Canon G1 X Mark III here in November

The new flagship addition to the G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology.

Details are available on our companion site.



Diana Lee took this image, titled “Happy Canada Day, Toronto!”, at Toronto Island and submitted it to the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation department’s 2017 Snap & Share photo contest, sponsored by Nikon Canada.

She won the contest and a Nikon D5600 DSLR.

The contest attracted more than 1,500 submissions.

Entries were judged by City staff with the help of Kristian Bogner, a professional photographer and Nikon Canada Ambassador; Neil Ever Osborne, a conservation photographer, filmmaker and Nikon Canada Ambassador; and Taku Kumabe, a freelance photographer and art director.

The winning photographs and runners-up can be viewed at Many submissions will also be featured on the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Facebook and Instagram pages.

The mouse and the elephant


When two new cameras at polar opposites of the size spectrum are announced practically simultaneously, you just can’t let it slide by. So . . .

GoPro has unveiled the Hero6 Black, offering 4K60 and 1080p240 video and the most advanced video stabilization ever in a GoPro. It has dramatically improved dynamic range and low-light performance, and an added digital zoom.

Hasselblad A6D

On the other hand, the A6D is a monster of an aerial camera with a 100-megapixel sensor. Weight of the body alone is 1.36 kg.

Tamron 100-400 mm lens coming soon

Tamron says we can expect a 100-400 mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs “by the end of 2017.”

The optical design includes three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron’s original eBAND Coating for anti-reflection performance.

The lens offers moisture-resistant construction and fluorine coating for weather protection.

At 1,115 g (39.3 oz) the new lens is claimed to be the lightest weight in its class and features magnesium material in key areas of the lens barrel to improve weight reduction, strength and portability.

Tamron adds the lens will deliver fast and precise autofocus performance and consistently powerful VC (Vibration Compensation) benefits thanks to a high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system.

The lens is fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4X tele converter and the TAP-in Console which enables lens customizations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more.

Closest focusing is 1.5 m (59 in) and the lens has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6.

An Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount will be available as an optional accessory.

It’s back!

From the new web page:

Whodathunkit? Polaroid is back in the instant camera and film business. It’s not the same company founded by Dr. Land, not the company which gave us the SX-70, not the company which was a blue chip stock until it went under. Nope, it’s another company, one which bought the rights to the name for use on instant photo products: Impossible.

The Impossible Project saw a small group of people resurrect the machinery used to make Polaroid instant film and create a new brand, called Impossible. This is the company which bought the rights to Polaroid instant photography and which is now marketing a camera and film bearing the Polaroid logo.

Word has it the camera will sell for a bit more than $100 (given today’s exchange rate, with the US getting it for about US$100) and film somewhere around $10 a pack.

The Impossible folks developed a faithful following of artists for the instant film the company produced. It will be interesting to see, what with the resurgence of analog film, how successful the Polaroid effort will be.

Sony RX10 IV here in October

Sony has a new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV. The company says it features the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points and a whopper of a lens: 24-600 mm f/2.4-F4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*.

Details are available on our companion site.