You got it backwards or reversed. The 1dx series basically has no real competitors. One can count Sony cameras on one hand in any sporting venue. Mostly their broadcast cameras. Canon is the top dog when it comes to sports. And there's nothing remotely close.Yeah I think a lot of people are missing that this is a leaked early development announcement rendering picture, I doubt Canon would change the grip material much unless they found a way to make it even more gripper or better for the user. I'm sure in person this camera will look just amazing.
I think bbasiaga is on the money here. Canon probably had to reevaluate how they would handle the 1Dx Mark III existing with the R3 at the same time.
I also think Canon can tell that the market is moving towards high-res, high-speed, and probably wanted to make a camera line for the professionals who wouldn't normally be buying a mirrorless camera. I do think that means that the R3 will not be a hugely high-res blockbuster, but instead a tried and true camera built for speed. The most important thing for 1d users is reliability, so that might be the focus here.
I would guess that if and when the R1 comes out, the R1 would be a camera that totally breaks the mold in ways that current pros might be hesitant to jump into at first. That said, no one said the R3 can't be 45 megapixels. I expect 24 mp, but if 8k is just where we're at right now, 45 mp might soon be "normal" resolution, and then the R1 could be upwards of 80mp.
I hate to compare lineups, but I'd say the R3 name makes sense as an A9 competitor, and the eventual R1 could be more of a A1 competitor. I could be wrong, but I think Canon is very aware of the importance of the 1 series name.
It would serve the same role as a 1dx3 minus a mirror with better AF. You already know that the 1dx mirrorless version is coming and have always been announced during an Olympic year. Do you purchase $7000 + cameras based only on rumors?This doesn't look like a believable rendering to me. Something about the R3 logo and the grip just seem off to me. If it is real, I would like to know the specifications and price to see if there is any role it could serve, as I'm looking to buy a second R5 body.