Canon 3D High-Megapixel DSLR Camera Spotted in the Wild?


Rumors of a high-megapixel Canon DSLR have been floating around for quite some time now, but the photo above might be the first time a photograph of the actual camera has leaked onto the Web.

The photograph was first uploaded to the Chinese microblogging website Weibo (page has since been taken down) and then subsequently spotted by Photo Rumors:


The photograph shows a man holding two cameras. One of them is a black rangefinder-style camera, but the other one is a Canon DSLR:


The Canon brand is visible on the camera strap and body, but most of the details of the camera itself have been blurred out:


A closer look at the camera strap shows what appears to be a “Canon 3D” logo hidden behind a light meter strap:


Rumors of a high-megapixel Canon DSLR started swirling last September. “3D” was one of the model names attached to the camera from the beginning, and the camera is rumored to have a body similar to the 1D X — something that matches this latest leaked photo.

In October 2012, it was reported that multiple prototypes of the camera were already being tested in the wild in locations that include the United States and the “Far East” (again, a detail that matches this leak).

A “Canon 3D” DSLR also appeared briefly on B&H Photo Video last October, adding additional fuel to the rumors of a 3D high-MP DSLR.

The camera is said to have 40+ megapixel and a price tag of over $9,000. We’ll likely be hearing about this camera much more — perhaps even officially — by the end of this year.

  • Brett

    A translation and some background on who did the blurring would be helpful…

  • Sam Spencer

    Something tells me that black “rangefinder” is a Fuji.

  • Zos Xavius

    looks like it!

  • Banan Tarr

    $9,000 eh. At that price Nikon will laugh all the way to the bank with a D4x at 56mp and about $5,000 for the body. What I’m saying is: I doubt it will be $9,000.

  • Robert Mark

    Trying to be discrete while testing a new camera in the field, Canon blows its cover by including a bright red striped EOS 3D strap? Doubt it.

  • Monteraz

    LOL, I think the same

  • Banan Tarr

    “Leaks” get free press. Canon says “oops” but then everyone talks about them. Works like a charm.

  • Sean Lucky

    Not only that, think it’s likely they’d go to all the trouble of getting straps manufactured for prototype cameras? No, that’s something you do when you’re ready to sell 100,000 units to distributors and you do a large batch run of straps.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Er, wasn’t the D3X $8K back in 2008?

  • Banan Tarr

    Yeah, about that. I guess I’m just seeing a $9,000 Canon 3D as giving Nikon yet another chance to show a large price differential. Even if the D4x is ~$7,000 at 56mp. I have both Canon and Nikon and I see pros and cons in both but I think lately Nikon has been my favorite.

    Granted, the rumor is that the D4x will be 36mp and ~6fps. I’m not sure how well that is going to do… If the Canon is truly over 40mp and, more importantly delivers low noise and high dynamic range, I’ll happily swap back to Canon.

  • Chris

    Canon, high dynamic range? Don’t make me laugh.

    I rue the day I bought a Mk III!

  • Banan Tarr

    I had one pre-ordered for a while… it never materialized and then the D800 came out. I bought one to resell it. Never sold it. Used it once, saw the amazing ability to pull detail from the RAWs and started buying Nikon glass.

  • Chris

    I really, really miss the dynamic range of Nikon.

    But I can’t afford to move back to Nikon again, I just pray Canon eventually produce and market a camera that has a some way decent dynamic range.

  • brunoat

    “Far east” is a detail that matches this leak? That picture was taken in southern Spain!

  • lexplex

    What Nikon were you using? I’ve got a Canon 6D and the dynamic range is astounding – better than my friend’s recentish Nikon when we did a photo walk together (not sure what model they were using but it was new).

  • Chris

    I had an APS-C D7000, the dynamic range on that is far and beyond that of the 5D Mk III.

    I shoot everything in RAW and even as low as ISO 200 in certain situations I get high levels of noise and cross hatching. I can’t believe more people don’t moan about the cross hatching on the Mk III’s, I’m still not 100% convinced that I don’t have a faulty sensor.

  • Chris

    Noise in the blacks I mean, only ever the blacks. They aren’t blown out either, a decent, but not perfect exposure, will yield cross hatching.

  • Paul

    Really a super rare camera being tested in the wild with the 3d logo on the strap for all to see ? Surly no company is that stupid, thats like testing a car with there crazy white and black pattern sticker all over it but having Ferrari wrote on the side.

  • lexplex

    Interesting. I’d say it’s a faulty sensor. My 6D has essentially the same sensor and I haven’t seen any problems – that sort of noise is an issue that really shouldn’t be present in a camera of that calibre. I didn’t get noise like that on my 5D mkii, so I’d say you should probably report it to Canon.

  • Chris

    It’s still under warranty I may well have to RMA it. God knows how long that will take. =S