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Got salt? Canon EOS R1 to have 85MP global shutter, 40fps burst, 9-stop IBIS

Got salt? Canon EOS R1 to have 85MP global shutter, 40fps burst, 9-stop IBIS

Would you like to hear something unreal? The Canon EOS R1 will boast an 85MP global shutter sensor, capable of continuous 20fps bursts at the full 85MP resolution and a crazy 40fps when cropped to 21MP… that is, if you believe the latest reports.

In addition, the Canon EOS R1 will apparently possess Quad Pixel AF, an in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system capable of up to 9 stops, along with 15.5 stops of dynamic range with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 1.6 million. 

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Obviously, these specifications are so wild that you might be checking your calendar to see if it's actually April 1st. However, while we recommend taking them with a pinch of salt so large that it's probably dangerous for your sodium levels, it's important to remember one thing: everyone doubted the specs of the Canon EOS R5 when they first leaked, too. 

There's a possibility that this a leaker having fun with Canon Rumors, which reported these specs. There's also a possibility that – as sometimes happens – specs from different unreleased cameras are conflated, which is possibly the case here as many of these individual details are quite familiar. 

We've already heard, for example, that the Canon EOS R1 will have a global shutter with Quad Pixel AF. And the 85MP hasn't come out of thin air; the long-rumored high-resolution Canon EOS RS has always been said to have a sensor up to 90MP (possibly with 300MP via pixel shift). 

Even those crazy 85MP / 20fps and 21MP / 40fps burst speeds aren't impossible, as Canon News explains

"Let's for starters assume this is running Dual Digic X. Believe it or not 85MP at 20 fps is indeed possible. That would be around 1.7Giga-pixels per second, which is under the theoretical maximum of 1.8GigaPixels per second with 2 Digic X processors. So this could in theory happen especially if Canon drops the bit rate down to 12 bits. The 40 fps would be lens limited unless it's AE fixed – because apertures would start flying apart if AF/AE happened in between each exposure."

Other details, though, definitely strain credulity – namely the kind of dynamic range that's being claimed, and the wild touchscreen specifications. Still, if nothing else, these are fun food for thought on an idle day! 

Canon EOS R1 specs (grain of salt required!)

• Approx. 85MP global shutter CMOS imaging sensor
• Approx. 85MP at 20fps, 21MP at 40fps unlimited continued shooting
• Full Sensor Large Quad Pixel Auto-focus technology
• 15.5 EV+ wide dynamic range
• ISO 160-1638400
• 5-axis IBIS up to 9 stop
• 3.5” 9.33MP 1280nit 10-bit WCG RGB-OLED touch screen with 120Hz AE-AF
• 9.44MP 120Hz SuperSpeed AE-AF electronic viewfinder
• Price $8,500 in USA

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.