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DSLR News Roundup

August 16, 2012

A weekly survey of Digital SLR News and Updates from around the web

  • Canon releases new firmware for EOS 7D – Firmware v2 allows higher maximum RAW burst rate (up to 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs), more in-camera editing functions, enhanced control over Auto ISO levels during both still and movie shooting, manual control of audio levels for video, and new compatibility with Canon’s GPS unit, the GP-E2, enables photographers to track the locations of their images using longitude, latitude and altitude geo-tagging.  Firmware v2 is available to download now from: 
  • Rumors continue to simmer around Sony’s A99 Hybrid – Sony is consulting with photographers and filmmakers to build its idea of the ultimate all-in-one full frame DSLR for under $3000.
  • Canon expands Project Imaginat10n – Following last year’s epically successful project with Ron Howard, Canon has expanded Project Imagination to include five new celebrity directors: Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy.   The “10” in “Imaginat10n,” represents ten storytelling elements and ten films that will ultimately be produced, five of which will be directed by our creative icons to be showcased at a special Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in 2013.  The other five film directors will be announced at a later date.  The contest entry period runs from Tuesday, August 14 – Monday, September 24, 2012.  To enter, visit .  The contest features ten storytelling themes in which consumers can submit their photos:  Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Backstory, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle, The Unknown, and a surprise 10th theme, which will be revealed at a later date. There will be a public vote on the finalists from Tuesday, September 4 – Monday, October 1.  With input from the online community, Canon and Ron Howard, the entries will be narrowed down to 91 winners and the five celebrity directors will select ten photos, one per theme, to inspire their films.  The films will then be showcased at a special Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in 2013.
  • Canon EOS 650D recalled due to grip issue – 68,200 cameras recalled amidst complaints of allergic skin reactions and the camera grip turning white.  After investigation and analysis with the rubber manufacturer, Canon determined that zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is the substance that causes the rubber surfaces to turn white. Canon cautions that the detected amount of this substance on any individual unit is minimal, but in rare cases, depending on individual sensitivity, contact with this substance may cause an allergic skin reaction.  To check if your DSLR is affected, click here and enter your 12-digit serial number.
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