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When will Canon jump on the mirror-less bandwagon?

Not yet, as it seems.
A interview recently given by Mr. M. Tian Rong Jin, Managing Director of Canon Image Communication Division, may shed some light on the reasons Canon still did not deliver a mirror-less camera. The interview is in Japanese (click here) and the Google translation is rather messy (click here), but some information can be grasped.

  • The main message is that Canon was forced to change plans and schedules because of the earthquake in Japan and the flooding in Thailand. In both cases production facilities were heavily damaged. This caused delays not only in development but also in research. Production should have been returned to normal standards at the end of December 2011
  • Priority goes to image quality first and then to smaller and more compact devices (where the mirror-less paradigm could be the right approach)
  • Miniaturization of DSLR cameras with EF mounts is a target (and is in progress)
  • The EF system is still considered strategically important by Canon
  • Canon is working on a mirror-less system, and will most probably deliver in 2012

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