Opinion: We won’t see the Canon EOS R1 until the 2024 Olympics

The Canon EOS R1 is coming. It’s inevitable, and everyone knows it. However, I don’t think that will happen until 2024 – the year of the Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

It’s no secret that the Canon EOS R1 is on the way and will be the manufacturer’s new flagship camera – not just the flagship of its EOS R mirrorless system, but the flagship of the entire range. , “officially” replacing the Canon EOS. -1D X Mark III (opens in a new tab).

I put “officially” in quotes because, truth be told, the 1D X Mark III has already been replaced by the Canon EOS R3 (opens in a new tab) – although Canon has clearly stated that this is the case not consider the R3 its flagship camera. It’s the prerogative of the Series 1, though the R3 eclipses the later 1D X’s specs in every way (except its choice of memory cards, which the R1 will no doubt remedy).

Still, if a sports, news, or agency photography professional today wants to purchase a professional-grade Canon mirrorless camera, the R3 is the obvious option. And that’s, I believe, exactly why we won’t see the Canon EOS R1 appear this year, or even next. So, so… when?

Canon EOS R1 release date

Released in 2021, the R3 is still a top product – and very young in its lifecycle. So it doesn’t make sense that Canon would launch its new flagship camera sooner than it needs to – or, indeed, no sooner than the four-year Olympic cycle that has long been established for flagship releases.

Just as the 1D X Mark III was launched in January 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics, I believe the Canon EOS R1 will be launched in January 2024, in time for the Paris Games.

We could have a development announcement in late 2023, and a Q3 announcement has indeed been rumored, but the camera itself won’t actually be seen until the following year. So what can we expect when this happens?

Canon EOS R1 Specifications

Recent reports (opens in a new tab) suggested that the Canon EOS R1 would be the “new king of resolution”, with Cinema EOS focus levels at 8K. Which makes it sound like it’s related to the long-running Canon EOS RS – the high-res EOS R camera that would spiritually succeed the Canon EOS 5DS as a resolution-focused body.

I think that camera will probably no longer exist, and instead its sensor technology (rumored to be up to 100MP, setting a new standard for full-frame cameras) will be at the heart of the R1 .

The extra years of development may even allow Canon to do some magic in creating an ultra-resolution stacked sensor, to eclipse the Sony A1 50MP’s read performance and burst speeds. (opens in a new tab) and Nikon Z9 (opens in a new tab). And while 8K is certainly overkill in 2022, by 2024 it will be a much more widely adopted standard, at least for high-end work, although it won’t be exactly the norm.

Either way, I see the Canon EOS R1 sitting at the top of the tree as a hyper-performance resolution-oriented professional body, with the R3 offering the ideal resolution for professionals who need workflow efficiency higher than the resolution.

Of course, Sony and Nikon may well have their own flagship updates in 2024… the medal podium is definitely going to be interesting in Paris!

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