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Zoom H4N – Firmware Update 1.70

FIRMWARE UPDATE 1.70

If you have followed our blog since a while ago, you already know that we always encourage and support all kind of improvements via firmware updates. In fact we encourage every possible improvements to already existing cameras or every kind of device, because that increases the product competitivity and value.

On November 18th, Zoom Corporation (an innovative japanese company) has released a new “system update” (which is a firmware update) that gives the user independent level controls on the two XLR inputs available on the device, adding a new level of versatility to the most popular handheld recorder on the market.

The Zoom H4N became the popular affordable solution for most HDSLR shooters. Chek its great features and specs clicking here!

This new functionality available thanks to the firmware update is especially useful for serious audio recording and will be very much appreciated for those who use it with HDSLRs for video or filmmaking purposes.

Download link: http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/download/software/h4n.php

RELATED COMMENTS & REMINDER

This is another demonstration that firmware updates can bring more or enhanced features and versatility to already designed and in production devices. That means no really big costs since firmware updates are in fact software updates, no hardware changes are required to the current production line.

Of course, we keep on requesting Canon to improve the EOS line of HDSLRs, which has a huge potential inside, not fully exploited yet.

As a reminder we mention very few examples of features that CAN be improved on many current Canon DSLR cameras:

  • “Clean” HDMI / AV output (function to enable/disable the white focus square in Live View mode)
  • Auto ISO limiters (in normal and Live View mode) (1*)
  • Manual Audio gain control (2*)
  • More frames available on Bracketing mode (for HDR photography)
  • Capability to “Edit” movie/video clip in camera (3*)

NOTES: Some of these simple features are already available in some specific DSLRs, while they are not in other models (many times MUCH more expensive). In most cases there is no hardware limitation, it’s only a matter of firmware (software), which controls the camera.

It’s even ridiculous to find some of these functions in P&S compact cameras that cost less than $500 (lens included), but not in thousand of dollars more expensive DSLRs cameras (body-only).

(1*): This function is already available in EOS 60D and EOS T2i/550D, but not in much more expensive models like EOS 5D Mark II or EOS 7D.

(2*): This function is only available on EOS 5D Mark II and the new EOS 60D

(3*): This feature is only available on EOS 7D, EOS 60D and EOS T2i/550D.

‚óŹ This inconsistency and incoherence is indeed something that Canon SHOULD fix.

For more possible enhancements, check our List of Fixes & Improvements.

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November 21, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Instant Rebates on Canon Lenses

Contents:

  • Rebates & Promotions
  • List of Lenses with available rebates!
  • Canon EF Zoom Lenses
  • Canon EF Lenses
  • Canon EF-S Lenses
  • Canon DSLRs & Kits

REBATES & PROMOTIONS

Taking advantage of rebates and promotions is one of the smartest ways to save money and get the best prices on photo gear and everything you need.

If you have recently checked our GEAR section, you might have noticed that Canon is offering INSTANT rebates on most of their best lenses and also some DSLR cameras & kits.

This promotion ends on July 10th.

It’s a great opportunity to buy what you are needing!

LIST OF LENSES WITH REBATES

Below we publish a complete List of Canon lenses with instant rebate available.

If you are looking for 3rd party lenses, or even for other brands of cameras like Olympus and Sony, there is ALSO a promotion! In that case please check them here.

Lot of these lenses are a “must have” and give the highest possible image quality.

SUGGESTIONS:

– Don’t miss them, and don’t wait until last moment to buy. Lenses with rebates often get out of stock lot before the promotion ends!
– If you buy an expensive lens, we recommend to consider buying an extended protection plan of 3 or 5 years. It is worth the extra money.

CANON EF ZOOM LENSES

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM (non IS version)

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM (IS version)

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM (non IS version)

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM (latest version, improved Optics and IS)
Note: this lens doesn’t have a rebate available, but we decided to include it in the list because it has an extraordinary performance and image quality. IT IS AMAZING.

CANON EF LENSES

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro

Note about Macro lenses:

If you’ve been following our reports you already know about the “iris jitter” issue on firmware 2.0.4 on the 5D Mark II that is affecting macro lenses on movie/video mode (check our reports for details).

Don’t worry, we have confirmation that Canon is aware of it and is going to be fixed on the next firmware update.

UPDATE: On May 25th the new Firmware 2.0.7 was released and fixes the “iris jitter” issue. So there’s nothing to worry about now.

CANON EF-S LENSES

These lenses are for APS-C DSLR cameras.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

CANON DSLRs

These instant rebates also apply to:

EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera (Body Only)

EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera Kit w/ Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens

EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS Zoom Lens

EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Kit with EF-S/18-55mm IS Zoom Lens

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This is a GREAT opportunity, don’t miss it!
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May 17, 2010 Posted by | News & Info, PROMOS | , , , , | 5 Comments

   

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