I have been told a couple of times now that Canon is working on a new menu system for upcoming cameras. I don't know how far along in development Canon is, but I would think the EOS R1 would be a good place to introduce something new.
One of the sources claims that you will be able to select the “Canon Classic” menu system or the new menu system on your camera. This makes a lot of sense, lots of people love familiarity, especially on professional bodies, but new users to the system would probably be inclined to learn the new menu system.
Canon has always had a great menu system, but I think it has started feeling cumbersome on the EOS R5, as the breadth and depth of options continue to grow.
Before you ask, I doubt we would see a firmware update to give cameras like the EOS R5 or EOS R6 the new menu system.
More to come…
I could think of things that could be improved. Especially "My Menu".
Related—any time I see the option to stick with an old interface it makes me think the new one isn’t very good.
Biggest problem are Settings that "block" each other. For example I cant activate e-shutter, while flicker reduction is on. Instead of asking "hey, flicker reduction is on, shall I deactivate it for you, so you can use e-shutter?" it just gives me NO information at all, while this function is disabled. Some options are not even greyed out but simply disapear and I have to figure out what other option (on a page faaar away) is blocking this function...
On short notice before the Olympics, with new equipment, with fewer options to put the camera through its paces. It actually feels like the reasoning to not change the Mount in the markiii.
Can you imagine the photography version of the ibis wobble on the R5/R6 when shooting wide in video.
Nikon and sony offer much more fine gained control than Canon. This is something that could be added in an advanced section in the menu.
I’d contrast it to Olympus who developed a terrible menu system
There must however in the mean time been more clever ways to organise and customise .
Certainly a hard separation between video and photo would be a start.
Focus options could somehow be smarter (or dumber - what are you shooting today - birds - may I suggest option 2(b) bird in flight mode?)
Canon will anyway want to make the camera feel refreshed and modern in all aspects.
It’s a risk though users get comfortable with what they know.