Again, an old rumor seasoned with some common sense made its round on the Internet, sold as breaking news. You guess, it’s about Canon’s upcoming full frame mirrorless camera, likely the most abused rumor since I started this site.
News outlets happily reported (again) that Canon is working on a full frame mirrorless camera, that prototypes are out, and that we will see this camera within a year. Well, nothing new here. People following CW knows that. We are reporting every bit we get about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera since 2014. It’s a pity that some big news outlets stubbornly ignore us.
The non-rumor we are talking about (which you shouldn’t have issues to find) states that
- A Canon full frame mirrorless camera is coming – We know that since almost 2 years, we extensively reported about
- Prototypes of a Canon full frame mirrorless camera are undergoing field tests – We know that since over a year, we reported many times
- Canon may announce a full frame mirrorless camera within a year – We know since a while and reported it. Even Sony’s CEO said that Canon will announce a FF mirrorless within a year. Anyone involved in photography on this terraqueous globe of ours knows it.
If you have ever worked in R&D (Research & Development) then you know that prototypes (of electronic gear) are field-tested a long time before the final product goes to market, and that usually there are more versions of such prototypes. Depending by the criticality, electronic gear like digital cameras may be tested through prototypes years before it is announced. I am sure an important camera like Canon’s (hopefully) upcoming FF MILC has seen many prototypes coming and going, and not since a few months. And one more thing: the scope of prototypes is to get it right in the final product.
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.
Stay tuned, we keep you posted with the important stuff.