30 March 2021

Canon releases firmware updates for EOS R5 EOS R6 EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon releases firmware updates for EOS R5 EOS R6 EOS-1D X Mark III
Canon releases firmware update for selected professional cameras to streamline workflows

London, United Kingdom, 30ᵗʰ March 2021 – Canon Europe today announces a firmware update for three of its EOS R System mirrorless and professional DSLR cameras, in response to customer feedback. Users of the EOS R5 (firmware v1.3), EOS R6 (firmware v1.3) and EOS-1D X Mark III (firmware v1.4) have access to a number of updates, helping to streamline workflows and realise greater creative freedom.

Building on user feedback, Canon’s firmware unleashes new photographic and video possibilities for the EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III

Increased image quality and usability
The EOS R5 will benefit from a number of upgrades including Full HD 120p and support for greater customisation of the camera. Users will now able to save personalised and preferred camera settings to a memory card, which can be copied across to a different camera or used when settings are adjusted. There is also the option to turn the LCD monitor off during shooting and use for playback only, providing a familiar DSLR style operation. For both the EOS R5 and EOS R6, the firmware achieves full time manual support for RF lenses, allowing photographers to override the focus of RF lenses manually when in Servo AF mode.

Streamlined professional workflows
For the EOS R5, professional photographers can safeguard and quickly share photos with the new Protect Image Transfer function allowing protected images to be locked - preventing them from accidently being deleted - and transferred via FTP. Across the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5, professionals can now see FTP Transfer status on the display clearly showing how long it will take to transfer pictures.

Enhanced video functionality
This firmware enables low bit rate RAW movies reducing the size of RAW video files making file transfer faster for the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III. The update also provides enhanced video capabilities for the EOS R5 with the addition of Canon Log 3 - the log gamma curve used by all Canon Cinema EOS cameras enabling greater dynamic range, superior colour editing capabilities and easier file management. For even greater flexibility of filming formats across all cameras, this firmware unlocks a lower bit rate IPB movie option creating small, easily shareable video files.

Canon has also released several software updates today to complement the above firmware upgrades and bring support for Apple M1 processors via Rosetta for Digital Photo Professional (DPP) with v4.14 and EOS Utility with v3.13.1.

Canon will continue its commitment to photographers and videographers through further plans to bring new functionality to these three models based on user feedback, including bringing Canon Log 3 to the EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III in a future update.

The EOS R5 Firmware update is now available to download from here:

The EOS R6 Firmware update is now available to download from here:

The EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware update is now available to download from here:

29 March 2021

Canon Celebrates 18th Consecutive Year of No. 1 Share of Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market

Canon Celebrates 18th Consecutive Year of No. 1 Share of Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market
MELVILLE, NY, March 29, 2021– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has maintained the number one share of the global market for interchangeable-lens digital cameras (Digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) for 18 consecutive years1 from 2003 to 2020.

Canon develops their key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of digital interchangeable-lens cameras — CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses — under the core concept of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality.” Developing a wide-ranging product lineup — from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high-image-quality shooting with easy operation, as well as a rich selection of 1182 combined RF and EF series lenses that make possible a wealth of creative expression — Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.

During the dawn of Digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) in September 2003. 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 groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for industry-changing Digital SLR video recording. In September 2018, Canon announced the EOS R system — including the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lenses that fully leverage their optical technologies — that further expanded the range of imaging creativity and opened up new possibilities for visual expression. Over a long history beginning in the age of film, and with the support of loyal users, in 2019 the EOS series achieved the remarkable milestone of 100 million3 total EOS cameras sold.

In July 20204, Canon launched the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, equipped with cutting-edge technology in pursuit of next-generation visual expression. In striving to further expand its lineup, Canon managed to secure the number one share of the global market for the 18th consecutive year.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology while further strengthening and expanding the EOS series of cameras and RF/EF series of lenses, opening up new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and to promote the spread of photo and video culture.

22 March 2021

New Canon 4K UHD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras Ready for Integration into a Variety of Environments

Canon Canada Launches a Line of 4K UHD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras Ready for Integration into a Variety of Environments
Canon Canada Launches a Line of 4K UHD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras Ready for Integration into a Variety of Environments

The Company Also Introduced the RC-IP100 Remote Camera Controller That Allows for the Control of Multiple Canon PTZ Cameras at Once

BRAMPTON, ON., MARCH 22, 2021 – Designed for use in a wide-range of applications in broadcast, education, house of worship, sports and corporate environments, Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the company’s first line of 4K UHD PTZ cameras – the CR-N500 and CR-N300 for indoor live-streaming and the outdoor CR-X500.

This new line of cameras capitalizes on Canon’s digital imaging and operational expertise from both professional camcorders and network cameras. This enables the cameras to not only deliver brilliant 4K imagery thanks to Canon’s CMOS sensors, DIGIC DV 6 Image Processor and optical zoom lenses, but also smooth pan, tilt and zoom functionality that allows for on-air camera movement. The new indoor PTZ cameras support various video interfaces, including HDMI, IP, and 3G-SDI, and are also compatible with popular live production protocols like NDI|HX®, RTMP and more. The new outdoor PTZ camera supports 12G-SDI and includes a durable, IP55 rated weather-resistant housing. In addition to the cameras, Canon has also introduced a new remote camera controller, the RC-IP100, which supports IP and serial connections and can operate camera functions such as pan, tilt, zoom, focus and iris.

With the goal of providing system integrators and organizations with world-class support and cutting-edge digital imaging equipment, Canon’s new lineup of PTZ cameras and remote camera controller will offer new opportunities for creativity in many markets, from broadcast to churches and mosques, education, sports or corporate meeting environments.

The Vivid CR-N500 4K UHD PTZ Camera
When combined, the 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, 3.2μm pixel pitch, and DIGIC DV 6 image processor featured in the CR-N500 4K UHD PTZ camera provide users with the capability to capture images with high sensitivity, low noise and a minimum subject illumination of approximately 1.5 lux1.

Utilizing a 15x optical zoom 4K UHD lens, users will also experience cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field and beautifully blurred backgrounds with brilliant image quality. The 15x optical zoom covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25.5-382.5mm and the camera is capable of a variable pan and tilt speed from 0.1° - 100° per second to support smooth on-air movement or fast preset transitions. An independent, built-in three-density ND filter and nine-bladed iris create natural bokeh effects with diffused, diffracted light. The CR-N500 features Dual Pixel CMOS AF with dual pixel focus guide, as well as face detection and tracking. The CR-N500 also supports Canon Log 3 for colour grading and wide dynamic range gamma of 800%, along with image quality mode and adjustment functions to enhance an operator’s image customization capabilities from capture to post-production.

The Versatile CR-N300 4K UHD PTZ Camera
The CR-N300 4K UHD PTZ camera uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, DIGIC DV 6 image processor and a 20x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.3-601mm. The camera features Canon’s Hybrid AF system that combines high-precision contrast AF and high-speed phase-difference AF, allowing operators to gain focus and lock-in subjects even in dim or dark situations. The variable pan speed of the camera clocks in at 0.2° - 300° per second and the variable tilt speed is 0.2° - 170° per second. The CR-N300 can also be used as a webcam via a USB connection.

The CR-N300 is equipped with four unique scene modes: portrait, sports, low-light and spotlight, which allows users to select the mode most suitable for the desired subject.
  • Portrait Mode achieves sharp focus while blurring the background.
  • Sports Mode enhances the ability to capture moving objects.
  • Low-Light Mode brightens images when in dim or dark shooting situations.
  • Spotlight Mode allows users to capture beautiful images in brightly lit situations.

The CR-N300 and the CR-N500 both offer peace of mind, being backed by Canon’s 3-year limited warranty.

The All-Weather CR-X500 4K UHD PTZ Camera
The Canon CR-X500 4K UHD PTZ is rated IP55 for water and dust resistance and is designed for outdoor uses including sports, news/weather coverage and television production. The camera features a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor that captures 4K UHD images in 60p/4:2:2/10-bit. The sensor’s 3.2μm pixel pitch combined with dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors produces improved signal-to-noise ratio from previous HD models and a minimum subject illuminance of 3 lux. The camera features a 15x 4K UHD lens with an optical 35mm equivalent zoom range of 25.5-382mm. When the camera is in FHD mode, operators can use the camera’s 4K multi-pixel sensors for up to a 30x advanced zoom. Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon’s renowned and popular autofocus system, allows for superb tracking performance and successfully captures 4K scenes where outstanding accuracy is required. Image Stabilization mode helps to reduce camera shake and produces stable and clear images even in windy conditions and a built-in wiper helps to clear away rain from the camera. The camera also supports Canon Log 3 for colour grading and a wide dynamic range gamma of 800% as well as image quality mode and adjustment functions to enhance an operator’s image customization capabilities.

Features of the Canon RC-IP100 Camera Remote Controller
The Canon RC-IP100 camera remote controller supports IP and serial connections and is compatible with all three of the new PTZ cameras, allowing operators to control multiple cameras simultaneously. By virtue of the control and seesaw zoom levers and 7-inch touch panel, users can control each camera’s functions such as pan, tilt, zoom, focus and iris. When connected via IP, it is possible to control up to 99 CR-N500/CR-N300 cameras. When connected via serial, an outdoor CR-X500 can be controlled, allowing for a total of 100 cameras.

Included with the Indoor PTZ Cameras is the Remote Camera Control Application software which allows PC users to register up to 20 cameras, viewing up to nine different cameras live at once. Full camera control, including setting trace functions and presets, is easily accessible with the click of a mouse.

Along with the new PTZ cameras and controller, Canon is also introducing a newly-developed XC Protocol2 that offers control and communication with select Canon video production devices for high quality video streaming over IP. Later this year, Canon will look to release new firmware to introduce the new XC protocol to select Cinema EOS System cameras.

The Canon CR-N500, CR-N300, CR-X500 4K UHD PTZ cameras and RC-IP100 camera remote controller are scheduled to be available in the Summer of 2021*. For more information please visit canon.ca and for sales inquires on our PTZ cameras and controller, please contact our Canon Pro Markets Sales Team: promarkets@canada.canon.com.

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