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Canon celebrates 14th consecutive year of No. 1 share

Canon Inc recently announced that their company’s interchangeable lens digital cameras have maintained the number 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

I was one of those that used the Canon EOS 300D, the DSLR camera that made the breakthrough and changes to the DSLR market in 2003. This particular DSLR camera was the start of a very eventful and exciting photography journey for me, starting from 2004 (and still ongoing) when I started using my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D for taking photographs and also for my holiday trips to Tokyo, Japan and Penang, Malaysia in 2004.

While I started entering into the world of photography way back in the analogue film SLR days, starting from my primary school days when I played and damaged my father’s SLR camera. I only got into more serious photography starting from 2004. From then on, I never look back, my relationship with Canon DSLRs blossomed with the upgrades from the maiden DSLR, the EOS 300D, followed by -> EOS 30D -> EOS 1D Mark III -> EOS 70D -> EOS 1DX, over the years from 2004 to 2017 (and still counting).

Beside owning the various Canon DSLRs that I wrote down, I also had the honour to be given many opportunities to test and review other Canon DSLR models, sharing the photographs, my reviews, thoughts, views and experiences with them right here on my photography and travel site. There is a particular Canon DSLR model that I really like, yet I didn’t own it, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This Canon EOS 5D Mark III allowed me to produce some photography works that were instrumental and significant during my photography adventures.

Over all these years for me, partnering with the various Canon DSLR models, I had learned a lot, grown and improved my photography together with them. At this stage in time, I am now in a new phase of my photography adventure, the start of a new era, striving even higher benchmarks, goals and objectives for myself, in both a personal and professional capacity in my photography.

This is my personal (rather lengthy) Canon DSLRs story, now let me share with you, the Canon Inc story –

Canon Inc. announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016*.

Canon develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras— CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses— in the pursuit of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality, the core concept of the EOS series.” The Company employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire lineup, from entry-level models that achieve high image quality with easy operation to flagship cameras trusted by professionals, effectively responding to the needs of a wide range of users.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS Kiss Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market.

Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In 2016, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 14th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In the first quarter of 2016, the Company unveiled the flagship model, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which wields significant clout in the sports photography world thanks to its 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting. This was followed by the EOS 80D for advanced-amateur users, which features excellent still image quality and superb operability when shooting videos. The EOS 5D Mark IV, capable of 4K video, was released in second half of the year. Additionally, the Company’s interchangeable-lens camera lineup was further expanded with the introduction of the high-end EOS M5 compact-system camera in September.

Canon will continue to respond to the needs of its wide range of customers by further bolstering its lineup in 2017. Earlier this February, Canon announced the introduction of n three cameras equipped with the cutting-edge and highly accurate autofocus technology, Dual Pixel CMOS AF: the EOS M6 compact-system camera and the EOS 77D (EOS 9000D in other regions) and EOS 800D (EOS Rebel T7i or EOS Kiss X9i in other regions) digital SLR cameras.

Through the further refining of its diverse imaging technologies based on the Company’s core optical technologies, Canon will further strengthen and expand the EOS lineup through the integration of still image, video and network functionality. Canon will continue striving to create attractive and reliable products aimed at contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

*Based on a Canon survey

 ** Information and picture courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations ** 

Canon Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Father’s Day 2016 is just round the corner, it is on Sunday 19th June 2016. If you haven’t decide which gift to get for Father’s Day 2016, check out Canon Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016!

For more information on the products below for Canon Father’s Day Gift Guide, check out Canon Singapore website!

For the PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIAST DAD – CANON EOS 80D

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Is dad an aspiring photographer? Then the EOS 80D would be the perfect gift for him! This DSLR takes imaging quality up a notch with its 24.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor which renders high resolution images in sharp detail and precision. Paired with the fast and powerful DIGIC 6 image processor, and ISO speeds of up to 16,000, dad can capture consistently perfect shots in every situation – from night photography to wildlife and sports.

EOS 80D (Body) $1,649
EOS 80D Kit

(EF-S18-55 IS STM)

$1,849
EOS 80D Kit II

(EF-S18-135 IS USM)

$2,249
EOS 80D Kit III

(EF-S18-200 IS)

$2,299

For the ARTSY DAD – CANON imagePROGRAF PRO-500 ($1,899) 

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Reward dad with this professional photo printer so he can show off his works of art by displaying them around the house or even in his office! The imagePROGRAF PRO-500 promises premium image quality with outstanding print clarity to ensure that dad’s work will look its best. Designed to bring out the intricate details and rich hues in images taken by professional cameras, this printer is sure to stun dad with the finest quality prints!

For the WANDERLUST DAD – CANON POWERSHOT G3 X ($1,199)

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If dad is an avid traveller, this power-packed compact camera would be the ultimate travel companion for him! The PowerShot G3 X delivers superior image quality even in low-light conditions and high-speed shooting scenarios, ensuring quality shots no matter the situation. Primed to deliver high quality and smooth videos on-the-go with its improved Dynamic Image Stabilisation (IS) system, dad can now take travel vlogs to capture every spectacular moment of his escapade!

For the BIG PICTURE DAD – CANON RAYO i8 ($749)

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Take dad’s weekly soccer games and movie nights to the next level with the RAYO i8! This mini projector promises crisp images, and allows dad to project content easily wherever he goes, without having to deal with messy cables. Coupled with its built-in dual stereo speakers capable of delivering amplified and clear sound, the RAYO i8 will make his soccer games and movies leap to life!

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations*

Canon EOS 80D Review (Part 1)

The Canon EOS 80D is one of the most recent Canon cameras releases in 2016, it was announced on 18th February 2016, grabbing some attention and limelight from the photography community. The Canon EOS 80D is now available in the market and I had the chance to have a short hands on experience to do a review of the EOS 80D. Since I only had it for a short period of five days, I couldn’t do a much more thorough review of the Canon EOS 80D and I have to wait for another opportunity in the near future to continue with the part 2 of my EOS 80D review.

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Source: Canon Singapore

In this part 1 of my Canon EOS 80D review within a short period of 5 days, I tried my best to cover a few different areas with the EOS 80D, with emphasis on the following areas for my part 1 review –

1) AF Speed and 45 cross-type AF points

One of the key improvements in the Canon EOS 80D is the 45 cross-type AF points and the AF speed. The AF is significantly faster than the EOS 70D, the predecessor to the EOS 80D. Along with the 45 cross-type AF points, it makes the job of the photographer a lot easier and faster to track, lock focus and capture the moment. This would be very ideal and useful for events photography.

For my part 2 review, I hope to test out EOS 80D capability on Dual cross-type focusing at f/2.8 with center AF point.(AF group: When Group A lenses are used)

2) 4 types of AF area selection mode

Inside the Canon EOS 80D, there is a new AF area selection mode, the large zone AF beside the other three AF areas selection mode that are present in the current/newer Canon EOS DSLRs line up.

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Source: Canon USA

I like the large zone AF, selected this AF area selection mode with AI servo AF on moving objects, coupled with the AF speed, I had mixed experiences with this, large moving objects had no issue and it was locked focused pretty fast. However, for small objects such as a small bird and at a far distance away, it was a challenge and sometimes it couldn’t lock focus properly on the small bird. For this aspect, I hope to explore this area in more details during my part 2 review, applying in evetns/sports/fast moving and on birding photography (big and small birds).

3) 24.2MP CMOS sensor with Digic 6 imaging processor

The beauty of the Digic 6 imaging processor and the 24.2MP CMOS sensor, clean, sharp, colours and details.

4) Noise level @ ISO 16,000

I took the EOS 80D out on night photo walks, testing out at ISO 16,000. The noise level is visible yet it is not too noisy in my personal humble opinion. I did a comparison with the EOS 70D, predecessor to the EOS 80D, the noise level performance is a lot better than at EOS 70D ISO 12,800. Photos at ISO 16,000 shot with the Canon EOS 80D can be seen in my 500px and Flickr photography collection.

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5) Interactive and informative LCD screen

The LCD screen of the Canon EOS 80D gets much clearer, sharper, easier to navigate (touch screen) and use for the photographer. There is also a good amount of information on the LCD screen display that you can scroll up and down when viewing the photos that you took.

6) EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, the bokeh, sharpness and softness at 135mm @ f/5.6 wide open

The EF-S family of lenses had improved a lot since I first used the EF-S lens 18-55mm lens on the Canon EOS 300D. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is a pretty good and affordable lens for travel and events usage, not too big and heavy too. The IS capability is good when taking photographs in low light situation with a slow shutter speed (in the absence of a tripod). I hope to a produce a short video clip using this lens, showcasing how it would perform in videography/movie making mode.

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During the cherry blossom event inside Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay, I brought it there for a night sakura flowers shoot, the Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-135mm lens. Shooting at full open f/5.6 and focal length 135mm, this combination produced some nice photos of the sakura flowers. The bokeh is pretty smooth (not at the top end “bokehlicious” level that some photographers would define it) and the photos are quite sharp (not tack sharp though, some signs of softness).

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You can view some of my photography works on 500px and Flickr that I shot with the Canon EOS 80D review unit and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. I am looking to continue with part 2 of the Canon EOS 80D review at a later date when I am able to have the EOS 80D for a longer period of time for review.

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During my short 5 days stint with the Canon EOS 80D, I managed to get a grasp of some of the capabilities, pros and cons of this DSLR camera. If you are currently using an entry level DSLR and wish to upgrade to the next level, the Canon EOS 80D is highly recommended.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore for this review opportunity and Ogilvy Public Relations for the review opportunity arrangement.

The Canon EOS 80D is now available at all authorised Canon dealers at the following prices –

Equipment Price
EOS 80D kit III (EF S18-200 IS) $2,299.00
EOS 80D kit II (EF S18-135 IS USM) $2,249.00
EOS 80D kit (EF S18-55 IS STM) $1,849.00
EOS 80D body $1,649.00
EF S18-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM $899.00

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Canon Announces Canon EOS 80D

Canon, today on the 18th February 2016, announces a new DSLR to their line up, the Canon EOS 80D, successor to the popular Canon EOS 70D. The Canon EOS 70D is a pretty capable DSLR camera that I reviewed previously in 2013 and I bought it off from my friend David at a later stage. I am currently using more of the Canon EOS 70D over my other DSLR camera, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, till I get hold of the Canon EOS 1DX Mark I in the near future. Being a current owner of the Canon EOS 70D, I know first hand on the capabilities and limitations of this model. Today, with the announcement of the Canon EOS 80D, I looked at the technical specifications and there are significant improvements to it from EOS 70D to 80D. The 45-point AF system with f/8 support at 27 points impresses me, a significant improvement!

The Canon EOS 80D, in my personal humble opinion, based on the technical specifications and news that I read, it’s an even more capable DSLR camera for fast paced photography and it also combines the power and capabilities of improved video recording, allowing the photographer to shoot stills and they can also produce quality video clips as well.

Let me share with you more information and pictures from the press release information –

Canon today launched the new EOS 80D, successor to the popular EOS 70D, together with the new EF-S18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens compatible with the newly developed Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1. The EOS 80D takes imaging quality to the next level with features such as an all-cross type 45-point AF system, DIGIC 6 image processor with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, and ISO speed expandable to 25,600.

“Following the success of the EOS 70D, Canon continues the quest in pushing the limits of imaging quality. The new Canon EOS 80D empowers photographers with greater creative possibilities, and will appeal widely to photography enthusiasts looking to bolster their photography skills to the next level,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Armed with a new kit lens and enhanced features such as the all cross-type 45-point AF system and 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the EOS 80D is primed to deliver picture-perfect clarity and high image quality in every single frame.”

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Greater precision and control with the new AF system

The new EOS 80D boasts an all cross-type 45-point AF system, with f/8 support at 27 points. This is a significant leap from the previous all cross-type 19-point AF system available on the EOS 70D. Additionally, the AF area has also been widened both horizontally and vertically, enabling higher precision in tracking subjects in movement. With an increased minimum luminance to EV-3 at the centre AF, photographers can be confident of the EOS 80D performance even in low-light conditions.

With its 45-point AF system, users have greater versatility and control in situations where there are unpredictable subject movements by toggling between Single-point AF, large zone AF, or 45-point automatic selection.

The new EOS 80D also comes equipped with an intelligent viewfinder with approximately 100 percent coverage, a first in Canon’s mid-range DSLRs. The intelligent viewfinder enables users to easily view useful information such as AF areas, aspect ratio line, electronic level, flicker detection, et cetera. With the ability to check the image range in its entirety, photographers can focus on their desired picture composition without worrying about unintended objects at the edge of the image (common in DSLRs with a smaller viewfinder coverage area).

The EOS 80D is armed with an advanced AF system and a new mirror drive mechanism that reduces mirror bounce, in turn reducing vibration and shutter sound for faster and quieter continuous shooting at up to 7 fps. These capabilities make the DSLR the perfect companion for a wide variety of occasions, from action sports to events where silence is important, such as a theatrical performance.

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Top notch image quality, smarter performance

Taking performance a notch up, the EOS 80D is equipped with a new 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor which renders higher resolutions images in sharp detail. Paired with the fast and powerful DIGIC 6 image processor, and ISO speeds of up to 16,000 (expandable to 25,600, or 12,800 for movies), users can obtain consistently high quality images under varying situations, including night photography, wildlife, sports, or indoor shots where using flash is not suitable.

The EOS 80D is armed with the new Canon EOS scene analysis system, capable of analysing AF, Auto White Balance, and Auto Exposure to determine the type of scene being composed and adjusting the optimum system settings for the desired image. The incorporation of the 7,560-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor in EOS Scene Analysis also addresses high frequency light flickers imperceptible to the human eye. For indoor shoots under artificial lighting, enabling the anti-flicker mode helps users with better control of their images to minimise irregular exposure and colours.

The new Colour Tracking AF feature intelligently seeks out AF points by detecting skin tone, thus placing priority on human subjects when it comes to focusing. This improves accuracy of auto exposure, bringing to focus the faces and expressions of subjects when taking portraits.

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Brilliant movies with EOS Movie

With Canon’s advanced imaging technology, shooting vivid and expressive Full HD 60p movies is made incredibly simple on the EOS 80D, especially with its enhanced AF system. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, also available on Canon’s newly launched flagship EOS 1D-X Mark II, enables users to switch focus from a foreground subject to a background subject quickly and simply by touch focus on the vari-angle touch panel. With Movie Servo AF Custom Speed, users can achieve focus racking with adjustable AF speeds of 10 different steps, allowing videographers more flexibility for creativity when filming to achieve cinematographic effects.

When shooting in varying lighting conditions, the EOS 80D’s HDR movies feature enables users to manage scenes with high contrast in light while preserving the scene’s details even at full HD resolution. This is accomplished by shooting each frame in both standard exposure, and underexposed. The underexposed version would retain all the details of the image, and combining both frames of the video will result in a video of optimum exposure with great clarity.

New Creative Filters have also been added to create new looks for videos. These filters include Dream, Memory, Miniature, Old Movies, and Dramatic B&W. With these filters, users can experiment and make fun short films to share with friends and family via the EOS 80D’s multitude of sharing capabilities[1].

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New zoom lens and equipment stretches line of sight

Together with the EOS 80D, Canon has launched a new kit lens, the EF-S18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, along with additional optional accessories geared towards enhancing the usage experience for photographers. The new kit lens provides zoom range flexibility and is equipped with a new Nano ultrasonic motor (USM) to achieve high-speed, quiet, and smooth AF for shooting both stills and movies.

Coupled with the optional Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, movie shooting is enhanced with quick, quiet, and smooth operation enabling users to achieve smooth and gradual zooms. Zoom speed is controlled by operating the SLOW/ FAST switch and can be adjusted to 10 levels of incremental speeds.

By connecting mobile devices to the Wi-Fi access point on the camera, users will be able to use the Canon Camera Connect app to remotely control the zoom with up to 15 incremental levels.

The Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 is also introduced as an optional accessory and enables users to capture better aural quality for their videos from a wider range. This accessory is compatible with the EOS 80D and any other EOS camera equipped with movie shooting functions and an external microphone jack.

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Pricing and availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS 80D, kit lens and accessories will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS 80D

Dimensions: Approx. 139 x 105.2 x 78.5mm

Weight: Approx. 650g (body only)

Image sensor: 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

ISO speed: 100-16,000 (expandable to 25,600)

Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 7 fps

Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p

AF: 45 cross-type AF points

Wi-Fi/ NFC: Yes

LCD: 3” (approx. 1.04 million dots) vari-angle touch panel 

EF-S18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

Focal length: 18-135mm

Maximum aperture: f/3.5-5.6

Minimum focusing distance: 0.39m

Maximum magnification: 0.28x

Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups

Filter Size Dimension: 67mm

Aperture blades: 7

Dimensions (L x W): Approx. 96.0mm x 77.4mm

Weight: Approx. 515g

Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1

Directivity: Super directivity (SHOTGUN: monaural) / Single directivity (90°/120°: stereo)

Sensitivity: -42 dB (SHOTGUN: 1 kHz, 0 dB=1 V/Pa)

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 40.0 x 84.0 x 130.0 mm/1.57 x 3.31 x 5.12 in.

Battery: One button lithium cell battery CR2032

Weight: Approx. 110 g/3.88 oz. (main body only)

Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1

Dimensions: Approx. 83.5 x 36.5 x 73.5mm

Weight: Approx. 120g (main body only)

Powered by: 4 AAA batteries

[1] Wi-Fi, NFC, Canon iMAGE GATEWAY (CiG), Canon Camera Connect

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore*