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.
What I also wonder is - if there is any truth to the EOS Rm, which would cost cca 800 USD, is there really still a future for the EOS-M cameras, apart from its relatively smaller bodies and lens?
Maybe the A7S equivalent is a sort-of answer to some of that?
Is there a market for such a thing? Of course there is still a market for film, albeit much reduced and perhaps about the same size as that of the specialized Leica "M Monochrom". But still, some small market.
I do, however, think the future of stills capture is video... Full raw video capture at your chosen frame rate from which you can select the best frame that captures the moment. Mind you, this doesn't mean continuous video capture for hours on end; its you, the photographer, pressing the shutter button while the interesting thing occurs. Then afterwards, you pick out the individual frame(s) you want, which are in the same resolution and quality as if you had captured it as a still. A millisecond in facial expressions, in sports action, etc. can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot. You get that flexibility with video capture.
2 options but do not know which one will be real and release sooner:
1. to buy a dsrl 5D Mark IV update (ie. 5D mark V? or whatever will be named.
1b. to buy a mirrorless eos RS (or whenever is called).
The RF lenses looks quite superior to the previous EF series and since I have just couple of EF left I could sell them and move only to RF lenses.... Or stay on the safe side, do not go for RF, keep the EF, buy a 5D Mark IV now and.... do not care about near coming/rumors?
I can wait 6 months. If anyome is in my situation and prefer to shoot as semi-pro mainly landscape, event and picture while I go travel/tourist trips, what solution you would suggest to go?
I realize perspectives may be different if you're shooting other subjects, but there are a lot of nature/landscape shooters out there, and many of them would opt for more resolution if the performance of the resulting smaller pixels can be up to the level we see in the 5DIV. Judging by the M6 Mark II which I also have and love, I think that possibility is real.
I guess we will know soon.
Give us a 5D5 this year and I'll gladly buy two of them.
The more I think about it, the more it seems plausible. The 5D only recently (5D3) became an all arounder. It started out as a budget FF, then the 5D2 made it a high res body more than anything.
Guess we'll have to buy 2 bodies to get everything we want, and if you were Canon wouldn't that be what you want?
1 5-series body at around 32 mpx, with a new sensor, shared with one new R-series body. They will be introduced together, much like the 90D and M6 II were. This will be the 5-level R body and will present 5D4 users with an option to stay in the DSLR world or move to the mirrorless world. The new sensor will be cleaner, the camera will have speed and will be able to do 4K using the full frame. Maybe IBIS, maybe not. 8 FPS with mirror on the 5, 12-15 in live view.
A high-MPX R body, much like the "5-series" body in terms of size/shape, but with lower FPS as a result of the extremely high number of pixels. IBIS on this one.
Also, not mentioned, a new 7D III, utilizing the sensor technology from the 90D. A crop body, of course, expect it to come out along with an M5 II mirrorless. Perhaps IBIS in the mirrorless version.