Canon’s 120MP full-frame sensor is not a Bayer sensor, it’s based on new technology [CW4]

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Bayer sensor (image: Wikipedia)

I have been told by a reputable source (was right in the past) that Canon’s 120MP full-frame sensor is not based on Bayer technology. That means: not an RGB sensor.

According to Canon (as told by the source), an RGB sensor doesn’t work for such a high resolution, i.e. for resolutions above 100MP. The source stated it is a totally new technology that Canon is employing on their upcoming 120MP sensor. We are not talking Foveon or other stuff here. To be more clear: according to the source, with this sensor Canon will introduce a new sensor technology to the world.

Update: after the post has been published, the source contacted me saying it may be “a technology similar to Foveon”. We have a long row of Canon patents pointing to Foveon/Multi-Layer sensors.

The 120MP sensor was announced as a development project back in September 2015. Since then, we didn’t hear much about the sensor, except that it could go to market in 2018.

So, now the big question is: what sensor technology does Canon employ on their full-frame 120MP sensor?

Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R deals, $2649 and $2,999 (live again)

Canon EOS 5Ds And EOS 5Ds R Deals, $2649 And $2,999 (live Again)

Seller AllNewShop on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5Ds on sale at $2,649 (compare at $3,499). The EOS 5Ds R is on sale at $2,999 (compare at $3,899, select from the dropdown list). Free shipping in the US. Please note: this is likely a grey import item.

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Canon planing to give up small sensor manufacturing? [CW2]

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After the rumor of a few days ago, suggesting Canon may give up their sensor labs and factories, I got a new, yet similar rumor.

This time a slightly more plausible scenario is suggested. I would like to reproduce the original text:

There is an internal Canon strategy paper which says that under the current market trends the company ought to lower its total ownership cost of its sensor fabs by selling off its small-sensor manufacturing business, by small it means anything smaller than APS-C. Sensor manufacturing capability for sizes equal or larger than APS-C will be retained. There is no executive approval yet for this plan, but it’s likely to go ahead if the current market trends continue for a year or so.

Whatever you might think of this rumor, it is less unlikely than it might appear. If you have a look at Canon’s latest financial results, you’ll see what we all know since a while: smartphone photography is eating away the profits made with small sensor cameras (i.e. compact cameras). Hence, there might well be a scenario where Canon decides that manufacturing sensors smaller than APS-C has a total cost that’s too high. Canon is already featuring Sony sensors on some of their 1″ sensor Powershot cameras.

So, if the assumptions we made above have some plausibility, then Canon might give up producing small sensors, and start to purchase such sensors from Sony (given how well they perform). It will likely depend by how pragmatic Canon is as a company.

What do you think…?

Our rumor about a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera gets another mention

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Back in September I got a rumor suggesting Canon is actively working on a full-frame mirrorless camera. This very rumor today got another mention on the web.

I repost the rumor I got back in September:

I have been told (thanks) that Canon may indeed announce a full-frame mirrorless camera in 2016. I rate the rumor CW2 since I had so many misleading rumors about Canon’s mirrorless plans in the past. The source insisted to say that some sort of early prototype already exists, though it never came out of Canon’s labs. That’s to say that there are no test units out in the wild but just (if true) a prototype in a very early stage of development, still undergoing lab tests and development. It sounds at least plausible.

While I am sure Canon has the skills and the know-how to produce a full-frame mirrorless camera, I am pretty cautious with such rumors. A full-frame mirrorless camera is rumored since at least two years. The source promised to deliver some specs in the near future. We will see.

Unfortunately, we still do not have any specs. As I wrote back in September, the suggested mirrorless full-frame camera may likely be announced in 2016. Back then I rated the rumor CW2, today I tend more toward CW3.

The source who sent me the rumor in September promised to let me soon know more about Canon’s plans with a full-frame mirrorless camera. Stay tuned.

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 sample photos, taken with Canon EOS 5Ds R

Zeiss Otus 28mm F/1.4 Sample Photos, Taken With Canon EOS 5Ds R

Photography Blog posted a set of 34 JPG and 34 raw photos taken with a final production version of Zeiss’ new Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5Ds R.

You can get notified when the Otus 28mm f/1.4 is shipping. The new Otus will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date, but cheap it will not be. Full technical specifications can be downloaded here.

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