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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Canon EOS-5D Mk IV, EOS-1D X Mk II In First Half Of 2015

The EOS-7D Mk II was announced on September 15 and replaced one of Canon's most successful cameras, the EOS-7D. You can read my review of the camera here.

The Canon EOS-1D X has been available for about two years now. I have picked this camera as the best DSLR body on the market two years in a row. Since its announcement, there has been many improvements in the world of high tech camera equipment - the DIGIC 6 processor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and newer sensor technology, just to name a few.

Canon has placed major emphasis on its Cinema EOS camera line. There were 'secret tests' a few months ago in a New York City film studio. The camera in question was a prototype Canon EOS-1D X Mk II, with a new type of sensor, creating files that are larger than the present EOS-1D X and similar in size to the EOS-5D Mk III but with superior colors and details.

The EOS-1D X is a favorite body for sports and wildlife photographers. I believe Canon wants to maintain the burst rate of the Mk II to at least equal the current EOS-1D X's 12 to 14 fps. If they can increase the size of the output file without having to increase the mega pixel of the sensor too much, this would be ideal for them.

If everything goes well, the EOS-1D X Mk II model may have a product development announcement some time in early 2015, with an official launch date in Q2. That would put the EOS-1D X's replacement cycle about three years after its first introduction. The EOS-5D Mk IV may be announced before or after the EOS-1D X Mk II. Right now the timetable is very fluid for both cameras. Do not forget there is also the MegaPixel Camera project on Canon's plate. There may be finally some movement in that direction in 2015. Keep checking back for the latest information and development.

Preliminary EOS-5D Mk IV camera specs :

  • 30+MP full frame CMOS Sensor 
  • Advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
  • One DIGIC 6+ processors
  • Burst rate 6 fps 
  • Dual Memory Card Slots ( CF )
  • 65 AF points, all cross type
  • EOS iTR Autofocus
  • AF down to f/8 with center point
  • 3.2″ LCD monitor with no touch screen capability
  • 98-100% coverage viewfinder
  • Magnesium alloy body with dust and weather resistance
  • Shutter rated for 200,000 cycles
  • Mic and headphone connectors
  • ISO 50 - 51200, (204,800 in H2) 
  • 1080p / 720p at 60 fps
  • Built-in USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • New, more powerful battery and grip

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