« on: September 19, 2012, 10:55:11 PM »
But still, 4 in Chinese / Japanese is 四, 'sì' in Mandarin. Death is 死, 'sǐ'.
They've just proven that there will be no G13 or G14 (14, 十四, 'shī sì', sounds like 尸死, 'shī sǐ', 'dead corpse', 逝 shì means die, 弑 shì means 'murder a superior' (yes, I just went through my dictionary and found them)).
While I do doubt that they will use 4 because they want to protect sales from superstitious customers, it's worth mentioning a couple things. For one, while 4 is "shi", in Japanese it can also be read "yon", which lacks the same connotation. Two, even when read as "shi", 4D becomes シディー ("shidii"), which is incredibly close in pronunciation to シーディー ("CD"). Admittedly, naming a camera EOS CD might be even more confusing than 3D, but pick your poison.
As for the screenshot, to me it looks like an upside-down shime (〆), which by itself doesn't mean much.