Why would they send it back, when they can just sell it and make a profit? Like I recently did with my Sony A7S3 (R3 replaces) and Sony FX6 (stopped using it once my Red Komodo arrived)?I don’t, I think half the people making YouTube videos simply preorder whatever product is hot, R3, A1, M1 MacBook Pro etc etc, they make an unboxing video, then they make a ‘living with it for two weeks’ video, then they make a ‘why I sent it back’ video. Meanwhile owning it costs nothing because they can send it back for free, they can then move on to ‘purchasing’ the next hot product.
The main ‘excuse’ will be I need the 45mp of the R5 and ”I’ll just wait for an R1”.
While all of these cameras are now over a year since release, they are still all backordered for months. As, per this article the R3 will be also. Keep in mind the R1 will probably cost near on $8k. It’s going to be in a a different price bracket to the R3 for many.