Many people were rather underwhelmed with the Canon 7D Mark II announcement, citing that the feature list just doesn’t provide a big enough jump. Well, it didn’t take long for the dust to settle and the next Canon DSLR rumors to fire up.
While I remain very impressed with what I’ve seen from the 7D Mark II thus far, it’s clear that Canon hasn’t hit the mark with a growing crowd of Canon shooters clamoring for a high(er) resolution camera.
The 5D Mark II and 1Ds Mark III hit 21MP over 6 years ago and Canon has been hanging around that resolution on DSLR releases since then. Nikon, Sony and even Samsung (the new NX1 is 28MP) have pushed forward with several cameras over the 25MP mark. Sony and Nikon have a stable of cameras at 36MP, while Canon hangs around 18-22MP for its entire DSLR line.
While rumors of a coming high-MP DSLR have been strong for over a year, a couple of new rumors suggest that such a camera (or cameras) might be just around the corner. Moreover, these cameras are rumored to feature multilayer sensors, which have been revealed in patent applications from Canon.
The most significant support for the coming high-MP cameras reportedly comes from a Canon Explorer of light, who told Canon Rumors they were promised the camera was coming “sooner rather than later.”
While there have been reports and rumors of such a camera being shown at PhotoPlus later this month, the most recent reports suggest that the camera is expected for Q1 2015. It is worth noting, however, that the Canon EOS 1D X was initially unveiled just prior to PhotoPlus 2011 and several months before it was officially available. Of course, Canon had not just released another pro-grade DSLR like it just did with the 7D Mark II.
If it doesn’t show up by PhotoPlus at the end of the month, I wouldn’t hold my breath to see at CES 2015 in January. Most likely, it would get its own time to shine in February or early March, away from other major events.