Canon at CES: Cutting-edge cameras and Bullet Time tech we expect to see

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What does Canon have up its sleeve for the 53rd annual CES event? In its opening presentation the manufacturer was keen to stress that, "This is not the same old Canon that your parents and grandparents have grown up with," and that's certainly been the case over the past 12 months! 

Canon's presence at CES 2021 (opens in new tab) is in large part a celebration of its innovation – and CEO Kevin Ogawa reiterated that, in terms of registering new patents, Canon is the only company to be in the top 5 for 34 consecutive years. It's a prolific ideas factory, and it's this level of ingenuity that the manufacturer brings to the virtual stage at this year's CES .

So what will it have on show? 

Over the holiday season Canon released a video teasing its modular 8K cinema camera (opens in new tab) with 8K conversion box, due to be released this year, so this seems like a sure bet for a CES 2021 reveal. At present all we know is via the video and the following blurb, so we're excited to learn more:

"A compact, lightweight 8K camera that can be used in a variety of shooting styles. EF cinema lenses boast an extensive line-up of wide angle and telephoto lenses. 8K display with high brightness, high contrast and high color gamut. The blending of four real 4K projectors enables a large screen projection of real 8K images. From input to output, the Canon 8K solution provides an unparalleled viewing experience."

There's also an outside chance that we might get a glimpse of the much rumored Canon EOS R1 (opens in new tab) flagship mirrorless camera (and equivalent of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab)) and Canon EOS R7 (a successor to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (opens in new tab)).

We know for sure that Canon will be showing off its compact satellite imaging devices (opens in new tab), along with its Volumetric Video System – a technology somewhat similar to the Bullet Time effects seen in The Matrix films, where a sports arena is outfitted with a bank of cameras to create a virtual, 3D space in which to create cutting edge sports broadcasts.

We're very eager to see what other surprises Canon has at CES 2021, so stay tuned this week as we bring you all the news from the show floor.

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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.