From Canon USA: NEW POWERSHOT CAMERAS ‘ZOOM PHOTOGRAPHERS IN’ CLOSE TO THE ACTION AND OFFER FAST AUTO FOCUS SPEEDS TO HELP CAPTURE THE MOMENT IN STUNNING QUALITY
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Canon PowerShot digital camera lineup designed for the on-the-go photographer looking for large extended zoom in compact easy-to-use cameras. For all those times when the action is just out of reach, Canon offers two new super-zoom solutions, the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras featuring an impressive 30x and 16x optical zoom, respectively. Both cameras are equipped with Canon’s latest advancements in auto focus (AF) technology enhancing AF speeds over previous SX-series cameras[i] to capture the excitement in brilliant clarity and quality. The extremely responsive high-speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with significantly reduced lag time. With incredible zoom capabilities, fast responsive AF, stunning resolution and easy-to-use features, both cameras are stylish and compact to take along for any occasion to help you get a good shot from the back of a school theatre or the sidelines of a game.
Borrowing from Canon’s optics expertise, these new models include long-reaching zoom and Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization technology which analyzes the scene being shot and compensates for camera movement for steady images and video even while panning or walking. In addition to the great optical features, both of these new cameras are also equipped with Canon’s Smart AUTO mode – which will automatically apply optimum image settings for 32 different shooting scenarios. In this mode, the camera automatically identifies the ideal setting, making high-quality images easy for anyone to capture.
“In photography, there is no substitution for great optical zoom and while our customers may not always be close to the action, these cameras are designed to help bring their photos and videos in close, with great image resolution and quality as if they were standing right there,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. PowerShot SX500 IS
With a 24mm wide angle lens and an incredible 30x optical zoom (up to 720mm) packed into a compact design, the PowerShot SX500 IS enables users to pull subjects in close and capture stunning, high-quality images with a 16.0 megapixel sensor and powerful DIGIC 4 image processer. With such incredible zoom capabilities, the camera is also equipped with Canon’s Intelligent IS system for rock-steady images and HD video even at full-telephoto zoom. A 3.0-inch LCD screen makes operation easy and intuitive, and displays the scene with brilliant clarity. In addition, the camera is equipped with a Zoom Framing Assist feature – a Canon technology that makes zooming-in and framing subjects quick and effortless. This feature is a tremendous benefit for those times when you lose sight of your subject after zooming in. By simply pressing the Zoom Framing Assist button located on the lower front left of the camera, the lens will quickly zoom out to help you re-locate and frame your subject. A frame box appears on the LCD as a guide to place your subject in and releasing the button quickly brings the camera back to the initial “zoomed-in” range. The lens retraction and extension is faster using the Zoom Framing Assist button than the zoom lever, and allows the photographer to keep the camera more stable for the shot, this is particularly helpful for those trying to zoom in and shoot pictures of animals or moving subjects. PowerShot SX160 IS
With its compact design and powerful 16x optical zoom, the PowerShot SX160 IS is a versatile camera with a dynamic optical zoom range from 28mm wide up to 448mm, perfect for everyday use. This model also features a 16.0-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and Canon’s Intelligent IS system – providing ultimate functionality in a compact, easy-to-carry design. The camera is always ready to shoot video with its dedicated movie button to start and stop recording HD video instantly and uses the full range of optical zoom when recording, without sacrificing HD resolution. The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD provides a beautiful display when shooing and recording video or simply scrolling through menu options. Powered by AA batteries, the PowerShot SX160 IS is ideal for easy and convenient shooting on-the-go even when charging a battery may not be an option. The PowerShot SX160 IS digital camera will be available in red or black.
Both the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras are expected to be available in September 2012 for an estimated retail price of $329.99, and $229.99, respectively. Adorama
is taking preorders for the new PowerShot SX500 IS
and PowerShot SX160 IS
Post Date: 8/21/2012 9:35:09 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Canon, Inc.:
Canon newly establishes Canon Marketing Vietnam, aims to create Vietnam-based import and distribution system for Canon products
TOKYO, Japan, SINGAPORE and HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 23, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. announced today the establishment of Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited, a new Canon marketing subsidiary in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new company was established with the aim of creating an import, distribution, sales and service system for Canon products in Vietnam.
In recent years, Vietnam, which joined the World Trade Organization in January 2007, has made great strides in transitioning to a market economy and integrating into the international economic system. In particular, through the government's economic open-door policy and domestic-demand expansion policies, Vietnam has achieved economic growth approaching 6% over the past few years with further expansion expected in the future, which has created a pressing need for Canon to establish a strategic marketing system in the country.
In response to these circumstances, Canon has newly established Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In addition to existing business segments, through the new marketing company, Canon also aims to further expand its market share within such industries as production printing, and motion-picture and broadcasting production.
Overview of New Company
1. Name: Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited
2. Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
3. Representative: Noriji Yoshida (to be appointed President & Legal Representative)
4. Business activities: Import, distribution, sales and service of Canon products in Vietnam
5. No. of employees: Approximately. 40 (as of July 2012)
6. Capital: VND 63 billion (JPY 240 million, calculated at an exchange rate of VND 1=JPY 0.00385)
7. Equity structure: Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.: 100%
8. Establishment: June 2012
11. Start of operations: August 2012 (tentative) Note: Canon currently operates the following manufacturing subsidiaries in Vietnam: Canon Vietnam Co., Ltd., established in April 2001, which manufactures such products as inkjet printers and laser printers
(sorry - I don't know why "9" and "10" were omitted)
Post Date: 7/22/2012 10:34:48 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has issued an update regarding the just-announced Canon Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL 4K Digital Cinematography Camera
Further details regarding the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras – including specifications and pricing – have yet to be decided, although preliminary plans are for a suggested list price of approximately $30,000†.
Plans also call for these new products to be launched later this year. In addition to targeting a swift launch of these cameras, Canon will continue to enhance other components of its Cinema EOS System product lineup, which is designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual expression and the development of cinematic culture.
Additionally, the prototype of the Cinema EOS C500 digital cinematography camera that will be on display at the 2012 NAB Show in the Canon booth, C4325, will be the EF-mount version only.
† Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 12:31:34 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS 1D X
and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
availability dates have now been offically delayed by Canon UK.
"United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens, due to a delay to the start of mass production. The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012, and the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens from early-July."
Canon USA has mirrored this announcement: Updated Availability for the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and Accessories
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and the camera's optional accessories, the WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter and GP-E1 GPS Receiver. The camera and accessories are now anticipated to be available in mid-June 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause." Updated Availability for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. The lens is expected to be available in early July 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 10:17:56 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS 1D C Digital SLR Camera
(press release), featuring 4K high-resolution video capture, has been announced.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 10:08:21 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:46:50 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:16:43 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Canon U.S.A. Introduces The HJ17ex6.2B Portable HD Lens With Improved Wide-Angle And Close-Up Imaging Capabilities
Superb Optical Performance and Innovative Design in 2/3-Inch Premium HD Lens Enhances Versatility for Shooting in Diverse News and Documentary Situations
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Responding to the demand for a portable HD lens that combines the improved wide-angle performance and telephoto range sought by TV news and documentary shooters, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the innovative HJ17ex6.2B lens to its HDxs Series product line. Offering superb optical quality with exceptional versatility, the new HJ17ex6.2B portable HD lens delivers a broad focal length range from 6.2mm to 106mm (212mm with built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4m (shortened by approximately 30 percent compared to previous models) for close shooting in news situations.
"Now that HD has become an almost universal standard for broadcast TV production, there is an increasing need for portable HD lenses that enable more efficient operation while also delivering high picture quality," noted Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. "On-location news coverage can frequently involve rapid changes in subject distance and associated focal length. The new HJ17ex6.2B is capable of adapting flexibly to all manner of filming situations, whether in close proximity to a subject or in shooting close-ups of a subject from far away. The product of Canon's decades of expertise as a leader in optics, the HJ17ex6.2B is a fully equipped 2/3-inch premium HD lens that embodies the uncompromising high-dimensional quality that has made Canon portable lenses the choice for TV news and HD documentary productions around the world."
Weighing in at less than 4.5 lbs., the HJ17ex6.2B provides videographers with a wide range of expressive possibilities that can help to minimize production costs by reducing the need for multiple lenses. At a 6.2mm focal length, the lens provides an impressive 75.5 degree horizontal viewing angle. Combined with the short 0.4 meter M.O.D. (reduced to 10mm with Macro), the extra-wide angle of the HJ17ex6.2B enables it to be used for vivid shooting even when ultra-close to the subject, such as in small rooms where adequate distance from the subject cannot be attained. The 17X magnification and built-in 2X extender of the HJ17ex6.2B, meanwhile, provide superb telephoto performance, which is so often needed in news and documentary applications. Although capable of focal lengths ranging from wide-end to tele-end, and subject distances ranging from infinite to extreme close-up, the HJ17ex6.2B minimizes optical aberration across the entire screen and exhibits superb optical performance throughout the field.
As with all of the lenses in Canon's HDxs Series product line, the HJ17EX6.2B makes optimum use of original Canon optical elements, Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass, large-diameter high-precision aspherical lenses, and other components maximized by Canon's original "Power Optical System" design technology. Canon HDxs Series lenses also suppress ghosting and flaring as a result of ray-simulation technology employed in the design process, in conjunction with original Canon spectral coatings. This combination of advanced Canon optical technologies also minimizes curvature of field, chromatic aberration, chromatic aberration of magnification, and axial chromatic aberration throughout the entire field regardless of focal length or subject distance, stably enabling peak optical performance.
The new HJ17ex6.2B also features Canon Enhanced Digital eDrive technology, which utilizes Canon ultra-high-precision, microprocessor-driven digital servos with 16-bit optical encoders. Canon eDrive technology enables users to easily program focus, iris, and zoom position and speed settings for precise, automated repeatability via an easy-to-use LCD menu, assignable "soft" function buttons, and a rocker switch built into the lens grip. Users can program multiple settings or none at all, depending on their personal preference.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:14:03 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Canon U.S.A. Debuts Two Third-Generation DIGISUPER HD Field Lenses Combining Wider Angles Of View With Long Zoom Ratios
Improved Optical Performance, Increased Responsiveness for Camera Operators, and Support for Virtual Studio Systems Among the Features of Cost-Effective HD Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – In response to input from the worldwide community of HDTV program creators, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced two HD field lenses designed for improved coverage of sports and other mobile-location productions. Designated as the XJ80x8.8B and the XJ76x9B*, both lenses combine highly telephoto performance, wider angles of view, and exceptional operability. Integrating Canon's latest optical and digital-control innovations, both lenses are third-generation additions to the DIGISUPER product line, which is renowned as a global favorite for outside broadcast coverage.
"Canon's extensive R&D and new computer-based optical design tools continue to advance the DIGISUPER product line," explained Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. "The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses deliver optical performance that has been significantly elevated over previous models. Canon's proprietary large-diameter aspherical lens technology, new glass materials, and sophisticated lens coatings minimize the aberrations and distortion that have always challenged large focal-length ranges. Significant reduction of these factors enhances the excellent resolution and contrast of these lenses in a manner that contributes to superb picture sharpness across the entire 16:9 HD image plane. The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B lenses deliver the image performance that creative camera operators have asked for, together with the operational enhancements that the HD production industry demands."
The new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses combine augmented telephoto and wide-angle performance. The premium XJ80x8.8B lens delivers an 80x zoom with a maximum wide angle of 8.8mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 57.2 degrees), which is approximately five percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. These capabilities enable the XJ80x8.8B to capture everything from a panoramic stadium-wide shot to a telephoto close-up of an individual player's face. The XJ80x8.8B's wide-angle capabilities enable the lens to pull back from a telephoto shot and replace it with a dramatic close-up - thus adding to creative flexibilities.
The new XJ80x8.8B HD field lens also includes a new built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS) as a standard feature. Integrating a new motion sensor, faster control circuit, and new correction algorithm, the improved Canon Shift-IS system significantly curbs vibrations, particularly in the high-frequency range. When the new Canon Shift-IS system sensor detects vibration, a correction drive signal is created that shifts compensating optics at high-speed to instantly deflect the incoming light rays in a direction that cancels out the vibration's effect on the image. The new Shift-IS system suppresses vibrations - such as those generated by excited fans in the stands, or by strong winds, or by acoustic perturbations at rock concerts - especially in video shot at extreme telephoto distances. Of special significance, the new Shift-IS system also improves image tracking by virtually eliminating the image drift that can be caused by the sudden cessation of panning and tilting operations.
The XJ76x9B combines 76x telephoto performance with a maximum wide angle of 9mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 56.1 degrees), which is approximately three percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. This enables cameras outfitted with the new XJ76x9B to capture panoramic shots at shorter distances without distortion.
Further enhancing the exceptional performance and operational ease of both the new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses are such features as Canon's CAFS (Constant Angle Focusing System). CAFS employs built-in 32-bit microcomputer control to help counteract "breathing," the phenomena known to change picture size/angle of view during a focusing operation. Both lenses employ improved digital servo systems using 16-bit miniature optical encoders and improved algorithms for zoom, iris, and focus that deliver increased responsiveness to camera operators in terms of ultra-slow to very high-speed zooms, high-resolution control of both iris and focus, and highly precise repeatability of zoom and focus operations.
Another added benefit of the sophisticated zoom, focus, and iris encoders built into the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses is their multiple support for discrete digital encoder outputs, analog outputs, and serial digital outputs. This ability to share focus, iris, and zoom-position data makes these new lenses compatible with many kinds of digital virtual studio systems. Both lenses easily adapt to such systems via Canon's standard 20-pin lens-interface connector.
The enhanced telephoto and wide-angle capabilities of the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses do not increase physical lens size, which facilitates easy panning and tilting operations. Both of these new HD field lenses also feature a charcoal-gray shroud designed to complement today's HD field cameras and blend into stadium surroundings.
*These devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased until authorization is obtained.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:10:40 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
New Firmware Enhances Canon XF-Series Camcorders, Supporting Popular Broadcast Recording Format
New Firmware Enables 1440 x 1080 35mbps Recording at 60i or 50i for Canon's XF305, XF300, XF105, and XF100 Professional Camcorders
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for all four models of the Company's XF-series professional camcorders, enabling a new 35mbps recording mode. The new firmware enables a highly utilized recording mode, popular with many major news broadcast corporations, capturing 1440 x 1080 HD video at 35mbps at 60i or 50i. This format is designed to help the camcorders seamlessly align with standard workflows used by many major news broadcast organizations. Once the firmware is installed, the recording mode will be accessed through the regular mode selection menu on the camcorder and the frame rate will be automatically selected, dependent on the camcorder's PAL or NTSC setting. All previously supported XF-series video resolutions and frame rates will remain available in addition to the newly supported recording format.
"We are happy to continually enhance the capabilities of our products and technologies to meet the needs of professionals in the marketplace. This new firmware will enhance our ability to satisfy the diverse technical needs of broadcast news organizations," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
The firmware is expected to be available for download at the end of May 2012 for all XF-series camcorders and will be available on the individual product pages through the Canon website.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:06:54 AM CT Posted By: Bryan