I’ll be posting more of the random stuff I get daily. Things are starting to heat up a bit as announcement season is nearly upon us.
- Canon Australia has sent CPS management to Singapore for product training. [CR2]
- Any Canon announcement will come after Nikon’s announcement on August 24, 2011. [CR2]
- 5D Mark III’s are in the wild and an announcement is imminent [CR1]
- 1D Mark IV’s are out of stock or hard to come by in certain countries. A retailer in New Zealand actually said they won’t be getting any more. [CR1]
- 1Ds Mark IV resolution correction, I’m told it will actually be 36mp.
That’s it from today.
Spec lists have been few and far between for any upcoming DSLR, this is the first one I’ve seen in a while. The commenter didn’t know if this was going to be branded 1D or 1Ds.
- 32mp CMOS (Full Frame)
- Evolved 45 point AF system (current 1D4)
- Dual DIGIC 5
- CF & SD Slots
- New Battery
- 3,7,9 fps
- ISO Range 50-102,400
- Ergonomic Changes
- 100% VF
- 3.2″ LCD (Highest Resolution Ever)
- Improved AF in LiveView
- Unknown Movie Mode and specifications
- Unknown if there will be a wireless flash commander
- In camera software feature upgrades
I expect a lot of these in the next month or so.
I’ve heard 2 different dates so far. I do expect multiple announcements dates for PowerShot and EOS.
August 18, 2011. I don’t recall the last Canon announcement to happen on a Thursday. Most, if not all are on a Monday/Tuesday depending on where you are on the planet.
August 30, 2011. This would come after Nikon’s announcements.
I don’t see September 6, 2011 as a possibility due to the long September weekend.
A camera for 2012?
Apparently the 5D Mark III is not yet a finalized product and there are still 2 decisions to be made before the product is ready for consumption.
- Split the 5D line into a still camera and an advanced video feature camera.
- A camera between the 5D Mark III and 1D
It was also mentioned the still and video teams within Canon is very much separate and there is no overlap between the two departments. There could be some internal shakeup soon in that regard.
Do not expect a new 1D/1Ds camera to advance video functionality all that much.
February 2012 would be the earliest for an announcement that will address the 5D line.
5D Mark II for $2499 at B&H
No 1Ds, however……
I’m told a mid September announcement for a 1D Mark V. It will be a full frame high fps camera that will lead to the amalgamation of the 1Ds/1D line.
Availability for the camera will be at the end of October.
The camera will have a “digital cropping mode”.
Lots of talk about this, I’ve yet to see anything definitive. Though it makes a lot of sense to me.
1D Mark IV for $4999 @ B&H
Rumors are flooding my inbox. Most of which I cannot substantiate to any degree. I figured it would be fun to post the most recent “roadmap” type of rumors.
Some of the below stuff has appeared on other rumor sites, as well as various blogs and tweets I’ve seen. I’ll give you my opinion on this stuff at the bottom.
August 2011 7D Mark II
- 24 Mega pixel Full Frame
- Dual Digic V
- Will be a partial replacement for the discontinued 1D Mark IV
September 2011 1D Mark V
- 32 Mega pixel Full Frame
- Dual Digic V
- Will be a partial replacement for the discontinued 1D Mark IV and complete the merging of the 1D line
March 2012 5D Mark III
- 32 Mega pixel Full Frame
- Digic V
- New 11 point AF system
- Will have the best video features of the EOS line
7D Mark II being a fullframe camera and “partially” replacing the 1D Mark IV? Not likely for a couple of reasons.
- The model name “7D” would go against Canon’s naming strategy. I can’t see a Mark II of the current camera, overtaking the 5D Mark III in pricepoint and features. Name this camera “3D” and it makes sense. It was said the 70D would move to where the 7D current sits, an APS-C camera with lots of features above the Rebel. There could be some truth to that, the price difference between the 60D and T3i is tiny. I’m going to wager that any 7D direct replacement will remain an APS-C camera.
- The other issue I see with this theory is folks that currently have a 7D with EF-S lenses. A lot of 7D buyers are very likely to have purchased a 10-22 and/or a 17-55 f/2.8 IS, not allowing them to bring their lenses to a Mark II version would be silly.
The 1D/1Ds merger talk comes around a fair bit. I do believe it’s going to happen. When? Not sure.
5D Mark III not until 2012? There has been A LOT of talk in regards to the release of the 5D Mark III. Everything recently has said it will be announced next year. Next year is a Photokina year, although I’m not sure that influences Canon’s marketing. There is going to be a lot of talk about the camera, and none of the regulars that are correct have sent me any information.
One constant remains from the stream of stuff I’m receiving, there will be a shakeup in the lineup.