Will 2020 Be the Year That Canon Regains Its Dominance?

Will 2020 Be the Year That Canon Regains Its Dominance?

2020 will be a huge year for Canon: not only are the Olympics taking place in Japan, but the manufacturer has two major full-frame mirrorless cameras ready to drop: the EOS R Mark II and what is being dubbed the EOS Rs.

According to Canon Rumors, the EOS R Mark II is due to be announced towards the end of May, tying in with Canon’s appearance at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Historically, Canon DSLRs were updated once every three to five years, but the Japanese giant is under pressure to transform its product release cycle thanks to two factors: firstly, Canon’s first round of mirrorless cameras were felt to be a little underwhelming given the competition, though not disastrous as a first effort; and secondly, Sony’s aggressive product cycle has set what seems to be a new benchmark for the industry, churning out flagship models with alarming regularity. 

The EOS R was launched in October 2018, and rumors suggest that its successor is currently being tested in the field. It may or may not feature IBIS, but if Canon wants to address the fact that Sony just nudged it from top-spot for full-frame cameras, you’d expect it to include stabilization and dual card slots.

The EOS Rs — a high-resolution (75-megapixel?) camera — is also thought to be close, with an announcement expected as early as February. The name is speculative at this stage, with assumptions that it would be the mirrorless equivalent of the 5Ds. Two card slots are a certainty. Will it feature IBIS too?

Will 2020 be the year that Canon matures its mirrorless full-frame line of cameras reasserts its dominance over the market? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Stefan Brink's picture

If Canon puts the same effort into designing cameras as you put into dismissing Sony here on every single news, there is at least a chance.

Eric Salas's picture

Someone forgot to give him his medication again.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Ok, we'll just make you cry. lol. :D

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

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Robert Nurse's picture

If transitioning between camera systems wasn't so expensive, I think Canon would have lost a lot more market share to Sony. IMHO, the current Canon surge we're witnessing is due in no small part to Sony giving them a kick in their complacency.

Good God, Jan escaped from his straight jacket and escaped the asylum.

Hell for Jan is a room filled with Sony cameras

Deleted Account's picture

Another day, another something about who makes the best camera.

Ansel Spear's picture

It's all becoming so predictable.

darrell miller's picture

competition is a good thing, the canon/nikon battle improved both companies cameras. the more competition the better.

Jon The Baptist's picture

No it will not. Canon and Nikon operate at the speed of Congress.

michaeljinphoto's picture

Not likely. Maybe in 5 years if they try really hard...

Wolfgang Post's picture

I hope not, but neither do I hope for Sony dominance. A good head to head race with Nikon behind will keep everyone busy and avoid the slack of convenience we have seen with Nikon and Canon 5 years ago. Let them race and battle for technological development. The results will help us all: more choices, lower prices. All three are too large to fail.

Canon hasn't been dominating technologically speaking for a very long time. More than 12 years to be accurate.

Today they are significantly behind Nikon in DSLRs and significantly behind both Sony and Nikon in mirrorless bodies.

The only thing saving them are very nice lenses. Is that going to be enough to maintain a reasonnable marketshare? Most probably. But to dominate? I don't see any reason to believe they have the potential.

Robert Nurse's picture

If Sony came up with a painless way of using competitor glass on their cameras, I'd dare say that Canon would be toast. Yeah, I know. I can dream can't I?

Iain Stanley's picture

I have no experience so I’m genuinely curious: are adaptors such as Metabones no good at all? Do they not do what they’re supposed to and make your Canon/Nikon lenses perfectly functional on Sony bodies?

Canon EOS lenses adapt great on Sony E bodies. Nikon F lenses less so. Among mirrorless lenses, Sony E adapts on Nikon Z, Canon R may be adaptable on Nikon Z, but both Nikon Z and Canon R glass cannot be adapted on Sony E.

Iain Stanley's picture

So if I got a new Sony a7r4, for example, my Canon L series would be ok with a Metabones adaptor?

Deleted Account's picture

Maybe 2020 will be the year the industry suffers a catastrophic collapse.

Robert Nurse's picture

Why would we want that? I don't want a collapse as much as I want continued innovation and stop taking my loyalty for granted.

Deleted Account's picture

God I love the Internet. Where did I say I "want" it to collapse?

Deleted Account's picture

If they don't regain their dominance they'll at least stop losing ground.

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