Canon announced their last, top-of-the-line DSLR - EOS-1D X Mark III on January 6, 2020. I have placed my order and will put this camera to my usual real world tests around the globe and write a complete review soon. My current EOS-1D X Mark II has been with me for almost 4 years and will be a trusted backup camera once I take delivery of the Mark III.
It is no secret that DSLR bodies are on their way out. The phase out period is still years away though. Canon will not update their EOS-5D DSLR line any more and is expected to announce a mirrorless version of this venerable camera next month. I bought the first EOS-5D in 2005 for almost $4,000 (a full frame bargain at the time).
The new camera may be called EOS-5R. It will be positioned below the EOS-1D X Mark III and may have the following specifications :
- 40+ MP full frame CMOS sensor
- IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
- About 5 stops with IBIS, 8 stops with IS in lens
- 12 fps with Viewfinder, 20 fps with Live View
- Signature scroll wheel in back of camera (finally)
- On / Off switch for Video and Live View
- 8K @ 30 fps RAW, 4K @ 120 fps and 60 fps
- Built-in 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
- Improved LP-E6N battery with longer life
- Magnesium alloy body
- Announcement in February. Delivery in the summer 2020
The 8K video feature is designed to grab attention and will require some cropping. The 40+ MP is also appealing to the megapixel chasing crowd. This will not be the mirrorless camera I buy from Canon. You can read my earlier post on the reason why.
2020 will be a very busy year for Canon and their engineers are working overtime to finally get serious about their place in the post DSLR, future mirrorless camera world. I expect the next top-of-the-line EOS-1D camera to be a mirrorless body but retain almost all the present ergonomics and features of the EOS-1D line and may include the EF/RF mount capability without an adapter. 2021 may be the year, with a late 2020 development announcement. That will be my next camera from Canon, when it happens.
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