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100MP Canon EOS R5S is coming next year (report)

Canon EOS R5S 100MP

Don't shoot the messenger! Canon is set to unleash a 100MP Canon EOS R5S next year, breaking the megapixel record for a full-frame mirrorless camera, according to the latest rumors. 

Furthermore, the Canon EOS R5S won't simply be a regular Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) with a higher-resolution sensor inside – rather, it's going to be a redesigned body with landscape and studio photography in mind.

• Read more: Canon EOS R5 review (opens in new tab)

Of course, rumors about a high resolution EOS R have been doing the rounds ever since the original Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) was launched – and it is perfectly consistent with the nature of Canon's existing DSLR product line. 

The EOS R5S would, for all intents and purposes, be the mirrorless equivalent of the Canon EOS 5DS / R (opens in new tab), currently the manufacturer's highest resolution consumer camera – though the R5S would pack significantly more megapixels onto its sensor.

The question has always been just how many pixels that would actually be. Previously we've heard everything from 70 to 80 to 90MP – indeed, late last year it was said that Canon was field testing a 90MP version capable of 300MP images (opens in new tab) via pixel shift technology.

This latest report (opens in new tab) from Canon Rumors, however, suggests that Canon is going all out to hit the same 100MP threshold as the all-powerful Fujifilm GFX 100 (opens in new tab) and Fujifilm GFX 100S (opens in new tab). Not to mention giving it a head-and-shoulders advantage over Sony's rival hi-res body, the 61MP Sony A7R IV (opens in new tab)

"A solid source has told me that Canon hasn’t yet internally decided on which image sensor will come in the new high-megapixel RF mount camera," writes Canon Rumors. "This camera will replace the equally loved and hated EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R.

"Apparently, the goal now is to be north of 100mp, to provide even more separation between the EOS R5’s 45mp and the new high-megapixel sensor. The same source also mentions that it’s not simply going to be an EOS R5 body with a higher resolution sensor, but a camera geared towards landscape and studio photographers. What that means ergonomically, I’m not sure."

While 100 megapixels on a 35mm image sensor is a colossal technological challenge, as the old slogan goes, if anyone can, Canon can!

Read more: 

Best Canon cameras (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS R5 vs R6
(opens in new tab)Fujifilm GFX 100 review (opens in new tab)
Fujifilm GFX 100S review (opens in new tab)
Sony A7R IV review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 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. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.