Grab Norton AntiVirus or 360 for up to 60% off in ANZ Easter sale

With the world practically in lockdown, many of us have found ourselves working and learning from home on possibly unsecure networks. Cybercriminals and scammers are taking advantage of this situation and targeting devices left vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The easiest way to protect yourself online while at home would be to download a strong antivirus solution, like Norton’s AntiVirus Plus or the company’s 360 range of solutions.

However, a Norton subscription isn’t always cheap, and you could find yourself out of pocket each year by a couple of hundred dollars, depending on which product you opt for. You’re in luck, though, as Norton has just kicked off its Easter sale in Australia and New Zealand, with up to 60% off its entire 2020 antivirus solution line-up.

In Australia, the basic solution – Norton AntiVirus Plus – is now available with a very significant 57% discount, while if you happen to be in New Zealand, you’ll be able to save a whopping 60%. These offers are available only for a limited time, so protect your devices for less by getting an antivirus package by April 17.

Why choose Norton

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Norton’s antivirus solutions to you: the company has a long and clean history of protecting users online. Even it’s basic solution, the AntiVirus Plus, is more than enough for most users, ranking very high in our picks of the best antivirus packages available today.

That said, Norton is definitely one of the more expensive options out there, but these deep discounts make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.

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Amazon’s Prime Video iOS app finally lets you purchase TV shows and movies

Apple and Amazon seem to have made nice, with the Prime Video app on iOS, iPadOS and tvOS now supporting in-app purchases. Apple device users, be it an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, will now be able to rent or purchase anything from the Prime Video library directly from the app.

Previously, to skirt around Apple's exorbitant 30% cut on in-app purchases, Amazon would direct customers away from the app – i.e. take them to a browser page – whenever they wanted to get something from the Prime Video content store. 

Many app makers, like Spotify, offset that high fee by increasing the cost of subscriptions or purchases, although it seems Amazon hasn't raised the price of its Prime Video offerings. Instead, as per a statement issued by Apple, the e-commerce giant is taking advantage of "an established program for premium video subscription providers to offer a variety of consumer benefits".

Amazon, however, has not made any announcements, but the update has begun rolling out and Apple users logging into the Prime Video app can see a banner advertising the change on the homepage.

Spending pattern

The updated Prime Video app now includes a new Store tab from where Apple users can either rent or purchase content, including in-cinema and early digital releases of movies like Pixar's Onward.

It appears that Apple has allowed Amazon to bill customers directly using the payment method that has been saved to an Amazon account.

The updated app doesn't seem to be available globally... at least not yet. TechRadar's Australian team were unable to see the changes, while TechCrunch has been told that the in-app purchases are currently available only in the US, UK and Germany. We're hoping the changes will be rolled out to other markets in the coming weeks.

Whether the deal the two companies have reached flows both ways is as yet uncertain, with the Apple TV app on Amazon's Fire TV platform still not supporting in-app purchases.

[Via The Verge]

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Save 40% on Peak Design’s awesome camera bags and backpacks

San Francisco-based company Peak Design began life on Kickstarter, and quickly gained a massive fan following. And no wonder: it has some beautifully designed bags that can be customized to suit any purpose, and the company’s clips and straps go a long way in making that happen.

Every aspect of Peak Design bags are well thought-out – construction, material, functionality and usability. The bags are then tested thoroughly before they go on sale. Every bag in the Peak Design catalog can go from boardroom to holiday, with the ability to carry laptops, clothes or camera gear with just a few sturdy clips.

The bags aren’t cheap, though, so for those who’ve been lusting after a Peak Design carrier, this might be a good chance to snag yourself an Everyday Backpack or an Everyday Messenger, and pocket some savings in the process. 

Note that the 40% discount is on the original V1 options of the bags, although there is 20% off on all other Peak Design products, except its travel tripod. The sale ends April 6.

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Canon EOS R5 likely to launch April 20

Canon fans have a lot to look forward to in April, with the camera maker announcing a major live stream event to be held on April 20 at 1pm EDT (that would be 6pm on the same date in the UK and April 21 at 3am AEST in Australia).

There's no mention of what the event is for exactly, except to say it's to "[introduce] new products and technologies". We're hoping that would include the highly anticipated EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless flagship and it's much-rumored entry-level EOS R6 sibling.

This announcement comes less than 24 hours after online publication Canon Rumors reported that the company was not planning on delaying the launch of both mirrorless cameras. 

What makes it even more exciting is that the company has managed to work through these challenging times, despite reports that Canon would delay either the launch of the cameras or the their shipping date after the spread of the Covid-19 virus led to the temporary closure of some of Canon's Japanese factories.

However, Canon USA has listed the live stream event under the 'Professional Video Solutions' section of its website, which could imply the manufacturer might reveal new broadcast and cinema equipment – i.e. the products Canon would have announced at the canceled 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Don't take our word for it though – we're just speculating and eagerly awaiting the reveal on April 20, be it a new cinema shooter or the 8K marvel that is the EOS R5 that we got to ogle at recently.

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After backlash, Zoom ditches snooping Facebook code from iOS app

Following the revelation by Motherboard on Friday (March 27) that Zoom was sharing user information with Facebook via its iOS app, the popular video conferencing service has rolled out an update for iOS users.

Zoom has removed the data-sharing code from the app, telling Motherboard in a statement that the 'Login with Facebook' feature was implemented "in order to provide our users with another convenient way to access our platform". 

That login feature – found on several apps – is applied by using a Facebook SDK (software development kit) that connects users of the app to Facebook's Graph API (Application Programming Interface) when the app is launched. The SDK can then share information with third parties, even if a user doesn't have a social media account with Facebook.

Facebook requires app makers to share this information with users in privacy policies, however Zoom's made no explicit mention that the social media company would have access to user data if there was no linked account.

Stay updated

Zoom says it was "recently made aware that the Facebook SDK was collecting unnecessary device data" and has since removed the code and an updated version of the iOS app is now available on the App Store.

According to Zoom's statement to Motherboard, the app did not share any sensitive information, like user names, emails and phone numbers, but "included data about users’ devices such as the mobile OS type and version, the device time zone, device OS, device model and carrier, screen size, processor cores, and disk space". This coincides with Motherboard's findings from last week.

Motherboard has since tried out the updated iOS app and found that Zoom has, indeed, stopped sending data to Facebook when the app is launched. 

In the 'What's New' section of the app, Zoom says that, despite the Facebook SDK being removed, users will still be able to log in with their Facebook accounts if they have one. Users have been recommended to update the app to enable the changes.

Zoom has issued an apology for the "oversight" and the company says it "takes its users’ privacy extremely seriously".

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Video calling app Zoom’s iOS version is sharing user data with Facebook

Zoom's video calling service has been available for a while now but the unprecedented number of people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has skyrocketed the app's popularity.

However, research conducted by Vice's tech branch, Motherboard, has revealed that Zoom's iOS app has been secretly sharing analytical data with Facebook, even if the user doesn't have an account on the social media platform.

The data being shared includes time the app is launched, device and location information, phone carrier, and analytical data that can be used to create targeted ads.

Too much information

The reason Zoom is able to share user data with Facebook, even if there's no linked social media account, is because the video calling app uses Facebook's software development kits (SDKs). So, when Zoom is downloaded and launched, it immediately connects to the Facebook Graph API.

This is not a new practice: developers have long used Facebook SDKs to add features to their apps, although Facebook's terms of use require app makers to inform users of these data sharing practices.

While Zoom's privacy policy mentions that the app may collect data related to a user's Facebook profile which may then be shared with third parties – although Facebook is not explicitly mentioned as a third party – there's no clear indication it will be doing the same for users who do not have a Facebook account. 

Not the first time

Zoom does have a history of privacy issues. In 2019, a security researcher unearthed a bug that allowed webcams of Zoom users to be hacked without their knowledge, although the company has said that the issue has been resolved.

Other recent news related to video chat security involves a man exposing himself in front of children on a video call after he was able to "guess" the link to the call. While this was not on a Zoom call (instead on an app called Whereby), TechCrunch reported last year that it was possible to hijack a Zoom meeting by "cycling through different permutations of meeting IDs in bulk". This was possible as the meetings weren't protected by a passcode.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently explained how a host on a Zoom call can monitor the activities of participants while screen-sharing. If users record the video call, then Zoom administrators are able to "access the contents of that recorded call, including video, audio, transcript, and chat files, as well as access to sharing, analytics, and cloud management privileges".

While the old security issues have since been resolved by Zoom, this new discovery highlights how simple technological solutions can sometimes come at the cost of privacy.

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Here’s why Canon’s 1DX Mark III is a better sports camera than the Sony A9 II

Canon releases a 1-series body every four years to coincide with the Olympics. They’re built for speed and performance, and those four years are put towards perfecting the next generation pro-level sports shooter. And perfected it is exactly what Canon has done, with the EOS 1D X Mark III one of the best cameras currently available – be it mirrorless or DSLR. 

And the 1D X Mark III is a bit of both – while it’s a DSLR at heart, the 1D X Mark III delivers spectacular results with the mirror locked up. In fact, if Canon had decided to forgo the mirror completely, the 1D X Mark III would have been one heck of a mirrorless marvel. So much so that we found ourselves comparing it with Sony's latest sports camera, the Alpha A9 II.

That’s the direction cameras are going in any case – the future of photography is mirrorless and it’s highly likely that the Mark III will be Canon’s last flagship DSLR. 

If that turns out to be true, then Canon's DSLRs are going out with a bang. The 1D X Mark III has some interesting tech under the hood that gives us a glimpse into the future of Canon’s cameras – starting with the new Digic X sensor. This chip, currently found only in the 1D X Mark III, is so fast that you can watch the focus box lock onto a subject and track it in real time, with practically no lag. With most other cameras, Canon’s own EOS R included, you’ll always find that the focus box needs a little bit of time to catch up with the subject. Not so with the 1D X, and that helps keep the autofocus in, well, focus.

No matter what you need to capture, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III can do it really well | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM; 1/200 sec at f/2.8, ISO 250

We were lucky enough to spend an extended period of time with the new DSLR and were able to test it in different scenarios – from indoor tennis to beachside surf shoots in the rain, and even in bright sunshine at the zoo. We even tried still life. No matter what we threw at it, the 1D X Mark III produced fabulous results.

Stay focused

When used as a DSLR, that is with the mirror down, there are 191 AF points to choose from. And like any DSLR, those points are all clustered around the center. Lock the mirror up and use the 1D X Mark III as a mirrorless camera and there’s so many more selectable points. They’re spread through the entire frame, so if your subject ends up at the edge of a frame (as will be the case for many sports) you’ll still be able to capture images that focus squarely on the face.

As a mirrorless, there are focus points at the edges of the frame to keep your subject sharp as tack | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM; 1/5000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 5000

That’s also because, as a mirrorless camera, it tracks moving subjects almost seamlessly in real time. We say ‘almost’ as it’s not absolutely perfect. As you’re tracking and others (be it posts, umpires or other athletes) get in the way, the camera does lose the subject, but it’s pretty much always for only a very short time. Tracking with the 1D X Mark III is a breeze, and we’d go so far as to say it performs better than Sony’s tracking on the Alpha A9 II.

That’s not to say we’re complaining about the Sony’s tracking and autofocus performance – the A9 II takes a tad longer to find the lost subject again, while the Canon does so just that much quicker. And in the competitive arena of sports photography, it could be that split second that makes all the difference to capturing a winning moment. It’s by far the best tracking performance from a Canon shooter yet.

The 1D X Mark III can keep subjects in focus even when something else crossed their path | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM; 1/4000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 5000

Where the Sony A9 II excels, though, is eye AF. It’s almost always spot-on, while Canon’s face and head detection works a charm. Eye AF, however, isn't as important in sports photography as in portraiture. 

Another factor that makes the 1D X Mark III’s AF performance a winner is the new Smart Controller. This optical, touch-sensitive pointer is much quicker to use than the traditional joystick on any modern camera. In fact, it’s also much faster than using the Mn-F touch bar that Canon has on its current EOS R flagship. The lightest touch and the smallest movement of the thumb is all that’s needed to move the focus point around. If it’s too sensitive for you, there are options in the menu system to change that. 

In fact, Canon’s autofocus tech on the 1D X Mark III is good enough to not even need the Smart Controller. More often than not, the camera locks on to the correct subject, unless there’s too many things happening within the frame and that’s not something we can complain about. It’s a shame that Canon has not carried the Smart Controller over to the upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless camera but we’re expecting the AF system on the next full-frame mirrorless flagship to be just as good as the 1D X Mark III’s.

When the head or face isn't visible, the 1D X Mark III will lock on to the body | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x; 1/2000 sec at f/6.3, ISO 800 

Of course, it’s hardly fair to talk about autofocus performance without taking into account which lens you’re using. Older lenses – like the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x (launched in 2013) that we used during a surfing competition in Sydney – can be comparatively slower than newer ones like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM (released in 2018). Despite that, the camera is able to cope and you will get plenty of great shots, no matter what lens you’re using – particularly since there are so many superb native options to choose from.

Light it up

The Digic X is not the only processor under the hood here. The 1D X Mark III also has a Digic 8 engine that it utilizes for exposure metering when using the camera’s optical viewfinder (OVF). There’s also a new 216-zone 400,000-dot RGB+IR metering sensor (up from the 1D X Mark II's 370,000-dot variant), while Live View utilizes 384-zone metering system.

The metering sensor does a good job, while the HEIF files can retrieve details if you don't shoot in RAW | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM; 1/200 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100

The upgrades go a long way in making sure you’re able to expose correctly for different scenarios. When capturing dark subjects against a light background, for example, it can be difficult to capture details in shadows. However, choosing the right ISO and opting to use Spot metering for individual subjects makes easy work of it all.

Add to that the ability to capture HEIF images means there’s plenty of details you can retrieve during post processing, as we did with the chimpanzee image above. While the chimp's face was perfectly exposed despite the sun being too bright behind the animal, the rest of her body was lost in shadow, and there was no trace of the sexual swelling this female had in the original file. Some minor tweaks with a basic photo editing app (in our case Apple’s Photos app on a Mac) was enough to bring out the lost details.

There's no trace of noise at high ISOs | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM; 1/4000 sec at f/3.2, ISO 8000

Shooting at high ISO values (for example, ISO 8000 in the case of the image above) is also not a huge problem for the Canon 1D X Mark III. There’s no evidence of noise at ISO 8000, although go up to sensitivities as high as ISO 21,800 and the Sony does a tad better. That said, the current low-light king is still the Nikon D5, and we’re expecting the D6 to perform just as well, if not better, in those situations.

Even mistakes like this overexposed flower has a pleasing effect | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM; 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

The need for speed

The 1D X Mark III’s speed is also something that sets it apart from mirrorless cameras like the Sony A9 II. Both cameras top off at 20fps bursts, but the Canon can do so in mirrorless mode when using its mechanical shutter. On the other hand, the A9 II is capable of 10fps continuous shooting with its mechanical shutter. In silent mode, the Sony can manage 12-frame bursts, but hits 20fps only if you’re willing to capture compressed RAW files. The Canon achieves that speed by spitting out full-res RAW files.

And then there’s the buffer depth, which is just shy of unlimited (while the Sony A9 II is rated for 361 JPEGs). Add to that the adoption of CFexpress memory cards for the 1D X Mark III and you’re saving hundreds of images almost instantaneously. 

We will admit that, at one point during the ATP Cup tennis finals in Sydney, we got distracted and had the shutter pressed for longer than we wanted and/or needed and ended up with upwards of 2,000 RAW + JPEG files… the Mark III barely blinked before it was ready for use again, and all files saved to card. We would never recommend doing something like that, unless you were testing the feature, but that one mistake gave us a very good idea of how quickly the camera processes files.

You'd think that many of the images captured during that long burst would have resulted in the vast majority being out of focus – we were genuinely surprised to find that the vast majority were on point, with only about 50 shots out of focus, and even they were usable if you didn't crop in to zoom into the subject. Goes to show that the 1D X Mark III just carries on with the job at hand without needing too much from you.

While the anti-flicker feature keeps most lighting issues at bay, there is some banding on LED displays | Canon EOS 1D X Mark III + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM; 1/5000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 5000

Do what you will

The 1D X Mark III is a large beast. It’s not a traveling companion and it’s not cheap. While it’s very tempting to recommend the camera to practically any advanced photographer, it does need more than some spare change to purchase. That said, it’s a camera that will let you do anything, even if you aren’t a sports or press photographer.

You may not need intelligent autofocus that’s fast and precise as a landscape photographer, and you likely won’t need 20fps bursts as a wedding or wildlife photographer, but the fact is the 1D X Mark III can handle it all. Even video.

For a company that shied away from offering 4K video at a time when the competition had made it the norm – and, when it did arrive, it wasn’t using the full sensor – the Mark III’s video capabilities impress. The 1D line was never designed to be used as hybrid cameras – they were historically meant for stills – but Canon has shown that it can keep up with the times, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the EOS R5 can do.

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New Qualcomm chips could bring noise-cancelling to budget Bluetooth ‘buds

Qualcomm has unveiled two new Bluetooth audio systems-on-a-chip (SoC) aimed for use in true wireless headphones. The QCC514X and the QCC304X are ultra-low-power chips designed for mid-tiered and entry-level headphones, respectively, with both supporting Qualcomm's TrueWireless Mirroring technology.

This technology allows just a single earbud to connect wirelessly to a handset via Bluetooth, which the other 'bud can then mirror. This allows the user to remove the connected 'bud and still continue listening without interruptions via the mirrored one.

The new chips also feature active noise cancellation (ANC), which could make the feature standard in the more affordable true wireless 'buds that end up using these chips. They also bring better battery life to the table – offering up to 13 hours of playback based on a 65mAh battery, according to Qualcomm – and could enable the use of ANC for extended periods without making a huge impact on battery life.

Qualcomm says that the noise-cancellation tech (dubbed "hybrid ANC") also allows for "leak-through" for outside noise, which seems to be equivalent to the transparency (or ambient) modes available on the current crop of more premium noise-cancelling headphones. This means that headphones using the new Qualcomm chips will allow external sounds to pass through the 'buds so users know what's happening around them.

The chips also bring voice assistant support with them, but this is where they differ from each other. The more premium QCC514X features always-on voice support, while the entry-level QCC304X has push-button voice activation. Either way, the new SoCs could see voice assistant support become more accessible on low-cost earbuds.

So if you've been hankering after a set of Apple AirPods Pro or Sony's WF-1000XM3 true wireless 'buds, you may want to wait as these new Qualcomm chips will soon be making their way into upcoming headphones and could save you a pretty penny.

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Instagram’s new Co-watching feature lets friends browse together via video chat

Scrolling through your Instagram feed has, until now, been something you do on your own. However, with more and more people staying away from friends and family to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Instagram has rolled out a new feature called Co-watching to help users feel, well, less isolated.

The new feature allows friends on a video chat (even a group chat) to browse through posts that one of them has 'liked' or 'saved' in their Instagram feed. It even allows participants of the video call to view others' Instagram recommendations.

This gives friends and family a way to talk about different posts on the photo- and video-sharing platform, giving them a way to stay connected.

Instagram Co-watching

How it works

Using Co-watching is real simple: Head to Instagram Direct (the direct messaging feature on the platform) by tapping on the 'paper plane' icon on the top right corner of the app. 

Then start a new video chat by searching for or selecting a contact in the inbox, then tapping the video camera icon on this direct messaging page. Once you've begun chatting, just tap on the photo icon at the bottom of the pane to view all recently liked, saved and Instagram recommendations available on your feed.

The one you select will appear on the screen for all participants on the video chat.

That's not all

Co-watching isn't the only new update to be rolled out to all users – Instagram has also begun highlighting more educational resources about Covid-19 in the search tab, while also ramping up its efforts in removing unofficial coronavirus content and accounts unless it's a credible source.

Instagram is also expanding the Donation stickers to more countries so users can search for and ask for contributions to genuine and relevant non-profit organizations.

To help connect users practising social distancing, shared Stories will feature a 'Stay Home' sticker on all posts within the network.

It's easy to see how Co-watching will become popular in the coming days, and these efforts add to Instagram's Covid-19 prevention initiatives that began about two weeks ago, when the platform started listing posts from credible health organizations at the top of the search tab. 

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Selected Amazon Prime Video kids’ shows now available to stream for free

Doing its part to keep the thousands who have self-isolated entertained, Amazon has opened up a selection of its family-friendly programming for free streaming. The Prime subscription paywall that is a usual requirement to watch Prime Video has been lifted for this selection and is available to stream right away.

The only caveat is that you need to have an Amazon account, which in itself is free and very easy to set up.

The selection varies from region to region: while Amazon Originals are freely available worldwide, third-party or licensed programs will be different for each country.

For example, in the US, there are plenty of Amazon Originals as well as some third-party family-friendly programs, including PBS Kids shows like Arthur and Caillou. In Australia, though, there's only a handful of Amazon Originals available to view for free for kids up to the age of 11, with no licensed content currently available.

Amazon has said it will be working to improve the selection in the coming days, as the current crop of free streaming content seems aimed at younger kids of pre-school to primary school age. It could be a way for parents struggling to work from home to cope while having their children around as there aren't any movies in the selection that adults might enjoy watching as well.

Every little bit helps, though, with families around the world now stuck indoors to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

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Over 1,000 online photography courses are now available for free

With thousands of people now stuck at home, organizations and institutions around the world are unlocking some of their paid services so the public can access these resources for free online.

Following in the footsteps of Cambridge University and JSTOR, the Professional Photographers of America association has announced that its catalogue of over a thousand online photography courses will be accessible for free for the next two weeks.

There's over 1,100 courses available, ranging across a variety of topics for beginners and more advanced photographers – from Lightroom tutorials to how to use a flash – with the courses open to both individuals and small business.

All you have to do is set up a free account on the PPA website, and you'll automatically get directed to the list of courses. No specific end date is mentioned on the site, but the courses were unlocked on March 21, meaning they will be available to everyone until at least April 4.

"Times are tough," the PPA says on its website, "We need to be at our best. More kindness. More patience. More giving."

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Photokina 2020 postponed two whole years due to Covid-19

With the world gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, it's no surprise that all major events around the world are getting canceled. That includes Apple's WWDC and E3.

The world’s biggest photography trade show is now no exception, with Photokina announcing that its May 2020 event to be held in Germany is being shuttered.

However, instead of postponing the show for a few months or moving it to next year, event organizer Koelnmesse GmbH says the next instalment of Photokina will only take place in May 2022.

This announcement comes only three weeks after Photokina organizers said everything would go on as per schedule, but growing health concerns have prompted Koelnmesse GmbH to cancel all events that it organizes at least until June 2020.

According to Photokina's announcement, the decision to move the event by two years was made keeping "several factors" in mind, including the fact that the imaging market has already been struggling for a while, long before the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

"Added to this," the statement reads, "is the fact that our customers’ resources are already under heavy strain in 2021 – as a result of general economic trends as well as rescheduled events on the global trade fair calendar."

Photokina will next take place in Cologne from 18-21 May 2022, and tickets for the canceled 2020 show will be refunded in the coming weeks.

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Canon’s entry-level EOS R6 rumored to inherit the 1D X Mark III’s 20MP sensor

While the photography world's attention has been fixed on the Canon EOS R5, there has been chatter on the grapevine about an entry-level version of the full-frame mirrorless camera as well. 

Unofficially dubbed the EOS R6, it's rumored to arrive in May/June, perhaps with an announcement either at Photokina or just prior to the photography trade show. We've also previously heard that it will have a 20MP sensor which, some are speculating, could be the same 20.1MP flavour that is currently in use in the professional sports DSLR, the EOS 1D X Mark III.

It's also been rumored that it will likely boast in-body image stabilization (IBIS) as the EOS R5 will, but the latest report from trustworthy source Canon Rumors suggests it will even match the R5's continuous shooting speed. That means the R6 will be capable of shooting at 12fps when using its mechanical shutter and a whopping 20fps when its electronic shutter is in use.

That puts this entry-level model almost on par with pro shooters like its 1D X Mark III cousin and the competition from Sony's Alpha A9 series. Specs like these make the EOS R6's place in Canon's, well, canon rather confusing.

While rumors suggest it's supposed to be entry-level, those kinds of speeds haven't yet been seen on an affordable shooter. That said, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera that was announced in August 2019 is capable of topping off at 14fps, although there is a 30fps raw shooting mode for those willing to compromise on pixel counts. So there's always the possibility that the R6 will outdo anything else in the entry-level range when it launches later this year.

On the other hand, Canon Rumors claims that the R6 will not have the same viewfinder resolution as the pro-level R5 (although we don't yet know how high-res it will be), and will also not have as rugged a build as its more expensive sibling. There will, apparently, be dual card slots, which we're assuming will support UHS-II SD cards, and its video specs also look impressive with 4K/60p capabilities.

No other R6 specs have yet leaked and we're hoping it does debut as per schedule – with the coronavirus pandemic spreading, there have been reports of Canon shutting factories due to shortages in the supply chain.

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Confirmed: Canon’s EOS R5 will definitely shoot 30fps 8K video

The Canon EOS R5 development announcement claimed that the upcoming camera will be able to shoot 8K video. Turns out, not everyone believed it was possible on a consumer-level shooter – after all, such high resolution footage has, so far, been the premise of professional cinema cameras.

To set the disbelievers straight, Canon has released an official statement to tease us with a few more tidbits, and thus confirming a rumor or two. The Japanese camera maker is reassuring fans that the EOS R5 will definitely shoot 8K internally, and will do so at 30fps – a framerate that was previously only speculated at – using the full width of the sensor. No crop to see here, folks.

What's more, Canon has also revealed that its tried-and-tested Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system will come into play for all 8K modes, giving users excellent AF tracking when using Live View.

Keep an eye out

Canon has also confirmed that the EOS R5 will come equipped with animal AF as well, and will be able to recognize cats, dogs and birds straight out of the box. 

Eye detect AF will be able to lock in on an animal's eye, but the head detection autofocus available on the EOS 1D X Mark III will also be found on the R5. That means if an eye is not visible, the camera will automatically be able to fixate on either the body or the head of the subject being tracked.

And that's about where the teasing stops. We already know that the R5 will be able to shoot 12fps when using the mechanical shutter but will match the Sony Alpha A9 II's and its EOS 1D X Mark III cousin's whopping 20fps when employing the electronic shutter. To make sure all the shots are safely stowed away, there will be dual card slots on both, although we still don't know if either or both will support CFexpress or UHS-II SD cards.

It will also be the first time Canon offers in-body image stabilization on one of its shooters.

There is so much more we don't know about the R5 and it's one of the most highly anticipated cameras this year. If Canon is giving is a teaser now, then perhaps the announcement won't be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic currently gripping the world.

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Canon’s EOS R mirrorless camera could come in a 150MP version

If Fujifilm can develop a superb camera with a 100+ megapixel sensor in the GFX 100, then why not Canon? As crazy as it may sound, Canon Watch is reporting that the Japanese camera maker is developing a full-frame mirrorless snapper housing a 150MP sensor, with the rumored camera being unofficially dubbed the EOS R3.

While it may sound like megapixel madness, it is quite plausible. Last year, Canon showed off a 120MP sensor at the Sensors Expo & Conference in San Jose, California. So it's not too much of a stretch to expect the company to produce an even higher resolution option. That said, the 120MP was not a 35mm full-frame sensor; it was APS-H in size – the sensors that were used in previous high-end EOS DSLRs, such as the EOS-1D Mark IV.

Moreover, rumors of a 75MP as well as an 83MP EOS R camera have been doing the rounds since last year, which could indicate that Canon is at least thinking about a super-high-resolution mirrorless camera, one that sits above the EOS R5 (which could have a 45MP sensor resolution, although Canon has not confirmed that as yet). 

Whether the rumors of a 150MP Canon camera are true or not, the question here is do we really need such a high resolution sensor? File sizes would be massive and it would take a lot of processing power on a computer to edit those in post.

However, both the Fujifilm GFX 100 and the 61MP Sony Alpha A7R IV have proved that ultra high-res sensors work marvellously well, capturing plenty of detail. And it wouldn't surprise us in the least if Sony, too, is looking to outdo itself and develop a 100+ MP sensor for the next A7R shooter.

While we'd suggest you take the news of a Canon EOS R3 and its 150MP sensor with a pinch of salt, it would definitely have the photography world abuzz if it turns out to be true.

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