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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Canon EOS R1 top-of-the-line full frame mirrorless camera development announcement coming in Q4, 2021


My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been a Canon user for over three decades, mostly in wildlife photography. I bought the first EOS-1 camera back in 1989 when it was first introduced and have upgraded to every new model since then. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on

Many of you also know I am not a fan of mirrorless cameras, notwithstanding the great improvement made in the EOS R5 and EOS R6 models. My biggest complaints are the latency in the EVF versus a top-of-the-line DSLR camera like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. The mediocre battery life even when a battery grip is added and the marginal benefit of the RF over the EF mount lenses.

Canon has announced the development of the EOS R3. Despite the ongoing Covid pandemic, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in July is still on. There is a good chance the EOS R3 will be available by then. This will push the development announcement for the EOS R1 to probably late 2021 and delivery should commence by the first half of 2022. The EOS R1 camera will be the best Canon top-of-the-line body ever and may include the following :

  • All new image sensor with a global sensor
  • Best-in-class AF system superior to the EOS R3 and EOS R5 cameras
  • Quad Pixel AF with best-in-class dynamic range 
  • The fastest frame rate of any Canon camera, not using Live View
  • Imperceptible latency in the EVF. Almost equal to a DSLR viewfinder
  • Best battery life of any Canon mirrorless camera w/o a battery grip

The EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot up to 16 fps using the viewfinder. That is more than enough for me. I hardly ever go over 12 fps. This kind of bragging right, similar to Super Mega Pixel sensors, bores me. If all the above features are in the new EOS R1, I may finally be buying my first mirrorless camera.

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