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Canon cameras tested in Vancouver

Canon Rumors has received confirmation that a new Canon body is being tested in Vancouver at the moment – model number unknown.

The same source also mentioned a 1Ds Mark IV release (or 1Ds MK IV) before the end of February.

A 60D, with high fps speed? A 1Ds Mark IV in the beta stages of testing?

Things remain to be seen. Keep a close eye out when watching the Olympics.

Note: according to Canon Rumors, this is ‘CR3’ source; their top tier ranked sources.


Canon unveils EOS 550D or Rebel T2i

Due to connection problems, this has been posted a day late. We apologise for the incident.

Canon has released the latest in its range of consumer DSLRs, the Rebel T2i or EOS 550D, as predicted two days ago.

The new DSLR includes 1080p HD video recording (with full manual control), an 18MP CMOS sensor, up to ISO 6400, a 3-inch 3:2 LCD with 1040k dot resolution, as well as the 63-point iFCL metering system, as seen on the EOS 7D.

The new Rebel also faetures redesigned buttons, 3.7 fps continous shooting, +/-5 stops exposure compensation and UI support for Eye-Fi cards.


Chance of 5D Mark III this year

A source has informed Canon Rumors that the 5D Mark III (or 5D MK III) may be out sooner than predicted in the 5D three-year-cycle release dates.

It says that Canon has bumped the 5D MK III’s release by up to 6 months, meaning that it may be within reach within the upcoming months (or later this year), since the 5D Mark II was released in 2008. The rumour also states that the 5D MK III will be receiving an AF system similar to the 7D, and that video functions will be improved.

The source also says the somewhat popular rumour of a 3D is a myth.

However, do note that this source does not have a high level of reliability (previously unheard source) that CR can recommend.


Expectations on new Rebel

Rumours have been flying wild over the past few weeks over prospective titles and specifications for the new Rebel, which is expected to come out.

We have reports that it will be called the Rebel T2i, and will possibly be otherwise titled the Canon EOS 550D or 600D (the former is more probable, however). Possibly, it may be a lower-end camera (ie, 2000D).

The camera should feature

  • Articulating screen
  • Body smaller than 500D
  • Upgraded 15.1MP APS-C Sensor
  • 720p Video @ 30fps
  • ~$800 (USD, RRP)
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    Canon EOS 1D Mark IV firmware update released

    Canon has released a firmware update for its somewhat recent 1D Mark IV, or 1D MK IV, as previously reported.

    Version 1.0.6 can be downloaded here.

    A quote from Canon says,

    1. Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance.*
    2. *AF performance has been enhances for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.


    Expectations and Speculations of PMA 2010

    PMA 2010 approaches; one of the major photography-related shows in the USA – and with branches worldwide – it annually brings lots of speculation. The event is being held at Anaheim, California from February 21-23.

    Canon: 1Ds Mark IV, 60D and maybe three new lenses as a possibility; though there is a chance of a Rebel. Canon will be having announcements on February 9th, so we assume that’s when Canon will bring out its best.

    Nikon: because we have not had an in-depth summary for Nikon, unlike the Feb 9 announcements in Canon, this may be somewhat longer. To see other brands, please look below these paragraphs.

    – On the 20th, Mr. Tetsuro Goto, the Director of Laboratory Research and Development at Nikon Japan, did an interview with a French magazine. Here at some points:

    • No medium format from Nikon: “We have no experience in the niche market of medium-format. It may simply be impossible for Nikon to go on the market.”
    • On Micro 4/3 & Nikon: “If we follow this type of equipment, we change our frame (mount). The new frame will provide new opportunities or provide access to new technologies and to use targets smaller and lighter”.
    • Large sensor compact camera: “We study this way. You’ll know soon enough.”
    • On EVF: “In the near future, it is possible that we will also use electronic viewfinders, but for now the quality is not there yet.”
    • On SWM (Silent Wave Motor): “We are currently investigating a new system for the future.”

    A picture of a D700x (shown below, image NR):

    A translation reads:

    Nikon D700X
    Price  350000 yen  (around?)
    Special Feature: Fitted with the 24MP CMOS sensor that is the same (level?) as the D3X
    The super high quality 24 million pixel CMOS sensor fitted in D3X

    Another DSLR possibility is the D900. Previously, models listed as ‘compatible’ under different products have mentioned a D900 (Nikon Rumors has reported these, but Camera Tech has not mentioned these due to improbability). However, yet another one, from the back of a Phottix Titan battery case, it has mentioned the D900. Potentially, it could be real, although on their website there is no mention of this compatibility.

    For a list of  previously reported products for Nikon D900 click here, here, and here (will link to Nikon Rumors).

    Another translation from the same foreign source that linked the D700x:

    AFS Nikkor 18-50 mm f3.5-4.5G
    Reasonably-priced, high-quality FX standard zoom

    as well as some discussion on a potential AF-S 85mm F1.8G and AF-S VR 80-400mm f3.5-5.6G.

    In addition to the D700x, lies talk of D95 as well.

    Every rumor is taken from just one of these predictions by three distinguished professional photographers you see on the lower left side of the page in the link Mr. Fool provided. On the upper right side, it reads “New Full frame camera will be the axis of Nikon’s new model in 2010″. They predict that D700X will be using the same cropped sensor as D3X and the price will be about 350k yen ($4000 US). They also predict that 14.2 mega pixel APS-C sensor ( the same one currently used on Sony A550) will be the new standard for Nikon’s APS-C camera, and the replacement of D90 (which they call D95) will adapt that sensor. According to them, it will have Full HD video. The least credible of all is listed lenses on the right page.  The source simply states “we want attractive lenses to fully experience new high-megapixel full frame camera”. So lens part is more like a hope than a prediction.

    The above was a quote from a Japanese camera magazine, CAPA.

    Panasonic: two compact (ie, point-and-shoot) cameras and a Lumix G replacement.

    Olympus: several compact cameras.

    Pentax: three new compact cameras, which should bring some variety in design.

    Sony: a series of compact cameras and an a700 replacement.

    Ricoh: new CX2 camera and a new 28-300mm GXR lens.

    Samsung: a new k-mount for the Samsung NX-10 is expected, don’t have any other information at that point.

    Tamron: two lenses; however, these could be released after PMA 2010.

    Hasselblad: Hasselblad might feature whatever they’re releasing for the countdown (update in the link just mentioned contains news that it will be providing a service potentially similar to Canon’s World Of EOS.

    Fuji: a new Micro Four-Thirds EVIL model; potentially some digital and film cameras.

    Leica: Leica is not attending PMA 2010, but they should be releasing a 35mm Summilux M lens in March. Compact cameras then also are expected.


    Canon 1D Mark IV firmware update approaching

    Note: this was due to appear on the 24th, but due to technical problems we have had to delay it until today.

    Canon is about to release a firmware update for its somewhat recent EOS 1D Mark IV (1D MK IV), which will further enhance AF performance for subjects that are approaching or receding at a low speed.

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