Canon launched an official teaser for the July 17 announcement: Canon R5II and R1 coming!

Now it’s official! Canon will announce new products on July 17. I expect them to announce the R5II and share many more details about their new flasghip Canon R1 model.

CanonRumors reported a new list of possible R5II specs:

New Canon EOS R5 Mark II Information (Unconfirmed)

  • No blackout during continuous shooting
  • A better implemented pixel-shift high resolution mode (no details)
  • “Some” illumination with the buttons
  • LCD resolution more than doubled
  • Focus sensitivity of -8EV
  • Increased battery performance (don’t expect a quantum leap here)
  • Maximum Electronic Shutter Speed “beyond” 1/8000s
  • Dynamic range claim of 16 stops (claimed vs real world can differ)
  • Full Size HDMI Port
  • New “firsts” for Canon in AF algorithms (I’m sure the EOS R1 would also have those firsts and more)
  • Slightly heavier body (Probably not noticeable)
  • New IBIS performance modes (No details)

Previously Reported EOS R5 Mark II Specifications

  • 45mp BSI Stacked Sensor
  • New EVF design
  • 12fps Mechanical & 30fps Electronic max burst rates
  • Eye Controlled AF from the EOS R3
  • New passive cooling design with two new vents
  • Active cooling grip accessory
  • Battery grip accessory
  • 8K60P (with cavaets)
  • CFexpress Type B / SD card configuration
  • Launch Price: $3999 USD
  • Announcement: July 17, 2024
  • Shipping: August, 2024

The web goes frenzy on the Z7III: Some claim it’s not coming, some claim to know the specs…

New Z6III  at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, FotoErhardt, WexUK

The new Z6III is a nice camera and that’s why some now question if a new Z7III is actually necessary. PetaPixel wrote that While the Z6 III Is Here, a Z7 III is Far Less of a Certainty:

The only way I can see Nikon can release the Z7 III is to change what photographers have come to expect from it. The only camera really “missing” from Nikon’s lineup is a video-focused system like Canon’s R5C, Sony’s a7S, or Panasonic’s S5 IIX.

On the opposite on Weibo people claim to know the Z7III si coming and is likely to have those specs:

– Accelerated FX-format 90.75MP BSI CMOS sensor
– Cross-pixel Super Pixel Package sensor mode with pseudo LPF (10.1M)
– Four image size selections: L/M/S/B (only L/B for RAW)
– EXPEED 7 processor
– Four-leaf button
– Easy-to-use two-axis multi-angle LCD screen, high-brightness EVF
– Optimized body grip
– 8-stage IBIS, enhanced gyro video electronic image stabilization
– Pixel shift high-resolution shooting
– Dual data stream AF system, updated AI focus algorithm and process, more powerful than Z 9 and Z 8 –
FX/DX-format 14-bit RAW mechanical shutter continuous shooting up to 14fps
– FX-format B-size 14-bit RAW electronic shutter continuous shooting up to 20fps
– HEIF/JPG electronic shutter continuous shooting mode: C30 (FX-B/DX-L), C60 (FX-B/DX-M), C120 (FX-B)
– High quality video sampling modes are 12K-FX, 8K-DX, 4K-FX
– 12-bit N-RAW recording up to FX 12K/30p and 4K/120p, DX 8K/60p
– Supports non-pixel-to-pixel N-RAW encoding
– Up to UHD 8K/30p and 5.4K/60p and 4K/120p H.265 10-bit 4:2:0 MOV video
– Supports 4K ProRes 422 HQ 10-bit MOV video up to 4K/60p, ProRes RAW encoding
– N-log2 with IPP2
– Precise shutter angle options
– Separation of project frame rate and shooting frame rate (S&Q in Codec)
– Two card slots, support CFexpress B, SD UHS-II
– Supports WiFi 2.4/5 GHz, Bluetooth LE connectivity
– USB-C fast charging and HDMI Type-A connectivity

My take is that nobody knows a thing about the Z7III and that all that this means is that it might be not coming any time soon.


Will Canon R1 and R5II both be announced in July?

CanonRumors is near certain both cameras will be announced in July. This is the summary from Asobinet:

  • Canon announced the development of the Canon EOS R1 on May 15, 2024.
  • We had hoped that, like with the EOS R3, new information would be provided leading up to the official launch. However, about a month has passed since the development announcement, and all we have seen are the images used at the Monaco Grand Prix.
  • We expect the EOS R1 to be officially announced around mid-July, alongside the EOS R5 Mark II.
  • We are receiving confirmation from various retailers around the world regarding when new product NDAs will go into effect. When this happens, major products are usually announced within 1-2 weeks.
  • This gives retailers time to conduct their due diligence and plan their initial orders, and also gives Canon Distribution time to set allocations for each retailer and third-party distributor.
  • Just because a retailer or distributor orders 100 units of a product doesn’t necessarily mean that will be the first shipment.
  • While we know the EOS R5 Mark II will ship in late August 2024, the Canon EOS R1 is still a bit of a mystery.
  • We have been informed that the EOS R1 won’t ship until November 2024 at the earliest, meaning a four-month delay between its official announcement and availability in retail stores. That’s still very much possible.
  • Canon bodies like the EOS R1 are generally rolled out to agencies and CPS first.
  • The EOS R5 Mark II will likely be more important to retailers than the EOS R1. We have a roughly 30 to 1 unit sales ratio between the EOS R5 and the EOS R3, clearly favoring the EOS R5.

Mounting evidence speak in favor of a new Panasonic announcement this week!

LA Expo kicks off on June 7

There are many different indications supporting the rumors of a Panasonic camera announcement on June 5:

1) Taz Frase wrote on Threads:

Spoke to a LUMIX rep at NAB and they said Panasonic is announcing something at cine gear aimed at the high end cinematographer and that it would hint at what’s happening with the Varicam line 👀 v interested to see what happens next weekend.

2) 43rumors got two still to be confirmed rumors about a possible new GH7 announcement.

3) Asobinet reports that some Japanese stores now officially marked the Panasonic GH6 as discontinued. this might be one more sign that indeed the GH7 is coming soon?

Recap: There is still no leak or 100% solid evidence, but the odds of a new camera announcement this week are increasing.

Super busy week coming: Sigma, Tamron, Canon and maybe Panasonic announcement!

This is going to be a busy announcement week:

  • On Monday June 3 Sigma will announce the new 28-45mm f/1.8 FF lens
  • On Wednesday June 5 Canon will announce a new CIne camera
  • On Thursday June 6 Tamron will announce a new 50-300mm f/4.5-6.3 E-mount lens

And maybe on June 5 Panasonic will also announce a new NON-FF camera (this one to be confirmed)

The week after Nikon will announce the Z6III while Sony should announce the ZV-E10II sometimes in late June.


First images of the Canon R1 spotted at the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco

Federico Basile has spotted the first pre production Canon R1 camera at the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco!

You can read the full press text on Explora but here are the key interesting aspects:

  • It’s going to use a new CMOS sensor (so no global shutter)
  • Uses a variation of the current Digic X processor of the Canon R3.
  • promises to have the best in class autofocus…beating the Sony A1 and Sony A9III AF system.
  • Will be field tested at the Olympics

via CanonRumors