Photokina is coming up and that means most of the manufacturers are going to be announcing some new gear we all want to talk about. In our last Photokina report, we discussed some interesting news surrounding Canon’s mirrorless ambitions and the potential of them announcing an EOS M5 Mark II at the world’s premiere, photography industry event. Now there are some new reports corroborating those previous reports as well as some new information on a couple of other new APS-C announcements coming down the pipe.
According to Nokishita, which routinely has some of the first reports on upcoming camera launches, Canon has registered three new cameras with a national Wireless Certification Authority. The Canon cameras are code named: K437, K436, and EC811. One of these cameras, EC811, is thought to be the previously mentioned Canon EOS M5 Mark II. The other two cameras, at this point, are thought to possibly be the Canon 7D Mark III and the Canon 80D Mark II.
Interestingly, the camera thought to be the Canon 7D Mark III (K437) does NOT have Bluetooth capabilities, while the other two cameras do have Bluetooth in addition to WiFi. It would seem odd, if you ask me, for Canon to have Bluetooth on both the 80D Mark II and EOS M5 Mark II, two cameras that would supposedly be lower on the Canon totem pole than the 7D Mark III, and to not include it on the 7D Mark III. However, this is Canon we are talking about, so… I digress.
The other piece to the reporting, coming to us from Canon Watch (who has associated the code names to the camera models), is that all three of these cameras will feature a new 28MP APS-C sensor with no AA filter. This sensor is also thought to be capable of shooting 4K video at 30FPS with full DPAF (Dual Pixel Auto Focus) support while recording. This would be an interesting development if it turns out to be accurate, but Canon Watch is skeptical of the sensor on all three cameras not having an AA filter.
Regardless, it seems that this year’s Photokina could be a big year for APS-C, at least in Canon Land. It will be very interesting to see how this all shakes out.