According to a recently unearthed patent, Canon is actively working on shrinking the size of a full-frame mirrorless camera. We know that Canon is going to be bringing lots of new bodies above the current EOS R offerings, but it looks like there may be something to the thoughts that Canon may be working to add a camera below the EOS RP.
From Japan Patent Application 2019-184921:
An object of the present invention is to provide a technique for suppressing an increase in the size of an image pickup apparatus due to the arrangement of a motor for driving a shutter.
Canon News further breaks down the patent here.
Sometime in the future I could surely see with af EOS-R "5D-series" and then a smaller than RP for travel / street
I sometimes miss the size of my Olympus Trip35.....
I also like the ergonomics of my 5D3 which seem difficult to do on a much smaller body.
I don't like the weight of my 5D3. But as said, there could be more weight on the lenses.
As long as ergonomics are well, I'd always prefer a smaller body.
That said, I do not own any of the big whites.
But with lenses like an RF70-200 or the EF100-400 II I don't see the need for a body as big as a 5D or 1D.
Find a good body size and concentrate on making the cameras best in class for function. Canon has the glass now worry about operation and features/function.
If you want small go M.
I'd hate anything smaller than the EOS R, unless it's built for a very special purpose, a drone for instance...
Sorry, but my hands won't undergo size-reduction surgery.;)
and they can prolly design somekind of turn to side grip when camera putted to pocket
The biggest challenge would be to improve ergonomics and handling as well as lens design.
Q3 report just came out. After going through some shocking reduction in '19 sales, it seems Canon desperately needs something to win back the loss from entry-level DSLR market, which is shrinking at a rapid pace.
The larger sized body may not be deemed popular in the eyes of the new generation of buyers anymore, despite its ergonomics advantages. Whereas the reported success in M6 mark II and G series camera seems to have encouraged Canon to move towards compact camera bodies to win back customers. Customer who won't prioritize grip size like seasoned photographers would do, as their buying decisions do not consider the necessity of ergonomics.
Canon Q3 report: https://www.canonnews.com/canon-3q-2019-financial-results-poor-results-but-encouraging-details
Reducing the width of a camera helps at least to fit them snugly in lens compartments of a smaller backpack - important for me because I like a two body setup.
If you dont like, rig it up to be suitable with yourhands... Extra grips.. Etc...
Make lenses that are as lightweight in comparison to the camera itself. and yes that includes FF.
I can't tell you the last time other than a phone that I have put an actual camera in my pocket. A small purse yes, but never a pock and now that I think about it, probably not even once. lol