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High Megapixel Canon DSLR ‘Confirmed’ For 2015 Release | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on December 17th 2014

We have been hearing a lot about what I am dubbing, “The Second Great Megapixel War,” or basically, the race to 50MP Full Frame Sensors. Sony and Nikon are both rumored to have options coming, and today ,we noticed a report indicating that Canon’s model is ‘confirmed’.

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According to the report over on Canon Rumors, they have ‘confirmed’ that Canon will have a 50MP camera come out in 2015. How did they confirm that? We don’t know, so take this with a grain of salt, but CR is usually pretty reliable with things like this. They also shared that the camera will NOT have an EOS-1 D style body, so the chances are this will be the 5D Mark IV or some new tbd model.

They don’t know when in 2015 the camera is coming, but they know that it is coming in 2015. No other specs or information was released.

[REWIND: Tamron Building Lenses for 46MP Sony Sensor?]

I feel like people complain about the 36MP of the D800, so why on earth are companies fighting to get to 50MP? But, I guess so long as these MP beasts have good options for lower res files (for when you don’t need 50MP). Still, those are going to be some biiiiiiiiiiiig RAW files…

[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.

23 Comments

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  1. Scott Pacaldo

    And I thought we’re done with MP wars. Greg’s right that brands should focus on Sensors, af, fps, DR, etc.

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  2. Sebastian Martin

    What exactly is a confirmed rumour? Silliness….

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    • adam sanford

      Sebastian, Canon Rumors uses a rating system for the leads they get:

      CR0 = implausible or highly speculative
      CR1 = plausible tip from a new source
      CR2 = reliable source has a solid tip, or many independent rumors are starting to add up to a consistent message
      CR3 = a certainty, usually a flat-out leak a few days before a release or a Canon marketing slip up where website / store info is posted too soon

      CR has a very good track record on CR2 and CR3 items. CR3’s — especially a CR3 spec lists — are virtually always proven to be correct.

      What’s odd about *this* CR3 rating is that it’s far too vague and far too soon to call it a done deal. You see, we all *know* a high MP FF body is going to happen in 2015, but the details are still sorely lacking. So in this pretty rare instance, I’m going to say CR is blowing smoke with this CR3. They very well may be right, but there’s not enough meat on the bone to call this a major scoop.

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  3. Karl Beath

    I agree with Adam, and every other person who has lamented Canon’s poor DR. They need to sort out the low ISO DR. For my architecture and landscape work this is a must. I would be happy with 36-44mp, 4-6 fps and 14+stops of dynamic range. That would mean less images required for HDR or layer masking work.

    If not, Sony might find a new buyer of a camera body (new A7ii or A7Rii?? or A9) to be used with my canon lenses. They might be slow to focus with an adaptor, not a problem with my 17tse, but this would not be used for action work so it would not really matter. Besides, a smaller body would be good for my backpacking trips.

    Although it would be better if Canon launched what i was looking for as first prise.

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  4. Ben Perrin

    I’ll be buying this if it is done right. Here’s hoping that Canon will be on a winner!

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  5. Austin Swenson

    I think that this is going to be either an awesome thing or a train wreck. They are going to have to get the noise issues out to a decent usable amount if they are going to use such high megapixel counts, not to mention glass that can even resolve that much detail.

    I am really hoping it comes out good though…

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    • adam sanford

      Canon has a pretty rock solid rep on not putting out gear that is a step backwards. But they are famous for uber-small incremental improvements when it comes to sensors.

      So — at worst — this will be a high MP sensor with the same DR and color depth as the 5D3. DXO can finger point all day at that, but it will sell just fine.

      But some of us are hoping they get their low ISO DR act in gear and make a real winner of a sensor. Here’s hoping.

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  6. Greg Silver

    At this point in time, I have to say that I’m ok with around the 24MP sensors. My file sizes range from 9-11MB each. I’d hate to have to store and process 20MB files all the time. The largest I’ve printed was 11″ x 14″ and in my opinion the images look fantastic (and I’ve printed this size with an 18MP camera).

    My thoughts would be to put more energy into the AF, FPS, dynamic range, etc. rather than boosting megapixels. There’s still a lot of traction left for the resolution in the current crop of cameras. I feel the MP jump is more of a marketing spin then what is actually necessary.

    I understand the zoom and crop benefits to the larger resolution but putting a good longer lens to me is just as good (if not better).

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    • Matthew Saville

      Amen to that, Greg, I’m really getting annoyed by the thought of going beyond 30-40 MP, before HDD and computing power costs drop significantly, not to mention before memory card speeds and buffer capacities rise significantly.

      If you ask me, the industry could use WAY more effort on actual camera design using existing 16-24 MP sensors, than it could use more effort on higher resolution sensors…

      Hmm, I think I’ll write an entire article on this subject. CameraTalk, here we go!

      =Matt=

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    • Matthew Saville

      I really hope that Canon takes this opportunity to solve their base ISO dynamic range shortfall that has held them back for the past ~10 years. Without this, a 40-50 MP sensor will get laughed out of town by the 90% of photographers for whom 20-22 is already more than enough.

      Canon does need to offer at least one sensor that competes with the D800 / D810’s resolution, for landscape and architecture and editorial / fashion stuff, but I just don’t see it being a good move to go down this road BEFORE they eliminate the DR skeleton in their closet.

      =Matt=

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    • Stephen Jennings

      I soot with a d800 and file sizes average 77mb. JPG’s are smaller of course, but still too large for clients without shrinking further. Personally I love working with the images, and large prints look fantastic; awesome camera for landscapes and architecture. BUT .. I can’t imagine the vast majority of photographers wanting anything larger than 36mp right now. I have as many HDD’s as I do memory cards, and the files tax my Mac enough.

      Also more MP doesn’t mean better photographs, so I’d be interested to see actual specs

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    • Matthew Saville

      Stephen, unless you’re shooting fine art landscapes and regularly hanging them in galleries, take your D800 and set the RAW files to 12-bit lossy compressed. You’ll slash that file size from 77 MB down to about ~30 MB.

      I shoot this way for 100% of my wedding and portrait work, as well as all my timelapse work, and ONLY switch to 14-bit lossless compressed when I’m shooting important landscape type work.

      If you don’t believe me, I have a video article coming soon in which I expose just how negligible the difference really is. So go ahead, DOUBLE your memory card storage space! :-)

      =Matt=

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    • Stephen Jennings

      Matthew decrease the raw quality?? Noooo! haha, I do for most client work since no one wants files that large and it takes forever to upload to my hosting server they download from. Personal use though it’s always 14bit lossless. It was something I had to decide when choosing the d800, to get ‘the most’ out of it would require other expenses. 50mp images though would be obscene, I couldn’t justify that. Unless I was .. shooting for billboards? High fashion? Honestly I think the d800 is as close to a medium-format camera as I’d want to go. A 40×60 is the largest I’ve printed (wedding show display) and it was perfect in my opinion.

      From my experience the 14bit lossless is better to work with when bringing out shadows or underexposed areas.. which is great since the d800 isn’t a great low-light camera. That’s really the only time I see any advantage myself.

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  7. adam sanford

    The Canon Rumors forum is buzzing like a beehive today. We knew this was coming but there are still so many more questions than answers. (As absurd as it is) What will the *name* be? Will it be a Sony sensor? Why all the talk of a non-gripped body when the 1D series usually gets the hot new sensor tech first? How can they roll this out intelligently and not pull a Sony/Nikon with 87 new FF bodies? Where do babies come from?! IS SANTA REAL?!?!

    But one thing is for certain — this body will *not* be for sports/wildlife unless it has an onboard crop-mode (the mere thought of this sent APS-H Canon 1D4 adorers into a mouth-foaming swoon). Consider: throughput of 50 MP images will be about 4 fps at current data throughput rates. This will be a studio / landscape oriented body for certain.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I would love to see a 50MP sensor with APS-C and M43 Crop modes. I love that Nikon’s FF bodies have that option to shoot in ‘crop mode’ for the benefits. Its like having two cameras in one.

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    • adam sanford

      Sure, Anthony, but it can’t be an APS-C crop if they did this as folks would just buy a 7D2. Mad speculation here, but the left-us-too-soon APS-H crop could find a home as a balance between FF quality and crop data throughput for sports/wildlife.

      People who tearfully spoon with their obsoleted 1D4 bodies at night would give their liver for it to come back again.

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    • adam sanford

      Also, doesn’t Nikon just do the crop for file size reasons? Do they get a big FPS bump for cropping? (I’m asking in ignorance, please set me straight.)

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    • Matthew Saville

      Adam, historically speaking it has happened a few times, (D2X maybe I think, and D7100 and D810 might involve faster FPS in DX crop mode) …however for the most part, DX crop mode is not so much about FPS as it is about reach, buffer usage, and memory consumption reasons. (So yeah, file size reasons)

      In short, it’s a lot more useful than you’d think, for anyone who needs to shot high volumes of images in environments where both 16 and 36 megapixels are acceptable / optimal.

      In short, I’m actually a thousand times happier that Nikon offers DX crop mode, in tandem with 12-bit lossy compressed RAW format, compared to Canon’s offering of mRAW.

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  8. Kim Farrelly

    Giggity, aaaa I mean, do Canon really need to produce such a high megapixel camera? I was feather hoping that they would address the ISO and DR needs. Unless they are moving into MF sized sensors with good high ISO, then I ‘need’ one obviously.

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    • adam sanford

      Of course, more MP are lovely, but Canon has a low ISO DR game to improve markedly upon, esp. if this is a low FPS body that might be more suited for landscape or studio work.

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  9. Stan Rogers

    I’m thinking “EOS 3D” (a model number they’ve had in their stable without an occupant for a while) rather than messing with the 5D’s niche — there’s not a chance in the world that they missed the D700-to-D800 kerfuffle (one that still hasn’t settled out), and more than doubling the pixel count is going to ruffle quite a few feathers if it even smells like it’s supposed to be “the same” camera. (It doesn’t matter how right they get it. With the D800/D800E, follwed by the D600, D610, D810 and D750, there is still a consistent chorus of “where’s my D700 replacement” playing all over the intarwebz.) Make it a distinctly different camera model and it will attract buyers rather than alienate them.

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    • adam sanford

      Stan, I can’t believe I’ll bite at brand name speculation, but yes, a 2D/3D/4D moniker makes sense here. 5D3 owners are used to having respectably high specs across the aboard (1DX’s AF system, a respectable 6 FPS for a non-sports/wildlife rig, etc.), so calling it a 5D4 will all but certainly be perceived as a takeaway, megapixels be damned.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I’m not really sure where Canon can go from here, as far as naming stuff goes. They’ve been extremely consistent with their use of numerical digits, unlike Nikon. Three digits, two digits, one digit… 1-series is flagship, 6-series is prosumer, 5-series is semi-pro / pro, 7-series is semi-pro / pro APS-C… That kinda forces 8-9D into APS-C territory, and 4D is out of the question due to Japanese superstition or something. 2D or 3D is really all they’ve got, if they want to start a new line between the 1 and 5…

      Or, 5DX? I’m actually liking that idea the most.

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