More Info on the Canon EOS R1 Flagship Mirrorless Camera Emerges

More Info on the Canon EOS R1 Flagship Mirrorless Camera Emerges

With all the excitement about the Nikon Z 9 and how it compares to cameras like the Canon EOS R3 and Sony a1, it can be easy to forget that Canon actually still has another high-level camera coming, the flagship EOS R1. A bit more info has emerged on the camera, including an expected release date.

Canon Rumors is reporting that the upcoming EOS R1, the mirrorless analog to the 1D line of DSLRs, will likely begin shipping in Q4 of next year. Although this might seem a bit late with the Sony a1 on the market and the Nikon Z 9 not far behind, the EOS R3 will be available in the meantime, and Canon will use feedback on that camera to help guide final decisions on the EOS R1. Regarding specs, it seems less likely that the R1 will have a global shutter, as readout speeds have gotten to the point where such technology won't be necessary (as we are seeing in the Z 9). I would personally expect a major resolution bump in the EOS R1 over the EOS R3, particularly given the pressure from Nikon's and Sony's models. We should start to hear more in a few months. Check out the article on Canon Rumors for more.

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"I would personally expect a major resolution bump in the EOS R1 over the EOS R3, particularly given the pressure from Nikon's and Sony's models."

We're often told that the real consumers of Canon's flagship don't need high resolution. Just so that high res option comes to fruition, I hope they give these sports and news types a "low res" setting. I also hope the articulating screen is similar to the Z9. Screens that swing out, to me anyway, are problematic.

So could this article, and the one it links to, be any more classic clickbait garbage???

There's literally NO new information that's interesting or pertinent, this was literally a filler article, FFM...

Yes, I read it and was wondering if this post was actually about anything.

Almost every „Article“ that Alex Cooke puts on the site contains no new info. Hes always simply rehashing. Whether he reposts a Youtube video (and then not even voices an own opinion or take on the matter) or, like in this case, writes an „article“ that is almost a word for word copy of canonrumours or petapixel. Its plagiarism in its purest Form…buuut since he mentiones the sources he gets always away with it…i really would love it if he stopped doing this or at least took the effort to give his own opinion to the topics…

I have to agree with you. All he seems to do is introduce "this great video" and take credit for writing an article. Not sure why Lee and Patrick allow it.

I don't fault Cooke for relaying information from a rumor site. However, here, the original article was extremely lacking. The only assertion in that article that could even remotely be classified as news is the claimed timeline. If true, I could see this rumor being actually leaked by Canon in an effort to stem hemorrhaging to Nikon. So many Canon wildlife shooters were disappointed by the R3's low pixel count. Many of those not heavily invested in Canon or willing to add a second system are buying the Z9. The fact is that well-off hobbyist are constituting a bigger and bigger share of the flagship camera market, and the majority of them want high pixel counts (at least in the 40-50MP range). Whether the R1 is released in the next year, Canon needs to provide reassurance that it plans to compete against Sony and Nikon in the high-performance, high-pixel-count arena.

I hope it will be really expensive.

So a global shutter are suppose to make HSS obsolete and Nikon Z9 syncs at 1/260 of a second? So electronic shutter are getting to the level it can replace mechanical shutter. But global shutter reads the whole image simultaneously. Obviously that is better then any other option.

I jumped ship from Canon to Sony some months ago, waiting for Canon to show some serious love to their APS-C M-mount system. At the time I decided to spare myself all the rumor drama of that realm and go for a sumptuous Sony A7R IV full-frame 61 Mpx beast, which I love and I am glad that I did it. If I long for the days of APS-C, I can put that camera in crop mode and still have higher pixel count than the Canon. People here often say how pixel count doesn't matter, and argue fiercely that 20 Mpx or 24 Mpx is enough, but there is nothing magical about these low pixel counts and I find it interesting that these low pixel count sensors are still being used on new Canon offerings. Maybe professional photographers are like the mainframe programmers of the days of yore, clinging to 2x Mpx as if it is some magical number, as if physics and sensor tech have created this magical upper bound. Meanwhile, the innovation goes on, with pixel-binning, AI and computational photography, nanolenses, pixel-shift, z-axis data collection and 3D scene data, etc. The justification that you can blow up a 20 Mpx photo to the size of a billboard ignores the fact that more data is better and enables you to do more things, computational things, even noise-canceling things, that a mainframe relic doesn't do.
Bring on more megapixels! Start taking advantage of those Qualcomm and Samsung processors, which are stellar at moving the bits around and applying algorithms to the computational workflow.

Nope, professionals don't care about low Mpx count but Canon, specifically, is now selling video.

For me, it is a question of more data. I am an IT person, which biases my view. Lol. Yes, video is all the rage now. I need to retrain my brain to think more about creating videos, though I much prefer stills because they are easier to share with more people.

Exactly, video might be the rage, but has time to watch more videos?