Canon Shares New Details on EOS R Camera and Lens Plans

A recent interview published by Imaging Resource has revealed a lot of new details on Canon's current and future plans for its EOS R series of full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.

The interview, conducted by Dave Etchells, features comments from Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive, ICB Products Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon Inc. Throughout the wide-ranging conversation, Mizoguchi elaborates on the company's EOS R strategy and potential upcoming products.

Below are a few key insights from the piece, and you can check out the full interview here.

  • Canon believes the EOS R system has the potential be revolutionary thanks to the new RF mount. With its large diameter, short back-focus, and enhanced data communications, the mount has been designed with the future in mind, and it may actually take some time to really unlock all of its benefits.
  • The company is considering a higher-end pro-level EOS R camera model that could offer the AF subject tracking capabilities of the Canon 1D X II -- but there are no details on a release window yet.
  • A new entry-level EOS R model is set to be released next.
  • Canon will continue to support the DSLR market as it simultaneously develops new mirrorless products
  • F2.8 L-series zoom lenses in the RF lineup are under development and will likely be officially announced soon.
  • New concept RF lenses designed to take advantage of the mount's design flexibility are also in the works.
  • Canon wants to develop more RF lenses with Nano USM tech, offering silent and smooth autofocus during video recording.
  • 8K video is part of the EOS R roadmap but it's not clear just how far off it is.
  • Some video features found on Canon's Cinema EOS line are missing from the company's DSLR and EOS R series simply due to technical limitations, not business reasons.
  • The company is working on implementing features like uncropped 4k video, faster frame rates, and in-body image stabilization (IBIS), along with more products with Canon Log.

The Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera is currently available for $2,299