Opinion: We won't see the Canon EOS R1 until the 2024 Olympics

Canon EOS R1 mockup

The Canon EOS R1 is coming. That much is inevitable, and everybody knows it. However, I don't think it's coming until 2024 – the year of the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France. 

It's no secret that the Canon EOS R1 is on the way, and that it will be the manufacturer's new flagship camera – not just the flagship of its EOS R mirrorless system, but the flagship across the entire range, "officially" superseding the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.