Canon Adds New EF-S Lens, New Bluetooth Powered Remote Shutter Release, and Updates CS100 Firmware

Alongside their DSLR and ILC announcements, Canon USA released information about two new EOS accessories.

Canon_EFS18-55_4-56_IS_STM_500px.jpgFirst up is a new kit 18-55mm lens, the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. Canon claims this new kit option is 20% smaller than previous 18-55mm lenses, without sacrificing in the image quality department.

Along with a more compact design, the new lens boasts up to 4 stops of shake correction when the optical image stabilization is enabled. This lens will come bundled with the new EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D, or you can purchase it separately in April for $249.99.

Canon_BRE1_500px.jpgSecondly, Canon has just released their first ever remote control that uses Bluetooth technology, with the new BR-E1 wireless remote control. This unit will allow photogs to trip the shutter on their camera remotely from up to 16 feet away, even in situations where line-of-sight is blocked, or environments where normal wireless signal reception may be poor.

Currently, this unit is compatible with the newly announced EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D. Like their other announcements, the BR-E1 will be available next month (April), for about $50.

Lastly, Canon has announced that they're updating the firmware for their popular Connect Station CS100. The CS100 is a "go-to-photo and video hub that allows family and friends a way to quickly and easily store, manage view and share unforgettable memorable moment's wirelessly"

The new firmware is said to offer the following improvements:
  • Compatibility for select Canon and non-Canon cameras, with a wider range of supported file formats
  • Support for video playback of computer-edited movies
  • Improved smartphone connectivity and compatibility

Visit Canon's website to learn how you can update your CS100.