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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Canon Powershot SX30 IS Reviewed by PhotographyBLOG

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

"The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is a brand new super-zoom camera sporting an incredible 35x zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 24-840mm. The lens construction comprises multiple special lens elements including an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element as well as a Hi-UD element, compensating for light aberrations while maintaining high image quality across the entire zoom range."

PhotographyBLOG reviews the latest superzoom from Canon, the SX30 IS. As I mentioned during its introduction, the 35x lens begins at a 24mm equivalent, so it does not necessary mean it has the longest reach among superzooms. Starting at 24mm gives it more flexibility though. PhotographyBLOG were not as impressed with it though (modern- day interpretation of ratings: 3/5 bad, 4/5 average, 4.5/5 good, 5/5 great). I suppose for now, these cameras are just about the end of their evolution stage till some better tech trickles down to this price level.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Panasonic LX5 and Canon S95 Reviewed

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:30 AM

Digital Camera Resource Page has just reviewed the two latest premium compacts on the market currently; the Panasonic LX5 and the Canon S95. The two cameras feature large aperture lenses at the wide end, cleaner high ISO claims, and manual controls with dedicated customisable controls; the S95 features the same lens ring control as the S90, while the LX5 now features a rear command dial and three buttons that can be user-defined. While the S95 is a small update, adding 720p video, both remain very capable cameras if you don't mind small sensor cameras. To find out how they faired, hit the review links and find out!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review

Canon Powershot S95 Review

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Canon Announces Powershot G12

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:24 AM

"Canon has launched the PowerShot G12 premium compact, successor to PowerShot G11 released last year. Inheriting most of the core features of the G11..."

Canon today announced two compacts, and the first is the G12, successor to the G11. While mostly a minor update, there are some nice additions, starting with a front command dial, making the G12 a two dial camera, which is much faster to operate (incidentally like the recently announced lookalike Nikon P7000). There's a new 2.8" HVGA LCD on a swivel arm, and the camera now records 720p videos at 24 FPS. Like all of Canon's new compacts, built-in HDR is available (shudder) The megapixel count and lens remain unchanged, at 10 megapixels with a 5x zoom lens at 28-140/2.8-4.5 equivalent. The camera will be available next month for US$499.


Canon Announces Powershot SX30IS

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:23 AM

"Canon has announced the PowerShot SX30 IS superzoom digital compact, successor to the the SX20 IS. Compared to its predecessor, it features a 24-840mm equivalent wide-angle 35x zoom lens (as opposed to the SX20's 28-560mm equiv.), a slightly larger 2.7" articulated LCD and a 14.1Mp sensor."

Canon's new SX30 superzoom has some design cues that remind me of a EOS 1 series camera, and it's not bad looking at all. The camera now sports a 14 megapixel and a 35x zoom lens. Before anyone gets excited about the incredible "zoom" (which is usually used wrongly for narrow field-of-view) they can achieve, the 35x is achieved courtesy of the lens starting at 24mm instead of 28mm like much of the competition. This places its telephoto capabilities equal to the 30x Olympus SP800UZ. Other new additions include a new 2.7" LCD, the ability to quickly choose from one of three focal lengths (handy when you've all that range to choose from), and now uses lithium batteries. It records video at 720p at 30 FPS, and uses piezo-electric motors for both focusing and zooming. The camera will be available some time end of the month at US$429. Picture of the camera's back after the break.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Canon's Concept Camera is Not RED With Envy

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

"You're looking at Canon's new 4k "Multipurpose" concept, a wondrous amalgamation of still and video cameras pumping 60 frames per second at 4k resolution out of an 8 megapixel 2/3-inch CMOS sensor. Yep, we said 4k video, approximately quadruple the resolution of 1080p. We had a chance to go hands-on with the prototype at Canon Expo 2010, and believe us when we tell you that it's really, really sharp, both in terms of hardware and the images it produces."

I have to wonder if this is the trend of cameras to come, will terrabyte storage be enough? I remember when GMail first came out with 1GB of storage. For email, it may still be enough for a lot of people, but 1GB is enough to handle just a few minutes of 1080p video. Of course, if Canon ever did release a beauty such as this, one could always make use of YouTube's new 4k video support! One day though, I am certain that camera phones will be capable of this, and we will see an explosion of high definition... everything!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Canon on Proof of Concept Roll: Now Showing Off Huge Sensor

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

"Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world's largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera."

Well, looks like Canon is off on some showy announcements; in preparation for Photokina showcases, I guess. 20cm by 20cm is in the range of the large format territory: The 8 x 10 format in this case. 4 x 5 sheet film cameras are already big enough as it is (even a "small" Graflex Speed Graphic fully setup is still bigger than most DSLRs), so if a camera actually gets made from this, it is going to really big. I can hear the large format enthusiasts dreaming about what they can do with this though. Strangely Canon makes no mention of megapixels this time.

Canon's 120 Megapixel APS-H Sensor

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed an APS-H-size CMOS image sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world’s highest level of resolution for its size.

Canon had a 50 megapixel sensor 3 years back that did not go anywhere, so this is more proof of concept, like what car manufacturers like to do. It's probably not going to be seen in any commercial product, and I doubt it will have any great high ISO or dynamic range capabilities, but it's a reminder that this is what sensors can go up to, if anyone really wanted it to go that far.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Canon EOS 60D Videos

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 PM

Excited about the Canon EOS 60D? Then these two videos will get your blood pumping - the one above is the marketing promo video, and the one below is a series of sample videos taken with the camera (and looks great). Enjoy!

Canon Announces a Slew of Lenses

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

"MISSISSAUGA, ON., August 26, 2010 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging, rounds out its Summer product introductions with four new L-series lenses and two new accessory extenders for professionals and advanced amateurs. Leading the introductions, the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens* is the world’s widest fisheye zoom lens, providing professional photographers and cinematographers with a unique optical tool for capturing 180º angle-of-view shots on all EOS Digital SLR cameras. Photographers looking for a broad focal length range with excellent image quality will enjoy the Company’s first L-series 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, the new EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens*, delivering outstanding sharpness, contrast and colour fidelity in a compact, lightweight form factor."

The most interesting lenses among the lot of the new Canon lenses, are the 8-15/4L and the 70-300/4.5-5.6L. Fisheye lovers, rejoice! An 8 to 15mm zoom fisheye is here, so you can pick all the different ways you can distort the world in your photos.. Also some nice news for Canon users, is a 70-300/4-5.6L zoom lens. The 70-300s have usually been cheap telephoto consumer zoom lenses, but they have been used by pros for their light weight and compact size. Now that there's an L version of the lens, quality should step up, while mostly retaining the size and the weight. What is lost is the cheap price: US$1,500 is almost as much a 70-200/2.8 L USM lens. The other announcements include an update to the f/2.8 superteles; the 300/2.8 and 400/2.8, as well as the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters. Press release and images of the other lenses after the break.


Canon EOS 60D Announced; Preview by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:35 AM

"Canon has unveiled the EOS 60D mid-level DSLR, replacing the EOS 50D. However, following the launch of the EOS 7D, the 60D has been repositioned in the market, so isn't a simple upgrade to its predecessor. Instead the 60D is a smaller camera featuring an articulated screen and plastic body shell and utilizing SD memory cards. It combines the 18MP CMOS sensor and 1040k dot 3.0" LCD from the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) with the AF system from the 50D."

The 60D is a the latest in a long line that stretches back from the D30, and in a way it returns to its roots as a mid-range DSLR camera. While 50D users will probably want to upgrade to something like the 7D or even the 5DII, the 60D is a compelling purchase for those who want something a little more advanced than the 550D, while not spending too much. It's certainly a nicely specified camera, and while smaller, the grip certainly looks more usable than the on on the 550D!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Canon Launches a Trio of Powershots

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

"MISSISSAUGA, ON, August 19, 2010 - Furtherelevating the “Power” in PowerShot, Canon Canada, a leader in digital imaging, today announced three new high-performance PowerShot cameras - the PowerShot S95, the SD4500 IS and the SX130 IS Digital cameras. These cameras achieve photographic brilliance with Canon’s HS (High Sensitivity) SYSTEM for improved low-light shooting in the S95 and SD4500 IS cameras, High Definition (HD) video recording, High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the S95 camera and a more intelligent Smart AUTO mode, among a range of others."

Canon has announced a trio of new compacts, led by the Powershot S95. The update to the year old S90 does not add much. The main feature is the ability to shoot videos in 720p at 24 FPS. The other main addition is the ability to do in-camera HDR, not too dissimilar to what Sony compacts have been doing lately. The S95 retains the S90's 10 megapixel resolution, fast f/2.0 to not-so-fast f/4.9 28-105mm equivalent lens with improved image stabilisation. It's not much of an update, so if you have a S90, don't worry about your camera being obsolete. The other two cameras are featured after the break.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Canon PIXMA Printers Are Touchable

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the new Intelligent Touch System is a game changer for overall printer usability. Consumers will find it easier and quicker than ever to navigate through menus and perform everyday tasks with back-lit touch sensitive buttons and a new light guidance system eliminating buttons not in use thus reducing opportunities for mistakes."

You can tell that it is approaching Back-to-School time when you start seeing companies announcing more new products than the number of broken-promises a politican makes during an election year. Canon's latest line of PIXMA printers include some of the newer features like Full HD Movie printing, but new to the line is an adaptive touch sensitive control panel. Touch controls are hardly new, but the Intelligent Touch System, as Canon has labelled it, actually changes depending on what options are available. Instead of all buttons being visible, and guessing which ones are appropriate, the active buttons light up to let you know they can be used. A neat system which will certainly help those who are less tech savvy.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Canon 60D DSLR Coming with Swivel LCD Screen?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

There you have it. Is that a 60D with a swivel screen? I've looked at the original under a high zoom and enhanced the shadows a bit...and I think this is legitimate. I didn't see any tell-tale signs of pixel manipulation, so to my eyes, this is the real deal. And as the owner of a D5000, I have to say that I think Canon got this one right - the D5000 flips down, and this flips out - I think flipping out gives you more versatility. What say you Digital Home Thoughts readers? Is this a real image of a forthcoming Canon camera, or clever Photoshopping?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Canon EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) Mockups by Someone With Plenty of Free Time

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:30 AM


"Canon EVIL cameras (also NIkon's) are in every photography rumors websites. Should Canon release a new line of EVIL cameras, who knows. But I have decided to become a concept design artist for one day, in order to try my photo editing software skills, and see what I can come up with."

Before I go on, here's my warning:


So, with Photokina drawing closer, the deluge of rumours and what-not are going to start (or have already started). Canon and Nikon EVIL cameras are pretty hot in the rumour mill, but someone has decided to make some mockups on how it might look like. It's been a week or so since the initial design has gone up, and there're now five designs at this time of writing. Of course, Canon has said a few times they want to focus on making smaller DSLRs...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Battle of the Bokeh: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

"Bokeh, for those who don't know what it means, refers to the blur or more appropriately the quality of the rendition of the out of focus elements. Everybody loves a bit of bokeh, but which lens produces nice looking bokeh? Well, we will be taking a look at various lenses, but this week we will be comparing the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II - both are very affordable 50mm lenses, but what's the bokeh like?"

Which lens has better bokeh? Watch the video to find out!

Tags: canon, blur, nikon, dof, bokeh

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PIXMA Printers Make Life Stand Still

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

"Now when using the new Full HD Movie Print with compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital cameras, consumers can print individual frames of movies1 while helping to bring those hard to capture, memorable moments to life. Whether using still or movie capabilities, users can be confident the memories being preserved will be of high quality both from the time the memory is captured to when it is time to share with friends and family by providing a keepsake photo."

With video recording coming in higher and higher resolutions, it is not surprising that someone has come up with the idea that instead of doing things the traditional way or snapping a single photo and then printing it, one can review the frames of an HD video and select what one they want to print. It might even reach a point where people will be much more into "lifecasting" and record everything they do, just in case they catch a moment that they want to preserve. There is already a proliferation of people snapping photos or videos are every opportunity so I do not think that it would be that much of a stretch to just do it 24/7. Of course, this also means those embarassing moments that you were lucky to get away with because no one had a camera on hand will be forever immortalized! Now if they could find a way to make "enhance" really enhance!

Friday, July 16, 2010

New Canon Vixia Offers Mega Storage

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

"Equipped with 64GB of internal flash memory, the new camcorder can record up to 24 hours of HD video and includes an additional SD memory card slot that is fully compatible with latest generation SDXC memory cards. The new SDXC memory card specification increases storage capacity from 32GB up to 2Terabytes and enhances data transfer speeds. "

Do you remember the days when flash memory cards were measured in megabytes? My first digital camera was a Logitech Fotoman. It was cutting edge, let me tell you. Black and white 320x240 images with 1MB of storage! Now I hear, 20 years later that Canon has this camcorder with 64 thousand times the storage capacity? I think I should go back to the video store and return my Fotoman for a Vixia! 64GB of storage is impressive, and the ability to add even more means that the camcorder will probably record much more of your life than you are prepared to show. Have any of you gone through more than 64GB of storage on a single trip? What about 2TB?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Has Canon Ceded the Low-End DSLR Market to Nikon?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

I was helping a friend of mine buy her first DSLR - she had no brand preference, but instead had a budget of $500. It had been a while since I'd looked at Canon DSLRs in the entry-level segment, but I was sure they'd have something to compete price-wise with the Nikon D3000. I was planning on pointing her toward whatever Canon model was around the same price as the D3000, and encourage her to go check them out in person. She wasn't looking for video, and didn't want to pursue photography as a hobby...she just wanted a simple and small DSLR to bypass the sluggish nature of her point and shoot camera. Read more...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Canon Showcases the Camera of the Future

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 AM

"Have you ever wanted to know what one of the world’s biggest camera manufacturers thinks the future looks like? Wonder no more, as Canon have been showing off their Wonder Camera Concept at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai."

Um, ok. Concept cameras are like concept cars, I guess. They sound really cool and fancy but the reality is usually never quite as nice. I think I'll pass on this one.

Nikon Ranked First in Japan Sales for Interchangeable Lens Cameras for 1H 2010

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 AM

BCNRanking, which ranks Japanese product sales, has published their January to June 2010 results for interchangeable lens cameras. Nikon ranks as number 1.

In addition, just about every other company has managed to increase their share of sales volume at Canon's expense except for Sony. No wonder they were in a hurry to bring out the NEX cameras.

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