Canon didn’t announce any consumer cameras at CES 2018 this year, but they did bring a couple of concept cameras that did impress the folks at The Verge.
The first camera is a small brick shaped device with a flip out lightning port that would allow it to be attached to an iPhone. You could use the screen on your iPhone as viewfinder and likely be able to transfer images to your phone. The camera also pivots. One of the unique features of this concept, is it has a 100-400mm lens. This camera would also come with an detachable viewfinder so the photographer could shoot with it using their eyes.
The second camera is concept that is in working form. It’s shaped like the Samsung Gear 360 and is a single lens unit that can swivel 360 degrees. The point of the camera is to focus and film faces and objects in nearly all directions.
Both cameras seem to borrow from products that already exist
We sent this information out last week in our newsletter and we haven’t received any further clarity about the Canon EOS 7D Mark III.
There has been a lot of unfocused chatter about an EOS 7D Mark III recently, and in my experience, that’s not a good thing.
Our best source is telling us that they haven’t heard anything about an update to Canon’s flagship APS-C camera. That doesn’t mean one isn’t coming in 2018, but the earliest it would be coming is Q4 of 2018, and not the rumored first half of 2018 that we’ve been told previously and others keep reporting.
There’a always a possibility that Canon is changing the way they launch popular flagship products to try and make it harder for sites like this to leak information. Although I don’t think that highly of myself or that I would wield that much influence over Canon Inc.
We’ll keep you updated and we will resist posting about the EOS 7D Mark III until we get a better feeling about what is true and what isn’t.
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A good source has told us that Canon has been asking select Explorers of Light and other professionals what they think would make a professional mirrorless camera “compelling” enough to purchase and use.
In the same survey by Canon, they asked specifically what the photographers thought about the Sony a9 and medium format Fujifulm GFX 50s.
I will note that the likelihood of a Canon medium format camera coming to market is slim-to-none at best, perhaps it was more to gauge the interest in higher resolution cameras.
I’m not sure of when these questions were being asked, but if it was recently, that would likely tell us that a full frame mirrorless professional camera is not in the near future.