Canon Announcement Rumors Round Up. Final Thoughts.


The Uber announcement from Canon on November 3rd, 2011 is just a few days away and I wanted to lay out what I have heard about the cameras so far. Red is also announcing the release of the much anticipated Scarlet. This is all second hand info gathered from various sources and methods including carrier pigeon.

* There will be at least two cameras announced, possibly three.
* PL and EF for sure. I also think a 5D3 will be “announced” but not shown.
* A Set of Canon Prime Lenses will be shown. All manual capability.*** This is Big.
* We already know about two PL zooms shown at NAB 2011.
* Removable LCD.
* No 60P Full HD. Only 720
* 4:2:2 with 4:4:4 Upgrade as an additional upgrade.
* $10K plus for the EF model and up to $15K for the PL version.
* I think the 5D3 will be a little higher than 5D2 at around $3K.
* There will be less expensive models to follow.

This is a first generation camera and is bound to have issues. I am excited to see what Canon has done with the availble technology, however I also know that none of these cameras will be availble before January 2012. I will continue to use the Sony FS100 and Nex 5N for our documentary The Board Of Education.

I would not bank on any of these cameras until they can prove themselves in the field. I would also not base any project around these cameras. Use what is available now. They are not going to make your film that much better that it’s worth sacrificing time or money on untested new technology.

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Terry King

    Fairly comprehensive list there, I’m keen to hear more on the new Canon line, especially the Primes.  Even though I’m in the market to upgrade, I’m going to sit back and watch what these announcements do to the current market and wait to hear some reports back from the field.

    Probably won’t upgrade till April-ish 2012, till then the EX3(w/Redrock M3) and 550D will suffice.   

  • Preston Kanak

    Great list!

  • Dave Creu

    Jared, I know at present you are pretty well invested in the Sony gear, but if, after many good things come out of Canon’s new offerings, would you jump the Sony ship??

  • Steve

    I thought you didn’t like the NEX 5n, that it was a toy?

  • Joseacosta550

    Disappointing to hear that it will not have over-crank capability. That’s a lost opportunity to compete with Scarlet and
     Sony FS100.