Canon APS-H 1.3x mirrorless
Various reports have come in about a mirrorless camera from Canon that will use an APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor.
The plan within Canon is to keep the APS-H sensor size alive, as it won’t be appearing in the next 1D.
1) They think that APS-C in general and their 1.6x (versus others’ 1.5x) in particular is becoming increasingly difficult to improve on, update after update.
2) Sensor production costs have fallen and there isn’t much difference betw 1.6x and 1.3x for Canon.
3) Canon develop a new 1.3x sensor for the 1D series every few years and no other camera shared the R&D cost with the 1D before, but this time round the 16MP sensor of 1D4 will have a new use.
4) Weight and size can be taken care of by design. So a larger sensor does not necessarily mean a heavier and bulkier package than the competition.
This all seems a little bit crazy to me. I’ll reserve real judgement for the time being. I’ll be paying close attention to the comments section to see what the tech folks think about this.
NL posted about this today as well.