8K coming to Canon Cinema products in 2016 (C500 Mark II), and to Canon DSLRs in 2017 [CW4]

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The Canon C500 replacement will likely feature 8K

This comes from a reliable source, and was told to me through a phone call. The source works for an international television broadcasting station that is already testing 8K video equipment.

I’ve been told (thanks) that Canon will feature 8K video recording on an upcoming Cinema EOS camera. The most likely candidate is the Canon C500 Mark II, expected somewhere in Summer 2016. It’s unlikely that there will be other or new Canon Cinema products set to be announced in 2016. The Canon C500 features 4K, so it is not unlikely that Canon’s next step will be 8K.

The more interesting part of this rumor is that Canon is planning to feature 8K also on their high-end DSLRs in 2017. So, not on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, which we expect to get announced in the next months. For the time being I can not tell what Canon DSLR it will be. The EOS-1D X Mark II is Canon’s new DSLR flagship and for sure there will not be an EOS-1D X Mark III in 2017.

Does this mean there will be a new high-end Canon DSLR in 2017? Sounds a bit odd but it is possible. There is no high-end Canon DSLR I expect to get replaced in 2017. The EOS 5D Mark IV (might have a different name) and EOS-1D X Mark II replacements are expected for 2016.

  • SteB1

    8K is more or less 36 megapixels. So it would require pretty impressive processing to produce at least 24 fps, and more likely 30 fps at 36mp. This has a lot of implications for stills photography as well.

  • Jonathan

    At this point, the only camera which has been suggested to be replaced in 2017 is the 6D. Given the similarity in controls to the 70D (which could be seen as video-centric given the articulating touchscreen and DPAF), perhaps that is the one to be replaced? The only thing that doesn’t make much sense is the product line. The 6D is the lowest end of the FF DSLR market and thus, unlikely to be the first to receive 8k. Perhaps Canon will split the 6D line into a camera for the mass market and one that is the same, but with 8k and maybe a few other goodies?
    Wow… what an odd rumor!

    • Erik Rustad

      Unless they are launching a new line of cameras in 2017, and the current rumor is wrong. It may not be a DSLR but a FF mirrorless with 8K coming in 2017. If Canon enters the FF mirrorless market they have to do it properly to compete with Sony. Giving it 8K only seems fair as an extra selling point against established competitors.

    • Rick

      did you forget the 1DC built upon the 1DX .. could easily see a 1DC II built upon the 1DX II.

  • Rick

    sure. 1DC II. the 1DC was the worlds first ILC camera that could shoot 4K, why wouldn’t the 1DC II be the first to shoot 8k?

    • Pascal Parvex

      That is what I say. But it may be a problem, that the first 1D C seems to have been a major flop.

  • Mandarinfish

    The 5DS / 5DSR mk II with the new body of the 5D mk IV and featuring 8K video recording ?

  • SoapyEyes

    as if

  • Afraz Anosh

    Definitely can’t be the 6DII, because that means it’ll do video better than the 1DX or the 5DIV. Can’t be a new 7D, they just updated it. So which one? 😛