Canon and Nikon are both expected to release their respective top-of-the-line camera - EOS-1D X Mk II and D5 some time in late 2015 or early 2016. I have written about the upcoming EOS-1D X Mk II but so far there is no real specific information about its capabilities.
Nikon Rumors claims the new Nikon D5 will have 4K video, 20MP full frame sensor, native ISO of 102,400, 15 fps and 173 AF points. The first three features sound plausible but the last two sound like a wish list. I will be very surprised Canon will let Nikon trump their Mk II camera.
My guess is Nikon will announce first, follow by Canon and delivery will start some time in Q1, 2016 for both cameras. My readers know I have picked the EOS-1D X as the best sports and wildlife photography full frame camera 3 years in a row. I expect the Mk II to keep that title again in 2016.
My wish list for the upcoming EOS-1D X Mk II camera are : a new sensor with mid 20MP, a new 80 to 100 AF points system with at least 30 to 40 cross-type, new processors and a native ISO of 51200 but with increased dynamic range and unmatched noise suppression. Top it off with a 14 fps without mirror lockup and a price of around $7000 utilizing the same LP-E4N battery.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has been announced. My wish list written 6 months ago for the new body has actually been slightly exceeded. In fact, Canon surprised me in a nice way by charging less than I am willing to pay for the new camera. Well done, Canon. Placed my order immediately. Hope it will arrive on schedule. More to come once I take delivery and put the DSLR through my usual real world photo shoot tests.
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