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.

Zeiss Otus 28mm

Canon publishes Q3 results – smartphones lower camera profits, but full-year forecast lifted


Canon published the financial results for Q3 2015.

* Q3 operating profit falls 21% to 71.8 bln yen

* Steep fall had been flagged by Nikkei business daily

* Investments in new businesses also weighed on profit

* Full-year earnings forecast lifted on weaker yen

By Sophie Knight

TOKYO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Japan’s Canon Inc said quarterly operating profit fell by a fifth as demand for digital cameras slumped and it spent more on developing new businesses, but it nudged up its full-year earnings estimates on a sharply weaker yen.

The consumer shift to smartphones for casual photo taking has pummelled demand for compact cameras, while the growing popularity of lighter mirrorless cameras has taken away market share from higher margin single-lens reflex cameras.

More at Reuters…


Is the Sony A7RII ready for the pros? Matt Granger tries to answer

Matt Granger on YouTube posted a video where he tries to answer the question if the Sony Alpha a7RII is made for professional photographers. The answer is long, is of the kind “it depends”, and tends toward a “not really”. Matt Granger is definitely a pro-Sony reviewer.

Can we say that Canon/Nikon make cameras for photographers, and that Sony makes cameras for engineers? As much as I like the innovative technology featured on Sony’s a7-series full-frame mirrorless cameras, I still have a hard time to see the Sony a7RII as a “real camera”. I can not see the strong commitment to photograhy I feel with other brands. Fuji for instance, with their excellent X-T10 and X-T1, made (mirrorless) gear really aimed at photographers. Just my 2 cents.


[via Sony Alpha Rumors]