It’s a pretty sketchy rumor, but we’re hearing that Canon’s working on a pro video camera based on a 12.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor similar to the one in the Rebel XSi. That makes perfect sense to us, actually — DSLRs with video capabilities like the 5D Mark II and the new Rebel T1i have definitely shaken up people’s expectations of prosumer video, and Canon’s sitting on a well-regarded camcorder division primed to pounce on a new market. According to CanonRumors, the new pro cam will look similar to the XL H1 pictured above with support for EF and EF-S lenses, sport fully manual controls as well as autofocus, and shoot 720p/30/60 and 1080p/24/30/60 to 56Mbit/s MPEG-4. Sounds pretty good, but aye, there’s a rub: word is that Canon’s DSLRs won’t ever get similar video features in order to protect this cam’s high-end $8,000 price tag — which sucks, but also makes perfect (if annoying) sense to us. It’s all rumor for now, but we’ll see how it pans out — the pro and prosumer video market are about to get crazy interesting…
HDW… Interesting but as one commentator said in a recent comment “VAPORWARE”. Don’t get me wrong no one would be happier if this were fact and there still mat be a grain of truth in it.
I do find it hard to believe that Canon Photo would be embargoed by Canon Video not to further enhance the video features on their DSLRs though it may bring back a sense of normality splitting the two camps back where they belong.
The 56Mbit/s would bring this camera up to broadcast spec and that would negate the need for 3rd party units like the NanoFlash.
As I have said before Canon Pro Video have not brought out a pro camcorder for over 17 months so we are due a solid state camcorder relatively soon. This would indeed affect the likes of Scarlet as Canon have far bigger manufacturing resources than the likes of RED…”THE RACE IS ON”.