2020 has just begun and it looks like it will be an exciting year when it comes to Canon cameras. According to the latest reports, Canon might introduce three new mirrorless cameras over the course of 2020. And what’s more, the first of them may come as soon as next month.
The Canon EOS R has proven to be somewhat popular. But so as to not put all their eggs in one basket, and to not eat into potential sales of a future model, it certainly wasn’t the perfect camera Canon shooters had hoped they’d release to compete with Sony’s latest round of mirrorless cameras.
Rumours of an upcoming EOS R Mark II announcement have been around for a little while, and there have even been reports of them being tested out in the wild. But there has been no information on their capabilities. Now, though, Canon Rumors has reported a list of possible specs.
If the rumors are correct, Canon is working on an EF/RF hybrid EOS mirrorless camera. Now, Canon Watch suggests that this camera will support a moving sensor. And when they say a moving sensor, they mean a sensor that sits on some kind of rails and can move to adjust between different flange distances.
Released back in 2016, the Canon 5D Mark IV has proven over and over to be an extremely capable and popular DSLR for photographers. Even today I see people every day debating back and forth on whether to get one or just go with a new-0ld-stock 5D Mark III to save a little money. Well, this sale will help settle that internal debate for you.
B&H is currently running a sale from now until Christmas Eve on the 5D Mark IV and EOS R with some massive discounts. Body only with the accessories kit is just under $2,000 while the kit including the 24-105mm f/4 lens sees a huge $1,300 reduction.
One of the biggest grips about the original Canon EOS R and the EOS RP mirrorless cameras, along with only one card slot and the 4K crop, was the lack of in-body image stabilisation (IBIS). Canon’s word on the subject was basically that they didn’t feel their IBIS tech was at a point yet where it was worth implementing. They just weren’t happy with it.
Canon promised it was going to be coming at some point in the future to EOS R cameras, though, and now that future seems to be close if Canon Watch is correct. There have been rumours that IBIS is coming to the 1DX Mark III, but now it seems one may be coming to the next EOS R mirrorless camera, too.
Earlier this year, firmware update brought Sony-like Eye AF to Canon EOS R. But is it really harder, better, faster, stronger than before? Well, Manny Ortiz got to test it out in some tricky lighting conditions, and it turns out Canon nailed it! In the fun video below, Manny demonstrates Canon R’s improved Eye AF in action and shares some of his impressions.
Well, that didn’t seem to take long. According to a report on Canon Rumors, Canon has already added an EOS R Mark II to their internal roadmap, along with an EOS 5D Mark V DSLR. CR didn’t say exactly where the information came from, just that they were not provided with a timeline for the roadmap, although they don’t expect either of them to come along before Q4 of 2020.
Canon has shown off a pretty major upcoming firmware update for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP cameras to enhance their autofocus capabilities. Specifically, the update seems to deal with the speed and accuracy of Eye AF and object tracking.
A video demo posted to YouTube by Canon shows side-by-side comparisons of the current firmware vs the new one, which should be arriving in September.