It never fails, once Canon announces a new camera, the inevitable question we receive is “what’s coming next?” The launch of the EOS RP (preorder here) was expected and has received a lot of positive feedback from the still shooters, though the video guys seem to mostly be annoyed by the lack of 1080p at 24fps, which we also feel was a strange thing to omit.
We have some ideas about what’s coming next, and we’ve heard a few bits of information in regards to the EOS R system, so we’ll try to quickly break down what we’ve been told is coming mixed with a little bit of what we think is coming.
EOS R camera bodies
We know a third EOS R body is coming sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. Though dates can obviously move depending on how development goes. We think the 6 new RF mount lenses will have to start shipping in good numbers before we see another EOS R body.
So what camera is next? We believe it to be a high-resolution model as a replacement for the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras.
We’ve been told that the next camera is already in later stages of development and have been tested by a small number of folks outside of Canon.
A new body has been spotted and reportedly has dual card slots, a joystick in place of the touchbar you see on the EOS R, and “other ergonomic differences”. We think this camera will sport a new high-resolution sensor from Canon and will usher in the next generation of Canon full frame sensors.
Canon is all-in on full frame cameras due to their higher margins than APS-C sensor cameras. Though we still believe an APS-C EOS R camera will be released one day, we just don’t believe it’ll come this year.
The Canon EOS R “professional” body is still a ways away, and Canon said as much in a recent interview.
What about a Canon EOS R body for video shooters? We’re not sure, though Canon has stated that an 8K EOS R capable body is on the roadmap. We feel 8K is still a ways away, but maybe Canon will shock us at NAB in April.
An RF mount cinema camera is also a likely product that will be in the pipeline, but we think 2019 is a bit too soon to see such a camera. This could obviously change.
The Canon EXPO is next year, so we may get some interesting RF mount camera prototypes shown there.
Canon RF mount lenses
With 6 new RF mount lenses announced for development, we think that this will be it for RF related announcements until the new lenses have started to ship.
We think a non-L kit lens must be coming, but we don’t think the RF 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 IS USM is going to be the low-cost kit lens option that some people want.
We also think that an RF 100-400 f/3.5-5.6L IS USM will be one of the next RF mount L lenses to be announced. It’s a massive seller for Canon in the EF mount and that won’t be any different with RF.
We think a new APS-C shooter with a new 24mp sensor and 4K are on the way. Perhaps in the form of a new Rebel. Beyond that, we’ve heard nothing worth reporting about an EOS 7D Mark III or an EOS 90D. Though it was suggested that the number of DSLR lines is going to shrink over the next couple of years.
Canon has said that no new EF lenses are coming in 2019, beyond that? Your guess is as good as ours.
The EOS M50 has been a great seller for Canon, so I don’t think the system is dead quite yet. I do have a hard time thinking that we’re going to see a whole lot more development for the EOS M and EF-M mount.
We haven’t heard anything reliable about a replacement for the EOS M5 and EOS M6