ok folks, here is my another analysis of the current situation on teh market. my previous analysis might have been a bit off but not too much. I still stand by it and believe that's the route, canons gonna take. What made me think though is 60D. I simply didn't believe it will ever happen. There were so many rumors about it that it made me puke several times ^_^ That said, it is indeed hitting the market. how does 60D impact 1Ds4 !? well here is how ... first. From the leaked pictures we can clearly see that 60D has a flipping LCD. Why do you need a flipping LCD on a single lens reflex camera!? you don't. you have a viewfinder for a reason. So it doesn't make sense to photographers but ... but it does make sens when your filming. so 60D might be more video oriented SLR, rather then a revolutionary still camera. Then comes another question. Well, if its video oriented, then what new features will it have!? new codec!? AF in video!? the one bit we should be interested though is what CPU it will use. there is chance that it might use Digic V and if indeed that happens, then all of you who can afford 1Ds4 can already jizz your pants as that camera will rock!! but again ... and its a big but, time wise it makes no sense. so 60D comes out with that 18mpx 1.6 crop sensor but with Digic5 and new video features. What about 7D then!? its gonna be a faster camera, thats priced higher using an older technology with the same sensor!? makes no sense to photographers. Why would canon cut into the sales of 7D which are spectacular (just go to BH and see how many reviews there are, lol) why create a camera that has clearly new technology and performs better with the same sensor as its bigger brother that's more expansive!? makes no sense to me. Its like BMW announcing that their new 3series convertible has a new V12 engine and its cheaper then M3. again, makes no sense. so for 60D with digic5 to make any sense, it would have to be heavily video oriented as it will only fly then. Video does require a lot more processing power so it would be logical to make 60D beefier.
ok, ok, so how does that relate to 1Ds4. Well if 60D comes out with Digic5, then obviously the next model to be released will too. Canon with dual digic4s can already achieve 32mpx at 5fps now but I'm guessing that's the limit. Canon wanted to improve DR but that requires processing power as well. Well with digic5, it will have all that and more so indeed it ll probably have 32mpx but that rumors about much better DR will come true.
That's the less probable way of how things will go. I still think 60D will have dual 4s, maybe with a new codec but it wont be some kind of a revolution. if 60D doesn't get digic5 then the chances of 1Ds4 getting it are very slim. why have two pro cameras that are at a totally different technology levels. lol, well which 1 series camera is number 1 then!? lol. it just wont do. canon will probably just do 1Ds3 on steroids like they did to 1D4. so it'll be lowered to that 29.3 mpx to allow for that extra DR levels.
and that leaves us to 5D MK III. Now, here is where it all comes together. There are no excuses for 5D3. Everything times perfectly for it. Digic5, 7D AF, New codec for video and so on. I still think canon saves digic5 for 5D3 and will make the most anticipated DSLR launch in history of mankind. time wise it makes sens and economically it makes sens. video guys will drool over 5D3, photogs will drool over 5D3 and I personally can't wait for it ^_^