News tagged with "canon"
Canon Europe has today announced it has acquired the UK photo-sharing service 'Fotango'. Fotango was founded in London in 1999 by a team of just five. Fotango make both traditional film photographs available as online albums as well as digital images. Alexis de Belloy, CEO of Fotango said: "The Canon deal provides both parties a strong foothold in the exploding digital imaging marketplace. Canon is a multi-national organisation that offers unrivalled expertise in digital imaging capture, while Fotango provides the means to manipulate and distribute pictures worldwide."
Canon Japan has just posted a firmware update for EOS-D30 digital SLR's with a serial number between xxx200001 and xxx799999. This firmware (v18.104.22.168) will already be loaded on EOS-D30's with a serial number greater than xxx800000 (at the factory). This update solves a problem which occurs occasionally when rotating or tagging (protect / print) an image on the LCD the playback image may be replaced by a '?' (question mark). I'll be honest and say I've never seen this problem myself. There are no other fixes listed in this update.
0100 GMT: 0000 GMT: Canon has today announced
the PowerShot G2, a four megapixel sucessor to the popular PowerShot G1.
The G2 features the same 3x optical zoom lens, flip-out and swivel LCD
and Microdrive compatibility. Some new items are the four megapixel CCD,
AF area selection, evaluative metering, AE program shift, RAW mode 10-bit,
histogram and a 32 MB Compact Flash card. Best of all we've had
one for the last two weeks in order to bring you a full in-depth review
of a production camera! [FULL REVIEW ONLINE]
Thanks to the photographer for letting me know that the full page image (of Gary Condit and wife) on the front of this weeks People magazine was shot with a Canon EOS-D30. In his words, "People magazine cover story will come out on Gary Condit. The entire story and the COVER was all shoot on the D-30. This was shot under a extreme deadline, hence their openess to using digital.", "I have been using the D30 about 9 months . All most ALL my magazine work in this year (2001) has been digital on the D30, some of this work has been used as large as 2 pages."
Following on from my review of the Canon G2 and based on some of the questions and comments from our Canon Talk forum I've add a little to the review with an investigation into the true cause of some jagged / stepped diagonal lines I noted in some of our sample shots. It does appear to be related to the cameras bayer interpolation algorithm and is enhanced by sharpening.
Canon USA has today confirmed a lens which has been rumoured (and seen elsewhere) for some time. The new white bodied EF 70-200mm f/2.8L has a new improved IS (Image Stablisation) function as well as dust and moisture resistance which you would expect of an 'L' lens. On the EOS-D30 this lens would provide the equivelent focal length range of 112 - 320 mm. This beast of a lens weighs in at 1.3 kg (2.9 lb) and will have a street price of US$ 3,000 when it reaches the shops in September.
My good friends over at the hardware site 'Hardware One' have just posted a user review of Canon's EOS-D30. The article is based on Wymun's experience working with the camera for several months, he covers he personal experience with the camera and several different lenses. He came straight from Olympus's C-3030Z to the EOS-D30 and appears more than happy with the upgrade. "In short, Im simply a hardware enthusiast who enjoys taking digital pictures, akin to several of my other HW1 colleagues."
Canon has today released version 3.7.1 (3.7.0 for Mac) of their TWAIN drivers, these are compatible with the S10, S20, S100, S110, S300, EOS-D30, G1, Pro 90 IS, A10 and A20. No details are yet available as to the improvements / fixes included in the update. Drivers are available for Windows 95/98/98 SE/Me/2000 and Mac OS 8.1+.
Canon BeBit has just posted firmware version 22.214.171.124 for the PowerShot G1 and PowerShot Pro90 IS. This new firmware fixes : "...eliminates the occasional occurrence of unusual brightness or darkness in the LCD panel display when the shutter button is pressed halfway in the Tv mode..." This update can be carried out either via USB or by placing the update files on a Compact Flash card.
Last week I attended the Canon Europe Digital Camera Journalists tour to Japan. There were a total of 29 journalists from various European countries. Despite some initial guesses this visit didn't turn up any new products but was rather an opportunity for Canon Inc. (Japan) to meet us and for us to learn a little more about Canon's digital imaging strategy. During the tour we also visited the Canon factory at Oita, which is essentially the birthplace for all of Canon's digital cameras.
Canon Japan has just posted a firmware update for EOS-D30 digital SLR's with a serial number between xxx200001 and xxx599999. This firmware will already be loaded on EOS-D30's with a serial number greater than xxx600000 (at the factory). This update DOES NOT FIX the "Auto power-off problem" (that requires you take your camera back to a service rep.), this update fixes a situation in which a combination of button presses will cause the camera to hang.
Another excellent deal from State Street Direct and DPReview.Com! Purchase a Canon EOS-D30 this weekend from our affiliate State Street Direct and get a FREE Canon 28-105mm Autofocus zoom lens (45-168mm on the EOS-D30) or save $300 on the Canon 28-200mm Lens (45-320mm on the EOS-D30). For those on a smaller budget State Street Direct is offering special discounts and promotions on all Digital Camera models including the upcoming Nikon Coolpix 995.
AM GMT: Canon has today announced the new Digital IXUS v (S110 Digital
Elph). This camera is an update to the tiny Digital IXUS (S100 Digital
Elph), the update includes movie clip support, direct printing, noise
reduction and new image size options. ". A new adaptive digital signal
processor and RGB CCD filter, delivers faithful and vibrant colour reproduction,
while noise reduction is used for shutter speeds longer than 1/6th second,
ensuring clear and detailed images".
We have our FULL REVIEW ONLINE!
We've just posted slight updates to our Canon PowerShot A20 and IXUS 300 (S300 ELPH) reviews, with the addition of the WP-DC200 and WP-DC100 waterproof cases for the A20 and IXUS 300 respectively. We've also updated the A20 review with the various accessories available for this camera. Both waterproof cases are built to a very high quality level and are waterproof to 30 m (100 ft).
We've just posted our full, in-depth review of Canon's entry level PowerShot A20. Fitted out with a 2 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens the A20 is aimed at the novice buyer on a budget who doesn't want to compromise on image quality. The A20 can also be directly connected to the CP-10 Card Photo Printer (reviewed recently). The A20 enters the fiercely competitve end of the market which has received a number of new entrants in the last few months.
The Canon CP-10 is a rather unique dye sub printer, it connects directly to compatible Canon digital cameras (currently A10, A20 and IXUS 300) and supports printing of single images or batches (using DPOF selection) directly from the camera. Although the prints are only card sized (86 x 54 mm; 3.4 x 2.1 in) they're high quality and glossy coated. Design isn't something that was ignored with the CP-10 and it wears a trendy semi-transparent blue case.
Canon has today released version 3.6.1 of their TWAIN drivers, these are compatible with the S10, S20, S100, S300, EOS-D30, G1, Pro 90 IS, A10 and A20. These updated drivers have improved speed for RAW file conversion as well as a new standalone utility (RawConverter) for converting from .CRW (Canon RAW) to TIFF. Drivers are available for Windows 95/98/98 SE/Me/2000 and Mac OS 8.1+. UPDATE: 3.6.1 drivers pulled.
CeBIT 2001: More instant prints! Canon have today shown their prototype digital camera with a built in bubble jet printer, this little unit (far smaller than simiilar attempts by Fujifilm and Polaroid) features a 1.3 megapixel CCD has a 2 x optical zoom lens and can store directly to CompactFlash as well as producing credit card sized prints.