From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon’s full-frame cameras

   When it comes to Canon, I believe no one knows it. Canon’s cameras have a certain status in the industry and in the hearts of ordinary consumers. In particular, Canon’s full-frame cameras have received both reputation and sales. Canon’s full-frame cameras are currently divided into four major series: 1D, 5D, 6D and EOSR. Each series has its own story. Today, we will tell the history of Canon’s full-frame cameras.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

01 1D series of extreme photography

When talking about extreme photography, such as sports events, international news interviews, battlefields and other environments, everyone will think of Canon’s EOS 1D series. As early as 2001, Canon launched EOS 1D, which is a 4-megapixel SLR camera with APS-H sensor. It is also the digital version of Canon EOS 1V, and its continuous shooting speed has reached 8 frames per second. In terms of shooting speed, it is even comparable to current digital camera products.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   Then, in 2002, Canon launched EOS 1Ds, which is The first full-frame sensor professional digital SLR camera with 11 megapixels had an overwhelming advantage at the time, which also allowed Canon’s camera’s reputation to rise again and quickly occupied the professional field.

   In 2004, Canon released two professional SLR cameras, EOS 1D Mark II and EOS 1Ds Mark II. EOS 1D Mark II uses DIGIC II processor, 8.2 million effective pixels APS-H frame, 8.5 frames per second continuous shooting, has a very big advantage; EOS 1Ds Mark II uses a 16.7 million pixel full-frame sensor design, replaced in 2007 Before, this camera had no competitors.

   In 2005, Canon launched the EOS 1D Mark II N for the World Cup in Germany, adding the “Photo Style” function and also equipped the camera with a larger LCD screen.

   In 2007, Canon launched EOS 1D Mark III and EOS 1Ds Mark III. EOS 1D Mark III is a model launched for the Beijing Olympics. It uses a 10-megapixel APS-H frame sensor and is equipped with an improved 45-point focusing system with a continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second; EOS 1Ds Mark III’s pixels It even reached 21 million pixels, which was a competitive advantage at the time.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   In 2009, Canon updated EOS 1D Mark IV, which is the last A generation of ASP-H format professional SLR cameras. The 16 million pixels, the continuously improved 45-point focusing system, and the number of 39 cross focus points are of great significance.

   In 2011, the Canon 1D series came to a brand new era. Since then, the 1D series are all designed for full-frame sensors, and the accompanying Canon 1DX will also be renamed. This camera has an 18-megapixel design, a 61-point focusing system, 12/14 frames per second high-speed continuous shooting, etc., which is a comprehensive upgrade compared to the previous generation.

   In 2016, the update time of Canon’s 1D series has changed to once every four years. Each update is accompanied by the Olympic Games, and the EOS-1D X Mark II is here. It brings a brand-new 20.2 million pixel sensor and 4K 60P video recording capability. At the same time, full-pixel dual-core focusing technology, 14/16 frames per second high-speed continuous shooting capability, USB 3.0 interface and other practical functions are added to make this generation The competitiveness of the fuselage has been significantly improved.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   In 2020, Canon updated EOS-1D X Mark III, Due to the impact of the epidemic, the Tokyo Olympics was postponed, and the use of this camera was also delayed. Although the market environment and shooting environment just launched are very harsh, but this camera is the most obvious and most upgraded generation of Canon 1D series. Its launch, let us feel Canon’s full sincerity.

   If you want a comprehensive understanding of the latest generation of EOS-1D X Mark III cameras, you can refer to the article: “How powerful is the flagship SLR at RMB 44,999 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark III”.

02 the well-known 5D series

   As early as 1992, Canon released EOS 5, a full-frame film SLR camera, which is the originator of the current 5D series. In 2005, Canon brought EOS 5D, a digital SLR camera with a full-frame sensor. Its launch leads the two major competitors of Sony and Nikon. EOS 5D has 12.8 million effective pixels, a 9-point autofocus system, and a bulb design, and the continuous shooting speed is 3 frames per second.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   In 2008, Canon EOS 5DMarkII was released, also known as “Invincible Rabbit “I believe that no one in the photography industry does not know it. EOS 5DMarkII uses a 21.1 million pixel full-frame sensor design, adding a full HD video shooting function. At that time, this camera became famous, and it was also the most used full-frame camera in the hands of many professional photographers and photography enthusiasts.

   In 2012, Canon released EOS 5DMarkIII, which increased the pixels to 22.3 million and the continuous shooting speed to 6 frames per second, and focused on improving the focus system. The 61-point autofocus system covers a wider area and accuracy Higher speed is also faster. This camera also uses the SD and CF dual card slot design for the first time.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   In 2015, high resolution became popular, Canon released EOS 5Ds And EOS 5DsR two full-frame SLR cameras. Once they were launched, they became the highest pixel full-frame cameras on the market, reaching a height of 50.6 million pixels. Among them, EOS 5DsR is the version that removes the low-pass filter. These two cameras have brought the ultimate detail and exquisite picture experience to many landscape lovers, and have become a shooting weapon for many professional studios.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   In 2016, Canon updated EOS 5DMarkIV, which has been the 5D series until now No update yet. Canon EOS 5DMarkIV is a very balanced professional-grade full-frame SLR camera with 30.4 million pixels, a maximum continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second, 61-point autofocus system, touch screen support, and 4K resolution video Shooting. So far, in the hands of professional photographers and photography enthusiasts, EOS 5DMarkIV’s appearance rate is still very high, which shows the success of this camera.

03 Lightweight full-frame 6D series

   In the middle of the 5D series release, Canon launched a brand new 6D series. This series can be described as an entry full-frame series or a lightweight full-frame camera series. In 2012, Canon released EOS 6D, giving full-frame cameras a new mission, so that more people can afford full-frame cameras and allow more people to experience full-frame cameras.

   The price of Canon EOS 6D when it was launched was the most affordable product at the time, and it was also the lowest price ever for a full-frame camera. EOS 6D has 20.2 million pixels, an 11-point focusing system, a continuous shooting speed of 4.5 frames per second, and supports full HD video recording. It seems that the performance of the parameters is mediocre, but the core of a full-frame camera is the sensor and image quality performance. The EOS 6D has not disappointed the full-frame users.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   In 2017, Canon released EOS 6DMarkII. This camera can Said to be fully upgraded. EOS 6DMarkII has a 26.2 million pixel design, a 45-point focusing system, full-pixel dual-core focusing technology, a maximum continuous shooting speed of 6.5 frames per second, and supports full HD video recording. For users, this camera is really good, because it is still a lightweight, cost-effective full-frame SLR camera.

   Since then, there is no update for the 6D series.

04 Move to EOSR/RP for mirrorless cameras

   In 2018, it seemed as if it had been negotiated. Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic released all the products in a short period of time. The format mirrorless camera has officially entered this field. Prior to this, only Sony and Leica had a full-frame mirrorless camera product line. Then Sigma also joined this field, and now full-frame mirrorless cameras are the main competition areas for major brands.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   Canon’s current full-frame mirrorless cameras are EOSR and EOSRP two models, EOSR is the first product, released in September 2018. EOSR is known as a “special micro”, it is equipped with a full-frame sensor of 30.3 million pixels, a full-pixel dual-core focusing system, 5655 focus points, a maximum continuous shooting speed of 8 frames per second, and 4K 30p video recording capabilities. The performance of this camera is comparable to its own EOS 5DMarkIV, and even the digital EOSR in some aspects is even better.

   accompanied by EOSR is Canon’s new RF mount system. This mount system has the same inner diameter as the Canon EF mount system, but with a shorter flange distance. Therefore, support for large aperture lenses will Better. At present, more than ten lenses of the RF mount system have been released, including conventional entry-level kit lenses, large ternary lenses, and some special specifications “show muscle” lenses. The new RF lens is newly developed, so the overall The optical quality has been improved again, and the image quality and experience brought by it have also been significantly upgraded.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   On Valentine’s Day in 2019, Canon released EOSRP. Canon EOSRP has 26.2 million pixels, full-pixel dual-core focusing technology, 4779 focus points, 5 frames per second continuous shooting speed, 4K video, USB charging, these mainstream technologies and selling points. Its positioning is very similar to EOS 6DMarkII, but the price is more affordable, and the configuration performance is more powerful, and the portability is more obvious. That is, Canon EOSRP can meet the needs of more users who want to try full-frame cameras while lowering the barrier to purchase.

The 05 performance monster EOSR5 is coming.

   Now, like other brands, Canon is also making every effort to develop and supplement the EOSR system’s mirrorless camera. It will soon be available for launch. “Performance monster” to describe. Canon EOSR5 will be released online on July 9. From the previous Canon official announcement, this camera is the one I look forward to most this year. It supports up to 29.97fps 8K video recording, can record up to 119.88fps without cropping 4K video, and supports in-camera recording without cropping 8K RAW video. The continuous shooting speed is 20fps/12fps.

From SLR to Mirrorless, the history of Canon's full-frame cameras

   Canon EOS R5 is currently the first official announcement to support body protection Canon cameras with camera shake technology use 5-axis anti-shake technology on their body. It can cooperate with the IS anti-shake of the lens to make the anti-shake effect more obvious. Canon EOS R5 will support CFexpress card and SD UHS-II card, so that it can meet the needs of high-speed storage users and ordinary users. The focus part adds the ability of animal detection and recognition, which can identify the body, face and eyes of animals.

   Seeing here, does it smell? Of course, this camera must have a lot of advantages, let us look forward to the day of the conference, what selling points Canon EOSR5 will bring.

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