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No Canon EOS 5D Mark IV coming, but Canon EOS 5D X and EOS 5D Xs? [CW3]

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A Canon EOS 5D Mark IV rumor was posted to the DPReview forum. Quoting:

Just got off the phone.. Looks like Canon is to name the 5D Mark IV 5DX. 28 megapixels, Digic 6+-basically a souped up version of 6 just to name a few.

X branded bodies will be for event and sports photography. S will be for studio, landscape, etc

We were first to post a rumor suggesting a model split for the EOS 5D Mark III replacement. Not just one EOS 5D Mark IV model, but two models with different specialisations. Our rumor suggested an EOS 5D Mark IV and Mark IVc naming scheme. The “c” pointing to a more video-oriented model.

The new rumor seems to refer to EOS 5D X and EOS 5D Xs (or “X S”) monikers. There are some things that make sense here. The number “four” is seen as a sign for bad luck in Japan (and Asian culture). Avoiding it in a naming scheme wouldn’t be that strange after all. However, Canon made the EOS 1D Mark IV before releasing the EOS 1D X as its replacement. Using the number “four” in the naming doesn’t seem to be a big issue for Canon. The EOS 1D X is also considered the replacement for the EOS 1Ds Mark III. Using an “s” in a camera model naming isn’t something Canon started to do with the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R.

Following the rumor, the EOS 5D X might be considered the “straight” update to the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark Xs a more studio-oriented model. The former being the replacement for the all-rounder the EOS 5D Mark III is, the latter being the specialised model. Nothing new about the few mentioned specs. 28MP sensor, new DIGIC processor. Consistent with past rumors.

How to relate all this to the persistent rumors about a Canon 18MP full-frame sensor in the works? Here things get complicated. I can’t really figure out that the EOS 5D Xs (i.e. the studio-oriented model) will have 18MP. On the other hand, I doubt that 18MP will be featured on Canon’s all-rounder model, the supposed EOS 5D X, given that the EOS 5D Mark III has 22MP. If this 18MP sensor exists and is part of some plans Canon have, then most likely such a sensor is going to be featured on a video-oriented DSLR. A new Canon DSLR that could also have 4k, one of the rumored features of the EOS 5D Mark III successor.

It’s hard to rate a rumor posted in a forum. Given some consistency with earlier rumors, I give it a CW3. All EOS 5D Mark IV rumors are listed here.

Curious to know what you think about all this. Feel free to let me know in the comment section.

[via DPReview forum]

About our rumour rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable (less than 15% chance to be real)
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor (15%-40% chance to be real)
  • CW3 – around 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, high probability to be true (60%-80% chance to be real)
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true
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