Looks like tomorrow, 2nd March 2012, is the day for the launch of the successor to the Canon EOS 5D Mk II. There was some initial confusion as to the name of the new camera, but it appears that Canon has settled on calling it the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. However, at this point, it may still be conjecture even though there are photographs floating around on the internet of the said camera. Head over to canonrumors.com to take a look at some of these photos including photographs of the launch event in Shanghai.
The specs are rumored to be:
22 MP FF Sensor
ISO sensitivity of 100-25600 (Native)
61pt AF borrowed from the 1D X (possibly dumbed down slightly)
Dual CF + SD card slots
100% VF coverage
Also due for a release tomorrow is a new flagship Speedlight – possibly 590EX or 600EX.
With the specifications above, if true, it is clear that the 5D Mark III is an evolutionary update to the Mark II rather than a revolutionary update. I am sure a lot of users will be upset at the lower resolution relative to the Nikon D800, and will consider a move over to the Nikon camp. I am also sure that users like me that have no need for ultra-high resolution will stay within the Canon camp. I have never really understood people that jump camera systems (or at least threaten to), but then, each to his own!
What do you think? Will you jump ship or stay? And does Canon have a high-MP camera around the corner as a surprise second announcement?