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Canon Canada Announces Futures By Canon Creator Lab

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

Canon Canada, Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce its inaugural young creators incubator program, Futures by Canon Creator Lab. An instructional and mentorship program, Futures is designed to not only accelerate the visual storytelling and creative skills sets of Canadians aged 18 to 24, but also offer them insights into the business of being a creative. A diverse panel of experts – including sports photographer and videographer Atiba Jefferson, portraiture photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk, and filmmaker and photographer Justin Wu – will select 20 young content creators to participate in the yearlong program. The selected group will have exclusive intimate access to, and learn from, Canon Ambassadors, as well as the company’s network of professional photographers, vloggers, filmmakers and other industry insiders.

Futures participants will receive technical instruction, practical insights and exclusive coaching from the Canon Creator Lab network of professionals. By partnering with mentors who have experienced ups and downs along their professional careers, participants will hopefully avoid some missteps of their own. The program will ensure participants have a comprehensive understanding of their gear and teach practical skills such as working with lighting and producing a shoot. Participants will also learn business-related skills such as branding, budgeting and dealing with rejection and self-doubt. They will gain real-world experience by shooting against a brief from Eddie Bauer, featuring the brand’s gear and accessories. The 20 Futures members will represent various applications of photography, filmmaking and other forms of visual storytelling. By being inspired, motivated and supported by Canon and its Ambassadors, they will graduate the program with the tools, knowledge and connections to be the creative professionals they aspire to be.

Canon Canada will also support each creator with their own special kit of Canon gear, including the versatile EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and lenses. Canon Canada will send the 20 Futures members to join its three-day in-person Canon Creator Lab retreat, which will connect a range of artists, speakers and creative leaders at Lake Louise in Banff, Alta., in October 2021.

To be consider for the program, applicants must complete a four-part submission process, including:

  • A brief written description of themselves and their story;
  • A 30-second video-based elevator pitch;
  • An online Q&A around their brand and ambitions; and
  • A link to their portfolio and/or created content.

For more details on the application process, visit canonfutures.ca. Applications open July 19 and close Aug. 16, 2021, with the Futures program commencing in September 2021 and running through July 2022. Successful applicants will be announced Sept. 2, 2021.

Canon Announces That The Powerful Professional Full-Frame EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera Is On Its Way

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 14, 2021 by itnerd

Canon Canada, Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new, high-performance professional camera — the Canon EOS R3. When it arrives, the EOS R3 will be an outstanding complement to the three new RF lenses the company also introduced today — The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.

Under Development – The Canon EOS R3

The Canon EOS R3 will join the current lineup of EOS R full-frame mirrorless series cameras. This camera will usher in a new category to the EOS R system, positioned squarely between the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. The camera will put great emphasis on superb AF performance and speed, with fast-moving subjects. It is being designed to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals, even when working in challenging conditions.

At the heart of the EOS R3 camera’s performance will be an EOS camera first, a Canon-developed, full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design, providing substantially faster read-out speeds during still-imaging recording. This completely new sensor is designed to produce less “rolling shutter” distortion during Electronic Shutter operation and offer continuous Electronic Shutter still-image shooting at speeds up to 30 fps — with full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and auto exposure.

The AF system will leverage technology and performance from the well-received EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, using Deep Learning technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting. In addition, the EOS R3’s subject detection AF will offer new recognizable subjects for its AF system, bolstering its focusing capabilities during challenging shooting conditions.

The Electronic Viewfinder of the EOS R3 will offer photographers the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With Eye Control AF and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

The camera body will be entirely new and accentuates the camera’s high-performance design. It’s a one-piece design, integrating the body with a vertical grip section. The weather and dust-resistance will be equivalent to that of EOS-1D class cameras — an essential consideration for nature, wildlife, sports and photojournalism content creators working in extreme conditions. In addition, news photojournalists will be excited to add the Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS and Android devices that will be available.

Full details of all the EOS R3’s features and specifications will be provided at the time of its formal announcement*. To follow along for more news on the Canon EOS R3 camera, please visit: canon.ca/en/Features/EOS-R3-In-Development .

From Up-Close To Far Away, New Canon RF Lenses Have You Covered

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens is not only Canon’s first RF lens designed specifically for macro photography, but also the world’s first medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x. The new lens, designed for both advanced photo enthusiasts and professionals, takes macro photography expression to the next level with the introduction of a spherical aberration (SA) control ring. The SA control ring allows users to change the character and appearance of the bokeh and obtain a softer focus effect with a simple turning of the ring to the desired result. Additional features of the Canon RF100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM include:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of Shake Correction
  • When combined with a camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer, up to eight stops of shake correction is possible with coordinated operation of Optical and In-Body Image Stabilizer.
  • Hybrid IS helps to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting.
  • High-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with dual nano USM.
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design.

The Canon RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are both designed to be optically identical to their EF counterparts. The RF400mm and RF600mm weigh in at 6.37 and 6.81 pounds with a minimum focusing distance of 8.2 and 13.8 feet, respectively. Both lenses share many of the same critical features that help professional high-end super-telephoto lenses stand out from the crowd. Those features include:

  • Ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations, including sports, aviation, trains, automotive, and wildlife, such as birding.
  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 stops of shake correction. Including three IS Operation Modes — still subjects, panning, and irregular movement.
  • Proprietary Canon lens coatings, Super Spectra Coating (SSC), and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flaring. Lens placement and coatings are optimized to provide users with clear, high-contrast images even when there is a bright light source.
  • Lenses include fluorite and super UD lens elements arranged in such a way to help correct chromatic aberration and make the models more compact. Like the latest Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses, released in the fall of 2018, weight on these RF-series super-telephotos has been significantly reduced vs. previous-generation Canon super tele designs.
  • Compatible with Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders, and feature a customizable electronic focus ring, with manual focus capability during SERVO AF.
  • A nine-blade circular aperture provides users beautiful bokeh and ideally blurred backgrounds when the aperture is stopped down.
  • For added convenience when on a shoot, two focus presets are available. Users can instantly return to one of two memorized focus distances.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design with vibration and shock resistance. The front element has been dressed with a fluorine coating for easy cleaning.
  • Infrared reflective pigments with high reflectance and titanium oxide lens barrel coating with silica provide excellent UV weather resistance and heat reduction.

Canon RF Lenses Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price (CAD) of $1,849.99, $15,899.99 and $17,199.99, respectively. For more information, please visit canon.ca.

Canon Pwned By Ransomware… 10TB Data Stolen

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 6, 2020 by itnerd

Canon has apparently been hit by a ransomware cyberattack which has impacted the company’s email, Microsoft Teams, US website, and other internal applications:

The image.canon site suffered an outage on July 30th, 2020, and over six days, the site would show status updates until it went back in service yesterday, August 4th.

However, the final status update was strange as it mentions that while data was lost, “there was no leak of image data.”  This led BleepingComputer to believe there was more to the story and that they suffered a cyberattack.

Today, a source contacted BleepingComputer and shared an image of a company-wide notification titled “Message from IT Service Center” that was sent at approximately 6 AM this morning from Canon’s IT department.

This notification states that Canon is experiencing “wide spread system issues affecting multiple applications, Teams, Email, and other systems may not be available at this time.”

According to BleepingComputer, the attack has also resulted in over 10TB of stolen data.

And:

Since then, BleepingComputer has obtained a partial screenshot of the alleged Canon ransom note, which we have been able to identify as from the Maze ransomware.

After contacting the ransomware operators, BleepingComputer was told by Maze that their attack was conducted this morning when they stole “10 terabytes of data, private databases etc” as part of the attack on Canon.

Maze has a history of going after high value companies such as Xerox, LG and others. Maze also has a history of releasing the data that they steal if they don’t get paid. Thus it’s clear that they play for keeps. And it will be interesting to find out if Canon plans to pay up, or if they have paid up.

Watch this space for updates.

UPDATE: Max Heinemeyer, Director of Threat Hunting, Darktrace had this to say on this ransomware attack:

Maze are a highly professionalised cyber-crime group who often vie for a reputation as much as monetary gain – identifying viable targets, infiltrating their systems, encrypting data where it hurts the most and threatening to publish the data if the ransom is not paid. In this case, theft of personal photos might well be what secures a faster payment for the attackers. Spear-phishing, credential abuse and exploiting vulnerable internet-facing servers are all ways that groups like Maze might gain entry into their victim’s enterprise. If an attack is viable, then hackers will go for it.

The dwell time of these attacks is shockingly low – often it takes only a few days from the initial intrusion to the deployment of ransomware that shuts down an organization at computer speed, offering the victim no way out. 

Ransomware is often novel malware and therefore goes undetected by traditional security tools. AI is the best bulwark against these attacks as it is not only capable of identifying the abnormal b

Lots Of News From Canon

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 15, 2014 by itnerd

Canon had a ton of news today. Let’s get right to it:

Today Canon Canada released the EOS 7D Mark II, which incorporates professional features and quality in an affordable DSLR camera.

Building on the success of the EOS 7D, this new EOS model features a range of “EOS firsts” including the Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processor, rapid burst shooting up to 10 frames per second (fps) and Canon’s first 65-Point All Cross Type autofocus (AF) system. The EOS 7D Mark II is also the second EOS DSLR camera (first was EOS 70D) to incorporate Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF system.

Fast Facts:

  • New AI Servo AF III autofocusing algorithm is similar to that of the EOS-1D X in that tracking parameters can be easily customized for specific shooting situations.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode includes five HDR shooting functions, allowing users to save all source images in addition to composited HDR image.
  • Multiple Exposure (ME) mode provides four compositing methods and allows users to save individual source images.
  • Improved custom controls include a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer (both EOS DSLR firsts) enable capture of time-lapse images and long-exposure images.
  • Distortion Correction that operates with most EF and EF-S lenses, works to improve image quality even further while recording video and in-camera JPEGs.
  • New and improved Intelligent Viewfinder provides approximately 100 per cent field of view.
  • Built-in GPS Receiver provides digital compass and can record location information including longitude, latitude, elevation, camera direction and universal coordinated time (UTC) as EXIF data. This allows both images and movie files to be geotagged in real time.
  • Features dual card slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC and CF memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards.
  • Mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders.

The EOS 7D Mark II is scheduled to be available in November 2014 for an estimated retail price of $1,899.99 (body only) and $2,249.99 (body with 18-135 STM lens).

Also today Canon Canada announced three new Powershot models expanding upon its lineup of high-quality, compact digital cameras: the PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot SX60 HS and PowerShot N2.

PowerShot G7 X features:

  • Canon’s first compact camera with a one-inch sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 20.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Maximum aperture range of f/1.8 to f/2.8
  • Newly developed premium quality lens has a 4.2x optical zoom ratio (equivalent to 24-100mm)
  • Advanced Star Mode features four options to capture high quality images of starry night skies
  • Built-in ND filter expands options for creative expression with stills and video
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Continuous shooting speeds up to 6.5 frames per second (fps)
  • Full HD video up to 1080/60p
  • Available mid-October for an estimated retail price of $749.99

PowerShot SX60 HS features:

  • Latest addition to Canon’s SX high-power zoom lineup
  • 65x optical zoom (equivalent to 21-1365mm)
  • 16.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Continuous shooting speeds up to 6.4 frames per second (fps)
  • When shooting at extreme telephoto focal lengths, Zoom Framing Assist function remembers user’s previous zoom position
  • Zoom Memory function allows for a quick return to the most recently used zoom position, even if the battery/memory card is replaced
  • Available in early October for an estimated retail price of $579.99

PowerShot N2 features:

  • 8x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-224mm)
  • 16.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image processor
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Self Portrait mode
  • New shutter ring functions with an all-round release, ideal for both left or right-hand photographers
  • Creative Shot mode from PowerShot N has been enhanced with added filters (i.e. Retro, Monochrome)
  • Advanced movie shooting feature in Creative Shot mode combines several movie clips automatically with special effects
  • Available at the end of November for an estimated retail price of $349.99.

Finally, Canon Canada announced three new lenses including two new EF series lenses – the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens and the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens, as well as one EF-S series lens – the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM wide-angle pancake lens. Please see below for more details.

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM – The Portable Super Telephoto Lens

  • Compact and lightweight at just 4.6 lbs (half the weight of the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens)
  • Features newly developed gapless dual-layered diffractive optical (DO) elements that help improve optical performance
  • Other optical improvements include the use of a large-diameter ground and polished aspherical element and a UD glass element that work together with the DO elements for thorough correction of spherical, chromatic and other optical aberrations
  • Optical Image Stabilization offers up to four shutter speed steps of correction
  • Three IS modes – standard, panning and during exposure only – help to provide stunning results in variety of situations
  • Full-time manual focus can be employed at any time, even in AF mode
  • Power Focus mode for smooth focus “pulls” ideal for filmmaking
  • Highly resistant to dust and water
  • Available in November for an estimated retail price of $8,099.99

EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – Smooth Quiet Focus in a Versatile Lens

  • First EF-series zoom lens for full-frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM) that provides virtually silent AF while shooting video
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction
  • New seven group zoom optical formula enables a conveniently compact design while maintaining high-quality optical performance
  • Available in December for an estimated retail price of $709.99

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – The Slim, Compact Lens That Stacks Up to the Competition

  • Slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced
  • Designed for photographers and videographers looking to capture bright, clear images with soft blurred backgrounds at fixed focal length
  • Aspheric lens element and optimized lens arrangement and coating helps minimize ghosting and flare
  • Available in November for an estimated retail price of $169.99

It looks like Canon’s 75th year in business is going to be busy.

Review: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit

Posted in Products with tags on September 8, 2014 by itnerd

My wife and I got an invite from 500px.com to participate in their Global Photo Walk here in Toronto. The last time we attended one of their photo walks, I was testing the HTC One (M8) from Telus. But this time I wanted to have digital SLR as most of the people who participate in photo walks are taking photos using digital SLRs. So I reached out to Canon, and they were nice enough to send me the EOS Rebel SL1 which came with their EF-S 18-55mm lens. Physically, it’s impressively small by digital SLR standards. That makes it very easy carry and pack. Though the size does have one downside. The left side of the camera doesn’t have a lot to hold on to. For those who like to take pictures on the move and wish to have some extra stability, that might be an issue. It wasn’t for me when I was using it, but you should likely try it out in the camera store of your choice to see if it is an issue for you.

You get a ton of physical controls packed into this small camera on top of the touch screen to adjust certain settings. On the top panel you’ll find a three-stage power switch (it has settings for off, on, and video recording) that’s integrated with the mode dial, which has scene settings in addition to more advanced shooting modes. In front of that is a dedicated ISO button, the lone control wheel, and the shutter release. The Menu and Info buttons are around back, to the left of the eyepiece. To its right, there’s the button that enables Live View for stills, or starts video recording when the camera is set to video mode. On the far right you’ll find an AF point selection button and the exposure lock button. EV compensation gets its own button, as do image playback and delete. At the center of the directional pad is the Q Set control; it activates a rear menu from which you can adjust the bulk of available settings. The 3-inch rear LCD is just as sharp as the 1,040k-dot screen on the T5i, and supports touch input including swipe and pinch to zoom gestures. The good news is that it is sharp and clear unless you are in bright sunlight where it can wash out.

One advantage of this camera is it can be left in automatic mode where the camera makes all the decisions for you, or you can fully control items such as aperture, ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash compensation, image effects, white balance, bracketing, brightness and contrast, the metering pattern, the drive mode, the self-timer, the autofocus mode, and image quality. Thus it makes the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 perfect for any type of photographer. To illustrate that, here are pictures from the 500px.com Global Photo Walk which were taken at 18 MP which is the maximum that the camera is capable of. Please click each picture to see it in full resolution.

First we started at 500px.com headquarters in downtown Toronto:

IMG_3499We then went onto King St. West which had been shut down for the Toronto International Film Festival. Along the way, we came across the new Ford Mustang:

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We also came across a human sized chess game:

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We then headed down past the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where we came across this building that is under construction. I caught this shot of the CN Tower reflected in the building:

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We then went on to the roundhouse where we came across some old railway rolling stock:

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Within the roundhouse is a narrow gauge railway for kids and their parents:

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I got a chance to test out the EOS Rebel SL1’s ability to record video. It records in resolutions up to 1080p and you have the ability to set a multitude of options including frames per second. Here’s a quick clip shot at 1080p. Set it to full screen and 108p:

Other than some autofocusing at the start of the video, it was pretty good.

We then headed west along the Toronto Terminal Railway corridor and got some interesting pictures. Starting with this memorial to the Chinese workers that Canada forcibly imported to build the railway:

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We then went under a bridge at Spadina Avenue where I got this very interesting shot:

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The bridge also had these interesting lights:

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I also caught a shot of one of Toronto’s new light rail vehicles going over the bridge. More on that in a bit:

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There’s a brand new pedestrian bridge that goes over the Toronto Terminal Railway corridor where I got this artistic shot:

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Plus I got a picture of this VIA Train entering Union Station via the Toronto Terminal Railway corridor:

IMG_3560Along the way, we came across some cute dogs:

 

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From there, we headed south to the lakeshore. That meant we got to see traffic on the Gardiner Expressway:

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Once we reached the lake, I captured this shot of the Canada Malting Silos:

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Plus I used the burst mode that the EOS Rebel SL1 comes with to capture this shot from a game of basketball:

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At this point the photo walk was over. So my wife and I headed home. We headed to Spadina avenue and got lucky. We managed to catch one of Toronto’s new light rail vehicles. They’re bigger than the current streetcars that Toronto is using, accessible, quiet and very cool. They will eventually replace all the streetcars in the city:

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It has a state of the art payment system inside (which is paired with fare enforcement officers who will serve up a hefty fine if you don’t pay):

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Here’s a shot of the length of the light rail vehicle:

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Here’s a shot of the accessible area. You can flip down the seats to sit on, or flip them up for people with mobility aids:

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You’ll always know where you are as it displays the upcoming stop (you also hear it as well):

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It has multiple doors and you can enter and exit the light rail vehicle from any door. Here’s the back door:

IMG_3579Riding the new light rail vehicle was an unexpected bonus that gave us an extra opportunity to really test out the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. It really performed well with whatever situation I tossed at it. By the time we got home, I checked the battery status and it had barely moved. Given that between the two of us we took 150 pictures and several videos that’s impressive battery life. I should note that it uses a unique battery and an external charger. Because of that, you may want to get a spare if you travel.

The Canon EOS SL1 with the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit goes for $779. But if you shop around, you can find it for as little for $600. It’s small, light, and a very capable camera that is well suited for all types of photographers. If you’ve grown out of your point of shoot camera, this should be on your list to look at.

 

Canon Adds Four Printers To imageCLASS Their Lineup

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 27, 2014 by itnerd

Canon has announced four new printers in the imageCLASS lineup that aim to increase productivity and improve workflow for small businesses, office managers and home office users. Designed to support a variety of needs and budgets, all models feature the Canon Mobile Printing app, which helps you keep up in today’s demanding and changing workforce.

imageCLASS MF229dw features:

  • Wireless four-in-one multifunction, replaces the imageCLASS MF4890dw
  • Prints and copies at speeds up to 28 pages-per-minute (ppm)
  • 50-sheet duplex Automatic Document Feeder
  • Available in late-September for an estimated retail price of $299

imageCLASS MF227dw features:

  • Wireless four-in-one multifunction printer; replaces the imageCLASS MF4880dw
  • Prints and copies at speeds up to 28 ppm
  • 35-sheet simplex Automatic Document Feeder and 250-sheet front loading cassette
  • Available in late-September for an estimated retail price of $279

imageCLASS MF216n features:

  • Four-in-one multifunction printer; replaces the imageCLASS MF4770n
  • Prints and copies over an Ethernet or USB connection at the same speed of up to 24 ppm
  • 250-sheet front loading cassette
  • Available in late-September for an estimated retail price of $199

imageCLASS MF212w features:

  • Wireless three-in-one multifunction printer; new addition to the lineup
  • 250-sheet front loading cassette
  • Prints and copies speeds up to 24 ppm
  • Available in late-September for an estimated retail price of $199

More info on these printers can be found at Canon.ca.

Review: Canon Selphy CP910 Compact Photo Printer

Posted in Products with tags on August 19, 2014 by itnerd

If you need a printer to print out 4″ x 6″ photos from your digital camera, Canon is the name that tends come to mind first. Their latest is the Selphy CP910 which is very small and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space. It shares its feature set with the CP900 which I reviewed a while back. But it has one significant feature that justifies a whole new printer.

Setting it up is dead easy:

  • Slide the dye roll into the side of the printer.
  • Load paper in the paper tray and insert the tray in the front. You should note that the tray adds about 7 inches to the printer’s depth. Plus you should leave some space behind the printer for reasons I will explain in a moment.
  • Pug in the power adaptor.
  • Flip up the 2.7-inch colour screen to make the display easier to read.

From here, you need to connect it to your WiFi network. This is where the significant feature comes in. The CP910 unlike the CP900 includes what Canon calls Access Point mode, which is the company’s proprietary equivalent to Wi-Fi Direct. You can print from your smartphone or tablet simply by turning the printer on, launching Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint app on your Android, iOS, or Windows RT device, picking a picture, and giving the print command. You also don’t need a network with a Wi-Fi access point or a connection between the printer and a network. On top of that, the CP910 supports AirPrint which meant I could print directly from my iPhone 5S. If none of that appeals to you, no problem. You can connect it to your WiFi network so that any computer can share the printer or you can connect it via USB. Other options for printing include memory cards, USB memory keys, and PictBridge cameras.

I set it up on my WiFi network and I was able to add it to my MacBook Pro without having to use the CD that came with the printer. That was different than the CP900 which didn’t have drivers for Mavericks at the time I tested it. From there, I was able to print from iPhoto or from whatever else I wanted to. Like the CP900, it took about 60 seconds to print a photo and it was nearly silent while printing. The quality was easily as good as you’d get with the photo printing machines you get in your local drugstore. Also just like the CP900 is that when it prints, it pulls the 4×6 paper from the paper tray in the front, through the printer, out the back, and then reverses the paper back through the printer. Then it repeats that process a few more times before depositing the photo on the tray at the front of the printer. Thus you have to make sure there’s space at the back of the printer so that the photo doesn’t get crushed.

Now, just like the CP900, the CP910 has some options to make this printer more versatile. You can get an optional battery pack which allows you to print anywhere and that is $169.99. When it comes to supplies like ink or paper, a 108 sheet pack of 4″ x 6″ paper with ink is $44.99. The printer itself is $109.99 which isn’t any more expensive than the CP900. That’s a win as you get more functionality for the same price. If you need a printer to print 4″ x 6″ pictures, look no further than the Canon CP910 Compact Photo Printer.

 

 

 

Canon Expands imagePROGRAF Lineup With Four New Models

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 31, 2014 by itnerd

Today, Canon announced the addition of four new five-colour, large-format inkjet printer models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: the 36-inch iPF785 and iPF780, and the 24-inch iPF685 and iPF680.

Compared to their predecessors, these devices offer faster printing speeds and lower operation costs in addition to upgraded software for an enhanced user experience. They are designed for a variety of industries that print maps, technical drawings, renderings, site and facilities management plans and signs and posters.

Fast facts about the new imagePROGRAF models:

  • Designed for maximum versatility and performance, ideal for businesses that need to print documents quickly while retaining high image quality
  • Canon’s Direct Print & Share 2.0 software is intuitive and allows users to view, share and print a variety of files
  • Compatible with Canon’s new imagePROGRAF Print Utility mobile app, which facilitates wireless printing from an iPad
  • Five-colour dye/pigment reactive ink system produces more vivid reds and yellows

These devices are scheduled to be available today for an estimated retail price of $6,626 (iPF785), $5,696 (iPF780), $4,239 (iPF685), and $3,309 (iPF680).

 

Canon Announces Two New PowerShot Cameras

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 29, 2014 by itnerd

Today, Canon announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS, both are which are designed to give users the telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances. Not to mention the ability to do still pictures and HD video recording.

PowerShot SX520 HS features:

  • Upgrade from the PowerShot SX510 HS
  • 42x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 16 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • 1080p HD video
  • Features Canon’s Creative Shot mode
  • Smart Auto mode, Full Manual mode
  • Available in September, 2014 for an estimated retail price of $429.99 CAD

PowerShot SX400 IS features:

  • 30x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 16 Megapixel CCD sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • 720p HD video
  • Smart Auto Mode
  • Available in August, 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $279.99 CAD

Check them out when they hit stores soon.

Canon Mobile Scanning for Business App Now Supports Select imageRUNNER ADVANCE Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 16, 2014 by itnerd

Canon has announced its Canon Mobile Scanning for Business App for iPhone and iPad now supports select second generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices.

App users can now scan, save and manage print jobs from a supported Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE device directly into their iPhone or iPad. The app launched earlier this year for Canon’s imageCLASS multi-function printers (MFP).

The following Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE series of second generation MFPs support the Mobile Scanning for Business App:

  • 500iF/400iF,
  • C2230/C2225,
  • 4251/4245/4235/4225,
  • C5255/C5250/C5240/C5240A/C5235/C5235A,
  • 6275/6265/6255,
  • C7270/C7260,
  • 8205/8295/8285; and
  • C9280 PRO/C9270 PROBottom of Form.

The app supports devices running iOS 5.1 or later and is available for the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, the New iPad (4thGeneration), iPad (3rd Generation), iPad 2, the original iPad and the iPad Mini. The Canon Mobile Scanning for Business App is available for free from the App Store. Search for “Canon Mobile Scanning for Business.”