1. The Day Has Arrived : Canon Announces the 5D Mark III

    Prepare to meet the 5D Mark III, the sequel, available at the end of March for $3,499.

    In bringing out the new camera, Canon is answering the wish lists of many photographers and videographers:

    — Video clips will no longer automatically turn off after just 12 minutes, as happens on the 5D Mark II and other Canon cameras like the 60D and Rebel T3i. Now you’ll be able to shoot up to 29 minutes, 59-seconds at a time.

    — The autofocus is much more precise, with 61 different focus points, instead of just nine focus points on the 5D Mark II.

    — You can shoot faster: six frames per second instead of three.

    — A headphone jack has been added, standard on most high-end video cameras, making it possible to monitor the audio when you’re shooting video.

    — Time code, a feature found on high-end video cameras, can be added to the video files, for easy access to scenes.

    — Dual-memory card slots now accept the standardCompact Flash card, and an SD card as well.

    With the 5D Mark II, videographers learned that a still camera — thanks to its massive sensor — could provide a better looking image than many video cameras. The sensor is about 20 times the size of most camcorders. The 5D — and its dreamy, out of focus backgrounds —was used for the opening credits of The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSaturday Night Live, and an entire episode of Fox’s House. The current movie,Act of Valor, which opened last week, was shot on the 5D Mark II.

    With the new Mark III, the megapixel count is slightly larger — 22.3 megapixels, from 21.9 — but Canon senior technical adviser Chuck Westfall says the processing chip is “17 times more powerful,” resulting in sharper photos and video.

    The price is hefty. The 5D Mark II is currently selling for $2,400 (body only) on Amazon, but Westfall says with the $3,499 Mark II you get a camera that’s much sharper and agile in low light.

    "The image quality is so much higher," says Westfall.

    The Mark III will also be sold with the 24-105 F4 lens, for $4,299.

    At a briefing where USA TODAY got some hands-on time with the new Mark III, Westfall showed us images shot in ultra low light, at the 6400 ISO setting, that looked comparable in sharpness and lack of noise to 1600 ISO on the Mark II. ISO measures light sensitivity. The lower the ISO — which generally begins at 100 — the sharper and more colorful the image. As ISO gets larger the quality tends to go down. But with new, higher resolution cameras like the 5D and Nikon’s D4, shooting at high ISOs can produce exceptional work.

    Westfall says the Mark II will stay in production, and that he expects the price to drop. He declined to mention a dollar figure. Used models are currently selling on eBay for between $2,000 and $2,200.

    The massive flood in Thailand and Japan earthquake won’t affect production of the Mark III, Westfall says.

    Canon SLRs aren’t made in Thailand, and Canon’s SLR factory “was as far away from the earthquake as possible, so it didn’t affect us much.”

    by Jefferson Graham 

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/talkingtech/story/2012-03-02/canon-5d-mark-III/53323596/1

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III specifications

    PriceMSRPBody only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299Body typeBody typeMid-size SLRBody materialMagnesium alloySensorMax resolution5760 x 3840Other resolutions3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480Image ratio w:h3:2Effective pixels22.3 megapixelsSensor photo detectors23.4 megapixelsSensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)Sensor typeCMOSProcessorDigic 5+Color spacesRGB,Adobe RGBColor filter arrayRGB Color Filter ArrayImageISOAuto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as optionWhite balance presets6Custom white balanceYes (1)Image stabilizationNoUncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsFine, NormalFile format
    • JPEG (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant)
    • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
    • RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
    • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
    Optics & FocusAutofocus
    • Contrast Detect (sensor)
    • Phase Detect
    • Multi-area
    • Selective single-point
    • Single
    • Continuous
    • Face Detection
    • Live View
    Autofocus assist lampby optional dedicated SpeedliteDigital zoomNoManual focusYesNumber of focus points61Lens mountCanon EF mountFocal length multiplier1×Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFixedScreen size3.2Screen dots1,040,000Touch screenNoScreen typeClear View II TFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)Viewfinder coverage100 %Viewfinder magnification0.71×Photography featuresMinimum shutter speed30 secMaximum shutter speed1/8000 secExposure modes
    • Auto+
    • Program AE
    • Shutter priority AE
    • Aperture priority AE
    • Manual (Stills and Movie)
    • Custom (x3)
    Built-in flashNoExternal flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)Flash X sync speed1/200 secContinuous driveYes (6 fps)Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)Metering modes
    • Multi
    • Center-weighted
    • Spot
    • Partial
    Exposure compensation±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)Videography featuresFormat
    • H.264
    MicrophoneMonoSpeakerMonoResolutions1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)Videography notes1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frameStorageStorage typesCompact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXCStorage includedNoneConnectivityUSBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (HDMI mini)WirelessOptionalRemote controlYes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedYesBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & chargerBattery Life (CIPA)950Weight (inc. batteries)950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)Dimensions152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesTimelapse recordingYes (by cable and PC)GPSOptionalGPS notesWith optional GP-E2 unit

     

  2. Canon Announces NEW Full Frame Pro DSLR, the 1Dx

    Yesterday canon unveiled their newest flagship DSLR, the Pro 1Dx.  The 1Dx is the newest in the D line with the “x” signifying the 10th generation of DSLR’s from Canon.  The 1Dx will feature dual processors which offer approximately 17 times the processing power of the previous generation, and 18 mega pixel sensor, 14 frames per second shooting JPEG’s and 12 fps on RAW, and it will be able to push the boundaries up to an amazing 204,800 iso.  All this and more can be yours in 2012 for meager price tag of $6,800.