Canon to rejoin the megapixel race with an 80+ megapixel EOS R mirrorless camera

Aug 5, 2019

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Canon to rejoin the megapixel race with an 80+ megapixel EOS R mirrorless camera

Aug 5, 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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Sony’s 61-megapixel A7R IV caused quite the splash when it was announced, becoming the highest resolution full-frame camera out there. Canon’s ageing 50-megapixel 5DS and 5DSR bodies were the previous champions, but they’re getting a little long in the tooth. According to a report on Canon Rumors, though, Canon is preparing to reclaim the throne with an 80+ megapixel EOS R body.

The post on Canon Rumors seems to back up the rumours that the 5DS and 5DSR are not going to be replaced in Canon’s DSLR lineup. It makes sense for Canon to be working on an ultra-high-resolution mirrorless camera, though. We reported back in November last year that a 75+ megapixel mirrorless body was expected to come from Canon at some point this year, and now that figure seems to have been bumped up to 80+ megapixels. The 5DS and 5DSR were announced in February 2015 and with no sign that canon is going to create a new higher-resolution DSLR, mirrorless is the logical choice.

Canon Rumors says that two sensors have been tested in a new EOS R body (that they’ve dubbed the “EOS RS”) and that one of them might be greater than 80-megapixels. With even smartphones reaching and starting to exceed 48-megapixels, and medium format cameras getting to a price where they’re starting to encroach on high-end DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, it’s not much of a surprise that camera manufacturers sitting in the middle want to beat out both sides.

So, it looks like the megapixel race is back on.

Canon is expected to announce new sensors at some point soon, which may offer some more clues. Hopefully, they’ll manage to squeeze some decent ISO performance and better shadow detail than most of their previous sensors.

[via Canon Rumors]

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44 responses to “Canon to rejoin the megapixel race with an 80+ megapixel EOS R mirrorless camera”

  1. президент Putin Avatar
    президент Putin

    Canon is quite out of the game right now.

    Canon slept too much during this 5 years when Sony introduced the Evolution of images.
    Nikon did a good job on last years to return in race (z6 is a good ml).
    Canon made a eos R/RP that is completely out of time. (heat warning during photo sessions makes issues with customers, AF is unsafe. etc).

    Canon needs to improve their ml actually in market, not focusing on new product.

    I will not surprise if it lose incomes during the next Q.

    Rip.

    1. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      I mean still #1 in market share. I see a lot of newer people picking up Sony but I see a lot of large organizations sticking with Canon and Nikon.
      https://www.canonrumors.com/latest-sales-data-shows-canon-maintains-big-marketshare-lead-in-japan-for-the-year/

      Sony is still a distant 3rd

      1. президент Putin Avatar
        президент Putin

        Canon is still “at the top” because of their “surgery/research labs ” sector.
        Surgery and Hospital still use canon specified lens. This is why :)
        Rip again.

        1. Tim Zdrale Avatar
          Tim Zdrale

          Sony is on top of full frame camera sales in the USA! What does surgery/research
          lens have to do with this conversation??
          SEE: https://www.popphoto.com/sony-mirrorless-cameras-dominating-market/

          1. Robert Hicks Avatar
            Robert Hicks

            https://nikonrumors.com/2019/07/08/digital-camera-market-down-22-for-2018-the-latest-global-market-share-canon-40-5-nikon-19-1-sony-17-7.aspx/

            Oh wait even more for Canon. When I start seeing more Sony’s than big white lenses at major sporting events or news events maybe maybe I’ll think they are more than an enthusiast brand

          2. John Powers Avatar
            John Powers

            Sony has multiple big white lenses like their 600mm and 200-600 etc.

        2. Trump doo doo Avatar
          Trump doo doo

          Your article doesn’t provide any evidence or even clearly states that Sony is the #1 camera maker.

        3. Tim Zdrale Avatar
          Tim Zdrale

          Sony is selling more full frame cameras than Nikon and Canon combined!
          Read the article: https://www.popphoto.com/sony-mirrorless-cameras-dominating-market/

  2. Tim Zdrale Avatar
    Tim Zdrale

    Sony a7iii voted #1 overall mirrorless camera!!!!

    1. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Wow I am sure Canon is losing sleep at selling three times as much but not winning all these awards,

      1. Tim Zdrale Avatar
        Tim Zdrale

        I don’t know where you got the statistics you quoted? Sony is ahead of all full frame camera sales in the USA . . .
        SEE: https://www.popphoto.com/sony-mirrorless-cameras-dominating-market/

      2. Robert Hicks Avatar
        Robert Hicks

        And Full Frame cameras in America are the entire market for interchangeable lens cameras?

      3. Tim Zdrale Avatar
        Tim Zdrale

        Very major market that Nikon and Canon used to dominate with professional and amateur photographers! Sony still way ahead with their release of mirrorless cameras years ago and that Nikon and Canon just entered into!!

  • Roland Avatar
    Roland

    Go watch the YouTube videos of Steve Balmer laughing at the prospect of iPhone taking on Windows phones. In today’s tech world, it doesn’t take long to get knocked out of 1st place. Canon needs to pickup the pace or they’ll be licking their wounds alongside Kodak.

    1. Keith Reeder Avatar
      Keith Reeder

      “It doesn’t take long to get knocked out of 1st place.”

      Canon has been wiping the floor with the competition in sales terms, for years and years.

      When do you think your Canon-bashing fanboy nirvana is ACTUALLY going to happen?

      1. Roland Avatar
        Roland

        Did u actually read or grok anything I said?? You’re also jumping to conclusions. I’m actually a huge fan of Canon cameras. But you’re probably right. Canon should just rest on its laurels — that’s a time-proven formula for success. Go ahead and send them an email telling them how awesome they’re doing and to not change a thing.

  • Ah Ming Lim Avatar
    Ah Ming Lim

    How about with better AF?

  • Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    I’ll sit and wait out the battle with a tub of popcorn ?

  • Michael Groah Avatar
    Michael Groah

    Theres no need, if they just focus on what can be done with what theyve got already Id be happier. I realize Sony just dropped a bombshell, but its the features that are driving the body, the MP are just a bonus.

  • Alan Sach Avatar
    Alan Sach

    I keep reading all the Canon rumors, but so far they are just that….rumors. You can’t sell rumors. As a long time Canon user I need to see product.

    1. Martin Preston Avatar
      Martin Preston

      Canon desperately trying to keep the remaining loyalists. Rumors is all they got.

      1. Keith Reeder Avatar
        Keith Reeder

        “Remaining loyalists”?

        You mean “satisfied customers of the most successful digital camera company in history”, I think.

        Troll.

    2. Erroll Waller Avatar
      Erroll Waller

      Totally agree Alan I have now sold my Canon 5D mark iv 3 months ago,before it becomes worthless.I’m still waiting for the pro version of the mirrorless Canon camera and Sony has now taken the lead with the release of the new Sony A7R IV,which for me says Canon has missed the boat again,which results in more lost sales.I would be tempted to jump over to Sony if it was not for the fact I have soo much expensive L series canon lenses.Come on Canon give us some news.

  • Mark Pavlik Avatar
    Mark Pavlik

    Those RF lenses tho…

    1. Martin Preston Avatar
      Martin Preston

      And the larger mount! I guess that’s what we’re holding out hope for.

  • John M Fuller Avatar
    John M Fuller

    Ridiculous.

    1. Keith Reeder Avatar
      Keith Reeder

      Surprised you can even spell the word…

  • James Page Avatar
    James Page

    yawn

  • Christopher Grandison Avatar
    Christopher Grandison

    I own a Sony A7 3. When using asp-c mode for quick zooms with prime lens, I would appreciate the A7R 4’s 61 mega-pixels. That’s still border line nuts, though. At 80+, the conversation is officially back to, how about we just take pictures now? Resolutions that high don’t account for terrible composition and lighting. The camera people bought last year, isn’t obsolete, because this year’s version added more resolution. There is a limit to what’s necessary, for your work.

  • ELFanucchi Avatar
    ELFanucchi

    Ludicrous..

    1. Keith Reeder Avatar
      Keith Reeder

      For your selfies and cat pictures, maybe. For those of us who appreciate plenty of pixels on subject, not at all.

  • SmarterEnu Avatar
    SmarterEnu

    Meh, I’ll keep my old Nikon D7100. It still takes pictures in color….lol.

  • Grand Bassam Avatar
    Grand Bassam

    1/4 crop factor micro four thirds has had 20mp for a few years. The same density on “Full Frame” is 80mp, so this is no giant leap.

    Canon will have to come out with some awesome and expensive glass to resolve all those pixels, I doubt that most of their current lenses can.

    1. Krzysztof Miśkiewicz Avatar
      Krzysztof Miśkiewicz

      The entire new RF lineup seems to be really hi quality… and pricey

  • Martin Preston Avatar
    Martin Preston

    Canon and Nikon releasing rumors to limit the bleeding from blow of Sony’s A7R4.

  • Hitesh mali Avatar
    Hitesh mali

    Thanks for this information.desiboyfitness

  • Mark Harris Avatar
    Mark Harris

    Lol they cant even do a decent camera at lower MPs but I get they are desperate that decided to try the MP race as their only shot to please investors after their terrible financial report.

    1. Keith Reeder Avatar
      Keith Reeder

      Are you REALLY stupid enough to believe that?

  • Calvin Chann Avatar
    Calvin Chann

    MP alone won’t be enough for me to buy it. They need to improve performance all around.

  • Cris Lagria Avatar
    Cris Lagria

    If it replaces the 5DSR/5DS, it means it will have a slow frames per second shooting since it is targeting studio and landscape photographers.

  • Eugene Doudko Avatar
    Eugene Doudko

    Who’d asking for all these megapixels? Lol too many for most people

  • Randy Cook Avatar
    Randy Cook

    I just want a 5D4 mirrorless equivalent with dual card slots. Is that asking for too much?

  • Catherine Goggia Avatar
    Catherine Goggia

    I have been true blue loyal to Canon for decades. And then I read about the Sony RX10 IV in Outdoor Photographer and I made the leap. Doesn’t take the place of my Canons, but a nice addition. Here are the articles about my gear: https://worksmartlivehappy.com/camera-gear%3A-set-1