The first rumoured specs for the Canon EOS R1 flagship read more like a wish list

Mar 9, 2021

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.

The first rumoured specs for the Canon EOS R1 flagship read more like a wish list

Mar 9, 2021

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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With Sony’s recent release of the Sony A1, the DSLR big shots are playing catch up again. Nikon has confirmed that a Z mirrorless flagship camera to beat the D6 is on the way at some point this year. But what about Canon? While they don’t appear to have admitted anything publicly yet, “EOS R1” rumours to replace the 1DX line have been popping up quite regularly.

Canon is expected to make an announcement about it that’s a bit more official at some point this year, but for now we appear to have a possible specs leak – although, they do seem pretty insane and far-fetched.

  • Approx: 85MP global shutter CMOS imaging sensor
  • Approx: 85MP at 20fps, 21MP at 40fps unlimited continued shooting
  • Full Sensor Large Quad Pixel Auto Focus
  • 15.5 EV+ Dynamic Range
  • ISO 160-1638400
  • 5-axis IBIS up to 9 stops
  • 3.5” 9.33MP 1280nit 10-bit WCG RGB-OLED touch screen with 120Hz AE-AF
  • 9.44MP 120Hz SuperSpeed AE-AF electronic viewfinder
  • Price $8,500USD

I have to say, I think some of this is pretty far-fetched. Particularly the $8,500 price tag. That would be a significant leap over the typical $5,500-6,500 of flagship bodies over the last decade or so, and more expensive than the $5,999 Fuji GFX 100 medium format camera.

The 85-megapixel sensor seems a bit mad, too. Remember, that’s the resolution of the sensor inside the Blackmagic URSA 12K. So, is whoever the source of these rumours is suggesting that the Canon EOS R1 will be capable of shooting 12K video? I mean, why else would you really want a global shutter? If Canon is planning a camera with a sensor that high resolution, it’s more than likely the 5DS replacement that’s been dubbed the “EOS R5s” rather than a flagship body.

Still, Canon makes their own sensors, they’re not reliant on Sony and they seem to have actually made some good developments in sensor tech if the EOS R5 and EOS R6 are anything to go by, so we’ll mark that one down as “plausible but unlikely”.

15.5 stops of dynamic range would be impressive and not out of the realm of possibility. 9 stops of IBIS? I’ll believe that when I see it. Quad Pixel autofocus? Perhaps, but I won’t hold my breath.

[via Canon Watch]

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6 responses to “The first rumoured specs for the Canon EOS R1 flagship read more like a wish list”

  1. 4har Avatar
    4har

    The only part I believe in is the $8500 price-tag…

  2. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
    Chainsaw Charlie

    There’s as much chance for anything from that list to happen, as there is for me to buy an iPhone.

  3. Lawrence Lee Huber Avatar
    Lawrence Lee Huber

    I find every bit plausible.
    None is ground breaking as Canon has a global shutter in the cinema cameras and sensors in the 250mp range already demonstrated or in use. 8k is a must and 40 fps is not implausible as well as high dr.
    So there is nothing in the specs that is new, just not in one beast of a camera.
    You all laughed at the R5 specs as well and now the A1 is playing catch up and being compared to a second tier Canon camera in a close race where overall the R5 still wins for the money.
    So a R1 flagship will need to trounce the R5 to claim flagship status.

    1. Alvin Blackwell Avatar
      Alvin Blackwell

      I totally agree ??

      1. Lawrence Lee Huber Avatar
        Lawrence Lee Huber

        Yep

  4. Michael Harris Avatar
    Michael Harris

    My R5 has every thing I’ll need for years to come.