Canon Rumor: A New High End, High Resolution EOS DSLR With Hybrid Viewfinder (named EOS-A1?)


I am getting lots of rumors about Canon’s future plans and projects these days, and while I will not post anything because either I do not have a double confirmation or what I am told is simply not credible, I decided to post what follows because it came from two sources. However: This comes from new sources so let’s take it with a good grain of salt.

I have been told (thanks) that Canon will announce a new high end EOS DSLR in 2014, a DSLR with a big megapixel count, possibly the high resolution Canon camera that is rumored since a while. This camera is not going to replace existing models, it is a new entry in Canon’s line-up

The rumored DSLR is said to have a megapixel count that matches the highest resolution sensors out there (but no word about the actual resolution). The DSLR is optimized for the best possible still and video performance, video is said to be the best ever seen on a DSLR (better than the EOS-1D C?). And this one rocks: the camera is said to have a hybrid viewfinder, i.e. it combines optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder would be for video (according to the sources). No word if we are talking about an APS-C or a full-frame sensor.

Finally, I have been told a name for the camera: EOS-A1, but one of the source wasn’t sure if the name refers to a prototype or to the final model. The DSLR is said to be announced in 2014.

I give this rumour a 30-35%% chance to be true. I write 30-35% because I received notifications that “something big is coming from Canon” (quoting a source) from various sources, and the rumour here reported fits into that.

It is getting chaotic with Canon rumors since a few weeks, with lots of rumors often contradicting previous rumors and predictions. The latest EOS 7D Mark II rumor is the best example: after all the rumors about the (supposedly) upcoming EOS 7D Mark II we were told that there will be no EOS 7D Mark II. Instead, according to another rumor that followed, there will be a new APS-C flagship, but it will not be called “EOS 7D Mark II”. I will (hopefully) soon have more to tell about that. Stay tuned.

I appreciate your thoughts about this rumor, so let me know in the comment section if you like.

  • someuser

    Hybrid view finder is the way to go at least for the next 10 years, unless EVF technology could completely overcome the sluggish problem and the bad performance in colder weather. EVF is specifically useful when shooting landscapes, the magnification feature helped me a lot, but when shooting moving objects, the OVF would be the only option I want. So a hybrid VF would be the best!

    • Sky

      Well, it would work great for video. That’s sure.

  • gav

    In 5 years there will be no optical viewfinders on pro cameras. EVFs are getting too good and will continue to do so….

    • someuser

      I would say 5 yr is a little too optimistic, currently the EVF is too weak on moving object and treating with cold weather.

    • Sky

      FYI – it’s not a matter of time or quality. It’s whatever EVFs can offer something to pull people in on a commercial market. Right now there’s just one thing: preview while recording video. Nothing more. Everything either can or is offered by OVF or Pros got no need for that.

      5 years is very little – even Sony did relatively little progress during last 5 years. Yea, the difference is there, you can see that, but nothing huge happe .in therms of pire quality. So I wouldn’t get my hopes high. With current speed prhaps in 25-30 years we’ll get to the point where pros might start to consider EVF for anything serious. (Ps. I shot with Sony since A200, so please, don’t accuse me for anti-Sony or anti-EVF bias – it’s just objective opinion from someone who shot with both: EVFs and OVFs for years)

      • Sky

        Wow, that’s a lot of typos. Sorry for that. Stupid phone.

  • don hogfan

    Do it properly and my D800 is going away.

  • EOS whispers

    I too have heard the designation “A1” referring to an EOS DSLR out on trial. It is an APS-C crop sensor camera, 24MP I think. Interesting to see that when Canon repeated your post it came up with 35MP or higher!

    I can confirm that video is through the VF at eye level, but no details of how this works. It does perhaps seem that Canon is coming up with a solution to this weakness of SLR video. No idea if this camera is a pre-production model or just a tester.

  • Laurent

    Maybe this A1 is the new denomination for the 7Dmk2 ??

    • Admin

      possibly. At least it is a valid thesis. Unfortunately I can’t yet say for sure if it is an APS-C or FF sensor. I got some advice about the sensor size but have to wait for a confirmation.

  • Jedy

    I can’t help but think the video on dslrs is just a ploy to shift more cameras. The design of a dslr will never be ideal for video on a professional level (rolling shutter for example). All this talk of hybrid viewfinders makes me concerned Canon are going to sacrifice the stills part of a dslr in favour of new video technology to wow the buying public. The 5D III doesn’t allow you to swap the stock focus screen for a manual focus screen (this is why I own a 6D) and they do target the pro video market with this model. What is a dslr these days? A professional stills camera or a wannabe high end video camera?