The multi-exposure functions of the latest Canon cameras have been showcased in a series of images shot at the London Olympics. Reuters photographer Mike Blake has written about the possibilities of being able to capture and combine sequences of images conveying the action and movement of disciplines such as gymnastics. Specifically, this has been made possible by the EOS-1D X's ability to produce composite images that combine multiple shots in different ways. All the original shots can also be saved, so taking these images didn't come at the expense of capturing the traditional 'front page' shot.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X are both able to combine up to nine separate frames, with four options for how the images are then combined (giving control over whether brightness is averaged, added or selectively combined). This control over the way the data is combined sets the camera apart from multi-exposure functions that appear in a variety of existing cameras. Both Canons retain the ability to save all the original files, or just the composite image, and will do so for Raw, as well as JPEG, files. (via MyModernMet)

Jonathan Horton of the U.S. attends a gymnastics training session at the O2 Arena before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London July 25, 2012.
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Huang Qiushuang of China attends a gymnastics training session at the North Greenwich Arena before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games July 26, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder