Canon offers SD card-shaped Wi-Fi adapter, EOS 7D II bundle: Digital Photography Review
Canon offers SD card-shaped Wi-Fi adapter, EOS 7D II bundle
Canon has introduced a Wi-Fi adapter designed to fit into the SD slot of compatible Canon DSLRs, to bring wireless connectivity to dual card slot cameras like the EOS 7D II and 5DS/R. The W-E1 adapter will be sold bundled with the EOS 7D II as well as separately, and will work with previously purchased 7D II and 5DS/R models once a firmware updated is applied.
Though it looks like an SD card, the W-E1 doesn’t include any storage, so the camera’s available CF card slot will need to be used. When used with the EOS 7D II the card can transfer stills and MP4 video files; with the EOS 5DS/R only still images can be transferred.
The W-E1 will be available in early September for $50. A new Canon EOS 7D II kit with the W-E1 and the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens will go on sale in October for $2,449; a body-only kit with the adapter will cost $1,849. Firmware to enable use of the card with previously purchased 7D II units will be available in early September, followed by one for 5DS/R owners will in November.
CANON ANNOUNCES NEW CANON EOS 7D MARK II KIT FEATURING NEW WI-FI® ADAPTER FOR THE EASY SHARING OF IMAGES AND VIDEOS
New Bundle Also Includes Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Kit, featuring the new SD card-sized Wi-Fi® Adapter W-E1. This new Wi-Fi adapter, when placed in the camera’s SD slot, provides the EOS 7D Mark II with Wi-Fi capabilitiesi like easy transferring of images and MP4 videos as well as use of the Canon Camera Connect App for remote capture of still images via a compatible smartphone or tablet.ii
The Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 will be sold with the EOS 7D Mark II body as well as sold separately, and can also be used with the EOS 5DS and 5DS R as well as previously purchased EOS 7D Mark II camerasiii. When used with EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras, the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 functionality is limited to the transfer of still images only. The W-E1 will support 802.11 b, g and n using the 2.4 GHz band.
Additionally, for the first time the EOS 7D Mark II camera will be conveniently bundled with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. This lens has been optimized for high-speed autofocusing when shooting stills and quiet and smooth zoom when shooting video. This is the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM technology providing high-speed autofocus for shooting stills and silent, smooth autofocus when shooting video. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization.
The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Lens Kit is currently scheduled to be available in October 2016 for an estimated retail price of $2,449.00*, with the body-only version also currently scheduled to be available in October 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,849*. The Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 is scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $50.00*. A firmware update to enable compatibility with the W-E1 for previously purchased cameras is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for the EOS 7D Mark II camera and November 2016 for the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras.
For more information: http://www.usa.canon.com/
i The Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 must be inserted into the available SD card slot. The W-E1 does not have storage and is not designed to record images. To record and store images, a CompactFlash card must be used in the dedicated CF card slot.
ii Compatible with iOS® versions 8.0/8.1/8.2/8.3/8.4/9.0/9.1/9.2/9.3, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
iii EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras that have already been purchased separately require a firmware update to utilize the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1.
* Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Canon is planning to release the new firmware update verison 1.1.0 for EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera in early September 2016.
Here is the full press texts:
Regarding the EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera, we are planning to release
Firmware Version 1.1.0 for download from the Web in order to enhance the functions.
Changes in the firmware:
We are planning to incorporate the following changes to enhance functions.
- Wi-Fi adapter W-E1 will be supported.
- A setting will be added to enable or disable automatic storage of the lens if it is extended out when a gear-driven STM lens*1 is attached, and the power switch is turned to [OFF].*1 EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses
- Lens optical correction data for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens will be added to the camera.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware Update Version 1.1.0 Released
- Supports Wi-Fi adapter W-E1.
- Adds a setting to enable or disable automatic storage of the lens if it is extended out when a gear-driven STM lens*1 is attached, and the power switch is turned to [OFF].
*1 EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses