The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2011-01-06T05:02:20Z Canon releases new Flash Memory video camera range, packed with advanced technologies 2011-01-06T05:02:20Z canon-releases-new-flash-memory-video-camera-range-packed-with-advanced-technologies SYDNEY: 6 January 2011 – Canon Australia today announced the launch of the first consumer digital video cameras to feature HD CMOS PRO Sensor technology as part of the new line-up of Full High Definition (HD) Flash Memory models. The new LEGRIA range features Flash Memory – the future memory format in video cameras. The video camera market experienced 86% growth in HD Flash models1 this year alone. Canon is proud to have been at the forefront of introducing the benefits of flash technology to consumers. These include faster recording and playback time, superior reliability, lower power consumption and more compact and portable camera bodies. “We know that video camera users are looking for image quality and ease of use above all else. To improve video quality, we are proud to announce the introduction of the HD CMOS PRO in the consumer range. There’s also a host of innovative features that make capturing, creating and sharing quality videos easy,” said Anna Kalinowska, Brand Manager – Digital Video, Canon Australia. The new compact HD line-up includes Canon’s HF R-series (HF R26 and HF R28), HF M40, and the new HF G10. The stand-out feature across the HF M40 and HF G10 is the Full HD CMOS PRO Sensor – delivering amazing video resolution in Full HD 1920 x 1080, better performance in low-light situations, and improved dynamic range for details in shadows and highlights. These models also capture superior audio with the high-quality, low-noise built-in zoom microphone. Creative shooting capabilities are enhanced by the new “Story Creator” and “Cinema Look” filters. “It’s an incredible advancement for us to be able to include HD CMOS PRO Sensor technology in the body of a video camera as small and convenient as this, as it’s a feature previously reserved for the professional range only,” continued Kalinowska. The HF R-series is a video camera the whole family can enjoy. Features include a Full HD CMOS for a crisp, colour-rich capture and a powerful 28 x Advanced Zoom, all packed into a palm-sized, stylish body that can be taken anywhere. Sporting a 3-inch Touch Screen, Intelligent Auto and Image Stabilisers, the camera is perfect for anyone looking for ease of use and quality video capture. Plus a new feature – Touch Decoration – allows users to have fun while creating their video with templates, animations and on-screen handwriting. Great quality, easily Canon’s new range is designed to suit everyone. From those who want to simply ‘point-and-shoot’ to capture life’s spontaneous moments in high quality, to those who enjoy experimenting with advanced functions to create and produce beautiful vision and interesting movies. Across the range, Canon’s new HD LEGRIA video cameras include Intelligent Auto, Touch and Track, and Dynamic Image Stabiliser to capture great quality – easily. Plus, with features like the Video Snapshot you can quickly snap together the best grabs of your footage and share instantly. “Intelligent Auto is perfect for those users who just want to let the camera do the work. Now recognising up to 38 different scenes, including backlit, people, macro, and sunset scenes, Intelligent Auto ensures you get the best results easily,” said Kalinowska. “And Touch and Track takes the worry out of capturing those action-packed scenes when you need to keep your moving subjects – such as people, pets, or cars – in focus and properly exposed.” “Creating enjoyable movie clips to share with your friends and family is now so simple. Video Snapshot allows you to capture only the best grabs of your holiday or memorable occasion and create a movie without the hassle of editing. Plus, the bundled inclusion of an HDMI cable with the new HD LEGRIA models means you can instantly connect to an HD television, so sharing your video stories could not be easier. It really encapsulates the concept of simple and enjoyable shooting and sharing.” All of the new LEGRIA HD models retain Canon’s proprietary HD Camera System, including a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, HD CMOS Image Sensor and DiG!C DV III Image Processor. This system produces superior image quality with better colour and detail. Especially designed for video cameras, the proprietary DiG!C DV III processor improves battery life and speed. In addition to the new LEGRIA Full HD line-up, Canon has enhanced its Standard Definition (SD) models: the FS series (FS46 and FS406) Flash Memory video cameras. Both are compact and light-weight (220g), and include a powerful 41x Advanced Zoom and Auto lens cover. The FS series is easy to use and has simple menu navigation and also includes features like Video Snapshot and Dual Shot, enabling you to switch between photo and video recording. LEGRIA HF G10 is the perfect creative tool. Versatile features, professional-quality components and exceptional manual control The HF G10 has the following new features:Quality - Professional-grade CMOS Sensor: HD CMOS PRO - 30.4mm Wide Angle HD Video Lens with attachable WD-H58W:24.3mm lens - 10 x Zoom HD Video Lens incorporating an 8-bladed iris - Optical Image Stabiliser (Powered IS and Dynamic IS) - Instant Auto Focus Manual/Creative Control - Full manual control with lens focus ring and customisable control dials - Manual aperture, shutter speed, and gain settings - Story Creator / Cinema Filters - 32GB Internal Flash drive and Dual Card Memory - 3.5-inch Touch LCD Screen LEGRIA HF M40 creates effortless, professional-quality movies you’ll be proud to share The HF M40 has the following features:Quality - Professional-grade CMOS Sensor: HD CMOS PRO (new) - 10 x Zoom HD Video Lens incorporating an iris (new) - High Quality Microphone (adjustable directionality and frequency response characteristics) (new) - Optical Image Stabiliser (Powered IS and Dynamic IS) - Instant Auto Focus Ease - 3-inch Touch LCD Screen with Touch & Track - Intelligent Auto - Video Snapshot - Story Creator, Cinema Filters, Touch Decorations (new) - 16GB internal flash memory with dual slots LEGRIA HF R-series is a stylish, entry-level Full HD camcorder for easy shooting LEGRIA HF R-series have the following features:Quality - 3.28 Megapixel (approx.) Full HD CMOS sensor and recording at 24 Mbps (new) - 20 x Optical Zoom / 28 x Advanced Zoom - Dynamic Image Stabiliser Ease - 3-inch Touch Screen with Touch & Track (new) - Intelligent Auto - Touch Decorations (new) - 8GB Memory (HF R26) and 32GB Memory (HF R28) - Dual Card Slots Pricing and Availability The LEGRIA FS406 (RRP $TBC), LEGRIA FS46 (RRP $TBC) will be available from February 2011 through Canon dealers nationally. The LEGRIA HF R26 (RRP $TBC), LEGRIA HR R28 (RRP $TBC), LEGRIA HF M40 (RRP $TBC), and LEGRIA HFG10 (RRP $TBC) will be available from March/April 2011 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at www.canon.com.au. 1 Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Camcorders, Retail sales volume and value, Jan-Aug 2010 vs. Jan-Aug 2009 (excludes Internet sales and online channels) Related Links Learn more about Canon’s LEGRIA range Canon introduces HD Movie Recording to PowerShot A-Series compact cameras 2011-01-06T04:26:33Z canon-introduces-hd-movie-recording-to-powershot-a-series-compact-cameras SYDNEY: 6 January 2011 – Canon Australia today announced the introduction of High Definition Movie Recording to the PowerShot A-Series with the unveiling of its latest entry-level line-up. The new PowerShot A3200 IS, A2200 and A1200 incorporate an array of new and existing features that ensure users can shoot great quality photos and movies with ease. “The new PowerShot A-Series offers an enhanced suite of entry-level compact cameras – all boasting a quality Canon lens and processor, innovative features, differentiated design and battery formats along with affordable prices to suit everyone’s needs,” says Danielle Hinton, Brand Manager DSC, Canon Australia. In another significant first for the PowerShot A-series range, Canon announced the addition of the Creative Filter Mode, a feature previously exclusive to higher-end models. The Creative Filters allow users to enjoy six different effects, changing the ambience of the photo and making it more playful. The new capabilities are strengthened by Canon’s existing PowerShot technologies which include an Optical Image Stabiliser (only in A3200 IS) for clear, sharp shots; a DiG!C Colour Processor for true-to-life colours; and Intelligent Auto features for optimised AF performance. “Very few entry-level players on the market offer the quality and clarity of image produced by Canon’s signature technologies,” said Hinton. “Our Intelligent Auto feature recognises any scene from bright backlit shots, to landscapes with blue skies, macros and sunsets. The feature detects the optimum image settings for that scene, ensuring that users can easily capture true-to-life shots every time,” Hinton said. The new cameras also feature Canon’s Intelligent Flash Exposure technology which automatically detects whether flash is required and adjusts the flash output, shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed accordingly to best suit the photo being taken. Intelligent Flash Exposure technology reduces problems such as shadow on faces, flash not reaching the subject or highlight blow-outs. Both the PowerShot A3200 IS and A2200 feature a 14.1 megapixel sensor while the PowerShot A1200 features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, ensuring quality images. Supporting this is a 5 x Optical Zoom Canon Lens for the PowerShot A3200 IS and a 4 x Optical Zoom Canon Lens for both the PowerShot A2200 and A1200. Users can now get closer to the action capturing greater quality images in a slim and compact camera. Creative shooting made quick and easy Previously only available in PowerShot’s higher-end models, Canon’s Creative Filters Mode has now been introduced into its entry-level range. The Creative Filters Mode comprises: Miniature Effect, Fish-eye Effect, Poster Effect, Super Vivid and two new added features to the models - Toy Camera and Monochrome. The Monochrome feature dramatically changes the impression of the photo with three different colour options: Black and White, Sepia, and Blue. These creative options are easily achieved with the addition of the feature on the mode dial. Quality photography is now easy and fun. More advanced shooting options The addition of the HD Movie Recording feature is one of the most distinguished characteristics that make these cameras a must-have for anyone with an HDTV. This offers users more advanced movie shooting to capture spontaneous moments. With the inclusion of ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser software, editing those special moments is made easy. Users can now share their moments with the ability to create a DVD of their video footage. Key Features: High Definition (HD) Movie Recording 2.7-inch LCD screen, which makes it easy to shoot and view images DiG!C 4 Image Processor for true-to-life colours Optical Image Stabiliser (A3200 IS only) Intelligent Auto Technology Creative Filters Pricing and Availability The PowerShot A3200 IS (RRP $TBC), PowerShot A2200 (RRP $TBC) and PowerShot A1200 (RRP $TBC) will be available from February/March 2011 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at canon.com.au. Related Links Learn more about Canon’s PowerShot range Canon supports small businesses with new Back to Work laser printer campaign -- Canon helps small businesses get through post- 2011-01-06T04:03:58Z canon-supports-small-businesses-with-new-back-to-work-laser-printer-campaign-canon-helps-small-businesses-get-through-post Sydney, 6 January 2011 - Canon Australia today announced the launch of a Back to Work promotion aimed at helping small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) boost sales during the typically slow post-Christmas period. Between January 5 and March 31, any business that purchases any product from the entire range of LASERSHOT or imageCLASS printer can redeem a Canon Back to Work value-added pack. The pack includes two free local radio advertisements and a $50 Google Adwords voucher for businesses to improve their search engine ratings. “The post-Christmas period is a tough time of the year for any business and 2011 will be no exception. Along with that, the interest rate hikes and strong Australian dollar have had an impact on consumer spending,” said Darren Ryan, General Manager Consumer Marketing, Canon Australia. “In this economic climate, we know it is tempting for businesses to cut costs across the board. We want to reward businesses that chose to invest in the quality of the LASERSHOT or imageCLASS printer, by further enhancing that investment with tools to help them promote the business.” “In the spirit of making a strong start to the New Year, we have created a promotion that will add real value to our customers’ bottom line, helping them enhance their brand’s visibility, both online and via local radio,” Mr Ryan said. Canon’s entire range of laser printers is eligible for this offer, from the compact mono printers to full-colour multi-function devices. Whether you’re a home office worker or a small business, there’s an ideal model for your needs. The Canon Back to Work rewards redeemable online by logging into MyCanon and going to www.canon.com.au/LASER/Back-to-School-Work to verify the purchase. PIXMA offers 'Back to School, Back to Work 2011-01-06T00:23:00Z pixma-offers-back-to-school-back-to-work SYDNEY, 6 January 2011: Canon Australia today announced the PIXMA ‘Back to School, Back to Work’ promotion for 2011, offering PIXMA consumers fun, creative bonus packs for school or office to ensure they hit the ground running in the New Year. Between January 5 and March 31, 2011, consumers who purchase select PIXMA printers are eligible to redeem a Bonus School or Office Creative Pack valued at $100, by simply logging on to www.canon.com.au/PIXMA/Back-to-School-Work. The PIXMA inkjet range offers endless creative possibilities, from printing on CDs and DVDs to creating a captivating scrapbook – allowing consumers to truly unleash their inner artist! With fun and easy-to-use printing solutions, the whole family will be able to kick start this year with the right tools to help them achieve more than they thought possible. PIXMA Brand Manager, Beryl Thomas said, “In adhering to Canon’s ethos of connecting and engaging with consumers at every level, this offer is designed to provide students with the best products to help enhance their creative ability. At the same time, we want to set businesses and home office workers up with the best practical and creative solutions for their office needs.” With PIXMA printing solutions, small businesses can rest assured that their presentations and documents will look professional and seamless every time, without the down time of precious office hours spent standing by the printer. Canon recognises that great presentation is as just as important as great content. PIXMA printers, along with Canon Creative Park templates, enable students and home office workers to accomplish more with their work through easy photo and document printing, and exciting product capabilities such as DVD printing and t-shirt transfers. For more information, please contact your local Canon sales representative. Canon announces winners of EOS Photo5 competition 2010-12-21T05:48:40Z canon-announces-winners-of-eos-photo5-competition-1 Enthusiast digital SLR photographers have succeeded once again in showcasing, through Canon’s annual EOS Photo5 competition, the incredible talent and creativity that New Zealanders possess. Today the six winners as voted by the public were revealed, two of which were New Zealand entrants and four from Australia. The winners’ images expose a variety of creative journeys and inspiration from mysterious settings and private moments to colourful displays of action. Each year, EOS Photo5 showcases the incredible talent and creativity of enthusiast New Zealand and Australian photographers. The popularity of the contest has grown dramatically, generating 8,811 uploaded images, a 33% increase from 2009. Rochelle Mora, Brand Manager – Imaging, Canon New Zealand says the challenging nature of Photo5 always brings out the best in the Kiwi photographic community and pushes them to new creative heights. “The passion for excellence and the willingness to share knowledge within the growing community really echoes what the EOS brand is all about. “The EOS Photo5 competition has surpassed all expectations, both in the sheer number of creative and inspired people that participated, as well as the talent and quality of the works they produced,” says Rochelle. The panel of EOS Photo5 judges was comprised of six professional and highly-respected photographers in New Zealand and Australia who chose the finalists. The winner of each category was then chosen through a phase of public voting. “There was an enormous volume of images this year, which generated a great deal of discussion. The strong talent made choosing a few favorites quite a difficult task!” says Jackie Ranken, Canon EOS Ambassador and professional photographer and lecturer. “It’s always interesting to see which images the voters will choose and I think this year’s winners did exceptionally well with each of the briefs.” Participants received a box with four objects (which had to be shot using a particular photographic technique) as well as a fifth ‘sound brief’ – a recording that was open to wide artistic interpretation. This year, there was new a Portfolio category, where the winner was chosen for having excelled in all five briefs. (Please find more detail regarding the 2010 briefs at the end of this release) The winner of each brief category receives: an EOS 5D Mark II premium kit (camera body and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens) and an incredible 3-day creative photography workshop in Queenstown with Canon EOS Masters Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford. The winner of the portfolio category receives the same prize package, plus one of the brand new Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye lenses and a PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II printer. To view the entries and winners of this year’s Canon EOS Photo5 competition please visit the competition website. Or visit the World of EOS blog to hear others’ thoughts on the competition, and join in the conversation! The EOS Photo5 competition is one of the enthusiast photographer challenges offered on the World of EOS – EOS’s online world that inspires photographers of all levels to take their photography to the next level. About EOS Photo5 Fostering creativity, EOS Photo5 inspires enthusiast digital SLR photographers by challenging their way of thinking and encouraging them to push the boundaries of photographic excellence. Participants receive a box with four everyday objects in it and are challenged with not just shooting the EOS Photo5 object, but also incorporating a specific creative photography technique into their shot, taking their photography to a new level. There is also an ‘open brief’ which makes up the fifth challenge and ensures that those who miss out on receiving a box can still enter. The 2010 briefs: Brief #1: Object: Eye DropperPhotographic Challenge: Close-Up This brief is challenged photographers to use their lens to look closer. It was suggested that they use the eye dropper to place drops of liquid in any arrangement they wanted; a single drop, or as many drops as they liked. They weren’t limited to just water – they were recommended to feel free to use liquids of different colours and consistencies, such as milk or tomato soup, as long as they got close. Brief #2:Object: Bubble gum Photographic Challenge: PortraitureThis brief had one rule: feature bubble gum in a portrait. How the photographer and his/her subject used the bubble gum was up to them. For this competition we defined a portrait as any shot where a person is the main subject. Brief #3: Object: IncensePhotographic Challenge: Black and whiteThis is a moody brief. The entrants were advised to use smoke from the incense to create ambience and atmosphere in a black and white photo. It wasn’t just about shooting smoke, but capturing the essence of black and white photography in a dramatic way. Brief #4: Object: Confetti Photographic Challenge: Capturing motionThis brief was a bit of a celebration. The photographer’s task was to capture the confetti in motion. They could use the confetti we included or any kind they wanted, or more as needed. It was about motion, so the image needed to convey a sense of movement. Brief #5: Object: Inspired by sound Photographic Challenge: Open briefThis brief was about creative interpretation of a sound. The task was to listen to the sound bite provided within an included link, and create a photo inspired by it – using any technique the photographer wanted. ‘Inspired by Sound’ was this year’s open brief. That means it was available to anyone, not just those who received a box. Canon Clears the Air Around Camera Market Data 2010-12-21T05:03:39Z canon-clears-the-air-around-camera-market-data SYDNEY, 21 December, 2010: Amid increasing vendor claims to market leadership, Canon Australia has today spoken out on the growing confusion in the reporting and interpretation of market data in the Australian market as a result of poor reporting standards and lack of industry regulation. “On any given day, consumers and retailers are presented with contradictory and misleading claims to leadership in the digital camera market,” says Darren Ryan, General Manager Consumer Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “Most recently we have seen GfK reporting categories spliced and diced to create composites that make no sense in terms of how a reasonable person views the camera market and reporting periods as short as one month.” Canon contends that it is incumbent on dominant market data providers such as GfK to ensure standardised reporting by enacting and enforcing clear reporting guidelines. These include clearer category definition to prevent the use of specific camera feature sets to blur category boundaries. Also to be addressed is the minimum reporting period for any leadership claims. Clearing the air “Canon is the ‘total’ retail camera market leader with a 30% share by value for the most recent 12 months*1, which in simple terms means that almost one in every three dollars spent on a camera in Australia during that period was spent on a Canon,” continued Ryan. “To be clear, Canon has the overwhelming leadership position in the total camera market.” Canon believes in healthy competition and that vendors should be entitled to lay claim to genuine and sustained category leadership. “Competition is great for the industry and the consumer, but clearer identification of market results is important for all stakeholders,” said Ryan. *1 Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Digital Still Cameras, Retail Sales Value Nov 2009 to Oct 2010 (excludes MMC, internet and online channels) Canon announces winner of EOS 6th Brief photo contest 2010-12-21T04:36:19Z canon-announces-winner-of-eos-6th-brief-photo-contest Sydney, 15 December 2010: Canon Australia announced the winner of its 6th Brief photography competition on Channel 9’s Today Show on Saturday. Viewers wanting to participate were tasked with capturing a creative image with only one requirement – it had to feature an egg. Following the successful conclusion of the EOS Photo5 contest – which has 5 unique briefs to challenge photographers – Canon created the 6th Brief to offer budding photographers another opportunity to challenge their creativity. The collaboration with Channel 9’s Today Show Weekend enabled Canon to engage a broader audience of photographers. The judging panel consisted of Eugene Tan, professional photographer and owner of Aquabumps, Cameron Williams, host of the Today Show Weekend and Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. With over 700 entries, the wide range of 6th Brief subjects included: brilliant blue insect eggs on a green leaf, a perfect white and pink meringue, a shark egg and even a tribute to Salvador Dali's most famous painting – “The Persistence of Memory”. “Initially, I wasn't going to enter the competition because I didn't feel my level of photography was yet where I wanted it to be, but thankfully a friend encouraged me to enter,” says Gemma Higgs, winner of the 6th Brief contest. “This experience has given me the confidence and inspiration to really pursue something that I’ve always loved. I encourage anyone who is interested in photography to explore the World of EOS and to get involved in the various competitions that Canon runs.” “Canon created the World of EOS to encourage people to take their photography to the next level, by providing a forum where photographers can learn not just from Canon but from each other, and get creative,” said Macleod. “To spark this creativity, Canon regularly runs contests like EOS Photo5 and 6th Brief and each year, we are finding more and more people are inspired to contribute.” EOS Photo5 and World of EOS challenges Canon is already planning an exciting new set of briefs for EOS Photo5 2011, which will be open to all amateur photographers in Australia and New Zealand. Throughout the year, Canon’s World of EOS offers photography enthusiasts fresh video tutorials by master photographers and the opportunity to participate in EOS 1wall and EOS photochains, both of which provide ongoing exercises for those looking to develop their abilities and creative potential. About EOS Photo5 Fostering creativity, EOS Photo5 inspires enthusiast digital SLR photographers by challenging their way of thinking and encouraging them to push the boundaries of photographic excellence. Participants receive a box with four everyday objects in it and are challenged with not just shooting the EOS Photo5 object, but also incorporating a specific creative photography technique into their shot, taking their photography to a new level. There is also a ‘sound brief’ which makes up the fifth challenge, which features a recording that inspired a wide array of images. Canon announces winners of EOS Photo5 competition 2010-12-21T04:15:14Z canon-announces-winners-of-eos-photo5-competition Sydney, 9 December 2010: The six winners of Canon’s annual EOS Photo5 competition, as voted by the public, were revealed 1 December. Each year, EOS Photo5 showcases the incredible talent and creativity of amateur Australian photographers. The popularity of the contest has grown dramatically, generating 8,811 uploaded images, a 33% increase from 2009. “The challenging nature of Photo5 always brings out the best in the Australian photography community, pushing them to new creative heights creative boundaries,” says Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “The passion for excellence and the willingness to share knowledge within the growing community really echoes what the EOS brand is all about.” The panel of EOS Photo5 judges was comprised of six professional and highly-respected photographers in Australia and New Zealand who chose the finalists. The winner of each category was chosen through a phase of public voting. “There was an enormous volume of new images this year, which generated a great deal of discussion on the World of EOS blog and the Canon Facebook page. The strong talent made choosing a few favourites quite a difficult task!” says Jackie Ranken, Canon EOS Ambassador and professional photographer and lecturer. “It’s always interesting see which images the voters will choose and I think this year’s winners did exceptionally well with each of the briefs.” Participants received a box with four objects (which had to be shot using a particular photographic technique) as well as a fifth ‘sound brief’ – a recording that was open to wide artistic interpretation. This year, there was new a Portfolio category, where the winner was chosen for having excelled in all five briefs. The winner of each brief category receives: an EOS 5D Mark II premium kit (camera body and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens) and an incredible 3-day creative photography workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand with Canon EOS Masters Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford. The winner of the portfolio category receives the same prize package, plus one of the brand new Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye lenses and a PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II printer. To view the entries and winners of this year’s Canon EOS Photo5 competition please visit the competition website. Or visit the World of EOS blog to hear others’ thoughts on the competition, and join in the conversation! The EOS Photo5 competition is one of the enthusiast photographer challenges offered on the World of EOS – EOS’s online world that inspires photographers of all levels to take their photography to the next level. Other World of EOS Challenges Due to the popularity of the competition, Canon introduced a brand new 6th Brief competition, which was launched in collaboration with Channel 9’s Today Show Weekend. With this new category, Canon saw over 700 participants take part, many of them new to photography and looking for a creative challenge. The 6th Brief required photographers to simply “feature an egg”. The winner of this contest will be announced live on the Today Show Weekend on 11 December, and will receive an amazing prize package worth $14,000, including a 1-on-1 master class with Eugene Tan. Canon EOS offers photography enthusiasts the opportunity to participate throughout the year in EOS 1wall and EOS photochains, both of which provide ongoing exercises for those looking to develop their abilities and creative potential. About EOS Photo5 Fostering creativity, EOS Photo5 inspires enthusiast digital SLR photographers by challenging their way of thinking and encouraging them to push the boundaries of photographic excellence. Participants receive a box with four everyday objects in it and are challenged with not just shooting the EOS Photo5 object, but also incorporating a specific creative photography technique into their shot, taking their photography to a new level. There is also an ‘sound brief’ which makes up the fifth challenge, which features a recording that inspired a wide array of images. The 2010 briefs: Brief #1: Object: Eye DropperPhotographic Challenge: Close-Up This brief is challenged photographers to use their lens to look closer. It was suggested that they use the eye dropper to place drops of liquid in any arrangement they wanted; a single drop, or as many drops as they liked. They weren’t limited to just water – they were recommended to feel free to use liquids of different colours and consistencies, such as milk or tomato soup, as long as they got close. Brief #2:Object: Bubble gum Photographic Challenge: PortraitureThis brief had one rule: feature bubble gum in a portrait. How the photographer and his/her subject used the bubble gum was up to them. For this competition we defined a portrait as any shot where a person is the main subject. Brief #3: Object: IncensePhotographic Challenge: Black and whiteThis is a moody brief. The entrants were advised to use smoke from the incense to create ambience and atmosphere in a black and white photo. It wasn’t just about shooting smoke, but capturing the essence of black and white photography in a dramatic way. Brief #4: Object: Confetti Photographic Challenge: Capturing motionThis brief was a bit of a celebration. The photographer’s task was to capture the confetti in motion. They could use the confetti we included or any kind they wanted, or more as needed. It was about motion, so the image needed to convey a sense of movement. Brief #5: Object: Inspired by sound Photographic Challenge: Open briefThis brief was about creative interpretation of a sound. The task was to listen to the sound bite provided within an included link, and create a photo inspired by it – using any technique the photographer wanted. ‘Inspired by Sound’ was this year’s open brief. That means it was available to anyone, not just those who received a box. GETPRICE TO GIVE AWAY 12 OF THE MOST SEARCHED FOR ITEMS ONLINE THIS CHRISTMAS 2010-12-09T07:48:56Z getprice-to-give-away-12-of-the-most-searched-for-items-online-this-christmas Comparison shopping site, Getprice, has announced that it was giving away 12 of the most searched for items on its site this festive season. These items are: Dolce & Gabbana Ladies Gloria Watch Sony HDRCX110 Handycam Camcorder Samsung LA26C450 26inch HD LCD TV Big Air Extreme 8ft Trampoline + Safety Enclosure Apple iPod Touch 32GB Media Player Sunbeam Kettle King BBQ Grill Kenwood Kitchen Mixer Anolon Advanced 8 Piece Knife Block Set Sony Blu-ray Player Toshiba Portege R700 PT311A-00J00Q Laptop Medik8 Youth Fountain Package Nintendo Wii ConsoleThe giveaway is part of a ’12 days of Christmas’ social media campaign Getprice is launching starting from today. Marketing director for Getprice, David Whiteman said that based on Getprice’s site search trends, this Christmas consumers were looking at spending more online because of the savings they would be able to make. “Based on the top searches list, we are starting to see a trend toward purchasing big ticket items online because of the cost-savings and ability to easily identify the best price for an item. “For example, the Toshiba Portege R700 PT311A-00J00Q Laptop we’re giving away can be purchased for up to $2799.95; yet after an online comparison price search can be found for $1731.00. That’s a huge saving of $1068.95! “Similarly, with the Samsung LA26C450 26inch HC LCD TV comparison shopping online sees a big saving of $176. “There are huge savings to be found online and we should continue to see these sorts of items sold online as consumers reap the benefits of choosing to shop this way.” The ’12 days of Christmas’ social media campaign sees Getprice give away one of the 12 items each week day leading up to Christmas. Consumers can enter in two ways: - Follow @GetpriceAU on twitter and tweet why they would like to win the particular daily prize - Like the Getprice facebook page and email 12days@getprice.com.au with the reason they deserve to way the particular daily prize On the social media campaign, Mr Whiteman said: “Our new twitter and facebook pages will see daily postings of the latest deals and bargains available on our site. By connecting with us through our social media channels, consumers will be able to quickly and easily access these specials. They will also give us the opportunity to increase interaction directly with our users.” The competition launches today and finishes on Friday 24 December. -ends- About getprice.com.au GetPrice.com.au is Australia’s leading shopping comparison site. The site allows consumers to make smart, informed purchasing decision by arming them with as much information on a particular product as possible, covering all stages in the consumer buying cycle. Merchants who list their products on GetPrice are trusted, reputable retailers who have met a certain criteria in order to be listed on the site and who undergo regular reviews based on consumer feedback. There are over 1000 retailers who list on GetPrice and more than2 million products. GetPrice also has a mobile site and iPhone application for consumers to access and download to allow consumers to compare before they buy on the go. Canon expands light production imageRUNNER ADVANCE range with black-and-white models 2010-12-06T00:44:53Z canon-expands-light-production-imagerunner-advance-range-with-black-and-white-models SYDNEY, 2 December 2010: Canon Australia today launched the first black-and-white imageRUNNER ADVANCE light production series to the Australian market. With three new additions 8085, 8095 and 8105, the new models provide a cost effective solution for the increase in market demand for shorter, more complex runs.Jeremy Plint, Assistant General Manager Business Product Marketing, Canon Australia commented: “The new series offers professional print service providers a versatile, high quality machine that gives rapid return on investment. By combining these qualities with workflow and application software, professional printers will be able to benefit from existing digital growth opportunities and create new ones.”Aimed at inplant and print-for-pay providers, the light production imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 series delivers greater productivity and image quality, with maximum image resolution of 1200x1200 dpi. The new models can handle paper stocks up to 256gsm (up to 220gsm duplex) and sheet sizes larger that SRA3. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8085, 8095 and 8105 reflect their respective running speeds of 85, 95, and 105 pages per minute; addressing the needs of professional print service providers with lower volume production than those of imagePRESS customers.Replacing the imageRUNNER 7000 series, the 8000 models provide new finishing options and faster warm-up time and the availability of a Canon controller offering genuine, rather than emulated, Adobe PostScript 3 on all three models.Addressing the trend towards smaller, but more complex print jobs, the monochrome imageRUNNER ADVANCE series comes with the similar broad range of finishing options as the popular colour imageRUNNER ADVANCE PRO series: professional punching, stapling up to 100 sheets, saddle stitching up to 20 sheets, booklet trimming and five types of folding (z-fold, letter fold in, letter fold out, half fold and double parallel fold).In addition to the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 series, Canon has recently launched its imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6000 series. Offering output speeds of 55, 65 and 75 pages per minute, the six new devices are engineered to rapidly print, copy, fax, colour scan and distribute documents in high volume print and large corporate office environments.Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops customised solutions for local customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. This article is brought to you by Canon Australia - Your first digital SLR - what you should know. For more ideas on capturing that perfect moment with digital cameras, visit the Canon website. Canon in the frame with NZ media awards 2010-12-01T01:41:51Z canon-in-the-frame-with-nz-media-awards Canon New Zealand today announces its new naming rights sponsorship of New Zealand’s premier media awards. Canon has been involved with the annual Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NPA) awards, formerly known as the Qantas Media Awards, since 2006 as the sponsor of the photographic section. Mike Johnston, Country Manager of Canon New Zealand, says the decision was an easy one given the company’s longstanding relationship with the awards and with photojournalism in this country. “We’re delighted with this opportunity to develop our role in a fast moving media environment and to be involved with such a prestigious event. These awards are a celebration of the great people who shape our media landscape,” says Johnston. The newly named Canon Media Awards include newspapers, magazines, websites blogs and photography with special categories awarding reporters, cartoonists and more. 2010 drew more than 6000 individual entries. Tim Pankhurst, Chief Executive of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association which took over the running of the awards in 2010, thanked previous sponsors Qantas for their long involvement and welcomed Canon in its new sponsorship role. “These awards are keenly sought after and we’re excited to have Canon now stepping in to the key sponsorship role,” he said. “It’s an excellent fit.” Entry forms for the 2011 Canon Media Awards will be posted in mid-December, entries will be open until February 7th. The awards dinner will be held in late May. The awards relate to work published in calendar year 2010 and will include video for the first time, reflecting the growth of new media. “The awards presentation was reinvigorated this year and we are confident they will be taken to a new level in 2011,” says Johnston. “Worldwide the media is in an extremely interesting transition phase and we are proud to be part of that. We are keen to encourage the country’s many talented and creative photographers, journalists, artists, designers, subeditors both in print and online.”This article is brought to you by Canon New Zealand - Must-have camera accessories for taking great photos. For more great ideas on capturing that perfect moment with great digital cameras, visit the Canon website. Print industry leaders to head Canon’s direct sales force 2010-11-30T04:15:39Z print-industry-leaders-to-head-canon-s-direct-sales-force-1 SYDNEY, 30 November 2010: Canon Australia today announced it has appointed Innes Thomson as Senior General Manager - Direct Sales and Paul Vella as Assistant General Manager – Managed Document Services (MDS). “Canon is undertaking an aggressive growth strategy and is making brave and bold moves to become the market leader in print and document management. These appointments send a strong message to the market and position Canon to achieve its market leadership goals,” said Craig Manson, Director- Canon Business Imaging, Canon Australia. With over 22 years experience in the print and document management industry, Innes has worked with Xerox (UK), Fuji Xerox and HP. In his most recent role at HP, Innes was Alliance Manager, responsible for Managed Enterprise Solutions Asia-Pacific and Japan. Prior to this, Innes was pivotal in the start-up of HP’s Managed Print Service (MPS) in the region; building and leading a team that grew the business from a standing start to a significant annuity stream. Paul has worked in the Communications, ICT and Print industries for over 22 years and has strong experience in sales and management of MPS across both direct and indirect channels. Paul launched and operationalised HP’s Office Print Solutions Partner program which delivers MPS via the Channel. In his most recent role Paul was responsible for HP’s Contracted MPS Portfolio coupled with the Enterprise Supplies Program which delivers consumables to HP’s Enterprise business. Paul now head’s up Canon’s MDS offering, which was launched to the Australian market in April this year. Commenting on Canon’s MDS offering Paul said: “It’s exciting to have access to such a complete Canon offering that spans a roadmap of industry leading technology supported by Canon owned solutions and is coupled with market leading services capability.” Innes Thomson, Senior General Manager-Direct Sales said: “The market for MDS is maturing and, as more and more companies look to engage with an MDS partner, there is a massive opportunity for Canon to take control of this space. Canon has a proud history of market leading innovation, and a client centric attitude to solution architecture. It is this rich history and consultative approach that positions Canon as the preeminent partner of choice for business imaging for the enterprise, government and corporate environments. “Canon recognises the complex array of issues Small and Medium Business (SMB) experience with imaging and printing. With 50 per cent of printing undertaken by the SMB market, Canon’s newly formed SMB sales force will help us achieve overall market leadership in this space.”This article is brought to you by Canon Australia - Your first digital SLR - what you should know. For more ideas on capturing that perfect moment with digital cameras, visit the Canon website. Win a $10,000 Christmas with Westfield Gift Cards 2010-11-30T02:31:22Z win-a-10-000-christmas-with-westfield-gift-cards Sydney, 30th November 2010 – Westfield Gift Cards have launched a social media campaign to help make this Christmas the best Christmas ever for Australians. The Westfield Wish List Facebook application helps online shoppers save the products they love on westfield.com.au so they can come back to them later or share them with their friends to give them gift inspiration – and all to give shoppers the chance of winning a $10,000 Westfield Gift Card! There are three easy ways online shoppers can win a $10,000 Westfield Gift Card Christmas! 1. Create a Wish List: Browse products on westfield.com.au and place favourites into a Wish List. Then just follow the prompts on Facebook to enter the draw to win. 2. Share a Wish List: Shoppers can gain up to 5 additional entries in the draw by referring Westfield's Wishlist application to their friends. 3. Buy a Gift Card for Multiple Entries: Shoppers can make their friends wishes come true by purchasing a Westfield Gift Card and reward themselves at the same time. It's the gift that's never re-gifted and is loved by over 6000 stores. The more value shoppers place on the card, the more entries they gain. A gift card worth: $50-$99 gives you 2 entries,$100-$149 gives you 3 entries and$150-$995 gives you 5 entries! Shaunagh Eagan, Gift Card Manager (Product Marketing & Development) said, “We are very excited to be giving Australians the opportunity to make sure they get what they really want this Christmas – no more socks from nanna! The Westfield Wish List is easy to share so everyone, even those without Facebook, can see what you want for Christmas.” Try it out and create your own Westfield Wish List now About Westfield Gift Cards A Westfield Gift Card is the ultimate gift of indulgence. It opens doors to thousands of shopping experiences in Westfield Shopping Centres throughout Australia. Westfield Gift Cards are accepted at over 6,000 participating retailers at Westfield Shopping Centres across Australia – from department stores to fashion stores, cinemas, restaurants, book stores and much, much more! They’re easy to use and make the ideal gift. Westfield actively encourages all retailers inside our centres to accept our gift cards, however this is at their discretion. The Coles Group (with the exclusion of Kmart), Myer and Woolworths Group do not currently accept Westfield Gift Cards. Westfield Gift Cards are ideal for rewarding your customers, staff or clients. You can even customise the Gift Card with your corporate logo or unique design. For more information contact: Hannah Law Switched on Media t: 02 8248 5059 e: hannah@switchedonmedia.com.au Canon Australia wins Gold and Silver at the Asia Pacific Digital Media Awards 2010-11-29T05:30:38Z canon-australia-wins-gold-and-silver-at-the-asia-pacific-digital-media-awards-1 SYDNEY: 29 November, 2010 – Canon Australia collected two Gold Awards and one Silver Award for its World of EOS and EOS Photochains campaigns at the Asia Pacific Digital Media Awards, held in Beijing on 16 November. The Asia Pacific Digital Media Awards is the largest digital media event for the Asia Pacific region, and honours the best in creative, innovative and – above all – effective campaigns in the digital marketing industry. Canon Australia won Gold in the ‘Best Technology and Telecoms’ and ‘Best Use of Social Media’ categories for World of EOS and EOS Photochains campaigns, respectively. The Silver Award for ‘Best Integrated’ campaign was also claimed by Canon for EOS Photochains. Darren Ryan, General Manager Consumer Marketing, Canon Australia said, “This is a great achievement for Canon to be recognised for the work we have done to engage consumers with the EOS online. The beauty of the World of EOS is that it creates an open space for people to learn, to share their creativity and to express their passion for digital imaging in a way that inspires others.” The World of EOS is an online portal with a growing community of more than 43,737 members that encourages photographers to celebrate and exhibit their work through creative photography challenges such as EOS Photochains, EOS Photo5 and EOS 1wall. In just over a year, a total of 77,317 images have been uploaded to the site. “We believe that the strong relationships we form with consumers through platforms like the World of EOS help us maintain our overwhelming leadership position1 in the DSLR category,” continued Ryan. This year’s awards placed a greater emphasis on the role of social media platforms as an integral part of a growing number of communications strategies. The introduction of the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ category, and the Best in Class examples it showcases — particularly the Gold winner from Canon — are sure to set the stage for a better use of social media in the future. The Asia Pacific Digital Media Awards saw a record number of entries of 644 from 12 countries, an almost 50 per cent increase since 2009. 1 56% value share September Year to Date. Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Digital Still Cameras - SLR Retail Sales Value, Jan to Sept 2010 (excludes internet sales and online channels) Canon wins trifecta of awards from Camera magazine for EOS and Selphy 2010-11-24T02:35:25Z canon-wins-trifecta-of-awards-from-camera-magazine-for-eos-and-selphy Sydney, 24 November 2010 – Canon received three prestigious awards from Camera magazine in the 2010-2011 Imaging Awards. Canon’s EOS cameras dominated the DSLR categories with the EOS-1D Mark IV winning in the “Professional Digital SLR” category and the EOS 7D winning in the “Enthusiast Digital SLR”. Canon also claimed the only award in the only non-camera category – Best Digital Photo Printer. The Canon SELPHY CP800 was heralded for its speed, “exceptional” image quality and the fact that it can be used without a PC, making it an ideal digital darkroom. “Camera magazine’s Imaging Awards selection criteria are exactly what Canon strives to achieve. These awards are fantastic validation of our user-centric approach and heavy investment in R&D to deliver ongoing innovations in both image capture and printing,” stated Darren Ryan, General Manager Consumer Marketing, Canon Australia. Running since 1981, the Camera magazine award winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of the magazine’s editor, Paul Burrows, key contributors, photographers and a ‘typical’ end user. The judges base their decision on an evaluation of design, ergonomics, usability, innovation, value for money and consumer appeal.