Canon’s interesting answer to mirrorless

Canon has just introduced two more DSLRs into the line-up, 700D and 100D.

The 700D is a typical “every year must update” model. While the 100D is a slight more interesting one. I feel 100D is Canon’s compromised solution to buy some time for developing the 2nd generation EOS-M. Let’s see how it works out in the market.

Too bad, both the 700D and 100D would most likely carry the vintage 18mp CMOS sensor debuted years ago.

70D is still missing, I’m crossing my finger it would come out with a better CMOS and improved AF system. Yes, Nikon D7100 is really what I want for a DSLR. But I’m OK with my Canon 40D. And since in the future I’d like to have a mirrorless backup that can take my current EOS lenses. Jump ship to Nikon is not a option, if the EOS-M from Canon is not a satisfying performer, the V1 J1 mirrorless from Nikon are both real jokes.

If you don’t need certain DSLR feature/performance, and don’t already own some DSLR lense, Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great mirrorless, just grab this with the 12-50. Sony NEX series can be another option as well.

Canon EOS 40Dx

自打我第一台数码相机Canon A610开始,就对翻转屏对构图的帮助大有体会。

偶然发现 flipxbac,立刻买下,算是给用了3年多的40D升级一下。

佳能70D要是敢采用650D/7D那块陈年CMOS,那我就准备继续坚守 40Dx


CPU benchmark for Digital Photography Professional

Recently took quite a number of photos of my little princess. Haven’t yet processed all,  not to say upload. I was wondering whether new CPUs dramatically reduce the processing time for DPP. Search on internet didn’t  fetch me such benchmark. The close I can get is Photoshop test,  which I’m lazy to launch. So I decided to run such a test myself. This benchmark would give you a basic idea of how Core2 Quad, Duo  and I7 perform in DPP.
The benchmark was run on two desktops,
my home one with Intel Core2 Quad Q9400, 2.66GHz 8G Ram, Win 7 64 bit.
The second machine is based on Intel  I7-2600, 3.4GHz, among the fastest quad cores, also 8G ram,  win 7 64 bit.
DPP latest version, I run a test of conversion 20 raw to jpg, 10megapix each.

Here are the results.
Core2 Quad  Q9400 54 seconds
Core I7-2600 35 seconds.

54/35 = 1.54. Considering 3.4GHz/2.66GHz = 1.28, besides the clock advantage, I7 core has 20% advantage from the new architecture.

Update: Second run, add one more CPU, Intel Core2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz, 4G ram, Win vista 32bit,

14 raw to jpg, 10 megapix each. DPP processing settings: Neutral, Click white balance, Noise Reduction Lumi 2, Chroma 10, Sharpness 3 and some adjustment on the curve

Core2 Duo P8600 87 seconds

Core2 Quad Q9400 53 seconds

Core I7-2600  32 seconds

My three years old quad core machine is still quite OK. DPP prefers more cores than higher clock. My next upgrade would be adding a new graphic card for GPGPU. Hope DPP would support it soon.

Update: The test sessions were all run with single instance of DPP. If you manually split your photos into group and launch more than one DPP to process then the Quad core would be even faster than the Duo core CPUs.