It is a very good day for Canon users out there. There are three huge rumors going around regarding products that will be potentially be released by Canon in 2012: A Mirrorless camera, a new Full-frame camera and the previously announced Cinema EOS 4K Camera. Excited? I know I am!
Canon Mirrorless Camera
The first rumor is that Canon will finally be entering the Mirrorless camera market in August of 2012. Canon is one of the few camera manufacturers that still has not released an offering in this segment of the camera market. I’m sure that Canon has waited this long to study the competition and gauge consumer interest, but it’s do or die time for Canon. The company can either release something that will blow everyone’s mind (Full-frame Mirrorless? Digital Canonet?), or they can release something similar to what’s already out there and fall behind Olympus and Panasonic.
A New Full Frame Camera
When the Canon ESO 5D Mark III was released with a price tag of $3,500, it left a lot of people wondering if the Mark II’s replacement was going to keep its spot as the entry level Full-frame DSLR, or if Canon would eventually release something cheaper. New rumors have come out stating that Canon is indeed planning to release a cheaper entry level full-frame camera in the Fall of 2012. This could either be in the form of a dumbed-down version of the 5D Mark III, or it could be a high-megapixel shooter like the Nikon D800. My guess is the latter, but Canon has been extremely difficult to predict lately.
Canon Cinema ESO 4K Camera
Along with the Canon C300 Cinema announcement in November of 2011, Canon also announced that they had been developing a Cinema EOS DSLR featuring a 1D style camera body. The camera would be capable of recording 4K video at 24fps, and take still images as well. 4K is a standard for digital cinema, with a horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels. Movies such as The Social Network and District 9 were recorded in 4K, and this is said to be the future standard for films. The latest rumors are apparently confirming that the new camera will in fact be housed in a body to that will very similar to that of the new Canon EOS IDX. In addition to this, shipment of this product is said to be set for the end of 2012, or early 2013.
Three big rumors, all in one day. Can it get any better than this?