Canon to announce a high end 1DX-like EOS R mirrorless camera in 2021

Sep 8, 2019

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Canon to announce a high end 1DX-like EOS R mirrorless camera in 2021

Sep 8, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

[Nikkan via Canon Rumors]

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11 responses to “Canon to announce a high end 1DX-like EOS R mirrorless camera in 2021”

  1. Naturfotograf Michael Estwik Avatar
    Naturfotograf Michael Estwik

    But if they are set to release it in 2021, then they’ll miss the Olympic Games…

    1. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss

      Michael, that will be the release of the 1dx3 ??

  2. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    Of course it will have two card slots

  3. Troy Reichenbach Avatar
    Troy Reichenbach

    Yes. The Canon will have 2 card slots but, by the time 2021 rolls around, all of the other cameras will have 3.

  4. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    Breaking news! Camera company is releasing a new camera at some point every year or two. More breaking news! It will have minor upgrades over the last camera the camera company sold.

    1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
      Daniel Shortt
  5. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    By 2021 we could all be dead ?

  6. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    It bloody well better be dual card slots. We’re getting annoyed.

  7. Tyler Ingram Avatar
    Tyler Ingram

    No flash at all. You’ll have to tether your smartphone to utilize it’s storage ?

  8. Charlie Muller Avatar
    Charlie Muller

    Of course it will – redundancy

  9. Roland Avatar
    Roland

    2021? Who cares. That’s an eternity in the modern market. Canon needs to pick up the pace.