Rumors: Multiple High-MP Prototypes in the Wild, Canon Miffed About Rumors

PhotoPlus is going down over in New York City in the second half of this week, and that’s when we might be hearing a peep out of Canon regarding its rumored high-resolution DSLR. If there’s any mention of the camera at all, it will probably at most be an “in development” announcement that confirms rumors but doesn’t reveal too much else.

Northlight Images is hearing that there may be multiple prototype versions being tested around the world that vary in how many megapixels they pack:

[…] we’ve had several observations of camera testing, pointing to (at least) 2 different full frame sensors currently in circulation. From the US, a 39MP sensor in a 1 series body, has apparently been used for several test video productions. In the Far East, two other comments both pointed to ‘well over 50′ MP, once again in a 1 series body. All stressed that these were not production model test cameras.

Whether we do get the previously hinted at ‘technology development’ camera soon is far from clear. We’re probably too far away from any product launch (and lengthy wait for shipping) for anything we’re seeing at the moment to be much more than engineering tests.

Canon’s high-megapixel DSLR may be called the Canon 1S

The word on the street is that the new camera will be pretty pricey… possibly in the ballpark of $9000. Unless you have extremely deep pockets or a generous benefactor, you might want to dial down your interest in this mythical beast to “mild”, lest you be disappointed once it appears.

There was also an interesting rumor morsel published over at Canon Rumors suggesting that Canon isn’t too pleased with that screenshot of a Canon 3D listing that supposedly appeared briefly on B&H (which we believe to be genuine. The screenshot, that is — not the camera). CR writes:

I’ve also heard through the grapevine that Canon USA wasn’t all too happy with the purported Photoshop’d EOS-3 with a 46.1mp sensor articles that popped up not too long ago. That in itself is quite interesting, as why would they care about something that isn’t real?

That’s pretty much all there is to know about the Canon high-MP DSLRs at this point.

P.S. There are also rumors that there may be 3-4 more Canon lens announcements by the end of this year, and that Canon is developing a new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II bazooka super-telephoto lens that takes advantage of recent weight-saving technologies.

  • kaja12

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.
    Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
    When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.
    Improved AF Functionality
    Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.
    The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

  • OBI

    From what I know 45 to 50 MP Pro will be out till end of July with 42 MP Semi-Pro till end of May.