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Canon to Target GH4 In Upcoming NAB 2015 Release | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on December 15th 2014

We have all heard about the GH4; its stellar 4K video and other impressive features, and apparently, so has Canon. A new rumor says that the camera giant has set its sights on the GH4 and plans to release a direct competitor in 2015.


Canon to Target GH4 In Upcoming NAB 2015 Release

The report, from Canon Rumors, states that the rumor comes from a trusted source, someone who has given correct and solid information in the past. So at this point, there is no reason to disregard this, but rather try and sort out how Canon plans to release their own 1″ sensor ILC.

In addition to the 1″ sensor, the camera is expected to have a removable EVF and Grip, and will be small enough that it can be mounted to quadcopters. But as I mentioned above, the interesting question here is, what mount will this camera be?

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Surely, if the 1″ sensor bit is true, it will not have a true EF mount, and it would seem odd to give it an EF-S (since it’s essentially the same mount as the EF). That leaves two options in my mind: the already available (though very under served) EF-M mount, or some sort of new mount. It could also have a fixed lens, like the FZ-1000 or RX1, but then it wouldn’t really be competing with the GH4.

If they did use the EF-M mount, it would be another reason for Canon to make EF-M glass. But then you would have to factor in the crop from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor, much like many APS-C shooters now do for their EF Canon glass. The other angle here is, what if the reason the EF-M mount seems most likely, is that the upcoming camera is, in fact, the next iteration of the EOS-M?

What are your thoughts on this rumor? What would Canon have to do with this camera to truly compete with the GH4? What lens mount will the camera have? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[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.

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  1. Michael Leslie

    so with a 1″ sensor and an EF adaptor this would make a Tamron 150-600 potentially a 300-1200 lens? Who need a telescope.

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  2. adam sanford

    Anthony, using the EF-M mount would be flange distance/image-circle problematic for a 1″ sensor, I believe. Which means a 1″ sensor ILC/EVIL/mirrorless rig would be a new mount and new lenses altogether. As they Canon currently has three mounts and only really supports one of them with any gusto, making a fourth seems a questionable idea at best. Surely a fixed lens (though not necessarily a fixed FL) would be a simpler way to get into this market.

    And this strategy of this is odd. Canon is certainly hurting for not offering 4K on much of anything, but they don’t put ‘premium’ features on lower spec’d rigs when higher spec’d rigs lack that functionality. They *can* do this, of course — but that’s not Canon’s style. They walk higher end features from the pro bodies down to the mid level and then down to the Rebels. So this seems a bit fishy to me.

    But CR gave this is a CR2 (which is only one notch below “rumor confirmed / here it is in the flesh”), so there is certainly a near-term product here. Perhaps Canon sees a big opportunity with drone video work, which adds difficult weight / shock resistance requirements to the body and lenses. I don’t know drone photo/videography at all, but one would think that Nikon’s 1-series (small/light/with some shockproof bodies if I recall) — as much as it’s a fail for stills — is a better fit for drone work.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Why would the flange distance be a problem for the 1″ sensor and the EF-M mount? If the image circle covers the APS-C EOS-M sensor it would cover the 1″ sensor as well… you would just have a crop factor (as I mentioned in the post), right? or is there something I am not thinking about here?

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    • adam sanford

      Oh, so it would work like a (another) crop factor? I retract my objection.

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