Canon High-MP DSLR May Have a 1D X-esque Body, 5D Mark II On Way Out?

Two interesting Canon rumors are currently floating around. The first has to do with the 46MP DSLR that Canon is reportedly field testing and may be planning to unveil in late October. Northlight Images received a tip saying the camera’s body will be 1D-X-esque:

In an update to the high MP info, we’re told that a camera will eventually appear in a 1D X derived body, in the same way as the 1D C. The information said that the actual designation was not known, but it would essentially be a ‘1 series’. There was also a warning that there would be a long wait between any ‘preview’ and any cameras being annouced and subsequently shipping.

If true, this means Canon is going for the larger pro-style body rather than following after Nikon’s 36.3MP D800.

The second rumor is that there’s a massive price drop coming to the Canon 5D Mark II. Canon Rumors writes that the price will be dropped down to $1699 within the next week, and will stay at that price point until the camera is out of stock.

It’s a move that makes a lot of sense for Canon, since having the 5D Mark II remain in the product lineup would continue to cannibalize the new Canon 6D. Scratching the 5D Mark II from the roster would allow the 6D to take its place as Canon’s true “entry-level” full frame — especially as the price on that camera starts its downward march.

(via CanonWatch)

  • nobby

    you have sure a few experts at petapixel.. now we can have more megapixels with afirmware update.. congratulations you knwo what your talking about!!!

  • Nathan Blaney

    Well, I don’t know about “massive price drop” but the 5D mk II is already only $1899 at B&H, so $1699 seems totally possible.

  • sierrarobba

    So!!!! Canon 5D mark II became the CHEAP full-frame body now! :D

  • Charles Payet

    If the 5DII drops to $1699, it’s going to be a touch choice between that and a new 6D.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I’m interpreting that as a jab at Canon’s firmware-based limitations rather than a sign of incompetence of PetaPixel’s writers.

  • Michael Zhang

    Was referring to some kind of trickery being used to artificially increase megapixel count without doing much to the fundamental quality, but this almost certainly isn’t going to be the case.

  • Atlantaguy

    For some, not really. There will still be a nearly $500 difference between the two prices. For full time pros it won’t make a difference – they can make that up in a day or less, but for “prosumers” or enthusiasts, that difference will make or break the sale.

  • Nikon>Canon

    Canon = Stupid cameras for stupider simpletons.

  • 9inchnail

    Why would it be impossible? Maybe the 1D-X already has a 46 MP sensor and is artificially limited by the firmware. You certainly can’t increase megapixels with a firmware but you can totally limit a camera’s capabilities. But I guess someone would have taken the 1D-X apart by now and found out if that was the case.

  • Michael Zhang

    Alrighty, completely removed this section. People were still emailing it about. :)

  • kbfoot

    As a Nikon user, I appreciate that Canon may chose to place it’s high megapixel megasensor in a “pro” body; Nikon placed it in a second-class but OK body(D800) that comes equipped with a third-rate optical finder. For those of us who actually use our eyes to compose and focus, this move by Nikon is the big dragola.

  • Sergio45

    bad move from canon, canon fanboys never need a camera above 22mpx. they said it clear when nikon launch d800.

  • 11

    not all, but some (like me) do need higher MP…of course, without sacrificing dr

  • Antonio Carrasco

    I’m ok with these high megapixel cameras, as the D600 and D800 look excellent. But I do hope that both Canon and Nikon declare a truce at around 50 megapixels. I don’t really imagine needing more than 50 megapixels and that would slow my computer down to a crawl.

  • MD

    Nikon fanboys said anything over 12mp was a waste until they finally got the D3X. Fanboys of any stripe are inherently full of crap. That’s why we don’t listen to what they say.

    Some people will *never* need more than 3MP. Some have *always* needed more than 36. Brand jingoism just complicates these issues and makes it harder for other people to make rational evaluations.

  • aibuttar

    i think nikon is on its way for higher MP and it could be 46mp, Nikon D4X