Canon Rumors is predicting next week as a for sure thing for the Canon 5D Mark II replacement. Presumably, it will be called the 5D Mark III; however, there have been rumblings that Canon will go with the 5D X name and apparently play off the recent release of the 1D X.
Semantics about naming schemes aside, below is what’s supposed to be the actual specs for the 5D III/X.
- 61pt AF
- 100% VF
- 3.2″ LCD
- Dual CF/SD Card Slots
- Price: Around $3500 USD
You can bet your breakfast that it’ll also come with some fancy HDSLR movie shooting capabilities as well. Even if it just deals with some of the faults in the 5D Mark II (e.g. moire and rolling shutter), it should be a great offering. However, Canon has some real competition in the full frame video department thanks to Nikon’s throw-down of the gauntlet with the D4 and D800 – both of which offer headphone out for audio monitoring AND (and this is a big “and” for a reason) clean HDMI-output off the camera for recording uncompressed video to an external capture device like the Hyperdeck Shuttle, Atomos Ninja and AJA KiPro.
Another big feature that could be a huge game-changer on the still photography side of the coin is the inclusion of radio-triggering for wireless Speedlites. No one is citing this as sure thing for the 5D Mark III; however, Canon Rumors says that a new 590EX Speedlite will be introduced alongside the Canon 5D Mark III next week and that it will feature radio triggering capabilities.
We know that Canon has a patent pending on this functionality and it has been around for a while. We’ve just been waiting for the when… Given that the 5D Mark III is all but confirmed for next week along with a radio-triggering Speedlite, wouldn’t it be just a little awkward if the camera didn’t have this feature too? There’s some high-powered deductive reasoning for you… ;)
Lots more to leak and talk about between now and then. Stay tuned for the latest and greatest when we hear more.