Canon to use Sony sensor in upcoming interchangeable lens APS-C camera?

Nov 12, 2018

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Canon to use Sony sensor in upcoming interchangeable lens APS-C camera?

Nov 12, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, this is interesting, if it turns out to be true. Canon Rumors says they’ve received a report that an upcoming Canon APS-C interchangeable lens camera is going to contain a Sony sensor. Specifically the Sony IMX571, a 26MP APS sized sensor destined for DSLRs – although it could go in a mirrorless, too.

Canon has used Sony sensors in the past in its PowerShot line of point & shoots. But to use a 3rd party sensor in an interchangeable lens camera appears to be a new move for Canon. It’s an interesting decision to make, given that Canon has just started licensing out their own sensors for companies for use in 3rd party devices.

The Sony IMX571 is a backside illuminated 26-megapixel APS sized CMOS sensor capable of shooting up to 16 frames per second. With specs like that, it definitely seems on the higher end of the APS-C spectrum. And with the Canon 7D Mark II released over four years ago, in September 2014, it’s about due for a refresh. So, we might have a fast shooting 7D Mark III on the horizon.

Or, now that Canon seems to be taking mirrorless cameras more seriously, this might be the first of a new breed of “Pro” EOS M cameras aimed at sports and wildlife shooters. And, given that this is a Sony sensor, which lacks dual pixel autofocus, a mirrorless seems like it might be more likely.

I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

It’s suspected that this sensor currently resides inside the new Fuji X-T3. And it may be what we see in the new A7000 (or whatever it ends up being).

Side note: Sony’s sensor product list also lists a new IMX533 9MP 1:1 square BSI CMOS sensor with the same pixel pitch designed for 360° cameras. Same interface, too, but with a 63 frames per second readout. That could make for some interesting 360 cameras coming in the next year or two.

[via Canon Rumors]

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3 responses to “Canon to use Sony sensor in upcoming interchangeable lens APS-C camera?”

  1. Craig Pifer Avatar
    Craig Pifer

    Would this mean that Canon would now have a camera with a 1.5x “crop factor” instead of the usual 1.6x? Or, since the Sony sensor is larger, do they keep the 1.6x “crop” and just not use the full sensor?

  2. Marcos Alan Estrada González Avatar
    Marcos Alan Estrada González

    Actually, not having dualpixel af makes more sense on a dslr…

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      From a technical aspect, absolutely, however, one of the big selling points of the 5D Mark IV, so I think Canon might have a tough time releasing a new DSLR that doesn’t feature it.

      The 1DX II, 6D II, 7D II, 70D, 77D, 80D, 800D and 200D also all feature DPAF.