Photography and Art

Press Release: Canon 2012-2013 EISA Awards

15 August 2012

Four Canon products recognised in the 2012-2013 EISA Awards

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 15th August 2012 – Canon today announces that the company has been honoured with four product awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR has been awarded ‘European Advanced SLR Camera 2012-2013’, the PowerShot G1 X has been named ‘European Compact Camera 2012-2013’, the LEGRIA HF M52 camcorder has won ‘European Camcorder 2012-2013’, and the PIXMA PRO-1 has been awarded the ‘European Photo Printer 2012-2013’, highlighting the market-leading quality of Canon’s photo and video products from input through to output.

The EISA awards are voted by panels of editors representing 50 prominent magazines across 18 countries. The awards recognise the products that combine the most advanced technology, desirable features and leading design with genuine value, and this year’s judging panel has heralded these Canon products as the best in their respective classes.

“We want to empower everyone to capture and share special moments, whether in stills or video, in such quality that each individual feels like they were there,” commented Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “The industry recognition that these EISA awards represent rewards the dedication of our product teams who constantly strive to offer market-leading quality to consumers and professionals at every stage of the process.”

European Advanced SLR Camera 2012-2013: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Building on the success of the renowned EOS 5D Mark II, and incorporating feedback from professional photographers around the world, the EOS 5D Mark III offers unparalleled artistic freedom for even the most demanding shoots.

Commenting on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the EISA judging panel said: “The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile still camera as well as being an easy-to-use, professional quality, DSLR movie camera. While the specification seems similar to its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a substantial improvement in real life photography as well as in performance. Its 22-million-pixel CMOS sensor yields great results under normal and low light conditions, and the camera gets its advanced 61-point AF system from Canon’s new professional models. Additionally, this new EOS 5D generation has significantly improved weather resistance and 6fps continuous shooting speeds.”

European Compact Camera 2012-2013: Canon PowerShot G1 X

The PowerShot G1 X raises the bar for image performance in a compact camera and has been acclaimed by Canon as the finest compact camera ever produced by the company. Designed to be the perfect complement to a professional DSLR and an incredible camera in its own right, the PowerShot G1 X sits at the top of Canon’s renowned G-series and is the ideal camera for professional and serious photographers who demand professional quality from a compact camera.

Commenting on the Canon PowerShot G1 X, the EISA judging panel said: “The image quality produced by the Canon PowerShot G1 X is at a level that can compete with many DSLRs. This is quite amazing for a camera with such a compact body. Using a sensor size that is between the APS-C and micro four thirds formats helps this PowerShot to keep noise well under control even at ISO settings as high as 12800. The powerful DIGIC 5 processor also plays a major role in reducing image noise and also helps to process the camera’s 14.3-million-pixel, 14 bit, images at top speed. Serious amateurs and professionals alike will appreciate the camera’s ability to save files in RAW and in JPEG formats. The 4x zoom, according to EISA magazine tests, offers good image quality for such a compact design, and the built-in stabilizer, that uses the same hybrid IS technology as some professional Canon lenses, is very efficient.”

European Camcorder 2012-2013: Canon LEGRIA HF M52

Designed to make it easy to capture and share high-quality, Full HD movies, the LEGRIA HF M52 excels in low-light situations and Wi-Fi (MPEG4) functionalities. New Intelligent IS makes it easy to capture smooth, shake-free footage and Story Creator acts as a personal movie director, guiding users through the types of scenes they could shoot to tell a particular story.

Commenting on the Canon LEGRIA HF M52, the EISA judging panel said: “The compact, handheld Canon HF M52 camcorder gives you the opportunity to shoot high-quality video with ultra-fast focusing and effective picture stabilization. The 32GB built-in flash memory provides up to three hours shooting capacity at the highest picture quality, while the camcorder also accepts external SD flash memory cards, including SDXC, meaning you should never run out of space. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to share your footage via  social media, DLNA-certified TV screens  and iOS devices – but the standout issue is the superb picture quality, courtesy of  Canon’s HD CMOS  Pro sensor,  and the option of improving sound quality by connecting an external microphone.”

European Photo Printer 2012-2013: Canon PIXMA PRO-1

The PIXMA PRO-1 is the world’s first A3+ printer to feature a 12-ink system and has become the new flagship model within the company’s acclaimed Pro series. Designed for professional photographers, the PIXMA PRO-1 features an EOS-inspired design and produces the highest-possible print quality, both in colour and in monochrome, making it ideal for use in studios and commercial exhibitions.

Commenting on the Canon PIXMA PRO-1, the EISA judging panel said: “With 12 high-capacity pigment-ink cartridges the PIXMA PRO-1 is the perfect choice for making long-lasting prints of outstanding quality. This is a printer aimed at serious amateurs as well as professional photographers. Not only is the colour rendering excellent and consistent, but also, with five dedicated monochrome inks, black-and-white prints are highly detailed and really stand out. In colour, skin tones appear natural and are reproduced with a high level of accuracy. The printer supports media of up to A3+ and works quickly, taking less than three minutes to print an A3 photograph, and a second paper feeder adds extra flexibility for those using extra thick media. The PIXMA PRO-1 is full of modern technology that delivers excellent quality with relatively low running costs.”


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Sony NEX firmware update provides the following;

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