Report: Canon at PPE 2011

Report: Canon at PPE 2011

Canon has a large presence at this year's PPE, and although it has been a quiet year for new DSLR releases, there's a huge amount of interest in the new full-frame 18MP EOS-1D X, enthusiast-oriented Powershot S100 and the Pixma Pro 1 inkjet printer. We visited the stand and spoke to Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor with Canon U.S.A., Inc's Professional Engineering & Solutions Division (we'll be posting a video interview as soon as possible) and also got some 'hands on' time with the new EOS-1D X. 

Canon has two professional products to push at this year's show - the 18MP full-frame EOS-1D X and the Pixma Pro 1 inkjet printer. Canon's stand was thronged with photographers eager to get their hands on the EOS-1D X.
This is the Prixma Pro 1 - Canon's professional inkjet printer which boasts three gray inks. And this is the monstrous imagePROGRAF iPF8300 44 inch large-format photo printer
Canon's latest high-end compact offering is the svelte Powershot S100.  

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we booked a little time with Canon's Chuck Westfall, and got to (briefly) handle Canon's newest professional DSLR, the EOS-1D X. We'll be publishing a video of the full interview as soon as we can. 

Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor with Canon U.S.A., Inc's Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, holding an EOS-1D X The EOS-1D X combines the 1D and 1Ds lines into one professional full-frame model. At 18MP, the 1D X is designed to satisfy the needs of studio photographers, but at 12fps it is Canon's fastest ever DSLR. 
At the core of the 1D X is an 18MP full-frame CMOS sensor, which boasts a maximum ISO sensitivty of 204,800 (equivalent) - the highest ISO sensitivity setting of any current DSLR.   The EOS-1D X offers similar operational ergonomics to the EOS-1D IV and 1Ds series, but there's a lot of new technology 'under the hood'. The 1D X is Canon's most advanced video-shooting DSLR as well, and boasts 1080p recording, time-stamping, as well as a host of other refinements.

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Comments

Total comments: 24
twadger
By twadger (Nov 9, 2011)

Yeah still waiting for the interview.......

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Nov 7, 2011)

Crud. No news about if/when there will be a G12 replacement, and no hints about the "competes with mirrorless" camera that Canon said they were going to release next year.

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DYNAMiTE
By DYNAMiTE (Nov 3, 2011)

Oh man! where is The powershot G13 !! I was waiting for it the entire year! come on Canon!

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PicOne
By PicOne (Nov 2, 2011)

Where's the Chuck Westfall video interview?

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VENTURE-STAR
By VENTURE-STAR (Oct 31, 2011)

The G12 is my usual back-up camera and I'm ready for a replacement.

I can do without the largely useless optical viewfinder and the swivel screen could be a touch better, but I would really like a larger sensor and perhaps interchangable lenses.

What's happening Canon?

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Decoboy
By Decoboy (Oct 31, 2011)

I'm looking forward to the 1D X, for me this sounds like the best 1 series ever - I have a mixture of work, studio, action and architecture. For me the best points are:

Better dynamic range (assumed) - for me I'll sacrifice resolution for DR every day - less need to resort to HDR which IMO always look a little fake.

Improved button and dual joysticks

Full frame video with additional controls/features with 1 series sealing.

I'm also bemused by those who complain about the size/weight. Compared to P&S and pseudo SLR's these things are like a 'toaster'... but ... they differ little to a standard DSLR with a grip - e.g. my old 50D with grip and dual batteries weighs only about 100g less and is only a few mm smaller. Most of the 1d 'grip' space is taken up with a big battery - which is a must have.

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geoff w parkin
By geoff w parkin (Oct 30, 2011)

I don't think this camera is suited for studio photographers because of the lack of a higher megapixel sensor. I also think it is presumptuous for Canon to think that up-resing an image will fly with most photographers.
I would have preferred they stay with the 1.3x form factor, in my case I will be staying with the 7D II when it arrives in order to keep my 112-320 2.8 lens (70-200 2.8)
Wide angle views can always be had with a "10-22" type lens... the only thing missing is IS on this lens.

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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Oct 30, 2011)

When will Canon make a 1 series with a smaller body? Don't get me wrong, they could include the grip as standard or option, but many people would like a choice.

There should be one 1dx with grip built-in for those who want it, and another which can be more discrete and family friendly.

I love the af in the 1 series. But is it too much to ask for decades-old technology to be put in new smaller bodies like D700 size, and give us the 'Eos 3' equivalent many want.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Oct 29, 2011)

i do a lot of shooting in the dark outdoors... and i don't care what the camera looks like aesthetically, but care how and where controls are placed ergonomically so i can do what i want in the dark rapidly with minimal finger movement... and Canon dSLRs have got the controls where it counts especially for all exposure adjustments done menuless... much like the efficiency of 'touch typing' is to the keyboard typist.
The G series is not over at all, it has always the flagship role on the prosumer end that isn't a dSLR where no other model is suitable (having best of all features in a compact). Hope the G12 successor (G13/14/Pro1MkII) 'whatever' it is will satisfy those who want a non-dSLR 24/7 type of carry everywhere back-up.
Would love to see a 15mmx11mm (double dimensions: quadrupled area) sensor fit into the G series, and have it go mini-'Prime-Lens' centric (instead of super-zoom like the SX series)... i wish for a fast 24mm equivalent prime or wide short zoom at worst.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Oct 29, 2011)

and the classic G should always have VASS (Vari-Angle Swivel Screen)... only i wish they would also offer M.E. (multiple exposure feature matching the 1D X... dual memory slots too)

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jamesfrmphilly
By jamesfrmphilly (Oct 29, 2011)

i would love to see ME on a G

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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Oct 29, 2011)

I would be happy with a 35mm equivalent prime; 24mm and 28mm are too wide for me to be general purpose camera, and 50mm is too narrow. 35 is bob on, a la Fuji x100 but cheaper.

Still, I'd much rather they just put a APS-C sensor in it.

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le_alain
By le_alain (Oct 29, 2011)

G1 was a beautiful and enjoying camera

just IQ was not here

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Oct 28, 2011)

Will there, or won't there, be a replacement for the G12? (i.e., is the G-Series over/dead.) Inquiring minds want to know. :-)

Canon can also feel free to tell us something, anything, about the "competes with mirrorless" camera that they said they are going to ship in 2012. (They won't say if it is mirrorless, or some kind of mini-DSLR.)

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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Oct 30, 2011)

A mini DSLR would be perfect in my opinion, so long as they make an extra effort to enlarge the viewfinder.

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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Oct 30, 2011)

Also, they need to cater for high-end user not just low-level. I would love my 5d in a slightly smaller, lighter version. Some people may want a big viewfinder and nice-controls experience yet do not need to balance the 100-400L or other large zooms all the time.

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tmpennyjr
By tmpennyjr (Oct 28, 2011)

Pizza dow or pizza dough?

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JPnyc
By JPnyc (Oct 28, 2011)

I was there as well and had some hands-on time with the new EOS-1D X.
While I am certain it's technically as advanced as it can be, I don't think this camera has seen the hands of any product designer. It really is as ugly as it gets. The handle, which runs around the side and bottom almost looks like the work of a pizza-dow-handler and the back has its buttons scattered - no, make that splattered - all over the place with no visual connection whatsoever.
Plus, I almost dropped the beast when someone passed it on to me - this baby is as heavy as a ... newborn rhino! (yeah, I had to think of that for a sec :)

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Dianoda
By Dianoda (Oct 28, 2011)

It wasn't designed for aesthetic appeal. Pure function - once you learn the layout, it all makes sense. Until then, it's a big mess of buttons. Heavy - yes, like every pro camera - so what?

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Genesis Reyes
By Genesis Reyes (Oct 29, 2011)

I agree! specially me when grab a camera I like to feel that I have some thing solid, I also like the new 2nd joystick it has, very helpful when shooting vertical !

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Photogaz
By Photogaz (Oct 29, 2011)

I never knew the look of the camera made people take better photos! I must buy an iPhone then as I will get some killer shots with that.

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JPnyc
By JPnyc (Oct 29, 2011)

Alright, I stand corrected as I see your points. Didn't think of it this way when I touched the beast, but what you all say makes sense.
And yes, pizza dough.

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Redteg94
By Redteg94 (Oct 30, 2011)

It looks pretty much like every 1-series EOS camera (20 years worth of them), but with some tweaks and the addition of some 7D features. IMO, they handle amazingly well; considering it's the most successful Pro SLR line ever, I'm don't think I'm alone. This one looks to be even better than before, however, if you're not familiar with professional SLRs, it might seem intimidating.

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Paul D TV
By Paul D TV (Oct 30, 2011)

Here's my hands on preview of the Canon EOS 1D X:

http://paul-d.tv/blog/2011/10/28/canon-eos-1d-x-hands-on-report/

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