Canon Announces EOS 7DSV – Locking Studio Camera
Canon has recently announced the new 7DSV (7D Studio Version). This new version of the 7D adds some interesting new features that some studios may be able to use to streamline their workflows. For most DSLR owners this won’t be anything you will be lusting over, but if you do a lot of product or yearbook work and need to track a lot of meta data this could be the ticket.
There are two main features introduced, the locking mechanism that allows a studio manager to lock down the camera settings so that a scene can be setup and the camera operator cannot make adjustments to the camera which could cause an inconsistency in the body of work. The second feature is an interface to a bar code reader so that images can be quickly matched up against bar codes for faster sorting. For some people, these new features are a huge blessing, for most people it probably won’t be of any big value. For the complete press release, continue reading this article.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 17, 2010 – For wedding and portrait photographers, one of the most enjoyable parts of a project is the actual photographic element with the laborious work starting when the time comes to organize files, edit and ultimately provide the finished product. To help make this process less cumbersome, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of a new EOS 7D Studio Version DSLR Camera, ideal for professional school and event photographers which features four levels of â€œlockingâ€ camera controls for studio environments. In addition to the â€œlockingâ€ feature on the new EOS 7D Studio Version, the Company is also introducing a Canon Barcode Solution, which links customer data directly with the image file so that it can be maintained throughout the entire workflow process, ideal for school photographers, forensic and medical photo workflows.
Canonâ€™s new â€œLockingâ€ EOS 7D Studio Version DSLR allows administrators to disable unwanted features and settings thus providing professional studio operators the comfort of knowing the end result will be both reliable and repeatable. The camera has four different â€œlockâ€ levels allowing administrators to enable the appropriate level of camera functionality for any studio operation. Custom functionality management is also achieved through each level by unlocking individual features according to operator-specific needs. This complete level of control is guarded by a daily password preventing anyone with a different vision from changing the camera settings and disrupting the overall project and workflow.
â€œWe know professional photographers are constantly searching for ways to simplify the workflow process,â€ said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. â€œWith the addition of the new EOS 7D Studio Version camera, professionals and business owners can be confident that data management will be streamlined and they can focus on the current task at hand.â€
The new Canon Barcode Solution for the new EOS 7D Studio Version cameras helps to automate the data management required when shooting, processing and delivering images for school photoshoots and other large scale events as well as organizing medical images while maintaining patient anonymity. Once the barcode option is enabled, customer, organizational, patient and/or other data will be embedded directly into the image fileâ€™s EXIF data by scanning a barcode for easy identification when reviewing the completed work. While shooting, the actual reading of barcodes can be easily managed and, based upon each personâ€™s workflow, the critical task of file management is accomplished with less risk of error. Upon completion, a visual confirmation will appear on the cameraâ€™s rear LCD screen.
The EOS 7D Studio Version kit includes Canonâ€™s WFT-E5A unit, which along with an optional barcode reader can scan and seamlessly manage image and customer data through a â€œwired connectionâ€. A wireless system configuration is also possible through Canonâ€™s BU-30 Bluetooth adapter further adding to the systemâ€™s convenience and functionality. Existing WFT-E5A units require a firmware update to work with Barcode functionality. This update will need to be done at a Canon USA Factory Service location if the customer wishes to use a previously purchased WFT-E5A unit. If the customer chooses this option, the ability to read and embed GPS (Global Positioning System) data will no longer function.
Coupled with a new â€œLockingâ€ EOS 7D Studio Version Digital SLR camera, photographic operations both large and small can ensure reliability and efficient workflow for whomever is using the camera.
The new EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Barcode Kit (EOS 7DSV and WFT-E5A with firmware change) will carry an estimated selling price of $ $2599. The EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Body Only will carry an estimated selling price of $1829. Both are available by special order through select Canon authorized dealers.
The following Barcode Scanners are compatible; Honeywell 3800, Honeywell 3820, for scanning via bluetooth and Honeywell 4600, for scanning 1D and 2D barcodes.
All inquiries and questions regarding Canonâ€™s EOS 7D Studio Version DSLR or Canonâ€™s Barcode Solution can be directed to ProSolutions@cusa.canon.com.
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