Canon Possibly Working on an Entry-Level Full-Frame DSLR of Its Own

With Nikon rumored to be working on the D600 as an entry-level full-frame for later this year, it’s only right that Canon jump into the fray as well, and jump they have (maybe). Rumors that Canon has had a new entry-level full-frame in the works began circulating at the end of March, and now we’re hearing that an announcement may be planned for the 2012 Holiday Season.

Unfortunately the rumors are thin on details, but just like the D600 would be the “true replacement” for the D700, the new Canon would be the “true replacement” for the 5D Mark II. All delay jokes aside (and there are plenty), if both major camera manufacturers do decide to release an entry-level full-frame, they are essentially creating a new class of SLR and changing the photography landscape entirely — you could call it the upper-middle-class of the DSLR world. Now we just have to wait and see who manages to announce theirs first… and then after that who delays theirs the least.

(via Canon Rumors)

Image credit: Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i by 600d

  • Shawn Parker

    Why don’t they just go completely full frame across the product line? I wonder what the cost difference is between the APS-C and full frame sensors that make keeping two fabricating processes going cost effective.

  • Bear

    Some people like the lighter weight and smaller form factor of APS-C lenses and don’t need the higher pixel count and/or larger photosites of a full-size sensor. Choice is good.

  • Calgary Photographer

    I have seen the future and it was full-frame.

  • Scott Mains

    the cost of introducing (producing a true 35mm sensor) is a lot more than the cost of APS-C, otherwise it would have been true 35mm from the start see ( Its not a case of twice the sensor size, twice the cost. Take a digital medium format back, ‘entry level’ units will cost the other side of £8k, just for a back. Its down to the maximum size of silicon manufacturers can process… typically 8 inch in diameter. 

  • Kevin Sarp

    I’m not entirely convinced. Average sensor/film size has only gone in one direction since cameras were invented: down. The advantages of full frame would be limited for the mid-range market anyway, so I don’t think that it could justify the added price.

  • Graysmith

    I’ve been expecting this ever since I heard that they would jack up the price of the 5D Mark III by A THOUSAND DOLLARS compared to the Mark II. Made no sense at all, unless you were planning to introduce another cheaper full frame and make the 5D seem more deluxe.

  • Ben Marshall

    ummm… My guess its going to start a new series… rather than drag out the moniker. 

    The T-series rebels can keep going up to T8i… which would make sense marketing-wise, but trying to keep track of the Canon D series, just seems ridiculous… 1Dx has to be the end of that line… as well as the blasphemy of the 5d series now.

    To make sense, and create a new Sound for the market, perhaps the 3-series, makes perfect logic, and has a nice BMW ring to it…

  • Roualt

    What I would like to have is a swivel lcd on a full frame pro body. I have it on the canon rebel t3i and I love it. Very versatile. They probably did it because on the crop sensor camera this is the only way to see the crop you are really shooting, but it’s a great feature. Very easy to hold the camera up or down and see what you are shooting. I actually do not want to hold the camera up to my eye.

  • Ollyis

    Like Canon have ever been early to the table for anything. Nikon will get there first and Canon will follow on later but ever so slightly better.

  • Kishore

    they cannot go full frame all cameras cause the crop lenses would then be useless

  • Michael Godek

    this is exactly what i’ve been waiting for!

  • WetcoastBob

    Would like to see the swivel lcd mounted to the bottom so that we can have some useful Buttons on the left.  It is also more comfortable when shooting from the waist or lower as I do when shooting pets.  The Nikon D5000 had this and then they buggered it up with the D5100.

  • pinktech

    I would love a full frame for better image quality but have zero interest in video. The 5DmkIII has so much technology tied up in movie making, a photographer’s version with minimal or no video at a lower cost would be perfect for me (and a few others around the world, I suspect).

  • Jerrit Pruyn

    “but just like the D600 would be the “true replacement” for the D800″
    You mean replacement for the D700

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for catching that!

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  • Dan

    Just because sensor size has gotten smaller doesn’t mean it’s better. Look at the pros who are starting to use medium format cameras. Larger sensor sizes have their advantages, such as higher dynamic range (when compared to smaller sensors), etc.

  • Dan

    Canon introduced autofocus before Nikon, Canon had better dslr video (although with the D4 and the like, Nikon has probably caught up). Your argument has been crushed.

  • Guest

     Obvious comment is obvious.

  • talkingtojosh

    they don’t need full-frame sensors for a better dynamic range…

    i’m sure they can engineer that kind of quality into a cropped sensor. man the SONY F3’s sensor is not full-frame but has amazing latitude and sensitivity. ok so maybe it’s an apples and oranges thing but DSLR companies need to work towards making cropped sensors better…

  • Jon

    Taking a photo at arms length, you do look silly.

  • Dan

    dafuq? of course larger sensors (such as full-frame ones) have better dynamic range as compared to smaller ones. just compare a well crafted large or even medium format image to something from a cropped sensor, and don’t tell me you don’t see a difference between the two. i’ll save you the trouble, and tell you that you do, and the larger sensors are a world apart from the smaller ones.

  • Dan

    Pentax made a camera that’s ~$10k for the whole thing excluding the lens (then again it is an integrated system as opposed to the open system Hasselblad or Mamiya use).

  • Guest

    Um, isn’t this camera already called the 6D?