Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 18MP and 24MP test-units out in the wild [CW1] – UPDATE

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Update: the same rumor was previously posted to the CR forum (thanks for the tip):

A friend of mine has just been ‘brought’ over to Canon from Nikon and is being considered as a potential tester for the 5DIV

There are multiple MP variants but the two my friend mentioned were 18mp and 24mp, with the former more a field experiment in gauging affect on AF speed, buffer management.

The 24mp seems to be the target though but 8fps seems to be out of the question.

I am no longer sure this rumor shouldn’t be considered a hoax, and I downgrade it to CW1. I wonder who is really thinking Canon will release an EOS 5D Mark IV with an 18MP sensor. However, there is a rumor that there could be two different EOS 5D Mark IV models. In other words: a model split similar to EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R.

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A new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV rumor surfaced.

It’s suggested that Canon is still undergoing tests on an 18MP and a 24MP equipped EOS 5D Mark IV. Does Canon still have to decide which sensor to build in? Furthermore, the rumor suggests the final version will feature the 24MP sensor, while “the lower MP sensor testing AF speed and buffer management issues”. What does that mean? Canon using a 5D4 with an 18MP sensor just to test and fix auto-focus and buffer issues? I can hardly see the sense of this. Why should Canon use a 5D4 version with a different sensor to test AF and buffer?

While only a few still believe the EOS 5D Mark IV will have an 18MP sensor (the EOS 5D Mark III has 22MP), it’s interesting to see that rumors about a 18MP full-frame sensor continue to surface. In my opinion it is clear (and obvious) that Canon will never ship an EOS 5D Mark IV with an 18MP sensor. But given how often such a sensor gets mentioned, I believe Canon has something with a full-frame 18MP sensor in the works.

Finally, the rumor suggests max 8fps burst rate, and reconfirms the expected announcement in Q1 2016. Not sure how to classify this rumor. CW2 should be fine since there is neither something unheard nor something particularly convincing in this rumor. See all Canon EOS 5D Mark IV rumors here.

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
[via NL]

Canon announcement for August 14th, Rebel SL2 and two lenses coming? [CW3]

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Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D

The latest Canon rumor that surfaced on the web states that Canon is set to announce a DSLR and 2 lenses on August 14th.

I do not think this announcement will regard the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Both DSLRs are expected for Q1 2016. However, given Canon’s secrecy and the fact that as good as all Canon rumors of the last 2-3 years got it right only a few weeks before an announcement, it is still possible that we will see the 5D4 and 6D2.

Could the Canon Rebel SL2 be announced in August? There was a rumor back in May 2015 suggesting a Rebel SL2 announcement for August. The Rebel SL1/EOS 100D was announced March 21st, 2013. That’s almost two and half year away. If the rumor of an August 14th announcement is reliable, then this announcement might indeed regard the Rebel SL2. I think a 50% chance is likely for this rumor.

What about the lenses? We heard that the EF 35mm f/1.4L Mark II is ready for production. Other lenses that are rumored to get announced soon are the EF-M 85mm f/1.8 IS STM, a new EF-M 18-55mm IS STM, and the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark II.

Stay tuned, we will soon know more. What do you think?

[via NL]

Canon 18MP full-frame sensor rumor [CW3]

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I’m not entirely sure how to classify this rumor. Got word that Canon is indeed working on a DSLR with an 18MP full-frame sensor.

There have been rumors in the past pointing to a Canon 18MP sensor. There was a mention of such a sensor back in February. Then, in May, there was a rumor about a full-frame astrophotography DSLR by Canon. The latter made me think about the previously rumored 18MP FF sensor. Finally, and not in chronological order, there was also a somewhat weird rumor in April, suggesting another model split of the EOS 5D line-up (after EOS 5DS and 5DS R), one being a straight update for the EOS 5D Mark III (call it EOS 5D Mark IV), the other being a video oriented, specialised model with lower resolution and all the videographers goodies (4K, etc).

It appears Canon may indeed be working on something with an 18MP sensorSomething, that’s going to have the shape of a full-frame DSLR, and industry leading low light performance. That’s what I was told (thanks). And that’s really all. I still do not know what it is going to be. I am now less confident that it might be a video oriented split of the EOS 5D line. Some educated posts on video-oriented sites make me believe that a 4K enabled, cinematographer-oriented version of the 5D doesn’t make much sense. At least not after the XC10.

Will it be an astrophotography full-frame DSLR with an 18MP sensor? I am not into astrophotography so I do not know if an 18MP full-frame sensor is enough in such settings. On the other hand, good low light performance is for sure a game changer for those shooting the milky-way at midnight.

Canon just released the world’s highest resolution full-frame DSLRs, featuring sensors with 50MP, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. How does a rumor about an 18MP sensor fit into a scenario where everyone seems to be occupied to be the first in an insane resolution race?

While I think that a further split of the EOS 5D line-up is possible, I wonder if there is a market or a niche for a full-frame DSLR with an 18MP sensor in 2015. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV murmurings (nothing really new) [CW3]

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A rehashing of old Canon EOS 5D Mark IV rumors in a package mimicking new information surfaced on the web. Some of the suggested specs leaked first here on Canon Watch.

  • The EOS 5D Mark IV will come after the EOS-1D X Mark II announcement
  • Q1 of 2016 is the ship time Canon is aiming for
  • EOS 5D Mark IV will have 4K (we were the first to report this)
  • New Speedlite metering system coming with the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Sensors ranging from 18mp to 28mp are in testing for full frame cameras. I suppose this implicitly means “in testing for the EOS 5D Mark IV”. We were told something else, and I wonder who really believes the EOS 5D Mark IV will have an 18MP sensor (but see next point)
  • EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R were a test for “two model viability”, a model split of the EOS 5D Mark IV still possible. First reported on Canon Watch, Canon may announce a second, cinema oriented EOS 5D Mark IVc with an 18MP sensor
  • New DIGIC processor

All in all nothing that hasn’t been rumored before. I agree with the possible announcement at the beginning of 2016, though it is still possible that Canon may announce the EOS 5D Mark IV at the end of 2015. The reasons for a 2016 announcement of the EOS 5D Mark IV in 2016 may have to do with issues with the new TTL flash system Canon is developing. Hope we will soon get some fresh EOS 5D Mark IV rumors. All EOS 5D Mark IV rumors.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
[via CR]

[CW2] Canon full-frame astrophotography DSLR coming 2016?

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Canon EOS 60Da

A new rumor suggests Canon is about to release their first full-frame DSLR for astrophotograhy. No specs, just that it may be anounced “some time in 2016”. There have been two astrophotography DSLRs by Canon so far: the EOS 20Da and the EOS 60Da. This would be the first FF astrophotography camera by Canon.

Could this point to another 5D model later this year? Some time ago we got a rumor saying that the EOS 5D Mark IV will come as two variants, one being a straight update to the EOS 5D Mark III, the other being more cinema oriented. Could the source have confused something? I wonder if the rumored FF astrophotography DSLR is one of the two rumored EOS 5D Mark IV models.

What do you think?

[via CR]

Canon EOS 5D series celebrates 10 year anniversary

Canon press release:

Canon EOS 5D series celebrates 10 year anniversary

TOKYO, May 28, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today the celebration this year of the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Company’s EOS 5D series of digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Launched in September 2005, the EOS 5D enabled advanced-amateur users to take advantage of the impressive high-image-quality performance and photographic expression unique to digital SLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame sensor, which, at the time, primarily targeted only professional-level users.

At the time of its launch in September 2005, full-frame CMOS sensors were only made available in professional-level models. In addition to being the first advanced-amateur digital SLR camera to incorporate a sensor of this size, the EOS 5D was offered at a competitive price,1 contributing to the popularization of full-frame-sensor cameras.

Furthermore, in November 2008, Canon launched the second-generation model in the series: the EOS 5D Mark II. The camera, which was the first in the EOS series to include a function enabling the capture of Full HD video, facilitated the widespread adoption of digital SLR cameras as a tool for capturing video. The EOS 5D Mark II made big waves in the motion picture and video production industries by delivering the exceptional image quality and impressive subject background blur unique to SLR cameras, while also allowing users to take advantage of Canon’s rich interchangeable EF lens lineup spanning over 64 models,2 enabling a wide spectrum of imaging expression possibilities.

In March 2012, Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark III, featuring dramatic improvements in still-image and video quality as well as enhanced AF precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed. Since its launch, the EOS 5D Mark III has garnered high acclaim in the market and, as the Company’s core advanced-amateur digital SLR camera, has come to serve as a driving force for the EOS series.

Canon, through the in-house production of all key parts for its EOS series digital cameras, has made possible a highly robust lineup, ensuring that each and every model within the series, including EOS 5D-series models, is equipped with the optimal sensor. To support the diverse needs of users, Canon will further strengthen its entire EOS-series interchangeable-lens camera lineup, including the EOS 5D series, which enjoys the widespread support of professional and advanced-amateur users alike, with the aim of contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

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