Dennis Hissink : August 22th 2005 - 12:50 CET
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N D-SLR introduction
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N D-SLR introduction : Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today launches the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N D-SLR: an upgrade of the award winning Canon EOS-1D Mark II digital reflex camera. Still featuring 8.2 Megapixel performance at 8.5 frames per second, the upgraded camera has a higher performance buffer to deliver a 48 frame burst in JPEG and 22 frame burst in RAW. LCD monitor size increases from 2.0-inch to a 2.5-inch, and dual CompactFlash and Secure Digital memory card slots provide for separate RAW and JPEG recording. Colour Matrix and parameter settings are replaced with Canon’s new Picture Style, 6 pre-sets that simplify in-camera control over image optimisation and processing.|
EOS 1D Mark II N D-SLR - Pro|
“The EOS-1D Mark II digital SLR took photojournalism and sports photography by storm and was chosen by more than 70% of professional photographers at the 2004 Athens Olympics,” reported Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. Exceptional image quality is assured with an APS-H size (28.7 x 19.1 mm) CMOS sensor and high performance DIGIC II processor. The Canon EOS-1D Mark II N also features 45-point Auto Focus and a start-up time of 0.2 seconds. Its wide 100-1600 ISO speed range is expandable to L:50 and H:3200.
EOS 1D II N digital reflex camera - Professional agencies
Launched in January 2004, the Canon EOS-1D II fast became Europe’s best selling professional D-SLR camera. It secured the major share of sports and photojournalism worldwide, with the world’s leading wire agencies such as Reuters, Getty Images and AFP choosing Canon professional products for their photographers. “One of the big pluses of working with Canon is the interaction we get as a ‘body’ of photographers,” explained Stephen Munday, Director of Operations, Editorial, Getty Images. “Canon consults with us about our wish list for new products. When they come to testing a new camera, most of the work has been done because they have listened to their clients, the photographers.”
Canon 1D Mark II N D-SLR - LCD display
For improved image review and menu readability, the Canon 1D Mark II N is fitted with a larger, brighter 2.5-inch 230K pixel poly-silicon TFT LCD monitor, giving photographers a significantly larger viewing area. The improved screen has twice the number of backlighting LEDs so that it retains brightness and angle of view, both vertically and visibility throughout a wide 170 horizontally. This makes it easy to view images when camera is mounted in a fixed position. With image playback, the magnified view can now be viewed straight away on any selected AF point, and magnification is possible during the quick review immediately after image capture.
Canon 1D II N - RAW and JPEG format
The Canon EOS-1D Mark II N incorporates a host of improvements to enhance performance, operation and speed. To prevent shooting disruption, new folders are now automatically created when image number 9999 is reached in the current folder. A new memory card selection short cut makes it fast and easy to switch between card slots when choosing recording location. A Low Level Format option executes secure and permanent deletion of Secure Digital card data and increases SD card write speeds. When shooting RAW and JPEG simultaneously, images can now be recorded separately onto a different memory card (CF or SD). In-camera file names are now customizable: users can decide the first four characters of the filename and the camera will append the 4 digit image number, a feature particularly useful for agencies and photo libraries dealing with memory cards from multiple photographers.
Canon 1D Mark II N digital reflex camera - Standard
New Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image quality. The camera’s factory default configuration delivers more immediately usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types, each one offering a different colour response. Within each easily selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation.
Canon EOS 1D II N - Pre-sets
- Standard: for crisp, vivid images
- Portrait: optimizes colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening
- Landscape: – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening
- Neutral: – ideal for post-processing
- Faithful: - adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under 5200K
- Monochrome – for black and white with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green)
- Monochrome - toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).
Canon Picture styles - Download from Canon web site
Additionally, 3 user defined entries allows the possibility to create additional variations on the in-camera styles or install additional custom Picture Style files. Additional custom Picture Style files may be downloaded from Canon’s web site. Picture Style replaces internal image processing previously controlled by setting processing parameters and colour matrix. Picture Style is also supported by the supplied Digital Photo Professional and RAW Image Task software.
Canon 1D Mark 2 N D-SLR - Exceptional image quality
Exceptionally high quality images are assured due to the combination of Canon’s DIGIC II processor and 2nd generation CMOS sensor, which features an on-chip noise elimination circuit to reduce the creation of fixed pattern and random noise. A low-pass filter placed in front of the sensor reduces false colour and moiré effects, while the infrared filter suppresses red fringing caused by sensor reflections and fog. The Canon EOS-1D Mark 2 N has a shutter durability of 200,000 cycles, and a weather resistant magnesium-alloy casing with over 70 dust and moisture resistant seals protects the camera. A new Auto option is available on the Noise reduction menu screen, which offers automatic detection and correction when necessary of noise levels in images with exposures of 1 second or longer.
Canon 1D Mark II N Lenses and Flash
The EOS-1D Mark II N is compatible with all Canon EF lenses and the entire EX series Speedlite flash range. Canon's E-TTL II flash system optimises flash exposures by linking distance information from the camera/lens system to the 21-zone evaluative or averaged metering readings from the pre-flash. The camera’s focussing screens are interchangeable; an optional new “Super Precision Matte” Ec-S focussing screen enables easier manual focussing with fast lenses.
Canon EOS D-SLR camera - Accessories
With the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, photographers can work cable-free as images transfer automatically through a wireless LAN to a computer in seconds . Interfaces include video out (for display in both NTSC and PAL formats), IEEE1394 (Firewire) and USB. The camera is PictBridge compliant for PC-less direct printing to any brand of compatible photo printer. The EOS-1D Mark II N supports the optional Data Verification Kit DVK-E2 v2.2, which verifies the originality of images taken with the camera.
Canon - New software
The EOS-1D Mark II N is bundled with the EOS Digital Solutions Disk v11, which includes an upgraded version of Canon’s RAW image processing software Digital Photo Professional (DPP). DPP v2.0 now supports RAW images shot on all EOS digital cameras from the EOS D30 forwards, and includes support for Picture Styles. Improvements and additions are aimed at improving functionality and workflow efficiency for professionals, and include: easy image selection with three levels of check marks; real-time adjustment of sharpness; improved image correction (Copy Stamp); enhanced image transfer function – single image transfer to PhotoShop is possible; extended colour space support, now including Apple RGB and ColorMatch RGB; and an enhanced CMYK simulation function. Also provided is on the solution disk is ZoomBrowser EX (PC) and ImageBrowser (MAC) v5.5 for managing images, EOS Capture v1.5 for remote shooting, PhotoStitch v3.1, PhotoRecord v2.2 (PC), RAW ImageTask v2.2 and CameraWindow v 5.3. EOS-1D Mark II N is compatible with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY providing a 100 MB online photo album.