31 January 2023

Canon Launches the RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM Lens

Canon Officially Launches the RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM Lens

EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system's first large aperture full-frame mid-telephoto portrait lens

Canon RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM Lens

HONG KONG, 31st January 2023 — Canon today announces the New RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM is available to sale. This new lens will continue the legacy of Canon’s EF 135mm f/2L USM portrait lens and take it further to the next level on the new EOS R Mirrorless Camera System. The new optical design of this lens which takes full advantages of short back focus distance and large diameter of the RF lens mount makes possible further leap in image quality. The 135mm autofocus lens with an ultra large aperture of f/1.8 allows professionals to capture extremely sharp, detailed imagery. Featuring Canon’s leading optical technology, its optical design includes three Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass to offer refined image quality. RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM achieves the highest optical performance where superior image quality is realized even at maximum aperture of f/1.8. Together with outstanding AF speeds, “ASC air sphere coating" to improve the performance of backlight shooting, Nano USM, lens function buttons, RF lens control ring and dust-and-water resistant design, this professional 135mm lens is the ultimate choice for professional portrait and wedding photographers and videographers.

The Ultimate Canon f/1.8 Portrait Lens with Highest Optical Performance

RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM has everything that portrait photographers could have longed for. 135mm is the golden focal length that professional portrait photographers love to use. This unique 135mm focal length can bring a different sense of perspective to portrait shooting, even when shooting half-length or full-body photos, it can provide a natural and appropriate depth of field and perspective of the subject relative to the background while maintaining optimum distance between the photographer and subject to support strong communication which is crucial to a successful shot.To deliver top-of-class image quality, RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM is infused with a host of Canon’s leading optical technologies. The lens adopts a newly developed 17 elements in 12 groups optical design with effectively placement of three UD glass elements to achieve the highest optical performance among Canon’s autofocus interchangeable lenses with 135mm focal length even at f/1.8. What’s more, Air Sphere Coating (ASC) is added to reduce chromatic aberration and ghosting to achieve superior imaging performance with exceptional contrast and details.

An Ultra Large Aperture of f/1.8 to Create One-of-a-Kind Bokeh Effect and Perfect for Low-light Shooting

The bright f/1.8 maximum aperture of the lens allows for great control over depth of field and bokeh. It also uses 9 circular aperture leaves to create a silky soft shallow depth of field background blur effect to set off the clear and detailed subject in the foreground. Because of the focal length does not change, it offers the outstanding bokeh effects of a fixed focal length lens with optimized optics. This bokeh is not possible with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens, letting the subject stand out by giving even more beautiful blur to the background.

While maximize the aperture at f/1.8, photographers can use the subject detection and eye detection autofocus functions of EOS R series cameras to focus on the subject and the subject's eyes precisely, that's making the image more visually appealing.

Utilizing the high-speed shooting capabilities of a large-diameter f/1.8 lens, it lets photographers freeze movement of subjects even in low-light or dark settings. This makes it suitable for not only portraits but also indoor sports where users need slightly faster shutter speeds.

Built-in Optical Image Stabilization and 0.26x Magnification function

The RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM is the only 135mm medium telephoto lens equipped with an optical image stabilizer, and it weighs only 935 grams. The lens optical image stabilizer offers up to 5.5-stop1 shake compensation to facilitate handheld shooting with a slower shutter speed. When used with the EOS R series cameras equipped with In-Body Image Stabilization, a stunning 8-stop2 shake compensation is achieved through Coordinate Control IS.

Even in dark settings, the high-precision eye detection and OIS×IBIS coordinated control help to make shooting smoother and less stressful. Utilizing the outstanding camera shake control, it prevents blurring and captures pupils clearly even in low light.

The RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM is capable of shooting at 0.26x maximum magnification with a minimum focusing distance of 0.7m. This makes it easy to capture intricate details and textures in close-ups of faces or enlargements of a portion of the subject. Its f/1.8 large aperture can also help creating impressive close-up images with soft bokeh.

Newly added lens function buttons That Makes Camera Operation Easy

RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM is the first for a Canon lens that isn’t with large aperture super telephoto or super telephoto, provides two lens function buttons (on the top and side). The Customize buttons lets users assign various functions to these buttons. They function as AF stop buttons by default as before, and they can be used to temporarily suspend AF when pressed while using the feature. This is useful for maintaining shooting distance and avoiding search drive.

RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM also features a Control Ring as found in other RF lenses for users to directly adjust numerous assigned settings including aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation. When the control ring is operated alongside the main dial and quick control dial on1 CIPA Standard, Focal Length: 135mm, EOS R is used. In yaw/pitch direction2 CIPA Standard, Focal Length: 135mm, EOS R3 is used. In yaw/pitch direction.the EOS R camera, users could have three individual dials to set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity respectively in manual exposure mode.

High-Speed AF with excellent tracking for Video Recording

The lens employs Nano USM, which offers faster and smoother AF movement. The USM ultrasonic motor of the lens not only supports full-time manual focus, but also provides continuous, smooth and quiet movie servo autofocus when working with the dual-pixel CMOS autofocus technology of EOS R series cameras. When used in combination with the camera's touch AF, the focus can be changed naturally to any desired focus position, which facilitates one-person operation.

In addition, it also cooperates with the EOS R series cameras that support the focus breathing correction function. When shooting movies, the focus breathing correction function suppresses the change of the angle of view caused by the change of the focusing distance. The focus breathing correction function suppresses changes in the angle of view caused by focus movement. It allows users to record natural movies with no discomfort even if focus is changed from foreground to background or vice-versa.

Superior Durability and Reliability to Withstand Challenging Environment

Designed to perform even in harsh conditions, RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM retains the same high durability and rugged construction as found in the EF lenses in the L series to cope with professional users’ demands. Fluorine coating is also added to the foremost and rearmost lens surfaces to repel dust particles and water droplets. It also makes smears and fingerprints easy to remove without the use of lens cleaning fluid. The lens also features dust and water resistance design3, providing the durability that satisfies the strict demand from professional users, making it ideal for professional photographers to rely on while working in vastly challenging outdoor environments.

Suggested Retail Price

The new RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM is now available for sale with a suggested retail price HKD $17,780.

The accessories for RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM and their suggested retail prices are as follows:
  • 82mm Protect Filter HKD$750
  • 82mm Circular Polarizing Filter PL-C B HKD$1,780
  • Lens HoodET-88B HKD$380
  • Lens Cap E-82 II HKD$75
  • Lens Dust Cap RF HKD$80
  • Lens Case LP1319 HKD$210

1 CIPA Standard, Focal Length: 135mm, EOS R is used. In yaw/pitch direction.

2 CIPA Standard, Focal Length: 135mm, EOS R3 is used. In yaw/pitch direction.

3 With EOS R3/EOS R5/EOS R6 Mark II/EOS R6/EOS R, however it is not recommended for use under rain.

Press Release Source: Canon Hong Kong

How to Elevate Your Live Streams and Remote Productions

Master the Craft - How to elevate your live streams and remote productions - Canon Video

Due to the demand for more broadcasts being produced remotely and live-streamed to audiences worldwide, Max Elgar pivoted his career at pace and now finds himself leading a small production crew at Kinura LTD. From managing a multi-cam set up both in-studio and on location to presets and traces, Max has found the winning formula required to meet the needs of Kinura's growing list of clients and shares these with us in this masterclass. Take a look!

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27 January 2023

New Version 1.2 Update for Canon EOS VR Software

Announcing Powerful Version 1.2 Updates with Canon EOS VR Software  - Official Canon Video

Version 1.2 Update for Canon EOS VR Software

There’s some exciting news for those using the EOS VR Utility and the EOS VR Plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro to edit footage from Canon’s RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens. Version 1.2 brings an impressive array of new features. You asked for faster processing, more compatibility, broader workflow flexibility, and higher-quality imagery - we listened! In this video, Canon USA Sr. Technical Specialist Brandon Chin walks you through the details. 

Learn more about the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens: https://canon.us/408N1za 

For more information about the Canon EOS VR System: https://canon.us/3DkuupX 

For manuals and software downloads: https://canon.us/eosvirtualrealitysystem

26 January 2023

New Canon Add-On Applications System for Remote Cameras

Canon’s New Add-On Applications System for Remote Cameras Takes Video Production to the Next Level

New Canon Add-On Applications System for Remote Cameras

Featuring innovative Auto Tracking and Auto Loop Applications, the system provides operators with simple yet highly adaptable configurations to enhance video production

SINGAPORE, 26 January 2023 — Canon today announced the launch of an Add-On Applications System for remote cameras, enabling operators to enhance video production by adding advanced features through the installation of paid applications. The system now incorporates two innovative applications, the Auto Tracking and Auto Loop Applications to meet different video production needs, and will encompass more applications going forward.

Aimed at providing simple and highly adaptable system configurations, the new applications operate within remote cameras1 without the need for external hardware such as servers and PCs. The applications support the CR-N7002, Canon’s high-end indoor 4K remote camera currently, and will expand to cover more compatible remote cameras gradually. Designed to improve productivity, the new features help to reduce workload and manpower for remote production, allowing operators to focus on other tasks such as camera switching and content delivery.

The Auto Tracking Application enables the remote camera to automatically track speakers or other specified persons during commercial presentations, lectures and events. With in-camera visual analysis, the system realises superb tracking capability, allowing shooting with excellent freedom of view, including full body, upper body, shoulders-up and other viewpoints, while following the movement of subjects moving at speeds ranging from slow to brisk3. In addition to the standard image capture of human figures typically required for broadcasting commercial events and lectures, the remote camera aided by its high-performance pan/tilt mechanism can capture the slow movement of subjects smoothly for quality video production. Furthermore, the application features a wide array of adjustment settings such as Composition, Tracking Sensitivity, and Priority Display Area.

The Auto Loop Application enables the remote camera to automatically repeat subtle pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) staging movements typically performed by operators during the broadcast of events such as sports competitions, and interviews, as well as in the production of TV commercials and movies. Between patrol and back-and-forth motions within specified locations, operators can adjust parameters such as Position Setting to determine the pause duration at each point, Route Setting to determine movement speed, and other operations including Preview and Start, which can be easily configured on the settings screen. Additionally, operators can adjust the acceleration and deceleration of movements as the motions begin and end via the Fade Mode, enabling the automated camera system to mimic professional camerawork.


Application Release date:
  • Auto Tracking Application RA-AT001 Mid April 2023
  • Auto Loop Application RA-AL001 Mid April 2023

Press Release Source: Canon Asia

Canon CR-N700 4K PTZ Camera Firmware Update

Canon CR-N700 4K PTZ Camera Will Receive a Firmware Update That Will Enable the Addition of Paid Add-On Applications Beginning with Auto Tracking and Auto Loop

Canon CR-N700 4K PTZ Camera Firmware Update

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 26, 2023 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the upcoming “Add-On Applications System” for PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) remote cameras that will provide access to add new paid video production features, beginning with auto tracking and auto loop applications for the company’s flagship 4K PTZ camera, the CR-N700. The auto tracking application will give the CR-N700 the ability to automatically pan, tilt, and zoom to track moving subjects, and the auto loop application will allow users to program and automate repeated camera movements. The Add-on Applications System will be available to be added to the CR-N700 via a future firmware update. Going forward, Canon plans to expand the lineup of applications offered by its Add-On Applications System, as well as the lineup of compatible remote camera models

These initial paid add-on applications uniquely position Canon in the PTZ market as the applications run from within the camera itself, while competitive models may require end-users to run an external device to operate the auto tracking and auto loop applications. With the addition of the Add-On Applications System, customers can now directly add the new capabilities to the PTZ camera, providing a better value for end-users.

Auto Tracking Add-On Application
The auto tracking paid add-on application enables automatic tracking according to a subject’s movements. As the subject moves, the camera will pan, tilt, and zoom to maintain the subject’s composition in the frame. This added function helps to reduce the camera operator’s workload, letting them focus on other tasks such as camera switching and streaming, and allows for multi-camera shoots with fewer people on set.

The auto tracking is highly responsive, allowing for full body, upper body, and head and torso tracking at both slow and normal walking speeds, and full body and upper body tracking at fast walking speed. In addition, the auto tracking application provides users with a wide range of adjustment functions such as composition, tracking sensitivity, priority display area, fixed viewing angle area, tracking target auto select, pan/tilt halting area, initial position, auto select exclusion, and pan/tilt operation control.

The new auto tracking add-on application is ideal for end-users in markets such as house of worship and corporate event streaming, educational workshops and lectures, and broadcast and corporate interviews.

Auto Loop Add-On Application
The auto loop paid add-on application helps automate repeated camera movements, potentially lessening the burden on camera operators. Camera operators will now have the flexibility to select between two repeated movements, loop or back-and-forth, based on needs and the shooting environment. The ability to adjust acceleration and deceleration when starting and stopping movement between two preset positions helps to present more professional-looking content. For added convenience, camera operators can adjust settings such as position, route, preview, and start from one screen.

The new auto loop add-on application is ideal for consistent smooth on-air movements for end-users in markets such as house of worship and corporate event streaming, broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) sports and interview streaming, and commercial production.

Pricing and Availability
The Firmware Update to add the “Add-On Applications System” is scheduled to be available in March 2023. The paid Auto Tracking and Auto Loop Add-On Applications are scheduled to be available in April 2023 for $1200.00 and $800.00, respectively*. Additional details about these paid applications will be available shortly. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.

Press Release Source: Canon USA

25 January 2023

Canon Posts Another Top-5 Finish For U.S. Patents Granted

Canon Inc. Posts Another Top-5 Finish For U.S. Patents Granted in Latest 2022 IFI Claims Rankings
Canon Posts Another Top-5 Finish For U.S. Patents Granted

Canon extends streak of ranking in the top-five for number of U.S. patents granted to 37 years

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 25, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., earned another top-five finish from IFI CLAIMS Patent Services in their newly published 2022 Top 50 U.S. Patent Assignees.

Canon’s 2,694 granted U.S. patents for 2022 ranked fifth overall, extending its streak to 37 consecutive years finishing among the top five for the number of patents granted while sustaining a run of finishing in the top-10 in every year since 1983.1 Canon also finished first in U.S. patents granted among Japanese companies for the 18th consecutive year.

“Canon has been in the top 10 of the IFI U.S. Top-50 patent ranking for several decades,” said Mike Baycroft, CEO of IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. “This says a lot about how much it reveres innovation and how committed it is to protecting it.”

Canon promotes the development and utilization of intellectual property rights to help maintain a robust patent portfolio. Securing patents in the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large-market scale, remains a key component in the plan for developing strong technological alliances.

“It is important to continue to pursue opportunities for innovation to help adapt to the evolving needs of our customers,” said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc. and senior managing executive officer of Canon Inc. “Another high placement on the IFI CLAIMS list is a strong reflection of our commitment to delivering innovative ideas and solutions and a testament to the dedication of our staff in this endeavor.”

Canon is focused on creating new technologies in its current four core business groups of printing, imaging, medical, and industrial equipment. The company is also focusing on developing fundamental technologies and new business in fields such as next-generation imaging, volumetric video, healthcare, and artificial intelligence. Along with developing new core competency technologies and fundamental technologies in new business fields, Canon continues to promote the acquisition and utilization of intellectual property rights for such technologies.

Press Release Source: Canon USA

24 January 2023

Canon expands MAXIFY / PIXMA range with new MegaTank Models

New efficient and productive models offer a range of ideal print solutions for homes, offices and small businesses

Nww Canon PIXMA and Canon MAXIFY Printers

Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 24 January 2023: Canon Australia today announces the expansion of its MAXIFY range for those working at home, or in small businesses, with the MAXIFY GX3060 and MAXIFY GX4060. Built with collaboration, efficiency and productivity in mind, the expanded series is ideal for reaching a wide range of needs within different workspaces – whether its hybrid, working from home or running a small business.

Today, alongside these new models, Canon expands its MegaTank range further with PIXMA G4670 and PIXMA G3670 Series – featuring three new fast, high-quality, refillable ink tank printers, ideal for families wanting to make savings on home printing.


Space saving and cost-efficient
Equipped with MegaTank refillable ink tank technology, both models are highly efficient and productive. They are easy to maintain and easy to use – saving time to focus on other business matters. Downtime is reduced with high volume printing of up to 14,000 pages from a set of colour ink bottles¹ – or up to 21,000 pages when used in the economy print mode² – while large paper capacity of up to 350 sheets (250-sheet cassette and 100-sheet rear feed) and a user replaceable maintenance cartridge reduce the need to send the printer away for servicing.

With small business needs and home working at the heart of these new printers, both the MAXIFY GX3060 and MAXIFY GX4060 feature fast copying and scanning and include a 4-colour pigment-based refillable ink tank system. Both models are housed in a compact desktop design, which are a better fit for smaller home office spaces.

High productivity and collaboration
When hybrid working between the home and office – or in a shared small business environment – fast printing speeds of 18.0 ipm for black (mono) printing and 13.0 ipm for colour in both printer models reduce waiting time in between prints.

Featuring 4-colour pigment ink, both models are ideal for high-quality business prints on a variety of media types³. Canon has exclusively developed pigment inks to print with crisp and easily readable black text, with highly visible colour text and graphics – alongside colour reproduction contrast improvements over previous MAXIFY GX models. The all-pigment inks also resist bleeding and blurring, so documents can be highlighted and shared with confidence that they will remain professional-looking.

The high-capacity cassette, equipped with a window, can store 250 sheets of plain paper as well as a 100 sheet rear tray, which removes the need to constantly refill each printer. The printers also feature a flat rear paper tray, supporting a variety of media types and sizes, along with another rear flat tray for paperboard feeding – covering a wide range of business needs with a single printer.

Additionally, the new MAXIFY GX models support Chromebook, with direct printing and scanning from Chrome OS. The printers also include support for a wide range of operating systems, including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.

Easy maintenance
Both the MAXIFY GX3060 and MAXIFY GX4060 are easy to use and maintain thanks to improved hardware design, touchscreens (MAXIFY GX4060 only) and sleek interfaces. Refilling the printers is easier than before – with spring-loaded colour-coded ink caps, users can refill each tank with a gentle lift of the finger. What’s more, the user-replaceable maintenance cartridge is now positioned at the front for easy access and usability.

Seamless connectivity within the workplace
Offering smart connectivity, MAXIFY users can print, scan, copy and connect to the cloud all via the Canon PRINT app, benefitting from compatibility with existing software and technology platforms including AirPrint® and Mopria®. When connected to Wi-Fi, the printers will read the strength of the signal and security, and where there are multiple access points, they will automatically connect to the one with the best security and data conditions. MAXIFY GX3060 and MAXIFY GX4060 also come with various features including WPA3-SAE, WPA3-EAP(AES) and TLS 1.3 encryption to help mitigate security risks.

Diverse media support for printing
Posters, POS and other paperboard prints that would have traditionally been outsourced can now be produced via the MAXIFY GX3060 and MAXIFY GX4060, which can help to reduce the overall cost of promotional materials for small businesses. To support in-house business printing, both devices are now compatible with diverse media applications, including paperboard printing via the brand new rear flat tray. PosterArtist Web can be used to create posters with no professional design skills required – templates, auto-design and free stock photos help create attractive end results. It is available via a web browser online, so editing can be done anytime, anywhere.

Joint key MAXIFY features:
• 18.0 ipm / 13.0 ipm – fast print speeds⁴
• High page yield: 6,000 black ink or up to 14,000 from a set of colour inks¹
• Economy mode boosting ink yields by up to 50%²
• 4-colour pigment ink
• Rear tray with 100-sheet capacity
• 250-sheet cassette
• Rear flat tray for paperboard feeding

MAXIFY GX3060 key features:
• 3-in-1 printer – print, copy and scan
• 1.35” mono square LCD
• Wi-Fi compatible

MAXIFY GX4060 key features:
• 4-in-1 printer – print, copy, scan and fax
• 35 Sheet ADF
• 2.7” colour touch screen
• Wi-Fi & Ethernet compatible

Joint key PIXMA key features:
• 11.00 ipm / 6.0 ipm – fast print speeds
• High page yields – black 6,000 sheets (7,600 in economy) and colour 7,700 sheets (8,100 in economy)
• Replaceable maintenance cartridge
• Mechanical ID/Key type ink bottles
• Compatibility with magnetic, matte and photo media
• High quality prints
• 100-sheet capacity

PIXMA G4560 key features:
• 1.3“ LCD for greater usability
• 4-in-1 printer – print, copy, scan and fax
• 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder
• 100-sheet capacity
• WiFi compatible, wireless connectivity

PIXMA G3560 Series key features:
• 3-in-1 printer – print, copy and scan
• 1.3” LCD for greater usability
• WiFi compatible, wireless connectivity
• Available in three colours - black, white and red

For more information on the MAXIFY GX3060 and MAXIFY GX4060, please visit:

For more information on the PIXMA G4670 and PIXMA G3670 Series, please visit:

Availability and pricing
Pricing will be set at dealers’ discretion, with an RRP of:
$729.00 (incl. GST) for the MAXIFY GX3060, available in Australia from March
$799.00 (incl. GST) for the MAXIFY GX4060, available in Australia from March
$599.00 (incl. GST) for the PIXMA G4670, available in Australia from March
$449.00 (incl. GST) for the G3670 Series, available in Australia from March

¹ Page Yield is the estimated value based on Canon individual test method using the ISO/IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with the replacement after initial setup.

² The economy mode reduces the ink consumption by lowering the density, 50% more pages than the standard mode can be printed.

³ Using ink certified to ISO 11798*
*ISO standard defining requirements and test methods for “Permanence and durability of writing, printing and copying on paper”.

4 A4 document print speed on plain paper is measured based on average of ESAT in Office Category Test of ISO/IEC 24734 standard.

Press Release Source: Canon Australia

18 January 2023

Canon Video Competition 2023

Canon launches its Stories in Motion Video Competition

Canon launches its Stories in Motion Video Competition

London, United Kingdom, 18th January 2023 – Canon UK & Ireland is looking for creative, short films through its Stories in Motion young filmmaker competition. In partnership with CVP, one of the leading Broadcast and Professional video solutions providers in the United Kingdom and Europe, Stories in Motion is open to those aged 18-25, offering the chance to win a series of prizes, including a Canon EOS C70 and RF 24-70 F2.8 L lens, and the experience to shadow an award-winning filmmaker.

With three categories open for entries including Music Video, Documentary and Scripted Short – the competition welcomes all fields of cinematography. Each participant can submit a maximum of three films, each representing one of the three competition categories.

Each of the entries will be judged by a panel with vast experience in the world of imaging excellence. These include Canon Ambassador, Cinematographer and Photographer, Elisa Iannacone; Canon Ambassador, Cinematographer and Filmmaker, Tania Freimuth; CVP’s Technical Marketing Manager, Jake Ratcliffe; and Award-winning Filmmaker, Editor and Colourist, Ollie Kenchington.

Entries will be assessed on originality, creativity, cinematography and post production. Five entries will be shortlisted per category, with one winner for each category and one final overall grand prize winner. The overall grand prize winner will win a Canon EOS C70 and RF 24-70 F2.8 L lens, plus the opportunity to shadow one of the judges of their choice for a day. All shortlisted entries will win a £200 voucher to spend at CVP, and each category winner will win an additional £500 voucher to be spent at CVP.

Neale Conroy, Canon UK and Ireland Marketing Director said: “We’re passionate about supporting the next generation of filmmakers, and Stories in Motion is a great platform for storytellers to showcase their work to an industry leading judging panel. With the chance to experience a day’s mentorship with one of the judges, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those looking to make their way into the industry while also providing the chance to learn and grow. We can’t wait to see all the entries.”

The competition opens on 18th January 2023 with entries closing on 31st March 2023. The shortlist results will be announced on 6th April 2023.

For more information on the entry process and technical requirements, please visit: https://www.canon.co.uk/get-involved/competition/stories-in-motion/

Canon Press Release Source: Canon UK

17 January 2023

Canon Adds Four Photographers to Explorers of Light Program

Canon Adds Four Photographers to Explorers of Light Program Expanding Eclectic Mix of Photo Genres

Canon Adds Four Photographers to Explorers of Light Program

MELVILLE, NY, January 17, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced it is adding four photographers to its celebrated Explorers of Light (EOL) program. As one of the first programs of its kind, Explorers of Light are renowned photographers in all genres of photography who share knowledge, educate, and inspire an entire industry of visual artists, as well as new generations of content creators. As photography continues to evolve, Canon fosters a program that includes an eclectic mix of visual artists who bring new and creative ways of seeing the world around us while maintaining the program’s longstanding tradition of education, collaboration, and learning.

Effective January 1, Canon is proud to include Nadia Aly, Kevin Jairaj, Alex Strohl, and Victoria Will as its newest members of this elite group of visual artists. Each photographer brings a level of style, energy, and artistic acumen that not only stand on their own merits, but complement the diverse photographic genres represented by the other 32 creative artists currently participating in the program.

Canon Adds Renowned Photographers to “Legends Program”

As a new class of creators enter the Explorers of Light program, an influential group of EOLs will become lifetime members of Canon Legends, a program that preserves the legacy and leadership of some of the most accomplished EOLs. Bruce Dorn, Darrell Gulin, and Damian Strohmeyer will be inducted into the program and join a short list of legendary photographers including Harry Benson, Lauren Greenfield, Gregory Heisler, Chris Rainier, and Joyce Tenneson, to name a few. This group of industry legends will continue to share their knowledge and expertise with photographers and filmmakers through workshops, seminars, and published articles.

About Canon’s New Explorers of Light

Nadia Aly: Underwater / Wildlife

About Nadia: Nadia Aly is an award-winning wildlife photographer with a focus on underwater marine life. Her primary goal is to educate people globally about the diverse populations of sea creatures that exist in our oceans. She captures their beauty and uniqueness with her camera and then publishes these photographs and videos. She does this in an effort to raise awareness and interest in supporting efforts to conserve our oceans and their inhabitants. She takes interested clients on numerous underwater expeditions every year, through her company Scuba Diver Life Expeditions (SDLexpeditions.com), with a focus on in-water whale encounters around the world.

Notable clients include: Private individuals who participate in Nadia’s numerous underwater expeditions organized through her company, Scuba Diver Life Expeditions.

  • What’s in Her Bag? Canon EOS R3 and EOS R5 bodies, RF15-35mm, RF100-500mm, and EF8-15mm lenses
  • Thoughts on Photography: “I think photography is an amazing tool to share moments in time. I personally use it to share moments and educate others about the numerous animals that call our oceans home. Not a lot of people get to experience the ocean the way I do, and I find it important to help show and educate others. For example, my ‘Hairy Frog Fish’ photo. Not many people know what a hairy frog fish is, and I received thousands of comments from curious viewers about the photo. This to me is a win, as it’s a great example of educating others about an animal that most have never heard of.”
  • What it Means to be a Canon EOL: “I think being an Explorer of Light offers me an opportunity to share the oceans on a larger platform. On a personal level, it feels like my skills are being recognized by a larger organization, and that feels pretty awesome…kind of feels like ‘I’ve arrived’ in a way.”

Kevin Jairaj: Sports / Portrait / Wedding

About Kevin: In just a few years, Kevin has become one of the most sought-after photographers with commissioned photoshoots, weddings and events worldwide, as well as his home state of Texas and the rest of the U.S.A.

Kevin is one of only a few people in the world to hold the Triple Master Title from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) as well as a Master of Photography from PPA (Professional Photographers of America).

Kevin was commissioned by USA Today to take portraits of key members of the USA Summer and Winter Olympic Teams, has covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for USA Today.

In addition, he has covered major sporting events such as Super Bowls, Final Fours, the World Series, and National Championship games. Kevin has also been the Official Photographer for the College Football Playoff National Championship since its inception in 2015.

Notable clients include: The College Football Playoff, Discovery Channel, USA Today, Bad Boy Mowers, LEAF Trading Cards (Director of Photography), Sports Illustrated, New York Times, ESPN, People Magazine, Charles Schwab, and the Washington Post.

  • What’s in His Bag? EOS R3 and EOS-1DX Mark III bodies, EF200-400mm F4, EF70-200mm 2.8, EF24-70mm 2.8, and EF15mm lenses (sometimes an EF11-24mm F4), Canon Speedlight with a battery pack.
  • Thoughts on Photography: “I am thankful that photography allows me the opportunity to freeze history and record memorable moments in time. Whether it’s the Big Game, a National Champion-winning athlete, or a family portrait that will be passed down for generations, it is an honor and privilege to document these stories. With all the new technology constantly changing, it is very exciting to find new ways to create dynamic and visually appealing images.”
  • What it Means to be a Canon EOL: “Being named a Canon Explorer of Light is an honor of a lifetime and really a dream come true for me. I have been using Canon gear since day one as a photographer and have never really looked back. I am definitely looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with other photographers and hobbyists around the world.”

Alex Strohl: Outdoor / Landscape

About Alex: For more than a decade, photographer and entrepreneur Alex Strohl has pioneered the visual style of the outdoor industry. A renowned force across all of his business pursuits, Strohl’s marketing campaigns garner clients’ audiences in the millions while his critically acclaimed photography workshops share years of experience and insight to tens of thousands of aspiring amateurs. Lauded by the likes of National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Gentlemen’s Journal, Strohl’s influence on the direction of outdoor media is unparalleled.

Drawing inspiration from the wildest alpine environments, Alex Strohl is as comfortable at his home in Whitefish, Montana, as he is diving off the shores of icy North Atlantic archipelagos. The result is an immersive visual experience that blurs the boundaries of life and work, and of humans and nature. His timeless style and eye for subtle authentic moments transcends industries from local ski brands to the world’s foremost watch makers.

Notable clients include: Apple, Jaeger Le-Coultre, 66 North, Land Rover, La Marzocco, BMC Bikes, Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Bottega Venetta, On Running, Fjallraven

  • What’s in His Bag? EOS R5 and EOS R3 bodies, RF15-35mm, RF 70-200mm f/2.8L, RF100-500mm, RF28-70mm f/2.0L lenses, Strohl x Moment MTN Light 45L Backpack, (2) NanLite Pavotubes 6ft/1m.
  • Thoughts on Photography: “Photography for me is a powerful vehicle to get a message across, to challenge perceptions and offer new ways to view the world. It is also a great way to meet people. That is what it all comes down to for me; meeting interesting people, learning from them, and trying to tell their story in the most accurate and honest way possible.”
  • What it Means to be a Canon EOL: “Being in such great company and supported by Canon is a dream come true. Back when I bought a secondhand Canon 5D Mark I with a prime 35mm L-series lens and travelled the world with a big innocent grin on my face, I never could have expected to become an EOL. Not even close…Now, it is my turn to keep the legacy alive and create meaningful work…with gratitude.”

Victoria Will: Celebrity / Editorial / Portrait

About Victoria: Victoria began her career in the photography industry as a photojournalist and has since transitioned her focus to celebrity portraiture, editorial, and commercial assignments. Victoria's characteristically authentic portraiture has appeared in the pages of Vogue, New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN, and W Magazine. Her approach is rooted in collaboration and meaningful connection where she seeks intimacy, authenticity, and elegance with a thoughtful eye and composition.

Recognized by numerous honors, including American Photography, PDN Photo Annual, and Communication Arts, her imagery has been the subject of both solo and group exhibitions internationally. Her first monograph, Borne Back, a collection of tintype portraits, was published in 2017 by Peanut Press.

Notable clients include: Amazon Studios, AT&T, Bose, Carhartt, Epix, ESPN, Hulu, Levi's, Miller High Life, Miller Lite, National Geographic, New York Times, Netflix, Ralph Lauren, Rolling Stone, Samsung, Showtime, Vogue.

  • What’s in Her Bag? Two EOS R5 bodies (with battery grips). 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 100mm Macro, 50mm f/1.2 USM lenses
  • Thoughts on Photography: “You cannot separate me from my photography. We are interconnected. It is my chosen language and has taught me the art of observation as much as the art of listening. With each subject I photograph, I seek connection and vulnerability. In return it is my responsibility to bring a dignity and respect to what each person shares with me, and to give something of myself. In these moments I find I work more from the heart than the mind. It becomes more about how something feels than just how it looks and ceases to be about me. It is about what we can build together. What can we find in the seemingly ordinary and imperfect nature of human beings? Everything.”
  • What it Means to be a Canon EOL: "Being a Canon Explore of Light means that I have the honor of joining a long legacy of photographers whose creativity has directly inspired me throughout my career, and now I have the opportunity to give that back to the next generation.

For additional information and samples of work, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/learning/inspiration/inspirational-stories-list/explorers-of-light

Canon Press Release Source: Canon USA

16 January 2023

Canon develops Terahertz device with potential use in Security, 6G and more

Canon develops terahertz device with compact size, world-highest output and potential use cases in security, 6G transmission and more

TOKYO, January 16, 2023—Canon Inc. announced today that the company has developed a terahertz device with a compact size and world's highest output1. Leveraging the semiconductor device design and manufacturing technology cultivated over its long history, the company has produced a device that realizes both high output and high directivity2. In the years to come, terahertz technology is expected to be widely used in such fields as next-generation sensing and data transmission.

Canon develops terahertz device with potential use cases in security, 6G transmission and more

Terahertz waves are a type of electromagnetic wave that possess a wavelength between that of radio waves and light while possessing characteristics of both. Compared with widely used X-rays, they are ideal for scanning underneath the surface of objects without causing harm to the human body. Thanks to such characteristics this technology is expected to be utilized in locations that experience heavy pedestrian traffic, such as entrances to amusement parks and event spaces, making possible security countermeasures with high throughput that do not disrupt the flow of pedestrian traffic. What's more, there is ongoing experimentation towards the use of terahertz waves in next-generation 6G signal transmission, and there is potential for use in high-speed, high-volume data transmission. The new device developed by Canon produces output that is stronger than terahertz waves and more easily directed, thus contributing to technological innovation and product development, including the aforementioned applications, in a wide range of fields, as well as assisting the development of industries and societies that utilize terahertz wave technology.

One of the most pressing issues for terahertz technology is that devices that generate terahertz waves require a high electrical output, and therefore large-sized components. Canon's newly developed semiconductor device, however, employs "Resonant-Tunneling Diodes (RTD)"3, which is characterized by the emission of terahertz waves from an "active antenna," i.e., an antenna that is integrated with a semiconductor device. Thus, there is no longer any need for frequency multipliers4 and other such components utilized in conventional devices, allowing for a device size that is approximately 1000x smaller5.

Thus far, creating compact devices that utilize RTDs results in lower output. However, Canon has successfully developed an active antenna array, which contains 36 active antennas on a single semiconductor chip, and is able to combine the output of all antennas, thereby making possible a world-highest output of approximately 10x6.

Another challenge facing terahertz wave technology is that terahertz waves emitted by antennas of conventional devices tend to disperse and thus cannot travel long distances. Canon's proprietary design technology has enabled the synchronization of all antennas in an antenna array. As a result, the company has achieved high directivity, approximately 20x7 that of a conventional single-antenna device, without the need for lenses or other optical technology. This in turn makes possible long-range imaging and signal transmission using a more compact device.

1Among 450 GHz output semiconductor devices. As of December 28, 2022. Based on Canon research.

2Directivity refers to the way in which the strength of an emitted electromagnetic signal or light varies depending on the direction. High directivity means that energy can be concentrated in a single direction.

3A diode that utilizes the phenomenon of tunneling through electron resonance walls originating from nanoscale structures of semiconductor devices. This compact electron device is capable of directly generating terahertz waves at room temperature.

4A device that converts and outputs input signal frequency to integer multiples.

5Comparison of device volume between Canon device and conventional devices such as those using antennas or frequency multipliers and conversion lenses.

6Comparison between a conventional single-antenna semiconductor device (approx. 1 mW) and new Canon device (approx. 11.8 mW). Based on Canon research.

7Comparison of antenna gain between a conventional single-antenna semiconductor device (non-synchronized, no lens, approx. 10dB) and new Canon device (synchronized, approx. 24dB). Based on Canon research. Antenna gain is a key performance parameter which indicates ability to accumulate and output signal strength depending on direction. A higher antenna gain means higher performance of the antenna. A difference of about 14dB in antenna gain corresponds to a difference of about 20 times in terms of strength.

About terahertz waves

Terahertz waves are electromagnetic waves, located on the frequency band between radio waves and light waves, that possess the strong penetration and directivity of light waves. Its frequency is defined as between 100 gigahertz (GHz) and 10 terahertz. Its properties make it potentially well-suited for security applications such as body scanning, non-destructive inspection of such surfaces as automobile paint coatings and use in next-generation 6G signal transmission.

Radio wave and light frequencies and their applications
Radio wave and light frequencies and their applications

About the currently-in-development terahertz device

Canon has successfully developed an active antenna array integrated with a semiconductor chip that is able to output terahertz waves. There is no need for such additional components as frequency multipliers, horn antennas8 or lenses, allowing for a device size that is approximately 1000x smaller. The device's more compact size enables the utilization of terahertz devices in cameras, smartphones and other electronic devices, thereby adding to the range of potential use cases for terahertz waves.

Comparison of conventional device with such components as frequency multipliers, horn antennas and new Canon terahertz device

Leveraging the semiconductor device design and manufacturing technology cultivated over its long history, Canon's active antenna array, which contains 36 active antennas on a single semiconductor chip, is able to combine the output of all antennas, thereby making possible a world-highest output of 450 GHz terahertz waves with a strength of 10 milliwatts (mW), or approximately 10x greater than conventional semiconductor devices with active antennas. This higher output enables image capture with greater clarity and signal transmission with greater accuracy.

Comparison of a conventional semiconductor device with an active antenna and the new Canon terahertz device

Using its proprietary antenna design technology, Canon has successfully synchronized 36 active antennas on the order of one picosecond (one trillionth of a second) accuracy. As a result, the company has achieved high directivity, approximately 20x that of an asynchronous antenna array, without the need for lenses, horn antennas or other optical technologies This in turn makes possible long-range imaging and signal transmission using a more compact device.

Comparison of an asynchronous antenna arrayconventional device and the new Canon terahertz device

Canon's proprietary high-frequency filter design counteracts noise, which is more likely to occur as the number of active antennas grows. As a result, electronic efficiency is approximately 1.4x that of conventional technology

8A trumpet-shaped antenna used for wireless communication.
9Compared of conventional RTD (approx. 0.7%) and Canon RTD (approx. 1%). Based on Canon research.

Example use case of new terahertz device: body scanning that doesn't disrupt flow of people

Real-time active imaging, using Canon's newly developed terahertz device, is capable of detecting and recognizing concealed weapons (including firearms and ceramic knives) underneath clothing of people walking past from a distance of several meters (for more information, please see the demo video below). In the near future, this technology is expected to be utilized in locations that experience heavy pedestrian traffic, such as entrances to amusement parks and event spaces, making possible security countermeasures with high throughput that do not disrupt the flow of pedestrian traffic.

The research paper describing Canon's newly developed terahertz device can is available in the Volume: 12, Issue: 5, September 2022 issue of the scientific journal "IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology" published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: IEEE.

A High-Power Terahertz Source Over 10 mW at 0.45 THz Using an Active Antenna Array With Integrated Patch Antennas and Resonant-Tunneling Diodes


Canon Press Release Source: Canon Global

12 January 2023

New Canon imageCLASS LBP361dw Laser Printer

New Canon Laser Printer Combines Speed and Stacked Paper Feed Options to Meet Demands of Fast-Growing Businesses

The imageCLASS LBP361dw comes with robust security standards, dual network support, and multiple cassette options that scale usage for businesses of all sizes

Canon imageCLASS LBP361dw Laser Printer

SINGAPORE, 12 January 2023 — Canon today announced the launch of the imageCLASS LBP361dw, an ultra-high speed A4 monochrome laser printer. Ideal for businesses of all sizes ranging from small offices to large enterprises, the scalable printer comes with the ability to stack on multiple paper cassettes to reach up to 4,300 sheet maximum paper input. Robust network capabilities and security attributes round up the remarkable functionalities of the imageCLASS LBP361dw, making it the ultimate productivity workhorse for highly competitive business environments.

Fast Printing Speed for High Volume Printing Convenience
When on standby, the new imageCLASS LBP361dw springs into action with an impressive quick first print out time of 4.9 seconds. The compact printer, approximately 23% smaller than the preceding imageCLASS LBP350 series, features a swift print speed of 61 pages per minute (ppm) in A4 printing. The ability to reach 100 ppm in A5 printing makes it the ideal choice for industries often requiring prints in smaller size, such as healthcare, logistics and retail.

The imageCLASS LBP361dw comes with a 550-sheet paper cassette and 100-sheet multipurpose tray as a standard configuration. As businesses evolve and printing demands increase, the printer can be configured to boost paper capacity of up to 4,300 sheets with multiple cassette options, supporting high volume printing, and saving time with less frequent paper replacement.

Enhanced Security and Seamless Wireless Connectivity
Combining gigabit Ethernet connectivity, a new Dual Network Support feature, and support for TLS 1.3 and IEEE 802.1x, the imageCLASS LBP361dw operates across two different network environments seamlessly without compromising on security and risk of network eavesdropping.

The wireless connectivity on the printer also ensures compatibility with modern workspaces, maximising the potential of print solutions such as the Canon PRINT Business for iOS and Android, Canon Print Service, Apple® AirPrint™ and Mopria® Print Service.

New Canon imageCLASS LBP361dw Laser Printer

All-in-One Toner Cartridge System for Convenient Supplies Management
The imageCLASS LBP361dw employs a remarkable all-in-one cartridge system that simplifies toner replacement and ensures easy maintenance, while yielding 27,000 pages1 with a standard cartridge. For businesses with lower print volume, the availability of a lower yield 11,500 pages​​​​​​​1 option ensures businesses remain flexible on replacement supplies and avoid high initial financial commitments.

With one of the most powerful print engines in its class, the outstanding imageCLASS LBP361dw combines a compact footprint and a wide array of flexible options to stand out from the competition.

The latest imageCLASS LBP361dw will be available at authorised Canon distributors and dealers from January 2023 onwards.

Canon Press Release Source: Canon South and Southeast Asia

11 January 2023

Canon 5th in U.S. patent rankings and 1st among Japanese companies

Canon places fifth in U.S. patent rankings and first among Japanese companies, places in top five for 37 years running
Canon places 5th in U.S. patent rankings and 1st among Japanese companies

TOKYO, January 11, 2023—Canon Inc. ranked fifth for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2022, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 37 years running, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. What's more, Canon ranked first among Japanese companies for 18 consecutive years.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent rankings 2013–2022 (Previous 10 years)

Note: Number of patents for 2021 to 2022 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services (as of January 11, 2023). Figures for 2013 to 2020 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon aims to create new technologies in its four business groups of printing, imaging, medical and industrial equipment. In addition to strengthening the competitiveness of each of its businesses, in recent years, the company has been focusing on development of fundamental technologies, such as video analysis, cutting-edge image sensors, volumetric video and healthcare AI, that can be applied and utilized for various purposes, as well as the acquisition of patent rights for such technologies. In keeping with the times, in order to encourage the core competency technologies that support its business, Canon promotes the acquisition and utilization of intellectual property rights which it uses to maintain a robust patent portfolio that ensures the competitiveness and freedom of its businesses.

Going forward, Canon will continue its intellectual property initiatives with the goal of supporting its businesses, providing products and services with added value, and contributing to a better society.

Canon Press Source: Canon Global

04 January 2023

Canon Launches the Kokomo Solution

Canon Launches the Kokomo Solution

The first VR Platform Application For Face-To-Face Communication in Virtual Spaces

Canon Launches the Kokomo Solution

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 4, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will launch free early access1 to the Kokomo software in February 2023, showcasing Canon’s first application for a virtual reality (VR) platform2 that enables face-to-face communication in a virtual space with live-action video using easy-to-use equipment. Canon first announced the development of the Kokomo software at CES 2022.

The Kokomo application is a VR software developed by Canon that embodies the three elements of “REAL” “TOGETHER” “EXPERIENCE.” These three elements help to represent the overarching product mission of a new means of communication to be there and share your own image, facial expression, and even the clothing you are wearing. The Kokomo application uses a compatible consumer VR headset3 and compatible smartphone4, allowing friends and family to experience being together, no matter where they are5.

Canon Kokomo User Experience

Easy To Use

Without the need for multiple cameras or a complex system requiring professional settings, face-to-face communication in a virtual space can be achieved with the simple configuration of a commercially available compatible VR headset and a compatible smartphone. Users can easily register using the smartphone application and connect with a caller, who also has a compatible VR headset and registers for the Kokomo application, communicating with each other in a remote location with the same ease of operation as familiar existing calling applications, with the realistic sensation of being face-to-face in a life-size setting while viewing each other’s image.

Real Together Experience

The image processing technology developed by Canon USA reproduces the user’s image in live-action in a virtual space from the image captured by the compatible smartphone, allowing the user to make an “ImmersiveCall” video call while viewing the other party and surroundings in 3D in the virtual space using the compatible VR headset. The “ImmersiveCall” with live representation allows for social interaction to be accessible from one’s home, hotel, dorm room, or across other distances if there is a compatible headset, the software, and an Internet connection is available. When using a VR headset that covers the user’s field of vision, a highly immersive visual experience unobstructed by screens or frames can be achieved, and by using a compatible smartphone to capture full-body images, users can communicate with gestures and other forms of communication. In addition, the “Media Player,” a function for sharing photos and videos in a virtual space, allows users to enjoy communicating and chatting together while simultaneously viewing content together on the call.

Canon Kokomo User Experience

Dynamic Environment

In addition to “Kokomo Studio,” the default virtual space with a relaxed and chill atmosphere, multiple virtual spaces are available, and users can switch between them depending on the content of the conversation or mood. Other virtual spaces for an “ImmersiveCall” include “Malibu Trailer” in Malibu, California, “North Shore” and “Mountain Tea House” in Oahu, Hawaii. In addition, at CES 2023, users can experience a special virtual space inspired by the new film, Knock at the Cabin, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, in theaters February 3.

Learn more about Kokomo by visiting Canon’s CES 2023 booth from January 5th-8th (Hall 3, #16359) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Follow Canon throughout the show on Instagram and Facebook at @CanonUSA and LinkedIn at @CanonUSA. Use #CanonCES2023 to join the conversation. Visit our website at www.usa.canon.com to view the recording of Canon’s CES 2023 Press Conference which will be hosted on our Home Page after January 4.

For additional information about Kokomo, please visit Canon.us/kokomo.


† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

1 Early access. An attempt to collect feedback from users and reflect it in the service by opening the service to a limited number of users before its official release.

2 Meta’s (formerly Facebook’s) VR platform Distributed through “App Lab”; Meta’s “Meta Quest Store.” May be expanded to other platforms in the future.

3 Compatible with the Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) VR headset sold by Meta. Supported models may be expanded in the future.

4 Requires download of the Kokomo smartphone app from App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android; regions served as of February 2023 are the U.S. and Canada.

5 VR headset alone can also be used. However, some functions are limited, such as camera mode being unavailable.

Canon Press Release Source: Canon USA

New Canon imagePROGRAF TC-20 Printer for Office, Classroom and Home

Canon U.S.A. Designs a 24-Inch Large-Format Printer for Anywhere - From the Office to the Classroom to the Home

New Canon imagePROGRAF TC-20 Printer for Office, Classroom and Home

Canon Launches the New imagePROGRAF TC-20, a Compact Large Format Desktop A1+ Printer, Ideal for Small Offices and Home

New 24-inch desktop model offers roll and cut sheet options to support printing of technical documents, posters, flyers and more

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2023 — Today’s hybrid working professionals and creators increasingly require the ability to produce physical drawings, posters and other large graphical media from anywhere -even without leaving home. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils the game-changing imagePROGRAF TC-20 large format printer, designed to provide accessibility and affordability for today’s “do-it-yourself” generation, from graphic designers, to architects, engineers, educators, to retail shop owners. The introduction of the imagePROGRAF TC-20 represents Canon’s first printer category introduction enabling the consumerization of 24-inch large-format printing at a sub-$1,000 price, via a compact, desktop, user-manageable device.

The imagePROGRAF TC-20 printer is specifically designed to fit in environments with limited space, such as home offices, small offices, schools and satellite and temporary workspaces. It combines Canon’s proven product technology from multiple product lines, offering high-precision printing, an automatic sheet feeder, roll paper-feeding and large-capacity ink bottles, to offer a unique combination of image quality, performance, durability and affordability.

Canon imagePROGRAF TC-20 in Operation

“The printer is so easy to use and the quality of the output is so good I am able to show photos of our specialty food offerings,” said Frank Nargentino owner of the Village Market. “The variety of sizes I am able to print using either the roll or various cut sheet sizes allows me to create posters, banners, flyers and notices. This helps me increase my communications to my customers and employees, in turn helping to increase sales.”

Careful attention was given to user design with regards to installation and ongoing use with a particular focus on first-time large format users, with ease of operability demonstrated by the printer’s ability to automatically switch between roll paper and cut sheet paper, as well as availability of “no-spool” roll paper loading. The imagePROGRAF TC-20 is fully front-operational, allowing the ability to easily replenish paper media, swap out ink bottles, replace maintenance cartridges and manage settings from the full color touch screen panel.

The environmentally-friendly printer is rated Gold by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the highest rating to date of any imagePROGRAF printer, as well as producing the lowest power consumption of any imagePROGRAF printer to date

Canon imagePROGRAF TC-20 in Small Office

“We are excited to introduce an entry-level, large-format printer to expand this technology’s viability to an entirely new set of users,” said Shinichi "Sam" Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The imagePROGRAF TC-20 combines quality and ease-of-use in a compact body, supports a variety of output sizes, and will be an essential asset for many in the education sector as well as small and home offices.”

Capable of holding up to 100 sheets of letter-size and up to 50 sheets of 11” x 17” plain paper, and roll sizes up to 24-inches in width, the imagePROGRAF TC-20 printer offers users a wide variety of media choices. The printer comes standard with four high-capacity 70 milliliter ink bottles, lessening the need to change ink as frequently, saving time and replenishment cost.

Creative and workflow software solutions are available free of charge to help support varied industries and printing needs. Supported software includes:
  • PosterArtist, a design software available free online at, https://posterartist.canon, a free lite version or the full version with an MRSP of $425.00
  • Direct Print Plus, a solution designed to allow multiple files in different formats to be inputted by dragging and dropping, then printing without needing to launch a dedicated application for each file
  • PIXMA Cloud Link, which can support hybrid work by providing a means to print shared files remotely while also accessing the cloud from a smartphone or personal computer
  • Mobile printing app (Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY) and AirPrint compatibility
  • Free Layout Plus for easy printing from Microsoft Office applications

Both Windows and Mac platforms are compatible with the imagePROGRAF TC-20.

The imagePROGRAF TC-20, as well as an optional printer stand and an optional desktop basket, are now available for ordering. For more information, please visit https://canon.us/TC20.

Canon Press Release Source: Canon USA

Canon imagePROGRAF TC-20 Printer Ink Bottles
Canon imagePROGRAF TC-20 Printer Ink Bottles

03 January 2023

Canon Innovations to Push Boundaries at CES® 2023

Canon Innovations Push the Boundaries of Storytelling With a First-Of-Its-Kind Immersive Movie Experience at CES® 2023
CES 2023 Logo

Canon U.S.A. has partnered with renowned filmmaker and director M. Night Shyamalan to give CES attendees the ability to step right into his upcoming thriller, Knock at the Cabin, using the company’s latest imaging innovations.

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 3, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, pushed innovation to new heights in 2022. At CES 2023, the company will demonstrate how its technology is working to help dissolve limits between real and virtual worlds through a first-of-its-kind immersive movie experience that will place attendees inside of the story. With the launch of the theme ‘Limitless Is More,’ and Canon’s latest imaging innovations, CES attendees will be able to fully immerse themselves into M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Universal Pictures thriller, Knock at the Cabin (in theaters February 3). Canon will prove how its solutions can remove the limits humanity faces to create more meaningful communication, more powerful collaboration, more exciting perspectives, and more boundless imagination across four unique technologies.

“Canon is creating groundbreaking solutions that help people connect in more ways than we ever could have imagined, redefining how they work and live at a time when many of them are embracing a hybrid lifestyle,’’ said Kazuto Ogawa, President and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon’s ultimate role is to bring people closer together by revealing endless opportunities for creators. Under our theme of ‘Limitless Is More,’ we will show CES 2023 attendees what we are creating as a company focused on innovation and a world without limits.”

The corporate philosophy of Kyosei, the principle defined as “all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future for the good of society,” is threaded through all of Canon’s technologies, services and people. With Kyosei as the driving force, Canon’s immersive experience and featured technologies at CES 2023 will show attendees how the company looks to contribute to society and have a positive impact.

Limitless Communication: Kokomo

Kokomo is a first of its kind immersive virtual reality software^, designed to change human communication by combining virtual reality with an immersive calling experience. The innovative software is designed to provide users with a way to meet friends and family virtually “in-person” by using a compatible VR headset and a compatible smart phone. The Kokomo solution will allow users to see and hear one another in real time with their live appearance and expression, in a photo-real environment.

The Kokomo solution is being designed so that people can feel together and experience social interaction from their home, hotel, dorm room or across other distances if there is a compatible headset, the software and an internet connection. The Kokomo solution will work to fully mirror true physical appearance – even facial expressions – inside what is effectively a 3D video call. At the Canon booth, visitors will be able to put on a VR headset and step into a 1:1 Kokomo conversation with one of four characters from Knock at the Cabin.

Limitless Perspectives: Free Viewpoint

The revolutionary Free Viewpoint Video System for arenas, stadiums, and studios comprises more than 100 Canon Cinema EOS-based 4k cameras and lenses. The data captured from the cameras is sent to a server system that creates point-cloud based 3D models that quickly reproduce various viewpoints or desired camera angles, like that from a drone, swooping in and around players, or a small POV camera, looking at actors in a commercial or music video shoot. The result is an immersive and customizable viewing experience from perspectives that may not be possible with traditional camera systems.

In the USA, the system has been installed at two NBA arenas including Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland (Cavaliers), as well as Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Nets). The video can be broadcast out live and also compiled into replay clips. The system also allows for extensive flexibility with virtual advertising and other opportunities for monetization.

CES attendees will be able to view an action scene from Knock at the Cabin from multiple perspectives as captured by the Free Viewpoint Video System, supervised by M. Night Shyamalan and shot at Canon’s Volumetric Video Studio in Kawasaki, Japan. Viewing the scene from multiple viewpoints allows for different perspectives to be uncovered as attendees watch through the “eyes” of the various characters. Booth visitors will experience a new meaning to the term “best seats in the house.”

Limitless Imagination: MREAL

MREAL, a mixed reality experience, utilizes Canon imaging technology to integrate real and virtual worlds, showing end-users what this type of integration can do for industry, education, medicine, entertainment, and more. MREAL is unlike anything Canon has ever developed, a premium visualizer/simulator that helps account for limits of scale, perception, analysis, and participation, and provides superb, almost life like image clarity and color accuracy.

The MREAL technology is currently in the market research phase in the USA, but an example of the technology can be seen in the Canon CES booth. Visitors to the booth will be able to experience a break-in scene from the movie Knock at the Cabin as if they are a character in the movie. A gamified experience gives CES attendees the ability to immerse themselves in the movie’s action. Users can interact with virtual furniture and other objects in order to barricade themselves inside the cabin and successfully keep intruders out.

Limitless Collaboration: AMLOS (Activate My Line of Sight)

The AMLOS (Activate My Line of Sight) solution* was developed by Canon U.S.A. to help amplify how people see and interact in hybrid meeting environments. The AMLOS solution is a software-and-camera product suite designed to provide an amazing level of engagement for collaboration across multiple meeting locations. The advanced software-and-camera product suite features sophisticated PTZ (pan, tilt, and zoom) camera functionality guided by hand gesture controls for certain actions for in-person participants. Remote users are given the flexibility to customize their viewing experience and to see objects or areas of the in-person space. This allows both in-person and remote participants to engage in meetings or collaborative discussions, with an intuitive experience with hand gesture controls for certain actions for in-person participants, and a user interface that can be customized by a remote participant to help promote collaboration.

Using AMLOS, CES attendees will connect with a stranger on the actual set of Knock at the Cabin located in Philadelphia. They will work together to investigate the aftermath of events from the movie while creating their own stories on what could have happened in the cabin. Canon worked with M. Night Shyamalan to develop clues that will be placed throughout the space for participants to discover, varying from handwritten notes to broken furniture and more, adding to the mystery of the movie’s events.

Learn more at the in-person Canon press conference held on January 4th from 1-2 p.m. PST at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Room D & C. Please also visit Canon from January 5th-8th (Hall 3, #16359) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Follow Canon throughout the show on Instagram and Facebook at @CanonUSA and LinkedIn at @CanonUSA. Use #CanonCES2023 to join the conversation. Visit our website at www.usa.canon.com to view the recording of our Press Conference which will be hosted on our Home Page after January 4.

About Knock at the Cabin

While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost. The film stars Dave Bautista (Dune), Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Ben Aldridge (Pennyworth), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Persuasion), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (Little Women) and Rupert Grint (Servant).

Canon Press Release Source: Canon USA

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