EOS Magazine had the chance to interview Mike Burnhill of Canon Europe and discuss the future of the EOS R system as well as DSLRs and lenses.
There are some interesting bits of information throughout the interview as Mr Burnhill discusses the continued need of DSLRs as well as the fact EF lens development is going to continue and we should see some new ones in 2020.
Talking about DSLRs:
AA: Will Canon be introducing more DSLR cameras?
MB: Yes. Canon still sees demand for all sorts of cameras – including DSLR and mirrorless – so we will continue to produce across multiple product lines. We've only just phased out the EOS-1 film camera because there were still people buying it in certain markets, and we will see the same with the DSLR cameras.
Mike addresses a question about an APS-C EOS R camera, something we feel is inevitable.
AA: Which brings us onto APS-C with the R system…
MB: Yes, the system could support it, but again it's not a priority because we have the M, and what we need to fill out is the lens range for the EOS R full-frame.
I'll over analyse what Mr Burhill said about future EOS R system cameras.
AA: Do you see a full-frame camera coming in at a price below the RP?
AA: And a pro version before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo?
MB: Well, that's the million dollar question…
He directly answers the first question with a “Yes” and doesn't answer the second question. In my experience, this means the “full-frame camera” below the EOS RP isn't on the official product roadmap and he gave his opinion. Not answering the second question tells you that there is definitely a pro level EOS R body in advanced development and is officially on the roadmap and no one can talk about it.
I suspect sometime in the next 12 months we're going to be getting that pro level camera body (not the high-resolution model). You can check out the full interview here.