Canon Looks to Challenge Sony and Nikon With the EOS R1 Mirrorless Camera

Canon Looks to Challenge Sony and Nikon With the EOS R1 Mirrorless Camera

Canon's flagship camera, the EOS R1, is assuredly coming this year, but little news has been seen about the camera. A recent specs leak makes it look like the camera is meant to blow Sony and Nikon out of the water. 

A new set of specs recently emerged for the Canon EOS R1, and while they are, of course, only rumored, if they are to believed, the EOS R1 is going to be one heck of a camera. Some of the most notable features include:

  • 30-megapixel stacked dual gain output sensor
  • AI-powered autofocus 
  • Fully electronic shutter akin to the Nikon Z9 design and read time of less than 0.8 microseconds
  • 1/1,250 s flash sync
  • AI-powered autofocus with advanced predictive capabilities
  • Various continuous burst modes and speeds as fast as 240 fps
  • Pre-shooting capabilities for capturing fast actions
  • Raw in-camera focus stacking 
  • 6.7K raw video at up to 60 fps and 4.2K at up to 120 fps

While the specs are still just a rumor, there is no doubt that Canon is keenly aware of the capabilities in camera like the Nikon Z9 and Sony a9 III and looking to leapfrog them with what will be their most advanced camera. Hopefully, we will hear more about the EOS R1 soon. 

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Alex, how do these specs compare to the Z9 and A1? On the surface they appear appear as more of catch up unless the DR and/AF are other worldly.

Let’s face it, it’s going to be a brilliant camera and, no doubt, will beat the Nikon and the Sony in the areas Canon have picked as their priorities - but it’s not going to blow anything out of the water. It’ll be the best tool for those who’s requirements match it’s abilities, as will the Nikon and Sony.

Note, above rumors are ranked CR2 on Camera Rumors. That means some creditability, but don't read it as facts. Apparently CR has "verified" with a source considered pretty solid, who calls the specs "pretty close to reality" (so expect some errors or inaccuracies at least). Also the rumor are based on machine-translations from Chinese I think (or something similar very far from English)

People always want to rank cameras and select one of them as a winner. Reality is, that different priorities often plays a bigger role than technical progress or superiority.

But compared to Z9 and A1, rumored R1 resolution is definitely lower. On the other hand, readout time and 1/1,250 s flash sync looks insane. I think "0.8 microseconds" should be "0.8 milliseconds" if anything, but it is still insane(*), and in practical use "global shutter performance" without having a global shutter. If these details are true, that looks to me like the big scoop in this camera. But notice, maybe there's a zero to much on the flash-sync speed, or maybe 1/1250s flash sync is for 12-bit shooting only etc. Lot of possibilities for translation errors and "missing asteriks".

(*) According to one source, the readout time of Z9 is 4ms, A9 is 4.2ms and R3 is 5.5ms. So if 0.8ms is true, that is a technical breakthrough in my opinion. But could still be translation error or misunderstanding - assuming there is some creditability to the rumor.

Techart doesn't make a manual lens autofocus adapter for Canon. Using this adapter tech on my A7IV and Z8, I can't go back to functioning without it. Until Techart provides this tech for Canon, there is no Canon, at least in my book.

It seems the Canon R1 is to take the role of the 1DX Mark 3 for photo journalism and especially sports, not the ultimate stills shooter. I suspect the Canon R5 Mark 2 coming later this year will fill that slot with some remarkable new specifications.

It's only rumours... Going back and forth for ages... Just be patient 🙈

Owning multiple 1dx bodies, and the slower r5, I can’t image the focusing system being even better. I can’t wait.

A critical parameter for the R1 will be high-ISO noise reduction. My Z9 has the nastiest low spatial frequency noise pattern at ISO values above 4000 or so I've ever seen a camera produce. My 1DX2 and 1DX3 have much better noise at the same ISO as the Z9, at a much higher spatial frequency. This doesn't make sense as the 1DXs have far fewer pixels.

That remainds me of 6D outperformed 5D mk3 in ISO performance because of fewer pixels.. Also dual Iso will be nice as A9 iii doesn't have that to be able for the super fast read out speeds ( global shutter) and DR isn't the best... Well let's see what Canon really puts out there this time

At 30mp & 6.7k raw. the only thing the R1 is going to blow out of the water is expectations -- for the worse. This is supposed to be the "one camera to rule them all" and it'll be best by the Z9 which will have released ~2y prior to R1 launch. If the R1 cannot at least math Z9 on core specs (i.e., res) then I'll surely regret my decision to sell my Z9 for an R3 as holdover for the R1, and it will be final straw for me w/ Canon. The 1/1250 sync and in-cam stacking def nice, but the res keeps the camera firmly planted in 1-series tradition instead of keeping pace with how the market is trending.

Olympus tech of being able to preschoot a selected number of frames when the shutter is halfway pressed seems to be copied by many other brands. Who has the patent for this tech?

Ai focusing sounds interesting. Especially if the camera can recognize people individually without you programming it to like on Sony. It needs to just know. These are separate people. I want you to follow this particular person or set of people no matter what. I want the manufacturers to try Android again. So many possibilities!

Watch out PetaPixel is gonna come after you for posting about rumors 🤣

The big mistake is the missing mechanical shutter! You'll see the banding with LED lights most of the time!

Not if that 0.8 readout time is accurate. Thats like having a global shutter without the downside of having a global shutter