Canon’s Masaya Maeda let it be know that a Canon EOS 70D would be coming “some day in the future. Without fail.” I’d expect one to be announced in the next 45-90 days depending on which report we go with.
What to expect feature wise? I’ve been told two contrasting theories about the upcoming camera.
One, that it will be a relatively lateral upgrade to the EOS 60D, a few subtle improvements and priced around $1000.
The other reports that have leaked in, is the xxD line would return to where the 50D was in terms of build quality and size. We’d be going back to a more semi-professional style camera. If this happens, that would definitely change the EOS 7D’s place in the lineup.
EOS 7D Mark II
There has been little talk about the next “pro” APS-C camera lately. I’m of the belief, if and when one comes, it will be a new segment for APS-C performance and features, and probably at a higher price point. If the 70D returns to its roots, is there room for a high performance $2000+ APS-C camera? That question could probably be debated for a while.
I don’t see a return of APS-H, it needlessly raises the cost to manufacture the camera due to the larger sensor, and we’d still have the inability to get a true wide angle perspective with lenses.
If a pro APS-C camera comes, I can see it borrowing heavily from the EOS-1D X as far as framerate and AF performance go. Build quality would also be quite stellar.
Both Nikon and Canon must be hard at work trying to redefine the segment. The D300 came out in 2007, with a minor “s” upgrade in 2009. The EOS 7D came to us with a lot of fanfare in late 2009. We could be approaching 6 years and 4 years respectively before we get to see what both companies have up their sleeves.
The future is probably full frame across most of the EOS line, but we’re not at that point yet.
During my current travels, I missed an interview Masaya Maeda gave in Japan about the 7D’s successor. Below is a translated part of the interview that talks about the EOS 7D Mark II. It does reaffirm our thoughts that the 7D Mark II will enter new territory.
DKW: As for the readers of DigiKame Watch, there are many who are waiting for the EOS 7D’s sucessor. Up through the release of last year’s major firmware update, there were many who felt that a new model with even better specs would be released shortly…
MM: Yes, they would be correct. For us, it’s about looking at what the camera has the potential to be and then adding that to what it can currently do. I do think the current model is still very attractive to buyers. And while we are, of course, developing its successor, it’ll be one that incorporates a certain number of innovative technologies. We will not be putting out a product with merely better specs, but one that has evolved into new territory. But then again, we’re not talking about something a long time from now either.
Thanks Dave C for this update
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 prime for APS-C sensor cameras
Kraków, September 14th 2012 – Samyang Optics company is thrilled to invite all participants of Photokina fairs held in Cologne to visit our stand no. A025 located in the hall 2.1. We will introduce a prototypical version of the Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS UMC CS lens.
Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS UMC CS is a prototype of the ultra wide-angle prime lens designed for use with cameras fitted with APS-C/DX sensors. Its extremely short focus length and rectilinear imaging system ensure extra wide angle of view amounting to 110 degrees (~107 degree for Canon version). As a result the lens is a comprehensive tool for architecture and landscape shooting. New Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS UMC CS is similar to the 35mm system lens with 15mm or 16mm focal length in the case of Canon APS-C cameras.
All details concerning the optical construction of the lens and available mounts will be published at a later date. The lens will be introduced for sale either at the end of 2012 or in the first days of 2013.
We’ve mentioned in teh past that the upcoming mirrorless camera from Canon would have the G1 X sensor. While an apparent prototype exists using the sensor, the coming camera is apparently an APS-C sized sensor based around the 18mp sensor in the Rebel T4i (Hopefully the rubber grip isnt the same).
The camera will also feature an articulating touchscreen, and maybe larger than some people are anticipating.
More to come I’m sure. An announcement is expected on July 23, 2012.
Seems [NL] is hearing similar things.
The prosumer market up next?
Now that Canon has addressed the “professional” space with the 5D Mark III, 1D X & 1D C (Yes, I know some want the big megapixel camera), it could be time to turn our attention to the “prosumer” space. We keep hearing bits of information about what’s planned for the segment in the coming months.
The latest I have heard, and spoken about before, is that we’ll see the 70D move up the line. It’ll be specced close to the current 7D, however with a new higher megapixel APS-C sensor.
The 7D X
The rumor that won’t go away is that the APS-H sensor will return to the Canon lineup and fit between the 70D and 5D Mark III. Is it really possible? Maybe. I don’t think Canon needs more APS-C cameras beyond the Rebel, a 70D and possibly a mirrorless entry.
The Fujifilm FinePix X100
It’s not a Canon!
No, it’s not. It’s something that has caught the photo gear world by surprise. I don’t think too many people were expecting Fuji of all companies to compete head to head with the German made Leica X1.
On the surface the camera looks like a winner. The retro design is getting big thumbs up from everything I have read. Some are even calling it “more beautiful than a Leica M9″ (easy now).
|Number of effective pixels
||12.3 million pixels
||APS-C CMOS Sensor
||SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card
||High-performance FUJINON lens with Super EBC Coating
||23mm, equivalent to 35mm
||F2 to F16
||Programmed auto mode, Aperture priority mode, Shutter priority mode and Manual mode
||Bulb, 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
||High-speed contrast AF
||0.5X magnification with approx. 90% frame coverage
||Ultrafine 1,440,000-dot LCD
||2.8-inch, Colour LCD monitor, approx 460,000 dots
||1280×720 HD with stereo sound
||126.5(W) x 74.4(H) x 53.9(D) mm including lens
The Hybrid Viewfinder Explained in Pictures.
This looks like a very cool development if I understand it correctly.
The Hybrid Viewfinder on the FinePix X100 combines the window-type “bright frame” optical viewfinder found in high-end film cameras such as 35mm or medium-format cameras, and the electronic viewfinder system incorporated in fixed single lens or mirrorless digital cameras. By using integrating a prism for the 1,440,000 dot LCD panel image on the viewing screen in the reverse-Galilean optical finder, the Hybrid Viewfinder can show both the shooting frame and a variety of shooting data.
What does it costs?
Initial reports list the camera at around $1500 USD. Is that too much? To sell a lot of them, yes it is. The world may love it today, but I have a lot of doubts the world will love it enough to shell out $1500+ in droves.
Versus The Leica X1 & Sigma DP2?
The other 2 APS-C sensor fixed lens compacts (hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone) have found a niche market of sorts. The X1 has received some rave reviews from the Leica community. The DP2 has found fans as well, and their camera is priced in the “affordable” range for someone serious about a compact.
Full Press Release: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n100920.html
I’ll be sure to check this camera out at Photokina, I’m sure there’s going to be a very large crowd around it.
Availability is pegged to be the spring of 2011