Canon Rumored to Be Field Testing a 75-Megapixel Pro DSLR

canon eos 1d x with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Things are abuzz again in the grapevine with a new Canon DSLR purportedly in the works. Rumor has it that Canon is currently field testing a camera with robust amounts of megapixels. A generous 75 megapixels to be exact.

Eric Reagan wrote on Photography Bay that he got wind of this super megapixel model just last week from a highly reliable source. The new camera is said to have a pro-sized body, similar to the 1D X.

Canon 1DX

Reagan adds, “The rear LCD is shockingly high resolution. So is the frame rate, which is possibly greater than the 1D X; however, I don’t know if that’s at full resolution or not. Presumably, the camera has a new processor (or processors) inside to handle the increased resolution and the higher frame rates.”

Speculations about prototype high-megapixel Canon DSLRs have been a hot topic for some time now among industry observers. During September 2012, Canon was rumored to have been field testing a 46MP DSLR. Information that floated the next month, however, even implied that there are prototypes that will exceed 50MP. Could this be one of them?

Canon EOS 1D

An official announcement for this camera could be forthcoming by the end of 2013. Observers however, think that the model will not be available in the market until sometime in 2014. There is also always the possibility that this is just a wild, exploratory exercise for Canon.

“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,” noted Reagan. If it does happen, it won’t be a first time for such a great leap in megapixels, says Reagan.

He points at Nikon’s example. “Nikon jumped from the 12MP D700 to the 36MP D800. Tripling Canon’s top cameras at 20+MP resolutions puts us in the ball park of 75MP.”

Whatever the case may be, Canon has surely has gotten the enthusiasts attention riveted on this 75-megapixel monster. Let’s see how it all pans out these remaining months of 2013.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.