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Two 50MP Beasts? Canon Upping Their Game In 2015 | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on November 24th 2014

We have all heard the Canon Medium Format rumors, among many others regarding how Canon could possibly up their game in 2015. The latest involves the idea that Canon may release not one, but two 50MP Full Frame DSLRs.

Canon-EOS-6D-Sensor

According to the report over on Canon Rumors, Canon is set to announce/release two 50MP full frame cameras in 2015. One of the new bodies would have a low pass (anti-aliasing) filter and the other would not, otherwise the two bodies would be identical (or at least that is the thought at this point).

The report also indicates that the two cameras would not share a body style with the EOS-1 D or 5D series, and would instead be a completely new body design. Price/Spec wise it would sit somewhere between the 5D series and the EOS-1 D series. Still no word on naming, though the popular idea at this point is that it would be the “3D”, but that would be highly confusing, so I doubt that is what Canon will end up going with.

Canon 5d mark III

It seems like all we  hear about with every new release, Canon or otherwise, is how much the sensor is better than Canon’s sensors, or in the case of Canon’s releases, how far behind it currently is. It will be interesting to see if these 50MP rumors turn out to be true, and if they are, what sort of performance they will actually deliver.

I would hope that they bring more than just a resolution bump, because if the dynamic range and ISO remains the same as their current sensors I see a lot of heads hitting desks and pre-orders for Sony’s new A7 cameras.

How do you think it will all shake out?

[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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sebastian Martin

    I’m looking forward to Canon releasing some new Pro gear so I can purchase a couple used 1Dx’s.

    My strategy is to buy and use the shit out of the previous generation Pro model of DSLR.

    For the past few months you could find good quality/condition used 1D MK IV’s for anywhere from $1600 – $2500, and these beast’s take amazing photos!

    Hurry up Canon so I can grab a few 1Dx’s please!

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  2. Sham B

    Lots of competition appearing for Canon from the likes of Sony (full frame mirrorless – A7ii and A9), numerous DSLR replacements from the likes of Fuji/Panasonic/Olympus and others, and even cheap raw Cinema cameras from the likes of BlackMagic/DigitalBolex (which has begun to remove the 5D3 as the Indie video DSLR of choice).

    Good to see competition hot up, it can only be good for all photographers!

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  3. Derek Schwartz

    Personally, I’d leave the resolution alone and work on DR. IMO, and for what I shoot, the ISO performance of the current FF sensors in 5D3 and 6D is wayyy more than adequate – I’ve had some shots at 10K ISO that were usable to 8×10 on both of those. Seeing the noise reduction on 7D2 with dual Digic 6’s, I think that noise oughta be fine for the new, rumored sensors…

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  4. norman tesch

    it wont matter to me im positive it is gonna be way out of my budget

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  5. Greg Silver

    Oh…the giant awakes. It’s great to see Canon stepping it up again. 2015 is going to be a GREAT year for digital photography.

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  6. John Cavan

    Unless Canon has done something with the noise levels in their sensors , I can’t see it in the 35mm format. I sense a bit of wishful thinking, but I suppose you never know. If true, I predict some 7D mk II shooters being upset at being a year early for improvements on noise and DR…

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  7. Barry Freas

    Obviously Canon’s execs aren’t camera guys and their engineers are “yes” men. They think that megapixels sell. They are in for a rude awakening (from a Canon shooter since 2003).

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    • Matthew Saville

      Canon engineers have had a long history of being, well, whipped. (Insert sound effect)

      Almost every camera they’ve ever released has had certain features withheld or choked / crippled, often clearly for zero reason other than to incline people to buy the more expensive camera. Even the 5D mk3, which was finally a practically perfect camera, (The first to ever offer flagship AF at an affordable price) …had its SD card slot noticeably throttled, making it much more difficult to use for action sports than a 1DX. The 5D mk2, 5D, and pretty much all other cameras were far, far worse too, all the way back to the embarrassing crippling of the older rebels that actually took EXTRA EFFORT on Canon’s part to actively withold features from users.

      The same thing has been the case with lenses. For so many years it was all about selling L-glass, with Canon. While Nikon put lots of effort into offering good quality glass at all price ranges, Canon tactfully left certain lenses sorely lacking, and hasn’t even bothered to offer others in some ranges. (85mm f/1.4, anyone?)

      This has always kept me a Nikon owner, even in the dark days when Nikon didn’t even have full-frame bodies. I always liked being with a company that seemed to offer the camera gear I really wanted, without holding back, gear that I could afford.

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    • Nick Viton

      I’m sure Nikon cripples some of their stuff too.
      eg. 1/4000 on the D750? really, why?

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    • John Cavan

      @Nick – Shutter speed has some engineering reasons behind it, faster shutters also means heavier force and extra compensation for that, so I can see that kind of trade-off if you’re in cost vs benefit. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a shutter speed above 4000 and every dSLR I’ve owned has been able to. Long story short, if the feature adds to cost, I can see dropping it for a camera like that.

      I had a similar discussion once about the frame rate of the D800 versus the D4 and how the actual amount of data transferred from the sensor actually ends up being close to the same, indicating that the frame rate difference wasn’t necessarily about making sure the D800 was less attractive for sports.

      However, I’m sure Nikon does make some decisions like Canon does (D610 vs D750 comes to mind), but I agree with Matthew, it seems like Canon does it even more and to greater extremes. I suppose it’s hard to argue from a business angle, they are the biggest, but it does seem rather arbitrary at times and I don’t get that same general feel from Nikon (or others). That, coupled with the fact that Nikon just felt more like Pentax to me than Canon did, pushed me from the K-5 to the D800 rather than the 5D mkIII.

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    • Nick Viton

      That was just an example, but really – engineers can get 1/8000 in the D7100 and the D800 but not the D750? As if.

      In any event, not to detract from the main point of the article – I can certainly appreciate the innovation on Canon’s part if this sensor rumour is true. Hopefully it spawns improvements from all camera manufacturers and we all benefit!

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  8. George Wang

    Maybe… its 18MP X 3….

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  9. Dario Camacho

    Shit, just when im about to upgrade.. im between a Canon 6D and a Sony A99… this just make it more confusing. Should I wait to see if the 5Ds get cheaper?

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  10. Herm Tjioe

    In other news, high capacity hard drive sales figures show significant uptick

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