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The Canon EOS R system launched on September 5, 2018, and began hitting the streets in October of the same year. Commemorating the 3-year anniversary of the new system, Lensrentals.com has done a nice article on the progression of the system.
What Canon has accomplished in 3 years is pretty remarkable when everything the system has to offer is broken down. I would think the system would be even further along if not for all of the challenges that the pandemic has had on labour, manufacturing and logistics.
If we just look at EOS R camera bodies, Canon launched the EOS R in 2018, and in 2019 they brought the EOS RP to market. Both of these camera bodies were built on image sensors that appeared in both the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLRs, it wasn’t until 2020 that we saw Canon build truly new camera bodies in the Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS R5. Both cameras have been massively popular.
In 2021, Canon is bringing us the Canon EOS R3, which isn’t even going to be at the top of the EOS R lineup. I expect that we’re going to see the flagship Canon EOS R1 in late 2022 or early 2023. It is definitely set up to be a remarkable tool as Canon will have to make it something amazing to separate it from the already impressive Canon EOS R3.
In three short years, Canon has also launched 24 new RF mount lenses, which is also a remarkable feat. I expect that we’re going to see another 10-15 new lenses over the next couple of years as Canon has always enjoyed having the biggest lens lineup on the market.