Plenty of news comes from Canon today. They have announced two new DSLR cameras: EOS 77D and T7i (which will be known as EOS 800D outside the US). These will most likely make advanced beginners happy, as they will allow them expand their knowledge and skills. Canon has also announced a new 18-55mm lens to go along. You can order them separately or with some of the cameras, there are several options available. But let’s take a look at the details.
Both photos and specs seemed to have been leaked for Canon’s upcoming M6 mirrorless camera. And there seems very little to distinguish it from the EOS M5, released only a few months ago. In fact, the only real differences seem visual. There’s a slightly different control layout on top, the popup flash has moved, and the electronic viewfinder has been removed entirely.
Looking at the specs so far, though, they appear pretty much identical. Same resolution, same processor, same video, same tilting touchscreen LCD, built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. That is, assuming the information is accurate.
A few weeks before Christmas my best friend’s husband rang me:
Daniela, I want to buy M a camera. What should I get her?
I asked the standard questions: how much does he have to spend and what sort of photography does he think she’ll be doing. He tells me there’s £500 in the kitty and she’s been making murmurs about taking more landscapes and getting better photos of the dog. I suggest that maybe he wants to look at an Olympus PEN. They fall well within his price bracket; they’ve a good frames-per-second rate and lots of AF points for capturing their off-his-rocker dog; and they’re pretty light. Given that my best friend lives close to the Alps and walks a lot, this is a bonus.
However, I add my usual disclaimer. ‘For that money, no one is going to sell you a bad camera. It’s more important to find the one that best suits your specific needs.’
I still remember clutching a pair of Nikon D100 bodies back in 2004 when Nikon announced the insanely high resolution 12MP D2x. It seemed so wild back then when other high end bodies were still only 4-8MP. People lamented on various forums about “the laws of physics” and how quickly the megapixel race would end. Oh, how short sighted we all were. We’re spoiled by today’s sensors.
With entry level models today at 24MP, and higher end bodies going 36-50MP, it just seems nuts by comparison. But, that’s not enough for Canon. Oh, no. At CES this year, Chuck Westfall (the real one, not the fake one), was showing off Canon’s 250MP APS-H sized (1.3x crop) sensor. Chuck says that it’s unlikely we’ll see this sensor in a DSLR any time soon, but it does hold some exciting possibilities for the future.
The Canon AE-1 was a landmark in the SLR history (this is right, no ‘D’ there). It was introduced back in 1976 and if you are holding any SLR/DSLR from Canon, there are probably traces of the AE-1 design in it. Why is it so good? And why you should get one today? hit the jump to find out.
Canon have updated their popular G9X compact camera with a couple of new additions. While it remains largely unchanged from its Mark I predecessor, it does feature a couple of pretty significant changes. The two biggest two being the massive speed increase from a 1fps Raw “burst” to 8.2fps as well as a new dual IS system utilising both the sensor and lens.
Although compact cameras seem to be slowly dying off due to the advancements of cameras in smartphones, it isn’t stopping some companies. Some people just prefer the versatility of a zoom lens and better ergonomics. The G9X Mark II is also the first Canon PowerShot to feature Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as improved AF tracking.
Here is something that can have a huge impact on how Canon shooters will aces their files. Up till now, they were dependant on Canon’s proprietary raw format – CR2. But a recent proof of concept from Magic Lantern shows that Canon bodies can shoot DNG right inside the camera.
As a short recap, each camera maker has their own closed proprietary format in which the provide RAW files. Canon uses CR2, Nikon has NEF, Sony uses ARW and so on. The thing is that each of those formats are proprietary. Adobe DNG, on the other hand is open, light and releases software makers from their dependency on camera makers.
Magic Lantern used “a1ex” (who seems to be very active in ML development) released a proof of concept snippet of code that makes Canon cameras save DNG files rather than CR2 files.
Photojournalists and documentary filmmakers get into a series of unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Seizing or steeling their cameras is very common, and the unprotected data on camera’s memory card can easily fall into wrong hands. This is why Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to five of the world’s leading camera manufacturers: Nikon, Sony, Canon, Olympus and Fuji. They asked them to build encryption into their photo and video cameras, which could protect the filmmakers and photojournalists who use them.
Technically, I suppose, it’s two curved sensors. But, one of them can actually be bent and have the curve adjusted at will. At least, that’s how it seems if I’m reading this right. The reasons for these curved sensors seem to cite primarily technical and practical benefits of a curved sensor. One that can be bent at the user’s behest, though, opens up a whole host of potentially cool and interesting creative options for the future of photography.
The first patent, filed in April 2015 was published a couple of weeks ago. It shows a fixed curved sensor. If Google’s translation is any good, Egami seem to suggest that this is designed to help reduce vignetting issues. But, each lens presents vignetting in a slightly different way, so I think it’s likely that this design is with a specific lens in mind. Perhaps some type of compact camera, or even a cellphone.
The series is joint venture between National Geographic and Canon.
Season 1 (six half hour long episodes – available on Netflix worldwide) follows five photographers around the world documenting their approach to photography and story telling.
Continue reading to watch the trailer for both Season 1 and Season 2…