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(CW2) More Canon/Sony Sensor Tidbits (sensor designed by Canon, manufactured by Sony)


I am getting a LOT of emails suggesting that the sensor featured on the upcoming Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R is made by Sony. While I am still skeptical about these rumours, I also want to share them with you (well, at least the not so absurd ones).

The latest Sony/Canon sensor rumor I got is the following (I quote the original text, emphasis mine):

[…] the sensor is not designed by Sony – it is in fact designed entirely by Canon. It is true that Sony is manufacturing the sensors but they are not the ones who designed it, Canon is simply leveraging the manufacturing capabilities of Sony to get the volume of sensors needed to get these cameras to the market. The sensors used in these cameras are exclusive to Canon […]

There is more. The same source suggests that

  1. the EOS 5Ds can do 7fps in 1.6x crop mode
  2. the EOS 5Ds has a special front curtain mode that reduces vibrations of the mirror/shutter
  3. Time-lapse function (editors note: time-lapse is confirmed) also has the ability to export a movie at 4K. This is not native 4K video capabilities so there will not be a big push for it from a marketing angle but the camera can in fact create time-lapse footage that is 1080/30/25/24p or 4K/30/25/24p
  4. Maximum 4K time lapse clip duration is 5 minutes (9,000 photos)

This rumor is rated CW2 since it comes from a new source. Keep the salt ready.

What do you think about these possible features? Stay tuned, there’s a lot to come in the next days.

About our rumor rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true
  • Lars Gerdes

    that is a rumor coming from a clueless noob.
    canon has PLENTY of resources to make these sensors themself.
    if they are purely designed by canon ther is NO reason that sony should manufacture them.
    its not as if teh camera market si GRWOING.. it´s SHRINKING.
    so the resources are there. even a smaller fab process is already there.
    in fact canon is getting the outsourced stuff back to japan and it´s own fabs.
    so this makes absolutely no sense at all.

    • canonwatch

      >>canon has PLENTY of resources to make these sensors themselves.

      agree. This is a CW2 rumor.

    • Rick

      it depends really. if canon is having issues taking their 180nm line to full frame dimensions – it may be easier just to give the photomasks to sony and go .. here YOU do it.

      • Lorman

        why shoudl there be a problem.. a FF just needs more space on the wafer.

        • Rick

          IC fabrication steppers expose a smaller area than a full frame sensor as far as dimensions. smaller geometries make it considerably more difficult to align / stitch together.

    • canonfanboysnoclue

      I am truly amazed, even after reporting on Sony Rumors..that Only Sony has recently started production on a new 50mp…Not Canon. And then all of a sudden Canon is about to announce a couple of cameras that will have a 50mp sensor…Homer Simpson Moment. I wish Canon Fan Boys would get or purchase a clue! IT’s a Sony Sensor in the new 5d’s and including a 24mp Sony Sensor in the new Mirrorless offering from Canon. Amazing

      • Ufupuw

        Canon 50 MP camera rumors are a lot older than Sony’s. These rumors go back to 2013 when Nikon D800 was first released. Canon makes sensors for their DSLRs. There is no reason to assume Sony has anything to do with these sensors. Get a clue, Sonyfanboy

        • It’s bad to lie, Ufupuw

          Poor blind Canon fanboy ;)….
          Since when Canon needs to leverage the manufacturing its sensor to competitor if it ‘s a canon design (they could take the risk to be copied)
          However they just claim that’s Canon design because they know Canon users and fans are so narrow minded they would not buy the camera if it was not 100% Canon product.

          • Ufupuw

            I am not a Canon fanboy. I came to this page because SAR posted a link. Canon 50 MP rumors are OLD. I have seen these rumors on photorumors since D800 days.

            There is no reason to believe this is Sony sensor. Canon makes sensors for their APSC and FF cameras. .

  • Stewart Shields

    Perfectly plausible. There may have been something specific to this sensor design Sony had the ability to process far more cost effectively than did Canon itself RIGHT NOW. Like..I dunno…putting the AD converter right on the sensor die so as not to lose 2-3 stops of DR???


    For someone who runs Sony Rumors, should truly know that Sony is the only one that is producing a 50mp and has already posted in Sony Rumors. The 50mp Sensor in the new Canon Cameras is 100% Produced by Sony!

    • Ufupuw

      canonwatch is run by someone else. It’s not Andrea. And you are wrong. Canon 50 MP rumors are a lot older — way back to D800 days.

      • it’s bad to lie, Ufupuw

        yes like Apple which patents items when they are still an thought and not at all a project

  • neil

    Anyone doubting Canon’s sensor manufacturing not remember this?

    • It’s bad to lie, Ufupuw

      Then it’s a clue they don t need to leverage the manufacturing to other manufacturers unless they decided to use Sony sensor on new camera and appease the hunger of their fans and give them enough time to develop one with 120 Mpx further

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