Yes, this is Canon Rumors, but a new D4 probably matters to a lot people that require cameras like the D4 and 1D X.
The 1D X to have competition soon?
Nikon Rumors has posted specs of an upcoming D4. They claim it’ll be announced before CES/PMA in January. The 1D X is no longer alone.
Don’t expect a quick to market product, I’m not sure you can even buy XQD cards yet!
- 16.2 MP
- 11 fps
- 100-102,400 native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
- CF + XQD memory card slots! That’s right, the Nikon D4 will have the new Compact Flash XQD memory card slot.
- Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
- Integrated Ethernet in the camera
- Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder (maybe some type of a hybrid viewfinder? Nikon had several related patents)
- Improved video, I have no other details on that but my guess is 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 similar to the Nikon D800
- Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
- Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
- Improved 51 AF points
- AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
- Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8
Source: Nikon Rumors
Learn about the new AF system now
Canon has posted an official article about the AF system on the new Canon EOS-1D X.
The EOS-1D X has arguably the world’s most sophisticated AF system, with an entirely new 61-point array, and a host of configuration options that tailor it for nearly any professional photographer’s needs. There are many new aspects of this terrific new AF system, so we’ll discuss them in separate articles here on Canon’s Digital Learning Center starting with the camera’s AF points and area selection options.
Read the entire article
Cinema EOS FAQ
Canon has also posted a rather extensive Cinema EOS FAQ.
Read the FAQ here
Well a development DSLR did get announced. Not sure it’ll be the “5D Mark III”, but it will probably fit in between the 5D3 and 1D X as far as price goes. No timeframe was given by Canon on this one.
I think this may be the first time Canon has announced an “in development” DSLR.
*UPDATE* May be something, may be nothing *BUSTED* [CR1]
I was told a while ago about the C300, and a Super35 camera coming down the pipe. It was reported here a few times.
What I was also told, and never posted, was that a Super35 DSLR was also coming. The source initially thought that was what the 1D X was going to be.
I’ll see if I can find out more tomorrow.
A lot of chatter about a red “C”
The Twitter, Facebook and blogging world has become more interested in that EOS DSLR camera with the red “C” branding on it, than the C300 itself.
What is it?!
There are a few theories about it.
- It’s a new DSLR and it will be announced soon. Canon leaked it.
- It’s a 1D X and the logo will appear on the final production camera.
- It was added to the slide to show the cohesiveness of the new camera with the existing EOS family.
- They want to be more like Leica.
My opinion is it’s either #2 or #3. I can’t imagine no one at Canon picked up on the red “C” and leaked a new camera. I’m also of the belief a full EOS-1 sized body would not be where the 5D series heads.
If you look closely at the EOS-1 body and above the red “c”, you’ll notice there is no branding or model number of any kind. Normally that’s where “EOS-1D” would appear. If it was a new camera, there would probably be something else visible besides the “C”.
There will be more to come on this topic I’m sure. I’ll let the rest of the world dissect what it means!
Dan Chung from DSLRNewsShooter talks with Mark Burnhill from Canon Europe about the video features of the new EOS-1D X.
You can see the video here
According to Mark Burnhill, the new EOS-1D X is the best performing video DSLR Canon has produced. Below is a real world break down of features.
- No line skipping in video as it uses the whole sensor
- Very little rolling shutter, the still features of the camera have improved this area of video performance.
- You can now use the shutter button to start and stop movie recording. Remotes can be used for this too.
- There are time coding options
- There is a new dedicated button to magnify the image.
Planet5D has the full breakdown.
Canon showcasing the new goodies
Tech Radar makes the rounds with Canon’s new Pixma Pro-1 and EOS 1D X.
We said the build quality was going to be better, and that may have been an understatement. The new Pro-1 weighs a staggering 27kg.
I am probably going to buy one for the massive reduction in print time compared to the Pixma 9500 Mark II.
Said of the Pixma Pro-1
We are told that there could still be changes, but the results from the Pixma Pro-1 are very impressive. Colours are faithfully reproduced and there’s a rich range of tones and the contrast is just right.
We were particularly impressed with the results on glossy paper, which is traditionally a problem area with pigment inks. The Chroma Optimizer appears to do its job well and prints have even glossiness with no bronzing that we could see.
EOS 1D X
Tech Radar has also written up a 3 page hands-on preview of the new 1D X.
Said of the 1D X Autofocus
Our time with the EOS-1DX indicates that the normal phase detection AF system is capable of locking onto subjects very quickly even in very low light. Switch to live view or video mode, however and the contrast detection system is predictably slower and more hesitant – not much new to report there then.