Rumor has it that Canon, Inc. is working on a new D-SLR that will be the smallest and lightest yet. Based on breaking news from CanonWatch, the “super-small D-SLR” will be a cross between the EOS M and the EOS 650D.
The alleged features include an 18 megapixel sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, touchscreen, 9 focusing points, new hybrid CMOS auto-focus, 98% viewfinder, 6fps, ISO up to 25,600, EF and EF-S lens support and high definition video.
Apparently, Canon is seeking to bridge the consumer-prosumer gap even more by providing a new hybrid camera that has more D-SLR traits while being packaged in a mirrorless-sized camera or may be even smaller.
This is likened to Canon releasing the relatively small EOS 6D which is more affordable for the serious photographer who wants to go full-frame but who doesn’t want to muster the cash for a 5D Mark III.
To be frank, the EOS M hasn’t been much of a hit on the mirrorless camera market especially when compared with strong contenders such as the Sony Nex. Canon simply has to do something to redeem itself from its failure to top the market, and this new mini D-SLR could be the key.
The prototype(s) of the secret mini D-SLR are claimed not to be a part of the Rebel lineup. As it stands now, are we sensing the rumbling of Canon attempting to be the pioneers of a new kind of camera?