The first reliable rumours are coming in about the GH5. According to 43Rumors it will not be ready for Photokina, instead we might be looking at an early 2017 release date. They also appear to be confident about two other aspects – no extra crop of the sensor when shooting 4K and the codec has been bumped up to 10bit 4:2:2 internally!
According to a professional DP, Canon may in fact have some excitement for us in store at NAB. (Important to note this is a rumour and may just be speculation on behalf of my source).
The media presentation for the GH4 by Panasonic mentions a “Canon 7D successor” along with detailed specs.
- 20MP sensor
- ISO 100-12,800 (25600 extended)
- 1/8000 shutter
- Quiet shutter mode
- Phase detect AF, 19 area
- 8fps continuous shooting
- Buffer size – 15 raw, 126 JPEG
- 3.0″ 1040k dot LCD (touch screen) – not articulated
- Weather sealed (as original 7D)
- 910g weight
Oddly the camera is mentioned as needing an optional transmitter for WiFi. That’s something I’m expecting Canon to build into the 7D Mark II itself like on the 6D. To have the document mention specifics like weight and dimensions is quite interesting. Where did they get the info from?
Above: Sony’s previous foray into full frame, the A900
With Canon this year failing to capitalise in my view, on their huge gains in the video market following the successful 5D Mark II, I have long wondered when one of the big 3 would get it right and give us what we need – a full frame DSLR with equal emphasis on pro video and stills.
My friend Sony Alpha Rumors, a blog so often the recipient of genuine information rates this news highly because it is from multiple trusted sources and I myself have heard whispers of Sony’s approach which match, so I don’t doubt it. Professional filmmakers and videographers were involved in the planning stages of the camera for 2 years. The A99 strategy is one of convergence and not only will the camera have the best possible video image quality but Sony are building a video infrastructure around the product to support it.
These developments are incredibly significant…
A lot of bullshit surrounds the DSLR community and a lot of talk, but so what? Some people are worth listening to and some aren’t – that’s life.
A large sensor version of this, would please lovers of big cameras.
Over at Canon Rumours it looks like a Canon fan has been reading the AF100 spec sheet to produce the first rumour, and dreamt up the second one altogether. ‘Yamato’ does have a nice feel to it – 20 stops of dynamic range with no clipped highlights, beautiful shades of snow out in the Japanese field test. Great but how plausible?
Generation 2 is almost here and we will soon start a new video DSLR journey in September at Photokina.
I hope you enjoy the ride. We can expect a LOT of big changes in the next hardware which will hugely improve video capabilities.
EOSHD.com will be there to cover the news first hand. Here, since this week the jigsaw pieces have really begun to fall into place I’d like to set out a few clear ideas of what we can expect.