event

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Be Honored for Her Acclaimed Work, Too Young to Wed, at the Third Annual Awards Ceremony in NYC

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 6, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to celebrate world-renowned photographer and Explorer of Light Stephanie Sinclair at the third annual Imaging Alliance’s “Salute Photographers Who Give Back” Awards, Nov. 6 at the SVA Theatre in New York City. Stephanie will be honored for her program Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit multimedia platform that seeks to raise awareness of child marriage while empowering girls in these circumstances to express their creativity through photography. Sinclair will be among three honorees at this year’s ceremony. In addition, images from Too Young to Wed created by child marriage survivors will be on display at the World Photo Press exhibition from now until November 26 at Dupont Underground in Washington, D.C.

The Imaging Alliance will salute Sinclair alongside two other professional photographers: Brooke Shaden and Jerry Ghionis. The trio is being honored for using their talent and passion to give back and heighten awareness of important social and cultural issues through the power of imaging. In addition, one SVA student who has used photography to educate and create awareness will be awarded the Anthony M. Ruotolo Photojournalism Award. The event will feature presentations by the three honorees followed by a short Q&A with the audience. Robert Caplin of The Photo Brigade will serve as master of ceremonies.

“It is with the utmost pleasure that at this year’s Imaging Alliance Awards we get to celebrate our very own Explorer of Light Stephanie Sinclair and her amazing work,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “With her Too Young to Wed initiative, Stephanie has dedicated her life for the last decade to inspiring change through imaging. We truly feel that she represents the embodiment of what our company stands for—an unwavering dedication to help people tap their creativity to reach new heights of their potential.”

Stephanie Sinclair is a New York-based photojournalist who has gained international acclaim for her attention to human rights issues. Through her photography and her Too Young to Wed foundation, she has shone a spotlight on issues such as child marriage, female circumcision, war and polygamy. Too Young to Wed provides visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls around the world. The mission is to amplify courageous voices and build a global community dedicated to ending child and forced marriages, and to support positive change for these girls through programs such as literacy classes and the Tehani Photo Workshop. Named after an 8-year-old child bride in Yemen, this five-day workshop brings together 18 brave child marriage survivors to help them gain the skills to become budding photojournalists while learning tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants.

Since the creation of the program in 1995, Canon’s Explorers of Light have been leaders in their respective fields, garnering awards and accolades for their work. These individuals work with Canon extensively as representatives, ambassadors, educators and as role models for aspiring creative artists. They participate in workshops, seminars, gallery showings and personal appearances throughout the United States.

In addition to her honor at the Imaging Alliance Award, images of Too Young to Wed will be on display at the World Photo Press exhibition. World Photo Press exhibition, on display from now until Nov. 26 at Dupont Underground in Washington, D.C., is a partnership with the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), which named Sinclair its 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism award winner for her extensive work on child marriage. Along with images from Too Young To Wed created by child marriage survivors, the exhibit will feature the work of Louisa Gouliamaki and Nicole Tung, who earned honorable mentions from the IWMF, which highlights the role of leading women photographers and videographers as well as show powerful images of the struggles of young women suffering from tremendous inequality.

For more information on Stephanie Sinclair as well as the Explorer of Light program, visit: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/explorers_of_light/eol_home.shtml.

Canon Press Release Source: Canon USA

01 November 2017

New Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Announced

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Canon Announces the Next Evolution of its Popular G-Series Camera – The PowerShot G1 X Mark III

The New Flagship G1 X Mark III PowerShot Camera Features the Largest Imaging Sensor Ever in a Canon Point-and-Shoot Camera


MELVILLE, N.Y., October 16, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new flagship addition to its acclaimed G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. Lightweight and portable without sacrificing the very best in Canon digital imaging technologies, the new G-series flagship features a 24.3- megapixel* APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology, both firsts for a Canon point-and shoot compact camera offering.

“As we continue to evolve the popular Canon PowerShot G-series line, we remain committed to incorporating both our latest innovations and the features photographers are looking for in an advanced, compact camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “With the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III, users will appreciate the quality and overall performance made possible using a APS-C sensor, alongside upgraded capabilities that can enable the capture of amazing photo and video, even in lowlight conditions.”

Ultimate in Compact Image Quality


The new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers dramatic improvements from the series’ previous flagship, the PowerShot G1X Mark II, headlined by a larger, 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, resulting in fantastic image quality in both stills and video. This dramatic sensor upgrade pairs with a wide-angle 24-72mm** (3x zoom) lens with Optical Image Stabilization featuring a wide f/2.8-5.6 aperture to allow for maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images and an ISO range of 100-25,600. This provides users with the versatility to shoot in low-light scenarios like a dimly lit restaurant which can frame subjects with beautiful background blur.

Technology commonly found in Canon DSLRs and advanced cameras has now arrived for the first time in the PowerShot G-series, as the G1X Mark III will feature Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This feature, popular amongst enthusiast and professional users, provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, allowing for more creative compositions when framing a subject away from the center of a shot.

Versatile and Intuitive Operation

Dust and water resistant, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a compact and powerful imaging companion ready for a variety of challenging shooting scenarios. Designed for enthusiast and professional users, it offers a host of useful features to help inspire creativity and improve operability. These include:
  • 2.36 million dot Organic LED Electronic Viewfinder provides customization options to match nearly any shooting style or scene
  • Touch & Drag AF allows for intuitive operation linking the Electronic Viewfinder and touch panel monitor to quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder, or using Smooth Zone AF to effortlessly track subjects with the touch of a finger.
  • 3.0 inch Vari-angle Touch LCD Monitor helps capture the perfect shot from a variety of challenging angles, including overhead or low-angle shooting.
  • The G1 X Mark III is capable of fast continuous shooting up to approximately 7 frames per second (fps), or up to 9fps with AF fixed – working easily with Dual Pixel CMOS AF to track even the most fleeting of subjects with ease.
  • A New Shutter Release function offers a sophisticated sense of operation, similar to high-end EOS models, providing a comfortable hold during continuous shooting

Canon Technologies Worthy of a Flagship

With technology ranging from HD video capabilities to the latest in connectivity features, the G1 X Mark III is versatile enough to achieve high-level performance on the go. Additional features include:
  • Instantly connect to a smart device* via built-in Wi-Fi***, NFC^ or Bluetooth^^ to facilitate easy sharing with friends and family or utilize the Camera Connect app to shoot remotely.
  • Panoramic Shot Mode functionality allows users to easily capture panoramic photos, simply be swinging the camera while shooting either vertically or horizontally.
  • Capture Full HD 1080/60p Video with high ISO speed shooting and smooth accurate focus when used alongside Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, while 5-axis movie IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld
  • Easily capture picturesque Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that help determine intervals and exposure

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00¹. In addition the Canon Lens Hood LH-DC110, Waterproof Case WP-DC56 and Deluxe Leather Case PSC-6300 for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available for an estimated retail price of $59.99, $499.99 and $99.99 respectively ¹. For more information please visit usa.canon.com.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III LCD View



Canon Press Release Source: Canon USA

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens: Links to professional / consumer reviews

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens: Links to professional / consumer reviews
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
A highly practical medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability. Images are sharp and clear at all apertures. Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur. Since the front lens group does not rotate during focusing special filter effects are not affected. (Source: Canon USA).

Comprehensive / Professional Reviews - Canon EF 85mm USM Lens

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Consumer / User Reviews - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens: Links to professional / consumer reviews
Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens @ f/4
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM  Lens Features / Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

85mm 1:1.8

Lens Construction

9 elements in 7 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

28° 30'

Focus Adjustment

Rear focusing system with USM

Closest Focusing Distance

0.85m / 2.8 ft

Filter Size

58mm

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

3.0 x 2.8, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g

Source: Canon USA





Canon EOS M5 compact-system camera wins Design for Asia Bronze Award

Canon EOS M5 compact-system camera wins Design for Asia Bronze Award
TOKYO, November 1, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company's EOS M5 compact-system camera was recognized for design excellence by the Hong Kong Design Centre, winning the Bronze Award at the DFA Design for Asia Awards 2017.

The Bronze-Award-winning EOS M5 is the first Canon compact-system camera to feature high-precision Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology which makes possible high-speed AF tracking. 

The camera incorporates an image sensor with approximately 24.2 million effective pixels and realizes comfortable and intuitive operation through such functions as Touch & Drag AF operations on the LCD screen, which enable users to move the AF frame displayed on the built-in EVF. What's more, the EOS M5's body features a high-quality graphite color befitting a high-end EOS M Series model.

Canon EOS M5
Canon has participated in the DFA Design for Asia Awards since 2013, having thus far won awards for such products as its Cinema EOS System professional cinematography equipment, video camcorders, cameras and interchangeable lenses. Encouraged by this latest industry recognition, Canon will continue striving to create products that combine the highest levels of performance and design excellence.

Canon Press Release Source: Canon Global

Canon proposes new imaging solutions business for utilizing compact module camera

Canon proposes new imaging solutions business that will utilize new compact multipurpose module camera under development
Canon proposes new imaging solutions business that will utilize new compact multipurpose module camera under development

TOKYO, September 12, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has committed to a proposed new imaging solutions business that will leverage the optical and sensor technologies the Company has cultivated over many years. As the first step in establishing this business, Canon is developing a compact multipurpose module camera that the business will employ: the MM100-WS. Canon plans to display the camera as a reference exhibit at the Canon booth at various future events.

The MM100-WS achieves a compact body size of approximately 40 mm (w) x 40 mm (h) x 21.6 mm (d). The camera also realizes a highly customizable body designed to accommodate upcoming modules that enhance dust and moisture resistance and durability needed for a wide range of applications. What's more, the camera is capable of image capture in low-light environments with as little as 1 lux of illumination.

Canon will also make available upon request the Application Programming Interface (API)2 for the MM100-WS, enabling users to utilize the camera for a wide range of solutions. Thanks to its compact body and high scalability, the MM100-WS is ideal for such professional and industrial applications as monitoring narrow spaces, piping inspections, automotive-use cameras, video content creation and as a support tool for a wide variety of occupations.



Example of the new imaging solutions business
Example of the new imaging solutions business

Going forward, as part of the proposed creation of this new imaging solutions business that utilizes the MM100-WS, Canon will develop and make available various modules, accessories and software for the camera to facilitate the customization demanded by users for a wide range of applications and scenarios.



Additional information
Canon will feature examples of solutions utilizing the MM100-WS at the Canon booth during the following upcoming exhibitions:



Event                     Venue                                                  Date  


IBC2017                RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands      September 15-19 2017

SEECAT 2017       Tokyo Big Sight, Japan                       October 11-13, 2017
Inter BEE 2017      Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan          November 15-17, 2017

Canon Press Release: Canon Global