Canon PowerShot G1 X Successor Leaks Out, Shows Detachable EVF

G1X2

The upcoming replacement for the PowerShot G1 X has leaked out a few days before release. The camera is rumored to have a slimmer body and lighter weight, as well as an external EVF. Most notable, the lens is expected to be improved to a 24-120mm f/2-3.9 lens (compared to the f/2.8-5.8 lens on the original G1 X).

Additionally, the G1 X successor should be equipped with a DIGIC 6 processor and cost around $700 USD.

[via CR]

Canon G1 X Mark II Rumored for CP+ Unveiling

Canon G1 X

The Canon G1 X was a bit of an odd bird when announced a couple years back at CES 2013 with its larger sensor (still not quite APS-C sized) and slow lens at f/5.8 max aperture on the telephoto end. Still, it looks like the camera was successful enough that Canon may announce a new model at CP+ next month.

Rumored specs for the Canon G1 X Mark II include the following: [Read more...]

Canon Mirrorless Camera to Get APS-C Format Sensor?

Canon Mirrorless

The latest rumblings of Canon’s upcoming mirrorless format suggest that the sensor within will be larger than the Canon G1 X-sized sensor that has been previously rumored.  Instead, it seems that the popular 18MP sensor found in the Canon Rebel T4i will find its into the Canon mirrorless camera.

This seems like it will be a big win for Canon, if true, as it would enable the Canon mirrorless system to more directly compete with the strong offering from Sony’s NEX line of mirrorless cameras – with a standard-sized sensor and an apples-to-apples competition with what I think is the current king of the mirrorless market.

What are your thoughts on Canon using the larger, 1.6x crop APS-C format over the previously-rumored 1.85x crop sensor?

[via Canon Rumors and Northlight]

Canon Mirrorless Camera on July 23?

Canon mirrorless camera announcement

An invite for a new Canon product announcement suggests that we may see Canon’s entry into the mirrorless camera market on July 23, 2012.

Prior rumors suggest a camera using a 1.85x crop factor sensor (i.e., same size as the G1 X) and featuring a different lens mount than the current EF and EF-S mounts found on Canon DSLRs.  Additional rumors say that the camera will launch with 3-5 lenses for the new “system” camera.

[via Photo Rumors]

Canon Mirrorless Camera Rumored for July 24 Unveiling

Canon Mirrorless

Rumors of a Canon mirrorless camera are heating up with July 24 being the unveiling date, according to Canon Rumors.

The camera is further rumored to use a different mount than the current EF and EF-S DSLRs.  An increasingly popular theory is that the upcoming mirrorless line of cameras will adopt the Canon G1 X sensor format, which equates to a roughly 1.85x crop factor.  This is larger than both the Nikon 1 Series (at 2.7x) and the Micro Four Thirds standard (at 2x).

Of course, the advantage of an interchangeable lens design over the G1 X would simply provide better lens selection.  My biggest problem with the G1 X is the rather slow aperture on the long end at f/5.8, as well as the minimum focus distance of 4.3 feet.

Nikon’s rather odd 1 Series format doesn’t quite stack up to other mirrorless camera offerings thanks to the much smaller sensor.  However, Panasonic and Olympus are squeezing a lot of goodness out of the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor and lenses.

In my book, Sony’s NEX line is the mirrorless system to beat.  Sony uses a larger APS-C image sensor and still manages to keep the cameras very compact.  Lenses like the 16mm f/2.8 and Sigma’s excellent 30mm f/2.8 lens let the NEX models compete in the size department with other smaller-format cameras.  And, Sony’s fast autofocus and fluid video capture match or best just about everything else out there.

Let’s see if Canon can step up the game with a solid offering next month (even if it is a little late to the game).

Canon Rebel T4i and New Mirrorless Camera Next Month?

Canon Rumors

Canon Rumors is reporting on a tip received from a known and credible source that Canon will launch the new Rebel T4i/650D alongside a new mirrorless camera in June 2012.

The Rebel T4i (if that’s what it ends up being called) is inevitable.  The entry level Rebel T3i is due for its annual update.

The more interesting proposition, however, is a new mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. [Read more...]