Last week it looked as if the world learned for the first time that Canon is working on a full frame mirrorless camera.
Big and smaller news outlets reported it, and made it look like a breaking news. Well, it’s not. People following CW knows that. We are reporting every bit we get about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera since 2014. And we got a lot of tidbits, suggestions, etc.
The latest about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera is a bit weird, and I have a hard time to take it seriously (it got a very low credibility ranking by its editors, indeed). However, according to the latest murmurings, Canon has a full frame mirrorless camera prototype out there (we heard this in the past), and this prototype is said to have a top down LCD (like the Leica SL), a flange distance that looks to short for the EF mount (so maybe it’s an EF-M mount?), a frame rate over 10fps, and was without any moniker or branding (on the camera body, which is normal for prototypes).
It’s always possible that Canon will put some new kind of camera on the market, but nothing here suggests this one may have a full frame sensor.
So, what do we know about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera. Very little, to be honest. The only thing we can be sure is that there will be such a camera. There have been too many rumors in the past 3 years, and I think it’s a logical conclusion that, given the competition doing it, Canon will also sooner or later put a full frame mirrorless camera on the market. Since we are talking about Canon it may be more on the “later” side.
The following list sums up what we got so far:
- Dedicated full frame CMOS sensor, resolution of 36-38MP
- 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.
- Canon might announce it before Photokina 2018, i.e. before September 2018.
I have some doubts about the suggested announcement date. If it was reliable, we probably would already have some new bits.
Stay tuned![via CR]