As a follow-up to the previous Canon medium format rumors, I received an additional tip from a known source (who has had advanced knowledge in the past) that Canon will "announce" something that has to do with a "sensor bigger than 35mm" in September (presumably in the run-up to Photokina).
I think you have been reading too many tea leaves. The only way that they can compete in the medium format market is if they use the Sony 50 mp CMOS sensor. Canons Sensor technology in the stills market has been seriously over shadowed by Sony for the past year. Sony are simply making the best image sensors on the market. Which is why every MF manufacturer now only uses this sensor. Canon missed the boat by not releasing the MF camera earlier. Now we have Pentax with a cheap MF option. Fuji and Sony will be releasing their own systems in the near future that will be even cheaper...Canon missed the boat.
I don't think canon missed any boat, look at sales figures, they sell more dslrs than all the others combined. Canon certainly has the technology to do this, but as it's a company for profit, not to appease a few gear heads, they do what their financial statistics suggest will gain them the most profit.
Canon make pretty much the best sensors out there, the issue they have is in added noise from digitising the data (the effect of which declines with rising ISO). For example the sensor in the 6D has over 15.5 stops of dynamic range (76,000-78,000 electron capacity, 1.5-1.6 electron read noise, depending on whose figures you prefer), but you end up with a little over 12 stops of DR at ISO 100 once the back-end noise is added in. If they could get past this, e.g. with on-chip converters, they should be a good or better than anyone else, plus they are very good for pattern noise too.
You must be joking !!!! Canon has got the most efficient sensors on the market (just a little bit behind the D4s/DF in therms of noise capabilities) but far better than all in colours capture.
Exmor just got a nearly useless 2EV dynamic advantage in low lights and strictly no advantage in HL that theoretical advantage is limited to just 100 to 500 iso but really far behind Canon between 800 to 25600. sounds like 100 to 500 is actually competing with smartphones more than 24/24/indoor/outdoor pro shootings were smartphones won't have any chance before long.
Actually I would bet on a new EOS 1a (as apsc) with 18MP @ 24 pictures/s with a complete 1Dx's AF module..... then a MF, which sounds like 1Dc / C100 ultra small market.
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