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We have been working hard trying to piece together a Canon roadmap for 2020 in regards to camera bodies, and we think we have most of it figured out. The following information comes from a few different sources and is mixed with a little bit of common-sense.
This roadmap is only for full-frame ILC cameras, we have no information on new PowerShot or EOS M camera bodies.
We have been told that Canon will release four new full-frame cameras in 2020, and we’re pretty certain about three of them.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
This has already been announced and will begin shipping in the middle of February. You should preorder two of them.
Canon EOS Rs (unofficial name)
This has long been rumored as the next EOS R camera body, and we think there will be a good chance that it is in February ahead of CP+. It’s also possible this gets announced in May.
Canon EOS Rm (unofficial name)
Apparently we’re going to see a body even more affordable than the Canon EOS RP. The EOS RP currently sells for $999 USD, so to make this worthwhile, there is going to have to be a pretty significant price difference. A few people at Canon had previously mentioned that this type of camera body was a possibility, and we’re now seeing some confirmation that it will become a reality.
The good news here is that Canon will have to make some more affordable RF lenses, not many people will be sticking a $2500 lens on a $700 camera.
A third Canon EOS R body
The third Canon EOS R body coming in 2020 is a bit of a mystery, though we do have some information pointing to which direction this camera body will go.
We think this is going to be a sports/speed body, perhaps with a lower megapixel sensor and aimed at the Sony A7S line of cameras.
A follow-up to the Canon EOS R is a possibility, but there is also a possibility that the EOS R was a one-off and that we’ll see more focused bodies going forward. This has been suggested to me a couple of times and it makes some sense. As we’ve said in the past, the “EOS R” has always felt like a stop-gap to the greater plan for the system.
An EOS 5D Mark IV equivalent body could also be a possibility, but we think we’ll see a direct DSLR replacement for the EOS 5D Mark IV.
What about the EOS-1 level EOS R?
We do not believe such a camera will come in 2020, not with the EOS-1D X Mark III just released, I suspect we’ll hear more about RF mount pro camera in 2021. It’s possible we get some kind of development or technology announcement in 2020, but this camera is going to take a lot of input from photographers to make sure that Canon gets it right.