46MP Canon DSLR Rumored for PhotoPlus 2012 Next Month

Canon 46MP Full Frame 3D Rumor

With Photokina 2012 and its many new camera announcements behind us, rumors are kicking up for what’s next. ┬áThe latest rumor being a preview of a new 46MP Canon DSLR next month in New York at PhotoPlus 2012.

Additional rumored specs include:

  • 46.1MP
  • 5fps
  • 16-bit RAW files
  • ISO 100-12800

Previous rumors suggested that this would be the Canon 3D; however, that name (which has always seemed a bit odd) wasn’t necessarily attached to this iteration of the rumor.

[via Northlight Images]



  1. Bengt Nyman says

    Excellent !
    Preliminary comparisons between fewer Large Pixels and more Mega Pixels seem to suggest the following:
    Fewer large pixels favor light collection and less noise at very high ISO.
    Mega pixels produces a higher dynamic range in color as well as shadows and highlights.

    I am hoping the the 46 MP Canon does not exhibit the focusing problems that plagued the Nikon D800.

  2. Darren Kelly says

    What problem. I have a D800 and its amazing.

    36mp or 46mp are mathmaticly over the top on the sensor anyway.

    • Bengt Nyman says

      Have you tried using the very left focus point and compared its focus accuracy to that of the center point and extreme right.

  3. Mark says

    The name is all wrong, 3D will just confuse people as they’ll think it does 3D. 5Dx would make more sense. It won’t be a massive seller, the market for that amount of MP can’t be that big, can it?

  4. Eugene Powers says

    I think Canon is out of the game. Or at least too little too late.
    I shoot right now with 7D and D800 but I want to replace 7D because it is too noisy regardless of ISO.
    I need noise level of D800.
    So, 46mp camera with even bigger files than D800 and judging by 100-12800 ISO is going to be very noisy. Sounds like 7D type of noise. I hope not.
    And if the price is over 3K it is not going to sell very well especially because judging by all of the forums I read 50% of Canon shooters left Canon and switched to Nikon.
    It is going to be the same crying game from the rest Canon users, why do we need 46mp while 22mp is good enough.

    • says

      I have been reading some of these forums now for a few months ever since the mark III was announced, I have the mark I and II was really hoping for more mp. I am one of those who have been holding out for a higher mp camera from Canon and would like to answer a common question that I have read several times, Why do we need more mp? There is a vey large community of ad shooters that shoot in controlled lighting environments, studio or location and are less concern with fps, high iso noise etc. but rather dynamic range, sharpness and resolution, the more the better. Higher resolution gives us Ad shooters more flexibility with the extensive post work in advertising. Cropping for magazine, billboard etc. the ability to pull back and get more in camera and just crop in on the areas you want without loosing resolution is a big deal in advertising. If Canon succeeds in introducing a 46mp dslr MF equivalent or close to, we will be the first in line to buy one as MF digital back systems are still too expensive which is why most photographers are renting. So yes there is a large photography community that will never need more the 22mp but there are more than you think who do and would love to do so in a compact system and use with lens and gear they already own. As for the speculated 50% that left Canon and switched to Nikon, one reason, the D800 (more resolution) and I don’t think they switched, they will sell their D800 on craigslist, ebay as soon as Canon release their own monster.

  5. Eric Eikenberry says

    This camera isn’t for you. This is for the people who don’t want to lug around a medium format camera. Since Canon doesn’t make medium format lenses, this will get them into that market. No matter the price, I’m sure it won’t be as much as the MF cameras are now, though it will cost more than the D800.

    Did the manage to do it with a closer-to-square imager though, in order to avoid the limitations of shrinking pixel sizes?

    • Eugene Powers says

      Lets see how many of these they age going to sell at $15K
      That is $500 for every MP over 22.
      How about a little soap with that price?

  6. G G says

    Sounds absolutely wonderful!! I do a lot of pixel level editing and I never shoot above ISO 100 so this sounds great! Especially if it has almost instant review of the images on a tablet!
    Sign me up!

  7. says

    This all sounds fine on paper. Will Canon master the noise issue on such a large mega pixel sensor and will it be full frame?? For my money they have the ISO’s right where they should be. Some of their cameras with hundreds of thousand ISO counts are ridiculous. Who shoots in a coal bin at midnight anyway? Extreme ISO counts only produce more noise and deteriorate image quality to where it looks like 50 grit sand paper.

    I for one favor mega pixel sensors, higher dynamic range, more data means better quality larger images. The down side is the image processing time in the camera and lost time between shots. As I see it this is the handicap. Again, will improve their firmware improve for better in camera noise suppression?

    Now for the price point, to compete with Nikon they need to come within the $3,200 range with all of the features of the 5D Mark II.

  8. Eon says

    Maybe someone like Dyson needs to come along and turn the DSLR world upside down…mmm now there’s a thought.

  9. Jan Karlsson says

    Excellent Canon! If so,?
    But it is perhaps a new 1D camera?
    I will be very happy with a real studio camera, if it is not a pricey 1D.
    But, It seems to be a response to Nikon D800 and Canon sensors are not as good as Sony’s right now.
    That’s perhaps why the ISO “only” is 12800th
    I hope the new name is x 5D (Not too expensive) ;)
    And that it has a much better AF than the 5D Mk II.
    Then there will be a camera that suits me.