Canon global shutter

Canon to Introduce Global Shutter on its DSLRs?

by Hugh Brownstone1 Comment

It’s a rumor to be taken “with lots of salt.” But it begs the question: “how important is a global shutter to you – and would it keep you in/bring you into the Canon fold?”

DSLRs in general are known for it; the Sony A7s in particular has been criticized for it; and “real” video cameras are lauded for not having it.

We’re talking about rolling shutter — both the technology and the eponymous artifact that is the scourge of DSLR filmmakers shooting fast moving objects. [bctt tweet=”With lots of salt”]

All you really need to know is this: IF you shoot this particular kind of subject and aren’t satisfied with what you can do in post, only the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K sports the alternative within the DSLR price range: a global shutter, in which every photo site on the sensor is exposed at the identical time.

A global shutter in the A7s/GH4/5D3/D750 space would certainly be novel – but what’s the likelihood that Canon would willingly cannibalize its own Cinema EOS sales?

And how likely would you be to buy it if they did?

Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs?

Via Canon Rumors:

We’re told that Canon is working on using a global shutter for the upcoming replacement of the Canon EOS-1D X. The hope is to get the camera to shoot at 30fps for still images, which would require a lot of upgrades and new technologies such as CFast.

Canon global shutter

See full article at Canon Rumors “Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs?”

(cover photo credit: snap from Canon Rumors)


  1. The “rolling shutter” effect has been around ever since focal-plane shutters were introduced. A classic example occurred with early FP cameras, in which the time it took for the shutter to vertically scan the film plane was a significant percentage of the time it took for the object’s image to move horizontally across the film plane. The result was that rapidly moving objects appeared to lean forward or backward.
    I don’t see any problem, as long as the user can freely select between the two modes.
    PS: I’m confused as to whether global-shutter operation would reduce the sensor’s effective sensitivity. Anyone out there qualified to fill me in?

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