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Canon EOS R Mark II to be announced May 2020 – but why so soon?

Canon EOS R Mark II to be announced May 2020 - but why so soon?
(Image credit: Canon)

While 2019 isn't even over yet, it already looks as though Canon will be kicking off the new year with a busy schedule. After reports that the Canon EOS Rs will be out as soon as February, we've now heard whispers that the official follow-up to the Canon EOS R will be announced before Photokina in May under the title Canon EOS R Mark II. 

With the original Canon EOS R only having been released in October 2018, this is a pretty fast turn-around for the Mark II - especially when you consider that the Canon EOS Rs is meant to be released only a few months before that. Does such a quick follow-up indicate a lack of faith in the original EOS R? 

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There were quite a few complaints about the EOS R's lack of dual card slots and in-body image stabilization when it was first launched, so perhaps this is what made Canon fast-track the Mark II. However, this still doesn't quite explain why Canon would announce two high-spec mirrorless cameras so close to each other.

The news that the Canon EOS R Mark II is due to be announced before Photokina came from rumor website Canon Rumors, who states that "the follow-up to the original Canon EOS R is now in testing by a small group of Canon professionals".

The Canon EOS Rs is rumored to be released in early 2020

The Canon EOS Rs is rumored to be released in early 2020 (Image credit: Canon)

Canon Rumors' source also claims that "the Canon EOS R Mark II is slated to be announced ahead of Photokina in May and will closely mimic the ergonomics of the Canon EOS Rs, which is slated to be the next EOS R body announced in the first quarter of 2020". 

Canon Rumors states that their source has promised some specifications soon, so hopefully this will shed some light on why exactly Canon will be bringing out two high-spec EOS R bodies so close together. Perhaps one will be more photo-oriented, while the other will focus more on video - just like the Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1H

However, we would be surprised if Canon released a high-end video-focused EOS R. Canon has historically shied away from creating cameras that could rival their own popular cine camera division (by, for example, only having cropped 4K rather than uncropped). 

Alternatively, perhaps the Canon EOS R Mark II will retain the (relatively) smaller 30.3MP sensor and single card slot of the original, while the Canon EOS Rs will pitch itself firmly at professionals with a 75MP sensor and dual card slots. 

Either way, we're certainly curious about why Canon are choosing to release two high-spec EOS R bodies so close together - and only just over a year and half after the EOS R's original release date. 

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  • SydneyC
    I bring greetings from Malawi. I beg to differ in that Canon is not releasing cameras so near each other. These two cameras should have been released two years ago. I am not being harsh in saying this, but it can be effectively argued that Canon has full frame mirrorless lenses but no accompanying bodies. Not only has this shown up in the sales of the EOS R, but it has given Sony a foothold on former Canon users globally. So even as we wait for February and May, I have been waiting for those cameras for the last three years (the D850 image quality was so good that it did not financially justify buying the 5D RS).

    I would like to use the 5D IV for weddings, but why would I? Customers are so spoilt with auto-eye focus that the quality dynamics have shifted. The EOS R has good auto-eye focus but where is the second card slot? In the end, I simply don't have a Canon solution that meets my wedding photograhy demands today. I understand that Canon wanted to protect the sales of the 5D IV, hence no second card slot, but did it protect its users?

    On the EOS RS, I am still anxious to see if the sensor outperforms the Nikon BSI sensors. So getting new cameras is not the solution, rather getting better images. I really hope Canon brings out something that will make the Nikon D850 look like last year's homework.

    Canon on one hand has not made RF glass to work on the cropped sensor mirrorless cameras. Nikon on the other hand allows for the compartibility of its full frame mirrorless glass to work on cropped sensor mirrorless bodies. As much as I like full frame, I like a top end cropped sensor camera for my daily use. Canon doesnt offer that. I do not ever see myself investing in EF-M glass.

    In closing, as much as I like that Canon is coming up with these two full frame cameras, I am looking at either Nikon or Fuji for my cropped sensor demands.

    With EOS RS, dynamic range is key.

    With EOS R II, fast focussing is key.

    It is my hope that Canon gets these two right and begins to protect its users in the field. Not all is gloomy, thank you for RF glass. That is why we stayed.