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2017 February

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…

 Crop 200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
BestFull   1Ds1Ds Mk II1Ds Mk III1D X1DX II
1.3  1D1D Mk II1D MkIIn1D Mk III1D Mk IV          
video              1D C     
HighFull               5Ds/5Dsr
      5D5D Mk II5D Mk III5D Mk IV
1.6          7D7D Mk II
'Better' Full              6D    
Mid1.6    300D
Kiss N
Kiss X
Micro1.6             100D SL1 X7    
Entry1.6         1000D / XS / F1100D / T3 / X501200D T5 X701300D T6
1.6               M5

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

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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