Canon image verification system hacked

The Russian hacker Dmitry Sklyarov has managed to break Canons camera security system which is used to authenticate image originality. He claims “The vulnerability discovered by ElcomSoft questions the authenticity of all Canon signed photographic evidence and published photos”. To prove his work he signed a picture showing a Russian on the moon. He contacted Canon in September but so far Canon hasn’t reacted. Read more details here (including some funny pictures).

Canon PowerShot SX30IS superzoom

Canon announces the PowerShot SX30 IS superzoom compact camera, successor to the the SX20 IS, adding…

  • 24-840mm superzoom (35x)
  • 14 MP sensor
  • 2.7″ LCD
  • USM/VC motors for fast and quiet zooming
  • 720p HD video

Canon PowerShot G12

Only one year after the G11 Canon announces the new Powershot G12 compact camera adding…

  • EOS style front control dial
  • 720p HD video
  • hybrid IS for close ups
  • multi aspect ratio shooting
  • SDXC card compatibility

Canon EOS 60D

The replacement for the 50D is here: The 60D combines the 18MP CMOS sensor and 1040k dot 3″ LCD from the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) with the autofocus system from the 50D plus the 7D HD movie capability.

  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Full HD movies at 1080p
  • ISO 100-6400, H:12800
  • 5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
  • 9-point cross type AF System
  • Vari-angle 3″ 3:2 ratio LCD
  • SD memory cards instead of CF
  • In camera RAW conversion
  • No flash sync socket

You can find first sample images and movies here.

A whole batch of new Canon lenses

Canon has announced a whole batch of new or updated lenses:

  • The worlds first fisheye zoom lens to offer both circular and full frame images: the Canon EF 8-15mm f4 L USM fisheye zoom lens will procduce circular images with a 180 degree angle of view when used at its widest setting on 35mm-format cameras  and images which cover the full sensor area at 15mm. It has marks denoting the widest settings which can be used on APS-C and APS-H format cameras to give full frame images without vignetting.
  • A new affordable L-grade tele: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM (we will see if it will delivery L grade quality). It has a weatherproof construction, 4 stop image stabilization, a minimum focus distance of 1.2m
  • Updated version: Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L IS II USM
  • Updated version: EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM. Both the 300mm and the 400mm feature not only a new optical design but also use magnesium alloy and titanium to be lighter than their predecessor.
  • Updated versions currently in development: 500mm F/4L IS II USM and 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses
  • Updated version: EF Extender 1.4x III and EF Extender 2x III