TOKYO, February 28, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that nine Canon designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2014 iF Design Awards in the product design and communication design categories.
iF Product Design Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS Kiss X7 in other regions) digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot N compact digital camera, the LEGRIA mini (VIXIA mini or IVIS mini) camcorder, the PIXMA MG7150 / MG6450 / MG5550 (PIXUS MG7130 / N/A / MG5530 in Japan) inkjet printers, the i-SENSYS LBP7680Cx / 7110Cw (N/A / imageCLASS LBP7001Cw or N/A / Satera LBP7110C) color laser beam printers, the WUX450 multimedia projector, and the LE-5W LED projector. The iF Communication Design Award went to the user interface for the EOS M compact-system camera.
Canon iF Design Award Winners | Click for Larger
Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design. Every year iF honors excellent design in three disciplines: product, communication and packaging design.
Canon won its first iF Product Design Award in 1989 for an office copying machine and, since that time, has been awarded for a wide range of products, including cameras, video camcorders and copying machines. This year marks Canon’s 20th consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards and brings the Company’s cumulative award count to 90. Encouraged by the recognition of the Company’s design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.
PlanetMitch over at Planet5D speculates about the possibility of adding Dual Pixel Technology to the EOS 5D Mark III. With Canon adding it to the Cinema EOS line, can we expect the same thing for the EOS lineup as well?
Mitch asked Canon, and received the types of answers you’d expect.
This would certainly change the game for the EOS 5D Mark III and adding features to an existing Canon DSLR.
Says PlanetMitch “Tho of course, we don’t know if it is going to be added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or even the Canon EOS C300 and who knows how long Canon has been putting Dual Pixel capable sensors out… but we do now know that they shipped cameras with capable sensors before they had the firmware necessary to make it all work.”
Camera Canada is selling super telephoto lenses at a big discount over their US counterparts and ship to the USA. These items 100% qualify for USA warranty. I buy most of my gear in Canada from these guys. They’re great to deal with. The current currency difference between Canada and the USA should help offset the price of shipping. Camera Canada ships Canada Post/USPS to the USA and so far that has avoided any customs or duties for US customers.
We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.
The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.
As for the modification itself, it’s said it will “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance of the EOS 5D Mark III.”
I’ve heard about these types of things in the past, and nothing has ever come of them. This one seems a bit different, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Magic Lantern has long been a fan favourite to “unleash” the features of Canon cameras we wish they had. Lately this has included pushing what we can get out of the sensor.
As reported on Planet 5D:
“Tests have been done by ‘Marsu42’ of CanonRumors, which show numbers of up to 15 stops of DR when using this feature combined with the ‘dual_iso’ module that Magic Lantern already includes in their nightly builds.”
This means that for example on 5d3, iso 800 with ML has more dynamic range than iso 100 with Canon :-> … and at high iso you’re getting 7% more dr which is nothing to sneeze at, esp. since it builds upon Canon‘s advantage vs. Nikon: d800@6400 = ~8.3 & 5d3@6400 = ~9.4 ev. According to sensorgen.info the 6d should add another 2/3 stop (once the code is adapted for it) making good ol’ Canon the superior sensor for low light high contrast shooting.
Since this is a new software update I’d recommend you proceed with caution, however, these are exciting results for both stills and video shooters!
Long time Nikon shooter, author and Adobe professional Scott Kelby switched over to Canon about 6 months. Being that he’s a popular guy in the photography world, I assume he was being asked every 10 minutes why he switched.
The switch was made to a EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III for the big reasons of ergonomics, menu system and skin tones.
Kelby sits down with Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to discuss the switch to Canon.
I’m not sure how much Mr Kelby paid for the Canon gear he now has, but I hypothesize it was at a discount. :)
System switching is an odd thing to me, and always has been. Unless there’s a definitive feature or lens that one doesn’t have and the other does.
I have heard of Canon shooters moving to Nikon if they use Speedlites a lot, as Nikon’s ETTL does a better and more consistent job than Canon’s system does. When I hear a Nikon user switching to Canon, it seems to usually be about video features. I also know of a couple of nature photographers that moved over to Canon around the time the new big white lenses made it to market. They found great value in the weight savings of Canon’s new super telephoto lenses.
Switching for ergonomics is a weird one to me. After a few months with a camera, you’re used to it and it becomes second nature. I personally fumble around with Nikon’s pro bodies, but that’s because I have been shooting Canon predominantly for a long time. Had I always shot Nikon, I’m sure the opposite would be true.