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Opinion: More on Sony Sensors in Canon DSLRs

Opinion: More on Sony Sensors in Canon DSLRs

Northlight has confirmed that they to have received the same Sony sensors in Canon DSLRs rumors over the preceding months and years. Like us, they haven’t put much faith into the information. I’m far from convinced this is going to happen, but it’s at least worth discussing. “Whilst a cross licensing or some other arrangement between Canon and Sony isn’t impossible, anything that does happen would be much more complicated than ‘just’ putting a Sony derived FF sensor into a Canon body.” says Northlight. Read more opinion on the topic at Northlight.

Chipworks posted an article about Sony, Nikon and Canon and the future of image sensors a couple of years ago. It’s still a worthwhile read today and may shed some light on the future of image sensors and the collaboration between companies. It’s three parts, be sure to read them all, I am linking the Canon related information. Read it here.

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Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]

Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]

Canon has long used Sony sensors in a lot of PowerShot cameras over the years, but never has Canon used a Sony sensor in a DSLR.

“Canon will use Sony’s new 46mp sensor as the 3rd party launch partner, maybe a little after Sony releases it in a camera of their own. Sony and Canon are partnering on many upcoming products – most recently the G7X being a prime example. Canon will use their own CFA / processing and will make a big point of colour accuracy.”

I have received this information a few times over the years, but nothing has never come to fruition, so I’ve never lent much credence to it. I would imagine joint ventures on something as expensive as sensor manufacturing would help lower costs for companies and perhaps customers as well. It’s definitely possible, but I wouldn’t write it in stone yet.  If Canon does the manufacturing of the sensor can they put their own technology into a Sony sensor, such as Dual Pixel AF?

Remember the recent Canon interview with DPR.
Q: Canon released two cameras at Photokina – the EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7X. One thing we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?
A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

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Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs

Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs

A new rumor floating around the web says that Canon is going to use Sony multi-layer sensors on two upcoming professional cameras. Myself as well as Northlight both received emails disputing this claim and that Canon will definitely continue to use Canon designed and manufacturers sensors in their DSLRs for the foreseeable future. Canon has used Sony sensors in the past with compact cameras, and most recently in the PowerShot G7 X.

Northlight points out and summarizes a recent Canon interview with DPR.

Q: Canon released two cameras at Photokina – the EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7X. One thing we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?
A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

“As yet I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Canon’s choice of (small) sensors for the compact market will be reflected in their pro kit. The comparison with Nikon using Sony manufactured sensors (with Nikon design input) is an easy one to make, but misses the point that Nikon is primarily a camera company, whilst Canon isn’t, any more than Sony is.”

A commenter also mentioned Dual Pixel AF, which is a big part of Canon’s marketing for sensors.

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High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]

High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]

An unknown person has sent us a bunch of cryptic information about Canon’s roadmap over the next 6-9 months. I have been unable to confirm any of it, but hopefully this post will help shed some light on things.

We’re told that Canon will introduce a high megapixel camera in Q1 of 2015 and it will be released in two variants. What those two variants are wasn’t mentioned. I do not see Canon doing what Nikon did with the D800 and D800E, I’m thinking that the second variant could possibly be an astronomy version, like the 60Da and 20Da. The other possibility could be an EOS and Cinema EOS version of the camera, and everyone can drool at the possibility of an affordable 4K DSLR from Canon.

It was also stressed that the cameras being talked about wouldn’t be in the $8000-$9000 range like has been discussed recently, and likely cost half of that.

More to come

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Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]

Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]

Canon has been hard at work on multi-layer sensors and they will be coming in an upcoming professional level full frame DSLR we’re told. There will be two cameras based on this technology coming in 2015, one would expect a replacement for the EOS-1D X and perhaps another professional body with a high megapixel count. There was no mention of an EOS 5D Mark IV.

The high resolution camera is expected to be announced in Q1 of 2015. Even though we have heard from places unknown that such a camera would make an appearance at PhotoPlus at the end of this month. A Canon Explorer of Light has told us they’ve been promised a high megapixel camera to come “sooner than later”.

I suspect most of this came from Photokina chatter.

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