Canon's Flagship Mirrorless Camera Is Coming Next Year

Canon's Flagship Mirrorless Camera Is Coming Next Year

The Canon EOS R5 has wowed photographers and videographers alike with its wildly impressive specs sheet, but Canon has made it clear that the R5 is analagous to the 5D DSLR series, meaning an R1 analagous to the flagship 1D series will eventually make it to market. And the good news is that the R1 will likely be here next year. 

The EOS R5 contains a bevy of highly impressive features, including 8K raw video, 20 fps continuous burst rate, and 45-megapixel resolution. Nonetheless, the EOS R1 is still on the horizon. Canon Rumors is reporting that the R1 is coming next year, likely in the second half of the year. There is not much known about what we can expect from the camera, but undoubtedly, it will contain a lot of the company's flagship technologies in a highly rugged body. In all likelihood, it will have a lower-resolution sensor than the R5; I would expect it to be around 20-24 megapixels. Of course, it is important to remember that with COVID, any sort of schedule is tentative at this point, but as of now, it looks like the R1 is on pace for next year, which should be great news for Canon shooters. 

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Adam Rubinstein's picture

I can’t imagine how it could be better than the R5 with its tremendous af, 20fps ES, by offering fewer MP and what? Perhaps, better cooling and battery life making longer videos an option though it would cut into the “c” series? I suspect that it would need 45 MP to compete especially with Sony’s new pro series on the horizon.

Matt Williams's picture

It may be like a mirrorless 1DX Mark III. Integrated grip and controls, that new AF joystick thing that isn't just a joystick, and other stuff like the 5.5K RAW internal *WITHOUT* overheating in 5 minutes. And the nice DCI 4K HQ that the R5 also can't do without overheating issues.

But, you're probably right about the AF and 20fps ES, though the R1 would also do 20fps mechanical since the 1DX can do that in live view.

Also, with the new EOS C70 (RF mount too) at $5500, cutting into EOS cinema sales may not be as big of a concern since this would likely cost just as much. The C70 isn't full frame and can't do RAW video, but it's also decked out as a cinema camera (it's a super cool design, I think... marrying the EOS cinema bodies with the DSLRs).

If it's mostly just a mirrorless RF mount 1DX III, that's good enough, honestly.

Robert Nurse's picture

I can imagine quite a bit, LOL! How about:

- 20fps+ mechanical shutter
- same resolution as the R5 or better but with larger pixels
- double the EVF resolution
- a small auxiliary battery for using the EVF when the camera's off
- flash synch speeds up to 1/8000 sec
- two CFExpres and two SD card slots
- Super sealed body
- real-time composition overlays in the EVF and live view

Now, I'm no engineer and I doubt if any of this is even possible. But, hey, I can dream.

Tammie Lam's picture

Unless it comes with an electronic global shutter - you can't have sync speed @ 1/8000s. Even leaf-shutter systems can't go that high.

Jason Orton's picture

Maybe it will finally be that camera that brews a fine cup of coffee.