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Canon full-frame mirrorless camera eventually coming in 2018 with a sensor over 30MP?

Canon Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Eventually Coming In 2018 With A Sensor Over 30MP?
Canon FF mirrorless camera mock-up by David Riesenberg

The long running speculations and rumors about a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera got a new push.

I’ve been told (thanks) that 2018 may indeed be the year Canon will announce the company’s first mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor. For sure such a camera is highly anticipated by the community.

In the past there were all sort of rumors, sometimes one contradicting the other. One of the more interesting suggestions was given to us in January, and it said Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera may have the same sensor and electronics as the EOS 6D Mark II. While this could be considered at least plausible back in January it no longer does in August. There was no announcement of a Canon full-frame mirrorless and I strongly doubt there will be one before end of 2017.

A full-frame mirrorless camera set to go to market in 2018 will not have the same internals as the EOS 6D Mark II, let alone the same sensor. Canon needs to catch up with the competition (Sony, mostly) and the high resolution sensors delivered. 2018 will be the year when Canon will start delivering image sensors with resolutions well over 30MP for all their full-frame cameras.

So, what do we know about Canon’s mirrorless camera? A few things we do:

  • Different sources and sites were reporting that early prototypes exist, at least to be tested inside Canon’s labs. This intel came in 2016 and early 2017.
  • Canon is possibly working on a full-frame mirrorless camera with EF mount. There have been rumors saying that Canon is delaying this camera because of issues in implementing the EF mount. There is a lot of talk about this. If Canon manages to engineer a full-frame mirrorless camera with EF mount, thus allowing us to use our beloved EF lenses on a smaller and hopefully performing body, it will be a winner. Imagine what you could do with a MILC that goes along with your EF lenses. There is serious a chance we may see this.
  • The latest bit of info I got suggests Canon will announce a full-frame mirrorless camera with a sensor having a resolution of 36-38MP.
  • A possible announcement date is around Photokina 2018, which happens in September.
  • And for all those 4K fans out there: we have been told that, yes!, most likely it will feature 4K video.

I think the most interesting bit among the very scarce information we have so far is related to the EF mount. Given Canon’s incredible laziness in producing dedicated lenses for their EOS M system, I can only hope Canon’s engineers manage to build a mirrorless camera with EF mount.

What do you think, will we see a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera in 2018? And do you think it will have an EF mount? Sound off in the comment section, I am curious to know your thoughts.

  • Michael – Visual Pursuit

    Photokina 2018 seems plausible, and yes, if it features EF-mount, it is pre-ordered.
    Hopefully it comes in a 5D MkIV style body. Throw in global shutter with flash sync for
    the full shutter speed range, and I’m in heaven.

  • vau

    Tired of waiting.

  • Jonathan

    I think Canon has a s**t-load of work to do with DPAF before it even comes close to achieving what Sony does TODAY for photographers. For videographers, and when using STM lenses, it’s ahead.
    Also, going with the EF mount would be, in my opinion, a mistake. For one, in most lenses, the focus motors and algorithms are not optimized for a live view experience. Secondly, you’re sacrificing the option of having a smaller footprint and less weight with certain lenses.
    If they’re going to stick with EF mount (which I don’t believe) the SUBSTANTIALLY smarter play would be to develop a true hybrid viewfinder which can do OVF or EVF (ideally both at the same time, but let’s not get greedy) at the flip of a button. One viewfinder which can operate as an OVF or EVF would be a huge diffentiating feature and wouldn’t add much to the weight of a DSLR.
    *Comments from a 9-year Canon user, including 3 models with DPAF (70D, M5, and 5D4) who’s been trialing an A7Rii for about a month.

    • Christian Wilde

      The thing is they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Using or not using EF mount has both huge up and downsides to it.
      If I had to guess I’d say they will continue using it.

      • CW Steve

        “they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t”
        True, sadly.

    • Jam005

      None of which is a NEW, or astronomical feats. Nothing produced within the image camera sector the last 5 years is eye popping. And this is being kind. Sony or any of the camera manufacturers have produced nothing NEW. NADA. IBIS (joint venture) is OLD. The sensor stuff (Sony’s and Canons) Only improved on present technology a wee bit. The dual pixel post adjustment only teased everyone (oh my, what it could have been). If they at least make the futil attempt to match the games and cell phone sector, they could get an applaud or hand claps. Fuji and Sony have reorganized, Fuji in 2006, and Sony recently. I’m waiting to see the bennies. The A9 isn’t it. Canon has sat in limbo “snikering”. Microsoft now has entered the arena themselves too. Time for the “little” boys (design engineers) to put their “big boy” pants on, and make some serious R&D implementational decisions.

  • Canon acts disappointing lately. Hopefully EF-mount rumour will be true. We definitely don’t need new mount and tiny equipment like Sony. Canon produces perfectly sized gear.

    • Christian Wilde

      That’s just like your opinion man!

      Not everyone wants oversized DSLR bodies. And if they continue using the EF mount they won’t be able to make the bodies much smaller.

      • Canographer

        This aggression will not stand, man.

  • Wade Marks

    They must use EF mount with any FF mirrorless. To not do so would be corporate malpractice. One of the main advantages that Canon has in the market is the huge amount of great EF mount lenses already in use and on the market. To forego that advantage would be foolish.

    If they go with EF mount, they have built in advantage. If they do not, they relegate themselves to start far behind Sony. It’s that simple.

    To those who want smaller lenses via a new mount: if this is a FF camera, the lenses will tend to be larger regardless…look at the lenses for Sony FF mirrorless. The size of the sensor is the main thing that determines the size of the lens, and so Canon would gain little by developing an entire new mount. Also, Canon has been and can continue to turn out some smaller EF mount lenses as well.

    It’s an easy decision: any FF mirrorless from Canon must use EF mount.

  • Mr_X

    “Canon needs to catch up with the competition (Sony, mostly) ”

    Canon cannot do this. It’s not a lack of desire on Canon’s part, it’s a lack of engineering expertise. Sony and Panasonic have killed Canon in video and Sony is rapidly moving to surpass Canon in full frame still picture camera products.

    Two years ago Canon released what they said was a 120mp full frame sensor, but they have shown us what their actual max production tech is with the 5DS R 50mp camera body and that product is wanting compared to the Sony A7RII that will likely be updated before 2018 is past.

    Canon just doesn’t have anything worthwhile going on in terms of R & D and has not for many years.

  • The fullframe mirrorless Canon camera should look like this one (I wanted this for the new EOS 6D II …):

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