Canon EOS R1 launch has been torpedoed by prototype problems (report)

Mockup of the Canon EOS R1 with the word "DELAYED?" superimposed on top
(Image credit: Future)

The Canon EOS R1, the eagerly-awaited and conspicuously MIA flagship camera from Canon, has reportedly been delayed "due to an issue with test units".

It's the latest in a long series of stops and starts for the EOS R1, which was widely anticipated to be announced in January at CP+ 2024 – ahead of an expected launch, as is the tradition for flagship professional cameras, in time for the Olympic Games. 

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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.