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Lots of Canon Sensor Patents Hit USPTO

Lots of Canon Sensor Patents Hit USPTO

By Canon Rumors | October 6, 2017 | Canon Patents

Keith over at Northlight Images has uncovered a large number of sensor patents from Canon. When you put all of these together, you get some interesting full frame sensors that will work with lenses that are quite close.

If you’re bored and love reading patents, take a peak at the list below. (Summarized by Keith)

  • Canon patent info looking at asymmetric micro lenses for sensors [USPTO]
  • Canon have a slew of US patents dealing with aspects of DPAF, such as one looking at how you deal with the split in well capacity [USPTO]
  • Another looks at making use of contrast to improve the efficiency of phase AF [USPTO]
  • If you put lots of smaller BSI pixels under each micro lens you can improve sensitivity and DR [USPTO]
  • Automating focus micro adjustment is covered [USPTO]
  • Ever wondered what your camera is up to between shutter press and shutter release, when you are in AF/AE mode [USPTO]
  • Oh, and one more for those keeping up with curved sensor development [USPTO] – equalizing the influence of bending on dark current

This all feels related to Canon’s upcoming full frame mirrorless camera(s).

The Final Build of the New Adobe Lightroom Released to Testers

The Final Build of the New Adobe Lightroom Released to Testers

By Canon Rumors | October 6, 2017 | Third Party Software

It’s no secret that a new version of Adobe’s Lightroom CC is almost upon us. It’s likely we’ll see an announcement at the Adobe Max conference, which begins on October 18, 2017.

Above is an image sent to Photo Rumors mentioning the new build of Lightroom Classic CC Release 6, which will be the final build of Lightroom Classic CC.

Reikan Announces FoCal 2.5, Adds EOS 6D Mark II Support.

Reikan Announces FoCal 2.5, Adds EOS 6D Mark II Support.

By Canon Rumors | October 6, 2017 | Third Party Software

We’re excited to announce FoCal 2.5 for Windows and Mac is ready for release! Canon’s newest dSLR camera the EOS 6D Mark II is now fully supported within FoCal along with the Nikon D7500 (Nikon D850 news below). In addition we’ve made some good improvements within FoCal, including a new Target Distance Tool, no need to visit the website to determine required target distances. As well as news about upcoming D850 support we’ll also provide details on where we are with High Sierra support below.

FoCal 2.5 Key Features

New Features

  • Full Canon EOS 6D Mark II support added – calibrate this camera automatically (hands free mode) with FoCal
  • Full Nikon D7500 support added – calibrate this camera automatically (user assisted mode) with FoCal
  • New integrated Target Distance Tool – determine required target distance without leaving FoCal

Read more…

More Than One Active Full Frame Mirrorless Project at Canon? [CR1]

More Than One Active Full Frame Mirrorless Project at Canon? [CR1]

By Canon Rumors | October 5, 2017 | Canon DSLR Rumors

We received some interesting information about Canon’s full frame mirrorless project, or should we say projects?

We’re told that there are three active full frame mirrorless cameras currently in different stages of development and that we should be seeing at least one come to fruition before the end of 2018. Photokina in September of 2018 would make the most sense for at least one of the following cameras.

The first project is a full frame mirrorless camera with a native EF mount. This is something we have said has to happen for Canon to enter the world of full frame mirrorless cameras. They cannot abandon the hundred million+ EF lenses out there.

The second project, and this is the first we’ve heard of it, is a smaller full frame mirrorless camera with a new mount. We weren’t told if it’s a modified EF-M mount or something else. I don’t think this is too far fetched, as Canon hasn’t seemed all that interested in developing a wide range of EF-M lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras.

The third project is a fixed lens full frame camera that is in very early stages of development and won’t be coming in 2018, if at all.

All of this is believable and that’s why we’re posting it. For the moment, please remember this is a [CR1] post and to treat it accordingly.

More to come…

Google Pixel 2 Reviewed: Sets New Record for Overall Smartphone Camera Quality

Google Pixel 2 Reviewed: Sets New Record for Overall Smartphone Camera Quality

By Canon Rumors | October 4, 2017 | Third Party Cameras

DXOMark has published their review of the Google Pixel 2 camera and it has been awarded the highest score for a smartphone ever. The first Pixel had a score of 89, the new Pixel camera has received a score of 98.

Fron DXOMark:

We’re in danger of running out of superlatives when describing the major image quality attributes of the Google Pixel 2. That makes sense for a device that tops our scoring charts —up from the 94 of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to a record-setting 98. So for just about any Photo or Video use case, it recommends itself as the phone camera with the best image quality. A notable exception to that assessment centers around the added performance in Zoom and Bokeh (including Depth and Portrait) that dual-camera smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 can provide. This said, the Pixel 2 is especially well-suited to videographers, as it achieves the highest Video score for any device we’ve tested — a 96. Read the full review

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL preorders will go live today in select countries.

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