The Embargo Is Lifted
Start shipping the Cuban missiles to Russia and the Russian cigars to Cuba...No, wait...that can't be right...let me check the screen again...
Ah. I was reading the wrong screen. The embargo that has just been lifted was on the new Canon cameras and lens. Not too much detail yet, but here is a précis from the press release.
1. A new " M " series mirrorless camera is coming - the Canon EOS M10. Think of this one as a round-the-neck camera with LCD screen sighting and the EOS M series removable lenses. 18 megapixel APS-C sensor. DIGIC 6 processor And Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor on board. 180º selfie screen, touch screen operation, and full WiFi operation makes for simple control. Shoots RAW ( Yay!) has a built-in pantograph flash, and any number of special assistant shooting mode to jazz up your pictures.
2. A new lens to accompany the Canon EOS M10. The lens has an unusually wide scope at the bottom of the range for a standard zoom - you start off at 15mm. As this is an APS-C camera thats 22.5mm in the old filmspeak and that means a really useful landscape lens. Most normal kit lenses start at 18mm ( 27 in filmspeak ) and the different angle of coverage is significant. If you are going to be a landscape shooter, seriously consider this.
The long end will give you 45mm - 67.5 in filmspeak - just about enough for a 3/4 portrait.
The lens has an f:3.5-5.6 maximum aperture and the STM motor means it is silent enough to make good videos on the Canon EOS m series cameras.
Image stabilisation is 3.5 stops. The diaphragm blades are arranged to give a circular aperture and therefore clean out of focus areas.
3. Don't care to change lenses? Pick up a new Canon Powershot G9X and go on holiday. this is an in-the-pocket camera with a20.2 megapixel sensor and a DIGIC processor.
It has a front control ring to give you something to balance the hold and change aperture and shutter speed. Use the touch panel LCD to control a number of functions. Charge it with a separate charger or plug it into the USB port of your computer. Talk to the computer with the built-in WiFi.
3X optical zoom and a fast aperture mean you're shooting good things in bad light. And lotsa bells and whistles to make tourist shots fun.
4. Bigger? Like to have a round-the-neck camera with more zoom and a dedicated eyepiece? Canon Powershot G5X is coming. 4,2 X optical zoom with a wider wide point and a larger aperture. Swivel LCD screen, full viewfinder, Manual control, and the same sort of easy operation with WiFi, touch panel and fun programs as the G9X.
A bit bigger hand hold, more external dials to access internal controls, and a super-convenient compensation dial for fine-tuning the exposure.
When they hit the shelves we'll let you know so that you can come down and play with them.
On an editorial note; looks like the Canon range of mirrorless cameras and dedicated lenses is taking off. But remember that adapters from Canon mean that you can clap all your other EOS lenses on the M cameras as well. You are not stuck for good glass.