Canon is finally making it’s first steps toward producing a professional, mirrorless option for those dedicated to their brand. While the EOS M5 and EOS M6 marked their first trip into the mirrorless universe, their highly anticipated professional mirrorless option will be full-frame and utilize a fully dedicated sensor.
Based on an "internal presentation of Canon’s 2018 roadmap" Canon's first full-frame Mirrorless Camera will feature an entirely new, dedicated sensor. It may not be earth shattering news that the camera will feature a sensor created specifically for that body, but it does bring up a few questions and a few possibilities that make this news intriguing.
First of all, Canon isn’t a brand that takes these new ventures lightly. For all of the criticism we throw their way about being “behind the times” or slow to develop, they’ve made a name for themselves as the brand that releases cameras only when they’re ready. They’ve never been pressured into releasing anything early.
To me this signals that the camera might be quite a bit of a ways away from a real announcement/release. Developing a sensor, firmware, and processing to seamlessly communicate is possibly the most complicated part of an engineer's job. It takes time, and Canon is known for taking time. This is something that's supported by Canon saying that there won't be an announcement until at least August 2018. And if I'm being honest, that’s probably a good thing.
Also, this probably means that the features and specifications of this mirrorless camera will actually compete with the competition (Sony a7SII). That may seem like a fairly obvious assertion, but I think that idea would have been undercut if Canon had decided to instead adapt a DSLR sensor to this use. Mirrorless shooters are often looking for different things in a camera than DSLR shooters and this sensor should reflect that different perspective. This, in my mind, is only a good thing.
Finally, and in a very general way, this makes it seem like Canon is taking the mirrorless market seriously (FINALLY). The EOS M5 is a great little camera that takes good images and the EOS M6 is fine. There’s nothing wrong with either of them. But, as a mirrorless cinematographer, it never felt like Canon really took me seriously. It always seemed like they were pushing their cinema-style bodies on me, instead of adapting to the changing landscape. Maybe it’s a bit premature, but if Canon is making a dedicated sensor for this camera, I think it’s a great sign that maybe they’re actually going to make a splash in the mirrorless market.
[via Canon Rumors]