Canon May Go with a High-MP Sony Sensor, Fujifilm Dumps OIS on the XF 16-55mm f2.8

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Canon has classically always supplied its own sensors for most cameras it makes, with one of the big exceptions being a possible Sony sensor for the Canon G7x. Now early reports from Canon Watch suggest Canon will soon release a new DSLR featuring a 46MP Sony sensor.

The announcement of such a camera will purportedly follow shortly after Sony announces a camera of its own featuring the high-megapixel sensor—the Sony A7r Mk II seems the most likely candidate. While the camera will have a high-MP Sony sensor, Canon will supposedly stick with its own color filter array and processing engine with plans to make color accuracy a big sticking point. In our experiences, that’s Canon’s biggest strength when it comes to their image quality.

A separate report from Canon Rumors support the rumors. The site heard from another source that Canon would introduce a high-megapixel camera in 2015. A few more details also suggest the camera will not have an EOS-1 styled body and should have a sensor with around 50MP of resolution.

Now for a spot of Fujifilm news, Fuji Rumors has learned the XF 16-55mm f2.8 will come in early 2015 without optical image stabilization. After wrongly stating that the fixed aperture zoom lens would feature OIS in the Fujifilm Magazine, Fujifilm quickly corrected itself with the following statement.

“The IQ of this lens is going to be amazing. OIS takes physical space, which means the lens elements can’t be precisely where they need to be to allow for the absolute best image quality. We feel that it will be a better lens without it.“

Fuji manager Hisashi Toshi said the price of the lens would be around 120,000 Yen (about $1,010) in an interview with Herald Corp (Google Translate). This is the second most expensive lens from Fujifilm—just a few hundred dollars behind the XF 50-150mm f2.8 and XF 56mm f1.2 APD—but it’s another sign Fujifilm is aiming for the high-end mirrorless market. 

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.