Canon Cross Media Station Storage Concept

Canon Cross Media Station

Recently, Canon announced (again) that it is developing a photo storage device called the Cross Media Station. The details are slim – only stating that it will use NFC technology to store photo and video files from Canon cameras and those files will be viewable on a TV.

It is stated to have networking capabilities as well, but again, details are slim.

In fact, details were more prominent when Canon announced its Cross Media Station in 2010 at the Canon Expo in Paris, which was virtually the same concept.

I have so many more questions than I do answers about this device. If the implementation of the device is anything like the product Canon has been working on since 2010, it probably needs to die.

People want to connect with their cameras to smartphones, not televisions . . . and that smartphone connectivity still needs to be polished instead of creating a TV box to manage (using a clunky remote) the vast quantity of photos and videos we shoot.

Nothing in Canon’s press release, which you can read below, gives me confidence that this will be a product that I would want to own. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook Now Available

Canon 7D Mark II Guidebook

Canon USA has released a new guidebook for setting up the AF system on the new Canon 7D Mark II. The guidebook is 50 pages long and goes into great depth of nothing but the 7D Mark II’s impressive AF system. After looking through the guidebook, it makes the 7D Mark II look even more like a professional camera.

You can download the guidebook here on Canon USA’s website. What most impresses you about the new AF system in the 7D Mark II?