The Canon EOS R Mark II is already being tested out in the wild, report says

Dec 10, 2019

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The Canon EOS R Mark II is already being tested out in the wild, report says

Dec 10, 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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So, this will make, what? 4 new Canon bodies expected in the relatively near future? There’s the EOS 1DX Mark III, an EOS 1DX-like mirrorless, a super high resolution “EOS Rs” and now an EOS R Mark II is already being tested, according to Canon Rumors.

The Canon EOS R was announced only just over a year ago in September 2018, and it seems crazy to replace it so quickly, although a Mark II was already rumoured to be on Canon’s roadmap as recently as October. The EOS R, while rather good, isn’t perfect, and Canon is playing catch up to Sony in some respects, so a short initial release cycle isn’t too crazy.

The common wishlist for an EOS R replacement typically only contains three items to bring it up to the level of the competition.

  • Dual card slots
  • Stop cropping 4K video
  • IBIS

The IBIS thing is being worked on, according to Canon, at least for some bodies. So, seeing all three of these issues addressed in an EOS R successor isn’t out of the realm of the possibility. It’s expected to receive similar ergonomics to those rumoured for the EOS Rs.

Even though it’s only been slightly over a year since the EOS R was initially launched, it’s not uncommon for camera companies to release a successor or alternative product line shortly after a product is released. Nikon released the D610 only a year after the D600 due to countless problems with the D600. Sony, too, released the A6500 only a few months after the A6300’s overheating issues came to prominence.

CR has said that they expect to receive specifications for the EOS R Mark II soon. If it is out testing in the wild already, then we may see an announcement in the next few months. Possibly in February along with the “EOS Rs”, although we may have to wait until Photokina in May.

What do you want to see fixed or added to the EOS R Mark II?

[via Canon Rumors]

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8 responses to “The Canon EOS R Mark II is already being tested out in the wild, report says”

  1. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    More than 5 FPS in Servo AF.

  2. Michael Gara Avatar
    Michael Gara

    7fps, IBIS, dual card slots

  3. Safidy Andrian Avatar
    Safidy Andrian

    Give that Camera a Sony Sensor please.

    1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      And that would mean no Dual-pixel autofocus. So no thank you.

    2. Safidy Andrian Avatar
      Safidy Andrian

      Jolyon Ralph the dual pixel is not bad but honestly Sony AF and accuracy is better.

  4. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Decent modern BSI sensor with ~32-34 mpx, faster frame rate than R and larger raw buffer. Dual SD UHS II slots, Digic 9 processor with better/faster Eye AF (but it’s pretty good already on R). Full width 4K video.

    I think *probably* it won’t have IBIS because the sensor system will be the same as the forthcoming 5D Mark V.

    The high-res EOS RS and the pro/sports EOS R1 models coming next year will have IBIS. But I don’t think the R II will.

  5. Stephen Baumbach Avatar
    Stephen Baumbach

    Nice to have so many Canon reps on hand.

  6. Burt Johnson Avatar
    Burt Johnson

    Too little. Too late. I switched from Canon to Sony almost 2 years ago, and now have pretty much zero chance of ever going back. Canon sat on their laurels for too long, and have now lost the game.

    They are zombies, just waiting for their body to tell their brain that they are already dead…