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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon launched their highly anticipated Canon EOS 5D Mark III last Friday. The EOS 5D Mark III is the successor to the popular EOS 5D Mark II targeted at both professional and advanced amateur photographers as well as independent filmmakers.

The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest and most powerful image processor, the DIGIC 5+ processor which is 17 times faster than DIGIC 4. It has a 22.3 megapixel CMOS sensor which is just a slight increase from the EOS 5D Mark II’s 21 megapixel. But this doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Afterall, how much megapixel do you really need? The sensor offers a huge native ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 25,600. Great for capturing high quality pictures in extreme low light conditions.

You get the same 61-point High-Density Reticular AF System found in Canon’s flagship EOS-1D X. This makes it easier for photographers to very quickly compose portraits and track fast moving subjects, while maintaining focus on their images. The EOS 5D Mark III also comes with a better mechanism to power the reflex mirror. This new mechanism suppresses mirror bounce, and hence is able to achieve a time-lag response of only 59 milliseconds and continuous shooting speed of up to 6 fps.

The EOS 5D Mark III is also great for filmmakers. 30fps on 1080p and 60fps on 720p. The EOS 5D Mark III supports continuous video shooting up to a maximum of 30 minutes recording time. During shooting, the camera will automatically create a new video file once the current file reaches 4GB. This ensures that there are no lapses between files. There’s a headphone jack for you to listen to the audio while recording.

Oh, and there’s a built in HDR feature. Cool.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III will be available in end March 2012. It will be retailing at US$3500 in US. No pricing for Singapore yet but you can do the estimate and start saving up now.

Project Homecoming: Joint recycling initiative by major printer brands in Singapore

The five major printer brands based in Singapore: Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson and Lexmark, with the support of the National Environment Agency (NEA) and National Library Board (NLB) have announced the launch of Singapore’s first-ever joint funded and managed printer brand ink and toner cartridge recycling initiative called Project Homecoming.

This is the first time globally outside Japan that these five brands have come together to initiate a joint recycling project. Japan has a similar joint printer brand recycling project called “Ink Cartridge Satogaeri” which started 3 years ago.

Project Homecoming will provide easily accessible cartridge recycling bins at 13 NLB libraries. These bins aren’t restricted to just those 5 brands in the Project Homecoming partnership. You can deposit used ink and toner cartridges from any brand.

Recycling vendors of the joint initiative will periodically collect the cartridges from the boxes and break down recyclable parts including plastics and metal. These recycling processes will help minimise waste, landfill and pollution while maximising the recovery of valuable resources.

So remember, keep your used printer ink cartridges and deposit them into the Project Homecoming recycling bin the next time you visit the library.

Project Homecoming recycling bins can be found at the following libraries:
Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Bedok Public Library
Bishan Public Library
Bukit Merah Public Library
Geylang East Public Library
Jurong Regional Library
Jurong West Public Library
Marine Parade Public Library
National Library Building
Queenstown Public Library
Tampines Regional Library
Toa Payoh Public Library
Woodlands Regional Library

Canon PowerShot S100 now available in Singapore

The much awaited PowerShot S100 featuring the new DIGIC 5 image processor is now available in Singapore. It is the smallest camera to support RAW format shooting.

The PowerShot S100 has a high performance lens developed and manufactured using the same methods and expertise as Canon’s leading range of EF lenses. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.0. That’s pretty good for a camera this compact. 5X optical zoom and a integrated GPS unit that records location into a picture’s EXIF data.

The Canon PowerShot S100 is designed with the professional in mind as well as it offers full manual control for users who prefer to customize their own settings.

The Canon PowerShot S100 is now available at Singapore with a suggested retail price of S$699.

Canon EOS 1000D lost at sea for over a year

This looks like a story from some advertisement or movie. A guy found a Canon EOS 1000D while scuba diving in Deep Bay outside of Vancouver. The camera isn’t working anymore. But the SD card still work and he is able to retrieve about 50 photos.

The photos are mostly a family vacation. He is also able to tell that the owner has a wife, 2 year old daughter and is a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition. From the EXIF data, he is also able to tell the photos were taken more than a year ago.

So with the help of Google Plus, they found the owner of the camera. Amazing but true.

In case you are wondering, the SD card is a Sandisk Extreme III. But then, memory cards are known to survive underwater.

Canon EOS-1D X

Canon recently launched the Canon EOS-1D X, an integration between the EOS 1D and 1Ds product lines. This integration realizes Canon’s vision of combining shooting speed and image quality into a single form factor.

The best part about the EOS-1D X is the record breaking 12 frames per second continuous shooting speed, making it the fastest full frame DSLR in the world.

Other key features include:
- Dual DIGIC 5+ image processor
- 18.1MP full-frame (35mm) sensor
- Image noise control improved by 2 stops
- Next generation high-density reticular 61-point AF system
- New shutter unit with carbon fibre shutter blades promises 400,000 shutter count
- Advanced EOS Movie features for better compatibility with video production workflows
- Dust-proof and drip-proof magnesium alloy body, with new carrier wave-based dust removal system