Canon 7D Mark II Coming 1st Half 2014

Canon 7D Mark II

Another update on the oft-rumored Canon 7D Mark II points to a release date sometime in the first half of 2014. Previous rumors pointed to a second quarter announcement for the camera, so this latest update remains consistent.

A couple of key new pieces of info point to a price point around $2000 and its positioning as a pro APS-C camera. Additionally, the 7D Mark II is rumored to feature a variation of a new AF system from an unannounced EOS 1 Series camera.

See the below list of previously rumored specs. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II: More for the Video Shooter?

Canon 7D Mark II

New rumors of the Canon 7D Mark II suggest that an announcement should/could arrive in the second quarter of 2014. Additionally, the 7D Mark II is rumored to be more video oriented than typically seen in Canon HDSLRs and that the camera would retail well above the Canon 70D.

These new rumors are consistent with what we’ve heard for months regarding release dates and specs for the upcoming 7D Mark II. See the below list of previously rumored specs. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II Prototypes w/ 20MP and 24MP Sensors

Canon 7D Mark II

A couple of the rumors floating around for quite some time now have put it with either a 20MP sensor (like the one found in the Canon 70D) and a 24MP sensor (previously unseen). Now, a new rumor, which seems to make sense of these conflicting rumors, puts both sensors in various prototypes of the Canon 7D Mark II that are believed to be floating around in the wild.

The most recent spec list for the 7D Mark II with 24MP sensor is below. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II Spec Update

Canon 7D Mark II

More specs have surfaced for the upcoming Canon 7D Mark II. Keith over at Northlight received a tip that the 7D Mark II will use a derivative of the Dual Pixel AF sensor from the Canon 70D that is optimized for high speed readout and video quality.

However, the video quality will be limited in order not to exceed what users get out of the Canon C100 and other EOS Cinema cameras. Of course, we’ve seen this recently with RAW video being unlocked in the Canon 5D Mark III and other Canon HDSLRs. So, this comes as no real surprise.

Additional specs include:

  • 12 FPS possible – target is 10
  • Video quality – ‘limited by marketing’
  • ISO 100-25600
  • ‘New’ AF system

Release date is still being touted as sometime in 2014.

[via Northlight]

Nikon D400 and D4s Rumor Update

Nikon D400

It’s been quite some time since we have heard anything about the Nikon D400. When the D7100 launched, there was a lot of concern that the D400 wouldn’t show up to replace the D300s after all, and that Nikon would allow the D7100 to remain atop the DX camera lineup and the D600 would sit at the low end of the FX line as a gap-bridger to the D800.

New rumors suggest that the D400 was, in fact, pushed back in Nikon’s DSLR line-up in order to allow the D7100 to shine for awhile on its own. Of course, the D7100 is an excellent camera in its own right; however, it is still missing some things that you expect on a proper D300s replacement. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II Not Coming in 2013?

Canon 7D Mark II

The latest in a long line of rumors concerning the Canon 7D Mark II puts the camera’s delivery beyond this calendar year and into 2014. That would put the original Canon 7D (it was announced in Sept. 2009) well past the 4-year mark if/when the 7D Mark II is announced in 2014. Much longer and we’ll need to start looking into kindergarten programs for the 7D…

Additionally, the Canon 70D is supposedly the only other Canon DSLR that is going to arrive this year; however, there are rumors from “good sources” that put several new lenses coming in 2013. Could the EF 28-300mm and EF 100-400mm lenses be among those new offerings?

[via CR]

New Canon 7D Mark II and 100-400mm Lens Rumors

Canon 7D Mark II

Rumors of the Canon 7D Mark II continue to trickle out as the original 7D approaches its fourth birthday. Alongside a set of rumored specifications for the pro-level APS-C DSLR, it appears that a refreshed version of the Canon EF 100-400mm IS lens may also join its ranks on the eventual announcement date (currently rumored for the September/October time frame).

The current 100-400mm lens is available at the moment for $1459 with Canon’s existing rebates. Based on Canon’s recent pricing strategy, I would surmise that pricing for a new version of this lens would be north of $2500. Not cheap, but Canon doesn’t seem to be having much of a problem moving the new 24-70mm f/2.8L at over $2k per unit.

Below are the most recent 7D Mark II specs, which are purportedly based on a prototype of the camera that is in the wild. [Read more...]