This morning, images are leaking in the Canon rumor mill from a Canon event in China that appears to be a launch for some sort of fixed lens 4K camera. It’s possibly the same camera that we have been hearing about as a ‘competitor’ to the Panasonic GH4.
The specs on this camera seem pretty disappointing, if you ask me. The 4K is nice, yeah, but a 10x optical zoom lens with an variable aperture of F/2.8-5.6 is not attractive at all. I must say, I do not see a ‘GH4 Competitor’ in this camera in the slightest (if I heard Canon officially refer to this camera as that, I would likely laugh them out of the room). To me, this seems more like a Sony RX10 or Panasonic FZ1000 competitor than anything else – although those are still cameras that do good video and this is clearly a camera aimed at video first, photos second.
Canon 4K Camera Specs
- 1″ CMOS Sensor
- 58mm filter
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- External Viewfinder
- Canon 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm f/2.8-5.6 4k video fixed lens (35mm Equi. 24-240mm)
An interesting note about the Chinese camera launch event, Jackie Chan made an appearance. Maybe we are lucky and he knocked some sense into Canon – haha.
The current line of thought is that this camera will make some sort of US debut at NAB here in April. That would certainly make sense with the video focus of this camera. I can’t say I see this getting a very good response though, unless the price is super reasonable – but this is Canon we are talking about, so I’m not holding my breath.
What are your thoughts about this 4K camera from Canon? Do you see this being a big hit in the US and Euro markets? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!