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2016 August

  • 25th The W-E1 is announced ($40) - B&H
  • 22nd The W-E1 will initially only work with these existing cameras: 5Ds, 5Ds R and 7D mk2
  • It needs a CF card present as well
  • Firmware updates will be available for the above cameras in due course.
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    The new WiFi in an SD card device.
  • Wi-Fi adapter W-E1
  • Canon Wi-Fi adapter W-E1
  • 19th There are suggestions that the 5D and other trinkets are currently being shipped around, so would be available pretty soon [PR]
  • --
  • Back in April we had a patent for per pixel lenses on a sensor that were distorted in shape, so as to improve off axis light capture. A new patent [ISW] changes the shape of the lenses.
  • teardrop microlensesThe April patent also addressed the problem of off axis pixels that are not receiving oblique rays, such as with a telecentric lens design - or just a very long focal length. [EG via Google xlt]
  • For more details, see April 25th, below.
    • Just the sort of thing that might be useful in a full frame EOS-M?

canon offset microlens patent

  • 16th A full list of Canon's product announcements appear [DCI-xlt]
    • EOS 5D Mark IV body
    • EOS 5D Mark IV + 24-70 lens kit
    • EOS 5D Mark IV + 24-105 lens kit
    • Battery Grip BG-E20
    • Wi-Fi adapter W-E1
    • 7D Mark II + 18-135 USM lens kit
    • 7D Mark II + W-E1
    • EF24-105mm F4L IS II USM
    • EF16-35mm F2.8L III USM
  • 15th It's time for the eagerly awaited EISA awards and Canon gets gongs for the 35/1.4 L II, the 1DX II, the 80D and the PRO-1000 printer.
    • Note that when I say 'eagerly awaited', I'm referring to the PR departments of the companies that have 'won' awards.
    • Who are EISA and why should you care?
    • "EISA is the unique association of nearly 50 special interest magazines from 23 European countries. Internationally known for the European EISA Awards, EISA started in 1982 when the editors-in-chief from five European photo magazines came together to select “The Camera of the Year” for the first time. They had no idea that out of this meeting EISA - the European Imaging and Sound Association - would emerge some years later. This historic moment took place in 1989 after another 10 photo magazines had joined the group in the meanwhile."
    • It seems there is still a place for grand shindigs meetings in nice places...
  • --
  • Meanwhile as the band plays on, camera shipments decline [CIPA pdf]
  • ...and Sony decided to ease off on CMOS sensor development [ISW]
  • camera shipments june 2016
  • 7th The WiFi card is suggested as a $40 product [CR]
  • --
  • I've just published a very detailed review of the Canon PRO-2000 24" large format printer.
  • 4th We're told (thanks) that the upcoming SD card style WiFi card will work with EOS utility and that the level of funtionality won't necessarily be the same for all cameras that support it.
    • Presumably some firmware updates will be required?
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  • 3rd One of the more unusual patents I've tried to work out from machine translations... [EG via Goog xlt]
  • Canon's latest shows a 'red dot' style viewfinder, and how it can incorprate a camera and then be used with an external EVF
  • external viewfinder unit
  • The front unit (2) includes a display unit (23) that has a small camera (21,22) in front of it.
  • Given the size of the lens mounted camera, I suspect the screen shows a visible frame, used with a sighting tube (4)
  • By making the sighting tube an EVF, it allows for using with lenses with a much bigger front end, where mounting the sighting tube on the top of the camera would not line up with the display.
    • Well, that's my guess - have a look at the patent and see if you can make any more sense of it?
    • Just what we need for mounting our 800mm lenses on to a 'pro' mirrorless camera ;-)
  • 2nd Canon are likely to be introducing a small WiFi unit for the 7Dmk2
  • This and a page from the manual appear [DCI via Goog xlt]
  • Specifications of Wi-Fi adapter "W-E1"
    - Size: 24.0mm x 32.0mm x2.1mm
    - Weight: about 2g
    - Operating temperature: 0-40 degrees. Humidity of 85% or less
    - Transmission scheme: IEEE802.11b / g / n
    - Transfer range: 10m
    - Allow the camera of a remote control from the smartphone
    - Remote operation possible wirelessly using EOS Utility
  • Fits in an SD card slot - so should be good for other cameras too?

July

  • 14th Is this the 5D4 on its way? An Indonesian certification authority mentions a new Canon camera manufactured in Japan, with WiFi and GPS
    • Canon registration contents
      - Equipment: Digital camera
      - Model name: Canon DS126601
      - Manufacturing: Japan
      - Date: July 1, 2016
    [DCI]
  • Could be something else, but we're in the right timeframe for the 5D mk4
  • 11th polarising elements for sensor pixelsAn interesting Canon patent puts polarising elements in front of some groups of pixels on a sensor, with the aim of improving sensor based AF with no movement of the lens focus elements. [EG via Google xlt]
  • The polarising elements alternate the plane of polarisation.
  • Whilst final focus might require some back and forth focus movement, the better estimate for initial movement you can get, the faster and smoother the focus action is.
  • The patent used a full frame 300/2.8 lens as an example - note no mirror ;-)
  • 300mm f2.8 lens in patent
  • --
  • In a patent from Samsung [ISW], the colour filter array is replaced with beam splitters.
  • pixel level beam splitterbeam splitter for pixels by Samsung
  • This means that some of the coloured light normally lost in filtering is pushed into adjacent pixels for that colour
  • Samsung have related patents in October and February of last year (2015 rumours/news)
  • 10th Canon have a firmware update for the PRO-1000 printer
  • V1.11 increases maximum page length to 25.5" Note, you need to update drivers as well (to have the size available)
    • Good, but not really enough IMHO. See more about the printer in my long PRO-1000 review
  • 8th Canon release a firmware update for the 1DX 2 addressing the Sandisk CF card issues (details on 1DX 2 page)
  • 3rd camera shipment data - CIPAAdd the earthquake hitting sensor supplies (for everyone but Canon) to the ongoing slide in camera sales and you get the worst figures yet for shipments from CIPA.
  • For some analysis of the figures see Thom Hogan's comments [TH]
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  • Rumours have gone fairly quiet of late, but I'm hoping for a pickup this month, as we get closer to Photokina camera releases.
  • I'm looking for a distinct sea-change in rumour quality as wish lists and guesses drop out of the way for 'real' stuff, and the rumour sites are not just lists of 'deals' ;-)
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  • BTW I've still got a 24" Canon PRO-2000 printer here for review - if anyone has any questions, please do let me know. It has a few distinct differences to the PRO-1000 I reviewed, but print quality is similar (i.e. excellent).

June

  • 28th Canon have acknowledged a problem with the 1DX2 and some SanDisk CF cards, leading to image corruption.
  • Details on the 1D X mk2 page
  • 24th A 'no 6D2 until 2017' comment [CR] includes a suggestion that there will be a new model designation in the EOS range.
    • Surely not the long expected 3D or 9D or 8D or 4D or 2D or something entirely new...
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  • The Hasselblad mirrorless reminded me just how little real pushing the boundaries we've seen from Canikon - have a read of Thom Hogan's interesting take [TH]
  • 16th I was recently interviewed for Episode 42 of the Breathing Color Podcast.
    • Karen recommends my 20+ minutes spot, talking about how to make a living in photography, as an excellent counter to insomnia. There is even a transcript, for those having difficulty with my Suffolk accent ;-)
  • 15th Selling cameras in small quantities is a tough business - have a read of Thom Hogan's comments about why small camera shops find it so hard, and why the camera companies will push many out of business (and then wonder why)[TH]
  • Meanwhile - here's something for all those 5x4 sheets some of you have laying around. Pentax (Ricoh) announce a 5x4 duplicator. [PxR]
  • 5x4 film duplicator
    • ...available in 4x5 for those of you in the US ;-)
  • 3rd The April CIPA figures are out and the bump in March this year, that led some to dream that the decline was over, reverts to form. There are more details available [PR] but Thom Hogan usually posts the best thought out observations on these figures in due course.
  • I'm inclined to wonder if the bump (shipments not sales) was more the result of companies wanting to shore up figures for their annual reports or trying to meet other forecasts.

2016 April CIPA figures

May

  • 25th In a Sony financial announcement it includes this: "...terminate the development and manufacturing of high-functionality camera modules for external sale." [ISW]
  • Does this mean advanced sensors (MF 100MP for example) or does it refer to complete camera units, such as might be found in phones or the innards of the old Hasselbling range?
  • --
  • A Canon PRO-2000 printer turns up for me to review - then leaves again, since when loaded with ink it can't be tilted and is too big to get into our house :-(
  • 22nd Even if I use Canon equipment, I want Nikon to push Canon and the photography business forward - Not so good signs though in a deeper look at Nikon figures by Thom Hogan [TH]
  • 20th Sorry for the paucity of rumours this week - Keith's on holiday
  • --
  • A 5Ds body with a 120MP sensor appears in China [DCF - xlt]
    • That's RAW files around 210+MB a nifty 13,248 x 8,832 resolution. Having seen the improved quality of 50MP 5Ds files over my 1Ds3, I'd have no difficulty with 120MP. Let the 'files too big 'whinging start :-)
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  • The DLO feature of the 1DX 2 causes problems with some Sigma lenses - problem? -- Turn Peripheral illum. corr. to OFF for that lens [SLRL]
  • 15th I've just finished a very long review of the Canon PRO-1000 printer
  • 11th The new flash is officially announced [DPR] - see also B&H
  • 10th Specs for the new flash appear [DCI - xlt]: 600EX II-RT specs.
    • FOV 20mm-200mm
    • GN 197ft / 60m (ISO100)
    • "Continuous emission is 1.5 times faster from 1.1 (CP-E4N 2 times faster at the time of use) "
      • I take this to refer to cycle time
    • Control of flash in up to 5 groups
      Dust and water resistant
    • New design for accessories
    • Dot matrix type LCD panel
    • - 15 custom settings
    • - 6 personal functions
    • Rotates 180 degrees in either direction
  • BTW - I just added a review of the Laowa 60mm Macro to the recent one for the Laowa 15mm Macro
  • 6th Looks as if the Speedlite 600EX-RT may well get an update shortly [CR]
  • 4th Thom Hogan gives his usual succinct overview of camera sales figures [TH] As ever, compact cameras continue their slide, but mirrorless figures? well, 'it depends'...
  • --
  • Still no sign of organic based sensors, but a Toshiba patent (and hence likely available to Sony) covers a different molecule with a different spectral sensitivity [EG via Google xlt]

April

  • 29th A Canon patent uses a variable light transmittance element to enable aperture to be altered without adjusting shutter speed [EG via Google xlt]
  • changing aperture
  • It's it's like having a variable ND filter in place that's coupled to the aperture setting (or T stop for video)
  • As you open up the lens, the exposure is maintained by reducing the amount of light let through, so that you don't need to change ISO or shutter speed, just pick your required DOF
    • One for the video crowd - I rarely ever use filters, so no obvious use springs to mind. I guess it might be easier to use flash outdoors in bright sun so YMMV ;-)
  • 25th A new Canon patent looks at offset microlenses. [EG via Google xlt] above the colour filter (F).
  • Towards the edge of a sensor, obliquely angled light from a wide angle lens can partly miss the underlying sensor part of a pixel (PD).
  • This can be mitigated by offsetting the microlenses (ML).
  • The degree of offset increases away from the centre of the sensor.
  • Unfortunately if you want to use different types of lens, such as telecentric designs or even just a long focus lens, the rays now hit the sensor at less of an angle, and the offset lens causes some light to be lost (L1), leading to vignetting.
  • Canon's patent uses lenses of a more complex shape that are not offset.
  • The shape of the lens 'leans' towards the centre of the sensor (although not clear in the limited detail of the translated patent, this would mean the lenses would lean in different directions and amounts across the sensor).
  • These leaning lenses work with a wide range of incident light angles.
  • A further refinement uses dual lenses so that the light does not need to be internally reflected from the surface of the lightguide (LG) - think of the lightguide as a sort of funnel for photons, part of the chip's structure - not a lens
  • This second lens (IL) may also ease the need to vary the lens shape by quite as much across the sensor.
    • As an aside, I'd note that this whole problem becomes more serious as you reduce back focus distance for a camera system. It would be much more important if you wanted to put a full frame sensor in an EF-M body...
  • canon offset microlens patent
  • 22nd Sony make sensors for a lot of companies. Damage from a recent earthquake may shut down manufacturing for a while [Sony] Canon use their sensors for several smaller cameras, but APS-C and FF sensors are their own. Hardest hit will be companies like Nikon and obviously Sony themselves, but many other companies rely heavily on Sony.
  • 20th A Canon patent covers the addition of WiFi/GPS to cameras with metal bodies [EG via Google xlt]
  • 16th The runes are cast [CR] with guestimates of...
  • 5D4 Aug 16 | High End M Oct 16 | 6D2 Feb 17 | M4 Feb 17
  • Time to wheel out the timeline again...
  • The 750/760 should last into next year too, and the still excellent 100D could linger on with a Digic 6 version next year. (I'm currently testing the Venus 60mm macro and 15mm shift macro lenses with ours)
  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV              
Video                             1D C            
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr        
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk4
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II        
'Better'  Full                             6D            
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D        
Mid APS-C         300D
Rebel
Kiss Digital
350D
Rebel XT
Kiss N
400D
XTi
Kiss X
450D
XSi
X2
500D
T1i
X3
550D
T2i
X4
600D
T3i
X5
650D
T4i
X6i
700D
T5i
X7i
750/760D
T6i/s
X8i
       
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7            
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6        
Mirror
less
APS-C                             M M2 M3            
                                    M10        

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

Video capable 4k | Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual | Digic 6 dual

  • 12th In the UK, there are a whole range of Canon lens/camera rebates currently running - there is a page with all the various combinations and deals at Park Cameras
  • 7th A Canon PRO-1000 printer has just turned up for a review - questions? feel free to email me...
  • 6th For a detailed and interesting view of the CIPA figures (graph below), see Thom Hogan's remarks [TH]
  • 4th I was updating the Canon s/w page and noticed that the latest version of DPP (4.4.30) adds support for quite a few older cameras.
  • "Newly supported PowerShot G7 X Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS 80D, EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBEL T2i / EOS 550D, EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X2 / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi / EOS 450D, EOS Kiss F / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS / EOS 1000D, EOS 50D, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot G1 X"
  • 2nd A few bits of info about the new K1 FF Pentax in a trade show interview [IR] see also the Pentax K1 site [Px]

March

  • 29th The CIPA camera shipment figures for January are out - only one data point for this year, but I don't see this years curve being much more than a lower version of the two previous years above it.

cipa worldwide camera shipments

  • The full charts and figures are available [CIPA]
  • Compact cameras lead the charge downwards (-28%) 'System' cameras (DSLRs, Mirrorless) are holding up better, but still down (-4%)
  • 28th Tis the season for needless complexity - the Canon lens rebate scheme is running (US) until the 9th of July. Details on the lens rumour page.
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  • There is a lengthy interview with the CEO of Sigma at [IR] - New cameras, f/1.8 zooms and lenses for m4/3
  • A Sigma patent for a 24-70/2.8 OS lens appears [lens rumour page.]
  • 23rd A Canon patent for a hybrid viewfinder. The light from the EVF (top centre) is reflected left and then right to the eye. The split prism below the EVF combines this info with the normal view [EG via Google xlt]
  • --
  • I've just published a rather long review of Epson's 24" SC-P7000 large format printer - very nice ;-)
  • 14th Several years ago (2005) I was talking to some people at Canon about developments in the camera market and how they regarded the competition. Nikon, was well ... they were Nikon and would develop cameras for pro photographers and support them. Sony was the bigger 'threat' from a technology POV, but would never gain traction in the 'Pro' market without a significant investment in the support services that are vital to many working pro photographers.
  • What reminded me of this?
  • A short article by a pro photographer in Australia [PP] explains why he's given up on Sony kit for his work.
  • Note - I have absolutely no problem with considering Sony kit for my work from a technical view, but I want to know that if it goes wrong, I'm going to get the same sort of service that I've come to expect from Canon. When your living depends on having kit available when you need it, things like this are something you take notice of.
  • 10th After some pretty solid leaks, the Canon 1300D/T6 is announced [1300D page]
  • 4th A possible 1300D? [1300D page]
  • --
  • Canon announce a new range of large format printers. The 24" PRO-2000 and 44" PRO-4000 [full details] replace the iPF x400 range.
    • Not available until mid-year, I should have a full review when one is available to look at.
  • 3rd Radar for your DSLR? A Ricoh patent uses radar to estimate distances to make it easier to remove the effects of mist and fog...[EG via Google xlt]
  • camera radar unit
  • 2nd A Canon patent uses a fibre plate (3) to couple a curved plane of focus to a flat sensor (4). Very wide angle in this example. The bottom diagram shows how total internal reflection takes light through the plate. [EG via Google xlt]
  • fibre plate coupler
  • Such plates of fibres have been round a while, such as in an image intensifier tube assembly I've got in my 'junk box'. They have never been cheap, so this patent is likely for a quite specialised use
  • 1st Interesting Canon interview - Canon are still waiting for better AF and VF for mirrorless [DPR]
  • --
  • We were just sent a new video about the 1Dx2, including 1Dx 2 video footage - see the 1Dx2 page.
  • --
  • A Canon US patent shows a deformation of pixel microlenses towards the edge of a sensor, so as to improve responses for off axis rays. [USPTO]
  • offset microlens design

February

  • 26th -- Reviews info: I've just had an Epson SC-P7000 turn up for review. If anyone has any specific questions, please email me?
  • Version 1.1.0 is of the ColorChecker passport software is available from X-Rite - it fixes the 40MP limit for DNG files from earlier versions, and works for Lightroom 6.1
  • 25th A Canon patent [EG via Google xlt] adds sensor movement (back and forward) to improve contrast AF
  • Here's an animated version of the diagrams from the patent
  • sensor move to enhance contrast AF
  • Note the flexing element (blue) below the sensor (red), which bends to move the sensor part back and forth
  • 23rd APS-H is back!
  • Well, more to the point, Sigma announced two upcoming Foveon based bodies one with an APS-C sensor and one with a larger APS-H version
  • foveon sigma aps-h camera
  • There is a Sigma web site with more detail.
    • Note that this is a development announcement, so it's not actually released (although the specs are detailed)
  • 17th At last the Pentax K1 is for real [DPR]
    • Let's see if some serious lenses turn up for it...
  • --
  • A US Canon patent discusses lens correction and assembly of multiple shots into 'super-resolution' images [USPTO]
    • As ever, a reminder that patents are not meant to be helpful easy to read documents ;-)
  • 16th pentax K1Pentax's long running trail for their FF DSLR moves on with specs listed at [DCI -Google xlt] with images of the camera too [DCI -Google xlt]
  • - 36.4MP CMOS sensor. A low-pass-less
    - Realistic resolution (pixel shift)
    - Image processing engine PRIME IV
    - Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm
    - Video is full HD 60p
    - 4K interval movie
    - 14-bit RAW
    - DR II
    - KAF2 mount (KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA, there is compatible with power zoom lens)
    - AF sensor SAFOX12. AF point is 33 points (25 points are cross-type). -3EV Correspondence
    - AF assist light
    - Viewfinder magnification 0.70 times. 100% field of view
    - Focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte III
    - LCD monitor 3.2 inches 1,037,000 dot. Flexible tilting
    - GPS built-in. Wi-Fi built-in
    - Shutter unit of the compact new design. Durability is 300,000 times
    - Shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro speed is 1/200 sec
    - Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I). Dual card slot
    - USB terminal (USB2.0, micro B), HDMI terminal (type D)
    - Microphone jack, a headphone jack, X contact
    - 5-axis camera shake correction. Shutter five stages of effect
    - Electronic Level
    - Photometry sensor 86000 pixel RGB sensor
    - ISO range is 100-204800
    - Continuous shooting 4.4 frames / sec (full size). 6.5 frames / sec. (APS-C)
    - The number of pictures 70 sheets in the JPEG, 17 shots at the RAW (when full-size 4.4 frames / sec.)
    - The battery is D-LI90
    - Battery life is 760 sheets
    - The body is magnesium alloy and stainless steel. Dust and water. -10 Degrees of resistance to low temperature
    - Size: 136.5 x110 x 85.5mm
    - Weight: 925g
  • 12th At the ISSCC conference ('all about sensors') Canon presented a paper on their 250MP APS-H sensor.
  • There is info about this by Albert Theuwissen [HI] along with other papers presented.
  • There are also useful notes on the Panasonic organic sensors covered below a few days ago [HI]
  • --
  • One of the problems you get with a pellicle mirror system is that the tilted mirror that light from the lens travels through to the sensor produces a tilt in the focal plane.
  • A new Canon patent addresses this by tilting the sensor (6) [EG via Google xlt]
  • tilted pellicle mirror sensor
  • --
  • Panasonic announce a 4k Varicam LT video camera that can use EF mount lenses [EOS Video page]
  • 10th Ever wondered how Canon's sensor dust removal system works - more detail than you probably wanted [USPTO]
  • 9th A Canon 'lightfield' sensor patent that also looks at mapping out duff pixels [USPTO]
    • As with all patent applications, don't expect a nice simple read ;-)

lightfield sensor

  • --
  • A Canon pixel patent that has 'overflow' capacity to extend dynamic range [USPTO]
  • variable well capacity
  • --
  • It's on its way (yes, really) and the body price is around 2k euros - the Pentax DSLR gets a little closer [PR]
  • 3rd Interesting times in sensor developments - this time from Panasonic - three of them[ASC via Google xlt]
  • --
  • Wide-Dynamic-Range Technology using Organic-Photoconductive-Film CMOS Image Sensor [Panasonic 1]
  • An organic photosenor converts photons to electrons, stored in the structure below.
  • organic photo sensor
  • With split pixel design, the dynamic range should easily exceed the current demands of any forum whingers ;-)
  • dual sensitivity sensor
  • extra high dynamic range
  • --
  • APD-CMOS Image Sensor to Realizes Sharp Color Imaging under 0.01 lux Illuminance [Panasonic 2]
  • Avalanche photodiodes amplify individual photons by up to 10,000 times, to give extreme low light sensitivity
  • use of avalanche photo diode sensor
  • of course, when dealing with individual photons, the random nature of their arrival is never going to make for low noise levels.
  • --
  • Global Shutter Technology by controlling of Organic-Photoconductive-Film on CMOS Image Sensor [Panasonic 3]
  • Using an organic photoconductive film enables a fast global shutter for CMOS sensor
  • shutter layer
  • rolling shutter problem
  • 2nd Canon has (finally) seen the mirrorless market and aims to own it...
    • Obviously some things are lost in translation, but it looks as if Canon have decided that it's time for stepping up their game. There is even a mention of a high spec camera...
  • --
  • The 1D X 2 is officially released - all updated info/reviews will be on the 1DX 2 page.
  • Due to ship April 15th in the US and May in the UK.
  • In the UK there's a Canon offer, where if you order and register your Camera by the first of October, they will send you a free 64GB CFast card and reader (see 1DX2 page)
  • 1st The details for the 1D X mark 2 are published early by a US dealer - no doubt getting an interesting phone call from Canon on Monday morning.
    • So, from a rumours POV, what are we going to get for the 1D X mark 3?
    • The 3/4 year life of the 1D X makes for an announcement in 2019/2020.
    • Extend the specs and you get 8k video and 25+MP (OK, lots more for proper 8k)
    • Looking at the patent below does make me wonder if we are finally going to see a raft of new sensor designs appearing, or whether there has been so much development of Bayer style sensors that it makes the barrier to their wider introduction a bit steep? Canon have dropped some pretty strong hints that much higher MP counts are on the way and their marketing department would love a 225MP (75MPx3) full RGB sensor. The only problem is whether such stacked pixel designs are really good enough (Sigma still keeps saying so)
    • There is also the matter of how you combine this with split pixel AF - something not directly covered in any of the recent patents, but a ~20MP APS-C split pixel full RGB sensor would make for high quality video too.
    • Once such a sensor is available, where do you slot it into the Canon range?

January

  • 27th Time for a three layer stacked non bayer sensor from Canon?
  • A Canon patent [USPTO] showns a three level sensor (back illuminated unlike some previous patents)
  • canon three layer sensor
  • The multi layer sensor has been around for a while in patent land (see below on this page and earlier archive pages)
  • The patent covers a lot of different aspects of how the different layers could be laid out in a practical sensor
  • stacked pixel sensor design
  • --
  • Calibrate your own AF?
  • A Canon patent [USPTO] covers AF calibration for individual focus points and lenses
  • It includes this screen interface example
  • AF adjustment
    • Something for the 1D X mk2 and 5D4?
  • --
  • A Canon patent [USPTO] covers the design of phase detection sensors (such as we may get to see in the 1DXmk2)
  • --
  • A Canon patent [USPTO] covers on chip A->D conversion.
  • on chip AD conversion
  • --
  • When you have lots of split pixels for AF, then reading them out quickly can be an issue - discussed in US Canon patent [USPTO]
  • --
  • Canon's 'light field camera'...
  • More ways of splitting up light into different areas under a pixel microlens - so called 'light field' sensors [USPTO]
  • Note that the patent doesn't really discuss what you do with all the information from the pixels, although one part mentions an example of an 8MP sensor, composed of 128 million sub-pixels
  • --
  • More patents on the lens rumours page
  • 24th Canon's involvement in the 'mirrorless' market has definitely been a bit hit and miss. Is it time for something 'different' in the mirrorless line on its way from Canon? [CR]
  • 22nd Tiime for a hefty rise in the price of film [PR]
    • "FUJIFILM Corporation has announced that it will implement a worldwide price increase for its photographic films. The price increases are substantial and it would be an increase of at least double digit, but will vary depending on products, markets and regions."
  • A good interview at [DPR] includes this (and much more) from Fuji, putting the rise in perspective
    • dpr: Do you think film in general will have a resurgence?
    • TT: No, I don’t think so. The infrastructure [is no longer in place]. We have to continue to supply film and maintain our labs for another 10-20 years, maybe but I don’t think we can change the [downward] trend.
    • dpr: You mentioned in your presentation that demand for film peaked in 2000. Can you give me a current idea of how that compares to demand today?
    • TT: We sell less than 1% of that amount now. Across all formats. But we have to supply film to photo enthusiasts. They demand it of us, so we do.
  • Nope - there is no 'resurgence of film'
  • 16th Product advisory for the PRO-1000. Canon
  • If your serial number starts AEGL, then it's possible there will be an ink leak.
    • "We have determined that some imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printers may experience ink leakage.
      This announcement conveys Canon’s service policy for affected printers. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.
    • Phenomenon
    • In rare instances, ink may leak from inside the printer to the outside of the printer through an opening on the bottom.
    • Affected units
    • imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 units starting with serial number prefix AEGL. Example: AEGL01234
      The serial number can be found on the back of printer."
    • 11th Samsung may have got out of the camera business, but the have a stand at photokina in September.[PR]
    • 6th An interesting patent from Canon seems to show a moving sensor to switch between mirrorless and SLR modes of working [EG via Google xlt]
      • Of course, photokina isn't just cameras - Samsung have some interesting monitor developments to show too, that and phones these days seem capable of rudimentary photography too...
    • Short back focus lenses such as EF-M allow you to put the sensor much closer to the lens, reducing body depth. However, unless you choose an EVF, there is no way to get a good optical reflex viewfinder. The patent allows you to swap between a focus screen or sensor close up to the lens.
    • Perhaps a bit clearer to see in this animation of the short backfocus reflex viewfinder design.
    • The sensor is red and the focus screen green (other moving part is a mirror)
    • This allows a reflex optical viewfinder to be used with any short backfocus lens.

    short focus reflex viewfinder design

    • 5th It's the CES show, so Canon have announced a heap of consumer kit. The compact camera isn't quite dead yet [DPR]

    2015 December

    • 27th Time for on-chip A/D conversion for Canon sensors? A Canon image sensor patent [USPTO]
    • Improving pixel based AF in bright light [USPTO]
    • 15th More legal stuff about Canon US's attempt to kill off 'grey market' sales [PB]
    • 13th Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Firmware Notice [CR]

    Rumours for 2015 are on our 2015 archive page

    Earlier rumours are on archive pages

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    Canon DSLR Timeline

      Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
    1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
    Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
    APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV              
    Video                             1D C            
    High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr        
                5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk4
    APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II        
    'Better'  Full                             6D            
    APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D        
    Mid APS-C         300D
    Rebel
    Kiss Digital
    350D
    Rebel XT
    Kiss N
    400D
    XTi
    Kiss X
    450D
    XSi
    X2
    500D
    T1i
    X3
    550D
    T2i
    X4
    600D
    T3i
    X5
    650D
    T4i
    X6i
    700D
    T5i
    X7i
    750/760D
    T6i/s
    X8i
           
    Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7            
    Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6        
    Mirror
    less
    APS-C                             M M2 M3            
                                        M10        

    Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

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    Canon DSLR outline specifications
    Model Sensor (mm) MP pixel ISO Display (LV) Cards FPS Available Mass (kg) Dimensions (whd)
    1Ds 35.8 x 23.8 11.4   50-1250 2.0", 120k CF 3 2002 Q4 1.265 156 x 157.6 x 79.9
    1Ds Mk II 36.0 x 24.0 16.7 7.2µ 50-3200 2.0", 230k CF, SD 4.5 2004 Q4 1.215 156 x 157.6 x 79.9
    1Ds Mk III 36.0 x 24.0 21.1 6.4µ 50-3200 3.0", 230k CF, SD 5 2007 Q4 1.210 156 x 159.6 x 79.9
    1D 28.7 x 19.1 ccd 4.0   100-3200 2.0", 120k CF 8 2001 Q4 1.250 156 x 157.6 x 79.9
    1D Mk II 28.7 x 19.1 8.2 8.2µ 50-3200 2.0", 230k CF, SD 8.5 2004 Q2 1.220 156 x 157.6 x 79.9
    1D Mk II N 28.7 x 19.1 8.2 8.2µ 50-3200 2.5", 230k CF, SD 8.5 2005 Q3 1.225 156 x 157.6 x 79.9
    1D Mk III 28.7 x 18.7 10.1 7.2µ 50-6400 3.0", 230k CF, SD 10 2007 Q1 1.155 156 x 156.6 x 79.9
    1D Mk IV 27.9 x 18.6 16.1 5.7µ 50-102400 3.0", 920k CF, SD 10 2009 Q4 1.180 156 x 156.6 x 80
    1D X 36.0 x 24.0 18.1 6.9µ 50-204800 3.2" 1040k CF (x2) 14 2012 Q3 1.34 158 x 163.6 x 82.7
                       
    5D 35.8 x 23.9 12.8 8.2µ 50-3200 2.5", 230k CF 3 2005 Q3 0.81 152 x 113 x 75
    5D Mk II 35.8 x 23.9 21.1 6.4µ 50-25600 3.0", 920k CF 3.9 2008 Q4 0.81 152 x 113 x 75
    5D Mk III 36.0 x 24.0 22.3   50-102400 3.2" 1040k CF 6 2012 Q2 0.95 152 x 116 x 76
    5Ds, 5Ds R 36.0x24.0 50.6 4.2µ 50-12800 3.2" 1040k CF,SDXC 5 2015 Q2 0.93 152 x 116 x 76
    6D 35.8 x 23.9 20.2   50-102400 3.0" 1040k SDXC 4.5 2012 Q4 0.77 145 x 111 x 71
    7D 22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0" 920k CF 8 2009 Q3 0.82 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5
    7D Mk II 22.4 x 15 20 4.2µ 100-16000 3.0" 1040k CF,SD 10 2014 Q4 0.91 149 x 112 x 78
                       
    D30 22.7 x 15.1 3.1   100-1600 1.8", 114k CF 3 2000 Q2 0.78 150 x 107 x 75
    D60 22.7 x 15.1 6.3   100-1000 1.8", 114k CF 3 2002 Q1 0.78 150 x 107 x 75
    10D 22.7 x 15.1 6.3 7.4µ 100-3200 1.8", 118k CF 3 2003 Q1 0.79 149.7 x 107.5 x 75.0
    20D 22.5 x 15.0 8.2 6.4µ 100-3200 1.8", 118k CF 5 2004 Q3 0.685 144 x 105.5 x 71.5
    20Da 22.5 x 15.0 8.2 6.4µ 100-3200 1.8", 118k CF 5 2005 Q1 0.685 144 x 105.5 x 71.5
    30D 22.5 x 15.0 8.2 6.4µ 100-3200 2.5", 230k CF 5 2006 Q1 0.7 144 x 105.5 x 73.5
    40D 22.2 x 14.8 10.1 5.7µ 100-3200 3.0", 230k CF 6.5 2007 Q3 0.74 145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5
    50D 22.3 x 14.9 15.1 4.7µ 100-12800 3.0", 920k CF 6.3 2008 Q4 0.73 146 x 108 x 74
    60D 22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0", 1040k
    3:2 artic.
    SDXC 5.3 2010 Q3 0.755 144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6
    60Da 22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0", 1040k
    3:2 artic.
    SDXC 5.3 2012 Q2 0.755 144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6
    70D 22.5 x 15 20 4.2µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
    3:2 artic. T
    SDXC 7 2013 Q3 0.755 139 x 104 x 79
                         
    300D
    Digital Rebel
    22.7 x 15.1 6.3 7.4µ 100-1600 1.8", 118k CF 2.5 2003 Q3 0.694 142 x 99 x 72.4
    350D
    Rebel XT
    22.2 x 14.8 8.0 6.4µ 100-1600 1.8", 115k CF 3 2005 Q1 0.54 126.5 x 94.2 x 64
    400D
    Rebel XTi
    22.2 x 14.8 10.1 5.7µ 100-1600 2.5", 230k CF 3 2007 Q1 0.51 126.5 x 94.2 x 65
    450D
    Rebel XSi
    22.2 x 14.8 12.2 5.2µ 100-1600 3.0", 230k SD 3.5 2008 Q2 0.475 128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9
    500D
    Rebel T1i
    22.3 x 14.9 15.1 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0", 920k SD 3.4 2009 Q1 0.48 129 x 98 x 62
    550D
    Rebel T2i
    22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0", 1040k
    3:2
    SDXC 3.7 2010 Q1 0.53 129 x 98 x 62
    600D
    Rebel T3i
    22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0", 1040k
    3:2, artic.
    SDXC 3.7 2011 Q1 0.57 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7
    650D
    Rebel T4i
    22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
    3:2, artic.
    SDXC
    (UHS-I)
    5 2012 Q2 0.52 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8
    700D
    Rebel T5i
    22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
    3:2, artic.
    SDXC
    (UHS-I)
    5 2013 Q2 0.58 134 x 100 x 79
    750D
    Rebel T6i
    22.3 x 14.9 24.2 4.2µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
    3:2, artic.
    SDXC
    (UHS-I)
    5 2015 Q2 0.555 132 x 101 x 78
    760D
    Rebel T6s
    22.3 x 14.9 24.2 4.2µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
    3:2, artic.
    SDXC
    (UHS-I)
    5 2015 Q2 0.565 132 x 101 x 78
    100D
    Rebel SL1
    22.3 x 14.9 18 4.2µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k T SDXC 4 2013 Q2 0.41 117 x 91 x 69
    1000D
    Rebel XS
    22.2 x 14.8 10.1 5.7µ 100-1600 2.5", 230k SD 3 jpeg
    1.5 raw
    2008 Q3 0.45 126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9
    1100D
    Rebel T3
    22.2 x 14.8 12.1 5.2µ 100-6400 2.7", 230k SDXC 3 jpeg
    2 raw
    2011 Q1 0.495 130 x 100 x 78
    1200D
    Rebel T5
    22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3", 460k SDXC 3 2014 Q1 0.435 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9
                         
    EOS-M  22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k T  SDXC  4 2112 Q3  0.298  109 x 66 x 32

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    Live View Yes | No - T indicates Touchscreen
    Split-pixel AF Yes | No
    ISO includes optional high/low additional values

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