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New firmware updates boost performance of six Canon professional imaging devices at no cost

SINGAPORE, April 14, 2016 – Canon today announced the new firmware1 updates for six professional-grade Canon imaging devices that improved basic performance. The first of the updates2 is to be made available in June 2016.

The new firmware updates target two cameras in Canon’s Cinema EOS System digital cinematography product lineup—the EOS C300 Mark II and the EOS C100 Mark II—along with the XC10, XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders and the ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera. In response to the sophisticated needs of users, the updates maximize the performance potential of each model, including support for Dual Pixel CMOS AF in EF Cinema lenses and support for wide-dynamic-range Canon Log 3, Canon’s proprietary log gamma.

Increased functionality with equipped EF Cinema lenses (For EOS C300 Mark II, EOS C100 Mark II)
Supporting smooth auto-focus operation, the new firmware updates will enable the two Cinema EOS System cameras to realize Dual Pixel CMOS AF and high-performance focus-tracking during movie capture not only when outfitted with conventional EF lenses, but also when paired with the CN7x17 KAS S/E13 and the new CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S EF4 Cinema Lenses. Additionally, the updates will enable a Dual Pixel Focus Guide5, which provides highly efficient focus matching support and displays whether the focus is in front of or behind the subject when using manual focus, with Cinema Prime Lenses as well as the CN7x17 KAS S/E1 and CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S EF.

Canon Log 3 support (For EOS C300 Mark II)
In addition to its earlier Canon Log 2 and Canon Log, the new firmware update for the EOS C300 Mark II will enable support for Canon Log 3. Canon Log 3 achieves color characteristics approaching those of the HDTV ITU-R BT.709 color gamut and realizes a 1600% wide dynamic range while retaining all the advantages of the user-friendly Canon Log. Users can choose the most appropriate log gamma for their production needs at any given time.

Increased AF speed and MP4 support (For XC10)
The new firmware update will enable the XC10 to achieve approximately double its current maximum AF speed. Also, in addition to the current MXF format, the new update will add the option to record in the versatile low-data-volume MP4 format.

Three new image quality modes (For XF305 and XF300)
The new firmware update will add three new image quality modes to the XF305 and XF300: Wide DR, which expands dynamic range from the cameras’ existing 300% to 600%; SN Priority, which suppresses noise; and Highlight Priority, which produces images with enhanced sharpness, color reproduction and mid-to-high range brightness gradation for true-to-accurate image quality.

Increased digital zoom, aspect ratio functionality, recording-data display control (For ME2DF-SH)
The new firmware update will enable the option of turning off recording parameter data, which is displayed on screen, when using a remote control or external recorder. In addition to the camera’s 2x and 4x digital zoom, the update will add a new 3x magnification ratio. Aspect Markers that display aspect ratio will also be enabled. Users will be able to choose from 4:3, 4:3 S35 mm, 2.39:1, 1.66:1 and 1.85:1 ratios.

About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd .
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company leads 18 other countries including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc has a global network of close to 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits more than 8% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.

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