I’ve gone on and on about Canon’s need to enter the full frame mirrorless market. While some of its more recent mirrorless cameras are intriguing, we aren’t going to take Canon seriously until it comes out with a camera that can actually go head-to-head with the Sony A7 line.
While there has been nothing serious in the way of leaks and rumors, we’ll take what we can get at this point. Canon Rumor’s latest unsubstantiated rumor essentially teases us with the kind of Canon mirrorless camera we have been asking for.
Key features and talking points for the rumored camera are as follows:
- The goal is to announce a full frame mirrorless camera for Photokina 2018 which takes place in September of that year.
- EF mount will be native
- New exclusive image sensor for the camera.
- New sensor technology required for the EF mount in a mirrorless application
- There will be no new “dedicated” lenses, but mirrorless will be “considered in all future EF lens design”
- 4K video is considered a necessary feature in all full frame cameras going forward
- One full frame mirrorless camera body to start
- There is testing at Canon of a more hybrid approach between DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras. What that looks like we don’t know.
Photokina 2018 is a long ways off and Sony is likely going to be on the third generation of A7 models by then. Will Canon deliver something to test Sony or will Canon continue its conservative approach to the market?
Michael Hall says
I like the idea of a full frame mirrorless camera…..except for the (so far) big but. It is great to get a camera back to the size of our old film SLR’s but is there much point when the lenses are still large and heavy DSLR items? I have Canon and Olympus MFT. Regardless of the body taking two or three L series lenses will push the limits of my cabin bag allowance in a way that the equivalent MFT lenses won’t.
Canon is a big gorilla. Great but it is so bulky and adds unnecessary weights for long travels. The company just don’t listen to the young photographers though. Sony already has 5 axis image stabilizer, not discounting the multi frame per seconds which benefits high speed photography, less bulky and easy to carry. With Sony A9 soon to be available, I will definitely change gear to Sony.
I switched from Canon 5D III to Fujifilm X-T2 & X-T20 (and still cost less!). After using the X camera and lens system I can say that I do not need to switch back to a full frame camera, mirrorless or not. That been said, I can see that less people will be welling to switching over to mirrorless if Canon’s DSLR is able to have both optical and EVF capability in their viewfinder. The ability to see the correct exposure all the time or just be able to check it quickly in the viewfinder just make life super easy. Of course, 5-axis IBIS will be an excellent upgrade to all of their line up as well.