This is some kind of New Year resolution for Canon – that is, if all these rumors come to light by the end of the year.
More juice on the Canon 5D Mark III suggests further that the camera would maintain a reasonable MP-count (if not the same as the Canon 1D X). The rumor mill also continues to churn on an announcement for the 5D Mark III in the next few months. For the record, my money is still on an announcement in time for the 2012 NAB Show.
In addition to the 5D Mark III, rumors are swirling that the infamous Canon 3D is a live project. No spec details other than to suggest that it is a “photographer’s camera.” What that means, I dunno. The simplest of guesses has me leaning toward no/minor video functionality, which would go hand-in-hand with earlier rumors of the 5D Mark III as a very video-centric camera.
Hmm? A 5D line as the video-focused line and a 3D line as the stills-focused line? The 3D name would tend to lead to less confusion if the camera didn’t have video capture at all…
The 7D Mark II is rumored as one of THE cameras for Canon at Photokina 2012, which will be quite ripe for replacement by then. The 60D has pulled the rug out from under the 7D in a lot of ways it seems. Same sensor, better video features, and so on. The 7D still has a leg up on a lot of stuff that matters to the serious photographer, but it sure makes it a harder choice to justify over the less-expensive 60D for a lot of folks. I’d expect video to be a big dang deal on the 7D Mark II as well.
The previously-teased Canon 4K Cinema DSLR is also getting its own rumor trail – with suggestions that it will find the red carpet at Photokina 2012 too. It may be getting an entirely new form-factor based on rumors of various prototype models that are currently in the works.