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Canon Announces Resolution of Patent Infringement Dispute

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Canon’s Cinema EOS System contributes to video capture of comet ISON from space

December 2, 2013
Canon Inc.

TOKYO, Japan, December 2, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that an ultra-high-sensitivity 4K camera was used to successfully capture video of the comet ISON from the International Space Station at approximately 7:08 p.m. JST on November 23, 2013. Canon technology contributed to this world's-first achievement as video production equipment from Canon's Cinema EOS System was used to record the astronomical phenomenon.


  • EOS C500 PL

  • CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP

  • CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP

Discovered in September 2012, ISON was unique in that, among the many large comets that have passed through the solar system in recent years, none had traveled so close to the sun. Accordingly, expectations were high that the “sungrazing” ISON would provide earthbound stargazers with a rare performance that would not likely be repeated anytime soon. After the video was shot, however, the comet is believed to have largely broken up and evaporated, meaning that it will no longer be visible in the night sky.

The footage of the comet ISON was shot from the vantage point of outer space, which is not subject to atmospheric fluctuation, enabling the capture of clear video images that would not have been possible if shot from Earth. As a result, the video will likely prove of high value to the scientific community.

The Canon video production equipment taken on the mission, all from the company's Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products, comprised the EOS C500 PL professional cinema camera (launched in October 2012) and two EF Cinema Lenses: the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (launched in December 2012) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (launched in October 2012). All three support 4K image resolution and the EOS C500 PL makes possible exceptional high-sensitivity imaging performance that facilitates the capture of usable footage even in low-light conditions.

The actual EOS C500 PL used on board the International Space Station underwent special modifications to further boost sensitivity and to enable the camera to withstand the rigors of shooting in space.

Having already earned plaudits from Hollywood professionals and others working in the motion picture production industry, the Cinema EOS System's latest out-of-this-world achievement raises the realm of imaging expression to an all-new height.

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Canon’s Cinema EOS System EOS C300 cinema camera honored with Design for Asia Silver Award

November 21, 2013
Canon Inc.

TOKYO, Japan, November 21, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that the company’s EOS C300 professional cinema camera (launched in January 2012), part of the company’s Cinema EOS System1 lineup of professional digital cinematography products, was recognized for design excellence by the Hong Kong Design Centre2 with the 2013 Design for Asia Silver Award.


The Cinema EOS System EOS C300
(Shown alongside EF Cinema Lenses)

Launched in 2003, the Design for Asia (DFA) Awards celebrate design excellence, honoring and acknowledging outstanding designs that have the potential to increase the quality and vibrancy of life in Asia and create globally sustainable ideas. Winners of 2013 DFA Awards, including the DFA Grand, DFA Special and DFA Gold and Silver Awards, were selected from among the approximately 970 entries representing designs that were launched between January 1, 2011, and July 31, 2013, in one or more Asian markets.

The launch of the Cinema EOS System lineup of cinema cameras and lenses in January 2012 marked Canon’s entry into the motion picture production industry. The EOS C300, winner of this year’s DFA Silver Award, was the first Cinema EOS System camera introduced and combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability to meet the demanding production needs of the motion picture industry.

The Design for Asia accolade, Canon’s first, was achieved following the company’s first-ever submission to the DFA Awards. To date, in addition to being selected as a finalist for an International Design Excellence Award (U.S.A.), the EOS C300 has been recognized with a range of prestigious industry awards, including an iF design award (Germany), a Good Design Award (Japan), and a Machine Design Award (Japan).

Encouraged by this latest industry recognition, Canon will continue striving to create products that combine the highest levels of performance and design excellence.

1
The Cinema EOS System comprises digital cinema cameras, including the EOS C300, and EF Cinema Lenses that deliver high optical performance to support the recording of 4K video and realize the operability required by the film and television production industries.
2
A publicly funded, non-profit organization established in 2002 with the support of the design industry.

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Canon EOS-1D C first digital SLR camera to meet EBU HD Tier 1 imaging requirements for broadcast production

November 12, 2013
Canon Inc.

TOKYO, Japan, November 12, 2013—Canon Inc. today announced that the EOS-1D C digital SLR camera, part of the company’s Cinema EOS System lineup of digital cinematography products, has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union (EBU)1 standards for HD content acquisition.2 The tests found that the EOS-1D C is the first digital SLR camera to satisfy the stringent testing criteria for HD production.


EOS-1D C

Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides “exceptional” HD resolution from a 4K source with “very low” aliasing, and “good” color performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirmed that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.3

A new free-of-charge firmware update for the EOS-1D C to be made available on November 12 will enable the camera to correct for insufficient peripheral illumination when outfitted with supporting EF Cinema Lenses4 and make possible audio line input.

Additionally, an enhanced version of the EOS-1D C’s dedicated EOS MOVIE Utility software for Macintosh5 and Windows,6 scheduled to be made available free of charge in late December, adds a Mac-version video playback function and the ability to capture consecutive still images from a video file.

Canon will continue striving to enhance the functionality of its Cinema EOS System, contributing to further expanding the realm of visual expression and the development of cinematic culture.

1
Founded in 1950, the EBU serves 74 members in 56 countries in and around Europe. It represents its members and promotes the values and distinctiveness of public service media in Europe and around the world.
2
EBU Tech 3335: Methods of measuring the imaging performance of television cameras for the purposes of characterisation and setting (http://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3335.pdf)
3
EBU Recommendation R.118: Tiering of High Definition Cameras (http://tech.ebu.ch/docs/r/r118.pdf)
4
Supported EF Cinema Lenses: CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 L S, CN-E 30-105mm T2.8 L S, CN-E14mm T3.1 L F, CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, CN-E85mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F
5
Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.
6
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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Canon supports relief efforts in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013
Canon Inc.

TOKYO, November 12, 2013—On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, struck the central Philippines, causing massive damage and loss of life.

We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this catastrophe and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Although the road to recovery will be challenging and take time, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.

The Canon Group is aiding in the relief efforts for victims of the typhoon with a donation totaling 10 million yen (approximately US$102,000). The company is currently considering to which humanitarian aid organization the donation will be made.

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Canon supports relief efforts following flooding across Southeast Asia

November 1, 2013
Canon Inc.

TOKYO, November 1, 2013—Flooding in Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, triggered by heavy rain that began in mid September this year, has caused extensive damage and loss of life across the region.

We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this catastrophe and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Although the road to recovery will be challenging and take time, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.

Canon is aiding in the relief efforts for victims of the floods with the following donations by Canon Group companies in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore to local Red Cross and other humanitarian aid organizations.

Combined cash donations: approximately 1.93 million yen (approximately US$19,700)
Relief supplies (food, clothing, etc.): approximate value of 440,000 yen (approximately US$4,500)

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