Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
Maybe partly due to that, but also due to supply chain issues caused by COVID-19.Why do you think Canon has postponed its R5 announcement? Statet it in the time of Photokina before the shutdown.
Do you think they wait for Sony to get their 2 new models announced?
Canon has typically chosen to wait until a competitor's announcement has been made before releasing their own when both are known to be forthcoming near the same time. There's something to be said for being the last impression on a consumer's mind before making a decision. It's why the top-seeded competitors in subjectivley judged competitions, like figure skating, gymnastics, and diving get to perform last while the lowest-seeded competitors must perform earliest.Just curious, what purpose would that serve, to wait until another company released their own cameras? The R5 isn't going to change at all based on a competitors new release. Whatever Sony and/or Nikon release next, the R5 is still going to be whatever the R5 was designed to be from the beginning.
Be patient, it's not like Canon has set a date for an announcement and postponed it - it just hasn't happened when many of us expected (myself included - I expected an announcement last week when Photokina would have been).
The other issue is that no one wants to reveal everything until they know when the product will be available for sale. If they had announced everything back in January and the camera isn't available due to global supply and transportation issues until October or even later, too many potential impulse buyers would not even care about it by then. Impulse buyers go after the newest, shiniest thing on the shelf (or on the website).
With current global supply chain issues, even if Canon has a pile of R5 cameras sitting in Japan ready to go there's no way to predict when they will be able to have those cameras sitting at retailers' facilities around the world. Getting containers moved from one country to another, often via ports in a third country or crossing the borders of other countries via overland shipments, is highly unpredictable right now. Even if the country of origin and the destination country are "open for business", if the port or border crossing needed to get a shipment to a land locked country is "closed due to COVID-19", you can't move the freight.