The wait for a mirrorless flagship sports and wildlife shooter from Canon might be shorter than anticipated, with rumors circulating that it could arrive within the next year, perhaps at the same time as the successor to the Canon 1D X Mark II.
Current thinking seems to be that two high-end Canon mirrorless bodies are in the pipeline: one a high-resolution beast that’s similar to the 5DS/5DS R, the second a fast-frame-rate shooter that is more in line with the existing 1D X Mark II. If I were a betting man, I’d go with the former being called the RS and the latter being called the RX. With the Tokyo Olympic Games rapidly approaching, all of the Japanese manufacturers will be feeling the pressure to get some sports-oriented cameras to market sooner rather than later.
In terms of specifications, what do you think? While some will crave 50 megapixels, I suspect that 30-32 megapixels is more likely given the need for low-light performance and a frame rate that puts it ahead of other flagships. Canon has not given much indication of how the electronic shutter in the R-series can perform in terms of the number of frames per second, and while 25 and above might be entirely possible, I’m not sure that it’s entirely necessary, though others may disagree. It might be more interesting to see how Canon deals with its electronic shutter and whether it will be as quick at sweeping as the mechanical shutter, perhaps allowing users to shoot under artificial lights without such a strong risk of banding. This could allow the highest frame-rates to be used in a much broader range of settings.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments, particularly regarding the possible video specifications.