For quite some time, rumors have been circulating about the release of a new ultra-high megapixel mirrorless Canon camera. It now looks very likely to be the case, with a 100MP RF mount camera launching in the first half of 2023.
At the moment, it’s still a guess, and no one knows which camera line it will follow. There is speculation that it could be a mirrorless equivalent of the EOS 5DS or even the highly anticipated successor to the EOS 5DS. EOS-Rthe R1.
“We’ve been told that Canon will indeed release a full-frame RF-mount camera with over 100 megapixels in the first half of 2023,” says Canon Rumors“announcement could come later in 2022.”
Supposedly, rumors of an 80MP camera have been floating around the ether since the EOS R5 was released, but sources say it’s much more likely to hit the 100mp mark at this point. But according to rumors circulating last year, apparently unlikely to be just an upgrade EOS-R5 with a massive sensor upgrade.
“The same source also mentions that it will not just be an EOS R5 body with a higher resolution sensor,” says Canon Rumors, “but a camera aimed at landscape and studio photographers” .
Now, I’m not sure what photographers are going to do with a 100 megapixel sensor. Typically, 50mp sensors such as those in the confusingly named EOS 5DS R DSLR are more than fully equipped to meet most requirements, even for commercial work.
However, there’s ongoing speculation that the new ultra-high megapixel camera could be aimed at low-light astrophotography, or alternatively, be much more video-focused. The EOS R5 already shoots 8K video in camera, but it had considerable overheating issues when first launching the camera.
Like the EOS R5, most other mirrorless cameras with 8K video are around the 45mp range, from Nikon’s Z9 at 45mp to Sony’s Alpha 1 at 50mp. A new 100-megapixel camera that shoots 8K video could be very interesting.
Others have speculated that it could indeed be the near-mythical flagship EOS R1. If so, it’s likely to be a far cry from the original mirrorless EOS R1, perhaps even taking over from the trusty DSLR in the 1DX range. Although that also seems odd given that it would then be aimed at sports and journalism, which is exactly the niche of the recent EOS-R3. The plot thickens.
So what do we know exactly? That there will most likely be a 100-megapixel full-frame mirrorless RF-mount camera released in 2023. No one is guessing at this point.
[Via Canon Rumours]