Canon rumors: what you need to know

14th May 2014 | 09:07

Canon rumors: what you need to know

Canon 70D, mirrorless, 7D Mark II and more

It seems like barely a day goes by without a new Canon rumor.

Here on this continually updated Canon rumors page, you'll find the latest news and information on what camera is likely to be announced next.

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Canon 7D Mark II rumors

Canon rumours: what you need to know

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With the announcement of the Canon 70D out of the way, a good portion of focus has shifted to another old-timer in Canon's range.

The Canon 7D has been around for over four years now - an absolute age in camera terms. Many photographers are keen to upgrade the model which sits at the very top of the enthusiast line-up - although admittedly some of those customers are likely to be drawn towards the full-frame 6D.

It seems likely that Canon will stick with a crop-factor APS-C sized sensor for the 7D replacement - if such a camera ever appears. It's a bonus for sports and wildlife photographers as it gives extra reach.

That aside though, it seems likely that new technology will feature and we hope to see something packed with lots of exciting extras, such as a touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity. We could also see the dual pixel technology as seen on the Canon 70D, which gives better AF in live view and video mode - with a better processor, this could be an exciting addition.

Digic 6 is the latest processing engine from Canon, but it's not found in the latest 70D, which sticks with the Digic 5+ processor. Instead, this processor is reserved for compacts such as the G16, S120 and SX280. Perhaps the 7D successor will be the first DSLR to feature the next generation processor instead.

To differentiate the 7D Mark II from the 70D, we could see improved weather selling, a more advanced AF system and a higher resolution sensor. Canon seems to be playing fairly safe with pixel counts so far though, so don't necessarily expect Nikonlike high figures.

Update: Some interesting specs keep surfacing with regards to the 7D Mark II. One such rumor is that the camera will feature a "hybrid" viewfinder. Details are sparse at the moment, but we've seen such technology before on the Fuji X100S - it's basically a combination of a digital and electronic viewfinder, allowing you to switch between the two depending on preference or what best suits the given situation.

A brand new type of image sensor is also said to be featured on the camera - with one rumor suggesting a Foveon type, as we've seen in Sigma cameras. A resolution of at least 25 million pixels is anticipated, if not expected to be able to compete with the likes of the Nikon D7100, which has 24.1.

Back in April, it was rumored that May would bring us the update to the 7D. It was also suggested that there would be two new lenses announced along with some new PowerShots. Well, the new lenses have already been announced (two wide angles, one for APS-C, and another full-frame), but there's still no sign of the cameras appearing, so perhaps we'll have to wait a little longer.

Canon mirrorless rumors

Canon rumours: what you need to know

Although Canon finally joined the mirrorless party with the Canon EOS M back in July 2012, that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from suggesting what could be the next compact system camera from the company.

It's fair to say that the M hasn't been hugely well received, with many advanced photographers disappointed by the lack of direct control dials, buttons and viewfinder.

There's also a distinct lack of proprietary lenses, and, while you can attach existing EF and EF-S optics via an adapter, sticking a large lens on a small body does somewhat defeat the object. By comparison, the Micro Four Thirds system has over 25 optics, while even the Nikon 1 range is growing slowly.

In Japan and China, Canon offers the Canon EOS M2, a slightly upgraded version of the original. However, this camera isn't scheduled for release in the rest of the world.

A recent interview with Masaya Maeda from Canon Japan appears to suggest that a new M body could be on the way in the second half of 2014, with additional lenses.

We might also be treated to a prosumer/professional mirror less camera. With the likes of Sony, Panasonic and Olympus performing well in this field, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Canon showing an interest in this sector of the market too.

Update: The latest rumors suggest that two new mirrorless cameras will be making an appearance at Photokina this year. That would make a good starting place for a "relaunch" of this line.

Although Canon maintains it is committed to the M range, we haven't seen any new cameras since the first one was launched, and unlike pretty much every other manufacturer, Canon doesn't have different models to suit different needs. At Photokina, that could all change with one entry-level model, and another aimed at the prosumer. Additional lenses also seem likely.

Canon high pixel-count camera rumors

Canon rumours: what you need to know

Nikon has pretty much led the way with high resolution cameras, with the Nikon D800 boasting a whopping 36 million pixels. We've also now got the Sony A7R, which uses a 36 million pixel full-frame chip.

Canon on the other hand has been rather more reserved in its equivalent offering, with the 5D Mark III offering the more modest 22 million pixels.

Still, rumors continue to persist that Canon is preparing its own very high resolution model, most likely to feature over 40 million pixels and probably featuring at the very top of Canon's DSLR lineup.

Although it's been running around the rumor mill for some time, it seems likely that we'll be waiting for a while longer for such a model to appear and we're unsure of such a camera's moniker - some have suggested the Canon 1DSx could be a possible name, though.

Canon 5D Mark IV rumors

There were four years between the announcement of the EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark III, but improvements and upgrades tend to move at quicker pace these days, so it's not totally out of the realms of possibility that 2014 could see an upgrade to the Mark III - just two years later.

Canon now has two full-frame models in the "prosumer" section of its line-up, but it seems likely that the 5D line would be replaced before the 6D, the newer model.

Perhaps it will also be more of an incremental increase, a la Nikon D610 vs D600. As the Canon 6D has Wi-Fi, this could also be included, or other extras such as a touchscreen.

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