I've been getting into some friendly D800 vs. 5D3 battles with other shooters lately, and at first I really thought Canon dropped the ball with the 5D3. But with a look at Canon's recent product launches, and rumors of what's to come, I'm now of the mindset that Canon has some insanely high MP body on the very near hoizon. Hear me out...
- Canon launches the 7D three years ago at 18MP ... an equivalent pixel density of 47MP on a full frame sensor.
- Canon debuts their 120MP APS-H sensor in 2010
- Canon starts releasing Mark II lens updates that clearly outresolve the capabilities of its current sensors (e.g., 70-200 II and 24-70 II)
- Canon launches a 5D3 at 22MP - intentionally lower than the 36MP Nikon competition
With the pixel density of the 7D, Canon clearly has been working hard on high MP tech. And with the list above I read between the lines to see Canon saying --- "We're working on something with huge MP... we now have the glass and sensor tech to do it, we just wanted to see what Nikon did first." As market leader, Canon can afford the luxury of letting Nikon go high MP first. I mean, why not? They may lose a little market share, but they know they'll still be on top. The 5D3 allows them to remain competitive while taking the time to tear down the D800, and develop a quick response ... that's even better.
Maybe I'm crazy, but I see something huge on the horizon. Maybe 40MP+ and possibly by the end of the year. Anyone else think this is a viable approach? Or have I lost my mind?