Canon is rumored to be developing a new DSLR camera that will employ an 18-megapixel full-frame image sensor offering “industry-leading low-light performance”.
There are many rumors about the future of the Canon EOS full-frame line-up. The company has just released the big-megapixel 5DS and 5DS R cameras, while the 6D, 5D Mark III, and 1D X are all rumored to be replaced by the end of 2016.
However, sources have mentioned other products in the past, such as a DSLR that has an 18-megapixel full-frame sensor. The rumors are back and it seems like the Japan-based company is definitely developing such camera that is said to provide top low-light capabilities.
Mysterious Canon 18-megapixel full-frame DSLR rumored to be in development
There are at least three possibilities regarding the upcoming Canon 18-megapixel full-frame DSLR, as follows:
Gossip talks have suggested that the 5D Mark IV, which will replace the 5D Mark III, is in testing phase. Moreover, the company is testing multiple versions of the shooter with image sensors ranging from 18 megapixels to 28 megapixels.
The camera is believed to be capable of recording 4K videos, while offering superior dynamic range and low-light capabilities. The new rumor is stating that the Canon 18-megapixel full-frame DSLR will come packed with “industry-leading low-light performance”, thus fitting the description of the previous gossips.
The second model, called 5D C, is a DSLR built for videography purposes. Source have revealed that the 5D Mark III may also be split into two versions. The 5D Mark IV could employ a bigger than 24-megapixel sensor and will not record 4K videos, while the 5D C will feature an 18-megapixel sensor that shoots high-quality 4K videos even in low-light conditions.
Finally, the third unit could be an astrophotography DSLR. It has been mentioned within the rumor mill recently as a future competitor to the new Nikon D810A. Great low-light performance is important when taking photos of stars and other space objects. However, the D810A comes with a big-megapixel sensor and the Canon model might do, too, so nothing is certain at this point.
There are voices stating that the most likely case is that this Canon 18-megapixel full-frame DSLR is a testing unit of the 5D Mark IV. Nevertheless, you should not rule out the other possibilities as well as the fact that it could be a product that has not been mentioned within the rumor mill, yet. Until more information becomes available, take this with a pinch of salt.