Nikon has officially announced the D4S flagship camera body. There have been a lot of performance boosts as compared to the D4, such as a “newly designed” 16.2mp sensor, a new EXPEED processor, the ability to get to ISO 409600. There have also been tweaks to video, workflow and autofocus settings, though the AF system has remained the same.
- 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- 3.2″ LCD Monitor
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-Point AF Sensor
- Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 409600
- 11 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
- 91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
- 14-Bit RAW Files and 12-Bit RAW S Format
- 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support
EOS-1D X Replacement?
Not this year, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see an EOS-1D C replacement. I think the EOS-1D X is still a world class capable body and Canon should be in no rush to replace it. Most people I talk to don’t want incremental updates, such as the perception with D4 to the D4S (again, image quality may change that opinion). The EOS-1D X should remain current well into 2015.
Nikon D4S | Canon EOS-1D X
Another lens patent has shown up today. This time an EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Perhaps it’ll be a new kit lens this year and will replace the current 18-55 IS STM. However, this may also be a hold over from last years kit lens update.
Description and self-interpretation of the patent literature
- Patent Publication No. 2014-21258
- Publication date 2014.2.3
- Filing date 2012.7.18
- Example 2
- Zoom ratio 2.92
- Focal length f = 18.50-32.89-54.00mm
- Fno. 3.49-4.39-5.80
- Half angle ω = 36.44-22.55-14.20 °
- Image height Y = 13.66mm
- 119.77-110.06-120.23mm overall length of the lens
- BF 37.98-52.51-74.3mm
- Example 3
- Zoom ratio 3.09
- Focal length f = 17.50-32.05-54.00mm
- Fno. 3.47-4.38-5.80
- Half angle ω = 37.97-23.08-14.20 °
- Image height Y = 13.66mm
- 119.55-108.81-118.68mm overall length of the lens
- BF 36.59-51.53-73.93mm
- Canon patents
- 4-group zoom of positive and negative positive negative
- Inner folder – Kas (Group 3)
- The fourth lens unit can also be used for anti-vibration
Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the ST-E3-RT remote for Canon’s 600EX-RT flash system.
From his review:
“If you are a professional or serious amateur photographer and have the ability to choose the Canon’s radio wireless system for your uses, the decision to get one or more ST-E3-RT remote transmitters makes a lot of sense.”
Our reviewer, Justin, didn’t weigh in on the ST-E3-RT but did have high praise for Canon’s 600EX-RT system in our review. The bottom line is that Canon has a real winner with their RT system and all the components of it make for an incredible setup for anyone interested in off-camera flash.
You can purchase the ST-E3-RT from B&H on it’s own, from Adorama or save by buying it as part of a 2 speedlight, 1 ST-E3-RT set.
Canon’s a very large company, often we forget that consumer cameras and lenses are just a small fraction of that, to get an idea of the scope have a look at their financial results for 2013 (if you’re into looking at other people’s money.) Links are PDF’s
An excerpt on digital cameras:
“Within the Imaging System Business Unit, interchangeable-lens digital cameras maintained their top market share despite the challenging environment, which was marked by a drop in demand in Europe and China due to the economic downturn, although demand in Japan continued to expand. In particular, the EOS 5D Mark III and 70D advanced-amateur-model digital SLR cameras continued to realize healthy growth. Furthermore, in Japan, the new entry-level EOS Digital Rebel SL1 and T5i cameras proved popular. As for digital compact cameras, although total sales volume declined due to the market slowdown and the increasing popularity of smartphones, sales volume increased from the previous year for high-added-value models incorporating features that differentiate them from smartphones, such as large-size image sensors and models like the PowerShot SX50 HS and SX510 HS, which feature high-magnification zoom lenses.”
With almost no mention of mirrorless and it’s impact on the DSLR or compact market.
We heard rumour that some folk in the video world are selling off gear in anticipation of a global shutter capable of 2.5k video being made available on an, as of yet, unnamed DSLR. While the wording is hearsay, A global shutter DSLR would definitely be an advancement in film-making tech.
Canon’s been pushing the threshold of video DSLR’s since the launch of the 5DMKII, so there’s no surprise that they would be working to incorporate even more “pro” level video tech in their cameras. It has been their push but, as this is from an unconfirmed source, be sure to sprinkle salt liberally with what you read.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 340HS will become official for CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- 12x Optical Zoom helps ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
- Built-in Wi-Fi® allows wireless transferring of images and video to compatible mobile devices, select social networking sites and your Wi-Fi® enabled computer, and lets you remotely shoot using your smartphone or tablet.
- 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps provide excellent low-light performance.
- Creative Shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original image to create unique images with an artistic flair.
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
- Available March, 2014
Full press release after the break
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its PowerShot line-up: The PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS digital cameras. The PowerShot SX600 HS camera packs an impressive 18x optical zoom and 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor into a beautifully sleek, compact and portable body so capturing close-up photos with high-image clarity is easy and stylish. The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS camera offers outstanding optical performance and versatility with a 12x optical zoom lens and16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Both equipped with Wi-Fi® and Near Field Communication (NFC™) capabilities, photographers can have outstanding image quality and the ability to share images and video with ease.
“These new PowerShot cameras enhance consumers’ enjoyment of photography through the unique combination of high-image quality, long-zoom ranges, ease-of-use and connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The advanced technologies these new models offer give users the cameras they need to have a photographic experience that allows them to capture high-quality images while on-the-go and share them with their loved ones.”
The Wi-Fi® connectivity options in the PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS cameras allow users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon’s Image Sync through the cloud. For the first time in Canon’s line-up, both cameras have the convenient connectivity of NFC offered on Android™ devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the SX600 HS or ELPH 340 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app1 from virtually anywhere with their iOS® or Android device2. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.
Another first for the PowerShot SX and ELPH lines is Creative Shot mode. First introduced on the PowerShot N digital camera, Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and let the camera analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
The cameras can also capture great video, recording high-quality 1080p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows you to record up-to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality creating a great looking highlight reel in a 720p HD video.
The PowerShot SX600 HS Digital Camera
In addition to enhanced connectivity and artistic options, the PowerShot SX600 HS camera features a long-zoom range in a compact point-and-shoot camera body. Equivalent to 25-450mm, the SX600 HS camera’s powerful 18x optical zoom provides users with the high-quality optics the pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SX camera series is known for. The SX600 HS camera combines a 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIG 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.
The PowerShot SX600 HS digital camera is expected to be available at the end of February 2014 in red, white or black for an estimated retail price of $249.99.
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS digital camera, successor to the ELPH 330 HS, features a 12x optical zoom lens which is equivalent to 25mm-300mm. Great for low-light scenes, the 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor work together to create the Canon HS SYSTEM helping to ensure images are captured in detail in dimly lit situations.
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS is expected to be available in March 2014 in purple, silver or black for an estimated retail price of $199.99.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
1 This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
2 Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3 and Android table versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3. Data charges may apply.
Justin has completed our review of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens. The small and much less expensive little brother of the magical (but not perfect) EF 85mm f/1.2L II. I personally love the 85 f/1.8, as it’s light, inexpensive, focuses fast and is optically very good.
“I’ve had a long and difficult time trying to place this lens. I’ve borrowed it, rented it, and used it on and off for almost 3 years. I want to love this lens; I want to tell myself it’s a viable alternative to the 85mm f/1.2L II when that just simply isn’t true. It lacks the magical “feel” of the images that the 85 1.2L II produces. Of course, “Magic” comes at quite a cost. It’s more of a companion lens, something to accompany a tightly controlled prime kit.”
Read the full review | EF 85 f/1.8 at B&H Photo
[image credit: The-Digital-Picture]
B&H Photo still has a few popular Canon lenses on sale, they’ve given us no timeframe as to when the instant savings will end. All of the deals are shown in cart before and do not include the additional savings with the current mail-in rebates.
B&H is also offering free next day delivery in the USA on most in stock items.
B&H Photo is offering free next day shipping if you order before 1:00PM EST on Monday, December 23, 2013. This is on select items, but by looks of things, that includes most in stock Canon items. So if you want something before Christmas day, now’s the time.
There are lots of great deals, including the EOS 5D Mark III at $2699, the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II at $1699 after mail-in rebate and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II for $1799 after mail-in rebate. As always, you must begin the checkout procedure/be logged in to see the updated prices.
Unfortunately the free next day shipping is only for American customers.
Free next day delivery from B&H Photo