Since the announcement of the Canon EOS R last year, there have been unrelenting questions about what a true next-generation professional mirrorless camera from Canon was coming.
We're told that there are two bodies planned that will be marketed as “professional” bodies when they hit the market in 2020. However, neither one of them will be considered equals or a replacement for the EOS-1D series of DSLRs. We're going to see an EOS-1D X Mark III next year and that will be the flagship camera from Canon through 2020.
The obvious first EOS R series camera will be the high-resolution body we've been talking about for months.
The other will be a “sports” oriented camera, with higher frame rates, lower resolution and some advancements in sensor performance. This camera will be designed for prosumer shooters as well as an ideal 2nd body to “professional” photographers that may be using the EOS-1D series of DSLRs. So it almost sounds like a mirrorless full-frame EOS 7D body.
We're told that there is a general feeling professional sports shooters (and other professional EOS-1D shooters) will be the last to embrace mirrorless cameras across the board, and we agree with that. So making a complimentary camera body to the EOS-1D series that checks a lot of the boxes would make sense.
The same source says there has been no mention or talk about what sort of advancements in video are coming for the EOS R line.
More to come…