Canon has recently patented new technology that lets you zoom the camera’s lens automatically. It’s made to be AI-operated, and it zooms the lens on your behalf to help you reframe the shot.
Do you ever get that feeling that you never have enough batteries for your camera(s)? I do, especially when I’m shooting video. OEM batteries for most mirrorless cameras can be insanely expensive, but many people shy away from third party batteries. But there is another, much less expensive power option available to many mirrorless camera shooters these days, and that’s USB Power Delivery.
I’ve spoken about USB-PD here on DIYP before. I use USB-PD cables that negotiate the voltages for me and let me feed it into a dummy battery inside my camera. But now, most new cameras are coming with USB-PD support natively built right into the camera. And we’re not just talking about charging up the battery here, either. No, you can actually power your camera from a USB-PD power bank (personally, I’m a fan of OnSite 100W PD battery)
Gizmodo has uncovered almost two dozen complaints to the FTC over websites posing as Canon scamming them out of hundreds or thousands of dollars. New printer users are a fairly easy target because almost everybody who has a computer has a printer, not just photographers, and the hassles of setting them up and keeping them running smoothly aren’t exactly a secret, to the point of ridicule in popular culture.
So, people often need help setting them up or dealing with issues when they arise. This is what the scammers are taking advantage of, and more specifically, users looking for drivers for their shiny new printer. According to the report, the scam exploits an issue whereby Canon’s official website often seems to be down (although that’s not an issue I’ve seen personally), forcing users to Google alternate download locations.
So, it looks like we won’t just be seeing an EOS R7 soon, but an EOS R10, too. According to multiple reports from Digicame-info and Canon Rumors (1, 2), we’ll be seeing an EOS R10, a potential successor to the Canon EOS M5 and the apparently discontinued EOS M6 Mark II, being announced on May 24th. We’re also going to be seeing an EOS R7 being announced possibly on the same day.
CR has also posted a couple of possible specs lists, which they say they have confirmed for the EOS R7, but don’t clarify on the EOS R10. If the specs lists are even close to accurate, though, it looks like Canon is kicking things off with a couple of fairly decent bodies.
Well, that didn’t take long. Just days after rumours confirm (if that in itself isn’t an oxymoron) that the Canon EOS R7 is going to be announced later this year, we have our first set of rumoured specs. Honestly, though, I’m not entirely sure how accurate these are going to be at this stage. I think most of these can be put down to some decent guesswork based on the other stuff Canon already has on the market.
But as well as a first rumoured specs list, Canon Rumors is reporting that “trustworthy sources” have told them that Canon will release two “RF-S” lenses – the mirrorless equivalent to Canon’s EF-S APS-C DSLR lenses – at the time of the EOS R7 launch.
Well, it’s been a minute or two since we last heard about Canon finally creating a follow-up to their popular Canon EOS 7D Mark II, the APS-C sports and wildlife shooter announced in 2014 and reportedly discontinued in 2019. There were reports at the end of 2020 that an “EOS R7” was spotted out in the wild, with many expecting an imminent announcement. It never came.
APS-C RF mount rumours started to hot back up again last September, though, but since then it’s basically been radio silence – except for a vague mention of an APS-C RF mount camera coming this year. Now, though, Canon Rumors is reporting that the Canon EOS R7 (they say they’ve confirmed that this is what it’ll be called) is going to be announced later during 2022, with Q4 being the most likely timeframe.
Just when I thought I could write about something else today, Canon pops up to let us know that they’re announcing a new firmware update for the Canon EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II digital cine cameras. What does this new firmware do? I hear you ask… Well, it adds support for Frame.io Camera to Cloud (C2C). Frame.io C2C allows for lower bandwidth proxies to be beamed over to remote editors across the Internet for collaborative workflows.
You will still need a 3rd party encoding device in order to be able to actually send this footage out to people as the cameras don’t natively have any kind of Interner connectivity, but the new firmware update will provide support for such devices. You’ll have to wait a little while for it, though, as it’s not being released until the end of May. Here’s Canon’s complete press release.
The military of defence in Ukraine has recently released a video that shows a Ukrainian soldier dismantling a Russian military surveillance drone. Standard stuff perhaps, but what is interesting is that the camera that is being used inside is a good old low-end Canon DSLR.
The video shows a soldier sitting next to what it says is a Russian Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had crashed in Ukraine, and comments on how surprisingly low-tech the whole device is.
The infamous lens mugs are something most photographers actually dislike, or so I’ve heard. But would you give a chance to other photo-related tableware?
Canon recently introduced a set of lacquered wooden dishes inspired by its lens hoods. It’s nothing like those plastic lens mugs from dollar stores, but it was carefully crafted using traditional Japanese woodworking techniques.
Canon has released new firmware updates for the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras. The EOS R5 specifically sees some AF accuracy optimisation when using the recently announced Canon RF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM lenses with the RF1.4x and RF2x teleconverters. Both cameras, however, see improvements to the stability and reliability of Eye Detection autofocus as well as AF tracking for moving subjects.