Canon and Nikon are notably the most well-known camera companies in the world, but their lack of innovation has allowed the likes of Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung the chance to swoop in and steal off some market share over the past few years. This is most accurate in the world of video since Canon's 5D Mark III has gone from a staple in the video community to a relic when now compared against modern mirrorless competitors.
Fortunately, Canon had a few major tricks up their sleeve and spilled the beans on their upcoming major innovations in the camera space. While it is safe to assume these models won't fit a typical consumer's budget, Canon has officially announced their plans to release an 8K cinema camera, 120 megapixel DSLR, and 8K reference display.
Here are the important notes taken from Canon's announcement thus far:
8K Cinema Camera
- Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels)
- 8K up to 60fps
- 13 stops of dynamic range
- Wide color gamut
- Small form-factor and compatibility with existing EF lenses
- Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 78 models (60 EF lenses and 18 EF Cinema Lenses) will be compatible with the 8K camera under development.
- Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor
- “The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes.”
- “The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.”
- Similar form-factor as their existing high-end DSLRs like the 5DMIII or 5Ds
- Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 60 models will be compatible with the SLR camera under development.
8K Reference Monitor
- Will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut
- Will harness a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch
- Will perfectly compliment the 8K cinema camera
None of these models should reach the public before 2016, but we may see more of them at NAB this April or Photokina next Fall.