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Canon’s New 75MP Digital SLR is Field Testing โญโญโญโญ ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฅ

July 23, 2013

๐ŸŽฅ Canon’s New 75MP Digital SLR is Field Testing according to several sources. We all know its not only the pixel count that matters. In sum, it boils down to the quality of the pixes, overall noise levels, noise at low light, color rendition, and color accuracy, to name a few. Once the Canon digital cameras pass into these extreme pixel counts, the Lens one uses becomes an issue. The newest "L" lenses have been reEngineered to handle high resolution imagers; however, lower quality glass may become the "weakest link" in the chain of digital image creation.

๐ŸŽฅ We received word from a source that Canon is actively testing more than one prototype with a sensor over 75MP. However, It appears that +75MP should be restated as +75MPD representing Millions of PhotoDiodes on the sensor, not effective pixels. The tested sensors employ the technology Canon introduced with the Canon EOS 70D, i.e. dual-photo-diodes for each pixel.

๐ŸŽฅ Therefore the effective image resolution of the sensor should be around 36-38MP. The source also said that while Canon is researching high resolution sensors, Canon places a high priority on image quality and to improve high ISO and Low Light performance. There is no pressure from Canon’s perspective to win a High Resolution race. The source said that โ€œthe High Resolution race is not part of Canonโ€™s philosophy.โ€ A high[er] resolution DSLR may be announced sometime before summer 2014. The source clearly stated that these prototypes are not slated to be a successor to Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III. No indication about the name of this HDSLR. Finally, these prototype cameras will capture 4K HDTV video.

๐ŸŽฅ The Canon EOS 1S has been in the rumor mill for some time as a high resolution pro DSLR, albeit prior rumored specs of 47MP. Assuming in fact that Canon is testing camera prototypes with 75MP sensors, doesnโ€™t mean that a 47MP sensor wonโ€™t end up in the final model, or that the 75MP will end up in the final model. Only Canon knows for sure.

๐ŸŽฅ Likewise, that Canon EOS 3D has been floating around for several years as a rumored high resolution model. Recently, those rumors were revived with possible sightings and claimed specs in the 46MP range.

๐ŸŽฅ While it is believed that this pre-production cameras are in the wild, few are ready to proclaim that Canon is going to announce a 75MP+ DSLR this year. If any sources want to chime-in with additional details on this or other pre-production models, please reach out, contact info is below, or comment in the Box provided with your thoughts.

๐ŸŽฅ We received word yesterday from a reliable source that a pre-production high resolution Canon DSLR is currently undergoing field testing. The camera is a pro-sized body like the 1D X. The resolution of the sensor is marginally greater than 75MP.

๐ŸŽฅ The rear LCD is shockingly high resolution. So is the frame rate, which is possibly greater than the 1D X; however, we donโ€™t know if thatโ€™s at full resolution or not. Presumably, the camera has a new processors inside to handle the increased resolution and the higher frame rates.

๐ŸŽฅ There is little question in our minds, that Canon is capable of delivering a 75MP imager; the questions are: the level of noise, color accuracy and saturation, low noise mitigation, gamma. Assuming the positive, as Canon is a leader in Imager technologies, plus Canon own’s their own Imager Foundry, are the Canon “L” “Red-Band” lenses up to the task, of resolving this incredible level of detail. Will Canon have to develop a new line of Canon “U” “Blue-Band” of Lenses… Very exciting indeed.

๐ŸŽฅ Knowing that a traditional 8″x10″ print at 300dpi, consists of exactly 7.2 MP, then a camera with 75MP would be able to capture an image that would be a bit more than TEN 8″x10″ prints in size; this is equivalent to an Imager of 7,100 by 10,700 pixels; That’s a single print, printed at 300dpi of 24″ by 36″ finally Medium Format Quality in a Canon SLR footprint.

๐ŸŽฅ Think about this too, an imager with 75PM in the traditional 2×3 formatting, that could deliver a Square-Image of 24″ by 24″ at 300dpi resolving at 51.8 Million Pixels, 7200 pixels by 7200 pixels. Yes, we want one, and hopefully these pixels are dual-pixels so we have super sharp focusing even in Movie Mode, perhaps 2k and 4k HD 1080p and 2160p movie mode at 30p and 60p fps… and 120fps at 2k… Lets keep on dreaming. That’s a big WOW for us.

๐ŸŽฅ OH, and BTW lets keep this puppy under $9000.

๐ŸŽฅ Whatโ€™s even more interesting is that the source believes that there might be an announcement for this camera prior to the end of 2013; however, availability may not be until next year. Of course, Canon has tested cameras and technologies before that never made it to the market. And, this seems like such a massive jump in resolution from what is currently on the market.

๐ŸŽฅ However, Nikon jumped from the 12MP D700 to the 36MP D800. Tripling Canonโ€™s top cameras at 20+MP resolutions puts us in the ball park of 75MP. Additionally, Canon has had a 50MP APS-H sensor since at least 2007, and a 120MP APS-H sensor since 2010. A 75MP or higher resolution full frame sensor is not out of the realm of possibility โ€“ particularly when we are seeing smartphone cameras at 41MP.

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