I received a tip that the September 2009 edition of Résponse Photo, a popular French magazine, that the Canon 1D Mark IV would be announced on August 25. That’s Tuesday for those of you who don’t have your calendar handy.
I looked around the Interweb and couldn’t seem to find an online presence for Response Photo, other than the publisher’s site. However, a poster on the Spanish forum Ojo Digital corroborates this tip and provides a little further insight as to what’s in the issue, including tips on the Nikon D700x or D800 and Sony’s new Alphas (via Google’s automated translation):
– A Nikon D700x (or D800) that should be the D3x what the D700 to the D3 (Sensor Sony 24 Mpx).
– One that replaces the Canon 1D Mk III … (anunciada el 25 de agosto) (announced on August 25)
– A Pentax entry-level …
– Three Sony models, two bodies twins who come to fill an empty space range today and a third that seeks to satisfy the fans who consider 24×36 expensive current models be announced on August 27 and will hit stores on September 15 . . . announce a complete test in the October issue.
Rumors of the Nikon D700x have been rattling around for a long time now (pretty much since the Nikon D3x was announced December 2008). I’m skeptical that Nikon has such a camera planned this soon after the D700, but I’ve been wrong on these feelings before.
The Canon 1D Mark IV sounds plausible; however, that date is inconsistent with other rumors we’ve heard.
A replacement for the Pentax K2000 seems a little quick as well, but manufacturers seem to be shortening the product life cycle more and more.
The three Sony models sounds like the real deal though. I think that the reference to the 24x36mm shooter is clearly the Sony A850, which has all but been announced. The other two that fill a new slot in the lineup is likely the Sony A500 and A550.
I say that Sony Alpha A850 is the A900 with 3 fps :)
Very Simple ^^
Jack Cunningham says
Move over Nikon and Canon—-Sony’s coming to town. I would say that Nikon and Canon are in for some serious competition. With the A850 at $2000.00 it’s going to be hard to justify the extra dollars for Canon and Nikon. Since the 20+ mp cameras are going to be used mostly for landscape and studio the noise factor at higher ISO’s doesn’t mean that much. Canon and Nikon have relied on their lenses to keep people from jumping ship but with the most respected supplier of lenses (Carl Zeiss)now supplying Sony and Sony’s in body stabilization, which means you don’t have to pay for stabilizing each lens you buy—-Looks like this will be a very interesting year.