Not again, not another entry-level, full-frame EOS rumor. The EOS 3D has been in the rumor mills since the EOS 5D Mark 2 came out a couple of years ago and these rumors never seem to die.
However, something interesting popped up in a popular Japanese photography magazine called CAPA and their news and rumor leaks have been pretty accurate the past few years, and it seems that Canon will release an EOS 3D full-frame camera as well as a replacement for the 60D dubbed – wait for it – EOS 70D!
Canon EOS-3D Rumoured Specification
- 30+ MP, 1D-class body
- EOS 1DX 61-point AF system
- On-board Flash with Wireless Commander
- 6 frame-per-second burst
- Dual Digic 5+ processors
These seem to be specs that are higher than the 5D Mark III, so we’re not sure what’s the market positioning Canon’s planning if they are putting these specs in.
If they are, then the 5D Mark III becomes the ‘entry level’ full-frame camera (quite an expensive one at that). Does that make sense to you?
We move on to the eventual EOS 60D replacement, the 70D. The xxD line has been a squeeze since the 50D. With so little to offer over the Rebel 650D and a lot less function than the well-received EOS 7D, the xxD doesn’t seem to have a role in Canon’s line-up any more.
The specifications will most likely be close to what the 7D offers in a smaller body and swivel screen. I doubt that if it can really offer anything new in this segment.
Canon clearly needs to revamp their whole product tier classification as there are too much cameras cannibalizing each other already, and that doesn’t include the newly launched EOS-M mirrorless cameras, which can affect the cash-cow Rebel line as well.