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Month: March, 2009

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS compact camera review / test by

27 March, 2009 (20:04) | Canon, Compact Camera, Review | By: Camera News

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Dpreview has reviewed the compact camera Canon PowerShot SX1 IS. This superzoom camera with a 20x optical zoom lens is replacing the successful S5 IS camera.

Some key features for the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS:
-1080p (1,920 x 1080 pixel) movies at 30 frames per second
-2.8″ 16:9 wide-aspect screen
-10 megapixel sensor
-20x optical zoom lens (28 – 560mm)

Don Wan of ends up giving the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS camera a “recommended (just)” rating. The camera is not getting a top score because the image quality isn’t all that good. Higher ISO levels are pretty bad too.
Seems like one should check out other options before buying the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS.
Read the full review of the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS camera here.

Canon launches PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II – 14 inch A3+ professional inkjet printer

25 March, 2009 (14:45) | Canon, Printer | By: Camera News

Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II
Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II

Canon today announced two new printers. One of them is called Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and is a 14 inch A3+ professional inkjet printer.

Some key features for the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II:
-4800 x 2400 dpi resolution
-A3+ and 14” wide professional inkjet printer
-16 bits per channel printing and dedicated monochrome printing
-Ambient Light Correction

The Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II printer will be available in May 2009 and cost about $849.

Press release:
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon today announces a powerful new tool for professional photographers to create gallery-quality images for exhibition and sale. The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is a versatile, 10-colour pigment inkjet printer, capable of producing outstanding, long-lasting prints up to A3+ size or 14” wide.

Images as they were intended
For exceptional colour accuracy and gamut, the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II uses a 10-colour pigment based single ink system as standard, including matte black and photo black, allowing photographers to print on gloss and matte media without the need for swapping ink tanks.

The right media – for any image
Finding the correct print media is crucial in turning an image into a saleable product. To maximise potential profit, the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II prints to a comprehensive range of Canon and non-Canon medias. Stunning, high-quality prints can be printed onto Canon high gloss medias without bronzing or gloss differential; other supported Canon media includes Semi-gloss, Matte Photo Paper and Fine Art medias.

The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II supports ICC profiles for many specialist medias. These include Baryta types, canvas, and numerous Fine Art medias from leading brands such as Canson, Hahnemühle, Innova, Moab, Somerset, Crane, PCM and Pictorico. For additional flexibility you can create custom ICC profiles, using Canon’s Colour Management Tool Pro 2 software with selected X-Rite colour spectrophotometers.

The addition of 16 bits per channel print capability – with 276 trillion possible colours – offers outstandingly smooth tonal gradations in both colour and monochrome prints. Dedicated monochrome inks minimise problems such as colour casting, and allow photographers to reproduce a smoother range of neutral and grayscale tones.

New for the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is an Ambient Light Correction feature using Canon Kyuanos technology*. Users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed; the colours in the final print are then automatically adjusted to ensure that the displayed result looks just the way the photographer intended.

Prints that last
Print longevity is the key to selling or showing your images with confidence. The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II uses Canon LUCIA pigment inks, which are specially designed to deliver long-lasting prints that retain their vibrancy for generations.

Designed for working photographers
Professional photographers can integrate the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II directly into their workflow by using the included Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in, which allows printing directly from Adobe Photoshop and the supplied Adobe Photoshop Elements software**. Canon EOS users can use the plug-in to print RAW files directly from Canon Digital Photo Professional software.

The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is made to accommodate the rigours of a professional photographer’s workload. Its sturdy design – built around a rigid 1.6mm thick steel chassis – endures heavy usage to deliver reliable, consistent performance.

“The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is for photographers who are serious about exhibiting and selling their images,” said Mogens Jenson, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Even on high gloss medias, results remain consistently stunning.”

Key features: PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II

A3+ and 14” wide professional inkjet printer
10 Single Inks
Lucia Pigment Inks for image longevity
Exceptional glossy media printing
Striking neutral monochrome prints
Archival prints on Fine Art media
Adobe Photoshop Elements & Canon Easy PhotoPrint Pro Plug-In software supplied
16bits per channel photo printing
Ambient Light Correction feature
Wide range of third party media supported
Flat media path
DVD/CD Direct Printing
The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is bundled with the following software:

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro – advanced imaging plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4/Elements 6.0 and Canon Digital Photo Professional 2.1 or later, allowing PIXMA Pro to be seamlessly integrated into the imaging workflow. Features include:
RAW image printing (from Canon Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0)
Direct access to ICC colour profiles
Monochrome mode, for printing colour data in black and white, with rich gradation and without colour casts
Ambient Light Correction feature for accurate colour rendition under different lighting conditions (available only on systems running Windows Vista)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 – powerful, easy-to-use photo editing software which allows users of non-Canon EOS D-SLR cameras to convert and print RAW files.
Canon Colour Management Tool Pro*** – create custom ICC profiles easily with select X-Rite spectrophotometers
Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX – fully integrated user-friendly software for photo printing and creative projects, such as calendars or photo albums
CD-LabelPrint – simplifies printing directly onto inkjet printable CDs and DVDs.
The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Mac OS X 10.3.9 to 10.5.

* See Technologies Explained.
** Canon Easy-Photo Print Pro is compatible with Adobe Photoshop (CS, CS2, CS3, CS4), Canon Digital Photo Profession 2.1, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 (included)
*** Only available as download from the Canon Europe Website

Canon announces Speedlite 270EX entry-level flashgun

25 March, 2009 (13:10) | Canon, Flash | By: Camera News

Canon Speedlite 270EX
Canon Speedlite 270EX

Canon has announced a new entry-level flashgun today. It is called Canon Speedlite 270EX and replaces the 220EX model. The new Canon Speedlite 270EX is smaller and more powerful, and has a 90 degrees tilting head.

Some key features for the Canon Speedlite 270EX:
-90 degrees tilting zoom head
-guide number of 27 meters
-3.9 seconds recycling time
-uses two AA-batteries
-compatible with all recent Canon cameras

It is not known when the Canon Speedlite 270EX flashgun will hit the marked or how much it will cost.

Press release:
Amstelveen, the Netherlands, 25 March, 2009: Canon announces the launch of the entry level Speedlite 270EX, an enhanced flash designed for EOS and PowerShot users. Replacing the popular Speedlite 220EX, the Speedlite 270EX is aimed at photographers wanting to expand their flash photography beyond the built in flash and those who want a small: pocketable flash unit to complement their EOS-1D or EOS 5D series. The compact Speedlite 270EX builds on the success of its predecessor, with more power than usual for its class and size.

The Speedlite 270EX includes a host of new features not available with a built-in flash that push the boundaries for the entry level flash market. These include the addition of a zoom head, ensuring efficient light distribution and bounce flash head, enabling light from the flash to bounce off a ceiling to produce pictures with more flattering lighting with softer tones and depth. Improved circuitry offers near silent recharging and enables similar recharging times as its predecessor, despite being powered by just 2 AA batteries.

Key Features include:

High power flash with a maximum guide number 27 m
Fast, silent recycle times
Manual flash output (settable via camera menus)
Speedlite controllable with compatible camera’s menu
Zoom head
Bounce flash head

Canon announces EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Canon EOS Kiss X3 – 1080p HD video recording at 20fps

25 March, 2009 (10:54) | Canon, DSLR | By: Camera News

Canon EOS 500D
Canon EOS 500D, Canon Rebel T1i

Canon has announced a new exciting DSLR camera called Canon EOS 500D (known as Canon Rebel T1i in North American and Canon EOS Kiss X3 in Japan). This consumer level DSLR camera features a 15 megapixel sensor and 1080p HD video recording at 20fps.

Some key features for the Canon EOS 500D:
-15 megapixel sensor
-1080p HD video recording at 20fps
-3″ LCD screen with 920,000 dot resolution
-ISO sensitivity up to 12800

It will be interesting to see if Canon is able to produce a sensor that takes high quality pictures when there are so many pixels crammed into the sensor.
The Canon EOS 500D / Canon EOS Kiss X3 / Canon Rebel T1i will be available in May 2009 and cost about $800 for the camera body only.

Press release:
Canon U.S.A. Introduces The EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera – The First Rebel DSLR To Feature HD Video Capture

Canon Breaks the $1,000 Mark Again with the First EOS Rebel Camera to Feature HD Movie Recording Capabilities, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor and 15.1 Megapixel Resolution

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 25, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a new addition to its Rebel lineup, the EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera, the first in the Rebel line to feature Full HD video capture. The new Canon Rebel T1i SLR incorporates some of the best technologies from the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II models into an entry-level juggernaut. With a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and HD video capture, along with the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, the Rebel T1i gives aspiring photographers plenty of reason to step-up to the latest and greatest model in the Rebel lineup.

The new Canon EOS Rebel T1i raises the entry-level bar with a host of enhanced Canon technologies now available in an entry-level DSLR. Along with the boost in megapixels and Canon’s most advanced imaging processor to-date, this latest Rebel camera has also been enhanced with HD video capture, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) monitor and user-friendly functions such as Auto Lighting Optimizer, Creative Auto Mode and Canon’s Live View modes, all the right tools to open new doors for imaging enthusiasts. From high-resolution to high-definition, the new EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera helps to give creative consumers a jumpstart on the next evolution in digital imaging.

“We are witnessing the emergence of a new phase in digital imaging history, as high-resolution still images and HD video can now both be produced in a hand-held device, for under $1,000. This is truly a great time to be involved in digital imaging as the advent of online communities are helping usher in this next great era in imaging,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The muscle behind Canon’s new EOS Rebel T1i camera is the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor with 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion and the ability to process full HD video. The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR offers continuous shooting at 3.4 fps for up to 170 large/fine JPEG images or up to nine RAW images in a single burst when using a class 6 or higher SD or SDHC memory card. Whether capturing wildlife on the run or a child mid-stride on the soccer field, users will appreciate the fast shooting capabilities of the Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera.

With the combination of its 15.1-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor and the powerful new DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 3200 in whole stop increments, along with two additional high-speed ISO settings – H1: 6400 and H2: 12800.

The EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR utilizes a precise nine-point Autofocus (AF) system and AF sensor for enhanced subject detection. The new EOS Rebel T1i DSLR provides a cross-type AF measurement at the center that is effective with all EF and EF-S lenses, while providing enhanced precision with lenses having maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. The cross-type AF measurement reads a wider variety of subject matter than conventional single-axis AF sensors and thus increases the new camera’s ability to autofocus quickly and accurately when shooting still images.

The EOS Rebel T1i camera is compatible with Canon’s complete line of over 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, to help provide an incredible variety of visual effects to both still and video imaging capture, including ultra-wide-angle and fish-eye to macro and super-telephoto. This includes all of Canon’s large-aperture EF L-series professional lenses.

HD and SD Video Capture
After the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008, the Company’s first HD video DSLR, Canon has integrated this must-have feature into the new entry-level flagship EOS Rebel T1i camera. The camera features 16:9 720p HD video capture at 30 fps as well as a Full HD 1080p video capture at 20 fps, and a third option to record 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps. The video capture mode is part of the camera’s Live View function, using the Picture Style that has been set for Live View still image shooting. The camera allows skilled photographers and enthusiasts to adjust image sharpness, contrast, color saturation and white balance, and have those settings apply to the movie image as well. When recording video, the camera’s rear LCD screen is letter-boxed by a semi-transparent border to match the aspect ratio of the movie recording size.

Like the EOS 5D Mark II model, the EOS Rebel T1i camera will record video up to 4GB per clip equaling approximately 12 minutes of Full HD video, 18 minutes of 720p HD video, or 24 minutes of SD video depending on the level of detail in the scene.i Video clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded using linear PCMii without compression. The camera features a built-in monaural microphone to record sound. To help show off those fantastic movies as well as still photos, the EOS Rebel T1i camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output to display crisp, clear images on a High-Definition TV.

Live View Shooting
Much like the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera features Live View for both still images as well as video. The Rebel T1i features the Company’s three Live View AF modes – Quick, Live and Face Detection Live mode – which can be used to capture still photos or video images. Quick mode automatically sets One-Shot AF using the camera’s phase detection AF system. It also allows users to select the AF point, even while the Live View image is displayed. Although the camera’s reflex mirror must be lowered briefly to take an AF measurement in Quick mode, it is the fastest way to set focus automatically when the Rebel T1i camera is set for Live View.

Live mode uses contrast-detection AF with the image sensor and here, as with Quick mode, users can change the location of the active AF point using the Multi-controller. Face Detection Live mode uses contrast AF to recognize human faces. When multiple faces are detected, the largest face closest to the center of the frame is targeted as the AF point. While Live View is engaged, users can still change settings including the AF mode (Quick, Live, Face Detection Live mode), drive mode, ISO speed, Picture style, White Balance and more.

Auto Lighting Optimizer
Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimizer technology helps ensure that the subject of each picture is clearly visible by analyzing image brightness and automatically adjusting dark areas in images so they appear brighter. This is ideal when shooting high-contrast situations that include harsh shadow areas, such as landscape images where the foreground is brightly lit and the background detail blanketed in dark shadow. In a scene such as this, the EOS Rebel T1i camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer technology maintains exposure of the highlight areas while lightening shadow areas for a more enjoyable and evenly illuminated image. The EOS Rebel T1i also supports Peripheral Illumination Correction for up to 40 Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Canon’s Creative Auto Mode
Canon’s “CA” Creative Full Auto setting available on the EOS Rebel T1i, EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II cameras allows users to make image adjustments such as exposure compensation, aperture or shutter speed through a simple navigation screen on the camera’s LCD screen, allowing them to “blur the background” or “lighten or darken the image” with ease. These easy-to-understand image options allow learning-photographers to experiment with image options while still shooting in an automatic mode.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
With the introduction of the EOS Rebel T1i camera, the entire Canon EOS system is now equipped with the highly acclaimed EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i has been upgraded with a fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera is scheduled for delivery by early May and will be sold in a body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty at an estimated retail price of $799.99iii. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99iv.

Canon Speedlite 270EX
The new Canon Speedlite 270EX, the successor to the 220EX Speedlite model, is a compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models. Ideal for use with the new EOS Rebel T1i, the new Speedlite 270EX uses only two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees. Like Canon’s high-end Speedlite flash models, the 270EX allows users to control flash functions and input settings using the camera’s LCD monitorv. The flash also features a quick-lock mechanism and a metal mounting foot for secure and easy attachment and reliable contact.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – – “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” – – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting

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