A decade after announcing the first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, known as the G1, Panasonic is set to announce their first full frame mirrorless design on September 25th. Is this in response to Nikon and Canon’s new mirrorless initiatives? You better believe it.
There’s really not a lot in the ways of specs at the moment, but according to inside sources, Panasonic is really excited about the full frame prototype and says that the video performance is “superb.” It is also believed that whatever this full frame camera is called, it will have a Leica full frame lens mount that is similar to the Leica SL mount.
I’m guessing that we’ll learn more next week, as details leak out in preparation for the September announcement. Until then, I think it’s safe to say that things just got a whole lot more interesting for GH5 users!
Meanwhile, there’s also talk that Canon’s announcement, could happen any time within the next four weeks. Originally, we were told September 5th, but that could have been pushed to make way for a more comprehensive camera lineup.
Headlining that list includes the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless camera and four new RF mount lenses to support it. The breakdown of what we’ll be seeing is as follows:
- EOS R body
- EOS R 24-105mm kit
- RF 35mm f/1.8M IS
- RF 50mm f/1.2L USM
- RF 28-70mm f/2L USM
- RF 24-105mm f/4L USM
Additionally, the new RF mount is believed to allow for use of EF mount lenses and will have a longer flange distance so that those lenses will fit in without issue. If that is the case, then Canon is essentially taking out the mirror assembly and keeping the form factor the same, which kinda runs counter of the whole mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter meme.
It sounds like Canon is mirroring Nikon’s mirrorless lens mount design thinking that DSLR users will want to keep using their existing lenses, rather than sell them off and reinvest in all new glass. That makes sense, but I’m not convinced that the longer flange distance is a legitimate spec. First off, you if you’re going to keep the flange distance the same, what would be the point of redesigning the lens mount? And secondly, Canon also has a series of MR adapters listed, including:
- M.ADAP R
- M.ADAP R ND
- M.ADAP R PL
And banking on Canon’s conservative innovation track record, I’m going to stand pat on my belief that if EF users want to keep using existing lenses, they’ll need an adapter to do it.
So, what do you guys think? With Sony, Nikon, Canon and Panasonic all fielding full frame mirrorless cameras, do you think it’s only a matter of time before DSLRs become obsolete? Leave a comment below.