This is an opinion with a mix of speculation
A lot has been made of the â€œin developmentâ€ announcement of a new â€œCinemaâ€ branded DSLR. Most people seem to think the camera is going to be based on the 1D X.
I agree with Keith at Northlight Images, nothing was said by Canon as to what the form factor would be. I think what they showed was just a 1D X body with a red â€œCâ€ stuck on it for marketing purposes.
I think the camera theyâ€™re speaking of will sit between the 5D Mark III and 1D X. Perhaps an EOS 3C? I do not like the name â€œ3Dâ€ for a camera that doesnâ€™t actually shoot 3D.
I also donâ€™t think it would be a full size EOS-1 body. They just spent a few hours touting the small stature of the C300, I donâ€™t think theyâ€™d make a cinema DSLR bigger than it needs to be. Iâ€™d have to hear from cinematographers & videographers whether or not a camera the size of the 5D Mark II is preferred to the EOS-1 body.
What about photographers?
I know a good majority of photographers are pretty tired about hearing about video in DSLRs. A lot of the community is looking for a new â€œphotography firstâ€ full frame DSLR that doesnâ€™t require remortgaging their homes. I think the 5D Mark III will be that camera. Itâ€™ll probably have video features on par with the 1D X, but will be a high resolution, high image quality still photography camera.
Iâ€™ve said before that I think Canon plans to monetize the videographers and video DSLRs, so something like the â€œEOS 3Câ€ makes a lot of sense. Ã‚ Looking at the prices of the new cinema lenses, it seems videographers have no problem spending more.
So donâ€™t be worried photographers, Canon hasnâ€™t forgotten about you and Iâ€™m sure will deliver the product we all know you want.
Itâ€™s going to be a very interesting 2012 to say the least.
This was just an opinion post, please donâ€™t be too hard on me.