Canon’s Upcoming Multi-Layer, Foveon-Like Sensor Made By Sony? (Update)

Foveon-Like Sensor

Update: Jep, here too we got an email stating that “Canon will continue to use Canon sensors”, very soon after this rumor was posted. Since no email came from a known source I would normally not post this update. But then, since this new rumor is floating around…here was the update :-)

Original post:

A very good source told me that the upcoming multi-layer, Foveon-like sensors that was mentioned in a rumor weeks ago will be made by Sony. I give the rumor of a Sony-made Foveon sensor a good possibility to be true. This sensor is said to be featured in two new pro-grade cameras that will be announced in Q1 2015.

Beside that this rumor comes from one of my best sources, I think it is plausible. It would not be the first time that Canon mounts a sensor made by Sony on their cameras. Even if there is no evidence, it is almost sure that the new Canon Powershot G7 X sports a Sony sensor.

On the other hand, it is a bit disappointing. Canon has research labs and production facilities, and I would prefer if they go on making sensors on their own instead of getting them from others. Especcially if Canon makes more excellent sensors like the one featured on the EOS 7D Mark II.

A note: during a recent interview with DPreview, when asked about the G7 X sensor, a Canon representative said:

Q: […] we’ve learned […] that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

What do you think?


CW Reader Contest – Most Liked Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
Kelly Carter‎, taken in the Lawrenceville neighborhood with a 7D, 70-40 lens

Round-up of the most liked reader pics of the week. Thank you all for your great pics. 

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show the world what you are able to do with a Canon camera! 

Diego Eidelman Foto‎, 5D Mk III + 16-35mm f/4L IS – Hidden gems @ Buenos Aires

Photo of the Week
John Banyard‎, Blanche Ellis, musician. Mime themed shoot. Kit: Canon 5D MkII, EF24-70mm f/2.8 USM. Shot: ISO 200, 1/160, f/9

Jessi Dunn Photography‎, Railroad tracks and autumn leaves. Photo taken with Canon 5D Mark III and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens.

Photo of the Week
Andre Yabiku‎, Sunset view from Christ the Redeemer at Rio de Janeiro. Shot handheld with 60D + Sigma 17-50 f2.8.

Thomas Emberson‎, I was in Vienna this past Saturday. Took this picture with my 7D, 10-22mm lens, at 10mm, 1/8th second exposure, ISO160, and f/3.5. This was at the Donauisnsel stop on the U1 line.

Photo of the Week
Leanne Chow‎, Pelicans at Eden Wharf, New South Wales, Australia. Shot with Canon 6D, 24mm, f4, ISO100, 1/1250.

Canon EOS Utility, Tethering, and Mac OS X 10.10 (aka Yosemite)


The current versions of Canon’s tethering software packages EOS Utility 2 and EOS Utility 3 (for the 1Dx, 5DMK3 and 7DMk2) and their RAW processor Digital Photo Professional are not compatible with the latest version of Mac OS X 10.10 aka Yosemite. I’ve spoken to several Canon technical representatives and public relations people who are quietly aware of the issue. They report they have no information about when these applications will be updated. The workaround for those who tether is to use Lightroom.

First Look at Canon’s C100 Mark II

The folks at Newsshooter posted their first impression about the new Canon C100 Mark II. An excerpt:

The new viewfinder, lifted from the C500, is great. The viewfinder now works if you wear glasses and the image is big and bright enough to really use.  The LCD screen now pivots around so you can see it from the side of the camera during interviews, and will flip so it faces forward if you need to do a standup in front of the camera. Face-tracking autofocus will make those standups look sharp.

[via Newsshooter]



Capture The Action with Canon and Adorama

Adorama and Canon present an action packed free event on Wednesday 12th November at the Altman Building in Manhattan. NYC.  More information can be found here.

Join Adorama and Canon for this can’t-miss event featuring the brand new EOS 7D Mark II and experience all the action it captures! Free to attend, the action-packed evening will feature an open bar and food, giveaways including a raffle for the 7D Mark II and two tickets to the XLIX “Big Game,” special guest appearances from the world of professional sports, presentations from the industry’s top action photographers and many more surprises to come. Be sure to RSVP, as space is limited and only registering will guarantee your spot!

The star of the show, the EOS 7D Mark II, will be on display, so all attendees can get their hands-on the highly anticipated DSLR from Canon’s APS-sensor lineup. Capturing every fun-filled moment of the night, attendees can even get in front of the camera and see it in action throughout the evening. The 7D Mark II boasts, among many other impressive features, a 20.2MP CMOS sensor for stunning detail and impressive clarity, high speed continuous shooting up to 10fps, stunning full HD video, and the Intelligent Viewfinder II – and one attendee will get to walk away with their very own! Canon will also have their Pro100 and Pro10 printers on display, as well as the CP910 for printing photos on the spot. Be sure to keep an eye out for exclusive event promotions the day of – available only to those in attendance!

The EOS 7D Mark II is in stock and shipping:

World-wide EOS 7D Mark II order links after the break