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2013 Information

2014 January 2nd Happy New Year to all our visitors!
No new rumours, but I have just finished a review of the NEC SVR272 27″ monitor – a great monitor if you need accurate colour, or have plenty of spare cash burning a hole in you pocket ;-)

2013 December

30th Only Canon/Nikon/Sony to survive the next few years as camera makers?
An [NYT] article [via Reuters] retreads this currently popular path and includes some comments from a Credit Suisse analyst suggesting dire times ahead for the camera industry ‘also-rans’.

I’m minded to note that one of such analyst’s jobs is to produce stuff that gets picked up by the media, that and to sell large (expensive) reports. The article contains nothing much new, but has already stirred up some of the forums devoted to assorted mirrorless brands ;-) 
If you want a more balanced view of the markets, keep an eye on Thom Hogan’s site [ByT]

Meanwhile it seems that Samsung’s current model counter is about to click over from NX20 to NX30 (still 20MP APS-C, better ISO, better video)

26th Whilst noting 7D stocks low in some countries, I also see that UK prices have dropped a bit on many cameras since the chart I published last week below [see EOS 7D mk2 page]
There are more indications of a Nikon flagship announcement [D5 page] – what’s to come from Canon?
25th Christmas greetings (or whatever your designated midwinter holiday is) to all our visitors :-)

Thanks to everyone throughout the year who’s sent in information and comments. Please do feel free to write in (we never divulge sources) or if you’ve suggestions for articles/reviews, just let me know – Keith

Toshiba pixel design24th Another sensor patent from Toshiba has R+B and G pixels.
The R+B pixels alloww for greater colour separation (always an issue with stacked R+G+B foveon type designs) [EG – Goog xlt]
If you look at examples from earlier this year [July], you can see other Toshiba patents, looking at alternatives to the standard Bayer approach.
All companies are looking at this [Canon from May]
So, who’s going to be first with a major non-bayer announcement?
22nd Looking at the chart below, I was truck by just how much the 1100D extended the price range of Canon DSLRs downwards – did people still want this 12.1MP camera?
Well, yes they do…
There is some interesting info about which cameras are ‘most wanted’, in’s DSLR ‘wishlist’ data
Number one in all DSLRs is the T3i (600D) and number two the T3 (1100D).
The 100D is at 4 and the 5D3 at 6 (the first non CaNikon DSLR is the Sony A3000 at #27)
The 600D also tops the ‘all camera’ wish list.
21st How about a new high end camera with a hybrid viewfinder? EVF for video and optical for stills [CW]

For myself, I’ve no difficulty with a sufficiently good EVF for my static work (such as architecture) where having a zoomable liveview, visible in daylight, that didn’t require me to use my glasses would be useful. The optical side, if this was at ‘1 series’ level, needs to be at least as good as the 1D X, and accept interchangeable focus screens if it’s not to be viewed with some scepticism. 
I’m not sure whether Canon would introduce such a change at ‘flagship’ level or more at the 7D mk2 level (the 7D was the debut for several technologies).

20th After being told that the 1100D would continue ‘for some time’ before fading away [1200D page], I looked at today’s UK DSLR body prices for Canon.

UK Canon DSLR prices dec 2013

The 1100D body only price is down to ~£220 in the UK, and I’m minded to think that Canon is quite happy to have this DSLR at this price point until the 100D is replaced and the 100D can be slid downwards.
19th There’s been bit of a flurry of info [thanks] about potential new cameras next year (as well as the expected 100D and 700D updates). A high MP camera is expected for Photokina (1Dxs page) and the on/off/on 7D2makes a reappearance at CR
18th A Canon patent for a motorised quick return mirror for small DSLRs [EG – Goog xlt]
Related to the mechanism of the 100D?

12th New version of DPP adds Digital Lens Optimizer applicable lenses (see Canon s/w page).
Reports of a European dealer now listing the 7D as ‘no longer manufactured’.
11th Firmware update for the 7D 2.0.5 [Canon]
Fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the Canon EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A.
10th More about ‘non-bayer’ sensors on their way from Sony, but not till 2015 [SAR]
Whether a camera is launched in 2015 or 2016 seemingly depends on the competition. Give that Nikon use Sony sensors, I suppose that means Canon…
I’ve still seen no better translations of the Canon interview notes yesterday (on mirrorless page)

5th I’ve got all my new Canon kit from Park Cameras in the UK for several years and wanted to wish them luck with their announcement of a new camera store in central London, just off Oxford St. It’s good to see a ‘real’ camera store after the demise of Jessops and Jacobs, I hope it works for them.

Security warning – fraud attempt using my name – Several people I know have received fraudulent emails in my name saying that I’m stuck in the Philippines and need money. I’m in Leicester, UK at home. I’ve just made a cup of coffee and played my piano for a bit…

2nd It’s worth noting that Sony seem to have developed a 54MP full frame sensor – looks as if yeilds are still too low to see it for a while, but it would make for an interesting D800 followup or D4x [SAR]

The last week has hardly made anything much clearer from my own POV – even long standing sources disagree. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such directly conflicting information. If I give -some- credence to both versions, it could well reflect differences in timing. As one of the many 1Ds3 users who didn’t consider the 1D X more than a full frame 1D mk4, I know I’d -like- to see a ‘studio’* camera (my 1Ds3 is exactly six years old this week), but I’m not expecting anything soon.

Go on Canon, make a camera I -want- to buy for my work ;-)

*’studio’ for me includes building sites, foundries and other unpleasant environments where I want a suitably hefty 1-series type camera


30th Thanks for all the feedback on the info from Thursday – much appreciated! 

See the rather different angle on upcoming cameras on the 1D x mk2 page.

28th We’re told [thanks] that the 5D mk4 will push towards higher specs, and that Canon’s new ‘studio camera’ will be the one to ‘maximise total image quality’. The point was that there will be no 3D and that by early 2015 there would be 4 full frame cameras (6/5/1/1s) available, two of which would be announced next year.

The info is said to have come from a recent high level dealer presentation in Japan (i.e. snr. execs) and when asked about potential medium format the only response was that it was ‘still an option’.

Now if only someone could get a copy of the powerpoint slides ;-)
Note that despite how this has been reported elsewhere,we were only told that 4 FF cameras would be available – not what they were, or what the -two- for next year would be.
My suspicion is that the 6D won’t be updated for a while, but this far out I’m keeping a pile of salt nearby ;-)
BTW, away from rumour land, I’ve just finished a short review of the Topaz B&W Effects plugin :-)

27th In an interview, the Leica CEO wonders if we’ll still have a DSLR market in 10 years time? [via MR] Whatever happens, 4/3 isn’t for them…
25th In an update, we’re told that the ‘high end DSLRs’ mentioned yesterday are slated for the run-up to photokina, whilst the EOS video range will be updated sooner.

Back in the non-rumour world I’ve been testing the Samyang 14mm lens a bit more and have posted quite a few sample shots on my G+ pageGiven its noticeable distortions (even though sharp and fairly CA free) only a few shots show it up.

24th We’re told [thanks] that exploiting the full capabilities of Canon’s dual sensor pixel design needs the next step in processing capacity [Digic 6?], for larger sensors and higher end video, but that it is capable of much more than just AF. The benefits of this and improved codecs would be seen in the next generation of Cxxx EOS video cameras and new high end DSLRs in the coming year. [my emphasis]

This was aparently picked up in a discussion at the recent Inter BEE show in Japan where Canon people have been singing the praises of the new dual pixel AF in the C100 and C300. 
Since video still falls into the ‘interesting, but no real use to me’ category of camera functionality, I’m not as well up on devolopments in this area as I could be. 
Any additional info much appreciated…

white Canon Kiss 7 / SL1 / 100D14th After all the rumours, there -was- another DSLR to come from Canon, but…

White and grey Kiss 7 launched in Japan [Canon Japan – Goog xlt] Two white (non ‘L’) lenses too (EF 40mm and 18-55 STW). Specs are as per black version.

13th A white version of the Kiss X7 (100D) is on its way [DCI – Google xlt]
12th Over the years, I’ve been a regular visitor to the Focus show at the NEC in Birmingham. Unfortunately, this year’s was the last.
However, it seems that a new show, aimed much more (but not exclusively) at the Pro market is going to make its debut next year. More details at “The Photography Show
March 1st to March 4th 2014
A support listing shows a Samsung NXF1 – another move into ‘full frame’? [PR]
11th Canon Japan mention a ‘white Kiss’ [DCI] – so it looks as if the big announcement will be a white camera – Yay!
Meanwhile, a Canon patent [EG – Goog xlt] looks at using the split pixel design (70D) for having pixels of differing sensitivity/size.

One way for increasing dynamic range comes from smart combination of two differing pixel outputs, although there are issues with the angle of light entry from different lenses. It looks as if ‘dual pixel’ might be part of Canon’s push to address some of the sensor performance issues that some perceive?

split pixel design patent

Canon new camera8th There is a CPN article about the new 5D3 firmware
And… what’s this?

Appears at
I believe the text means “In November Canon goes all white” or “November 2013, Canon will start from the white world. Coming Soon.”
So, a white version of a Rebel (xxxD) sized camera? An SL2 already? Some marketing wheeze connected with the winter olympics?

But who knows, let’s see rumourland work this one up into a 47MP EOS 3D

6th Whilst we’ve seen a few big firmware updates for cameras, Canon is going to be offering a sensor update (to a 70D style dual pixel AF sensor) next year, for $500.
No user servicable parts… Details on EOS video page


31st Suggestions for a new top end 1 series next year (see 1DXs page)
Also, a product announcement in the next couple of weeks? (EOS M2?) [CR]
30th Canon patent looks at variable reflectance pellicle mirrors in DSLRs [EG Goog xlt.]
The 5D3 gets a firmware update to V1.2.3 – assorted fixes.
26th Seems that Pentax will eventually bring out a FF camera, and the Mk2 version of the 645 will be along some time [PR] The 645 is a long running story …see the Digital MF page for more.
Nikon continue to tease for their ‘real camera’ [NR]
25th Canon profits down – drop in interchangeable lens cameras [BloomB]

“Canon Inc., the world’s largest camera maker, cut its annual profit forecast and predicted its first drop in sales of models with an interchangeable lens as consumers switch to smartphones to take photos. Net income will probably total 240 billion yen ($2.5 billion) for the year ending December, the company said in a statement yesterday, cutting its earlier forecast of 260 billion yen. The new projection missed the 250.8 billion-yen average of 21 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.”

I’m not sure I really believe the reassuring words from Canon:

“The decline in demand for interchangeable lens cameras stems from sluggish economies especially in Europe and Asia, Chief Financial Officer Toshizo Tanaka, told reporters in Tokyo yesterday. “It’s a temporal [sic] decline and we expect demand to pick up next year as the global economy recovers.””

A more critical view [FP] suggests changes ahead:

“Point, shoot, collapse: Why big camera companies are the next BlackBerry”.

I note that:

“… Nikon shares are down 33% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange so far this year, and Canon, which at least has other business lines to fall back on, is down almost 7%…” 

According to one imaging analyst (take with pinch of salt, their job is also to sell expensive reports ;-) )

““Nikon recently said they have a five year plan to address this. My view is, that five year plan should have come out five years ago,” Mr. Chute said. “They’re not going to be around in five years.””

Add in Thom Hogan’e ever perceptive comments [TH] and we can expect to see some hefty changes on the way (see also my own thoughts about this from earlier in the Summer – Camera sales fall – so what? )
24th Canon UK ‘Winter cashback‘ until January the 14th – note the £50 off the M…

The Nikon ‘retro DSLR’ looks increasingly real, with video trailers [PB]
Canon’s press release about the US PhotoPlus expo – nothing much new

“MELVILLE, N.Y., October 23, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will demonstrate its latest digital camera and printer lineup as well as the recently announced firmware upgrade to the Canon EOS-1D X DSLR camera at PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 24 – 26, 2013 in Booth #121. Visitors to the Canon booth can learn about the latest upgrades to be available for the EOS-1D X camera via firmware*, which provides professional photographers with more control and speed so rapidly changing action can be captured with greater ease. Attendees can experience first-hand Canon’s Cinema EOS System, the Company’s latest DSLR cameras including the EOS 70D featuring the revolutionary new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, the full line of EF lenses, professional and consumer camcorders, PowerShot cameras as well as the PIXMA PRO series of professional inkjet printers and the new PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) platform”

23rd New firmware on its way for 1D X and 1D C

“Developed as the ultimate Canon EOS camera, the EOS-1D X Digital SLR is designed with foresight that enables its performance to be periodically improved with new firmware upgrades, helping to ensure maximum long-term value for owners and users of the camera. These improvements are engineered to support and advance the evolving creative needs and business imperatives of professional photographers and committed high-end amateurs. The features provided by firmware version 2 are designed for more efficient automation that takes the task of changing settings away from the “heat of the moment” and enables photographers to concentrate on creativity and obtaining valuable shots. Firmware version 2 upgrades and operability additions include a total of 10 features that are now new or improved:”

Full details on 1D X page.

Features very much aimed at previous 1D users rather than 1Ds ones IMHO

22nd In an interesting set of comments from different sources (thanks – more details appreciated ;-), we’re told that Canon is not going to jump on the ‘retro’ bandwagon and that the heart of their interchangeable lens camera strategy, will be just that – the lenses. A key part of next year’s plans will be to ‘fill out’ the EF lens range still further. Canon knows that the right lenses can create a longer lasting ‘brand stickiness’.

From my own POV I have to agree about the lenses, and it will be interesting to see how things progress once the froth of the recent Sony announcements dies down.
There has been a rush of Nikon ‘retro SLR’ type rumours over the last few days, including the suggestion that the camera won’t have video. Possible of course, but not one I’d put too much of a bet on.
The timeline below is still a good guide to the more obvious replacements.
Like many 1Ds3 users, I’m still waiting for the successor, rather than the full frame 1D mk5 (aka 1D X), but since my 2007 1Ds3 is still working fine, I can wait ;-)

9th Canon (US) have issued a product advisory notice for LP-E6 batteries

“In rare cases, the orange lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 will blink rapidly at regular intervals when the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is inserted. In such cases, charging the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 is not possible.”

Full details on our Canon battery page
8th Pentax (Ricoh) show that there is still room for a high spec APS-C DSLR with the K3 [DPR]
If it sells well, can we expect the long overdue D400 or even the 7D mk2?
1st The actual text of the German invites makes any new product announcements unlikely:

“seien Sie live dabei. Erleben Sie die Highlightprodukte von Canon begleitet von einem spannenden Bühnenprogramm und Seminaren rund um das Thema Professional Imaging. Einen dieser Termine sollten Sie sich unbedingt vormerken, jeweils 13-20 Uhr.” [Goo-xlt)

Unless of course, Canon decide to ‘announce’ something before that (‘in development’ for example) to take some of the shine off the forthcoming raft of Sony announcements (full frame NEX for example) [SAR]


30th There are ‘professional’ Canon events in Germany in October, starting on the 12th in Berlin
A ‘1 series’ body without the usual markings?…
canon professional events in Germany

Thanks for the info!

27th Swappable sensor patent from Nikon [EG Goog xlt.] addresses issues of alignment.
21st Suggestions that there will be no more DSLR/EF lens announcements this year from Canon [CR]
With a raft of Sony announcements coming up in October, expect to see the level of ‘what are you doing Canon?’ calls to rise in the forums ;-)
Time to look at that timeline again. Replacements due?

1D X – maybe an announcement in late 2014, but 2015 wouldn’t surprise me.
3D and MF – I’m told that ‘preview’ announcement are out, given the chilling effect on already low sales. Such announcements will come ‘in due course’ particularly when there is something for them to work against.
5D4 – 2015
7D2 – Outside chance this year, but looks 2014. Is there a link between the long life of the 7D and the D300/S ?
750D – Spring 2014
100D – no idea, how’s it been selling?
1100D/T3 – Who wants one?
M – (update) the EOS M2 is listed in the supported camera options of the latest DPP
Digic 6 processing – half expected for the 70D, perhaps to appear in the 750D and an EOS-M next year.

18th The lull continues with ongoing mentions of an EOS-M replacement (or two). No signs of any DSLR or EF lens announcements on the way from Canon at the moment.
In the US, Canon’s offer of a 1 year warranty on refurbished products runs for another week or so
A new Nikon 1 may be along this week, whilst the D600 price has dropped and the D5100 is listed as discontinued.
14th Back after a week’s holiday and there’s been hardly a rumour of note…
Canon have announced some very low light video using a specially developed 35mm sensor.
We’re hearing that there will be some Canon announcements connected with the PhotoPlus show in NYC in October [23rd – 26th], but no details as yet. It’s looking as if there will be some big Sony announcements (FF NEX)
Canon have changed some aspects of the CPS program in the US [CR]

3rd Canon obviously wants more sales of DSLRs [see – ‘Camera sales fall’so in the US, it’s extended the rebate scheme until the end of September [see B&H latest Canon rebates]


30th DxOMark passes comment on the 70D sensor comapred to the previous 18MP versions.

“A DxOMark Sensor score of 68 is good for a Canon APS-C size sensor in fact it’s the best score the firm has achieved with this sensor size to date, but that’s only two points up on the best previous score of 66 points.
As a result, the scores for Color Depth, Dynamic Range and Low-Light ISO are all an improvement on earlier models but it’s an incremental increase on the EOS 60D. On the plus side, this sensor has the highest pixel density of any previous APS-C size sensor from the firm (which bodes well for fine detail rendering) while still offering the dual pixel construction with its unique AF capabilities required for video capture with the mirror locked up.”

27th A Nikon patent for an adjustable low pass filter for sensors [EG – Google xlt]
Turn it on for video, off for stills.
24th One Canon strategy to counteract falling DSLR sales … sell more security cameras!

‘”A major focus for the next phase is increasing our business-to-business (B2B) sales, and of course security cameras – which is a huge market – is part of that,” Canon President and CEO Fujio Mitarai said in an interview.
… Canon sees surveillance cameras, which research firm IHS forecasts will swell by two-thirds to a global market of $23 billion by 2017, as a wide-open playing field with no dominant suppliers and an ideal target for its B2B ambitions.’

Article at Reuters

– just what we need, more surveilance cameras in the world :-(

I’ve been asked what the significance of the patent shown yesterday is?
Well, with all Canon’s larger camera senors to date, the A->D conversion is handled off chip
See last year’s Chipworks article about Canon sensors for more.
It will be interesting to see an analysis of the 70D sensor…

canon sensor ADC patent23rd There is a new Canon 70D technical report at the Canon camera museum.
A new US Canon patent describes a different way of working the analog to digital converters on a sensor [PDF]

I’ll leave analysis of the benefits of the dual ramping reference signals and on chip ADCs to those with more up to date semiconductor knowledge than mine…
Suggestions? [Discuss on G+]

22nd With Nikon looking to more profitable products [Nikon], what will we from Canon as a response? I somehow don’t think it’s just more point and click cameras and the G16 we’ve seen announced today.
17th I’ve long been waiting for a digital adapter for my old 35mm film cameras – it could take a step closer with the DigiPod. All they need to do is raise some funding…
16th Does the recent decline in DSLR sales signify (yet) another big change in photography? I’ve been looking at some of the figures and wondering just what it might mean?
Camera sales fall – why do you still take photos?

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15th Canon win EISA awards for the 100D, 6D and 200-400 lens.
For the full news from ‘Awards Land’ see the photo category at EISA

Who are these people and where do they lunch? 
“In June each year, the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet to decide which of products analyzed in their publications during the past year deserve the coveted EISA Award.” EISA FAQ

9th The way prices change…
The graph shows UK prices for the D800 and 5Dmk3 (blue is lowest price, orange is average price) The D800E is typically ~£350 more expensive than the D800. Note that prices include UK VAT (20% tax)
comparative prices of the 5D3 and D800 over time

Original data is from the useful CameraPriceBuster site – some slight inaccuracies will come from my adding together the two graphs.

8th The patent relating to a Fuji organic sensor is available at FPO {PDF}
Meanwhile, Thom Hogan pulls apart the Canon and Nikon sales numbers [TH] and the picture for Canon and Nikon is not exactly rosy.
7th Interesting article at Chipworks about the state of sensor design (see also PDF article).
In the US, rebates on the 6D and 100D (SL1) have been extended though to the end of August (full details on 6D and 100D pages).

BTW If you use Silver Efex Pro, then I’ve just written up some experiments about using it for luminosity blending, for colour images


31st Yes, there was a Canon announcement today – a couple of camcorders. I can but quote the press release…

“Canon today announces the LEGRIA mini – a new digital creative camcorder that gives users unparalleled flexibility and freedom to express and share their passions – reflecting a growing trend for self-expression through video.”

As to announcements in August – the photo sharing options and a few point’n’shoot cameras seem the current favourites.

30th Canon press event scheduled for Weds. 21st August in the US [PB]
Plenty of candidates, but with the recent fire sale of the EOS-M, I’d put it towards the top of the list.

Yes, I’d like a ’75MP’ 1 series, but I’m not holding my breath …oh, and the 7D2 as well. 
I’d also note that we’ve not seen much about Canon’s ‘Project 1709’ photo sharing cloud stuff for a while…

Canon has firmware updates for the EOS 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV.The updates incorporate the following fixes:

Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual, causing premature battery drain.
Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70″ may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.
Canon 1D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.2
Canon 1Ds Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3
Canon 1D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.1.4

There is also a Canon Europe announcement tomorrow ‘Your audience is waiting‘. See also Canon Youtube video.
29th A while ago, I reviewed the beta version of Kuuvik capture, a Canon camera tethering software package that includes features such as focus peaking. It’s now at V1.1 and has added focus stacking and wireless control (for some cameras).
There is also a US Panasonic patent (PDF) that describes using light that’s gone through the imageing pixel layer fro AF use.
Meanwhile, Sigma has a countdown to an announcement of some sort on Thursday…
toshiba pixel design - reflectors28th More sensor patents – this time from Toshiba [EG Goog xlt.] looks at reflecting light around after microlens to achieve colour separation.
Other versions look at different arrangements of stacking sensor elements, so you could have a main green and stacked R/B arrangement.
toshiba pixel design

As to when (if) any of these non-Bayer solutions appear, I just recall all the predictions of the demise of Bayer, when Foveon appeared a few years ago, and remember that there has been a lot of development money put into Bayer style sensors over the years.

26th Canon overall figures down: [AP]

“Canon sold 19% fewer digital cameras worldwide in the second quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year – with demand for interchangeable-lens cameras falling 4%. However, Canon’s global imaging division sales revenue climbed 4.4% and the firm says it held the number-one spot for photo and video in the UK for the first half of 2013 ”

There is a new Canon article about the 70D dual pixel AF [PDF]

“This is not just a new technology. It is a revolution that will significantly expand the possibilities of DSLR cameras.
“The correct way to take photos is by looking through an optical viewfinder and shooting”
“Live View is a subsidiary function, inferior to the optical viewfinder”
“The DSLR’s movie mode is so difficult, as to be usable only by a professional”
Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a new technology that will cast aside these assumptions. The entire surface of the sensor is lined with pixels composed of two photodiodes each, and the image plane phase-difference detection AF focuses using the phase-difference of the two parallax images.”

Looks like we’re going to see it pretty widely adopted. I see this as softening the ground for moving to EVFs, initially at the lower end of the range – if the 1100D gets replaced, I’d not be surprised to see it there first in the SLR range.
DPP has been updated to V3.13 – more details on our ‘Installing Canon software without a CD page
EOS Utility also updated.
Two articles from Canon DPP 3.13 features and one about about EOS Utility
25th More multilayer sensor ideas. What happens to the light that’s the wrong colour for your Bayer pixels and goes through? Nikon have a patent for using it for AF
stacked sensor for AF

second layer of sensor uses complimentary colours for AF detection

Note that the diagram above doesn’t really address how the complimentary colours are used for the AF side of things. Found via [ISW] see the full US patent at FPO for more
Whilst on the ‘how many pixels?’ line, an upcoming Sony SLT may feature a new 32MP sensor an 8-14FPS [SAR] (~72MP on FF if that’s APS-C).
24th Big megapixel numbers are in vogue again (75 at the 1DXs page) These seem to have firmly killed off any talk of Canon and medium format. We’re still hearing that there are 2 Canon DSLRs left for announcement, although I’d not be totally surprised if nothing appears until 2014.
22nd Not rumour…

If you’re looking for a large printer, I’ve finally finished my review of the Canon iPF6450 24″ printer – about the longest printer review I’ve written to date. Questions welcome!

17th Canon in Germany have a video teaser for a new product(s) at the end of the month (31st) [PB] probably consumer related, but we’re hearing that an update to the EOS-M is not far away.
I’d note that Canon hasn’t been doing much publicly with Project 1709 for some time (it’s been in ‘Beta’ for some time)
The rumour world seems to be spraying model numbers around, with a mention of an 8D (first for some time).
10th With the rapid encroachment of phone cameras on conventional point and shoot sales, it’s good to see that the head honcho’s at Nikon realise that something needs to be done, although in a recent Bloomberg interview the timescales might need a bit of attention…
9th Over at CR there is a suggestion that next year will see two ‘pro level’ DSLRs. The 1D X was announced in 2011, even if it took nearly a year to appear. The 1D C is effectively a specialised 1D X and dates from April 2012
Then again there is always the chance of a 3D or 1D Xs ;-)
Have a look at the Timeline below to get a feel for how long various cameras have been round.
2nd The 70D is announced and the ‘bet the farm’ feature is a dual pixel design that allows any pixel to be used for AF. Not much use for conventional DSLR use, but a boon to the hold it at arms length/video users.
Worth noting that the dual pixel design might also be used for improving dynamic range and equates to fitting 40.4MP on an aps-c sensor, or 103MP for full frame…
Expect to hear more of this


28th Seems that Canon France ‘just had a web typo’… nothing to see here, move along folks ;-)
Meanwhile look for new wonders under the Hasselbling label, it seems that they are hiring… [PR]
27th The 70D at ~20MP is suggested for next week. At last, we see the sensor for the next few year’s Rebels and maybe even the 7D2
Interestingly Canon have been surveying users about compact/system cameras and the 1D series.
Then there is the Compacts 36×24 placeholder text at Canon France

Is there more to come than the 70D before too long?

text from Canon France site

24th We’re told (thanks) that Canon have been summoning inviting some people from dealers for a ‘big’ product launch within the 6-8 week timeframe. If so, expect to see some more serious leaks within the next couple of weeks. No details of just what was meant by ‘big’, since in PR speak that could be anything!

I’ve just finished a review of the Topaz Clarity plugin – some useful contrast/tone editing functionality.

18th Product advisory for 1D X and 1D C
Rumours are so thin on the ground that a blurred out camera and a possible ‘3’ on a neckstrap wakes up the high MP Canon DSLR rumour mill. Pics on EOS 3D page.
14th New firmware for 650D
9th Next time you’re thinking of shooting video at a concert – be very careful if laser light gets into your lens.
The breaking of the RED EPIC video sensor wasn’t cheap (and good luck in getting anyone to accept liability) see ISW for a discussion about the mechanisms and some examples.
7th Canon are again promoting their summer rebate scheme, here in the UK – running until the end of July.
I note that it doesn’t include the 60D, 7D and 650D (600D is listed)
I’ve heard elsewhere that the 650D has been pulled from many stores, since the 650D/700D differences are so slight.
There is new firmware available for the 1D X
6th There is a suggestion that the 5D3 will have the 24-70 f4 IS as a kit option [CR]
Whether this indicates that the 24-105 f4L IS is on its way out is unsure.


30th For those of you wanting to use you nice new 200-400 lens with the 1Ds3 and 1D4, there are some firmware updates (1D4 also includes another minor fix)
26th A collection of Canon rebates in the US (examples from B&H) – runs to June 22nd

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $3299 (Save $200)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3899 (Save $200)
Canon EOS 6D Body $1899 (Save $100)
Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $2399 (Save $200)
Canon EOS 7D Body $1299 (Save $200)
Canon EOS 7D w/18-135 IS $1599 (Save $200)
Canon EOS 7D w/28-135 IS $1499 (Save $200)

22nd canon multi-layer patentA Canon patent from July 2011 showed a 3 layer ‘foveon style’ sensor (right).
This followed on from a 2009 sensor patent that appeared in the metering system of the 7D.
A new version has now appeared [EG-xlt] which moves this forward.
Compared to the earlier version, parts have been turned upside down, although it is still B-G-R from top to bottom.
canon 3 layer pixel design
The patent addresses problems of absortion of photons in the deepest red layer, and uses a resonance effect to improve efficiency
We’ve now had several mentions of an upcoming 70D in early August.

If Canon do decide that their bayerless technology is ready for real use, I’m not sure where they’d use it first. Maybe the much larger pixels of a full frame sensor rather than the smaller sensors? (~46MP FF equiv. of an 18MP APS-C). Then again, the 7D was used to debut several new technologies, including our old friend, the 18MP Canon APS-C sensor…

16th No real signs of impending DSLR updates – an addition (or two) to the EOS-M range is likely, but estimates of when the 70D and 7D2 will appear range from next month to next year… [CR]

I note that several sites seem to be suggesting different versions of this, but as far as I can see they are based on the CR comments.

14th At last, the 200-400mm is formally launched – full details
12th We’re told (thanks) not to expect any DSLRs until August and that the EOS-M is next up for re-vamp.
Some purported images of an S200 and replacement for SX500 appear at DCI-xlt

Whilst this fits with all the current rebates (UK 60D/7D till end May, Germany till end July), DSLR related info has been very thin on the ground of late. I’ve never looked at the data, but have cameras in rebate/cashback schemes had replacements announced during the scheme before?
If updates for the 60D/7D have digic 6 processors, they will become the only camera lines to skip a generation (Digic 4 to Digic 6) other than the 5D to 5D2 Digic 2 to Digic 4 jump (note, I don’t regard the 1Ds3 to 1DX as a jump- more 1D4 to 1DX)
Details on the timeline below

11th Invite for a ‘Canon event’ on the 31st (Friday) is mentioned via a Dutch source [PR]
10th Suggestions that Canon will put an APS-C sensor in a compact later this year [CR]
Also a patent for using lens IS for astro photography [EG-xlt]
7th Canon Singapore post a video about Digic 6 [Vimeo]
Canon also have a patent for image sensor shifting [EG-xlt] not anti shake, but higher resolution as in multishot backs.
6th Suggestions that the 7D2 is to be a 2014 camera [CR]
As yet, we’ve not heard similar – both the 7D and 60D are still in rebate schemes.

If the 70D is to the 60D, in the same way the 700D is to the 650D then that leaves a lot of people looking for a ‘real’ update.
Whilst on the subject of updates, it’s worth noting how Canon DxOMark scores for APS-C sensors have been static for several years, whilst Nikon scores have been steadily rising.
When are we going to see more than yet another 18MP APS-C version?

3rd I’m reminded (thanks) that the 7D and 60D are still covered in the ‘Spring rebates’ in the UK – until May 31st
2nd A UK cashback scheme runs until 31st July – does not include 60D/7D, unlike the German one from a few days ago.

EOS 700D £50
EOS 100D £40
EOS 600D £30
EOS M £50
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM £20
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM £40
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM £55
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM £55
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM £20
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS £40
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM £20
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM £20
Speedlite 430EX II £20
PowerShot SX270 HS £30
PowerShot SX280 HS £30
SELPHY CP900 £10
PIXMA MG5450 £20
PIXMA MG6350 £20

Details at


30th New firmware for the 5D3 adds clean HDMI and f8 AF – full info on 5D3 page
28th A new cashback scheme starts the first of May in Germany and runs until 31st July, given it includes the 60D and 7D, I’d suspect that we’re not seeing any new 70D/7D2 for a bit? EOS-M relaunch anyone?

EOS 700D Body only 50 €

EOS 700D EF-S 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM 50 €
EOS 700D EF-S 18-135mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM 50 €
EOS 700D EF-S 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM + EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5,6 IS II 50 €
EOS 700D EF-S 18-135mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM + EF 40mm 1:2,8 STM 100 €
EOS 60D Body only 80 €
EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS 80 €
EOS 60D + EF-S 17-85mm 1:4,0-5,6 IS USM 80 €
EOS 60D+ EF-S 17-85mm 1:4,0-5,6 IS USM + EF 70-300mm 1:4,0-5,6 IS USM 150 €
EOS 60D + EF-S 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS II 80 €
EOS 60D + EF-S 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS 150 €
EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS + EF 40mm 1:2,8 STM 130 €
EOS 7D Body only 100 €
EOS 7D + EF-S 15-85mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS USM 100 €
EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS 100 €
EOS 7D + EF-S 17-55mm 1:2,8 IS USM 200 €
EOS 7D + EF 17-40mm 1:4,0L USM 200 €
EOS 7D + EF 70-300mm 1:4,0-5,6 IS USM 170 €
EOS 7D + EF-S 15-85mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS USM + EF 70-300mm 1:4,0-5,6 IS USM 170 €
Speedlite 430 EX II 50 €
Speedlite 600EX-RT 100 €
EF 8-15mm 1:4,0L USM Fisheye 200 €
EF-S 10-22mm 1:3,5-4,5 USM 100 €
EF 16-35mm 1:2,8L II USM 200 €
EF 17-40mm 1:4,0L USM 100 €
EF-S 17-55mm 1:2,8 IS USM 100 €
EF-S 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS 70 €
EF 24-70mm 1:2,8L IS II USM 300 €
EF 40mm 1:2,8 STM 50 €
EF 70-200mm 1:2,8L IS USM II 300 €
EF 70-300mm 1:4,0-5,6 IS USM 70 €
EF-S 60mm 1:2,8 Makro USM 70 €
EF 100mm 1:2,8L IS USM Makro 100 €

I’ve just written a short review of some new Canon camera tethering software – Kuuvik Capture
Some interesting functionality for software that is still only in beta (focus peaking for live view)
16th US rebates run until the 27th, whilst in the UK, they run to the 31st of May and include the 60D. There are suggestions that the 70D will come next week and include yet another version of the 18MP sensor. I do recall that the 7D appeared with quite a lot of new technologies in it (transmissive LCD VF, iFCL metering and that 18MP sensor) A relatively pedestrian 70D update might be seen as heading off, for a bit longer, some 7D users looking to update.
14th New US rebate scheme.

Canon Lens Rebates 2013

The new Canon instant rebate program in the US is announced
It includes the 5D Mark III and 6D) runs until April the 27th.
Full set of info is at B&H Photo.

Canon 5D Mark III – $200 off
Canon 6D – $100-$200 off
Canon 7D – $200 off
Canon 60D – $200 off

9th New 6D firmware:

V1.1.3 fixes minor date/time issues.

7th Suggestions of a Canon announcement on the 23rd [CR] – the 70D is widely considered as next up for replacement, although, there is still that 200-400 lens that really could do with a proper launch one day…


29th More details of Panasonic’s alternative to arrays of colour filters on sensors at [43] – more detailed info at [ISW]

diffraction colour filtering

From article at readcube
25th The move to full format sensors (they have become relatively cheaper over the last few years) continues with a K-3 24MP FF camera from Pentax widely anticipated this week [PR] This was mentioned in the 2013 releases magazine article below [Feb 19th]

I note that those predictions had a 70D launched by now and no mention of the new small Canon DSLR (100D) – that said I’d still expect to see a 70D and 7D2 this year and we do hear of a high MP announcement for later in the year [see 1D Xs page]
I’ve now moved pre December 2012 rumours to the 2012 archive

Our guide to how rumours are received on some forums

#1 Have you seen this?
#2 What do they know
#3 FAKE!
#4 Could you elaborate on xxx
#5 Jeez, cant you people just get out more
#6 You don’t have to read it
#7 Those that really know can’t say
#8 7D Mk2 AF issues
#9 Is that all?
#10 I’m switching to Nikon
#11 It probably back / front focuses
#12 What? no built in pro AF
#13 Why not 1.3 crop – all cameras should be 1.3 crop
#14 Why not full frame? – Canon are ripping is off again
#15 Its going to be so noisy I’ll have to keep my 20D
#16 The more MP are a waste, the lenses can’t resolve that
#17 It’s all lies from from crazy fan boy
#18 What, no built in IS:
#19 I’ll have to be the first to own one
#20 Why would anyone want one

21st 100D and 700D both announced with Digic5
Digic6 is trumpeted in the new Powershots

“Incredible performance with DIGIC 6
At the heart of both models is Canon’s next generation DIGIC 6 image processor, enabling the capture of outstanding images in even the lowest of light conditions, as well as realistically smooth, Full HD movies at up to 60fps. Whether at a party or under moonlight, new DIGIC 6 ensures pictures are low on noise and perfectly-exposed, with up to 30 per cent more detail [@3200 ISO] captured than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.
The HS System pairs the new DIGIC 6 processor with a 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional images in low light, with minimal blur and noise, as well as wide dynamic range – perfect for capturing shadowy detail as the sun sets on holiday. Using the DIGIC 6 processor and HS System, users can enjoy shooting with incredible ISO sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, with outstanding results.
Using DIGIC 6, movies are recorded in the widely-compatible MP4 format, and can be played on a range of portable devices – providing the ability to share recordings quickly and easily with family and friends, without the need for lengthy file conversions.”

So, Digic 6 for the 70D and 7D mk2 ?
I’ve also updated the Canon timeline below – what do the new cameras mean for the chance of a 1200D?
20th The full list of announcements for Friday is said to be:

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
Canon PowerShot A2500 (already announced in some countries
Canon PowerShot IXUS 255 HS (already announced in Japan)
Canon EF-s 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
Canon EOS 700D 18 – 55 KIT STM aka Kiss X7i
Canon EOS 700D 18 – 135 KIT STM
Canon EOS 100D 18 – 55 KIT STM aka Kiss X7
Canon EOS 100D

19th Can we expect new DSLRs later this year to include a Digic 6 processor? Some widely trailed specifications for a new Powershot camera include Digic 6 in the specifications.
Latest ‘EOS-B‘ info suggests that it will have Digic5, and be heavily based on the EOS-M and 650D
Look at the Canon timeline below for how long previous versions of the Digic processor were used – it seems a bit soon for a new version, but Digic 3 had a short run (although two of them still power my 1Ds3)
The 650D is not a year old yet, so a 700D but more likely 70D & 7Dmk2 could be a chance for a bigger jump in capabilities.
… or with latest info, maybe the 700D will be sooner rather than later, and just a minor update.
Meanwhile in one of the most absurd comparisons I’ve seen yet, I spotted that one site had cobbled together an EOS B/EOS M comparison chart – never mind that only one camera is ‘real’, they are able to come up with this gem:

“Both camera have same sensor but Canon EOS M featurs better AF system, advance core specification, smaller body and available at less cost, we highly recommend you to buy Canon EOS M.”

Oh, and Canon have lent me a PRO-10 printer for review – if anyone has any questions, please mail me directly?
18th A fairly detailed set of specs appear at Best Buy in the US for a new small 18MP DSLR – full details on the EOS100D/EOS-B page.
16th If not a 70D, then how about a small all-new 100D – there seems to be all kinds of suggestions doing the rounds at the moment… [CR]

We’ve had unverifiable suggestions for the 1DXs, 3D, 7Dmk2, 70D, and even 2000D over the last couple of weeks. Thanks for the info, but I do need a bit more than just a model number ;-)

15th In Japan, Canon is sending out invites to next week’s event, that include pens with ‘IXUS/PowerShot’ on them, that work as tiny projectors [NP via CR]

Not sure if this lowers the liklihood of a 70D next week (as I wondered with the UK cashback dates below)

14th Canon have announced a range of workshops and classes in the US.
12th Suggestions of a new Canon ‘tiny’ DSLR [CR]
7th A UK Canon ‘Cashback ‘ scheme is starting today [Canon] – runs to the 31st of May.
I note the presence of the 60D in the list – does this make a 70D announcement this month any less likely?
There are ‘Canon Invites’ starting to show up for events on the 22nd/23rd [PRCR]

EOS 5D Mark III £160/€200 PowerShot G1 X £30/€38
EOS 6D £100/€125 PowerShot G15 £30/€38
EOS 7D £80/€100 PowerShot S110 £20/€25
EOS 60D £65 /€80 PowerShot SX50 HS £50/€60
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM £80/€100 LEGRIA HF G25 £75/€95
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM £160/€200 PIXMA PRO-1 £100/€125
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM £80/€100 PIXMA PRO-10 £75/€95
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM £80/€100 PIXMA PRO-100 £50/€60
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM £235/€300
EF 8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM £155/€200
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM £235/€300
Speedlite 600EX-RT £80/€100

5th A new film scanner from Canon

“Replacing the CanoScan 9000F, the CanoScan 9000F Mark II features new My Image Garden software, which provides effortless navigation between scanning functions and features superb photo organising capabilities, including face recognition. For easy document handling, My Image Garden features text recognition (OCR) and PDF file creation, with the ability to add password security to confidential documents. Canon’s helpful Scan to Cloud feature allows users to scan to Evernote or Dropbox cloud services with a touch of a button, while Stitch Assist enables large A3 documents and photos to be scanned in two parts and stitched seamlessly together.”
“Featuring a CCD sensor and maximum optical scanning resolution of 9600 x 9600 dpi for film, and 4800 x 4800 dpi for flatbed scanning”

4th a big sensitive video sensor from Canon [CR] – aimed at security markets

“…Using a prototype camera employing the newly developed sensor, Canon successfully captured a wide range of test video,*4 such as footage recorded in a room illuminated only by the light from burning incense sticks (approximately 0.05–0.01 lux) and video of the Geminid meteor shower. The company is looking to such future applications for the new sensor as astronomical and natural observation, support for medical research, and use in surveillance and security equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the world of new imaging expression…”

Interesting lighting choice… ;-)
March 3rd No immediate signs of a launch of replacements for 650D/60D/7D – there’s a look at the likely specs at [BA]
A look at the Canon DSLR timeline certainly suggests that all three are due this year.
With the recent D7100 from Nikon, the 60D is probably first up, and supply shortages go along with the suggestions we’ve had that a 70D is due this month.


21st Nikon D7100 dispenses with anti-alias filter @24.1MP

Will we be seeing this in any Canon releases – it’s the sort of thing that makes precious little difference for most actual shots (i.e. not ones where you are specifically testing resolution ;-)
Perhaps the loss of filter more reflects developments in RAW processing software and a desire to remove a specialist component (aka cost) from sensors. Oh, and it gives a good arguing point for those more inclined to compare specs than go out and take actual photos ;-)

20th Product advisory [Canon] for 1DX and 5D3 covering AF speed with speedlite assist – firmware fix due.
I forgot to note the Nikons in yesterday’s 2013 list :Nikon D7100 in March, D400 in June and a D4X in October. September is slated for the Nikon 2 – presumably another mirrorless…

The EOS 3D makes a welcome return in the list, rather than a 1D Xs, which has been more of a favourite of late. If you’re looking for a hgh MP Canon, I’d look at both pages where you can see the ebb and flow of rumours, although the 3D’s first mention goes back to 2004.

19th At Pentax forums [PF], there’s a supposed copy of a page from Japanese magazine “Camera Japan”, there’s a slew of ‘predictions’ for 2013
Canon 70D for March, 700D for June, EOS Me for July, 7D Mk2 for August and an EOS 3D for October.
Quite a collection ;-)
2013 camera predictions

…and in non rumour news, I’ve just finished a longish new article about how I go about various aspects of my landscape photography : Making a picture – from idea to print – hope it’s of some interest. Starts right from when I got out of the car, having decided that it was ‘a nice view’ ;-)

16th Canon lenses with a smartphone?? [AS] That’s a fairly hefty crop factor ;-) – probably nothing but worth seeing on Tuesday…

15th Canon are trumpeting their patent performance in the US – 27 years in the top 5
Olympus insist that they are still planning to make DSLRs [PR] although their recent financials look far from healthy (like most of the Japanese camera makers, or at least their camera divisions [SM]). The last 4/3 DSLR was the E-5 in Sept 2010
The scale of losses at defunct photo dealer Jessops is revealed at AP where it’s noted that they owed around $20M to Canon and Nikon. The popular excuse for their failure is the impact of the internet – a more detailed look at this Leicester based ex family business might suggest that the rot set in back in the 90’s with an MBO that helped kill off what made the company work so well …and why when I moved into my house I was a few hundred yards from the worlds biggest photography store, which is now a paint supplier, chip shop and tesco supermarket :-(
There’s more at Steve Goodman’s regular sideways look at business issues [TWb4TW]
13th Further details of Panasonic’s filterless colour splitting for sensor pixels are available [ISW]
12th I’m looking at how to further develop aspects of the Northlight Images site and have been wondering, on the blog, about the future of the rumours pages – All thoughts welcome – Whither rumours?
4th An article at Exposure magazine of a trip to Canon’s Oita factory (poor translation warning)
Panasonic come up with an ingenious way to remove the need for colour filter arrays in sensors, using refraction.
1st In an interview reported at DPR , Canon’s MD for the imaging side of the company suggests that there will be a 70D, but that Canon see FF sensor cameras as longer term the ‘semi-pro’ solution, and are not looking at a large sensor compact. EOS-M sales have been slow away from Japan and the Far East – they seem to think that new lenses will help…


31st Some new compacts and a 1D C firmware announcement…
That’s it for the moment from Canon?

I’m working away at the moment, so my rumour checking is not as exhaustive as usual, but whatever might be coming is still well under wraps.
BTW for those wanting the glamorous life of a commercial photographer, this week I am mostly photographing envelopes, paper, and the boxes they come in ;-) I did get the chance to update my review of scanner profiling with i1Profiler after getting a replacement ColorChecker SG card. It seems that my old one had an incorrect patch on it. The fact that I’d not noticed it, shows how often I use ICC profiling for cameras (I’m using a custom DNG profile made with the ColorChecker Passport for the paper photos.)

27th A suggested ‘roadmap’ at CR suggests 3 DSLRs and several lenses for 2013 – product age would suggest both a 7D2 and 70D, whilst the 650D will be a year old by June. Shortages of the 60D and the need to position any 70D well ahead of a new Rebel (aka 700D) would suggest the 70D first. The new firmware of the 7D last year, could give it enough life to last unil the autumn – although a prompt D400 from Nikon might shift that forward somewhat.
I’d also not forget that the 1100D is now two years old and Digic4 powered, but I’d still push a 1200D back to 2014.
Lenses… 200-400, 100-400, 35mm 1.4L II – all regulars on the rumour circuit. We’ve heard of something else entirely new in the ‘because we can’ category, but apart from the old shift lenses (45,90) no details.
23rd With the Japanese CP+ show a week or so away, there have been no consistent rumours of anything new. The 200-400 lens must get properly announced eventually, we will see more EOS-M lenses and bodies, and both the 60D and 7D are showing their age.
Short supplies of the 60D do suggest that a 70D may be on its way, but with none of the usual flurry of leaked specs from the Far East as yet, it could be a while off.
21st A somewhat cryptic patent from Canon about small pixels and reducing aliasing [Google xlt of Egami]

If anyone can work out what it’s actually saying from the Japanese, please do let me know?

18th One of those ‘old’ features that regularly gets suggested for new Canon DSLRs is the eye controlled focusing found in several models a few years ago (EOS A2E, EOS Elan IIE, EOS IXe, EOS-3, EOS Elan 7E, and EOS Elan 7NE.[US model names] )
It seems that Sony may have another crack at it with their upcoming ‘flagship’ model [SAR] Perhaps this may spur Canon to have another go at it? I’ve never used it, but reports I’ve seen put it wery much into either ‘great’ or ‘useless’ categories, suggesting one reason Canon never included it in any EOS DSLR.
The ‘next big thing’ in sensors could well be three layer sensors, in the Foveon style – this has been one of those ‘not yet’ technologies for quite some time now. The current Bayer style sensors have been getting better over the years, so any new technology has to jump in at at least the image quality we’re used to getting now.
Some of Sony’s thoughts are in this patent [FPO]
Lots of different options, including a mix of red/blue and green sensitive pixels (a sort of ‘half-bayer’ solution).

I’ve also put some extra Canon battery notes on our blog, since Canon in the US have produced a guide to help people spot fakes.

15th It seems that Canon have announced their shop in Calagary [Canon Canada]
“CALGARY, Alberta, January 15, 2013 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions celebrating its 40th Anniversary, today announced the opening of Image Square, the Canon Experience Centre – a unique destination where visitors can interact with the latest Canon technology and benefit from the expertise of photography and business consultants.”

What? Where? and Why? are just three of the questions that spring to mind ;-)

14th It’s widely expected [CR] that Canon will announce some stores around the world tomorrow, but no sign of any camera or lenses at the moment.

No stores mentioned at the moment in Europe or the US, but here in the UK, there are quite a few recently closed Jessops camera stores, if they need the space… [info at AP]

8th Is that it for CES/PMA? Next up CP+ in Japan (31 Jan – 2 Feb) and Focus in the UK (3-6 March)
7th A slew of compact cameras and an odd shaped one from Canon [DPR]
5th Very quiet on the rumours side of things, with no big press events or anything much leaking :-(
1st A general collection of what to expect from Canon rumours appeared on the Xitec forum in China.
I believe this is a scan from the Japanese ‘Impress’ magazine, with their predictions (Nikon version)
camera predictions for Canon 2013
Canon 7D Mark II may come with newly developed CMOS sensor, 10fps continuous shooting speed and ISO expendable upto 25600.
Canon 70D will have same sensor / ISO range as 7D Mark II, but its continuous shooting speed limited to 3fps.
Canon EOS M2 will arrive on 2013
Canon 1DSx is also expected to arrive at 2013.

2012 December

30th Lots of Japanese camera shipment numbers for 2012 have come out recently, both DSLR and mirrorless.
Good places to look for an overview and discussion of what they might mean are Thom Hogan’s Sansmirror site and PP

BTW, I’ve also rounded off my collection of reviews of Nik Software’s plugins with a look at Dfine 2, for noise reduction. Not sure how it slipped through the net, but I’ve now got all of them up to date.

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