New Canon on 22nd March?

Started Mar 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Possibly but maybe not
In reply to 4thnebula, Mar 10, 2013

4thnebula wrote:

Depends on if they go to the rumoured 180nm image sensor process (which should be a major improvement and put them ahead of Sony/Nikon)

Hardly. Sony FF sensors are already on 180nm, Sony has fab lines going down to 65nm, and use them for their P&S and phonecam sensors. The 180nm line dates from 2010, so it would be very surprising if it hasn't been in continuous use since then, otherwise the capital investment would be just frittering away. Mostly it will be used making the new CMOS sensors Canon is using in cameras like the G15 and S100, which need the finer geometries. That is Canon's problem, if they move all production onto the new line, they both restrict their ability to make the compact camera sensors by using capacity for DSLR's, they also use the old line unutilised. Possibly Canon will go back to Sony sensors for all compacts, move to the 180nm line and just use the 500nm line for FF. But be clear, 180nm does not put Canon ahead of Sony, it doesn't even catch up.

and significantly improve liveview af (which would hlep their video as well). If the 70D has a 3.2" articulating touchscreen LCD and liveview improves to at least near u43rds speed (with big ef lenses like the 70-200 f2.8 IS) then we will know more good things are coming.

So, we are only 2 weeks away from the answers to those questions since the new APS-C sensor will likely also be the one in the new EOS-M and 7D MKII.

The 180nm process will not get them ahead, and if they haven't managed to use it to put a column ADC in the chip, they'll remain behind.

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