A reliable source just whispered (thank you!) that Canon is coming out with a new camera. The source said that the camera will be 75MP. This has been long rumored since the RF mount came out.
It's no surprise that Canon is coming out with a high-megapixel camera. Canon is pretty proud of the megapixel crown from the start of the digital era – they were not going to let Sony have that crown for long.
No other details are known, but if I had to guess I would suspect it would be based upon the R5.
We expect more information soon.
But 75MP would IMO be a much wiser choice:
Smaller file sizes
Faster burst speed
Less need for a super-powerful and ultra-expensive processor
Less noise at high ISO
A few questions:
Will it have 8K?
Will it have the tilting screen preferred by many stills shooters?
Will it be more expensive than the R5C?
I would rather see something that competes against Fuji MF.
Simply because the R1 will most likely do HQ 8K and without a time limit. it would make much more sense being around 45MP for that.
This high MP version will most likely have just basic video functions.
when you think about it, sRAW and sRAW 2 weren't that far off from that.
Quad pixel wouldn't help - it would actually be the reverse. as if it's 75MP quad that's 300M actual pixels.
But since the R5 can do around 20fps full raw, I would expect this to reach around 12fps which is entirely respectable for most shooting.
But for those who *can* afford two hi-end bodies, it can make a lot of sense if they are identical. There will be many people who want a pair of identical bodies that can serve both for ultra hi-res and action, by simply switching resolution modes. The controls and operation of both bodies will be identical, eliminating any muscle-memory issues.
And, if one of those bodies fails or has to go in for service, you can still shoot any type of project with the identical second body. If you have two different bodies, that may not be possible.
To my mind, the only shooters that prefer a tilting screen is for street photography to be discrete. A flippy screen does everything else in portrait or landscape or vlogger or street if you want to. A combination tilt/flip could be an alternative though.
The Z9's price is a challenge for Canon/Sony. Not sure if Canon will ignore it or not.
With R5 @ USD3900 and R5c @ USD4500, people who were almost satisfied with R5 are prepared to spend USD600 more for the video features they need.
The example from the past was 5Div @ USD3500, 5DS @USD3700 and 5DSR @ USD3900 so up to USD400 difference depending on the AA filter. The R5s won't be a volume seller though
as far as FPS,etc .. not really because the pixels are summed at the pixel level.
Also, stacked sensor could be used in this case, to increase effeciency.
If this new camera is "just* a 75MP stills-orientated R5 that shoots at lower burst speeds, then I'd expect it to be below the price of the R5C.
But if it turns out to equal the Z9 in speed, has 8K video and a gripped body, it would be a "R1" and I think anything below USD 6000 would be wishful thinking.
Could be interesting.