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Canon patent - Automatic tracking of celestial objects

Actuator capable of moving in the direction of the imaging element XYθ

Canon patent a new sensor shift technology that will help the sensor to move with celestial object. The main objective is to capture clear night-sky / stars image without blurring them, this technology will be used in future with modified version of a camera built for astronomers (like Canon 60Da)

Patent Details

Self-interpretation and summary, Patent Document (translated by google)

  • Patent Publication No. 2012-89960
    • 2012.5.10 Release Date
    • 2010.10.18 filing date
  • Astronomical shooting
    • When you shoot the valve, the star without being a point image, draw a light trail
    • Equatorial
      • By shooting with the equatorial tracking of the expression, get the point image
      • Equatorial is a large-scale equipment has become
    • Image synthesis formula
      • By shooting multiple times to shift the image synthesis, Hoshino photo to obtain
      • Not only part of the image can be used
  • Canon ’s patented
    • (Sensor shift Shake Reduction formula body / li camera shake correction in)
    • Imaging element can be moved in the direction of XYθ
    • Angular rate sensor ( gyro (gravity sensor) has been incorporated), an acceleration sensor
    • Carried out in two stages of preliminary shooting shooting and production
    • Preliminary shooting
      • Do bulb exposures
      • Analyzing the image, get the location of the center of rotation of the diurnal motion of the star
    • Production shooting
      • Do bulb exposures
      • By moving in the direction of XYθ the imaging element according to the movement of the subject, obtain an image without blurring

How stuff work? See the Image below

How stuff work


The system look similar to Pentax ASTROTRACER function, The O-GPS1 When mounted on the PENTAX K-5 or K-r camera body, the O-GPS1 provides couples the unit with the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system for the effortless tracing and photographing of celestial bodies. The unit calculates the movement of stars and other objects using the latitude obtained from GPS data and the camera’s alignment data (horizontal and vertical inclinations and direction) obtained from the unit’s magnetic and acceleration sensors. It then shifts the camera’s image sensor in synchronization with the movement of these objects. This means that all celestial bodies are captured as solid points rather than blurry streaks, even during extended exposures.

via – egami

Leica M10 at Photokina with HD video

In an interview with British Journal of Photography  and other UK-based photography magazines, Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Leica ‘s head of supervisory board When asked if such a new camera could include HD OR FULL HD video features, Kaufmann said that

“theoretically, yes,” adding that there are some issues with introducing video in a camera – “the data rate, the heat, and the battery lifecycle, but I think we solved that. No comment until we show it on existing and new models.”
He added: “HD video is interesting, and a lot of photographers would love to have it (in an M body).”

Leica Mirrorless system unlikely to be introduced in 2012?
When British Journal of Photography  asked about the Mirrorless system, Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, said that

“We can’t produce enough of what we already have,”……”There’s a project in place, but no timeframe. But you should come to our event on 17 September to see what we have.”

Last year CEO Alfred Schopf said that they ” We are developing Mirrorless system that may use a APS-C sized sensor and …..You will see something at the next Photokina (Photokina 2012)”

Leica M Sensors
Leica’s head also confirmed that the Leica would continue to work with Truesense Imaging, the equity firm that took over Kodak’s sensor operations. The Upcoming M models may use sensors made by the Truesense Imaging.

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New Milestone - Picture #5000 in the flickr pool

The Beach House View

Thanks to our readers and visitors of thenewcamera.com for the support and love, We have reached a new milestone in our/your flickr pool, picture #5000 has been posted! Here is the picture, entitled The Beach House View!’ by photographer Doug Tindall, taken with the Canon 50D.

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Canon Mirrorless in June

Canon Mirrorless Camera Concept by D. Riesenberg

Just after Leica X2 announcement we got this news, according to latest rumors, canon will showcase its upcoming mirrorless system  to selected customers / Journalist in Australia during PMA Australia at the end of May and finally Canon is expected to announce worldwide release of mirrorless system in June 2012.

Canon will announce two mirrorless models, one with G1 X sensor and other with APS-C, both will feature Wi Fi connectivity and image qualities similar to High-End DSLR cameras.

Canon Mirrorless Rumored Specification

  • Two Cameras
  • G1 X Sensor Size
  • APS-C a possibility in one camera
  • 14 & 24 megapixels
  • EF compatibility, but not EF mount.
  • EVF on one camera
  • 3-5 Lenses announced at launch.

(if you have time) See More Rumors : Canon Rumor Round-up April 2012 and some old post Canon mirrorless coming soon

src – canonwatch

New Leica X2 With 16.1 Megapixels APS-C Sensor

Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera comes with Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 Lens, 16.1 Megapixels APS-C sensor and ISO expandable up to 12,500. Leica X2’s offer full manual control and also features advance autofocus system, due large individual pixel on the sensor you get low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35-mm film format, meaning that the Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens of the Leica X2 becomes a universal reportage lens with an effective 35-mm-equivalent focal length of 36 millimeters.

Major Features

  • 16.1 Megapixels APS-C Size (23.6 x 15.8mm) CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
  • Automatic and Manual Controls
  • Low Noise and High Dynamic Range
  • Low Light Photography – ISO Up To 12500
  • Live View With 2.7″ Display
  • Lightweight (11.2 oz)
  • Compact (2.7 x 4.9″)
  • Legendary Leica Precision Engineering

Buy / Pre Order Leica X2 at B&H

View more: Leica X2 vs. X1

Leica M Monochrom with 18 megapixel full-frame CCD monochrome sensor


Leica finally announced its M Monochrom Digital camera with newly developed 18 megapixel full-frame CCD monochrome sensor, the ISO range is expandable u to 10,000, the M Monochrom features 4-bit uncompressed RAW mode, right-Line Frame Viewfinder, 2.5″ TFT LCD Display and SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot.

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Leica M Monochrom sample images
Leica M Monochrom vs Leica M9

The M Monochrom comes with a price tag of $8,000(body only), you have to spend more on buying lenses, the best part of this camera is its dedicated B&W sensor that captures B&W images only, As the sensor does not ‘see’ colors, every pixel records true luminance values – as a result, it delivers ‘true’ black-and-white images that are significantly sharper than comparable exposures from a camera with a color-sensitive sensor.

Major Features

  • 18Mp Monochrome CCD Sensor
  • 2.5″ TFT LCD Display
  • Leica M Bayonet Mount
  • Minimalist Design – No Red Leica Logo
  • New Leatherette Body Covering
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot
  • Bright-Line Frame Viewfinder
  • DNG (RAW) + JPEG Formats
  • Maximum ISO 10000
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Free Download

Pre-order Leica M Monochrom at B&H

Nikon D600 Specification

Nikon D600 Specification leaked by NikonRumor, the Nikon D600 is rumored to have 24 Megapixel full frame sensor made by Sony and modified by Nikon, the D600 will probably not have an internal AF motor, which means it will work only with AF-S lenses

Nikon D600 Rumored Specification

  • 24MP fullframe Sensor
  • 39 / 11 Point AF System
  • GPS
  • HD Video
  • Auto DX mode for DX Lenses
  • Dual card slot
  • In-camera RAW editor & HDR
  • flash sync speed of 1/250s
  • custom user settings U1 and U2 available

Price – Approx $1500
Expected arrival time – Aug 2012