Category: Cameras

Panasonic offers enhanced LUMIX performance with firmware updates

May 2018 – Panasonic is announcing exciting new firmware updates for three LUMIX models – the DC-GH5, DC-GH5S and the DC-G9. These updates offer users enhanced performance and usability, such as improved Autofocus performance, new monochrome Photo Styles and upgraded sound quality for video shooting.

LUMIX DC-GH5 – Firmware Version 2.3

  • Improved AF performance – increased tracking AF performance, allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies
  • Monochrome D & Grain effect – The new L. Monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings – a fantastic addition to the many black and white options of LUMIX cameras
  • Live View Boost – viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low-light environments and helping to frame their perfect shot
  • MF Assist – more accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks to up to 20x magnification available in MF Assist mode
  • Night Mode – camera screen displays all information in red, so photographers and subjects are not disturbed by white light emission
  • Like 709 & V-LogL improvements – Like 709, V-LogL* and V-LogL* View Assist in Photo Style can now be used for still photo shooting and time lapse video. [LUT Monitor Display*] and [LUT HDMI Display*] can be used in playback mode to check the appearance.
  • Enhanced sound quality – sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone

*Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 is required – sold separately.

LUMIX DC-GH5S – Firmware Version 1.1

  • Improved AF performance – the autofocus for lowlight and low-contrast photo shooting has been improved
  • Monochrome D & Grain effect – The new L. Monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings – a fantastic addition to the many black and white options of LUMIX cameras
  • Enhanced sound quality – sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone
  • Better Control of Video Settings – Vector Scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance

LUMIX DC-G9 – Firmware Version 1.1

  • Improved AF performance – enhanced tracking AF performance allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies
  • Monochrome D & Grain effect – The new L. Monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings – a great addition to the many black and white options of LUMIX cameras
  • Live View Boost – viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low-light environments and helping to frame their perfect shot
  • MF Assist – more accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks up to 20x magnification available in MF Assist mode
  • Improved High Resolution Mode – photographers will appreciate the expanded aperture range of the G9’s high resolution mode – from F8 to F11 – and the improved motion correction
  • Enhanced sound quality – sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone

Further details and downloads

To update the LUMIX DC-GH5, DC-GH5S and the DC-G9, the following links will be active from May 30th, 1:00 UTC to download the firmware:

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.3
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5_firmware.html

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.1
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5s_firmware.html

LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.1
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/g9_firmware.html

Triple-camera P20 Pro smartphone launched by Huawei

Press release issued by Huawei

HUAWEI Unveils the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro, Breakthroughs in Technology and Art to Redefine Intelligent Photography

PARIS – March 27, 2018 – At an exclusive launch event held today at the iconic Grand Palais, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group unveiled the much-anticipated HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro. The HUAWEI P20 Pro features the world’s first Leica triple camera and both devices include unprecedented AI advances, combining technology and art to bring to life a groundbreaking smartphone experience.HUAWEI set new expectations for smartphone photography with the launch of the HUAWEI P9, the first Leica dual camera. With the debut of the HUAWEI P20 Series, HUAWEI makes capturing professional quality images a truly effortless experience for everyone.

“We look for inspiration from artists to continuously evolve our approach to design and innovation,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group. “The HUAWEI P20 Series builds on the legacy of our collaboration with Leica. With a breakthrough triple camera on the HUAWEI P20 Pro, an advanced dual camera on the HUAWEI P20, and powerful artificial intelligence on both, today’s most vibrant consumers can capture and share the brilliance of the world around them.”

Achieving DxOMark’s highest overall scores¹, the HUAWEI P20 Series includes advanced, intelligent camera systems that bring consumers features that ultimately enhance every part of the smartphone photography experience.

Key features of the HUAWEI P20 Series include:

  • An advanced camera system to capture more light, more details and more beauty, featuring a revolutionary Leica triple camera and 5x Hybrid Zoom on the HUAWEI P20 Pro, and a Leica dual camera on the HUAWEI P20;
  • Innovative photography features, including Master AI with AI-driven professional photography and HUAWEI AIS (AI Image Stabilization), a powerful AI stabilization technology;
  • A timeless design with barely-there bezels and all-new gradient colors;
  • Ultimate performance, featuring the NPU on Kirin 970 and EMUI 8.1 based on Android™ 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

HUAWEI also unveiled the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS (Race Sport). Continuing its collaboration with the exclusive luxury brand, the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS features Porsche Design’s signature functional design language and HUAWEI’s cutting-edge technology and craftsmanship.

An Exquisite Combination of Art and Technology for the Fashion Forward
The HUAWEI P20 Series features a striking, fashion-forward aesthetic. Most notably, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro come in all-new, exclusive, fashionable colors, Twilight and Pink Gold, achieved by applying several layers of NCVM* optical coatings underneath the glass back, so light hitting the surface refracts and creates a vivid, yet gradual change of hue. The HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro are also available in Black and Midnight Blue.

The 5.8-inch screen HUAWEI P20 and 6.1-inch screen HUAWEI P20 Pro feature ultra-thin bezels and impressive screen-to-body ratios for better viewing experiences with more on-screen information, whether reading or gaming. The HUAWEI FullView Display seamlessly blends with rounded edges, making the device comfortable to hold.

Inspired by Light and Technology, a Stunning Device Designed for Every Photography Fan
The HUAWEI P20 Series reflects the art of light, with camera features that enhance the smartphone photography experience. The HUAWEI P20 Pro features a Leica triple camera with the highest total pixel count on a smartphone available in the market – the camera configuration is comprised of a 40 MP RGB sensor, a 20 MP monochrome sensor and an 8 MP sensor with telephoto lens. It also features a color temperature sensor for better color reproduction. With f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 wide aperture to capture crisp, clear details, the HUAWEI P20 Pro also includes a brand new Leica 3x telephoto (VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1:1.6 – 2.4/27-80ASPH) lens for long-range photography of up to 5x Hybrid Zoom. The HUAWEI P20 Pro’s highly sensitive image sensor captures low light photos with up to ISO 102400.

The HUAWEI P20 builds on its predecessor’s foundation with a Leica dual camera featuring a 12 MP lens with a pixel size as high as 1.55 μm, and a 20 MP monochrome lens, enhancing the HUAWEI P20’s ability to capture photos in low-light settings.

The HUAWEI P20 Series devices support six-axis stabilization and 960fps super slow motion, which is 4x higher than the standard 240 fps and captures details that cannot be seen with the naked eye. With Ultra Snapshot mode, the devices can capture an image in as little as 0.3 seconds by just double clicking the down volume button, even from an off screen.

Master AI Photography Experience for Everyone, Everywhere
With the Kirin 970 processor, the HUAWEI P20 Series automatically identifies more than 500 scenarios in 19 categories and selects photography modes and camera settings to deliver incredible, professional-looking images – even for novice photographers. In addition, HUAWEI AIS steadies handheld night shots for incredible long exposure images without a tripod. Brand new to HUAWEI’s advanced camera system is 4D predictive focus. In this mode, the camera predicts moving objects and focuses on them with extreme efficiency to capture minute details of objects in motion. In addition, the HUAWEI P20 Series features AI-Assisted Composition, providing intelligent suggestions to frame group shots and landscapes.

The HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro feature a 24 MP selfie camera** with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting – the result is beautiful selfies with healthy-looking skin tone adjustments, delicately outlined facial details and realistic 3D feature enhancements.

Additionally, the HUAWEI HiAI Ecosystem enhances a variety of app experiences. For instance, the HUAWEI P20 Series includes on-device Prisma processing, which supports real-time filter recommendations based on scene and object recognition – the calculation speed is three to four times that of the cloud version.

In partnership with Google, the HUAWEI P20 Series supports Google ARCore delivering advanced AR capabilities.

Collaboration with Porsche Design Delivers a New Level of Luxury and Technology
The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS combines Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with HUAWEI’s mobile engineering expertise setting a new standard in luxury smartphones. The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS features a Leica triple camera with the highest total pixel count on a smartphone available in the market – the camera configuration is comprised of a 40 MP RGB sensor, a 20 MP monochrome sensor and an 8 MP sensor with telephoto lens. This is the world’s first smartphone equipped with microcapsule PCM – an aerospace cooling technology for maintaining a safe temperature. In addition, the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS features an innovative in-screen fingerprint sensor which allows consumers to wake up the device by floating their finger above the display, while touching the sensor to unlock the device is lightning fast. The back fingerprint sensor can also be used to unlock the device or to access a second, secure space. The 6-inch OLED 2K curved screen PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS is available in Black, and for the first time, in an eye-catching Red***.

Introduced on the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, the HUAWEI P20 Series and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS feature TÜV Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge. Both the HUAWEI P20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS have a 4000 mAh battery – the HUAWEI P20 features a 3400 mAh battery – with AI-powered Battery Management. The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS is the first HUAWEI smartphone to enable quick wireless charging.

Pricing and Availability
The HUAWEI P20 Series and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS are immediately available globally.

Model Version EUR (includes tax)
HUAWEI P20 4 GB + 128 GB 649
HUAWEI P20 Pro 6 GB + 128 GB 899
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS 6 GB + 256 GB 1695
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS 6 GB + 512 GB 2095

The new HUAWEI P20 Series devices are compatible with two new audio accessories: HUAWEI FreeBuds and HUAWEI Active Noise Canceling Earphones.

* Non-conductive Vacuum Metalizing
** 24.8 MP sensor
*** Available in Mainland China

¹ Highest overall DxOMark scores in the mobile camera category – HUAWEI P20 Pro: 109; HUAWEI P20: 102.

Canon and Nikon to ‘legitimise’ Mirrorless System Camera market

Is Canon heralding a bid for dominance of the mirrorless system camera market?

If there is one thing that emerged from the recent CP+ photography trade show in Japan it was confirmation that mirrorless cameras will finally take over from DSLRs. Canon bosses are reportedly targeting domination of the mirrorless system camera sector after years of fairly innocuous involvement at the fringes. An interview by the DPReview mega site with Sony’s camera division General Manager, Kenji Tanaka, appeared to confirm Canon’s intentions and more.

Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic Lumix, currently own the mirrorless system camera market. Nikon and Canon have, instead, tinkered with mirrorless cameras, carefully avoiding unnecessary competition with their established domination of the DSLR sphere.

Tough times for all system cameras

However, system camera sales across the board, including mirrorless, but especially DSLRs, are facing tough competition from the ubiquity and improving quality and usability of cameras in smartphones. But it seems mirrorless is now recognised as the more profitable and sustainable avenue for the future of system cameras.

Sony’s Tanaka not only expects Canon to invest heavily in mirrorless, especially full frame, but Nikon, too. While they can technically claim to have been a reasonably early participant in the mirrorless revolution, Nikon went for a small 1 inch sensor format for its Nikon 1 system. Sales never really took off and there hasn’t been much in the way of new Nikon 1 releases for some time. Canon has been very conservative with its EOS-M mirrorless system, though its more recent models like the EOS-M5 and M50 show a rapid expansion in Canon’s ambitions, albeit still only in the consumer sector.

Professionals will be key

Despite the arrival of some increasingly impressive professional specification mirrorless cameras, DSLRs are still the mainstay of most high visibility press, sports and wildlife photographers. Nikon and Canon DSLR shooters value not only the excellence of their gear but also the extensive and vital professional support provided by the two big marques.

But there is no getting away from the facts. DSLRs and their lenses are relatively big, heavy, and now no longer as dominant in image quality and performance in other technical areas like autofocus and shooting speed. DSLRs are also mechanically more delicate and complicated to manufacture. A lot of specialist professionals have switched away from Nikon in order to lighten their camera bags.

Legitimacy

Meanwhile, features like video, image stabilisation and new trick functionalities are giving mirrorless cameras key advantages and genuine appeal for professionals. Nikon and Canon are going to be duty-bound to provide professional grade mirrorless cameras for their legions of professional photographers. This will finally endow the mirrorless sector with the professional legitimacy it has sought to achieve for so long.

Panasonic Lumix invented the modern mirrorless phenomenon ten years ago when it launched the Micro Four Thirds system via the Lumix G1. It’s taken a long time, much longer than mirrorless fans predicted, but there are now clear signs that the dominance of the SLR era really is about to end.

Make your old film camera digital – I’m Back

Somewhere in Italy, photography enthusiast, Samuel Mello Medeiros, is living his dream to bring thousands of neglected film cameras back from obscurity and into the digital era. His project to replace 35mm film canisters with a digital sensor module that can, in relative terms, be easily transplanted in to a wide variety of old cameras, is now in full swing thanks to Kickstarter crowd funding. The product of Medeiros’ labours is called ‘I’m Back’ and designed to be affordable, too.

Laughable? Maybe not

Digital replacements for film in 35mm cameras have had a laughable history. In the late 1990s an outfit called Silicon Film tried to develop a solutions called EFS-1. It never made it to market. More recently in 2011 the idea was re-hashed via a website called www.re35.com. This was launched on 1st of April by a German company that had no product, but simply sought to demonstrate that there was real interest in such a goal. You may be tempted to greet the I’m Back news with some suspicion, but to date the signs are looking positive.

Affordable

Medeiros has more than achieved his pledge targets on Kickstarter. His design appears to be functional and the specifications look realistically cheap enough to not be vapourware. The electronics are based around the popular and inexpensive Raspberry Pie versatile microcomputer board. It’s mated to an off the shelf Ambarella image processor. Another relatively inexpensive component – a 2/3rd inch 16 megapixel image sensor made by Panasonic. That’s a compact camera sensor, incidentally, with a cropping factor of around 4x.

A mirror diverts the host camera’s field of view downwards to the sensor. Everything is housed in a simple plastic module that can be screwed to the base of the host camera once the film compartment door has been removed. Medeiros says that potentially hundreds of film camera models can take variants of the I’m Back device. A finished ready-ti-use product is promised for May this year. If you’re that way inclined you can save a large chunk of the €175 price tag by purchasing a kit or even the blueprints for your own DIY build.

Clearly I’m Back is not about full frame camera image quality aspirations. Instead, Medeiros says it should interest those attracted to Lomography and pin-hole photography.

Check out the official I’m Back website and the I’m Back Kickstarter page.

Lightricks Enlight Photofox For Free On iOS

Press release issued by Lightricks:

Lightricks, Winner of Apple’s 2017 Design Award, Launches Enlight Photofox For Free On iOS

Enlight Photofox

Lightricks Launches New Version of Award Winning Photo Editing App for Free, with a Pro Subscription Service Offering a Premium Experience for Today’s Most Powerful Mobile Editing Tools

(July 6th, 2017, Jerusalem, Israel) – Lightricks, the leading developers of premium image processing software for mobile, announced today the launch of Enlight Photofox, the next generation of the lauded iOS photo editing app Enlight. Recently awarded the prestigious Apple Design Award at the 2017 WWDC and Apple’s App of the Year for 2015 in numerous countries, Photofox introduces a new layers system that pushes the boundaries of artistic photo manipulation and redefines expectations from mobile creativity tools. Photofox brings new tools and enhances previously loved features with a layer-centric flow that gives immense power to aspiring creatives on the go.

The latest app from Lightricks – also the developer of Facetune and Facetune 2 – strikes a balance between powerful functionality and streamlined design, creating a seamless user experience within the world’s most advanced mobile creativity software. The new application has been tailored to captivate today’s growing mobile creative community, empowering them with the tools to generate amazing visual art.

Highlighted Features:

  • Layers – Photofox’s Layers allow the user to combine as many photos as they want, blending and merging them seamlessly and easily. With this multi-layer functionality, as powerful as that of desktop software, users now have the ability to edit individual layers on mobile, offering even more precision and control and enabling more creativity than ever before from the palm of their hand.
  • Darkroom –  Gives users granular control over tonal adjustments, enabling users to fine-tune adjustments for tone, contrast, and image details. With such a vast number of tools and controls, this feature is essentially an app within an app.
  • Quantity of Content – Photofox comes jammed packed with a huge variety of content: fonts, graphic elements, presets and more, to infuse new artistic elements into images.

“Enlight was a huge step forward in empowering creativity on mobile, and this new version will push the boundaries even further. Our users are making amazing artwork on mobile and they’re increasingly looking to unleash their creativity with powerful yet simple mobile tools that can carry out even the most complex creative tasks, and Enlight Photofox is built to support just that,” said Zeev Farbman, Co-Founder and CEO of Lightricks. “Despite being a new concept, the user relationship with subscription apps is already rapidly evolving. We’ve seen early success with Facetune 2’s VIP access, with our advanced users finding great value in the advanced capabilities and continuous updates. We’re excited to bring that value to all aspiring artists looking for the most powerful photo editor that they can carry with them in their pocket.”

Enlight Photofox is available for free on the App Store. Users can opt to subscribe monthly or yearly to enjoy added features, content, and services.

About Lightricks

Lightricks was founded in 2013 by five entrepreneurs from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, four of them CS PhD students, to create the leading creativity tools company for the mobile era. The company’s first two paid products, Facetune and Enlight, are two of the world’s most successful premium creativity apps, with over 11 million paid units sold. Enlight is the most powerful suite of image processing tools on mobile. It was Apple’s App of the Year for 2015, the #11 best-selling Paid iOS app in 2016, and was recently announced as the recipient of Apple’s prestigious Apple Design Awards of 2017. Facetune is a fun and powerful portrait retouching application, enabling regular users to achieve results previously reserved for professionals. It was Apple’s #4 best-selling Paid app in 2016. Each of Lightricks’ apps has reached the #1 rank in the overall Paid iOS charts of over 120 countries. Before raising $10 million in its first equity financing round in August 2015, Lightricks was 100% bootstrapped generating $10 million in revenues a year. In addition to leadership in its core imaging technology, the company builds proprietary user acquisition systems through access to controlled APIs, and serves  as Facebook’s case study for user acquisition.

In November 2016 Lightricks began pioneering subscription business models for mobile tools with Facetune 2 – following recent, major iOS platform policy announcements in which the company participated.

Enlight Photofox

Workflow UX: The new Enlight Photofox is setting out to turn aspiring artists’ dreams into

reality by making advanced photo-editing on iOS simpler and richer than ever before. Building off Apple’s new subscription model, Enlight Photofox perfectly blends today’s photo-editing needs with tomorrow’s most advanced technology. The new multi-layer functionality allows users to pilot their adjustments with exact, unprecedented control. Enlight Photofox comes jammed packed with four times the amount of content, equipping users with a huge selection of fonts, presets, brushes, effects and more to infuse new artistic elements into their images and create beautiful, digital art.

PRO: In addition to the free features, users can subscribe to get all access to the apps’ features, layers, and packs. New features will continuously be released for subscribers.

** Standout Features:

Layers – Enlight Photofox’s Layers allows the user to combine as many photos as they want, blending and merging them seamlessly and easily. With this multi-layer functionality as powerful as that of desktop software, users now have the ability to edit individual layers on mobile, offering even more precision and control and enabling more creativity than ever before from the palm of their hand.

Darkroom – Gives users granular control over tonal adjustments, enabling users to fine-tune adjustments for tone, contrast, and image details. With such a vast number of tools and controls, this feature is essentially an app within an app.

Quantity of Content – Enlight Photofox comes jammed packed with a huge variety of content: fonts, graphic elements, presets and more, to infuse new artistic elements into their images.

Breakdown of Features

Layers – Users can add and manipulate multiple layers with full control. For a seamless and fully customizable editing experience, users can continuously switch back and forth between layers, without locking in edits. Each layer can be edited separately or merged, empowering users with Desktop-like creative control.

  • Eraser: Swipe to remove unwanted objects or backgrounds, with smart edge- avoiding
  • Opacity: Control the opacity of an image for beautiful
  • Transform: Easily transform the size, shape and perspective, giving a 3D feel to the
  • Flip: Instantly flip layers vertically or
  • Blending: Blend images or elements with various blending modes to create double exposures or superimposed
  • Fill: Select a color or pattern to fill in the

*PRO – With subscription, add and edit up to 5 layers within one

Tone – The Tone category offers unique image enhancements empowering users with artistic control, duo-tone filters and an extensive array of adjustment options for tuning contrast, structure, brightness, saturation, hue and more.

  • Adjust: Simple, detailed control over tonality and details for quick color correction.
  • Filters: A wide selection of image filters to enhance visual images, powered by 3D RGB mapping for a truly unique
  • Duo: Enhance photos with duo gradients, unlike any other app on the
  • BW: Convert images into stunning black and white
  • PRO – With a subscription, users will gain full access to all of Tone’s tools:
  • Darkroom: Gives users pointed control over tonal adjustments, enabling users to finely tune the tone, contrast, and image details. With such a vast amount of tools and controls, this feature is essentially an app within an
  • Film: A variety of presets and tools to produce film-inspired effects, including fade, grain, and

Tools – The Tools category gives users an array of tools for both artistic and essential image enhancements.

  • Canvas: Define canvas pixel size and change or crop the size of canvas with fixed ratios or
  • Vignette: Add and adjust vignette and blur for professional lens
  • Light FX: Mimic analog light leaks and colored lens

*PRO – With a subscription, users will gain full access to must-have tools:

  • Reshape: Enlarge, shrink, bloat, or refine objects and subjects with full control and precision by freezing areas not intended for
  • Heal: Remove or replace unwanted objects or defects in

Add – The Add category gives users content elements to add finishing touches:

  • Type: Overlay a wide array of fonts and texts onto images with full artistic control.
  • Elements: Add various shapes and graphic objects to any image or
  • Stickers: Decorate photos with fun, creative
  • Frame: Easily add frames and borders to images and swipe to control color, frame size, and
  • Meme: Easily turn images into

*PRO – With a subscription, users will enjoy an extensive collection of fonts, elements, stickers, frames, and patterns that will be updated

Artistic – Powered by AI, the Artistic category enables users to create art with their images with just a tap or swipe.

  • Urban: Instantly transforms images into popular street art
  • Doodle: Draw on images freehand, with a variety of brushes and color
  • Effects: Use a unique array of effect brushes to any image for added flair and design.

*PRO – With a subscription, users will enjoy tons of added asset packs to spark creativity.

 

Nokia smartphones to feature ZEISS optics

Press release issued by HMD Global:

  • Exclusive collaboration sees ZEISS innovating in imaging experience on Nokia smartphones
  • Rekindles commitment to set new imaging standards for Nokia smartphone consumers

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, ESPOO/Finland, 2017-07-06.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, and ZEISS today jointly announced the signing of an exclusive partnership that aims to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry. This long-term agreement builds on the shared history and expertise between ZEISS and Nokia smartphones.

Florian Seiche, HMD Global and Andreas Back, ZEISS

With a joint ambition to advance the quality of the total imaging experience on smartphones spanning the entire ecosystem from software, services, through to screen quality, and optic design, the partnership will see ZEISS and HMD Global co-develop standard-defining imaging capabilities and will bring the ZEISS brand back to Nokia smartphones. This pledge to constantly improve consumers’ imaging experience is a reflection of the shared values between both businesses – a single minded commitment to quality, true craftsmanship and a desire to improve real life experience.

The relationship between ZEISS and Nokia phones began more than a decade ago, and is founded on a shared passion for innovation and always delivering the best for the consumer. The past collaboration saw ZEISS and Nokia phones driving technology innovations such as the world’s first multi-megapixel mobile phone and many more standard-setting devices, from the Nokia Nseries to those featuring Nokia PureView technologies. This renewed relationship is a long-term commitment to build on that technology innovation over the years to come.

Dr. Winfried Scherle, ZEISS and Pekka Rantala, HMD Global

Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global:

“Collaborating with ZEISS is an important part of our commitment to always deliver the very best experience for our customers. Our fans want more than a great smartphone camera, they want a complete imaging experience that doesn’t just set the standard but redefines it. Our fans expect it and, together with ZEISS, we’re delivering it – co-developed imaging excellence for all.”

Dr. Matthias Metz, Member of the Executive Board of ZEISS Group:

“The collaboration of HMD Global with ZEISS for Nokia smartphones will again enhance consumers’ holistic imaging experience based on excellence and innovation. Our partnership is built on a solid foundation. Together, we look forward to an exciting journey into the future of sophisticated smartphone imaging.”

New mid-range EOS-200D DSLR from Canon

Press release issued by Canon UK:

Enter a world of high-quality, creative photography; Canon launches newest DSLR, EOS 200D

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 29 June 2017 – Canon, world-leader in imaging solutions, has today launched EOS 200D, the latest DSLR camera enabling you to tell stories of your experiences like never before. Designed to take your photos to the next level of creativity and image quality, EOS 200D is a perfect replacement for the avid smart phone photographer looking to step up to their first camera.

ched for those looking for a stylishly lightweight and easy to use upgrade. Whether you’re taking photos or making movies, this is the ideal choice for anyone wanting to capture and share stories of every part of their life. Whether you’re shooting the sunset over the Taj Mahal or your family and friends at home, EOS 200D’s compact size means it’s the right option for any occasion.

Top-range, new technology for 2017
The world’s lightest Canon DSLR with a vari-angle screen1, EOS 200D features the newest technology from 2017 and shares features with top of the range Canon cameras, ensuring only the best image quality every time. From shadows to highlights, and stunning resolution, EOS 200D ensures control over depth of field so you can achieve the most beautiful blurred backgrounds throughout all your imagery.

EOS 200D features the world’s fastest2 Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus ensuring the camera quickly and accurately focuses so that subjects are the sharpest they can be. The newest APS-C sensor improves low-light performance allowing beautiful imagery to be taken when the sun goes down and the stars come out.

What’s more, the DSLR features Canon’s latest processor, DIGIC 7. The brain of the camera optimises settings automatically in any situation making it easy to get exceptional image quality, with reduced image noise, every time.

Easy to use and exceptional image quality
EOS 200D boasts a viewfinder as well as a vari-angle screen with touchscreen capabilities, all of which are advantageous for those purchasing their first DSLR. Get close to your subject with ultimate clarity through the viewfinder, whilst using your vari-angle screen to capture those tricky to reach shots from any position. Being able to switch easily between screen and viewfinder, the perfect shot is never far away, whilst the touchscreen capability ensures the transition from your smartphone to camera is easy and familiar.

EOS 200D has an intuitive interface to explain its functions to the user as they go. Guided UI, the easy visual guide tutorial, helps to educate by explaining the effect that changing settings will have on the photography, but it can of course be turned off once you become an expert.

Stylish exterior and compatible with smart phones3
The first Canon DSLR camera to come complete with a selfie mode, EOS 200D features skin smoothing and background blurring for all Instagram addicts. Fashionistas can also express their style before they even take their first shot, with the EOS 200D being available in three distinctive colours: the classic Canon Black, a bold look in White and vintage inspired Silver & Tan.

Compatible with smart phones4, and featuring built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®5, those on the go can rapidly share high quality photos to social media with the use of the Canon Camera Connect app.

This wonderfully lightweight and convenient camera features the latest technology from Canon. Easily compatible with Canon’s EOS ecosystem of lenses, flashes and accessories, EOS 200D helps you achieve whatever shot you require; nothing is out of reach. With a stylish, on-trend exterior, EOS 200D is perfect for smartphone and compact camera users wanting to take their creativity to the next level.

Pricing and availability

  • The EOS 200D will be available in July 2017 with an RRP of £579.99/€719.99 body only
  • The EOS 200D can also be purchased with an EF 18-55mm kit with an RRP of £679.99/€839.99

* excluding EOS 10D, D30, D60

Protecting Cloth PC-E1
The Protecting Cloth PC-E1 is a simple and convenient padded cloth that allows the user to keep their EOS 200D, or any entry-level EOS camera and lens, safe and accessible when out and about. The padded protective cloth is simple to use and can be easily attached to the camera strap so users always have it at hand. Ideal for photographers on-the-go the Protecting Cloth PC-E1 offers effortless protection and can be wrapped around the camera easily with the elastic strap.


1 World’s Lightest DSLR
Lightest APS-C sensor DSLR with Vari-angle screen. Claim relates to black model: Approx. 453g, measured to CIPA testing standard. As of 28th June 2017, based on research by Canon, Inc.

2 World’s Fastest AF
* Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras with APS-C sized sensors with phase-difference detection AF on the image plane as of 14th February 2017, based on Canon research.
Measured using CIPA-compliant guidelines, and internal measurement method with the lens EF-S18-55mm F4-5.6 IS STM mounted and set at 55mm using 1-Point AF with centre point selected, one-shot AF, Live View with image captured via Shutter Button. Manual modes in use, EV12 (ISO 100 at room temperature).

3 Running iOS 8.4 or Andoid 5.0 operating systems or higher. Canon Camera Connect app available from Apple App Store or Google Play.

4 Running iOS 8.4 or Andoid 5.0 operating systems or higher. Canon Camera Connect app available from Apple App Store or Google Play.

5 Always-on connection between smart device and camera via Bluetooth® requires initial set up with Canon Camera Connect app. Stability of the Bluetooth® connection depends on model of smart device and other environmental factors. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth® SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Canon Inc. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. Requires Bluetooth® version 4 or later and iOS 8.4, Android 5.0 or higher.

Specifications in detail

Image Sensor

Type

22.3mm x 14.9 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.20 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 25.80 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor

Type

DIGIC 7

Lens

Lens Mount

EF/EF-S

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

Image Stabilisation

Optical Image Stabilizer on compatible lens

Focusing

Type

Via optical viewfinder:
TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated sensor
Via Live View on LCD screen:
Dual Pixel CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor1

AF System/ Points

Via optical viewfinder:
9 points
Center AF point is AF cross-type supporting f/5.6.
Center AF point is vertical line-sensitive supporting f/2.8.
Other AF points is vertical line-sensitive or horizontal line-sensitive AF supporting f/5.6.2
Via Live View on LCD screen:
Maximum 49 AF points (Fixed location on 7×7 grid) via camera automatic selection3
Freely position 1 AF point/ 1 AF Zone (9 points, 3×3 grid) via manual selection4

AF working range

Via optical viewfinder:
EV -0.5 – 18 (center AF point)5
EV 0.5 – 18 (other AF points)6
Via Live View on LCD screen:
EV -2 – 18 (at 23 °C & ISO 100) with One-Shot AF

AF Modes

AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo (AI Servo II algorithm)

AF Point Selection

Via optical viewfinder:
Automatic selection: 9 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF

Selected AF point display

Indicated by a transmissive LCD in viewfinder and Quick Control screen

Predictive AF

Yes7

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON Button is pressed.

AF Assist Beam

Intermittent firing of built-in flash (effective range up to 4.0 m) or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Via optical viewfinder:
63 zone dual-layer metering sensor with Evaluative, partial, spot (centre only) and centre-weighted average available
Via Live View on LCD screen:
(1) Evaluative metering (315 zones)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.0 % of LCD screen)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2.6 % of LCD screen)
(4) Center-weighted average metering

Metering Range

Via optical viewfinder:
EV 1-20 (at 23 °C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO 100)
Via Live View on LCD screen:
EV 1-20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100, evaluative metering)

AE Lock

Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE Lock Button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB

3 shots +/-2 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity

Auto (100-25600), 100-25600 (in whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 51200
During Movie shooting: Auto (100-12800), 100-12800 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 256008

Shutter

Type

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Speed

30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance

Type

Automatic white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings

AWB (Ambience priority, White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber bias +/-9 levels
2. Magenta/ Green bias +/-9 levels

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

Viewfinder

Type

Pentamirror

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 95 %

Magnification

Approx. 0.87x9

Eyepoint

Approx. 19 mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Fixed (Translucent LCD screen for information overlay)

Mirror

Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 IS USM or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: AF points, focus confirmation, AF area selection mode
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (1 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Grid, Aspect Ratio
Other information: Warning icon, Flicker Detection

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece shutter

On strap

LCD Monitor

Type

Vari angle touchscreen 7.7 cm (3.0″) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040 K sRGB dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx. 170°

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings

Flash

Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)

9.8

Built-in Flash Coverage

up to 18mm focal length (35mm equivalent: approx. 29mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 3 seconds

Modes

Auto, Manual flash

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes – with red-eye reduction lamp

X-sync

1/200 sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ No

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless optical multi-flash support

External Flash Control

via camera menu screen

Shooting

Modes

Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie), No Flash, Creative Auto, SCN(Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Group Photo, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Food, Kids, Candlelight), Creative filters, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Self Portrait

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination, Chromatic aberration correction, Distortion correction, Diffraction correction
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect, HDR art standard, HDR art vivid, HDR art bold, HDR art embossed)
Multi-exposure
Resize, Crop (JPEG only)

Drive modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote)

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 5fps.

Live View Mode

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

29.97 fps

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single)
One-shot AF and Servo AF selectable for Stills and Movie

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor.
Evaluative metering, partial metering, spot metering, center-weighted average metering.

Display Options

Grid overlay (x3), Histogram

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: 14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

RAW, RAW + L possible.

Image Size

JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 3984 x 2656, (S1) 2976 x 1984, (S2) 2400×1600,
JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328×4000, (M) 3552×2664, (S1) 2656×1992, (S2) 2112×1600,
JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000×3368, (M) 3984×2240, (S1) 2976×1680, (S2) 2400×1344,
JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000×4000, (M) 2656×2656, (S1) 1984×1984, (S2) 1600×1600,
RAW: (RAW) 6000×4000

Movie Type

MP4 (Video: H.264 inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM / AAC, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)
MOV (Video: H.264 All-I Full HD, no sound) – time-lapse movie only

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) inter-frame
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame
1280 x 720 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame
640 x 480 (29.97, 25) inter-frame
640 x 480 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec

Folders

New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

Other Features

Custom Functions

11 Custom Functions

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)

LCD Panel / Illumination

Yes / Yes

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Playback zoom

1.5x – 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) 36 image index
(6) 100 image index
(7) Jump Display

Slide Show

Choose images with Image Search
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10/20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Background music: On/Off
Transition effect: Off, Slide in 1, Slide in 2, Fade 1, Fade 2, Fade 3

Histogram

Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Select image, select range, all images in folder, all images on a card, all found images (during image search)
Protection: Single image, select range, all images in folder, all images on a card, all found images (during image search)

Menu Categories

Menu interface adjustable by the user between standard and guided
(1) Shooting menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Setup menu
(4) Display Options menu
(5) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.

Interface

Computer

Hi-Speed USB

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) Channels: IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11g, IEEE802.11n

Wi-Fi Security

Camera Access Point: WPA2-PSK with AES encryption or open
Infrastructure: Shared key, with WEP encryption, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK with TKIP/AES encryption or open

Bluetooth

BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy Technology)

NFC

Included

Other

Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge

PictBridge

Yes

Storage

Type

SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 (With Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is installed)10
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11 / 10.12

Software

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional 4 (RAW Image Processing)

Other

EOS Utility
EOS Lens Registration Tool
EOS Web Service Registration Tool
EOS Sample Music
Picture Style Editor
Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices

Power Source

Batteries

1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17

Battery life

Viewfinder: Approx. 650 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)11
Viewfinder: Approx. 620 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Live View: Approx. 260 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Live View: Approx. 240 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

4 levels

Power saving

Power turns off after 10/30 (10 sec viewfinder/30 sec Live View, functions, image playback etc.) sec, 30 sec, 1, 2, 4, 8, or 15 mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter AC-E6(N), DC coupler: DR-E18, Battery charger LC-E17

Accessories

Viewfinder

Eyecup Ef
Rubber Frame Ef
E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lenses
Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II
Magnifier MG-Ef
Angle Finder C

Wireless File Transmitter

Built in Wi-Fi transmission with Bluetooth and NFC
Connectivity to Smart devices is possible with Android version 4.0-4.4/5.0-5.1 or iOS 7.1/8-8.3.
NFC connectivity is possible only with compatible Android devices

Lenses

All EF and EF-S lenses

Flash

Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III-RT, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller BR-E1, Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 via Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3

Other

Hand Strap E2, GP-E2, Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1, Protecting Cloth PC-E1, PC-E2, HDMI Cable HTC-100, Interface Cable IFC400PCU, IFC-200U/500U

Weight and Dimensions

Body Materials

Chassis: Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber

Exterior: Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber and special conductive fiber

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (W x H x D)

122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm

Weight (including battery and card)

Black: Approx. 453g Silver: Approx. 454g White: Approx. 456g

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

  1. Dual Pixel CMOS AF – AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  2. Peripheral Cross type AF points will not function as a cross type AF points with the following lenses: EF 35-80mm f4-5.6 (II/III/USM), EF35-105mm f4.5-5.6 (USM). EF 80-200mm f4.5-5.6 (II)
  3. Maximum number of AF frame is dependent on selected image aspect ratio
  4. Dual Pixel CMOS AF – AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  5. With One-Shot AF, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100, Based on Canon’s testing standards and environment)
  6. With One-Shot AF, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100, Based on Canon’s testing standards and environment)
  7. With EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph
  8. Recommended Exposure Index
  9. With 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
  10. Software applications compatible with Windows 10 in Windows 10 Desktop Mode only
  11. Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated