Last Updated on 10/15/2018 by Mark Beckenbach
We may learn more about the speculated flagship Canon EOS R ahead of the CP+ 2019 camera and photo imaging show.
There’s only a couple of weeks left before the Canon EOS R is officially released, but there are already speculations about the next step for Canon’s first Full Frame mirrorless camera. According to a report by Canon Rumors, a “full-blown” version will be coming out sometime in February 2019, before next year’s CP+ camera and photo imaging show opening on February 28.
In an update, however, Canon Rumors mentioned that the flagship “Canon EOS R Pro” would have a development announcement in January 2019, with an official launch slated for a later date. So, it could still make an appearance at the CP+ before it gets officially released.
While it’s certainly too early to expect any specifications to leak out this far ahead, sources have also told Canon Rumors that a new EOS R camera would be out by the first quarter of 2019.
Some have also speculated that this flagship version will be a mirrorless 1D style model, or a high Megapixel 5DS R equivalent. It would also most likely compete directly with the Nikon Z7.
While we’re on the subject of speculations, the folks of Digital Camera World are keen on seeing the next EOS R system camera to be a high-speed mirrorless equivalent of the EOS 1D they dubbed the “EOS Rx.” But, rather than putting together some speculations and specifications based on guesswork, they analyzed Canon’s camera technologies, camera market approach, and information from past camera launches to envision a camera that could at least match what the “EOS Rx” could be. Their predicted specs include a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor focused on high-speed readout, high dynamic range, and low noise instead of high resolution, dual DIGIC 8 processors, continuous shooting speeds of 20fps and above, and ISO range of ISO 100-204,800 in standard mode and 50-1,640,000 in expanded mode.
While these make sense in some ways when you consider the 1D series of cameras, it would make a whole lot of sense for them to add dual SD card slots and some improvements to the magic touch bar. Additionally, the camera series desperately needs a joystick.
For now, we stay tuned for updates.