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Canon High-MP DSLR Rumors Suggest D-Less Name and Mega Price Tag

From the rumors that have been floating around, it seems pretty clear that Canon will be unveiling a new high-megapixel DSLR at the end of this month. “Canon 3D” is one of the names that has been attached to the rumors, but Canon Rumors reports that a new one has emerged — along with a hint at what the price might be.

Received a suggestion today that the new big megapixel camera from Canon would be the Canon EOS-1S. There wasn’t much given in the way of specs, but it’s said to cost in the area of $9000 USD. This is definitely not sounding like a Nikon D800 competitor.

There was also another mention of superior low ISO performance from the sensor. New technology will be introduced in this camera and will set the stage for sensor development over the next 2-3 years.

When Northlight Images shared a rumor at the end of September that the camera would have a 1D X-style body, they wrote,

[...] the actual designation was not known, but it would essentially be a ’1 series’.

That seems to match up with Canon Rumor’s latest rumor. 1S would still be a “1 series”, just without the ‘D’.

A $9000 price tag would definitely mean that this camera isn’t a high-megapixel competitor to the Nikon D800, as it’d be about three times the price

Earlier this week we also shared a screenshot of a Canon 3D listing that briefly appeared on the website of camera retailer B&H. Most people who saw the screenshot immediately shouted “hoax”, but when we contacted Nine Volt (the business that posted the screenshot), Operations Manager Walter Tenenbaum defended the authenticity of the image.

Nine Volt Operations Manager Walter Tenenbaum refutes claims that this screenshot was faked

Seeing that the photo business is willing to risk its reputation over this, we’re guessing that the screenshot actually shows what appeared briefly on B&H. Thus, if the listing itself is bogus, it appears that the bogus-ness lies on B&H’s end — perhaps a website manager decided to create a placeholder listing over the holidays in preparation for the real thing…


 
  • Nicky Taylor

    That’s a ridiculous
    price and comment on the fact that it’s not to compete with the Nikon D800. Of
    course it is. Just because its 3X the price does not change the fact. Just
    means Nikon got the price point right. People buying into this new body will
    want quality for large images. If we have that type of cash to burn in our
    pockets then why would we not go for the true medium format Pentax 645D for
    $8,800 or a refurbished H3d11-50 for $13,000. If they want to charge 3x the
    price of a D800 then it would have to be 3X the camera we are getting. Just
    simply as the rumor goes having 10MP more does not do that.

  • nicky Taylor

    That’s a ridiculous
    price and comment on the fact that it’s not to compete with the Nikon D800. Of
    course it is. Just because its 3X the price does not change the fact. Just
    means Nikon got the price point right. People buying into this new body will
    want quality for large images. If we have that type of cash to burn in our
    pockets then why would we not go for the true medium format Pentax 645D for
    $8,800 or a refurbished H3d11-50 for $13,000. If they want to charge 3x the
    price of a D800 then it would have to be 3X the camera we are getting. Just
    simply as the rumor goes having 10MP more does not do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanblaney Nathan Blaney

    “If we have that type of cash to burn in our pockets then why would we not go for the true medium format ” One reason I can think of is that some of us have $10,000+ invested in lenses alone and being able to stick with one system is very convenient.

  • Nicky Taylor

    “Being able to stick with one
    system is very convenient.”

    you do not succeed in life by going for the convenient option.

    Trust me I know how you feel I too have $10k plus on canon kit already but I
    require a jump forward. But that does not mean I want the convenient option. I
    want the best option if that means I need to relook at different systems with
    the advanced knowledge I now know over what I used to know when I first bought
    into canon then that is something I will LIKE OTHERS shall have to asses.

  • http://byazrov.com/ Vladimir Byazrov Photographer

    So you are smarter than Canon? Let’s all wait and see that what Canon is baking is worth 3 times more money than Nikon. At least Canon always used to prove it before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.monkman.5 Jared Monkman

    “You do not succeed in life by going for the convenient option”

    Oh yeah? If it’s really a jump forward you require, I don’t think gear will help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanblaney Nathan Blaney

    Whatever. If I can get a job done to the client’s satisfaction with Canon gear and keep the cost of a whole other system in my pocket, then yeah – it makes better business sense to do that. This is how I’ve approached all my purchasing decisions – and I’ve been earning my living with a camera for a long time. I must be doing something right.

  • Nicky Taylor

    A jump forward in printable size does
    come down to pixel count Im afraid. At the moment Im able to print to a maximum
    size of 6ft by4ft. I would love to jump to the next step/size. So
    equipment Im afraid does come into it. ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT AND SEE. I just
    hope were all not disappointed as we all were waiting over for the 5D mark III

  • Phloiterer

    I know more than a few d800 users who would pay 3x the price just to get reliable autofocus…

    Anyway, i think it is a fair assumption that if priced this way, canon isnt thinking in terms of competing with the d800.

    As for evaluation, we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Jason

    Pretty soon, half the camera bodies oput there will be simply made for fan-boys, wealthy hobbyists and those only concerned about being sen with an overpriced chunk of marketing pablum. Please bring advanced equipment without the price/statistical/brand war hype.

  • Nicky Taylor

    deffo agree with this.

  • jesseyardley

    Canon products have been getting very expensive lately. So, I can certainly see how they might price this new camera into the stratosphere. Meh. Gotta wait and see.

  • Sam lord of the camera

    you are completely right nick, pointless paying for a 400d, then a 40d, then a 5d then a 5d mk 2 why not get the 5 d mk 2 in the first place, and cut out the intermediate crap

  • Mark

    I thought Apple didn’t plan to get into the camera market.

  • Scott Kennelly

    Are you serious? Who would want to lug one of those big things around, when you can get essentially the same image quality in a smaller, faster, more weather-resistant camera with faster, better auto-focus, a much deeper buffer (for shooting multiple raw images quickly), video capabilities, etc. etc.? Besides that, if someone already has a Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L, a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L, a Canon 85mm f1.2 L, and a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II, like many professional photographers do, how do you expect them to use those lenses on the heavy medium format bodies you are talking about? Or do you expect them to buy a bunch of lenses too? Oh, and lets see you find a set of lenses that give the same range and versatility for anywhere near the same price. Silly Nicky.

  • Scott Kennelly

    $10,000 for a camera is nothing, when you consider its life and resale value. In 3 years, when a photographer has paid $4,000 per year ($350 per month) for that camera, and it is paid off, he will be able to sell it for $5,000 (maybe $4,000). Ultimately, he will have paid $200 per month for it. If a photographer is making $1,000 per month, then that is only 20% of what he makes. Many photographers make much more than that. $2,000 per month is not considered good money in the world of professional photographers. That makes the cost of the best camera for a Canon shooter about 10% of his income. The rest of his equipment would add up to about the same, so he would be spending about 20% of his income on equipment. He would keep his 5D Mk II as a back-up, and if he finds he is making more like $2,500 per month over the next year, because he has somehow improved his reputation, he can then afford another 1S (or whatever it ends up being called). There are many many professional photographers who have paid $6,500 for a 1Ds Mk III. Some have two of those. Many of the same photographers would certainly pay the extra $2,000 or $3,000 that this new camera will ultimately cost, in order to upgrade to a significantly better, brand new camera.

    Basically, there are many who will have no better choice. In a couple of years it will be difficult to justify shooting with such old, obsolete equipment (the 5Ds Mk III is a very old design, with significant disadvantages in dynamic range). Of course, I may be wrong. There are photographers out there who are still shooting with their 1Ds Mk II, and doing just fine with it.

    I predict that the new camera will be 16 bit, have a dynamic range close to the Nikon D800, and outperform the D800E in capturing image detail. I think it will also shoot 6 fps and have at least one XQD memory card slot that will give you the ability to shoot fast, even with the huge, 46 megapixel files. It will have other advanced new features, like the 5D Mk III has, but Canon will still not add a fold-out screen, unfortunately.

    I hear it’ll be a 4k video camera. I so, it will be an essential part of many videographers’ kits, so that will drive sales dramatically (thousands of videographers and video production houses will buy them, just because of that feature).

  • Brendan

    As a current 5DmII owner if Canon fail to get this right I’m going to go with an 800E, $9000 is just plain stupid…

  • typ240

    what about a new sensor seize? Maybe they use something equal to Leica’s S-System.

    I can’t see these canon lenses on a 46mp device. It’s just meaningless as this glass can’t resolve that much.

    The sensor seize has still highest priority when IQ is concerned.

    You can’t get such smooth transition, extreme DOF and this rich 3D impact of MF with 35mm.

    And therefore even if you can deliver top resolution in a FF you shouldn’t tag the price that high, as it becomes a rival to the MF-Systems, wich still deliver better IQ.
    So the 1-Series Body, if ture, is a bad baaaaaad idea (again). By definition it will be extremely expensive. It’s acceptable for what technolgie they put in tihis monster…but we not only don’t need it, it’s even counter productive!!! => IT IS TO BIG .period .
    1-series is smaller than MF? …not really

  • typ240

    If they manage to deliver an evolutionary game-changer that can compete with the ~40MP MF-Cameras then 7’000 would be ok. Why should the price be diffrent to the 1DX? …both would be the best tools from canon in its specific application.
    But I really hope to see a smaller body -> look at the LEICA S it has a bigger Sensor but is smaller

  • Jerry

    A $9,000.00 dollar camera is obviously not meant to compete with the $3400.00 D800e. Canon apparently feels the large format landscape photography market is to small to be profitable as the 5D MRK III is no competition to the D800e. The D800e is far superior as far as dynamic range, color noise and ability to capture fine detail is concerned and is intended for specific markets.