The much anticipated specs of Canon’s upcoming megapixel monsters have been leaked and, if correct, the rumors were pretty accurate.
The sensor will pack 50.6MP, besting Nikon and Sony’s current 36MP, but did the megapixel race lead to a camera unable of capturing video?
Below are the specs, originally posted on Digicame-Info:
- 50.6MP full frame CMOS sensor
- 5DS R is the name of the model which will be lacking the low pass filter
- Magnesium alloy body
- Dust and water sealed
- Dual Digic6 processor
- Native ISO sensitivity: 100-6400
- 5fps continuous shooting
- High precision 61-point AF
- EOS iTR AF
- 150,000 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
- “Fine Detail” picture style
- 1.3x and 1.6 crop shooting modes
- Customizable “Quick Control screen”
- Timelapse movie
- Interval timer
- Bulb timer
Notice anything missing? That’s right folks, no mention of video capabilities.
While the lack of video specs in this leak does not necessarily mean the cameras will not be able to record video, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were the case.
The new sensor would surely make video recording more challenging, and no video capabilities might be better than disappointing video capabilities.
Canon’s marketing department has plenty of reasons to smile right now, about fifty million of them, and including sub-standard video could be like acid rain on its parade.
Canon might have an easier time selling these cameras as megapixel behemoths focused on rivaling medium format cameras, rather than saying “we got plenty of MP but you shouldn’t use the video”.
That being said, this is all just speculation at the moment. We will have to wait for the official announcement next week.
Another disappointment is the max native ISO – just 6400. Also not entirely surprising due to the tiny pixel pitch, it is a full stop lower than Nikon’s 36MP D810.
As I’ve mentioned previously the 5D Mark IV is expected to a direct upgrade of the MKIII, so either way Canon will still have a camera capable of great video recording and low-light performance.
All that being said, this is definitely an exciting release!