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The word on the street is that Canon, who, along with Nikon, has been very slow to embrace mirrorless technology, is working on not one, but two mirrorless cameras to add to their lineup and give shooters more robust options than their current M-series cameras (like the EOS M5 shown above).
The fact that this is such big news halfway through 2018 just proves the point that they are far, far behind the likes of Sony on the mirrorless camera front.
But don't get too excited to see these rigs anytime soon - it seems their pair of new mirrorless cameras won't be coming to market for about another year or so.
The scuttlebutt is that Canon will follow Nikon's lead and release two distinct models - one professional model with a full-frame sensor and plenty of megapixels and one entry-level or mid-range model, also likely with a full frame sensor, but definitely with a lower price.
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As Canon Rumors reports, the first of the pair is expected to be very closely related to the Canon 5D Mark IV shown above. They suspect that this Canon mirrorless camera will have around 30-megapixels. Their second model is rumored to be somewhere in the 24-megapixel range.
Neither model is intended to go directly after Sony's ultra-low-light beasts like the a7S II or the a9. That's a good plan given that Sony is so far ahead in the development of beastly mirrorless cameras. I just don't think Canon (or Nikon for that matter) can compete head-to-head with Sony. Time will tell!
We can expect these Canons to have modern tech, too, like 4K video, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
I would be shocked if these cameras didn't also have smartphone connectivity, tilting touchscreen LCDs (like an amped-up version of what's found in the Canon EOS M5, shown above), weatherproofing, and other goodies that you come to expect from high-dollar cameras.
Something else of interest is the issue of lenses.
Naturally, Canon has a humongous lineup of lenses and they are sure to be working on a way for their new mirrorless cameras to utilize their vast array of EF-mount lenses as opposed to being stuck with their EF-M lenses that were designed specifically for their current mirrorless lineup.
That would be a Godsend for Canon shooters who want to ditch their Canon DSLRs and move into the mirrorless space but without having to buy all new lenses.
It's also advantageous for Canon shooters because the selection of EF lenses is incredibly robust, so there's immediately much more lens selection than there is even for the well-established mirrorless cameras that Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and others are putting out.
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It's also safe to assume that these Canon mirrorless cameras will have a smaller, lightweight body than their DSLR counterparts (like the aforementioned EOS M5 shown above), which will make them attractive for shooters of all kinds.
Imagine how awesome it would be to have a Canon 5D Mark IV and a new mirrorless camera from Canon and be able to use the same lenses on both!
In terms of pricing, that tidbit of information is still way off.
I'd be shocked if their higher-end mirrorless body was less than $3,500, which is about where the 5D Mark IV was when it was released. Perhaps the lower-end version will be in the realm of the Canon 6D Mark II in terms of price, between $1,600-$2,000. That's a complete assumption on my part, though.
Either way, Canon shooters should be excited about the prospect of these upcoming cameras as Canon finally gets rolling with mirrorless on a larger scale. Heck, I'm primarily a Nikon shooter and I'm still excited!
In the meantime, start saving your money, sell your old gear that you don't use any longer, and have your little Canon mirrorless camera nest egg all situated for this time next year so you can pick up one of these bad boys when they come to market.
We'll have more updates as Canon releases details. For a few more thoughts on mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon, check out the video above by Tony and Chelsea Northrup.
Via Canon Rumors