The Canon EOS R II Really Needs to Feature a New Sensor

Canon EOS R
Canon, all we ask is please don’t reuse the sensor that is found in the EOS R (and the four-year-old 5D4) for the EOS R II.

No matter what way you slice it, 2020 is going to be an incredibly important year for Canon. For a while, Canon has been complaining about declining sales, but they can change all of that in 2020. Canon has been working hard on their RF Mount lenses, and they are incredible, but the cameras they attach to leave much to be desired. Hopefully, in 2020, we will see some new bodies from Canon, and we hope one of them is the EOS R II. But, Canon needs to make sure they get this right. Let’s talk about this after the break.

The Canon EOS R is a great camera, and more than capable of capturing fantastic images, especially when paired with the stunning RF glass Canon has launched thus far. Still, the EOS R sits far behind the cameras Sony is pushing to the market. Nobody can deny that the EOS R was underwhelming with its one card slot, it’s old sensor technology, and inferior (but now upgraded) autofocus system when it was launched. It just never really caught the imagination of Canon shooters who had been waiting so long for the first Full Frame Mirrorless camera from Canon. However, that could all be about to change if a report on Canon Rumors is to be believed.


According to the story, Canon will release the EOS R II at some point during 2020, and it will apparently feature an all-new 32 Megapixel sensor. The EOS R II could also feature IBIS, the Digic X processor (which will be in the upcoming 1DX III), two card slots (one SD and one CF Express), and a 5 million dot EVF. The EOS R II will also be capable of shooting 12 frames per second, and will finally give videographers non-crop 4K video. That actually sounds like quite a nice upgrade over the original EOS R.

Still, this is Canon we are talking about. While they have made strides in improving the features present in their cameras, they like to cripple their cameras on order to differentiate between them in their model line. However, with Sony throwing everything at all of their cameras, Canon can no longer afford to do this.


The most Canon thing Canon could do is use the same sensor found in the EOS R for the EOS R II. We’re not saying that’s going to happen, in fact, we’re 99% sure it will not happen because it would be a disaster if they did. But, that 1% with Canon is always worrying. Of course, the only people who know what’s going to happen are Canon themselves. It’s fun to speculate, but we will have to wait and see what Canon has in store for 2020. One thing is for sure; the trusty old sensor from the 5D IV needs to be retired. What do you want to see in the EOS R II? Let us know in the comment section below.