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Canon Confirms High Megapixel Camera On The Way?

By Anthony Thurston on July 23rd 2014

Nikon has been pushing boundaries with their D800 series of cameras in terms of megapixels, and we have all sort of been wondering when Canon would be following suit. Well, if you believe Canon Rumors’ interpretation of a recent Canon interview, that high megapixel Canon camera could be on the way.

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This all stems from an interview from some engineers at Canon with DC Watch. The interview was actually regarding the release and development of the new 10-18mm and 16-35mm lenses that were just announced. During the course of the interview (which you can find here in its entirety), one of the engineers explains (via google translate), “I to higher pixel unnecessarily is the opposite, but there is also a feeling if there is a high-performance lens that matches the number of pixels (pixel pitch), to want to take a look at the descriptive power of the true. By super-wide-angle zoom image quality is good came out to the periphery, and we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS.

[REWIND: Initial Thoughts on Canon’s 10-18mm]

Now, Canon Rumors and many others are taking this as a confirmation of sorts from Canon that a high resolution EOS is on the way. Personally, based on this quote – which I understand some of the meaning may be lost in translation – I think it is a bit of a stretch to say that. That last line “we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS,” to me just sounds like someone saying “yeah, that would be cool.” I don’t see any indication here that a high megapixel EOS is actually in the works, just that this particular engineer(s) looks forward to one.

Still, the idea that Canon is working on one is good news for any Canon users who have been looking over at the D800 series of cameras with a hint of jealousy. The rumors say there will be 3 EOS cameras released this year, we have already had one in the White SL1, and the Canon 7D replacement is expected to be another, maybe that third EOS is, in fact, a high resolution body…

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What are your thoughts on this? How did you interpret the quote; do you agree with other than this means Canon is working on one, or do you think more like me that this was just an engineer hypothetically looking to the future? Leave a comment below!

via Canon Rumors

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.

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    I can´t wait to try a D810 and teste some of the great new features such as the highlight metering system which helps a lot for theater and music shows. Thanks you.

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  2. Andy O’Dowd

    It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds. Will the new camera be a 5d MKIV or the rumoured 3d?

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  3. James Dotson

    can’t wait!!!!

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  4. Aleksander Michaud

    I’m not sure how true this is, but I’ve always heard that the glass was holding back Canon stepping into high-mp cameras. I thought that’s why they’ve been updating/adding lenses to the line-up, making them sharp enough to handle more sensor resolution. Hopefully that means a high resolution future is on the horizon.

    Disclaimer: I’m a Canon shooter, and I drool over the D800-810 files all the time. I get megapixels aren’t everything, but when you’re working in print situations those extra pixels sure can help.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I’ve been a Canon shooter for 34 years and I’ve coveted owning L lenses. I’ve “made do” with their FD lens, and third-party brands. For my first DSLR, the “kit” lens was a 24-105 F4L. I love it! I don’t have any of EF lens to compare it to, but I am impressed with the features.

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    • Dave Lyons

      I doubt that but if its true then they are in for some serious issues coming up. To me what I notice about their new lenses isn’t really about photo quality its more about better video quality and I keep saying that canon seems much more interested in video these days

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    • Dave Lyons

      btw~ the newest test scores for IQ between a D810 vs 5dm3 show that the D810 only has a paltry 60% better IQ…. yes 60%!!! 5d is still a great camera but for IQ it just cant compete with the d8**’s

      You’re right megapixels aren’t everything… with one exception… the nikon d8** line

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    • Stan Rogers

      Ralph — that’s really a misunderstanding of what the “L” is all about. Especially in the FD days, the “L” meant that the lens had an expensive feature (usually a whopping huge aperture, but it could have been tilt/shift or something else) that most photographers didn’t really need, or could work around. In fact, most of the FD “L” lenses weren’t great in terms of absolute image quality, but the extra stop or two could mean an awful lot. They were really expensive because (a) it takes a lot of optical trickery to make a very fast lens even adequate and (b) the market was going to be small, so there is no real economy of scale. It’s only over the past few years that Canon has been able to take advantage of new materials and new design and manufacturing techniques to actually make their “L” lenses as good as most people assumed they were (because of the price). (I don’t want to imply that the “L” lenses were sub-par compared to other makes; without good aspherical and anomalous dispersion elements, extremely fast, or very long, or large-image-circle glass can’t perform as well as slower, simpler designs — which is why those 40-ish mm Tessar pancakes with nothing in ’em and an f/2.8 max seem to punch so far above their weight. Everybody had the same problem — except Angenieux, but then as now you needed to be able to mortgage several properties to afford one of their lenses.)

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    • Aleksander Michaud

      Hey Ralph, L Lenses are great if you need them. Canon’s “basic” lens line has some great primes as well though, so don’t feel like you absolutely need to spend the money on glass that’s slightly “better”. That being said, I have the 24-105 and I love that lens as an all around go-to. Always will. I’ve rented a slew of other L glass too, never been disappointed.

      Dave, I totally agree with you in regards to their recent releases (wides with IS, etc). The lenses I was referring to though are the 24-70 2.8L II and the 70-200 2.8L II, both of these lenses are incredibly sharp which means they’re ready for higher resolution sensors. When those were released a lot of people were talking a high megapixel future, but who knows what Canon’s actually thinking.

      The D810 DXO marks are ridiculously drool-worthy. Just astounding. Beyond the pixels, the image quality is just crazy as well (almost 15 stops of DR… jaw on the floor).

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    • Dave Lyons

      ALEKSANDER, drool is right! lol :) To me dynamic range and IQ are the most important aspect at the end of the day… My bg is in emergency medicine and ortho surgery and web and app programming and both of those don’t really have a “fanboy” aspect to them just facts and statistics and that’s what I go on. I started with canon but quickly noticed (via kelby books) that i liked Nikon shots better… now that the kelby group sold their souls to canon I can’t even tell their shots are theirs anymore.

      Maybe your reasoning is right though and that’s why they havent done squat with their sensors lately as a sensor like the d8**’s are so demanding… but wow that’d be a big blow to canon… would be their m$ Vista

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    • Aleksander Michaud

      Hey Dave,

      Not super familiar with the Kelby group work, but for portrait, commercial fashion and editorial I’ve never regretted using Canon. For most of that industry Canon’s got a pretty strong hold on things. I’ve read people talking about skin tone/color accuracy problem for Nikon, but having never used that system it’s all speculation on my part.

      End of day, it’s what you’ve got that matters right?

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    • Dave Lyons

      ALEKSANDER, for those things canon is good, depends on what you shoot. Canon is great for everything except what i mostly shoot which is landscapes and then to some the finer details don’t matter but i like my shadows to have plenty of details and little noise instead of a muddy brown mess… Im starting to think that my iphone has more dynamic range than a canon.

      Theres quite a few canon people jumping ship for the d8** line and they are awestruck by the IQ difference and to them at the end of the day IQ is whats important. Nikons take fine portraits and will look just like a 5d after 15 second tweak to the oranges. Canon also adds lots of sharpening in camera even to raw files, nikon doesn’t add any and it’s noise reduction blurs pixels together instead of true noise reduction and you can’t get those details back… add on terrible shadow noise with banding, then throw on canons issues with CA and it’s almost worthless in camera distortion corrections (on 5d), then canons over saturation of reds, its hue changes on blues, its horrible oranges (like in fields) and how in sunset type pix it takes wonderful browns and makes them red… if it floats your boat.. awesome but it sinks mine lol

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  5. Dave Lyons

    I’d think they need to worry about updating all their ancient sensors first before worrying about a d810 competitor…

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    • Jacob Jexmark

      They should realise what Nikon did a long time ago. Sony makes the best sensors. Just buy them and stop making your own. :)

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    • Dave Lyons

      I kinda agree Jacob… but canons colors have been drawing closer to nikons lately and a sony sensor would make them too alike and i might be crazy but I think canons crappy DR actually helps skin tones because its not pulling out as much shadows from pores and such but then again fuji has the best skin tones and they use sony sensors.

      Either way Sony’s on a tear with sensors and realistically canon will have a hard time catching up as it’ll take a few versions to get dialed in and their release cycle right now isn’t pretty. Nikon people are bitching because of how fast the D810 came!! I keep telling them well buy a 5d and then you wont have to worry about it for at least 5 years or more lol

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  6. Tyler Friesen

    It would be nice. Id also be curious to see a medium format camera in the future.

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    • Dave Lyons

      D810 is pretty much almost there for a fraction of the price and they can’t even seem to make a sensors to keep pace with sony right now much less have to make all new lens for medium format. Like the D7000 did when it came out and caught canon off guard the d8** has kicked canon square in the balls. Hoping for these things is great but back here on earth the facts are that even Nikons cheapest offering (d3300) has better Image Quality, Dynamic Range and color depth than any canon ANY canon.

      Canon needs to stop ripping you all off on selling you the same cameras renamed and take some damn pride in their offerings and actually start improving IQ. You all are ignoring it right now but how long will you? As I keep saying canon is following the familiar footsteps of microsoft. Look up IQ test scores between a d810 and a 5dm3 and see if you dont break your jaw as it slams into the ground. The d8** might be a harsher blow to canon than we know

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  7. Eric Sharpe

    And the megapixel war continues on.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      Darn! I just bought my 5D Mk III this past December. But then, when will this sensor be used in new models or revisions?

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    • Eric Sharpe

      I’m still saving up for my first FF body. I’m paying for it with actual work, as I refuse to pay out of my own pocket. Right now, I will rent a FF body, depending on the gig. I said all that to say, they can do whatever they want with a gazillion megapixels! LOL. I’ll just be happy to get the Nikon Df, based on the type of work I get paid to shoot.

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