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DxOMark continues to rate the sensors in current camera models, and their latest victim was the Canon G1 X Mk II. The successor to the original G1 X again comes with a fixed lens and a sensor larger than the (Micro) Four Thirds format, but still smaller than the APS-C format. Sporting a resolution of 15 megapixels, one is bound to assume that it would outperform the Micro Four Thirds crowd at least by a small margin–but actually, the opposite seems to be the case.

With an overall score of 58 points, the PowerShot G1 X Mk II is ranked even lower than its predecessor, wich managed to score 60 points. Compared to current Micro Four Thirds models, however, the G1 X Mk II is way behind: the Olympus OM-D E-M10′s sensor has received 72 points in DxOMark’s test, and even the tiny Panasonic GM1 scores a solid 64 points. But here’s the most interesting part: even Canon’s own PowerShot S120 with its tiny 1/1.7″ sensor scores almost as high as the G1 X Mk II, though of course it doesn’t hold up when it comes to dynamic range and high ISO noise.

This isn’t the first time that we see Canon sensors receiving bad ratings by DxOMark, though. Just recently, their lab tested the EOS Rebel T5, and it, too, was rated way lower than its immediate competition. But despite the mediocre ratings, Canon DSLRs still enjoy a huge popularity especially on western markets, and even the EOS M mirrorless system is very popular over in Japan. When it comes to pure image quality, though, it seems that you’re better of with almost any other brand.

Google smart contact lenses

Google Glass caused a lot of buzz when it was originally announced, and continues to do so on a regular basis when reports of users being beaten up or doing silly things with it come in. The wearable device, which is basically an Android smartphone packed into a glasses-like piece of eyewear, not only lets you percieve (and record) the world in a totally new way, it also makes you look a bit like a cyborg. But that might just be about to change.

Even though Google Glass has just been made available to the public today, at a retail price of $1,500, it seems Google is already working on the next generation of augmented reality computing devices. Just like regular glasses were at some point replaced by contact lenses, Google Glass could soon be replaced by Google Contacts. Yup, that’s right. The company that so many of us have already sold our souls to has recently filed a patent for a teeny tiny camera that can be fitted into a contact lens.

Google has previously announced that it’s working on smart contact lenses that can, for example, measure blood glucose levels, so these contact lens cameras might be an addition to these health measuring contacts. They could also prove useful for the visually impaired, for example by tracking their surrounding and warning them of obstancles ahead. As to whether it’ll be possible to take actual photos and videos with these, we honestly have no idea.

But the patent makes us wonder whether it might also be possible to integrate a tiny projector into a contact lens that would display a live image directly onto your retina in much the same way that Google Glass provides your sight with an information overlay. This is just daydreaming, though, and as of yet there’s no guarantee that even the contact lens cameras will make it into an actual project. But the idea is definitely worth geeking out over.

Via TechCrunch

Canon EOS M2The Canon EOS M2 might have skipped out for a North American release, but new reports say we could see a completely new EOS M3 at Photokina. According to SLR Lounge, Canon is gearing up to launch a new mirrorless camera in the coming months. Supposedly Canon is working on two different models with one body aimed at the consumer market and then another version for the prosumer market.

This isn’t the first time we heard rumors of a split EOS M line. Previously, Canon’s next mirrorless bodies were reported to come with two versions as well with a higher-end model that would have been able to take more accessories such as an EVF. However, these rumors were quickly followed by the incrementally updated EOS M2, which fixed the original’s flaws with a faster AF system and added on Wi-Fi connectivity.

For now we don’t have very many specs on this supposed Canon EOS M3 other than making an assumption that it might include the Canon 70D’s dual-pixel AF system. Just yesterday, SLR Lounge also spotted a patent for a new 22-46mm F/3.5-5.6 EF-M mount lens.


We’ve all lost lens caps; and despite the fact that we end up finding them later on they can be kind of annoying due to just how easily they seem to outright get up and walk away from us. But a new Kickstarter for the HACKxTACK is looking to make sure that you’ll never lose one again.

The system works through the use of magnets.

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Pentax 645Z front angled view

Going the same route as Phase One and Hasselblad in their latest medium format camera models, Pentax today announces the new 645Z medium format SLR camera featuring a large 33x44mm CMOS sensor. As a successor to the 645D, the 645Z continues the company’s medium format tradition, while at the same time bringing it up to par with the competition. Thanks to the new sensor, the 645Z now boasts a wopping 51.4 megapixels, ISO as high as 204,800, Full-HD video as well as a live-view mode. It seems that medium format cameras have finally arrived in the 21st century.

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Canon EF-M 22-46mm patent

Canon has recently patented a new lens for its EOS M mirrorless system, and it’s a rather unspectacular 22-46mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens. With a focal length equivalent of 35-74mm and a short zoom factor of only 2.1x, it makes us wonder if Canon might be working on a small power-zoom lens with a pancake size factor. We’ve already seen such lenses for other mirrorless systems in the past: Micro Four Thirds has two lenses of this kind, one from Panasonic and one from Olympus, while there is also one for Sony E-mount and one for Nikon’s 1 system each.

A small, pancake-sized power-zoom lens makes the most sens on a small camera, together with which it makes for a truly pocketable setup. Seeing that the current EOS M cameras though relatively small for an APS-C system aren’t really pocketable, this furthermore makes us wonder if Canon could also be working on a smaller EOS M camera with a slimmer profile? In order to make its EOS M system more competitive, Canon will eventually have to diversify no only the lenses available but also the cameras.

An even smaller EOS M model might actually work with the entry-level crowd, and could make the system more popular. As to whether we’ll ever see more advanced EOS M cameras and lenses, we have our doubts as these would surely eat into Canon’s DSLR sales. But on the other hand, other mirrorless system are already doing that, anyway. So it would only logical for Canon to claim a piece of that cake. Only time will tell whether we’re ever going to see any of this.

Via Canon Watch