By Canon DSLR Rumors
| March 6, 2017 |
We’re told to expect a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark IV some time in the next month. The new firmware will apparently fix a few bugs and “add at least one new feature”. We have been told previously that there would be a “major firmware update” for the EOS 5D Mark IV, but there has been no timetable on that.
For now, I’d expect a minor update with some bug fixes and tweaks and hopefully we’ll get some more information about a major update.
By Third Party Lenses
| March 3, 2017 |
We’re told that a new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS Sport series lens is close to being completed and we should expect to see an announcement sometime in Q3/Q4 of 2017.
We’re also told that the new lens won’t come until the latest four are shipping in good quantity, though we don’t yet know the official ship date for the new lenses.
We’re told that we should also expect a new macro lens from Sigma in 2017, and that there is also a possibility of a “400mm f/5.6 DG OS or similar” on the way in the coming year.
By Canon Business General
| March 2, 2017 |
We covered Canon’s global shutter technical presentation at ISSCC 2017 last month. Nikkei Technology has given a more in-depth breakdown of what Canon has presented about CMOS global shutter sensors.
Nikkei Technology explains:
Conventional CMOS sensors use the “rolling shutter” technology, which exposes lines of pixels in series (one after another). It causes a time lag when reading signals from each pixel, sometimes distorting the image of a fast-moving subject.
On the other hand, the [global shutter] technology exposes all the pixels at the same time and is suited for taking images of fast-moving subjects. However, its dynamic range is narrow. To solve this problem, Canon made two major improvements.
First, within time for one exposure, the value calculated by accumulating the electric charge from the light-receiving part (PDs: photo diodes) twice is stored in the memory and processed. To read out the electric charge at a high speed, Canon used its own A-D (analog-digital) converter called “SSDG-ADC”. The converter was announced at ISSCC 2014. Read the full article
We can definitely expect to see global shutter technology in future Canon cameras, and hopefully that happens sooner than later.
By Industry News
| March 2, 2017 |
LensVid has completed their yearly infographic showing camera and lens sales for 2016. The drop in sales of compact cameras, DSLRs and lenses continues. Although, in total cameras shipped, the share of DSLRs actually increased in 2016 at the expense of compact cameras, mirrorless cameras saw a bigger share of the total pie as well.
2017 is predicted to show further decline of compact cameras, but we could see that the mirrorless and DSLR segments have bottomed out and may stabilize in 2017.
By Canon Reviews
| March 1, 2017 |
DXOMark has completed their review of the 24mp sensor inside the Canon EOS M5. The new EOS M camera came out 5 points ahead of the EOS M3 with a score of 77. This unsurprisingly puts it on par with the image quality of the EOS 80D.
On paper, the M5 looks like a mini-EOS 80D; however, that’s not quite the case. The built-in electronic viewfinder, the additional controls, and 7 fps burst with continuous AF (9 fps with AF locked) are all welcome additions. Taken together with the 24.2-MP Dual Pixel AF CMOS sensor and Digital IS, it all signals Canon’s intention to compete more seriously with rivals in the mirrorless segment. With hindsight, it seems like the Dual Pixel AF CMOS was designed with mirrorless in mind. Image quality is similar to that of the sensor found on the EOS 80D. Read the full review
Most reviewers continue to agree that the EOS M5 is Canon’s best mirrorless offering yet.