Just as we recover from Sony’s surprise launch of its 61-megapixel a7R IV, rumors have just started circulating that Canon is about to announce its own high-resolution, full frame mirrorless camera featuring a sensor that may boast more than 80 megapixels.
Canon Rumors is claiming to have spoken to a source at Canon who says that the Japanese manufacturer has “caught up to Sony” in the sensor wars. As it stands, the rumors seem to suggest anything between 70 and 85 megapixels, with some throwing some maths at the pixel density of the rumored EOS M6 Mark II and scaling it up to full frame. While Canon might be about to outdo their rivals in terms of resolution, it seems unlikely to me that it will match the a7R IV’s 10 frames per second, however.
An announcement in the next month or two might account for the unexpected release from Sony of their new “medium format quality” full frame mirrorless camera. Most major announcements tend to come in late spring or early fall, perhaps making the IV a few months early.
Such a move from Canon would not be entirely unexpected, although fans might prefer the company to be focused on improved dynamic range, better low light performance, and video specifications that aren’t protecting Canon’s other cameras.
What do you expect? And if you’re a Canon fan, what are you hoping for? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.