Cavalcade of Canon releases

Canon EOS 5DS RIn the past few days Canon fans have had plenty to chew on with a whole slew of juicy new models announced across the board, including top-tier DSLRs, a new mirrorless model, and stylish new compacts. The headliners in the recent announcements are additions to the Canon EOS 5D range; the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. Both models offer a huge 50-megapixel sensor, with the 5DS R ditching the optical low pass filter to offer maximum image sharpness (much like the difference between Nikon's D800 and D800E).

Looking like a possible alternative to medium format options, both new DSLRs feature 5fps continuous shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800), 61-point autofocus system, and new Digic 6 image processor.

Canon EOS M3Both cameras also feature three in-camera crop modes – 1.3x, 1.6x, and 1:1 – so shooters who do not require the full resolution of that huge sensor can create more flexible image files.

Both models are scheduled for a New Zealand release in June, with no official price point yet confirmed.

Canon also announced a return to the mirrorless market with the newly unveiled Canon EOS M3, with a design and specs that indicate the company is taking the category more seriously than it previously had.

The EOS M3 boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and the company's latest 49-pint Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus system, making it six-times faster than the original Canon mirrorless, the EOS M.

Canon EOS 760DDesign-wise, the camera leaves behind the touch-screen-only control design of the earlier EOS M models and provides both a mode and exposure compensation dial, in addition to the 7.5cm LCD touch-screen. There's still no electronic viewfinder provided, but the EOS M3 does have a hot shoe compatible with PowerShot G1 X's add-on EVF, as well as Canon Speedlites.

The Canon EOS M3 will be available in New Zealand from April, with no official price yet announced.

Canon's entry-level DSLR line also got significant bump with the announcement of the Canon EOS 760D and EOS 750D. Both models feature the 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus system found in the EOS M3, making them the most powerful entry-level DSLRs Canon has yet to release.

Canon PowerShot SX410 ISBoth models are identical in most respects, aside from the 760D featuring an LCD display on the control top (usually reserved for mid-range DSLS and up), the ability to shoot in Live HDR Mode, and the ability to activate servo AF in live-view (much like the impressive EOS 70D).

Both the EOS 760D and EOS 750D will be available in new Zealand from April, with no official price point announced.

Canon finishes up its run of new releases with two sleep new compacts; the PowerShot SX410 IS and IXUS 275 HS.

Aimed at travellers, the PowerShot SX410 IS features a 40x optical zoom with ZoomPlus technology extending the reach to 80x, a 20-megapixel CCD sensor, the ability to shoot 720p video, and Intelligent IS stabilization technology.Canon IXUS 275 HS

The IXUS 275 HS fits 12x optical zoom, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, Digic 4+ image processor, and smartphone and Wi-Fi connectivity into a light, compact, stylish body.

Both the PowerShot SX410 IS and IXUS 275 HS will be available in New Zealand from April, with prices still forthcoming.


Shoot the zoo, help the animals

Ceratotherium simumA new photography competition launched by one of the country's leading wildlife photographers seeks to help local conservation efforts by tempting photographers with flash new photography gear. Photographer Trevor Penfold and the Hamilton Zoo have joined forces to launch the Hamilton Zoo Photography Competition, with entrants vying for a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Canon 70D and entry fees going to the zoo's conservation funds.

To enter the competition photographers must head to Hamilton Zoo and capture images of the wildlife inhabitants. The winning image will earn the photographer a new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS worth over $600, while other prizes include zoo passes and animal experiences, vouchers for Snapshot Cameras, and copies of Penfold's excellent wildlife photo books.

There is also a category in the competition exclusively for members of the Hamilton Zoo Photography Group (HZPG), wherein entrants will compete for the title of HZPG Photographer of the Year and a Canon 70D kit worth over $1700.

The photography group was another joint initiative between Penfold and the zoo, giving passionate photographers the opportunity to access the zoo all year round, compete in photo contests and have their images critiqued by the wildlife photographer.

For full entry conditions see here, and more information on the photography group can be found here.

Win a trip to Sri Lanka and Canon kit

PickersA freshly launched photo competition gives New Zealand's photography enthusiasts the chance to win a 10-day trip to Sri Lanka and a impressive swathe of new Canon equipment with a value of $5400. The Dilmah Tea in the City photo competition challenges photographers to submit images themed around the "timeless tradition of tea, redefined in the contemporary urban landscape".

Those who take up the brief will be in with a shot at journeying to Sri Lanka to explore the country's unique culture and fine heritage of tea-making. The winner will also document the experience with a band new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with 17-55mm IS f/2.8 lens, supplied with a Canon backpack and SD card, along with a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer.

The competition is open now and closes January 23, 2015. Selected finalist images will be displayed at the Photographer's Gallery in Napier as part of the Tremains Art Deco Weekend on February 18-22, 2-15; there the judging panel will select the competition's overall winner.

If you'd like to get a taste for the winner's trip to Sri Lanka might involve you can view an example itinerary here, and you can view the competition's full terms and conditions here.

Come meet Canon New Zealand

Canon Workshop The Canon New Zealand crew are touring the country this week, making stops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, bringing with them the latest and greatest Canon gear to test out.

The team are making time for enthusiasts and professionals alike on the trip, offering Canon Professional Services (CPS) members free camera sensor cleaning (5D and 1D series) along with a chance to get hands-on with the latest Canon professional gear releases. Enthusiasts are invited to meet the Canon reps and take the Canon experience kit for a spin, comprising a large range of cameras and lenses.

The events will be held at fully-equipped photography studios and Canon is bringing a model along for the events, so you'll be able to test the gear (and bring your own along if you like) in real world studio conditions.

Everyone attending the events also goes in to the draw to win a new Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, the company's top-shelf compact camera.

Photographers in Auckland are in for a special opportunity, with Canon not just brining the full kit for trial but also conducting a free photography night walk in partnership with photo educator Three Little Wishes. There are only 20 spaces for this event, so be sure to get in quick (RSVP details below).


Canon road trip dates:


CPS Health Check – Wellington

October 9, 11am-4pm

FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mount Cook

RSVP: with your location in subject line


Meet the Canon Crew – Wellington

October 9, 5-7pm

FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mount Cook

RSVP: with your location in subject line


Meet the Canon Crew – Christchurch

October 16, 5-7pm

Lightworkx Photography, Unit 14/75, Peterborough Street

RSVP: with your location in subject line


CPS Health Check – Christchurch

October 17, 11am-4pm

Lightworkx Photography, Unit 14/75, Peterborough Street

RSVP: with your location in subject line


CPS Health Check – Auckland

October 22, 11am-4pm

Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

RSVP: with your location in subject line


Canon Photography Night Walk – Auckland

October 22, 5-8pm

Beginning at Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

RSVP: with your name

Limited to 20 spots, get in quick

Canon offers free firmware upgrades

EOS_C500_EFle_RFilm-makers shooting on the Cinema EOS System will soon have access to a free firmware upgrade to improve the line's operability, as well as new software for greater RAW footage handling in November. The EOS C300, C 300 PL, C500, C500 PL cameras will all benefit from the firmware, which allows for simpler colour temperature value selection.

The later two models will also be made compatible with the expanded colour space for 4K TV broadcasting. Used in conjunction with the DP-V3010 professional-use 4K display, the system will be capable of oppertaing within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.

The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software will also allow the C500/PL models  to utilize 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to advanced colour space standards like ITU-R BT.709 and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma colour reproduction and high-chroma colour gradation. Edit decision lists will also be supported so processing unnecessary files will be a thing of the past.

A demonstration of the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space will be carried out during the INC2-14 broadcast technology trade show held in the Netherlands this week on September 12–16.