Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Canon Profits Drop 21%
Canon is feeling the hurt after it was released that the company’s profits dropped 21% this quarter. A new report from Reuters points the finger at mirrorless sales, and more specifically, at Canon’s currently failing mirrorless strategy.
“The consumer shift to smartphones for casual photo taking has pummelled demand for compact cameras, while the growing popularity of lighter mirrorless cameras has taken away market share from higher margin single-lens reflex cameras.”
It has been said that Canon will really start to focus on the mirrorless market in 2016 (read the next section for more on that), but one has to wonder if we are to the point where the other camera manufacturers who have focused on mirrorless have built a lead on Canon that can’t be won back easily.
Personally, I don’t feel that Canon is out of the game yet. But they are definitely behind; their EOS M3, not a bad camera in its own right, still lags in key areas behind the competition – not to mention the serious lack of quality lens choices. If Canon is going to turn this around, it will take a pretty big change in their current mirrorless strategy. They have to be willing to stop protecting their higher dollar products by leaving out features being included by other companies.
2016 will be an interesting year for Canon, and I for one, am pretty excited to see what they come up with.
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless In The Works?
Funny how these reports came out so close together, but going right along with the section above, the latest Canon rumors point to a possible full frame Canon mirrorless offering in the next 12-18 months.
The word on the street is that Canon will most likely introduce a high-end APS-C mirrorless offering first, possibly in early-mid 2016. This makes sense; the company’s EF-M line is already APS-C based and introducing a higher end, more competitive camera, for that system (with a few more quality lenses) is the easiest way to get back into the mirrorless game.
The rumor goes on to say, though, that a full frame camera is also in the works, and that it will most likely retain the EF-M mount (or a version of it), similarly to how Sony’s E and FE mounts are identical in every way except the image circle. There is also the possibility that Canon builds a high-end mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor and a built-in EF mount. This is less likely in my opinion, given the odd design such a camera would need to have – but it would be an easy way to convert Canon SLR shooters to Canon mirrorless shooters.
Canon is expected to become much more aggressive on the mirrorless front here over the next 12-18 months, so keep your eyes peeled for the next generation of Canon mirrorless cameras. Let’s hope they get it right this time.
Fuji X-Pro 2 (New Sensor!!!) Coming Mid-January 2016!?
It’s almost here! It’s almost here!!!! It sounds like the X-Pro 2, and the next generation of Fuji X-Trans sensors will be coming in mid-January. This comes after some other reports saying that the camera would come in early January at CES.
But now, reports are saying that the camera will be announced shortly after CES, on or around the 16th of January. We also have some rumored specs, take a look…
Fuji X-Pro 2 Rumored Specs
- APS-C sensor)
- 1/8000 of a second mechanical shutter speed
- weather sealed
- 4K video
- Faster Processor EXR III
I have been wanting to get back into the Fuji system for several month now (in addition to my a7R II) but have been holding off to see what these next generation sensors look like and how they perform compared to the current generation sensors.
Canon Looking at Selling Their Small Sensor Fab Business?
So now that we know that Toshiba has sold, or is in the process of selling, their sensor business to Sony, this news is even more interesting. Apparently, Canon is currently weighing the possibility of selling their ‘small sensor’ (aka anything smaller than APS-C) fab.
There is currently no word on possible buyers, but the obvious guess here would be Sony. But Samsung would also be another possible suitor for Canon’s small sensor business. This news coming a few days after a similar rumor saying Canon could sell their sensor business altogether, which could also be another possibility.
It seems clear that Canon is weighing their options as far as their sensor business is concerned. Sony has clearly been the best in the business recently, but that could change, so Canon has to seriously weigh their options if they want to think about getting out of the sensor business.
What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!