Am I Excited About the New Canon EOS 1D X? Or, Where are the pixels?
In my Dec 23, 2010 What I Want From Canon for Christmas post, I requested a 1Ds Mark IV with "... the latest DSLR features (horizon level, better LCD, HD video ...) to be added to it. Increase the resolution and frame rate too."
As the dust settles on the big Canon EOS 1D X announcement, I am getting asked the question "Are you excited about the new Canon EOS 1D X?" The ONLY reason I am being asked is because the 1D X has fewer pixels than the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III it replaces.
I have personally chosen the 1Ds III over the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV as my primary camera because of the full frame sensor format and higher resolution. Otherwise, I consider the 1D IV a better camera overall.
So, the 1D X retains the full frame sensor I strongly want but gives up 3mp of resolution. And yes, I will probably be able to notice that difference. Here is an example (use the mouseover feature) of what this difference is going to look like - though the 1D X should be considerably sharper than the 60D. But the reality is, that at this resolution, 3mp is not a great amount. And the quality of the pixels matter. With the promise of impressive pixel-level image quality, the trade-off may be even less than it first appears. Again, reference the difference in pixel-level image quality between the 1Ds III and the 60D in the example provided.
So, even if I don't gain resolution by upgrading to the 1D X, I do not expect to lose anything of significance in this regard. Looking at the additional features I gain makes it easy to say that March will be a long wait for me and that at least one 1D X will definitely become part of my kit.
I am simply drooling over the 12fps frame rate. Better LCD, incredibly high ISO settings, improved self-cleaning sensor, new AF system, built-in level, better auto white balance, HD video ... the entire list of feature improvements is huge. The significanly-lower-than-the-1Ds-III's-market-entry-price-tag is also greatly appreciated (the 1Ds III was $8,000).
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Perhaps the 5D Mark III will get the megapixels? My expectation for the 1Ds III replacement to precede the Canon EOS 5D Mark III appears to be coming true. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an incredible camera for the price and continues to be great seller. My expectation [a guess] is for Canon to continue the 5D product line in some form and an EOS 5D Mark III, based on history, could very well be their 5D model line upgrade choice. I could see Canon making this camera an ultra-high resolution model. Perhaps with an articulating LCD?
When will a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or equivalent be announced? I have no idea. Canon does not share this information without an NDA - and I am not currently under such an NDA for this product, so please don't ask. :) Basing purchase decisions on rumors can mean a VERY long wait for a product to become available - if it ever becomes available at all.
Buy your gear when you need/want it is the advice I usually give.
Canon EOS 1D X Preorders
My guess is that the Canon EOS 1D X will be hard to get for months after it first hits the shelves. Preordering will be the best option for getting one of these cameras early.
At this time, I have not found any preorder opportunities for the 1D X. Perhaps the "estimated retail price" [Canon USA press release] and long delivery time may be holding retailers back from committing to deliver this camera for a specific price (some were burned on price in the last rounds of super telephoto lens preorders).
Continue to follow this news page to be notified of Canon EOS 1D X preorder opportunities.
DateTime: 10/18/2011 1:25:01 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon Launches Three All-In-One Photo Printers
Canon press release:
CANON U.S.A. LAUNCHES THREE PIXMA ALL-IN-ONE PHOTO PRINTERS WITH HIGH-END PRINTING FEATURES AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
Featuring the new FastFront System and Software Upgrades to Easy-PhotoPrint EX and Full HD Movie Print
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 18, 2011 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced three new PIXMA printers – the MG4120 Wireless1 Photo All-In-One, MG3120 Wireless1 Photo All-In-One and the MG2120 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers. Combining function, reliability and creativity, these new models offer users the opportunity to print high-quality images to share with friends and family. The new MG4120 is also compatible with the PIXMA Cloud Link2 for easy printing of photos and templates directly through the printer without the use of a computer on the 2.4 inch color LCD screen.
Print with ease with the new FastFront system
With the new FastFront system, the ink storage and paper tray are conveniently located in the front of the machine, allowing access for users to easily load ink or paper. All three printers feature the ChromaLife 100 ink system3, which utilizes a two cartridge system, one black and one color. The new ink system on-board this year helps deliver the high quality photos you can expect from PIXMA printers while providing brilliant colors particularly in yellow and red areas, especially on plain paper. To help optimize user workflow and print with ease, Auto Duplex printing is also available for the first time in this class on both the MG4120 and MG3120 printer, helping to reduce paper usage by up to 50 percent. As an added bonus, when using these new printers consumers will be provided with exclusive printable content through CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM4. The content on this site includes postcards, albums and many more projects including paintings by artists such as Norman Rockwell.
“It is an exciting time in the printing industry with new technologies and features helping users print in new and creative ways,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The launch of these impressive models is a prime opportunity to showcase Canon’s renowned efficiency and ease-of-use in overall printing.”
Personalize your prints with new creative features
Full HD Movie Print5 software has been enhanced as well to produce clearer images of frames from videos captured on compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital Cameras. Users can easily tell the story of videos from memorable events, frame by frame in a more unique way than before by merging multiple images into one final shot, capturing nearly every portion of the action. Consumers can explore their photographic creativity when customizing images with the recently enhanced Easy-PhotoPrint EX software. This updated software from Canon allows users to artistically alter images to create fun new looks using Fun-Filter Effects such as Fish-Eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Soft Focus and Blur Background.
Accessibility at its finest
With the capabilities of mobile and wireless devices continuously advancing, the PIXMA MG4120 and MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO printers can print from nearly any computer or mobile device. Compatible Android and Apple smart phones and tablets enjoy enhanced accessibility through the updated Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app6. Users can now scan documents on the printer to be sent directly to a compatible mobile device. These PDF’s can now be printed on a compatible PIXMA printer for convenient on-the-go access.
The PIXMA MG4120 and MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO printers are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified, allowing for a fast network transfer rate. Setting up either printer to a wireless network can be done with the press of one button when using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). In addition, Canon offers its award-winning service and support online at www.usa.canon.com/wirelesshelp, where customers have access to manuals and video tutorials to assist them in setting up a wireless PIXMA device.
Increasing its wireless versatility, the PIXMA MG4120 Wireless Photo AIO printer supports the new PIXMA Cloud Link, which allows registered users of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Google’s Picasa Web Albums to wirelessly access their photo albums stored in those services directly on the printerwithout the use of a computer6. Additionally, users of the MG4120 will also have access to exclusive printing templates including stationery, envelopes, memos, calendars.
Delivering superb color at affordable prices, the PIXMA MG4120 Wireless Photo AIO, MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO and the MG2120 Photo AIO each deliver a maximum color resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi7. The PIXMA MG4120 Wireless Photo AIO printer can output at approximately 9.9 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 5.7 ipm for color8. The PIXMA MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO printer delivers output at approximately 9.2 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 5.0 ipm for color8. The PIXMA MG2120 Photo AIO printer provides output at approximately 8.4 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 4.8 ipm for color8. All three printers can produce a 4” x 6” borderless10 photo in approximately 44 seconds9.
The PIXMA MG4120 Wireless, MG3120 Wireless and MG2120 Photo All-in-One Printers will have an estimated selling price of $129.99, $79.99 and $69.99 respectively11.
CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is an exclusive online photography resource and service for owners of registered qualified Canon products. Camera owners who have registered a qualifying Canon camera via their Canon Account can upload and share up to 2GB of photos with friends and family. Members also gain access to informative photography-related articles on topics such as macro shooting, portrait photography, printing tips and print projects to get the most out of their photos. Owners of registered qualifying printers can use their photos to create greeting cards, calendars and much more with Print Projects! Printer members are provided with a wide array of helpful articles to enhance their experience with their Canon printer and to help them create inspiring projects.
†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
1 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g or 802.11n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
2 Subject to the Terms and Conditions of use of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Picasa Web Albums, depending on the service the consumer is using.
3 Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100 for additional details.
4 To access CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM from a qualifying printer, all of the software and the full set of Genuine Canon Inks that came with the printer must be properly installed.
5 Full HD Movie Print allows printing from HD or Full HD "MOV" movie files created by Canon EOS Digital SLR or PowerShot digital cameras. From PC, or Mac with Intel® processor. Print quality is determined by video resolution. Function does not upscale video resolution. Requires Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.5 or later, or Canon ImageBrowser 6.5 or later.
6 Requires Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app, available for free on the App Store, or Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Android app for free in the Android Market. Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4; iPod touch; and Android devices running Android OS 1.6 or later.
7 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 at minimum.
8 ISO/IEC 24734define the default print speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set. See www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.
9 Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed is measured as soon as the first page begins to feed into the printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.
10 Supported paper types for borderless printing are as follows: Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Photo Paper Glossy and Matte Photo Paper.
11 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Canon celebrates production of 50 million EOS SLR cameras, 70 million EF interchangeable lenses
Canon press release:
TOKYO, October 18, 2011—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the achievement of two major manufacturing milestones: combined production of film and digital EOS-series single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras surpassed the 50-million mark in September this year, and the EF series of interchangeable lenses is expected to reach the 70-million-unit milestone later this month.
50 million EOS digital SLR cameras
Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras first started in 1987 at Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.), and later moved to Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan; and most recently Nagasaki Canon Inc. in 2010. In 1997, the EOS series celebrated its 10-year anniversary in addition to the 10-millionth unit produced, and in 2003 passed the 20-million mark. Following the rapid spread of digital SLR cameras, Canon went on to reach 30-million units produced during the series' 20-year anniversary in 2007, followed by the 40-million mark in May 2010. After a short one year and four months, the EOS series has now come to celebrate its 50-millionth camera produced.
The EOS series, which stands for "Electro Optical System" and also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, was first introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras that incorporate the world's first electronic mount system, achieving complete electronic control not only between the lens and body but throughout the entire camera system.
With the key concepts of high speed and ease of use, EOS-series cameras, including the top-of-the-line EOS-1 professional model released in 1989 and the popular compact, lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) introduced in 1993, actively incorporate innovative technologies and have gained acceptance from a wide range of users. Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, when the spread of digital SLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses in an effort to fulfill the company's new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality.
Currently, the company offers a broad product lineup that serves the needs of all levels of users, from entry-level enthusiasts to advanced amateurs and professionals. This lineup has further expanded with the addition of the new high-performance EOS-1D X, Canon's new flagship digital SLR camera, scheduled to go on sale in late March 2012.
70 million EF lenses
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) film cameras first began in 1987 at the company's Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing centers, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20-million units in 2001. After reaching the 30-million-unit milestone in 2006, Canon celebrated the production of its 40-millionth lens in April 2008. Owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series of digital SLR cameras, production for Canon's EF lenses then gained momentum to reach the 50-million-unit milestone in 2009, followed by the 60-million mark in January this year. And just nine months later, the EF series is expected to reach the 70-million mark in late October.
Canon's EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts*1 as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element.
Canon's current EF-lens lineup, comprising 66 models,*2 ranges from super-wide-angle lenses to super-telephoto zoom lenses. The diverse lens selection includes an array of zoom lenses, Image Stabilizer-equipped lenses, large-diameter lenses, macro-lenses and TS-E lenses incorporating a special tilt-shift mechanism allowing manipulation of image perspective and distortion. This year, Canon released such EF lenses as the EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM—the world's first*1 full fisheye zoom lens with angle-of-view coverage from 180-degree circular fisheye to 180-degree diagonal fisheye—and the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lenses.
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
*1 Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras
*2 Including two EF lens extenders and models available outside of Japan
DateTime: 10/18/2011 1:18:35 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, October 17, 2011
Adobe Posts New “Sneak Peek” Videos
Adobe press release:
Photoshop “Unblur” Technology Stuns Crowd at Recent Adobe MAX Event
Adobe MAX 2011
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today posted videos of the technology “sneak peeks” that were showcased recently at the company’s annual MAX user conference in Los Angeles. Included in the videos is the image deblurring technology, demonstrated in an on-stage demo by Adobe senior research scientist Jue Wang, which has become an Internet sensation.
“Adobe's technology leadership is ensuring that designers and developers have the tools they need to help shape the future of digital media.”
"We sneaked some early-stage technology from our labs during the recent Adobe MAX conference that exemplify the kind of technology innovation that is thriving across Adobe," said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer, Adobe. "Adobe's technology leadership is ensuring that designers and developers have the tools they need to help shape the future of digital media."
The sneaks are intended to give MAX attendees a look at future technologies. These technologies may, or may not, make it into future versions of Adobe products. The demos are currently being hosted on AdobeTV, and include:
• Image Deblurring – removing blurriness from digital photos caused by camera shake while the pictures were being taken;
• Local Layer Ordering – a new way for graphic designers to create layered compositions that better reflect the way real world objects act;
• InDesign Liquid Layout – using InDesign to create high quality magazines that automatically adapt layouts across devices and screen orientation;
DateTime: 10/17/2011 9:14:42 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Announces Production of the Sixty-Five Millionth NIKKOR Lens
Nikon press release:
Steady sales of NIKKOR lenses continue
Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon SLR Cameras Reaches Sixty-Five Million
October 17, 2011
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached sixty-five million at the beginning of October 2011.
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F. At the same time, Nikon also released its first NIKKOR interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, among them the Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f/2. In the half century since, NIKKOR lenses have become the favorite lenses of a wide variety of users, and have been extremely well received by a great number of photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.
In March 2011, total production of NIKKOR lenses reached sixty million. Since then, Nikon has continued to expand the product lineup by releasing two new NIKKOR lenses for FX- and DX-format SLR cameras. The fact that NIKKOR continues to satisfy a wide variety of photographers is evidenced by production of an additional five million lenses in just half a year, bringing total production to sixty-five million.
NIKKOR lenses released since March 2011
• AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (released June 2011) A fast, standard fixed focal length (prime) lens that produces bright images and offers beautiful blur characteristics and superior rendering performance with a focal length of 50 mm and fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. This lens is compatible with the FX format.
• AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G (released August 2011) A standard Micro-NIKKOR lens with a focal length of 40 mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. This lens enables extremely close-up shooting with a minimum focus distance of just 0.163 m and offers beautiful blur characteristics. It also offers a unique style when shooting portraits, landscapes and more. This lens is compatible with the DX format.
Announced worldwide on September 21, the Nikon 1 J1 and the Nikon 1 V1 are the first and second cameras in the Nikon 1, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses, that utilize the new Nikon 1 lens mount system. The F-Mount NIKKOR lenses, with over half a century of history, can also be attached to the Nikon 1 J1 and the Nikon 1 V1 using the dedicated Mount Adapter FT1*. This enables users to enjoy tremendous variety in their imaging expression with the ability to select a lens best suited to the scene, subject, or their own creative intent from a broad lineup of standard and special-purpose NIKKOR lenses. Nikon will continue to expand its lineup of NIKKOR lenses utilizing optical technologies accumulated over its long history to offer increased convenience to users of Nikon cameras.
* Autofocus may not perform as expected in some situations or with some lenses. Restrictions apply to mounting and functionality with some lenses.
The NIKKOR brand
As the brand name for Nikon lenses, NIKKOR has become synonymous with high-performance, high-quality SLR lenses. The NIKKOR name comes from adding "R"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. In 1933, the large-format lens for aerial photography was released with the name Aero-Nikkor.
NIKKOR has always been ahead of the times. The OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 fisheye lens for SLR cameras, released in 1968, was the world's first lens to incorporate aspherical lens elements. What's more, NIKKOR lenses for the latest SLR cameras utilize a number of Nikon's own cutting-edge technologies, including Nano Crystal Coat, which virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.
The current lineup of more than sixty NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras offers a rich variety of lenses, including fisheye lenses, super wide-angle to super telephoto lenses, micro lenses and PC-E lenses.