Imaging Resource sat down with Canon executives to discuss the future of the EOS R system and RF lenses. There is a lot of great hints in the interview about what we can expect from Canon in the future for the system.
A few points worth noting from our perspective.
The EOS R and RF mount system have been designed to be around for the next 30 years, just like the EOS and EF mount have been. Canon will continue to develop DSLRs, as sales have remained strong for those cameras.
We developed the EOS R System for the next 30 years, and started by introducing higher-end RF lenses. Yes, we are very serious about mirrorless. But please do not get the wrong impression, we will continue to enhance DSLR technology and products as well. We will work hard on both DSLR and mirrorless technologies and will wait to hear what customers say about each. Regarding the EOS R series, we are considering multiple models including a pro-level model, although I cannot comment on the time frame at this point.
While the immediate future is going to focus on the EOS R system, which obviously needs to play catch-up in some regard, Canon is fully committed to the system.
Canon was late to the 4K party, but don’t expect that to be the case with 8K capable cameras, as they already have an 8K capable EOS R camera on their roadmap, which would suggest it’s already in development.
Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure. For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap
We’re trying to confirm the 2019 roadmap before we say too much, and we should be able to get that done shortly. The CP+ show in Japan begins on February 28, 2019, and it’s usually a major show for Canon. We expect a lot of EOS R related products to be announced prior to that show.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see Canon address the future of the EOS Rs video capabilities at NAB in April.