Canon has answered the call, sort of. Last week they announced the EOS 1Dx, the latest in their line of professional cameras. While this camera boasts an impressive list of features, it is still not an answer to the large sensor Nikon recently announced. The D1x is really the replacement for the 1D mark IV and designed for the photographer that has the need for speed. The features include an 18.1 MP full-frame sensor (a first for the1D line), dual Digic 5 processors, and 12 frame per second shooting speed with the ability to push this to 14 in the super-speed mode. They have also included improved 61-point auto focusing, 3.2 inch LCD, dual CF card slots, live view capabilities and full HD video recording.
While this is truly an impressive camera, is still a disappointment to those of us that are still waiting for a replacement for the EOS D1s mark III. Rumors still abound. Will Canon move into a medium format camera as the D1s replacement? If the rumors are true of a 54 MP square sensor, this may make sense. There has also been a ton of talk about a 5D mark III replacing the mark II and if it will come first.
The 1Dx is not available yet; the talk from Canon is March 2012 with a price point of $7,000, quite a step up from the 1D mark IV priced at $5,000. So I guess we will continue to wait to see what Canon has up its sleeves?