Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
I'll put some background.
ILC market is shrinking.
Historically in terms of shipments 1-Series bodies make up ~1% of all EOS bodies produced.
1D X Mark III was released in 2020... the R1 is rumored to be released a year later in 2021.
It will split a very small market in half and increase cost to Canon by over double.
If Canon wants to lose money they'll do what you suggested.
If you're not convinced then let's talk about it when the R1 will come out.
Users on CR are outliers. They will never represent the majority of 1-Series buyers.
Photonews agencies largely dictates what will be in the 1-Series bodies. If they wanted a MILC one would have been announced 52 weeks ago.
What if sales of 1D Mark III bodies have been dismal because, in addition to the Covid-19 issues, many/most of the customers who Canon hoped would buy several dozen to several hundred 1D X Mark III bodies have said: "Since we don't need the 1D X Mark III for 2020 (becasue so much is shut down), we're waiting for the R1, thank you very much?"
You're suggesting Canon should dig in and force those buyers to wait until 2024 for the R1? Do you think Canon is foolish enough to believe those customers will be forced to buy 1D X Mark III bodies in the meantime when the Sony α9 III is on the horizon?
You're also assuming that none of the R&D Canon did for the 1D X Mark III will also apply to the R1. Much of it showed up in the R5/R6, what makes you think the 1D X Mark III wasn't, in some ways, a test bed for R1 technology? The cost of the R&D for technology shared by all of them can be amortized by selling either of the three.