We recently reported about the upcoming Nokia cellphone allegedly bearing the name ‘EOS’, which is rumored to be equipped with what may just be the best phone camera ever. Back then, we pondered whether the designation ‘EOS’ might somehow relate to Canon’s long-lived SLR system. Newly-leaked images seem to contradict this assumption, though. In addition to that, the blog ViziLeaks has just posted a “mini-review” of the EOS phone, together with a video showing off its amazing camera. Head past the break for the good stuff.
Canon today announces a new lens for its EOS M mirrorless system, the 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom. Together with the 11-22mm, which is equivalent to an 18-35mm lens on 35mm full-frame, Canon also announces firmware 2.0 for its (currently only) EOS M mirrorless camera. The firmware promises to boost AF speed, and fixes a bug that causes the EOS M to freeze when the new 11-22mm lens is used. Details after the break.
Canon has released two new firmware versions for their EOS 1D Mk IV and 1Ds Mk III models, adding compatibility with their new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The lens has a built-in 1.4x extender, which makes it a 280–560mm f/5.6 lens. In order to correctly operate when the new lens is attached, the two cameras need the latest firmware installed. In addition, Canon adds a bugfix to the 1D Mk IV firmware correcting an issue with RAW files in continuous shooting mode.
The firmwares can be downloaded here (1D Mk IV) and here (1Ds Mk III).
Digital Trends has a piece on the codenamed Nokia Lumia EOS cameraphone. EOS is quite a known name in the camera industry as it is for the DSLR lineup of Canon’s cameras. The codename of the new Lumia has us extremely curious right now. The phone is supposed to have a 41MP camera, 4.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 1280 x 768 resolution, and could have a polycarbonate plastic chassis. But beyond this, there may be a Xenon flash and a new Nokia Pro Camera app. If so, hopefully it will allow full manual control over the exposure–which is something many photographers have wanted for a while.
With all of this said though, Nokia’s camera technology may be wonderful but many users still complain about the overall quality of their phones. Windows Mobile (which operates the Lumia phones) is also an excellent platform but the apps that photographers want and need these days just aren’t on the OS yet.
As it is though, Canon already has the Powershot N which is meant to be an answer to smartphones.
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Size does matter, it seems, at least when it comes to a would-be photographer’s insecurity about the $200 point & shoot (s)he purchased on Amazon. Recently, there has been a clamor for Canon to do something to help lift the spirits of its point & shoot consumer base. A quick peek in the Amazon reviews of such cameras or the comments section of Photobucket will tell anyone that the owners of these cameras feel lacking when they put their work on the web for the world to see. Heeding the call of its flock, Canon ramped up production of the EOShell, a DSLR-sized case into which folks can pop their PowerShots. [click to continue…]