Canon just sent us a gift guide for the upcoming holiday season. We're working on our own list, so be sure to check back later to see what our recommendations include. Note:
B&H prices may
be lower than those listed here (some items are currently eligible for rebates). Gift Ideas from Canon EOS Rebel T5i
: The perfect gift for someone looking to step-up their photography skills, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR camera offers great features that make taking high-quality, creative images a snap. Plus, with built-in HD video functionality, you can create amazing Full HD movies when working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing. This camera is a perfectly well-rounded device for capturing any moving or still moment (black, $849.99 with lens kit). PIXMA iP8720
: If there’s an avid DIY-er on your holiday list, the PIXMA iP8720 Crafting printer will become their most beloved crafting tool. Send images or crafting templates directly to the printer from a mobile device via Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) app. Print stunning photos or documents up to 13-by-19-inches with a 6-color ink system that features a unique gray ink for stunning black-and-white prints (black, $299.99). PowerShot G7 X
: This super sleek and stylish camera is the ultimate accessory with its incredible imaging capabilities – that nearly rival a DSLR – and built-in connectivity features like Wi-Fi and NFC. The sleek, compact body also sports a unique tilt-type touch panel LCD for capturing amazingly creative shots (black, $799.99). PowerShot SX700 HS
: For someone who loves to travel near or far, pick-up this pocket-sized super-zoom camera. Snap and share close-ups from any distance with a high-quality 30x Optical Zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC that make posting high-res images online a breeze (black or red, $349.99). PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
: Don't let this compact powerhouse’s slim profile fool you. This fashionable camera won’t only make you stand out from the crowd, but it’ll deliver brilliant still images and stunning 1080p HD videos (purple, black or silver for $199.99). PIXMA MG7520
: This all-in-one wireless photo printer is a perfect pick for photography enthusiasts who are looking to combine their desire to print high quality pictures with their need for a tried-and-true home office solution. With built-in PPS cloud technology that lets anyone in the house easily print documents, stunning images and more right from their tablet or smartphone, this printer will make handling homework, projects and all other print jobs a breeze (black or white, $199.99). PowerShot N100
: This light and uniquely-designed camera is perfect for the social media-savvy guy or gal on your holiday list. The PowerShot N100 is equipped with Wi-Fi and a Dual Capture camera that takes a photo of you while you snap a shot – so you can always be part of the moment (black or white, for $349.99). PowerShot D30
: Rugged and sporty, the PowerShot D30 is the world’s deepest waterproof camera, ideal for those who love adventure. The camera is equipped with a GPS tracker that records where and when pictures were snapped – so every action-packed memory can be captured and documented instantly (bright blue, $329.99). EOS Rebel SL1
: As the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camera, the new EOS Rebel SL1 is small in size but enormous in performance. Featuring a Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and speedy Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of extraordinary quality - ideal for those stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera. The EOS Rebel SL1 also makes amazing Full HD movies working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing. (black or white, $749.99 with lens kit). VIXIA mini X
: Capture memories and record your own adventures with this tiny personal camcorder that boasts high-quality audio capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi and a unique, flat design for easy handling. At only 8.5 ounces, you can shoot beautiful, high-quality video and stills wherever you go (black, $399.99) SELPHY CP910
: This adorable, budget-friendly printer will create instant prints from your smartphone, tablet or camera – wirelessly! Now, photos can easily live outside of your mobile device on a fridge, in a frame or incorporated into a creative DIY project (white or black, $99.99).
Upon reading the modifications listed in the COOLPIX S6900 Firmware v1.1 release, I actually laughed heartily for several seconds (laughing harder with every modificaiton I read). This is definitely the strangest set of bugs I have ever seen in a camera. [Sean]
From Nikon:This service provides software for upgrading COOLPIX S6900 firmware to 1.1
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
- This software is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license at the bottom of this page. When the user selects the I agree - Begin download option outside of the frame, agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred and the user is bound by the terms of the Nikon Corporation (hereafter “Nikon”) License Agreement.
- Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software.
The following issues with display languages selected for Language in the setup menu have been resolved.
- The German language could not be selected if Date and time under Setup Menu>Time zone and date had not been set.
- The Hungarian language could not be selected when a locked SD memory card was inserted in the camera.
- The Portuguese (PT) language could not be selected while the battery was charging while inserted in the camera, or with an active Wi-Fi connection.
- The Russian, Hungarian, and Romanian languages could not be selected with an active Wi-Fi connection.
- Depending upon the display position on the Language settings screen, the Persian language sometimes could not be selected.
the COOLPIX S6900 Firmware v1.1 Update
JuicedLink debuted a product at NAB (March) that I was very interested in, the Little DARling
(Distributed Audio Recording). The concept was simple – instead of using wireless mics to transmit their audio to a single recording source, each mic would be individually recorded at the point of capture to a small wearable device. While I was sure that distributed audio recording could introduce some issues that I'd need to consider, I thought it was a solution that I could use for several of my video productions (assuming it was cost-effective).
The Little DARling was initially scheduled for release in late summer 2014. As that time came and went, I sent an email to Robert at juicedLink on Wednesday to inquire about the delayed release. He was tight-lipped about the details regarding the delay, but nudged me to subscribe to the blog for updates (the blog hadn't actually been updated since March). Two days later, an updated appeared...
Little DARling Update: Wireless Control
So, everybody wants to know what happened to the Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder that I showed at NAB this year. Well, I got more ideas of things I wanted to add to it. Specifically, wireless control. It was clear after many conversations at NAB, that the market adoption of the Little DARling would be limited until a couple of problems were first solved:
My plan became to introduce both versions of the Little DARling at the same time, so they could share the same printed circuit board. So, this meant pushing out the original DARling, to work on the wireless stuff. I also did not want to go public with this plan until I was far enough along with the design, where I knew I could fit the wireless receiver on the board. Check out this brief introduction v-log:
- How to sync the audio from the Little DARling with the video, when the Little DARling audio could potentially be very different from the camera audio.
- How to navigate within potentially very long DARling recordings.
The entire update
is worth reading if you might be interested in the Little DARling. I'm personally looking forward to this release.
We'll keep you updated as more details – like availability and price – roll in. [Sean]
The Canon Professional Network: Tips and Tricks
has been around for quite some time. It's updated quite regularly with new tidbits of information. Lately, they've been adding items relating to the EOS 7D Mark II and the Speedlite 600EX-RT.
From the Canon Professional Network: Tips and Tricks
Speedlite 600EX-RT: auto assist beam firing
Within the camera menus of several EOS models, there is an option to enable or disable the AF assist beam when shooting in low light. If you enable the function on the camera menu, but the AF assist beam on your external Speedlite does not fire, check the Speedlite’s custom function settings. If the custom functions in the Speedlite are set to not fire the AF assist beam, this will over-ride any setting made in the camera menu. To re-enable the AF assist beam, simply switch the Speedlite custom function to allow the beam to fire.
EOS 7D Mark II: EOS iTR AF
Like the flagship EOS-1D X, the EOS 7D Mark II features EOS iTR AF, which improves autofocus tracking by recognising faces and subject colours in addition to looking for subject contrast. When shooting with the EOS iTR AF function enabled, you may find the AF is actually slightly slower and the maximum shooting speed in continuous high speed AF is slower than expected. This is especially likely in low-light shooting and is due to the extra data being processed from the metering system before a subject can be tracked. If you need the fastest AF possible and want to achieve the maximum frame rate and do not need to make use of the colour and face tracking, switch the EOS iTR AF setting to ‘disable’.
I suggest bookmarking the Tips and Tricks
page and checking it periodically. Even if you're very familiar with your camera gear, you will likely find a useful gem. Recent Tips and Tricks
- EOS 7D Mark II: EOS iTR AF
- EOS 7D Mark II: AF point orientation
- EOS 7D Mark II: AF point selection settings
- EOS 7D Mark II: AF Tracking sensitivity
- EOS 7D Mark II: viewfinder information
- EOS 7D Mark II: anti-flicker shooting
- Speedlite 600EX-RT: auto assist beam firing
- Speedlite 600EX-RT: memory function
- Speedlite 600EX-RT: temperature warning
- Speedlite 600EX-RT: using modelling flash
- Flash technique: freezing subjects with flash
- Flash technique: Speedlite 600EX multi-flash
- EOS 70D: shutter speed display
- EOS 70D: AF assist beam
- EOS 70D: AI Focus and Servo function
Want a thorough explanation of the differences between the 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III and 1D X's AF systems? Check out this helpful information
that Chuck Westfall gave us.
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
and the Speedlite 600EX-RT flash