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Canon 7D II To Feature New, But Not Foveon-Like, Sensor Technology

By Anthony Thurston on June 19th 2014

More Canon 7D Mark II rumors coming in today, this time – sensor technology. According to new reports over on Canon Rumors, the Canon 7D replacement will feature new sensor tech. What exactly will be new is still unknown.


There were some rumors that Canon had been working on a “Foveon-like” sensor, and some thought that might make its debut in the Canon 7D replacement. But, according to the new rumor, the new sensor tech will NOT be foveon-like, but something completely different.

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While the exact nature of the new sensor technology has not been determined yet. One thing the rumor is sure of is that it will not be your standard evolutionary sensor upgrade. Still lots of time for more leaks between now and the rumored announcement in late August or early September.


What are your thoughts on this? What could this new sensor tech be, and how will it impact the APS-C world? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Keem Ibarra

    I would like to see higher dynamic range, as well as having different frame rates for 1080 & 720p, I doubt Canon would ever release anything higher than 1080p on their lower end cameras. It would be amazing, but very unlikely.

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  2. Tyler Friesen

    I hope they step up and do something really innovative for a change

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  3. Jared Stewart

    Hopefully an electronically timed sensor that will turn on/off in order to do away with the shutter and allow 1/100,000 sync speeds? ;-)

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  4. Jacob Jexmark

    Since I moved on the the 5D Mark III and sold my Mark IIs, I’ve been looking for a new 2nd camera body. Been on the brink of buying a 6D but a part of me wants to wait and see what the 7D replacement brings. More dynamic range in the shadows (and less shadow banding when pushed) would be very welcome indeed. Part of me wishes Canon would just stop trying to make their own sensors and buy Sony sensors like Nikon. That’s my only gripe with the Canon system. Not that the sensors are bad, but Sonys are better ;).

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    • Dave Lyons

      I’ve said the same thing about canon just needs to give up on their sensors and go with sony since they’re so far behind but I’m kinda thinking (could very well be wrong) but to me the only thing good about canons is the skin tones which might be because of the the shallower dr and color depth. Although I remember when I got my D200 fuji had a model that used a d200 body but their version of the sensor and it’s skin tones blew everyone else away.

      Canons obviously having problems competing with these sony sensors or else we’d have seen new ones by now.

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  5. Jeff Lopez

    Maybe a crop sensor version of the 6d with all it’s low light advantages.

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  6. Matthew Saville

    Forget “Foveon-like”, hopefully they can at a bare minimum pull off “Nikon/Sony-like” dynamic range!

    That’d be “new technology” for Canon, indeed. :-P

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Bwuahahahahaha, such a Troll Matt :P

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    • Pye

      Agreed, kinda just hoping Canon can step up their low light and dynamic range game.

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    • Matthew Saville

      @Anthony – If I was really in the mood to troll, I’d post this:


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    • Dave Lyons

      I love that gif ;) I can’t believe anyone in todays age would even buy a canon (granted i’ll make an exception for 5dm3 for wedding/portraits and 1dx for sports) when Nikons bottom of the line camera sensor just smokes pretty much canons entire lineup.

      Canon is really reminding me of microsoft a few years ago when they thought they’d always rule the roost and rarely made anything new or good and canon it seems has been busy with everything except a good new sensor… all these flippy screens and crap that do nothing to help their poor IQ.

      If i had to take a money landscape shot and I had the choice of either a 5dm3 with whatever their good wide is or a D3300 with the Nikon 12-24…. I wouldn’t even have to think about it, i’d grab the D3300 in a heartbeat.

      I’m getting ready to get a new camera and canon doesn’t even make the list because of their sensors as i need that dynamic range. I’ve even gone back and tried to edit some of my old canon raw files and it’s maddening after using nikons and sonys. Not trying to really bash canon but if could buy a lexus for the same price as a toyota… why on gods green earth would you buy the toyota???

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