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PMA 2002: 09:00 EST: Canon Europe has today announced a new Black PowerShot G2 which comes as a kit bundled with a 1 GB IBM Microdrive. "By combining the strength of two respected technology leaders, Canon has enhanced the PowerShot G2 to deliver extended shooting performance." Says Mr. Komatsuzaki, Executive Vice President, Canon Consumer Imaging.
PMA 2002: 09:00 EST: Canon has today announced the new PowerShot A30 and A40. The A30 and A40 update and replace last years A10 and A20. Both cameras feature a 3x optical zoom lens, the A30 has a 1.2 megapixel CCD sensor, the A40 has a 2.0 megapixel CCD sensor. Both cameras take Compact Flash Type I cards and require four AA batteries. We liked last years A20 as one of the best entry-level digital cameras, the A40 looks to be well placed this year but will face stiffer competition from other manufacturers.
PMA 2002: 09:00 EST: Canon has today announced the PowerShot A100. This new model has a 1.2 megapixel CCD (1280 x 960 image size) and a fixed focal length (39 mm equiv.) F2.8 lens. The A100 is aimed squarly at the budget and first-time buyer market but still has a good feature and specifications list. The A100 also supports Canon's direct printing and is Exif Print compatible.
PMA 2002: 09:00 EST: Canon has today announced its new Direct Card Photo Printer CP-100. The CP-100 takes the concept of the CP-10 to the next logical level and offers full sized 4 x 6 in dye-sub printing direct from a connected compatible camera (or from a computer using a separate kit). The CP-100 is compatible with all the new PowerShot cameras announced today and older PowerShot cameras via a soon to be announced firmware update.
Canon has today released new firmware for the G1, G2 and Pro90IS. For the G2 it is labelled version 220.127.116.11 and for the G1 / Pro90IS it is labeled version 18.104.22.168. These firmware updates both address the same issue: "With Firmware Version nnn, BP-511 or BP-512 Battery Packs that had become over-discharged were sometimes not chargeable in the camera. With Version nnn, such Battery Packs can be charged in the camera."
Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo has just let me know that he's posted a review of Canon's EOS-1D digital SLR and the new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens. Of the EOS-1D Uwe says, "Even if the EOS-1D might have low noise compared to other cameras at ISO 400 and above we will try to stay with ISO 200 as often as possible. ISO 400 (and higher even more so) look clearly more grainy than ISO 200 photos (if seen at 100% pixel level)."
Canon BeBit (Japan) has just posted a set of warnings about the use of built-in Windows XP imaging features and potential problems associated with CF cards. The first part of the warning is about using XP's built-in image rotation feature, Canon note that doing so will destroy that all important EXIF information. The second part of the warning is about formatting CF cards, when formatting a drive under XP it sets the default filesystem to FAT32. Of course digital cameras only use and understand the FAT filesystem so you must remember to change the filesystem to 'FAT' before formatting you CF cards under Windows XP.
Just posted! Probably our biggest review to date, I've just posted our full in-depth review of a production Canon EOS-1D. This landmark digital SLR is the first professional D-SLR to be produced solely by Canon from the ground up. It's solid magnesium body and environmental seals hint at its destination in life, to be a sports and current affairs photo journalists dream. Capturing an amazing eight 4.5 megapixel frames every second is no mean feat, and to my eye Canon have pulled it off. But that doesn't mean the 1D got full marks under the Askey scrutiny.
And the news trickles in... Thanks to Michele Rossi for noting that iView MediaPro 1.3 for Macintosh now supports Canon RAW (CRW) files from the EOS-D30. iView MediaPro takes advantage of the 1440 x 960 pixel JPEG written into the CRW file to produce large thumbnails and the ability to preview the image up to 1440 x 960. It's also possible to view shooting and IPTC text information.
The Japanese website 'Miscall' (who used to be associated with Dreamarts) has today posted sample images from a production EOS-1D. The gallery (labelled 'Vol 12') covers a variety of subject matter and lenses as well as a good shot of an ISO resolution chart (the results of which are impressive). As far as we know these are the first samples from a production EOS-1D. EXIF headers show this camera has a body number of '000002089'. We are hoping to receive a production EOS-1D within the next few days.
Canon Germany has launched the first of (we hope) a range of virtual tours available on the PowerShot.de website. The new virtual tour is a Macromedia Flash development and can provide you with a tour of the camera, a 360 degree view, menu displays and technical specifications. Also included is a tour and information of the CP-10 direct-print card printer.
Good news for those who are looking forward to Canon's EOS-1D. Both of our retail affiliates, State Street Direct and Imaging Spectrum Inc. are offering the Canon EOS-1D for pre-order at just $5500. That's a whopping $1000 less than the price originally quoted by Canon USA. It's also an opportunity to give back to dpreview, if you order form either of our affiliates you will be contributing to the upkeep of this site and production of future reviews. We can confirm that this is the new official price from Canon.
Just updated! We've just posted an update to our Canon EOS-1D D-SLR preview article. This update was produced with a newer EOS-1D running Firmware 1.0.1 (very nearly production). The update includes some new shots of the camera, accessories and box (!) as well as image quality samples, resolution, ISO noise and a samples gallery with 25 shots. This camera is still classified as pre-production and so I've decided not to write the full review yet. As soon as we receive a full production EOS-1D I'll start work on the full in-depth review. For now, dive in to the image samples...
Scott Murray, author of Scott Professional dropped me a line to let me know that he's just released the first (beta) version of his Canon RAW (CRW) conversion and workflow application 'Scott Professional Photo Studio'. The interesting detail about Photo Studio is the interface, it's based around (and very similar to) Kodak's DCS Photo Desk, look and feel are almost identical. Photo Studio uses the Canon SDK to do the final image conversion, although Scott has written some custom decoders for quick preview of RAW images. Photo Studio is compatible with RAW files from the D30, Pro90 IS, G1 and G2.
Just last week we learned of Canon's new additions to the 'S series', the PowerShot S30 and S40. Today we're proud to bring our review of a full production PowerShot S40. This (almost) pocketable, metal cased, 'carry anywhere', four megapixel digital camera is packed with manual controls and exposure features as well as a three times optical zoom lens. The camera comes with its own Lithium-Ion battery pack and is IBM Microdrive compatible. So just how well did it do in our tests? (14:40 GMT)
Having only received a PowerShot S40 in the last two days I've only just started the review proper. As a taster to those who are interested in this four megapixel compact digital camera, and for those who may already have been considering the PowerShot G2 I've prepared a very brief preview article which consists of product shots, major features, a feature comparison to the G2 and our standard ISO 12233 resolution chart. A full review will follow in the next seven days. (04:00 GMT)
13:00 JST / 04:00 GMT: Canon has today announced two new 'S' series digital cameras. The PowerShot S30 and S40 are based on a new body design with a sliding front lens cover, thin narrow body, new battery pack and shooting priority play mode. The S30 has a 3 megapixel sensor, the S40 has a 4 megapixel sensor. Both cameras have a full range of manual controls (they appear to be based on and almost identical to the G2). PowerShot S30 has an expected street price of $599, S40 has an expected street price of $799. (04:00 GMT)
13:00 JST / 04:00 GMT: In conjunction with their announcement of the PowerShot S30 and S40 (above) Canon has today also announced the Bubble Jet S820D direct photo printer. This printer can be connected directly to the PowerShot S30 or S40 (no computer required) via USB, connection enables new menu options on the cameras which can then send prints directly to the printer. The S820D is based on Canon's flagship S800 and can also print directly from Compact Flash Type I or II, SmartMedia and Memory Stick (all via PCMCIA adapters). Exclusive: screen captures from PowerShot S40 connected to S820D. (04:00 GMT)
13:00 JST / 04:00 GMT: Canon has today announced its EOS-1V based digital SLR, the EOS-1D. It features a 1.3x focal length multiplier, 4.48 megapixel CCD producing a 4.06 megapixel (2464 x 1648) image. The EOS-1D is capable of shooting continuously at an amazing 8 frames per second for up to 21 JPEG images (or 16 RAW images). Other features include a fully environmentally sealed magnesium body, Canon's excellent 45-point AF, 1/16,000 max shutter speed, 1/500 sec flash X-sync, Firewire (IEEE 1394) connectivity, JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG saving modes, 21 custom and 25 personal functions, selectable colour matrixes (sRGB, Adobe RGB) and a super-fast 87 ms viewfinder blackout. The EOS-1D is expected to go on sale in at the end of December at a an expected street price of US$ 7000. We have an exclusive, detailed eight page hands-on preview with the EOS-1D available now.
Canon has also today announced two new lenses. The EF 16 - 35 mm F2.8L USM is a new wider version of the 17 - 35 mm, matched up to the new EOS-1D SLR it can provide a field of view equivelant to a 21 mm lens on a 35 mm film camera. The 400 mm F4 DO IS USM is a lens we first saw at Photokina last year. It features a unique multi-layer diffractive optical element which has allowed the designers to make the new 400 mm DO 1 KG lighter and 84 mm (3.3 in) shorter than the old 400 mm F4.