Canon designs radical camera with one-handed grip – is it the Canon EOS R1?

Canon one-handed grip patent
(Image credit: Asobinet / Canon)

We’re always on the lookout for Canon’s latest patents as they generally include tantalizing clues as to what the firm’s next cameras could look like. And this latest one is among the most intriguing ever: it appears to show a camera with a radically redesigned hollow grip for one-handed shooting.

In other respects, the camera in the diagrams looks a lot like the Canon EOS R3, which we know is coming soon and in fact has already popped up at the Tokyo Olympics. And so that has led us and others to wonder – could this in fact be the Canon EOS R1, which has been the subject of endless camera rumors even though the R3 isn't even here yet?

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.