Canon mirrorless to feature APS-C sensor according to sources

Canon mirrorless concept

So far there’s been a lot of speculation about the Canon mirrorless camera, which is due this month, having the same sensor as the G1X. This would be pretty disappointing as the sensor in that camera is based on 3 year old technology with a slow readout so the video mode was rather poor.

Now the word on the street according to Canon Watch is that Canon are (sensibly in my view!) opting for an APS-C sized sensor in the new camera, making it a better match to their EFS lenses which can be used via an adapter. The mount could also form the basis for a lower end pro video offering as APS-C is approximately Super 35mm sized in the film world.

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Panasonic talk hacking, committed to video on cutting edge GH3

GH2 with Zacuto EVF and Tokina 11-16

Above: Panasonic GH2 with Zacuto EVF [review at EOSHD] and Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 (constant aperture)

The GH2 is the only true hybrid video DSLR. Video on all other DSLRs is an add-on but on the GH2 it is a core feature. It is an approach Canon will eventually take with the 4K Cinema EOS DSLR in what is going to be a very exciting 2012 – hopefully it will have an EVF and you can pluck stills from the 4K video stream. But the GH2 is currently the trail blazer in video.

Imaging Resource’s David and Arthur Etchells caught up with Panasnonic’s Darin Pepple at CES to see how Panasonic currently view the GH2 hack (“Like souping up a car, go for it!”) and their plans for the GH3 and future lenses (constant apertures, powered zooms).

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Canon – “mirrorless is our future” and video optimised lenses coming 2012

Canon MD of imaging Masaya Maeda

Canon will release a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera in 2012. Japanese website DCWatch has the first interview where Canon have spoken in detail about the development of the new system.

There’s so much in this interview. But the translation is very rough. So take my interpretation as just that for now – an interpretation.

Note: I have also corrected some grammar in the translated quotes for easy reading.

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