I have received a lot of emails, tweets, and Facebook messages about the lacklustre announcements from Canon today. Canon generally doesn’t make a big splash at CES, which is a very broad consumer electronics show. You get lost in TV’s, software, phones and every other gadget one can think of.
I’d expect we’re going to see higher end products announced for CP+ in Japan, which runs from February 12, 2015 until February 15, 2015. Announcements for different types of products may trickle out in the weeks prior to the show.
What could we expect for CP+?
I expect we’re going to see the rumoured/confirmed large zoom, large sensor PowerShot. The specs from the other day could be this camera.
The EF 11-24 f/4L could also make an appearance, this lens has been all but confirmed. We will probably see a new Rebel in the next month or two, so that could appear for CP+.
As for the high megapixel camera? This could be a show we get at least a development announcement as I do expect an announcement for this camera to come before NAB in April.
More to come….
Northlight has been told that the high resolution camera coming from Canon will be based on the 4.2 micron pixel design of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, not the long-in-the-tooth 4.3 micron design of the 18mp APS-C sensors. When translated to full frame, that totals about 52mp. It’s also suggested that delays in this camera have come from getting an economical yield from the sensor manufacturing process at full frame.
If true, this will also help the marketing department out a bit, as we expect to see Sony/Nikon to each release 46mp (only!) cameras in 2015. :)
We’re calling the camera the “EOS 3D” for now, even though we have been told by a couple of new sources, that this camera will be the EOS 5D Mark IV.
After the confirmation from Canon themselves about the development of a high resolution camera, my inbox has lit up like a certain kind of tree (Merry belated Christmas and Happy New Year!). There are a lot of questions, as well as a lot of information to sort through. After these sorts of new items, I receive a lot of “wish lists” hidden has product information.
The general consensus from people I do trust is that we’ll see an announcement for the camera in the first quarter of 2015. It could possibly come for CP+ in February, though I imagine there will be a ton of marketing behind the camera and it will get its own launch party. I’m just hypothesising, but I think it’ll come well before NAB in April or after it. We expect a lot in the way of new Cinema EOS products, and a high resolution still camera doesn’t fit in well with that show.
A few people have stressed that the sensor inside the camera will come from Canon themselves and not Sony as has been rumoured in the past. Beyond the 65 point AF, EOS 5D Mark III style body (with enhancements), resolution approaching 50mp and the 2015 announcement, there’s nothing new confirmed.
I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of information to sort through in the coming month or so.
jmfoots; a contributor on our forum has done a “quick and dirty, hand translation” of the interview question below.
From Maeda Masaya
“We are currently making efforts toward high-resolution cameras. User needs are broadly divided into the two areas of high-resolution and high-sensitivity. Canon has been progressing the high-sensitivity side more, but we feel that we also must respond to graphics-related users (hoping for high resolution) and increase resolution numbers.
We are thinking of a high-resolution camera for users wanting high resolving power, and it will be out soon. It will be a camera preserving pixel quality while boosting resolution figures. We are extending interchangeable lens groups (unsure what this actually means). We want to add one line to our EF lenses…I can’t say any more than this. Please don’t ask anymore (laughs).”
In an interview with Digital Camera Watch, Canon Inc. Senior Managing Director Image Communication Business Division Maeda Masaya confirms the development of a high megapixel camera. A camera we confirmed would be coming in 2015, although we don’t know exactly when it will arrive.
Below is a Google translation of the confirmation from Maeda Masaya.
Q: Image sensor or will toward the size and high pixel size?
A: I am working in the high pixel camera. There are two ways of roughly divided into high pixel and high sensitivity to user needs. Although Canon was not preceded the high sensitivity system and say either, I think the future is to be going to move (overlooking the high pixel) In order to meet such as graphics-based user, also in the direction in which to go up the number of pixels.
High pixel camera towards users who want high image of the resolution will not believe, you soon out. This is the camera, such as was up the number of pixels while maintaining the pixel quality. Interchangeable lens I will expand as a “group”. The …… now that I want to add a new one line to EF lens any more does not say, please do not ask any more (laughs).
Other tidbits from the interview
- The days of the annual product cycle are over, new models will come with big advancements in technology
- A “new line” of EF lenses is on the way.
- Canon believes lenses are the most important part of EOS
- We will see electronic shutters soon.
- There’s “no comment” on a full frame mirrorless (probably a good thing) and Canon is still interested in medium format.
We have confirmed that a high megapixel camera is coming from Canon in 2015 and it will be around 50mp. The camera will not be an EOS-1 style body, so don’t expect the price to be above $4000.
We have yet to confirm when in 2015 the camera is coming, as the exact date may be unknown to Canon at the time of writing this.
More to come once more is confirmed.
Some of what was in this previous post has been confirmed as far as resolution and body style.