These are not the specifications for Canon’s upcoming full frame mirrorless camera

Canon EOS M50

A list of specifications for the upcoming Canon full frame mirrorless camera is making its rounds over the web.

Our sources told us these specs are total crap, they have nothing to do with Canon’s FF MILC (same source that delivered EOS M50 pics before the announcement). While some of the stuff listed below may find its way into the long rumored Canon FF MILC, it remains a totally unreliable rumor.

The Canon FF MILC specification list making its rounds:

  • Look & Feel: large grip with top LCD, very comfortable to hold; dials are very similar to those we found on the EOS 5D Mark IV.
  • Side articulating screen
  • Sensor: Upgraded version of the EOS 5D Mark IV sensor, obviously includes DPAF.
  • Frame rate: 10FPS
  • Silent shutter and 1/16000sec shutter speed is available
  • Focus control is very similar to EOS 5D Mark IV’s 61-pt AF system.
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Video Features: C-Log 1/2/3, Focus Guide
  • Formats available: 60p/30p/24p 4K (both DCI & UHD can be chosen).
  • FHD 120p
  • Weight: not very light, but similar to Sony A7 but a bit larger due to the big grip.

I think I’ve seldom seen a rumor so much abused like the Canon full frame mirrorless rumor. Besides all the murmuring and rumor-recycling, we know very little about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera. All tidbits we collected and were told in the past are listed here. Please note that none of the following has been confirmed so far:

  • Dedicated full frame CMOS sensor
  • 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 a serious 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.
  • Announcement may come for Photokina 2018 (September), or later in 2019 Q1.

At the end of the day, there is just one thing we can be sure about: Canon is set to announce a full frame mirrorless camera within a year. Here at CW we know since a while and reported it. Even Sony’s CEO said that Canon will announce a FF mirrorless before Q1 2019.

Given the traffic-making qualities of the Canon FF MILC rumor, I fear we will see and hear a lot of crap before we have something reliable.

Stay tuned, we keep you posted with the important stuff.

Canon announces the EOS C700 FF, the company’s first full frame Cinema camera

Canon Eos C700 Ff

Canon EOS C700 FF at a glance:

  • 5.9K Full Frame CMOS Sensor with DAF
  • EF-Cinema Lock Type Mount
  • Dual Pixel AF, Triple DIGIC DV 5
  • XF-AVC and ProRes Recording to CFast 2.0
  • Internal Full-Frame up to 60FPS
  • Internal 4K/Super35 Crop up to 72FPS
  • Internal 2K/Super16 Crop up to 168FPS
  • Selectable Gamma and Log Curves
  • ACES Support
  • External Raw Recording Option

More information about the EOS C700 FF can be found here. If you have 33 grands to spend you can pre-order the EOS C700 FF at B&H Photo.

Canon press release:

Introducing Canon’s First Full-Frame Cinema Camera, The EOS C700 FF

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 28, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the EOS C700 FF, the Company’s first full-frame cinema camera. The beauty and majesty of full-frame digital cinema is now becoming a new creative reality. Since the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera in 2008, Canon has been a part of the full-frame video movement, and the introduction of the C700 FF has reinforced Canon’s commitment to this market. At the heart of the camera is a novel Canon-developed CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.

Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 (released in December 2016). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

“Since the launch of Canon’s Cinema EOS line of products in November 2011, the goal was to one day develop a cinema camera worthy of being the ‘A’ camera on major Hollywood productions, and Canon met that goal with the introduction of the EOS C700,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “After listening to our customers and closely monitoring market trends, Canon set forth a new goal: to launch a full-frame cinema camera. With this introduction, we are very excited to see the C700 FF in the hands of industry professionals as they shoot their latest projects.”

Existing owners of Canon’s original EOS C700 cinema camera will be pleased to know they can have their Super 35mm sensor upgraded to the new Full-Frame sensor for a fee*. Authorized Canon facilities such as Canon Burbank are ready to process C700 upgrades as well as lens mount swaps, and offer equipment drop off, on-site repairs and upgrades, as well as equipment testing and demonstration.

The Sensor

The newly developed sensor featured in the EOS C700 FF has an active image area of 38.1 x 20.1mm and supports readout at full size, as well as Super 35mm, Super 16mm and anamorphic modes. In addition to full-frame lenses, it can be used with conventional Super 35mm lenses to originate 4K / UHD standardized production formats and Super 16mm lenses (with an adapter) to originate 2K / HD production formats in crop modes. The sensor captures wide tonality exceeding 15 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut meeting ITU-R BT.2020 standards. This offers broad latitude when grading, providing outstanding effectiveness in HDR video production.

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[Rumor] Canon’s Entry-Level Full Frame Camera: Possible Specifications

Canonrumors reports new hints about an upcoming Canon full frame camera that could be announced in Fall (read Photokina). Apparently there are some prototypes out in the wild, undergoing testing. The most probable specifications are summed up:

  • 22mp (Same sensor as 5D3)
  • 19 AF Points
  • 4fps
  • ISO 100-51200
  • 3″ LCD
  • Smaller than the 5D Mark II
  • More Plastic than metal in the construction
  • Pop-Up Flash (On at least one prototype)
  • $1999 USD at launch
  • Launched with a new non-L full frame kit lens (Undisclosed what the lens is)
  • Compatible with full frame STM lenses

An sub $2000 full frame camera would be a great thing for a lot of people, wanting the benefits of a full frame sensor without the price tag such cameras are having for the time being. And while we are talking about full frame sensor, there is an interesting article by German photographer Falk Lumo [via petapixel] about the artificial separation between APS-C and full frame sensor because of mere business reasons. Worth to be read.

 by 2012 there is an artificial separation between the APS-C and full frame markets. Artificial because less people still believe that full frame must be expensive. And artificial because image qualities beyond an effective resolution of 20 MP may simply require full frame. The new offers from Nikon (D800 and D600) therefore directly address this and may accelerate the disappearence of the artificial market separation. This is known as “supercriticality”: the market ought to offer uncrippled, full frame enthusiast cameras in the $1,500 segment but offers APS-C cameras instead. Supercritical systems “fall” into their preferred state after only small perturbations occur. Once this happens, a D800 type camera will be in the $1,500 segment.

Let’s hope Canon gets the message.