It seems that Canon is planning to finally introduce an actual pro body to their EOS R mirrorless lineup in 2021. According to a report on Nikkan, one of Japan’s main news sources, early prototypes have already been manufactured and are being tested.
They don’t say much about the new camera, just that it will use a full-frame sensor, be released in 2021, it’ll have a higher price than the EOS R, and that a prototype has already been made.
Given that the EOS R is essentially a mirrorless version of the 5D Mark IV, we’re likely looking at a mirrorless equivalent replacement for the Canon 1DX Mark II. We’re still waiting for that super-high-resolution 5DS/5DSR mirrorless replacement, although rumours of that have been around since 2018, so I think it’s unlikely that Canon would make people wait a further two years until 2021 for that one.
So, a 1DX Mark II replacement seems most probable. As to exactly what specs it might have… Who knows? At least as good as the 1DX II in every way, one would hope. Naturally, that means dual card slots. Although I think they’ll possibly go with CFexpress rather than CFast this time around. And hopefully, it should have two slots, not one.
The article also says that Canon is working on some kind of adapter/converter to turn a mirrorless camera into a DSLR, for whatever reason. Canon did file a patent back at the beginning of 2018 for an odd lens adapter which added a mirror and optical viewfinder to mirrorless cameras. Perhaps they see this as a way of convincing their DSLR customers to switch over to mirrorless, but still have the benefit of an optical viewfinder when required?
Well, it may be a while before we hear anything, but we’ll keep you posted as we do.