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Nikon has officially announced the D4S flagship camera body. There have been a lot of performance boosts as compared to the D4, such as a “newly designed” 16.2mp sensor, a new EXPEED processor, the ability to get to ISO 409600. There have also been tweaks to video, workflow and autofocus settings, though the AF system has remained the same.
16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
EXPEED 4 Image Processor
3.2″ LCD Monitor
Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-Point AF Sensor
Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 409600
11 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
14-Bit RAW Files and 12-Bit RAW S Format
1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support
EOS-1D X Replacement? Not this year, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see an EOS-1D C replacement. I think the EOS-1D X is still a world class capable body and Canon should be in no rush to replace it. Most people I talk to don’t want incremental updates, such as the perception with D4 to the D4S (again, image quality may change that opinion). The EOS-1D X should remain current well into 2015.
With Nikon officially announcing the D4S next week, we’re starting to see the usually unreliable mentions of Canon following suit with an announcement of their own. The latest being that Canon will announce a high end full frame DSLR some time in March.
We do not believe a camera above or replacing the EOS-1D X is on the immediate horizon, as we’ve seen a few small marketing campaigns for Canon’s flagship camera. Along with a feature adding firmware update that came out in January.
We’ve been told by a great source that Canon would announce 3 DSLRs in 2014. The first being the entry level DSLR that was announced last week. The replacement to the EOS 7D Mark II and a third camera that is currently unknown. There is always a chance of adding to the number of cameras in the way of a “development” announcement, but those are always hard to predict.
As always, whenever Nikon does something, there’s always an upturn of Canon speculation.
NAB is coming in April, so I would think Cinema EOS would get an announcement before the EOS line.
Long time Nikon shooter, author and Adobe professional Scott Kelby switched over to Canon about 6 months. Being that he’s a popular guy in the photography world, I assume he was being asked every 10 minutes why he switched.
The switch was made to a EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III for the big reasons of ergonomics, menu system and skin tones.
Kelby sits down with Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to discuss the switch to Canon.
I’m not sure how much Mr Kelby paid for the Canon gear he now has, but I hypothesize it was at a discount. :)
System switching is an odd thing to me, and always has been. Unless there’s a definitive feature or lens that one doesn’t have and the other does.
I have heard of Canon shooters moving to Nikon if they use Speedlites a lot, as Nikon’s ETTL does a better and more consistent job than Canon’s system does. When I hear a Nikon user switching to Canon, it seems to usually be about video features. I also know of a couple of nature photographers that moved over to Canon around the time the new big white lenses made it to market. They found great value in the weight savings of Canon’s new super telephoto lenses.
Switching for ergonomics is a weird one to me. After a few months with a camera, you’re used to it and it becomes second nature. I personally fumble around with Nikon’s pro bodies, but that’s because I have been shooting Canon predominantly for a long time. Had I always shot Nikon, I’m sure the opposite would be true.
Lets be clear first, Nikon hasn’t actually released any solid specs or descriptions of the technology in the new body.
We’re told by a longtime source that Canon is indeed still in the game and has some “groundbreaking” camera bodies coming in 2014. Canon will take a different approach at the Sochi games and have test bodies out there without the development announcement. Canon plans to make a “big splash” at the World Cup in Brazil in the spring.
An array of lenses an 3 prosumer/professional DSLR’s are coming in 2014. Along with a host of Cinema EOS products in April.
Patience appears to be the key for the Canon photographer….
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera.
Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.
Firmware Version 2.0.3 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.2.4 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.2 through 1.2.4).
It is recommended that the latest application software be used, once the EOS-1D X is updated to the new Firmware Version 2.0.3 from older firmware (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4). Certain previous versions of these applications do not support functions which are added by the new firmware. You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
Accompanying the enhancements to the functions, the instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.
Not an EOS-1D X upgrade Over at NL they’re being told to expect a new EOS-1 camera for Photokina in 2014. With Nikon perhaps readying a high megapixel D4X in time for the Olympics, Canon is apparently (finally) ready to enter the high megapixel professional space. The camera won’t be the fabled “EOS 3D”.
This new EOS-1 camera will be not be “dual pixel”, that and other new features will be saved for the successor to the EOS-1D X.
Lenses for the new camera touting resolution and image quality will be announced in the months surrounding this new EOS-1 series body.