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*UPDATED* Big Megapixel Camera Next Week.

*UPDATED* Big Megapixel Camera Next Week.

*UPDATE 1* Nikon Announcements Next Week
A reader has written in about this post and says the big megapixel camera is from Nikon.

A Nikon division (I won’t mention the country) will be showing new Nikon products on August 24, 2011. The showing is “confidential” and will require an NDA. We already know the Nikon mirrorless will be coming.

Please don’t yell at me for posting Nikon stuff on Canon Rumors (trust me, it’ll happen).

Whatever Nikon does, could give some insight into what Canon and others in the industry will do. Photographic equipment companies rarely one up each other in the span of a month or so.

Upcoming DSLRs
I received word that one manufacturer will surprise everyone with a big megapixel camera next Thursday, August 25, 2011.

The report is very vague, but comes from a bang on source. I’d almost [CR3] this.

5D Mark III
Two great sources are both saying Canon is extremely quiet at the moment. There hasn’t been a real whisper about anything upcoming.

I am finished posting spec lists until I hear something more concrete.

A lot of people are talking about price drops of the 5D Mark II. It’s pretty interesting to me too. We’re coming up to 3 years on the Mark II. Maybe there will be something announced in 2011.

No one has received any press invites to a Canon event yet.

It looks like Nikon will announce first.



1Ds Mark IV/1D Mark V Spec List [CR1]

1Ds Mark IV/1D Mark V Spec List [CR1]

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.

Announcement Date?
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.



Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

2 different people have written in saying there will be 3 separate announcements in 2011. One will be for PowerShot, the other for a DSLR(s) with 2011 availability and an announcement for a product that won’t be available until 2012.

A 5D Mark III will definitely get it’s own marketing push.

200-400 Availability
I get lots of questions as to when this lens will be announced.

It was only announced as an “in development” product, it hasn’t been officially announced as a consumer product. I predict we won’t see these in the wild until at least Q2 2012.

Error Correction
I worded my post about PowerShots incorrectly recently. There is in fact CMOS PowerShots, I was alluding to a CMOS sensor in the flagship PowerShots. Sorry about that.

New Article
I’ve posted another article written by Roger over at “How to test a lens”, it’s a fun read if you’re a geek like most of us.

A new profile will appear shortly as well. He’s a very interesting guy.

Calm before the storm
Things are slow to come in at the moment. Based on past experience, this is the calm before my inbox gets hammered with rumors.



The Bad News [CR2]

The Bad News [CR2]

Not hearing a lot of positive things about current products and new products because of the Japanese earthquake.

The latest info I’ve received says all of Canon, Nikon and Sony are still unsure what the near future is going to bring.

Canon may be in fact delaying new product announcements. I was told every executive within Canon is being told to “prepare for the worst”. Sales reps are being told not to say anything.

I do not personally know anything about the rolling blackouts and “dead zone” expansion in Japan around Canon manufacturing facilities.

I’ve received no word whether or not Canon is looking at moving some manufacturing to different countries.

Pricing Rising
As  a lot of you have probably noticed, camera equipment is getting more expensive and disappearing from shelves. There’s lots of out of stock items around various stores.

A lot of retailers are getting or close to getting MSRP for camera stuff. This is not going to change quickly.

All rebate programs that were planned have been cancelled for the most part. I’m still looking around to see if any are still a go.

Recent Rumblings
I’m not sure what to make of recent product announcement rumblings, whether things have leaked because plans have changed.



Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

The “Rumors”
There are lots of “typo rumors” circulating the web at the moment. Retailers having placeholders for cameras that don’t exist, as well as stuff showing up on Canon’s own site.

I have very good sources that let me know when announcements are coming. Sometimes these invitations to press events are NDA’d. I have received absolutely nothing about DSLR products.

Two people have written in saying there will be “significant” announcements from Canon for NAB. Neither was able to elaborate on products. We don’t focus a lot on video at Canon Rumors, but if you know something…. I’d like to know too.

I hope going to NAB will change how we report video related products.

I wish I had more to write, but things really became quiet after the earthquake in Japan. I do expect things to pickup around April 1st with a lot of sillyness, and then the real stuff.



Odds and Ends

EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
CPN magazine lists an “EF 24-70 f/2.8L II”. Typo? Probably. Here’s the picture anyway.

The lens is coming, the patent exists. Makes sense that i’ll arrive with the next full frame announcement from Canon, or shortly after. Who knows with all the Canon lens delays though.

thanks dimitri

EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Delayed Again?
B&H Photo is showing the lens will be arriving in May now, instead of March. Check it out.

thanks doug

EF 400 f/2.8L IS II
Delayed the same as above.

5D Mark III External Recorder?
A tipster said the prototype 5D Mark III or similar body is being tested with an external recorder capable of recording RAW video. He was unsure whether or not it was a Canon accessory or a 3rd party product.

1Ds Mark IV
I’ve received a couple of tips from underwater housing stores about the 1Ds Mark IV. It’s claimed it will be the same housing as the 1Ds Mark III.

Underwater housings have never been a good barometer for upcoming products, so I don’t even link the stores anymore. Everything I’ve been told about the 1Ds Mark IV states it will be an ergonomic change from the 1Ds3.

April Announcements?
Lots of tips saying April is the month for the next announcement. Nikon is looking to be on the same schedule. I will be very wary of April Fools Day.

I’m off to Indonesia on March 24 for a couple of weeks. I may have a fill-in for a few days while I’m away.



More Announcements on Wednesday?

More Announcements on Wednesday?

February 9, 2011
A few people have suggested Canon will announce more products on February 9, 2011. The opening day of CP+.

If they do, I expect some printers. No word on any more cameras.

This is third party hearsay.



Deep Hidden Meanings? EOS 6D/3D?

Deep Hidden Meanings? EOS 6D/3D?

There was a rumor in the past that I said came from the “land of crazy“. After the post a few people piped up and said there was actually something to the rumor.

The person that originally sent me the info also gave me two hints today based on the invititation sent to Swedish journalists.

1) Pay attention to the low light situation of the image.

2) The Number Six and Feng Shui symbols

CR’s Take
Do I think Canon’s marketing department is creative enough to have deep meanings in the images on invitations? In a word, no.

However, I have never had a source be so adamant that what is being told to us is true. I’m hoping for some additional information from other sources.

I do want to thank the source for their continued good humor, I am enjoying it.