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Next Canon 5D Series To Come In Three Flavors? | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on January 12th 2015

This is an interesting rumor to come across my desk this morning. The latest buzz coming out of the Canon rumor mill is that the next 5D series update will actually be three separate bodies (a’la D300/D300s, A7/A7r/A7s, etc).

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The new report comes to us via Canon Rumors, which states what that in addition to a standard ‘5D Mark IV‘, there will be 2 other cameras, which will share the name ‘5DS‘ – the difference being one would have an AA filter, and the other would not.

According to the report, the two ‘5DS‘ models would feature the rumored high-megapixel sensor that we have been hearing so much about, while the standard named ‘5D Mark IV‘ would feature a more standard ‘lower megapixel’ sensor (probably in the 24-30mp range).

The rumor goes on to state that according to its sources, there are currently NO PLANS for an EOS-1 D high megapixel offering. Things could be heating up in Canon-land, if these rumors turn out to be legit. I, for one, am very interested in seeing how this all plays out.

What are your thoughts on this new 5D Mark III replacement(s) rumor update? It seems to be working for Sony; do you think it is a wise decision by Canon to emulate that? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[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.

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  1. William Emmett

    Today, when reading both Canon Rumors, and Canon Watch, it was said there will be no announcement of any new full frame cameras coming in March. So, it looks like the wait goes on.

    B

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  2. Joel Conner

    It’s going to take a lot for the next series to catch up with the hype around the Nikon d750. If they can put out a new sensor that comes close to that quality, then I will be interested. If it is not up to that standard, then I personally will not have much interest (especially considering what the body will likely cost)

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    • Ben Perrin

      I’m pretty sure that Canon can cope with the hype of a camera that has been recalled and at this stage has stopped being sold at certain stores. I think Sony might be a bigger problem for Canon.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Ben, I’ll have a glass of whatever you’re drinking. I don’t think Canon will come close to the DR and AF of the entry level D750. But, we’ll see.

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  3. Alfonso Salgueiro

    If this turns out to be true I will be extremely happy. I don’t see the point in changing systems and I like the Canon system very much, despite the fact no system is perfect.

    As a professional concert/events & landscape photographer I need either a camera that does it all well or two cameras that excel in resoution, DR and low ISO performance and another one that excels in high ISO performance and responsiveness.

    A move from Canon to split the 5D series into such categories is like a dream come true for me. I hope it isn’t just another rumor.

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  4. Kiel MacDonald

    Does anyone know the timeline that Canon normally takes for rumor to confirmed to release? I’m looking to upgrade my camera but can’t decide on getting a Nikon D810 or waiting for Canon Mk IV… Sounded like the mk IV would lean towards a better sports / action camera than the mk iii was, in which case I’d love to go in that direction.

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    • Matthew Saville

      If you’re more of a sports action shooter than a landscape shooter, I’d stick with Canon either way. The 5D mk3 is already a better camera for such purposes than the D810, in my experience, and the 5D mk4 will be even better, without a doubt…

      =Matt=

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  5. Dave Haynie

    Well, ok, Sony did it. But Sony also does lossy compression on their raw files… maybe not the best company to copy.

    Ok, sure, Canon’s been selling concurrent EOS 1 models, but they can’t exactly go to the EOS 0 as a model. But there is plenty room for an EOS 2, 3, or 4. Everyone kind of knows what a 5D is, a 50Mp camera sounds to me to ve a different beast.

    Canon has other things to not screw up in the next 5D. How about 4K (like the much lower priced competition) and no 29’59” needless recording time limit (like the much lower priced competition). Or maybe I should just by that GH4. But I’ve been with Canon since the days of film! You can’t build a technology – driven product based on nostalgia forever (he says, ducking behind his OM-D… yeah, I had Olympus prior to Canon, and again today).

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  6. Kevin Cucci

    People can say what they want. My money says Canon crushes all competition with the 5D mark IV. Nikon users will be jumping ship for this one. And all the people that just switched their entire systems to mirrorless are going to have a huge face palm moment when this baby hits the market! Considering I made the decision to stick it out with Canon, I’ll now sit here like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons …. “Excellent”

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    • Joel Conner

      I will believe it when I see it. Canon’s sensor tech is so far behind Nikon’s right now that it will take a big jump for them to stem the flood of people who are tempted to switch for the d750. As a Canon user for 14 years now, I am on the edge myself.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Kevin, I don’t think it’s even remotely possible for Nikon shooters to be “jumping ship for this one”. At best, Canon will come CLOSE to matching the base ISO dynamic range, and beat the high ISO performance by a small margin. Either way, it’s only going to make some Canon users happy, it’s not going to cause a mass exodus from other brands. Canon is already a sinking ship in many people’s eyes, with their failure to match Nikon’s DSLR lineup, plus the attack from Sony mirrorless.

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    • aaron febbo

      Don’t get me wrong Kevin I love Canon seeing as I’m a Canon shooter but I still feel like they cut us short every time.

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  7. Ben Perrin

    I know that Canon have a history of being conservative with their releases but I think the next 5d will be a real effort from Canon to beat the d800/810. Anyway coming from the 5dmkii it’s time to upgrade to the next level. I suppose it might be just wishful thinking though that this new camera will be a big improvement.

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    • aaron febbo

      Its almost like canon is afraid to that they will make their cameras too good ??? cant figure out why that is. It always seems like they are holding so much back ! guess when your one of the biggest retailers there is no need go out and try to impress anyone.

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    • Matthew Saville

      It’s not almost like, Aaron, it’s exactly like. Canon engineers have historically been plagued by a marketing / sales department death-grip that tactfully holds back here or there. It happened with the original Rebels literally having features “turned off” in firmware, which was a huge fiasco when people found out and started hacking Canon firmware. It’s happened here and there ever since, with small things that subtly encourage everyone to upgrade to the most expensive camera. Until the 5D mk3 (and 1DX) came along, there was no way to get flagship autofocus in a full-frame camera for less than $8,000…

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    • Ben Perrin

      If Canon feel like they are under enough pressure they’ll definitely respond. The auto-focus on the 5d2 was the same as the original 5d. Quite a few people were annoyed at that, however it was mostly fine for my purposes. It’s my belief that the outcry from the 5d2 autofocus forced Canon to massively upgrade the 5d3.

      Sure, like Matthew said Canon engineers certainly seem to be run by the sales guys and from a profit point of view have done well that way. But the d810 and plethora of Sony mirrorless options will have forced Canon’s marketing/sales guys to change their strategy. If not, I think we’ll start to see a steep decline in sales, but with the way Canon have been updating their lenses, I can’t see them releasing a weak 5d4.

      Maybe it’s all just wishful thinking though.

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  8. Austin Swenson

    My whole attitude toward the different letters and variations is that you should just make a different body and csll it something different if there are going to be all these options, because they really are pretty much different cameras.

    The A7/R/S are essentially different cameras with different sensors that only share a body size, and I think that was kind of a mistake, because they might have made a bigger splash and had different ways to strengthen each of those bodies versus putting everything in the same package

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    • Nick Viton

      I feel the same about the D7000, D7100, D600, D610, D750;
      different cameras that are shoe-horned into essentially the same body.

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    • Matthew Saville

      While I do see your points, you’re missing one of the main aspects of this concept that has a huge allure to pros: Folks who shoot professionally with two cameras at once, want each camera to feel and operate exactly the same way. This is why I actually LIKED how the D300 and D700 were practically identical. Same thing with the Canon 5D mk3 and 7D mk2. Almost identical on the outside, but different purposes are served because of the sensor inside.

      This offers a huge benefit to anyone who shoots professionally with miltiple cameras…

      =Matt=

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    • Austin Swenson

      I didn’t really think about it like that Matt but I see your point, you kind of want to have that consistency when you are shooting multiple bodies, I guess I have always just had different ones when I was shooting gigs so I never appreciated it.

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  9. Jason Switzer

    Dynamic range (4-5 stops of wiggle room in RAW processing without banding, as opposed to the current 2 stops) and clean high ISO images are all I care about. Get on it, Canon. I’m tired of lusting after the d810.

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  10. Matthew Saville

    Party like it’s 2012, Canon. Nikon already tried that, and realized that nobody wants three flavors. That’s why we have the D810… But good luck figuring things out for yourself, Canon. All I ask is that you fix your mRAW and sRAW IQ problems before you go to far past ~22 MP, otherwise you’ll get laughed out of town…

    =Matt=

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  11. Aleksander Michaud

    I’m really trying to garner my excitement over these rumors, Canon has a pretty strong track record of disappointing as far as new releases…

    That being said, it’s certainly getting harder to not get at least a little excited about this next generation of offerings.

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  12. Nick Viton

    A camera model, one with an AA filter and the other without? Groundbreaking!

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    • Greg Silver

      I noticed that too. I wonder if it’s possible to have a feature to enable the AA filter or to turn it off rather than having to make 2 different models. Seems like they may be confusing customers with all these models.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Not really, being the fact that nikon did that 2 years ago!

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    • Greg Silver

      I can’t really say Nikon is doing a good job either with the multitude of models. Still see no need to have so many cameras with a tweak here or there. For example the newly released Nikon 5500 (esenetially added a touchscreen and took out the GPS of the 5300 model).

      Now thinking any new user coming into the market looking at these wondering if he wants a touch screen or does he want GPS. Why not just keep both features on the 5500 and discontinue the 5300 while keeping the line of cameras streamlined and as simple as possible? More models doesn’t necessarily mean better for the consumer and I certainly can’t see it being better for any company logistically.

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    • Nick Viton

      (Thanks Rafael, we all know. I was obviously being facetious.)

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