Canon is allegedly investigating the possibility of launching an EOS-1 DSLR featuring the 50.6-megapixel image sensor found in the new EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras.
A couple of years ago, the rumor mill said that Canon might be working on a DSLR sporting an EOS-1 style and a big-megapixel image sensor. The gossip talks have cooled down, but in the meantime, the company has introduced a couple of EOS-5-series DSLRs with a high-resolution sensor. It appears that the former idea has not been completely abandoned and that Canon may release a new EOS-1-like body with a 50.6-megapixel sensor aimed at professional photographers.
50.6-megapixel Canon EOS-1 DSLR camera rumored to be considered by Canon
The product in question will consist of a high-resolution camera with the professional body and the features of an EOS-1 camera. While the sensor may not be completely identical, the DSLR will bear lots of EOS-1 traits and will be designed for professional photographers.
The 50.6-megapixel Canon EOS-1 DSLR will not be launched before the launch of the 1D X Mark II, which will be the flagship EOS camera and which will be introduced in late 2015 or early 2016. Please note that the latter option is the more likely one, according to a trusted source.
Canon will first wait and see how the 5DS / 5DS R fare on the market
A lot of EOS fans will begin drooling over the prospect of having such camera at their disposal. However, the insider has said that Canon is only “exploring” this idea for now.
Two of the things that would make Canon feel compelled about developing such DSLR are the 5DS / 5DS R sales and the professionals’ perception of these cameras. If the duo sells well and photographers request a pro body with a high-resolution sensor, then the company will most likely cave in to their demands.
At the time of writing this article, the 5DS was available for pre-order for $3,699 and the 5DS R was available for pre-order for $3,899. If a 50.6-megapixel Canon EOS-1 DSLR were to become true, then it would be priced much higher than its EOS-5 counterparts. Until that day, take these details with a pinch of salt.