Depressing news for people that would like to see a high MP studio camera sooner (like myself)
It really is shocking that Canon will prob take 3 years to announce a high MP D800 equivalent, since the D800 was outed/released, or 4 years to actual release - Q1/2 2015.
Which probably means that the D800 was in Dev for 2 years before Feb 2012. Or another way to look at it is canon is 5 years behind Nikon / sony tech. And for sure they will not be sitting on their current tech gleeing for 5 years which it what it seems since the success of the 5D mkII.
What will Nikon / Sony be offering in 2015, Sony doing a mirrorless Medium format / larger sensor with Zeiss lenses at a half the cost of anything comparable? Imagine a larger A7r for $5-6K and lenses 1.5K a pop, bargain of the century which will kill the 1D xS DOA!!
Or Fuji stepping back into pro MF which they do so well - they designed and made the hasselblad HD platform and lenses and now they have some nice sensor tech too, plus they have a brilliant heritage in large Rangefinders, so a larger format x-pro like the old 67 and 69 ones in late 2015 could happen also.
What in the hell happened to the ones they were meant to be testing at the 2012 olympics??? My bet is that it was a higher MP sensor but the same IQ which they are struggling with.
And the statement from 2012 I remember from a Canon exec that said if the market wanted a higher MP camera they could deliver that tomorrow ... !
I still remember the Canon rep bragging about how Canon were the kings and at least a decade ahead of anyone for FF sensors and that as kings they saw no need to do anything. We are kings! Kings of the hill! Why do we need to do anything? And we could always instantly respond to ANY challenge in the shocking case it need be so. We doubt Nikon will even release a FF for another 10 years at least! We are the kings!! Kings of the hill! We have no need to put out a higher performance FF body we are kings! etc. etc. etc.
As a general pro camera I think they got the 5D III right (a better sensor would have been nicer) Its lovely to use, quick enough for most circumstances even sports and with a decent set of L's (primes for me ) its a great combo.
So I'm not sure what upgrades they can do - maybe a 24MP sensor better IQ, wider AF coverage, little bit more FPS? Dual pixel looks very good for video.. which I hardly every use and many in this position too.
perhaps go to 7-8fps from 5.9fps
dual pixel for video AF
WAYYYYY improve low ISO DR
native 2k RAW video
regular 4k video (need to make digic chips process video better or have marketing not force them to apply gaussian blur or who knows what else to mess up the signal)
essential video usability basics native such as zebras, magic focusing boxes, focus peaking, etc.
bump MP to 32-44MP
finally working autiosio??? seriously how does it take 10 years, what the heck is wrong with Canon marketing that they treat it like some magical thing when every other maker has put it in even the lowest end models in working fashion for ages
For it's release date the 5D3 was excellent other than lagging way behind in DR at low ISO which was a bit disappoint for sure (it actually, somehow ended up with a trace WORSE DR than even the old 5D2 at low ISO?!?!) and the video features as natively offered.
While the MP was lower than some others that also let it get astonishing RAW video quality without line skipping (well at least once ML unlocked what marketing crippled) and 5.9fps in FF mode so it was a fair trade at the time (although for the stills only people I guess it could've had more MP and the same fps if they put dual digic 5+ into it (before you scream they did put dual digic in the 7D) but at that time that might have had to hurt video quality).
The video improvements that are native to the 5D3 were weak, they left out all the key usability upgrades, such basic stuff, and mangled the amazing quality the HW was capable of. Thank god for ML! The 100% rescued it regarding video! WITH and ONLY WITH ML, the video on it is astounding.