my 5-cents here:That will be a fun camera to have. The only question is How many Canon fans will give up the auto focus? I am for it as long as Canon brings back the rangefinder lens with fine focus adjustment With a fine range finder built into the camera.
- Digital full-frame version of Canon 7 w/ 50mm f/0.95 to directly compete with M9
- don't really care about lenses mount as long as it can mount some M lenses (via adaptor or not)
- Couple of extra lenses 28/35/50/90mm would be nice
Are there other canon fans that would vote for this?
I think there will ultimately be some challenges that Canon (or any manufacturer needs to address):
- with a fixed lens system (e.g. Fuji X100) a cheaper leaf shutter is viable. For an interchangeable lens system, the
the cheapest shutter system is probably a focal plane shutter (since a leaf shutter would need to be built into
the lens). A focal plane shutter adds quite a bit of complexity over the type of leaf shutter that the Powershots have.
- Autofocus on mirrorless systems has not been perfected - contrast-detect autofocus does not work as well
as phase-detect (which requires a reflex mirror). Leica's solution was to do without autofocus. With larger sensors,
using the sensor to do contrast-detect based focusing is a drain on the battery, and creates heat.
These are probably the two biggest technical challenges I can think of. There are probably more.
I believe that the reason that Canon has not jumped headlong into the mirrorless segment yet is because
the technical problems have, to date, led to solutions which are not appropriate to the market Canon wants
Maybe Canon are on their way to sorting out the technical issues? I don't know.
While I would welcome a range finder, I think that most users (the bulk of the market) want autofocus. Most
people who take snap-shots don't want to spend time on focusing. Most people under the age of 30 have
probably also never encountered a camera that does not have autofocus! - The first camera I bought - an
EOS650 - had autofocus, but I have used cameras like a Zeiss Ikon and Canon T70 to have the experience of
having to use manual focus. (The Zeiss will see use again once I put aside the cash to have it overhauled,
as I am currently scared to use it, for fear that it will break after over 20 years in storage.)