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5D Mark IV Announcement Rumors, Olympus PEN-F Sensor, and Sony RX1R II Production Halted {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 17th 2015

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 5D Mark IV Announcement Rumor


I know many, many, Canon shooters who are eagerly awaiting word on the next version of the 5D series, the 5D Mark IV. According to a new report out of Canon Rumors, we could see the new 5D camera sometime around March of 2016.

The interesting thing is, according to the new report, the 5DS and 5DsR will also get ‘updates’ soon after the 5D Mark IV is released in order to update them to the newer body design and bring their feature sets in line with the latest 5D. This is crazy news if you know anything about Canon; updating a camera so soon after launching it is unheard of from Team Red.

If this does turn out to be true, it could be an indicator that Canon is realizing that being slow to update is a disadvantage in today’s market and that they are updating their strategies. Or this could also just be a one off situation…it will be interesting to see what actually happens.

Rumored Olympus PEN-F To Feature Sony Sensor?


Olympus is rumored to have a new and improved PEN camera coming out towards the beginning of the year and an interesting rumor about it cropped up on 43 rumors today.

According to the new report, it seems that this upcoming Olympus PEN-F could be featuring that brand new Sony 20MP micro four thirds sensor. This would be interesting as it would be the first micro four thirds camera to take advantage (to our knowledge) of this new Sony tech.

The sensor is also capable of an insane 27 frames per second, which could give it a huge advantage over other current micro four thirds offerings. The processing power inside the camera would also have to be able to handle that kind of data throughout, but the ability is there.

It could get really interesting in the micro four thirds world if this rumor turns out ot be true.

Sony Announces RX1R II Production Halted, Shipments Delayed


It appears that all is not well regarding the Sony RX1R II after a mysterious announcement from Sony Japan that indicates production on the new camera has been halted, and all shipments would be delayed. Following this, the RX1R II also started disappearing from store pages online.

Many have wondered what caused the production to be halted and the shipments delays, and according to a new rumor report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, the reason has to do with some AF inconsistencies with the RX1R II. What those inconsistencies are, we do not know, but apparently it was bad enough that Sony decided that they needed to hold off on releasing the camera until it could be fixed.

Obviously, if there is an issue, we would all rather it be fixed before going out to customers. That said, this appears to be very 11th hour and last minute. I find it somewhat alarming that primary production had already started before an issue this serious was discovered.

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!

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Warshaw

    I like Canon personally. Because of size and ease of travel I invested in an alpha 6000. Compact, fast, and very easy to travel with. I hope this model is updated just a touch in the next release. I do not know why Canon can’t make a mirror less camera to compete with the alpha 6000 and use existing lense design? I would much rather spend my money with Canon. Also I am making my next point about photography in general. Let me make this point very loud and clear too! It is find for mail order, but you need to support local photographic / camera stores. Remember real photographic enjoyment started with sharing and holding the excitement. Checking out that new lense / camera etc. Meeting fellow photographers and discussing ideas and each other’s enjoyment. When my generation , that had that experience , dies out….. the need for better more expensive products will dwindle. The passion was borne and kindled in real camera stores!!!! That does not ..NOT include Best Buy, SEARS, HH Gregg, SAMS, COSTCO…etc. The upper end should only go to real photographic institutions to help support them … Real Customer Service and Advice.

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  2. Liam Douglas

    Plus I hear there is a 6D MkII due out in early 2016 as well, argh.

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    • Dave Haynie

      That’s been a regular rumor, though of course, it may have to wait it’s turn, after the new 1D X and 5D. I’m happy with my 6D now, and not sure what they could do to make me drool over the update.

      But I do know what Canon could do to NOT make me drool over the update. The rumor mill, at least last I checked, suggested that the 6D was going to be pushed down in size even more. That alone, not a problem, but this would include going to a smaller battery — maybe one from the xxxD/Rebel/Kiss line, maybe something new. That would be a real problem for me… I a dozen different batteries to worry about already (guess it makes the Watson people happy, all those adapter plates).

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  3. Liam Douglas

    This is going to drive me crazy with the 5D MIV. I am shooting with 2 5D Classics and a 6D now and am looking to get a 5D and I am already torn between the MkIII and the S/R, now along comes the MkIV. Decisions, decisions, LOL.

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  4. adam sanford

    A 5DS/5DS R refresh is (a) nuts, (b) farcical and (c) not. gonna. happen. Firmware, perhaps, but a Sony-like ‘next’ version body has no chance of happening.

    Canon already has the 1DX II, 5D4, and 6D2 queued up on final approach likes planes at O’Hare. The *last* thing they would do is steal another FF camera’s ‘six month moment’ where it is announced, pre-sales are offered, and cameras ship, and reviews surface. Canon will not rock that boat.

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    • adam sanford

      (Correction: I meant no 5DS/5DS R refresh *soon*. They are not abandoning that brand by any means. I just see those other FF rigs coming out well before we see a *new* 5DS/5DS R model.)

      #SLRLoverlords #letuseditposts #khaaaaaaaaan

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Their engineers will be exhausted after 2016, they’ll need a few years to recover ;)

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