Over the last couple of months we have received a lot communication about a full frame Canon mirrorless camera. This sort of talk has come and gone every since Sony entered the segment with the a7 series of cameras.

Here's a breakdown of what we've been told, please mind the [CR1] rating. Some of these talking points could be considered plausible.

  • The goal is to announce a full frame mirrorless camera for Photokina 2018 which takes place in September of that year.
  • EF mount will be native
  • New exclusive image sensor for the camera.
  • New sensor technology required for the EF mount in a mirrorless application
  • There will be no new “dedicated” lenses, but mirrorless will be “considered in all future EF lens design”
  • 4K video is considered a necessary feature in all full frame cameras going forward
  • One full frame mirrorless camera body to start
  • There is testing at Canon of a more hybrid approach between DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras. What that looks like we don't know.

We've received other information beyond what's posted here, but most of it didn't quite fit.

Some of this information can be backed up with some patents over the last 12-24 months and we have no doubt a full frame mirrorless camera from Canon is coming. However, we've always said EF lenses would have to work on the camera “natively” and that there won't be another line of lenses developed for this application.

More to come…

image credit // mockup by Canon Rumors // Images used from KenRockwell.com and Leica

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