Is the successor of the EOS 7D on its way?
A new rumor suggests that Canon may use the concomitance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi (2/7-2/23) and CP+ (2/13-2/16) to announce various new products, among which there will be the replacement for the EOS 7D (price & specs).
The rumor states that speed, auto-focus and high ISO performance are the key elements where Canon wants feedback from their testers (apparently prototypes are out in the wild). The 7D successor should have a rugged build an a high fps. No word about the resolution, just that it will be over 20MP.
My take: Take it with a grain of salt. EOS 7D Mark II rumors have gone wild and sometimes contradictory in the last months. According to my sources there will be an APS-C DSLR positioned above the EOS 7D/70D but it will not be a “7D Mark II”. Canon’s next, new APS-C flagship is said to have a new naming scheme (and groundbreaking features). That fits with other rumors I got, saying Canon is working on a general revamping of their DSLR line-up, one source stated it is “the biggest change in Canon’s history“. I have also been told that there are prototypes undergoing testing.
The latest spec list I got (already published in the past) that could refer to the 7D successor:
- ~24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Auto-Focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III (61 points), possibly the same as 5D3
- High frame rate, 10-12 fps
- “high grade” weather sealing, like Canon’s professional DSLRs
- Dual Digic V+ processor
- Single card slot
- WiFi & GPS
- Innovative video features
- Price around $2000
- Very good ISO performance
Only time will tell.
The Asia-only Canon EOS M2 got DxOMarked. No big surprises here since the EOS M2 sports the same sensor of the Rebel SL1/100D. Interesting to see that the EOS M2 has the same overall score as the EOS M. But the EOS M2 compares well also to more recent Canon APS-C sensors. More after the break.
(Reuters) – Canon Inc is shifting capacity back to Japan in an apparent vindication of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s yen-weakening policies, which have made it more profitable for some Japanese manufacturers to produce and export from home.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the world’s largest camera maker was caught out by its reliance on domestic production by a soaring yen – which devalued its overseas earnings and increased labor costs – forcing the company to produce more overseas.
It is now set to reverse that shift, boosting jobs and factory operations in Japan in a move that will delight proponents of Abe’s economic policies and erode the competitive advantage enjoyed by rivals such as Nikon Corp, which has long made the majority of its cameras overseas.
Canon will raise the proportion of products made in Japan to 50 percent within the next three years from 42 percent now, Chief Executive Fujio Mitarai told Reuters in an interview on Thursday, after saying he was “looking forward” to a further slide in the yen.
A somewhat vague rumor surfaced on the web stating that the successor of the Powershot SX50 HS may be announced sometime in spring and be available for shipping in the summer 2014. The camera will most probably be named SX60 HS. No specs or other information. Speculation goes to the point that the SX60 HS could feature a 100x zoom. A pertinent patent appeared some time ago, though I do not think the SX60 HS will have such a crazy zoom range.
The Powershot SX50 HS is a popular bridge camera, and indeed it is due for replacement.