This seems to be the most consistent rumor on the Canon side of the coin for some time now. That is, we get a new 1Ds camera in 2011, while the 5D Mark III is pushed off until next year.
Canon Rumors received a spec list outlining the following specs for a 1Ds Mark IV (or it could be a 1D Mark V) camera to be announced later this month.
Canon 1Ds Mark IV Rumored Spec List
- 32mp CMOS (Full Frame)
- Evolved 45 point AF system (current 1D4)
- Dual DIGIC 5
- CF & SD Slots
- New Battery
- 3,7,9 fps
- ISO Range 50-102,400
- Ergonomic Changes
- 100% VF
- 3.2? LCD (Highest Resolution Ever)
- Improved AF in LiveView
- Unknown Movie Mode and specifications
- Unknown if there will be a wireless flash commander
- In camera software feature upgrades
The 32MP-ish resolution range has bee thrown around a lot for the next 1Ds camera, as well as the 5D Mark III; however, these are all still rumors. That said, the above spec list seems like a reasonable expectation and rather evolutionary, which has been the custom for the 1Ds line.
As for the 5D Mark III being pushed off until next year . . . that rumor also comes from a “known source” via Canon Rumors. The only specifics mentioned cite a first quarter 2012 launch date.
I wouldn’t think we’d see a 5D Mark III launched around CES. It may be a launch independent of any trade show, as Canon has not really shown any love for trade shows since it infamously declined to attend PMA a couple of years ago. While Canon will certainly be at CES 2012, I don’t really expect any new products aside from some simple point and shoot cameras and maybe some camcorders.
If the camera hasn’t made it to store shelves by then, the first closeup look at the 5D Mark III may come at the NAB Show in April next year. This would likely be a fitting debut for the camera due to the 5D Mark II’s Hollywood aspirations.
What do you think about a 32MP 1Ds Mark IV? Are you still waiting for the 5D Mark III?