The Next EOS-1?
We’re told that their is a 44.7mp camera in heavy testing. However, the test cameras are eating batteries when shooting in 4K mode. Development is still continuing on the sensor, batteries and software.
I expect a development announcement for this camera sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.
Another two people have said Canon will announce a medium format solution for Photokina next September. The big push is towards MF, but probably won’t see availability until well into 2015.
We’re also told by a second person that such a medium format venture could be a unique arrangement with a current medium format manufacturer. Canon is serious about medium format and will continue to develop a strategy to become the market leader fairly quickly.
A grain of salt on these bits of information, as they’re from unknown sources.
We’ve heard previously about a 46mp image sensor that exists and is in testing. We’re now told that multiple large megapixel sensors exist, and one that is sure to reach market is a 39.3mp sensor.
There is also a suggestion that we will see DIGIC VI processors before the larger megapixel camera(s) reach the market in late 2013 or early 2014.
This comes from a new source, so take it with a grain of salt.
I’ve also heard from two different people that the earthquake that happened in Japan is still affecting manufacturing and development of new products at Canon, though Canon would never officially admit to such a thing.
As far as new stuff goes, we should see the APS-C segment and lenses addressed before a large megapixel camera arrives on the scene.
The next EOS-1
While Canon called the EOS-1D X an amalgamation of the EOS-1 line, I don’t think everyone truly believed that the 1D-X was going to be the only flagship level camera in the lineup forever. It may have bought them some time while they got the EOS-1D X to market and worked on getting the EOS-1D C to market as well.
New Camera at the Olympics
I received two reports from the London Olympics that a 40mp+ camera was being tested by a couple of select photographers. The cameras housing was that of the EOS-1D X. It was also mentioned the camera had a significant framerate for a resolution that high, one mentioned it at 8fps in RAW. There were other unspecified “new features and technology” in the camera body.
A seperate source has said it is possible that Canon will announce a big megapixel camera in 2012 for release sometime in 2013, however that has yet to be decided within Canon.
Just for the fun of it
Below is an image received by Northlight Images showing the Canon EOS lineup, Keith put some markers on it showing some interesting spaces and flow of the chart. Use it for entertainment purposes only.
Image from Northlight Images | http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_rumours.html