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.

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Nikon announced the new Z 6III

Nikon announced the new Z6III (specs and preorders at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, FotoErhardt, WexUK). The one curious new feature is that it features the world’s first “partially stacked CMOS sensor”. PetaPixel writes:

While highly performant, a fully stacked image sensor is also costly. Nikon says a partially stacked design offers some of the benefits of a stacked sensor without all the expense. These benefits include faster autofocus performance, reduced rolling shutter, a smoother electronic viewfinder experience, swifter shooting speeds, and expanded video modes with higher frame rates.