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Canon prepping 15-megapixel EOS-3D?

updated 04:30 pm EST, Tue January 22, 2008

Canon EOS-3D Leak

Canon is gearing up for a digital SLR camera that will slot in between the entry-level professional 5D and the top-tier 1D Mark III, according to a detailed new rumor. The reported tip supplied to CG would have the camera, possibly called the EOS-3D, just enter into full-frame category with a 15.1-megapixel sensor, lower than the 21 megapixels of the 1D; it would also be smaller than the pro camera and shoot bursts at a slower frame rate. However, the DSLR would also match most of the image quality features, including 14-bit color processing, a 3-inch screen, and a similarly complex autofocus system.

The camera may also exceed the 1D Mark III with ISO sensitivity up to 6400 (versus 3200) with a special extension up to ISO 12800, the tip indicates. No release date is set for the camera, though the imminent launch of the PMA photography expo next week points to an announcement at or before the show itself.

A second tip from the same source also echoes earlier claims of an EOS-5D Mark II. The camera will purportedly use a 12.8-megapixel sensor and the newer 14-bit image processing of the 1D but tone down most features to create an upgrade for the original 5D, including an ISO 3200 sensitivity cap, an improved but 9-point autofocus system, and an improved camera body. Whether it will be available at the same time as the 3D is unknown.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Coruscant

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Article errors

    The 1Ds Mk III is 21 MP, the 1D Mk III uses a 10 MP 1.3x crop sensor. The article also mistakenly implies the MP count and frame size are related.

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not 3D

    No mention if it's a three-dimension (stereo) camera. It'd be cool if it was.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more c***...

    ...from CrapNN. Jeebus, get some editors.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Eye control

    I believe that Canon will, one day, release an EOS 3D, but not at PMA. And when they do, it'll have eye control focusing, like the EOS 3 film camera.

    tindrum: the "D" stands for Digital, not Dimension. In Canon's film cameras, the 1 series is the top-of-the-line, and the 3-series is the next best. Currently, the 1D/1Ds are the top-of-the-line digitals, and the 5D is next. As the article states, the 3D would fit between the two. A 7D is also rumored, to be situated between the 40D and 5D.

    MacNN: the 1D MK III is a 10.1 MP camera. It's the 1Ds MK III that has 21 MP.

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