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2015 April

  • 1st A Canon patent addresses vignetting by adjusting exposure from individual pixels [EG - Google xlt]
    • The patent is a fairly general one, so could easily be adapted to increasing dynamic range (shorter exposures in bright areas). Since it's using an electronic shutter, it could work just fine for video too.


  • 27th Fuji and Panasonic step closer to organic based image sensors [Fuji]
  • A Sony patent includes a large curved sensor [SR]
  • 24th Three days at a trade show - I've some 'real work' later today.
  • I'll be putting toether a brief 'show report' later, but in the mean time, I've written up our own '5Ds R hands-on review'
    • Don't rush to read it, since it's just a picture of my hand on a 5Ds R - about as comprehensive and relevant as many other so called 'reviews' ;-)
  • 23rd Last day at the show today - I've seen some great photos. Thanks to everyone who's stopped by.
  • At last, 5Ds 'preorders' open from at Adorama | B&H
  • 20th The next three days I'll be at The Photography Show at the NEC in the UK.
  • I'll be on the Colour Confidence stand (F21/31) with X-rite and Benq
    • I'd love to meet some of the rumour page regulars, so pop by and say hello?
  • 11th A Canon interview [DPR] (from CP+) covers quite a few areas, in a slightly more direct way than usual. From my own POV, I noted:
    • Q. Is there room for an EOS-1D level product in Canon’s lineup, with a higher resolution?
    • A. This is something that is currently under consideration.
  • Any such camera is a long way off, so I'll settle for downsizing to a 5 series body for the time being ;-)
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  • 6th In the US, Canon are runnng a big rebate scheme this month for the 70D and assorted lenses/flash units
  • One problem with multilayer sensors is that off axis, the traditional microlenses don't work so well. Offsetting them is one solution for single element pixels. A different type of asymetric lens design appears in a Sony patent. [EG - Google xlt]
  • Sony multilayer pixel patent


  • 25th phase AF pixelsA Canon patent covering aspects of sensor pixel design [EG - Google xlt]
  • Although aimed at the AF phase detection sensor design, it's worth noting that by spliting the photo sensitive area into three vertical elements, at different depths, the response to light can be altered.
  • The patent mentions using the second layer (32) as a monitor.
  • multi-level pixel design
  • This gives the capability of altering sensitivity, for example by turning off pixels before completely 'full', or adding layers one and three (31, 33) for increased sensitivity.
  • In a DSLR, AF photo sensors are fed directly from the lens (usually wide open) so need to handle a much greater dynamic range than the main sensor, which has the benefits of a shutter and aperture setting.
  • 21st samsung patent for splitting colours of light for sensor pixelsA Samsung patent uses interference from tiny structures to split colours rather than a CFA [ISW]
  • --
  • A few days ago Thom Hogan asked people to let him know what their biggest photographic 'problems' were.
  • Well, he's published a summary and commentary based on the hundreds of responses he received. [TH]
  • I was surprised (and to some extent pleased) by how many, that as a professional working photographer, I just didn't see as real problems for me.
  • However, it's really useful to know the kinds of problems that are more widely faced when I'm looking for ideas for new articles on the site.
  • Have a read - the article is as relevant to Canon users as it is any other make.
    • BTW My own biggest issue technical annoyance with cameras is included in his list ;-) ... anyone care to guess?
  • 17th I've long taken the various 'interviews' with company men (as it always is...) from the camera companies, with a suitable pinch of salt (OK I've called them bland and anodyne as well ;-) so I couldn't agree more with Thom Hogan's observations about the latest crop from CP+ [TH]
    • Have a look at the interview on [IR] though - you do at least get the feeling that a bit of real info was communicated in the process of doing this one.
  • 13th At CP+ Canon are showing their 120MP 'APS-H' sensor that caused a stir a couple of years ago [DPR]
  • Featuring a frame rate of read-out of 9.5fps, it's is made possible by reading multiple pixels simultaneously at high speeds - a process Canon is calling 'parallel signal processing'.
  • The 120MP (2.2 µm pixel pitch) fits on a sensor of 29.2mm x 20.2mm, giving a 13280x9184 image.
  • --
  • two layer sensor designLots of companies are looking for ways of making multilayer sensors. A patent from Nikon puts a layer of 'all light' or 'W' pixels underneath the normal R/G/B ones.
  • Add the W pixel to the colour above and you get luminance for each pixel as well as the colours.
    [EG - Google xlt]
    • Like all such ideas, they have a tough fight against the entrenched Bayer RGGB designs. Almost every year, since the 'foveon bubble' I get sent stuff saying that such sensors are coming soon... ;-)
  • 11th Several Canon patents relating to using Phase-difference AF [EG - Google xlt]
    • Note the mirrorless and EVF designs.
  • 10th Looking for a bigger printer? - The iPF5100 is currently down to just over £1000 [DPSB] in the UK.
    • A bit overdue for an update, but still, a proper 17" large format printer - see my review for more info.
  • 8th It seems that the sensor-shift high res multishot capability seen in the OM-D E-M5 II [DPR] may well appear in the Ricoh/Pentax FF DSLR later this year [PR]
  • Meanwhile, a video for Monday morning at work... the Mayflower Partners presentation (50mins) about how to save the camera market, from CES last month (Good to see it's partly my old university research field - Usability :-)
  • .
  • 7th The 5Ds sensor is 100% Canon according to an interview with Chuck Westfall [SB]
    • "Despite some rumors to the contrary, Westfall said the 50.6MP CMOS sensors in the 5DS and 5DS R are developed and produced by Canon. When asked whether they were created in collaboration with Sony as some rumors indicated, Westfall responded by saying: “Absolutely not. The sensors were developed completely in-house, by Canon.”"
  • Also, with the flurry of announcements, it's been time to update the Canon Timeline. I was told several times last year that Canon would have a very different model lineup by the end of 2015.
  • Given the similarities I've included the 5Ds/5Dsr in the same row. I've also done this for the 750D/760D, since I suspect we'll see each updated together?
    • Much like the camera industry, my chart falls of the edge of the page in a few years... ;-)
    • BTW I've added the same comments system that I use with my reviews (fixed after I broke the code a few weeks ago) to the 5Ds and 11-24mm pages, since I'm gettting both, and expect to be writing quite a few articles/reviews over time.
  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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      
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                
Video                             1D C      
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III      
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D      
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D      
Mid APS-C         300D
Kiss Digital
Rebel XT
Kiss N
Kiss X
Kiss X3
Kiss X4
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7      
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rebel XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70    
Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3

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

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    5th The 'splitting' of model types in the Canon DSLR range will be interesting to see from a product positioning point of view. I'm told (thanks) that it's seen as a major benefit from 'bringing home' a lot of Canon's manufacturing, and will become integral in producing cameras that are marketed more by what you can do with them. Whether this succeeds in a shrinking market or is in some ways 'more of the same' should be quite apparent in only a few years.
  • I note too, Thom Hogan's quick look at the latest shipment figures. [TH] still not looking good
  • The CP+ releases are starting, with Ricoh/Pentax finally announcing that a full frame DSLR will be along this year, making use of their traditional generous timing margins with regards to new products. [PR]
  • Olympus offer an interesting 40MP multishot option in the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II [DPR]
  • Look at the lack of moire in fine detail shots in that linked page - that's why, have spoken to several people shooting the kind of commercial work I do that I've initially ordered a 5Ds not a 5Ds R ;-)
  • 4th Prices are leaked [PR]
  • Canon EOS 5Ds: €3,499 (around $4,000)
    Canon EOS 5Ds R (no low-pass filter): €3,699 (around $4,200)
    Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: €2,999 (around $3,400)
  • 3rd There's still talk of Sony involvement with the next large Canon sensor - just bear in mind that it may not be until someone takes an electron microscope to the chip that we see for sure [CW]
  • 2ndA wide range of rebates are currently being run by Canon in the US (mail-in and 'instant')


  • 30th Two new 5D models? A 50MP 5Ds and 5Ds R version are suggested - a photo too...
  • A good enough rumour for all info to go on our 5Ds page. (5fps and crop modes too)
  • 29th Panic in the camera industry? Some reasonable observations on the ongoing precipitous decline in sales [TH]
    • Will any of the big manufacturers have the wherewithal to really break out of the incremental and evolutionary approach to new cameras?
    • For Canon, we may see some signs of deeper changes at CP+, then again we may not.
    • For over ten years, these pages have covered the massive developments in DSLRs and great new lenses - I hope that there's still plenty of new stuff to wonder about in 5 years time?
  • New 1D X firmware V2.0.7
  • New 5D3 firmware V1.3.3
  • 28th A Canon/Sony 'joint venture/patent swap' rumour seems to be doing the rounds with respect to any upcoming high MP sensor [CR].
    • Just like at CR, I've not heard from the source before...
  • 27th It's suggested [CR] that the NDA's for various products from Canon for CP+ expire on 6th Feb at
  • The full list...
    • Two high (53?) megapixel cameras, with and without an AA filter
    • EOS Rebel T6i/750D
    • EF 11-24 f/4L
    • EOS M3
    • Some PowerShot cameras
  • Was the March date a shipping date?
  • 24th Several people have suggested that CP+ will finally see a camera I'll want to replace my 1Ds3 with at CP+. Unfortunately that's all they'd say, which doesn't help much (thanks anyway ;-)
  • However I note that at CR they suggest March, which seems reasonable, leaving CP+ for the new souped up 750D.
  • I'm still unsure about there being two high MP bodies though?
    • The 1Ds3 is old enough that I'd keep it for backup, and maybe just retire the 1Ds ;-)
    • Just an FYI - I've now published the very long Epson SC-P600 printer review I've been working on for the last few weeks - hope it's of interest.
  • 22nd A bit of a lull in rumours of late. Given the proximity of CP+ it's likely we'll see something of a 'real' leak or two before too long.
  • Meanwhile, there a hint of Canon having a global shutter in the successor to the 1D X [CR] and other Canon DSLRs
  • 16th It seems that the 'mystery' camera is indeed the long expected 750D and that the previously leaked lens is a real EF11-24 [CR]
    • Park cameras, the company I buy my own camera kit from, here in the UK, have just launched a big update to their web site and are asking for feedback ;-)
  • 15th If you make predictions, it's essential to pay attention every so often to what you -didn't- see. A good commentary about aspects of the photo industry from Thom Hogan is worth a read.
    • I recall in about 2006 realising just how much quicker the decline of film had been than I'd expected back in 2003, when I decided to start as a digital only commercial photographer in 2004.
    • Similarly to TH, I'd expected a fall off in DSLR sales over the last few years as new models and 'improvements' were just not enough to make people go out and buy new cameras, but I'd not expected the fall to be so sharp.
    • I've been told by several sources that Canon 'gets it' and will be making some drastic changes in its product line-up over the next year, however I'm still left wondering just what a Japanese camera maker considers drastic?
    • For me, it's probably not the CS100 box below?
    • I fully agree with Thom Hogan's analysis about hardware and software, even if I feel no personal need for integrated workflows and wireless communications and am just fine with DCF.
  • 14th A new EF lens technical video from Canon [main lens rumours page]
    • Actually not too bad to watch, which is unusual, since I have a very low boredom threshold when it comes to videos - I am one of those to whom the concept of youtube as any form of search engine seems bizarre ;-)
    • Meanwhile, there's a (written) interview I did about aspects of my architectural photography on the X-Rite Photo blog - the photography that pays the bills round here ;-)
  • 9th Three versions of a new 5D are suggested [CR] an updated 5D4 and two 5Ds models with and without AA filtering, at ~53MP
    • I do wonder if two high MP versions would be likely ?
    • It didn't take Nikon long to drop the AA filter completely (D810)
    • Personally I'm still hoping that we'll see a 3D - mainly because it gives Canon a chance to make a 'mini' 1 series, without a bothersome (YMMV) dial on the top.
    • However, I suspect that introducing a whole new body style gets ruled out for development cost reasons.
    • --- In other news, Karen has finally finished all the Canon EF lens pages for EFLens.com
    • If you have reviews of older Canon lenses that you'd like her to mention, please visit the site and let her know. Now that all the lenses are listed, we're aiming to add plenty of new info, as we come across it.
  • 8th Did Canon include a new DSLR in a publicity shot for the CS100 [PP]
  • cs 100 picture wih dslr in view
  • zoomed view of unknown dslr
  • It's got a flip out screen and a top LCD.
  • 80D or 750D?
  • Both the 700D and 70D date from 2013, but the 700D is the oldest technology with the long standing 18MP sensor.
  • A top LCD for an xxxD (rebel) range camera?
    • Just from existing camera specs and ages I'm thinking 750D ... who knows? ;-)
  • 6th Older readers may remember the fear and dread that the sudden appearance of a slide projector and screen could evoke, when visitng someone just back from their holidays...
  • Well, now Canon have a digital equivalent, the new 'Connect Station CS100' a fancy photo disk storage system that can also let you inflict photos on visitors via your HD tv. See more at DPR -
  • Nothing 'high end' at CES from Canon - the upcoming CP+ is more likely to see interesting products.
  • 4th Is new firmware on the way for the 5D3? No signs yet of what 1.3.3 actaully does differently other than not (yet?) work with ML [ML via CR ]
  • Whilst there are plenty of reasons to think that we'll see a high MP camera from Canon, most suggestions put it into a non 1 series body (see the 3D page for more). However at CW it's put into the 1D X mk2
    • If a really high MP camera appears in a 1 series body, I'd perhaps more see it as a 1D Xs? The 1D X was always a full frame 1D4 follow-on and not really aimed at traditional 1Ds users.
    • Do Canon have a big sensor to revive the 'Ds' line?
    • 1D X users, who are used to its high ISO and high frame rate are not really going to take kindly to either being reduced.
    • Several years ago we were told that Canon was looking at ways of binning the output of high MP sensors to offer a choice of resolution vs sensitivity & speed.
    • To get this to work takes a lot of pixels in the un-binned sensor.
  • 3rd A Canon patent covers a plastic/metal design for the lens mount [EG - Google xlt]
    • Canon have said that they can make the DSLR smaller and lighter - this might well appear in the successor to the 100D and other xxxD models, when they get versions of the new 20MP APS-C sensor.
  • 1st Happy new year folks!
  • The 'interviews' continue with this from Sigma [from MR]
    • "- He believes time will come when Mirrorless will outsell DSLR. But DSLR will always exist as a niche product.
      - We aim to achieve medium and large format quality with our foveon sensor tech
      - We receive many request to make a Full Frame Foveon. And we are aware the tendency now is to make larger sensors and with even more Megapixels.
      - Sigma has no plan to make an interchangeable mirrorless system camera yet.
      - There is no plan yet to make a DP camera with zoom lens"

2014 December

  • 30th In several comments [thanks] we're told that the upcoming high MP Canon sensor will be based on the 4.2 micron 70D/7D2 pixel design, not Canon's long lived 4.3 micron 18MP one. This gives around 52MP at full frame rather than 46MP. The main reason for delays in 'big megapixel' designs has been getting an economical yield from the sensor manufacturing process at full frame.
    • Just like at CR, I've seen a spike in the postbag of late, but still relatively few hard details. I can see why the marketing department would prefer something over 50 to promote - particularly if Sonikon is at 46 ;-)
    • Several of the comments also suggested that we might be in for quite a wait between announcement and shipping for this new camera - not another 1D X I hope (~9 months IIRC)
    • I note that at [CR] they have been told that the camera could be the 5D mk4, which could also fit in with suggestions that the 6D2 will move upmarket.
  • Panasonic added to the interview collection [from 43]
    • "– High Megapixel cameras are coming (from all manufacturers). Megapixel race will never go away says Panasonic
      – Panasonic is working on 6K and 8K video recording. 8K will come before 2020 (Olympic year).
      – The ultimate “dream” is to beat the human eye performance
      – There is the potential to use pure electronic shutter only
      – Micro Four Thirds is the perfect sensor size for Panasonic. But they not rule out to create a second larger sensor size system.
      – A medium format camera from Panasonic is highly unlikely"
  • 29th More suggestions of a high MP camera [CR]
    • A quick note that Epson have sent me an SC-P600 printer for a review - if anyone has any specific questions for the review, please just let me know?
  • Add Ricoh (Pentax) to the company interviews [DCW]
  • 26th Why Sony really ought to sort out the way it handles its sensor data [RD] ;-)
    • For myself, lossy compression like this seems an obvious FAIL - rookie mistake ;-)
  • Fuji [FR] adds to the interview collection:
    • APS-C for now, Organic sensors not coming soon, 25MP is a reasonable limit for APS-C, Video is being looked at, more dynamic range is an important improvement.
  • Two better summaries of DCW interviews. This for Olympus [from 43]
    • "– We are not focused on classic Mirrorless cameras only. We also work on completely new kind of cameras (like the Open Platform Lens Camera prototype).
    • – Olympus says MFT has the best size-quality balance. And Olympus main priority is to strengthen the line.
    • – Olympus acknowledges the trend now goes toward more high Megapixel cameras
    • – On the tech front Olympus wants to make cameras that are faster, consume less, better High ISO and with increased Dynamic Range.
    • – There is a possibility to also use different kind on non-Bayer sensor.
    • – electronic shutter is also likely to be introduced in future
    • – we are “investigating” the possibility to make a Four Thirds sensor and fixed lens compact camera
    • – we have no specific plan yet to use larger sensors (like Full Frame).
    • – we plan to improve video quality on future cameras (60p and 4K for example)."
  • ... and this for Sony: [from SR]
    • "1) SLT cameras have the advantage of larger bodies. There is more space we can use to implement certain tech (SAR note: He doesn’t mention what exactly they plan to do). And he confirms they will continue to develop A-mount cameras and lenses.
    • 2) Increase sensor size or increase Megapixel numbers is things we will do if customers demand for it.
    • 3) Main demand for now is improve the autofocus performance
    • 4) It is very likely to see different kind of (non-Bayer) sensor in future. But it’s not a concrete matter yet. Vertical layered RGB sensor (like Foveon) are yet very difficult to “process”
    • 5) Light Field camera is something Sony is studying and may could come in a not so distant future.
    • 6) In near future we will see more advanced Hybrid Mechanical-electronic shutters
    • 7) Sony says DSLR sales are down because of lack in innovation. Sales of mirrorless are up because they became more advanced (not only because of the more compact size).
    • 8) Both APS-C and Full Frame sensor cameras have a future. Wild life photographers prefer APS-C while landscape photographers prefer FF.
    • 9) We will not make a Medium format system camera yet because we are already busy working to broaden our A and E-mount lens line.
    • 10) It might not be so important to add 5 axis on the A7r yet."
  • Well, pick from those what you like.
    • How do these pronouncements signify actual developments, and do they address, in any way, the cliff over which camera sales appear to have fallen (see below)?
    • Sony seems to want us to believe that it's lack of innovation that has caused the plunge in DSLR sales, whilst Canon also says that new models need to show clear technical advances.
    • Both Sony and Canon are happy to say that the door is still open for medium format. I guess neither would want to repeat the 'nobody needs full frame' marketing message I got from Nikon in 2004 (when I started our photo business) and got my first DSLR, an 11MP full frame Canon 1Ds.
  • 25th Happy Christmas* - A quick update while I wait for everyone else in the house to wake up...
  • There is a bit more about that Canon interview on DPR
  • Also Sony and Olympus add to the interview collection [MR]
  • "...Both confirm the trend goes towards realising higher megapixel sensor and better autofocus performance. They also said what they NOT plan to do in the near future: Olympus will not go full frame yet and Sony will not make an interchangeable medium format system yet."
    • *That's what it is here in the UK, so no 'happy holidays' or other stuff - whatever you're doing have a nice day ;-)
    • Time to go, I hear a mob assembling near the Christmas tree...
  • 24th Christmas rumour time...
  • In an interview at DC Watch [DCW - Google xlt] see also [DCi comments - Google xlt] there are more comments from Masaya Maeda of Canon.
  • This is a tricky one to draw nuggets of info from... (read the translations and take your pick ;-)
    • - Lenses are the most important thing to us.
    • - SLRs need not be huge, but not much smaller. EVF will be OK one day, but not yet
    • - Mirrorlesss designs, sure, we can do this, but we need to appeal to younger users
    • - The annual model update cycle is no more. Model changes to be driven by significant technical advances.
    • - There will be a high MP camera before long.
    • - A new 'line' of EF lenses is on the way. We want it to be 'I use EOS because of the lenses' [True for me - Keith]
    • - Electronic shutter is on its way
    • - Full frame mirrorless ... no comment
    • - No, we have not given up on medium format yet
  • Any suggestions as to translation most welcome - thanks for the original links
  • BTW there is a Nikon interview too [DCW - Google xlt]
  • 18th There is much talk of the potential high (~50) MP Canon (3D page) and Canon have updated DPP4 to 4.1.50, with support for a few more cameras [See Install Canon software page for more]
  • 16th There is more mention of Canon using a Sony derived sensor [CR] in DSLRs. In particular, the oft rumoured 46MP one.
  • Just like at CR I've seen it mentioned (nothing of real substance) and filed it away along with those 'whatever's best' interview remarks about sensor use at Photokina.
    • Whilst a cross licensing or some other arrangement between Canon and Sony isn't impossible, anything that does happen would be much more complicated than 'just' putting a Sony derived FF sensor into a Canon body.
    • As an aside, I note too that at least one of the 'adverts/reader's pictures/rumour' sites seem to have gone into we-told-you mode over this... always a hostage to fortune ;-)
    • What do we actually know? I'd look at that graph below, and the timeline further down the page. In terms of general comments we've had, there have been more suggesting big changes to the model line-up in 2015 than I've seen for a while, but how the companies address the long term decline in camera sales is perhaps more important. How long will/can we see 'business as usual'?
    • As ever, read the views of Thom Hogan [TH]. We've seen numerous technology cycles like the camera business before ...anyone remember buying hi-fi at the end of the 70's and the way the market went? - is the Hasselbling Stellar the 'oxygen free copper' of the camera world? ;-)
    • From my own POV I'm keen to see what companies introduce at the top end, to keep their profitability up.
    • Interesting times... ;-)
    • Oh, and in the 'real toys to play with' category, I've just finished a short review of a new 28 foot carbon fibre mast - light enough and small enough when collapsed that I'm far more likely to keep it in the back of the car for 'just in case' when I'm doing some of my architectural work.
  • 15th An interesting graphic has been put out by Mayflower [site has no more info I could find] to trail some of their upcoming talks about the end of cameras as we know them, at CES in the new year. Based on CIPA data, it shows production from the fifties onwards (presumably there is some data from 1933 onwards, but the chart doesn't show anything) [via MR]

camera production data

  • 12th With signs of a 46MP DSLR next year from Sony [Sr] and presumably a similarly Equipped Nikon D8xx version before too long, are Canon going to move into this area?
    • Several people have told us they will, but as yet no details have emerged.
  • 8th Sony have a patent for a global shutter element in pixel design, that can also be used for pixel level phase AF detection [EG - Google xlt] The pink bits below represent elements that can have their transmission altered.
  • Use it across the full pixel width and you have a global shutter, whilst use it across just part and you get a pixel design that could be used for Phase AF.
  • Sony global shutter patent
  • --
  • Meanwhile there is mention [FR] of possible issues with Fuji's designs using organic layers for photo detection, where heat and power use are said to be causing problems
  • --
  • All the talk of high MP sensors has upped the mentions of prime lenses that are 'sharp enough', such as from Tamron [sr]
  • --
  • Sensor problems for Leica?
  • Potential corrosion issues coming from the sensor cover glass [lvl]
  • 5th It seems that Olympus are looking at multishot technology, by moving the sensor slightly and taking multiple exposures. [MR]
    • A perfectly good (and well used) technique for studio use (and continuous lighting), but not so great if anything moves.
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  • If you're in central London on Saturday (10:00 – 18:30), then Park Cameras are celebrating the 1 yr birthday of their London shop. You can also get a free Canon sensor clean...
  • More details of free events, seminars and booking: http://www.parkcameras.com/article/32/Events.html#birthday
  • 4th Nothing today ... in fact, since we had a detailed preview of the full 7D2 specs before launch and that 100-400, we've seen no really solid camera or lens rumours (i.e. ones with real specs) - plenty of vagueness, but nothing you'd really want to pin a headline to (no, the latest deal on the 6D or readers' photos don't count ;-)
  • So, at the moment it's a new EOS-M some time, with one or two full frame cameras for Q1/Q2 next year (one of which may set new MP records for Canon). The 70D sensor (or a variant) should appear in the 700D and 100D successors, whilst Canon may bring in an EVF and a revolutionary new sensor. Lots of lenses are due for replacement, we just don't know when, although a possible EF11-24 could show up soon.
  • Oh and the new 100-400 is a real lens at last...
    • Yup, I've been running our rumours pages for just over 10 years and I still don't know what I'll be spending my money on next year. If you haven't read Thom Hogan's article below, then do so.
      • To paraphrase his sign off "Enough of this - I'm off to take some photos"
    • BTW The Northlight site's front end (the commercial photo stuff) is due for a big makeover some time next year, and I'm determined to expand the articles and reviews.
      The rumour pages will live on in their current form - thanks to all those who regularly send info and tips - can I just have a bit more detail please ;-)
  • 2nd A roadmap presentation that showed some of Sony's views of the future in imaging has plenty about new things, but hidden in plain sight are some chilling numbers for any makers of larger cameras.
  • Have a read of Thom Hogan's view - nothing in it I'd disagree with.
  • The lifetime of the 7D and 700D may signify a slowing in the model iteration cycle, but I do wonder how the venerable timeline will look by 2019. By the end of next year (and definitely by 2016) I'm told that Canon's model lineup will look quite different with big changes at the top and the bottom.
  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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      
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                
Video                             1D C      
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III      
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D      
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D      
Mid APS-C         300D
Kiss Digital
Rebel XT
Kiss N
Kiss X
Kiss X3
Kiss X4
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7      
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rebel XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70    
Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3

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

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  • 29th variable sensitivity pixelsPatent from Canon that varies the sensitivity of pixels by positioning the photon detection zone deeper in the design. [EG - Google xlt]
  • 27th Holiday greeting to US visitors - just a dull grey November Thursday here in the UK ;-)
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  • T/S lenses from Sony? - lenses page [Updated - 'FF' not FE]
  • 26th A Canon patent modifies a body cap to clean the body's electrical contacts [EG - Google xlt]
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  • An interview with Sigma - of course they get asked about FF Foveon... [SigR]
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  • The design centre may have gone, but we still get the hasselbling Stellar Mk2 (sony RX100 II)[PB]
  • 25th Suggestions [CR] of an all new camera at 50MP (FF), and EOS M this year and an xxxD series camera (aka 'Rebels', in some markets ;-) early next year.
  • 50MP is effectively a scaled up 7D2 sensor, although we've seen persistent reports that Canon sensors are due for a step change in overall performance some time next year. I'm reminded of the Canon interview info that suggested that both mirrorless and high resolution were due...
  • 21st The Digital black and white photography LinkedIn group I run, has reached 7000 members.
    • If LI is part of your social media and you're interested in B&W photography, then feel free to give it a look.
    • Very actively moderated for relevance and not full of useless promo/spam posts like all too many LI groups ;-)
  • 20th The Sony A7 mk2 (~24MP full frame) is announced [sony] Plenty of new features and including combined lens/body image stabilisation with some combinations. See more at [DPR]
  • 14th A Nikon patent modifies the corners of sensor micro-lenses to reduce crosstalk [EG - Google xlt]
  • reducing pixel cross-talk
  • 12th Expect plenty of furore on the forums as hints of a non-bayer sensor appear from Sony [sr]
    • Those of you following this sort of stuff will remember the fuss about Foveon a few years ago - maybe this time we'll see something more widely adopted, although probably first in phones?
    • Expect some verbal gymnastics from marketing departments as to what constitutes a pixel and generous use of the word 'effective'...
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  • FYI ... There is a free Canon printing event in London - Fri. 21st Nov. http://dpsb.co.uk/pi/about.html
  • Morning / afternoon sessions - "Digital Photo Solutions are delighted to be hosting a print and imaging event at Canon's Central London showroom, dedicated to getting the best from your photographic and print workflow."
  • 10th There is a very detailed sensor performance analysis of the 7D2 at - Clarkvision
    • Looks a distinct improvement - this connects with the general sensor info below
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  • There is definitely good data available from DxO - it's just warped a bit by their marketing needs ;-)
  • See this Noise/QE/well capacity data, organised by camera, thats been put together at sensorgen.info
    • I note that the QE of the 7D mk2 is noticeably improved - of course when it comes down to it, it's still about the photos you take ;-)
  • 9th I was asked if I'd still pour cold water on DxOmark scores for cameras and lenses if Canon came out top.
  • Yes, but only the overall scores - there is useful data in what they have produced, but those headline numbers are just so much hokum, if the methodology isn't clear (and IMHO probably useless even if it was).
    • If you base your buying decisions on the numbers - please don't ... try spending more time taking photos
  • I couldn't put it much better than Thom Hogan does.
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  • AF with mirror down After you've gone to all the trouble making DPAF pixels, why not use them with the mirror down to extend the AF imaging area.
  • Making more of the mirror partially reflective lets light through.
  • The sub mirror is still there to send light to the AF unit below.
  • A Canon patent [EG - Google xlt] suggests this.
  • The optical and engineering issues in actually getting it to work though don't look trivial...
  • 7th nikon hdr pixel designA patent covering new pixel layouts for sensors, this one from Nikon adds some extra tiny pixels to potentially expand dynamic range [EG - Google xlt]
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  • If you scan film, I've just completed a longish review of Epson's brand new V850 scanner.
  • 6th A mention of the 5D4 and 'another Canon Pro DSLR' for February comes via a dealer sourced rumour (5D mk4 page)
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  • Is Hasselbling on the way out? The Italian 'design centre' gets the chop' [PS - Google xlt]
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  • Two sources of gloom, one real, one largely imagined.
  • Camera shipments (DSLR and Mirrorless) continue to decline at a rate that can't fail to worry many companies.
  • There are many more such graphs and charts at PersonalView.
  • Note that these are shipment numbers not sales.
  • Even so there is a very distinct trend.
    • The trend actually reminds me of the last three solar cycles [22/23/24], but obviously over a shorter period).
  • worldwide camera shipmentsThe DxOMark tests are out for the Canon 7D mk2.
  • Judging from some of despondent comments I've seen, Canon might as well give up now and shut up shop.
  • Nothing better illustrates the gulf between those who evaluate cameras on specifications and those who take photos, than to look at some of the early reviews by good photographers.
  • Don't get me wrong, as someone who shoots mostly at 100 ISO, I'm looking for a camera that excels at low ISO, and higher ISO is just so-so for me.
  • I find the DxO numbers useful information, but only part of the story - I have particular issues with the obcsure way they create 'overall' scores - the fact that they boil lots of measurements down to just one number just yells at me to ignore it.
  • Does this lead me to change my view that the 7D2 will be a great success?
  • ...Not really.
    • See also this interesting post on DPR concerning aspects of 7D2 sensor performance.
  • 5th A Sony patent [sr] mixes pixels with long and short exposure times to extend dynamic range.
  • 4th canon microlenses patentA Canon patent adds a second layer of microlenses to reduce reflections form the sensor [EG - Google xlt]
    • As well as reducing light bouncing round the inside of the camera, it potentially means more light going into the pixels below.
  • 3rd "Canon will continue to use Canon sensors for DSLRs" started an email this morning - I wondered what this was referring to, until I followed a link given for a 'Canon to use Sony sensors' rumour [Cw]
  • Previous info has pointed to various multi-level sensor patents, and there are the comments from Sigma (27th below) that suggest they regard both Canon and Sony working on such devices.
    • My own feelings are that Canon's sensor design and manufacturing is too important to them to take it out of their flagship cameras.
    • Although, in the recent DPR interview there was this about sensors...
      • Q: Canon released two cameras at Photokina - the EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7X. One thing we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?
      • A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.
    • As yet I've seen nothing to suggest that Canon's choice of (small) sensors for the compact market will be reflected in their pro kit. The comparison with Nikon using Sony manufactured sensors (with Nikon design input) is an easy one to make, but misses the point that Nikon is primarily a camera company, whilst Canon isn't, any more than Sony is.

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Canon DSLR Timeline

  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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      
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                
Video                             1D C      
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III      
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D      
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D      
Mid APS-C         300D
Kiss Digital
Rebel XT
Kiss N
Kiss X
Kiss X3
Kiss X4
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7      
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rebel XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70    
Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3

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
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
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
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
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
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
Rebel T2i
22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-12800 3.0", 1040k
SDXC 3.7 2010 Q1 0.53 129 x 98 x 62
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
Rebel T4i
22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
3:2, artic.
5 2012 Q2 0.52 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8
Rebel T5i
22.3 x 14.9 18 4.3µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
3:2, artic.
5 2013 Q2 0.58 134 x 100 x 79
Rebel T6i
22.3 x 14.9 24.2 4.2µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
3:2, artic.
5 2015 Q2 0.555 132 x 101 x 78
Rebel T6s
22.3 x 14.9 24.2 4.2µ 100-25600 3.0", 1040k
3:2, artic.
5 2015 Q2 0.565 132 x 101 x 78
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
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
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
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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