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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What’s The Future Of Still Capture?

In 2012, new camera concepts are poised to fundamentally change photography forever

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Photography is evolving inexorably to a still-and-motion-capture paradigm. Henri Cartier-Bresson famously spoke of the decisive moment. That decisive moment soon will be captured in five-second bursts at 24 frames per second (or more), and photographers will be able to select the exact frame from more than a hundred. Photog-raphers will be able to think in terms of bursts instead of single captures. And this future isn't down the road somewhere after we colonize Mars. This future is 2012. It's now.

For still-photography professionals, the notion of convergence isn't being able to shoot video with a DSLR, it's a DSLR that shoots endless bursts of still frames at rates as fast or faster than 24 fps. Still and motion capture is the next revolution in still photography, and it's going to change the way professional still photographers think about image capture. Think of shooting a 10-second burst—watching those 10 seconds as you would review a proof sheet and then homing in on the perfect frame from the hundreds you captured. What at first seems like a cumbersome workflow could turn out to be much more efficient than the way you work now.

Canon and RED aren't the only manufacturers embracing this concept. In 2012, we expect to see all of the major DSLR makers moving in the same direction.

First Look: Canon EOS-1D X

This new top-of-the-line professional DSLR is a hi-res still-photography powerhouse with improved HD video

Canon's next full-frame flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, is scheduled for release in spring 2012. The new camera replaces both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and the APS-H format, 10 fps EOS-1D Mark IV. In the future, there will be just one EOS-1 DSLR. The EOS-1D X camera has improved HD video capabilities and professional-caliber, hi-res still features. Will this be the last EOS-1 DSLR that isn't designed for motion/still capture?

204,800 ISO
The EOS-1D X's normal ISO range is 100 to 51,200, settable in 1⁄3-EV increments. It's expandable downward to 50 and upward to 204,800!

New 18.1 MP Full-Frame Sensor
The EOS-1D X features an all-new 18.1-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, which is higher than the 16.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark IV and less than the 21.1-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III. The new sensor enables faster shooting and better high-ISO performance than would be possible with a higher-pixel-count sensor. The new EOS-1D X lays claim to benchmarks in both areas. New dual DIGIC 5+ processors that are each 17x more powerful than the DIGIC 4 process the new noise-reduction algorithms, on-the-fly chromatic aberration correction and an improved video codec.

14 FPS Shooting
The camera can shoot up to 18.1-megapixel full-frame JPEG images at 14 frames per second. At this rate, the mirror is locked up and there's no AF. It can also shoot full-resolution RAW (and JPEG) images at 12 fps with phase-detection AF for each frame.

All-New AF & Metering Systems
The EOS-1D X features an entirely new AF system with a new AI Servo II tracking algorithm. There are now 61 AF points, covering 52% of the frame width. Forty-one of the points are cross-types with lenses of ƒ/4 or faster, 20 are cross-types with lenses of ƒ/5.6 or faster. There are five central dual cross-type points for lenses of ƒ/2.8 or faster. The new metering system has a 100,000-pixel RGB sensor and its own dedicated DIGIC 4 processor. There are 252 metering zones for general shooting, and 35 zones for low-light. Intelligent Subject Analysis includes face detection and color recognition. The Metering system works with the AF system to enhance AF point selection.

Improved Video
HD video capabilities are improved to 1920x1080p full HD video at 30, 25 and 24 fps; 1280x720p HD video at 60 and 50 fps; and 640x480 SD at 30 and 25 fps. You can choose All-I or IPB compression, Rec Run and Free Run time-coding, recording up to 29 minutes 59 seconds at a clip, and the camera supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile.

We'll have a full review of the EOS-1D X when it's available for sale. Go to www.canonusa.com to see the full specs.


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