We’re told that a 4K fixed lens camcorder is coming in the early part of 2015. Such a product would probably fit in with CES as a consumer product announcement. We’re told the camera is called the XC10, and it will have similar ergonomics to the EOS C100, but it will have a fixed lens.
It’s possible this could come at NAB, but we expect the 4K Cinema EOS C300 Mark II & an new flagship Cinema EOS product to be the star of that show in April.
Is Canon developing a full frame mirrorless camera? That’s what the latest rumor floating around out there is saying. I don’t buy it and don’t think Canon is going to develop a new line of lenses for a full frame mirrorless camera. If you’ve ever used the Sony A7 series cameras with DSLR lenses, you know in most cases it isn’t an ideal setup. With the FE lenses, it’s a different story in most cases (70-200 f/4 aside in my opinion). Not to mention, Fuji is proving you don’t need a full frame camera to be serious about mirrorless, even if they do make one eventually. All you need to do is make a good camera and good lenses.
A rangefinder EOS M? I don’t even know what that means. Maybe just the look and style? Likely not, as Canon has stated publicly they aren’t into the “retro” thing.
It’s pretty obvious a new EOS M camera is coming, but I suspect it’s going to be the 70D sensor in a camera that will have a new design philosophy.
Roger Clark has done a very extensive and technical review of the sensor performance of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and how it relates to the original 7D, astrophotography and general photography needs.
This review is well worth the read.
From the review… “The data shown here for the Canon 7D Mark II indicate that the camera is operating at near perfect levels for the sensor with lower apparent read noise and impressively low pattern noise compared to all other current Canon cameras tested and better than that in the 7D Mark I. This means that for high signals, noise is dominated by photon statistics. Sensitivity is improved 14% over the 7D Mark 1, and the sensitivity per square micron is the highest that I have measured for any Canon camera to date.
The approximately 10x lower thermal dark current is a game changing factor, making this camera the top Canon camera for long exposure low light photography that I have tested. The superb autofocus system, comparable to Canon 1D series pro cameras with 65 autofocus points is another game changing innovation, as the camera is at a price point that is affordable to more people.”