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2017 July

23rd New versions of DPP/EOS utility – full details of all Canon software on our main Canon software page including updates without a CD

Digital Photo Professional 4.6.30:
Supports EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D, EOS-1D, EOS-1Ds.
Adds a function for reducing colour moiré.
Supports the EOS 5D Mark IV Canon Log specification.

EOS Utility 3.6.30, Picture Style Editor 1.18.30:
Supports EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D

EOS Movie Utility 1.7: Supports EOS 6D Mark II.
Supports the EOS 5D Mark IV Canon Log specification.

20th Wondering what ‘Canikon’ have in store for larger sensor mirrorless? A Japanese Nikon patent shows a camera with 35mm f/2 lens and curved ‘full frame’ sensor [see Mirrorless news page and Lens news page for designs]

19th A few months ago that stalwart of photography shows, Photokina, announced that it was going to be yearly.

The show has been a fixture of the photography calendar since well before I took up photography for a living (2004) and the change signifies major changes in the photography industry.

A PR interview [DPR] actually says quite a lot about the decline and changes in the industry once you look below the PR polish ;-)

17th It looks as if Bowens (the lighting company) has gone into liquidation [DIY]

15th Remember the Light 16 multi-camera camera? Well, it’s finally getting a bit closer to shipping, as patient pre-order customers are starting to get cameras [Light]

A wonderful technical achievement but I still have that nagging question of ‘Why?’

14th A number of Canon model numbers are registered for certification purposes [Nok] this happens before new products.

Suggestions are given for products

  • [M20 mirrorless] PC2276v| Mirror-less camera |made in Japan
    SKU: 2209C002AA, 2209C012AA, 2209C022AA, 2209C032AA, 2210C002AA, 2210C012AA, 2210C022AA, 2210C032AA, 2211C002AA, 2211C012AA, 2211C022AA, 2211C032AA |Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • [New Powershot?] PC 2335 | Digital camera | made in Japan | SKU: 2208C001AA
    Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • [85mm f1.4 IS] Interchangeable lens 1 | SKU: 2271 C 005 AA
    Made in Japan (Utsunomiya Factory)
  • [A kit zoom in different colours?] Interchangeable lens 2 | SKU: 2273C005AA, 2274C005AA, 2275C005AA
    It is unknown whether the colourfulness is three colours or different lenses
    Made in Malaysia
  • [A new flash] strobe | SKU: 2398C003AA
    Made in Japan (Oita)

11th A Canon US patent (9703015) expands on how to make the offset asymmetric microlenses covered in some earlier patents (see March below).

offset micro lens design

7th The 7D mk3 gets a mention [CR – no details] as a possible for Q1/Q2 2018.

I’m inclined to agree that we may see a 90D first – have a look at the timeline?

Ignoring new mirrorless (FF in 2018?), I could see a Digic 7 powered 90D earlier in 2018 with a dual Digic 8 powered 7D mk3 later in the year. The dual Digic 8 would also fit nicely with suitable bump in MP for a 5Ds mark 2 with a DPAF sensor.

FWIW… ;-)

  Crop  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
Best Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
1.3     1D 1D Mk II 1D MkIIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                    
video                             1D C          
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk IV
1.6                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D 6D 2
1.6 D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D
Mid 1.6         300D
Kiss N
Kiss X
Micro 1.6                           100D SL1 X7 200D
Entry 1.6                   1000D / XS / F 1100D / T3 / X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6
1.6                               M5
                            M M2 M3 M6

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 | Digic 7 dual

5th Curved sensors are getting much more interest, especially since it can save almost 1/3 of the optical elements in some designs [ISW] – probably not coming to a DSLR any time soon though.

curved sensor


18th Financial queries about Ricoh/Pentax [Nik]

16th bug fix firmware update for the 5Ds [Canon UK 5Ds – 5Ds R]

9th If you’re in Europe, BenQ have a competition to win a photo trip to Venice celebrating their 32″ SW320 monitor (see my SW320 review for more).

A flurry of nothing much puts announcements for the 6D/100D/M10 replacements for later in July – Expect big ‘leaks’/’pre launch publicity’ to appear within a few weeks if this is so.

An interesting Canon lens patent [Lens page] includes a 30/1.8 EF-S prime – something for the crop sensor camera kits?


31st DIY curved sensors?

A very detailed paper [OSA] on just how much you can improve a system’s optical performance with a curved sensor, and of course, lenses to match.

eye and curved sensor

via ISW

30th A US Canon patent [USPTO] shows some Canon thoughts on making a stacked sensor.

stacked sensor pixel

Another Canon patent [USPTO] looks at dual exposures using split pixels to increase dynamic range.

The process is relatively complex when you have to allow for shading differences (which vary across the sensor) and also ensure that multiple exposures don’t cause problems due to image movement. If you follow the link, remember that patents aren’t written for easy reading ;-)

25th An interesting article about Sony’s new stacked 960fps sensor at EETimes

When making larger sensors there is a difficulty in matching performance across the whole sensor area. A Canon US patent looks at some aspects of this

The two yearly photokina show (yes they do have a lowercase affectation) moves to yearly as of 2018

That’s almost certainly caused consternation in marketing departments with smaller budgets, and raises question marks over attendance at smaller shows. Attending a big trade show is a massive expense and I’m sure many businesses will cast an even sharper eye over just what they get from such events.

Canon are working on BSI sensors – this US patent gives some info.

BSI effectively moves a lot of the additional semiconductor structures in a sensor, ‘behind’ the pixels, so improving efficiency and reducing inter-pixel cross-talk.

canon bsi design

Light comes in from below (ML Microlens, CF Colour filter)

18th OK, there was a bit more to Canon’s full press release, but at age 57 I hear a strong “Move along, you’re not the audience we’re looking for” ;-)

17 May 2017; Canon has today launched ‘Live for the story‘, an entirely new brand proposition for the consumer and professional imaging business across Europe, in a bid to shift perception of the company amongst a younger audience.

The fully integrated, through-the-line campaign, which launches today across 19 European markets, sees Canon’s new brand proposition take centre stage across all communications. ‘Live for the story’ encourages people to find special memories in all moments of their life, no matter where they are or what they are doing.
Lee Bonniface, Canon Senior Director – CIG Marketing, explains, “‘Live for the story’ is an industry defining approach developed to completely change the way that people view Canon. The shift sees Canon cement itself as a storytelling brand, ensuring that every output from its entire ecosystem and product portfolio helps consumers to tell their story.”
The integrated re-launch is set to be rolled out across TV, DOOH, Cinema, CRM, Retail, VOD, PR, media partnerships and Social. Every touchpoint that Canon’s customers will come into contact with now heroes the ‘Live for the story’ proposition, including the website and all ecommerce. Led by London-based agencies VCCP and PHD, the campaign features real-life scenarios created to intrigue viewers to want to know more about the story behind the picture.

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17th Canon’s big announcement? An instagram based photo competition to win a trip round the world (Europe + Russia and SA only)

Now, if only I had an instagram account… we’ll leave the problem of how I’d explain touring the world for a year on my own to Karen for another day ;-)

Where is my flying car?

Back in 2004 I made the switch to fully digital with my Canon 1Ds – a brick of a camera compared to say, my Olympus OM-2n. After several false starts, I’m still waiting for a drop in digital sensor to rejuvenate what was a superb camera. I’ve been having a tidy-up of the office and realised just how comfortable to use was the old OM-2n. My 5Ds feels huge in comparison, but I love that 50MP sensor and my EF lenses…

Canon 5Ds and Olympus OM-2n 50mm

14th Ah yes, a camera in every light fitting… an interesting patent via ISW

12th Canon UK have an announcement coming up for something next Wednesday – almost certainly something photography related, not a new product

While we don’t want to give too much away just yet, we can tell you that we’ve partnered with some amazing storytellers to inspire and help you get the most out of your summer 2017.
We’ll also be giving away a truly spectacular prize just for sharing your stories with the world. It’s going to be a great summer, so look out for more from us and get ready to live for the story.”

gigapan on roofThe other day I got access to the roof of one of the tallest buildings here in Leicester – out of curiosity I took up the GigaPan, and with 168 images from my 5Ds created a view of Leicester just shy of 5000 megapixels. The lens is my EF 70-200 2.8L at ~115mm. f7.1 Stitched with AutoPano Giga V4.4 in just over an hour to make a ~13GB .psb file

The picture was more a proof of concept to plan for a better lit version – maybe one that could be printed. That and I’d not played with the GigaPan for a bit ;-)

10th An interesting talk from Sony about the challenges of sensor design [ISW]

5th  ‘Turning the corner’ and similar headlines trumpet a minuscule uptick in the CIPA camera shipment data. It seems that a lot of people want the camera market to pick up…

At DPR there is a little more caution ‘Modest growth hints that the worst of the camera collapse is over’, and a more nuanced analysis at TH puts changes in context.

Underlaying all this is a trend towards introducing more expensive (and profitable) products – look at medium format and the arrival of more distinctly upmarket lenses, such as the rather good Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4 I recently looked at, and the Sigma 12-24mm

It’s time to pull out the timelines and wonder how different the model line-up will be by 2020

  Crop  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
Best Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
1.3     1D 1D Mk II 1D MkIIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                    
video                             1D C          
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk IV
1.6                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D 6D 2
1.6 D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D
Mid 1.6         300D
Kiss N
Kiss X
Micro 1.6                           100D SL1 X7 200D
Entry 1.6                   1000D / XS / F 1100D / T3 / X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6
1.6                               M5
                            M M2 M3 M6

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 | Digic 7 dual

And Nikon too

Level Sensor 1999 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
Top FX_Res.                     D3X            
FXSpeed                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5
DXRes.   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                      
DXSpeed     D1H D2H D2HS                      
High FX                     D700 D800(E) D810      
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
Mid FX                                   D750      
                              D600 D610      
DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
Better               D50        

Video capable 4k No focus motor

Perhaps time for me to make a Sony one too? (this for E mount and A mount is based on WP info. )

E mount Level Format 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
Alpha (α) Flagship Full-frame                 α9 
Sensitivity           α7S  α7S II 
Resolution         α7R  α7R II 
High-End         α7  α7 II 
Advanced APS-C     NEX-7  α6000  α6500 
Mid-range       NEX-6    α6300 
Upper-entry NEX-5/NEX-5C NEX-5N NEX-5R NEX-5T α5100
Entry-level NEX-3 NEX-C3 NEX-F3 NEX-3N α5000
DSLR-style         α3000  α3500 
SmartShot           QX1

5-axis in-body image stabilization (bold),
Auto-lock Accessory Shoe, Multi Interface Shoe, 4K resolution video

A mount Sensor 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
- - - - - - - 1 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Professional Full frame           α900   α99  α99 II 
High-end APS-C DG-7D      α700       α77  α77 II 
Midrange                 α65      α68 
Upper-entry               α55  α57           
      α100     α550 α580      α58 
    DG-5D         α500 α560               
Entry-level               α33  α35  α37           
        α350 α380 α390              
        α300 α330                
        α200 α230 α290              

Single-lens translucent (SLT) camera | 5-axis in-body image stabilization (bold)
HD video capable (Video AF) | Dual phase-detection AF (italic)


29th All that Sony ‘fast’ full frame camera stuff of late? Step aside for real high speed photos from Lund Uni. [Lund via ISW]

Femtosecond exposures and Terrahertz frame rates are not coming to a camera near you quite yet…

28th New firmware for the 7D mk2 [Canon] V1.1.1

  • Enhances reliability of communications when transferring images using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (A/B/C/D/E).
  • Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
  • Corrects the phenomenon in which in very rare cases the shutter can no longer be released.
  • Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings.

27th As a company, Canon Inc are doing quite well [Reu] – even cameras and laser printers are doing better, although I notice the mention of mirrorless driving camera sales. Could this advance Canon’s wider adoption of mirrorless? (it’s a cost of manufacturing thing, so will happen).

Whilst the fan-boys and headline writers are making plenty of the new fast Sony full frame camera (the A9), I note the observations of Thom Hogan on the matter ;-) [TH]

19th The golden pineapple awardHold the presses, it’s awards time again…

It’s that time of the year to see who’s marketing department gets to announce what award. Also, TIPA gets to try and convince people that the dead tree press is still important, and that it is still worth the camera companies putting their advertising spend into them ;-)

Still, it’s a chance for all the usual suspects key industry figures to get together for a jolly vital meeting – this year TIPA went to Madrid

Canon ‘won’ for the EOS 5D Mark IV digital SLR (DSLR) camera for advanced-amateur users, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM standard zoom lens for advanced-amateur users and the XC15 professional 4K video camcorder.

16th In some figures [PRN] that certainly cheered up Sony, they claim to have taken the No.2 spot in the U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market.

SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced today that their continued growth has vaulted them into the #2 overall position in the U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market…

Now, as in all such claims, the devil is in the detail… but it’s enough to have the mirrorless fan-sites giggling with joy ;-)

13th A firmware update (V1.0.4) appears for the 5D mk4 – not the widely trailed one aimed at video functionality, it seems to be some basic bug fixes.

8th samsung test camerasBack in May 2011 [MF rumours archive pre-2012], this image of development cameras from Samsung was enough to fire up rumours of new mirrorless, and even medium format cameras.

The NX range came and went, and then Samsung decided the business wasn’t worth staying in (something that might have been more prescient than many thought at the time) but never said anything officially.

This might shut the door on cameras: “We no longer produce and sell digital cameras. But we will create a new camera product category to continue the business.” [PR]

So, no more digital cameras, but I do wonder what business will be continued?

4th Sigma announces a firmware update for their sd Quattro Cameras

Firmware Version 1.04 offers support for DNG formats, improved autofocus capabilities and enhanced functionality with Sigma Capture Pro

3rd The official Sony sensor roadmap is published [PDF], it includes the 100/150MP MF sensors and also info about a range of smaller sensors for a variety of applications, such as ultra-low light.

1st As you might expect, Sony’s next big (and bigger) MF sensors will be 100MP and 150MP according to info at ISW – they also definitely make the sensors for the Nikon D5 and D500 [NR]

We’ve seen huge experimental sensors in cameras from Canon – when will we see something in a product (120MP 5Ds mk2 anyone)


28th Last week’s Panasonic story led many to wonder about the future of camera making at Panasonic [see the analysis at TH]. It seems that Panasonic wish to ‘clarify’ this…

‘The recent article featured on the Nikkei regarding Panasonic’s Imaging business was not announced by Panasonic and refers to a change in our internal organisational structure.
Integrating all consumer electronics divisions, our consumer Digital Imaging business will move under Panasonic Appliances Company and is not being dismantled.
The aim of this change is to further deepen our relationships with customers, strengthen our product capabilities, and continue to firmly develop and promote our business.’

Canon Europe buys up UK startup Kite [Canon] that allows mobile developers to add on-demand/personalised print products to their offerings.

A new Canon patent expands on the shaped sensor microlenses shown earlier, showing how different anti-reflection coats can improve their performance.

microlens coatings

micro lenses

Are we seeing technologies for a large sensor mirrorless camera?

26th How many MP can we make use of? Moving from my 21MP 1Ds3 to the 50MP 5Ds has seen a distinct improvement in image quality, even if I’m supplying JPEGs to a client at 3500 px across.

How about 100+MP crammed into a 35mm sensor?  Canon have shown much higher pixel density sensors and the 5Ds Mk2 if it doesn’t appear until 2019 is likely to be well over a hundred MP.

I was photographing a large office complex here in Leicester last week, and got to look out of an open window, on the 19th floor, towards the city centre. Twelve stitched 5Ds images (EF24-70 2.8L at 70mm & f/6.3) make up an image of just under 300MP.  It’s not part of my work, but the ‘Blue Tower’ is a well known (liked and disliked) local landmark, so it’s been on my list of local buildings to get on to the roof of.   When the weather and atmospheric clarity allows, I’ll see about creating a truly huge image with my Gigapan – just because I do this sort of stuff for a living doesn’t mean I can’t have fun ;-)

I’ve used Zoomify to show the image in a zoom/pan format – it’s a bit softer than my original (compressed as a concession to download speed).

25th Panasonic are to dismantle/restructure their digital camera business and move operations to another business unit.  Unprofitable parts of the business will be hit hard – remember that cameras are but a small part of what Panasonic does. [Nik]

Macphun have a special offer going with their Aurora HDR software until 1st April. Despite my serious dislike of ‘obvious HDR’ it’s an important tool (Aurora review) in some of my work where I want to give the impression that my camera had rather more dynamic range than it did. Remember that HDR techniques do not have to have the dials turned up to 11. If like me you dislike the ‘Trey Ratcliff’ look, don’t give up on the training resources in the package. There are some good images to work on once you remember that you are allowed to use the software tastefully. Whilst I was talking about printmaking at ‘The Photography Show’ recently (links to related articles) I was gratified to see just how few really tawdry HDR examples were on display this year (NB your perception of ‘taste’ may differ ;-)

24th Back in late 2003 I got my first proper DSLR, the Canon 1Ds – by mid 2004 I was pretty happy with the switch to digital and was thinking of things that would make my life easier. Top of these was a true RAW histogram and automating ‘expose to the right’.

It’s great to see my two biggest ‘feature gaps’ at the top of the list from Thom Hogan – full article [TH]

  • Raw histograms
  • Expose to the Right automation
  • Spectral information
  • Useful file naming
  • IPTC data entry (full, not limited)
  • Programmability
  • Motion sensor data
  • Nodal point ID for lenses
  • … and more

When was the last time one of the major camera makers actually took much notice? There is vast expertise out there, Canon et al. please stop thinking you -always- know best…

I’ve been asked by several companies what is missing from their cameras but apart from a polite acknowledgment, nothing.  On the printer side of things, I’ve had designers from Japan visit me here in Leicester and spend several hours talking about usability and ‘making better printers’, so it can be done ;-)

22nd Two US patents expand on the idea of variable shape microlenses. This allows for optimising pixel light pickup at oblique lighting angles

The first patent shows the lighting angles vary.

Canon microlens patent

The second patent looks at how the various curves of the lenses could vary over the sensor area.

2nd Canon microlens patent

Note how this 2nd example only shows simple planoconvex lenses – you often need to combine ideas from several patents. Patents are never written to show everything ;-)

Canon have some updates for DPP and EOS Utility [Canon Software info/updates page]

20th I’m afraid it’s been quiet in rumourland for some time now, although there’s an interesting interview that appeared and was then pulled, from Sony, discussing matters related to sensors and how Sony are keeping the best stuff for themselves [Sony page]

Meanwhile I’m at the big UK photo show ‘The Photography Show’, doing talks about the making big prints at the Innova stand A1/B1 [details]
If you’re visiting the show, please drop by – I’ve been provided with a PRO-4000 printer to make -big- prints with…

8th There are plenty of stories about the massive decline in camera sales and the fact that they are unlikely to pick up.
This will affect different companies in different ways – lest you tend to think of Canon as a ‘Camera Company’, have a look at some of the reports from their 2017 Corporate strategy conference and see how little of it covers cameras…
It seems they take a long term view…

canon long term view

7th In a sign of the times, ‘Popular Photography’ magazine and are to close after nearly 80 years
Do have a look at what the cover photo was for the first issue in 1937 [DPR] – probably not what you were thinking…

Two as yet unannounced Canon DSLRs – from wireless comms registration. One has the same ES200 wireless unit as the 800/77D and would seem most likely to be the 150D/SL2 … could the other be the 6D mk2?

The info [nok]

  • DS126631
    Digital single-lens reflex camera
    Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed – Equipped with latest wireless module ES202
  • DS126671
    Digital single-lens reflex camera
    Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed – ES 200 wireless module

6th A rumour [CR] suggests that there will be new firmware for the 5D4 in the next month or so, and as well as the normal bug fixes, there may be new camera functionality.

2nd More information about the Canon global shutter sensor with wide DR (8th Feb below) [Nikkei]


28th Canon CP+ interview [DPR]

“… overall we are looking to simply be number one the combined SLR and mirrorless market, offering a total package.”

27th Interviews time for CP+

  • Olympus discussion [IR]

15th With the release of the M6, 77D and 800D it’s time for an update to the Canon time line. I’ve split the 800/77D and put the M6 as a new line since I’m not yet sure that the M3 won’t be kept on in a plan to expand Canon’s mirrorless range (much like the move of the 760D replacement to xxD status.

When will the 6D get an update, and is there ever going to be a 100D update? 80D and 7D mk2 updates look for 2018 at the earliest, as might be a full frame mirrorless.

So, for the time being… (check timeline further up the page for latest)

12th Over the last few weeks I’ve been reviewing the ~$1400 BenQ 32″ 4k SW320 monitor. One of the things I most noticed about the sheer amount of detail on the screen was that images from my old Canon 1Ds at 100% only just exceeded the screen size – images from the 5Ds at full screen look astounding. The resolution and finer pixel pitch do make quite a difference in editing and other aspects of image processing.  I’ve just got Sigma’s 12-24 f4 DG lens to test as well, and it’s looking good at the huge screen size.

11th Magic lantern forum [MLF] item about downgrading Canon camera firmware – useful notes about firmware in general

8th Info about a Canon 2/3″ CMOS Image Sensor with 110dB Dynamic Range, 3.4μm pixel pitch and global shutter [ISW]

Offset microlenses and unequal pixel sizes improve off axis dual pixel sensor phase AF in a new Canon US patent [USP]

offset pixels

Just the sort of thing that would be useful for larger sensor mirrorless ;-)

3rd Sony quarterly sensor sales info [ISW] Includes info about the effects of the earthquake that hit their manufacturing.

When big pixels help.
Some info about the ‘Super 35’ Arri Alexa sensor shows its different aspect ratio modes for video and how dual readout from each pixel is combined to give 16 bit ‘HDR’ [Arri]


alexa sensor s

2nd An insight into Olympus R&D for their camera development [DPR]


31st The DSLR focus screen isn’t being left behind. A Canon patent [USP] looks at making less regularly spaced micro lenses for, amongst other things, a brighter view (One thing I do miss from when I went from 1Ds3 to 5Ds is the loss of specialist focus screens – I mostly don’t care about al the extra stuff the LCD offers)

[Note: more patent info on the Lens info/rumour page]

focus screen

As ever, don’t expect an easy read if you want to plough through the patent text

Canon has a detailed guide to using the range of AF settings of the 1D X mk2 available for download [Canon]
Note that the AF system in the 5D mk4 is very similar, so it’s worth looking at if you have one of those too

27th After overly exciting some people about the possible return of Kodachrome [Ektachrome returns] A few more details… yes, Kodak do want to resurrect some films [Time], but good old Kodachrome is not top of the list [some of my thoughts from the time it was finally killed off]

A more sober analysis would look to the infrastructure needed for something like Kodachrome – this was supportable in the past with big sales volumes, but things like approval of the cocktail of chemicals needed to process it (and their disposal) make for a very different environment.  It was never cheap, and whilst a few might be happy to pay $100 a roll (process paid) its future is well behind it IMHO.

26th As expected, the nicely compact Pentax KP is out – overview at [DPR]
Expect some whinging about the lack of 4k video, mostly from those that couldn’t make effective use of it, even if it was there ;-)

Now Canon, what about an update to the 100D (still Karen’s favourite from all my Canon cameras)

25th Full specs for the latest Pentax DSLR are out [Nok – xlt]


  • New generation 24.32 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, low pass filterless
  • Image processing engine “PRIME IV” and accelerator unit
  • 5-axis camera shake compensation “SR II” (shake correction effect: 5 steps) in the body
  • SAFOX 11 (distance measuring point 27 points, out of 25 cross type centers)
  • High resolution RGB sensor of about 8.6 million pixels
  • ISO sensitivity: 100-819200
  • Sequential shooting: 7 frames / sec (up to 8 JPEG, up to 8 RAW, RAW + 7 frames)
  • Mechanical shutter with fastest 1/6000 second
  • The fastest 1/24000 second electronic shutter
  • Dust-proof and drip-proof structure using 67 sealing parts and cold resistance of minus 10 ℃
  • Real · Resolution System
  • Low pass selector
  • Optical viewfinder with a field of view ratio of 100% magnification of about 0.95 times
  • 3 type about 921,000 dots vertical tilt type liquid crystal
  • Full HD video, 4K interval video
  • DR II
  • Motion bracket, depth of field bracketing function installed
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b / g / n)
  • Corresponds to “GPS Unit O-GPS 1” (sold separately)
  • Recording media: SD / SDHC / SDXC card (compatible with UHS-I standard)
  • Battery: D-LI 109
  • Size: 131.5 x 101 x 76.0 mm
  • Weight: 643 g (main body only), 703 g (including battery / memory card)
  • Expected release date: February 23, 2017
  • Color: Black / Silver
  • Lens Kit: None
  • Mass retailer price: 137,700 yen including tax
  • D-LI 109 and D-LI 90P available for battery grip D-BG 7

16th Canon should be relatively happy with the BCN sales awards for 2017, coming first in most categories and knocking Sony into third in the mirrorless category (1st place Olympus) [PR]

Next up is the CP+ show in Japan (23rd-26th Feb).  Much more a venue for camera announcements than the recent huge CES show. Canon are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the EOS range [Canon] and no doubt want to make a splash at their local show. Time for the 750/760D replacements and maybe even the 6D mk2, but that’s still more widely expected later in the year.

Next show for me will be the UK’s  ‘The Photography Show’ in Birmingham at the NEC [18-21 March], where I’m going to be giving a series of talks about making large prints from your photos.

12th Once again Canon keeps its No.1 position in the number of US patents awarded to a Japanese company (3rd overall) [Canon]

11th The latest version of DPP4 also adds support for a whole slew of older Canon cameras:  Full details on our Canon software page (originally set up for people who’d lost their install CD)

Newly supported PowerShot G9 X Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi / EOS 400D DIGITAL, EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT / EOS 350D DIGITAL, PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100, and PowerShot S100V.

10th Some time ago there were reports of Canon’s work on a 250MP APS-H sensor – there’s more info [IR] about how it may be appearing in products – but don’t expect 420MP full frame 1Ds, 1D Xs or 5Ds variants too soon :-(

1st With the CES show in the US, it’s time for some compact cameras.

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 4 January 2017 – Canon today refreshes its acclaimed PowerShot G-series with the PowerShot G9 X Mark II, a super slim, pocketable powerhouse. Offering superfast continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps, a large 1.0 type 20.1-megapixel sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor, the camera delivers responsive performance and stunning results with every press of the shutter. Whether you’re an enthusiast looking for a trusted companion, or ready to upgrade from a smartphone, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the camera to be carrying.

and some even smaller ones…

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 4 January 2017 – Canon today unveils three new compact cameras that help you get ready to capture any spontaneous moment, with the introduction of the slim and stylish IXUS 185 and IXUS 190, and the mini-bridge superzoom, the PowerShot SX430 IS. The new IXUS models are the slimmest in the range, perfect if you want a camera to carry with you wherever you go, with image quality that wows. The PowerShot SX430 IS’s massive 45x zoom is perfect for families looking for a camera to take them closer to all their special moments, so they can be relived again and again.

and a few camcorders too

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 4 January 2017 – Canon today unveils a refreshed LEGRIA HF series with the introduction of the LEGRIA HF R806, LEGRIA HF R86 and LEGRIA HF R88. Offering an easy-to-use, quality HD video camera experience for families and memento seekers, the updated line retains the features of their predecessors and adds more creative control including flexible slow and fast motion effects, enhanced low light capability for clear and colourful movies and an all new body finish.

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