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Canon EOS RS specs leaked? 80MP, dual SD cards, new joystick

Are these real specs for the 80MP Canon EOS RS?
Canon EOS RS mockup (Image credit: Canon)

There's always more gossip about the Canon EOS R than your average professional football player, and the latest gossip is juicier than usual: specs have been leaked of a purported prototype of a high-res version of the camera, which may materialize as the Canon EOS RS. 

The new camera will reportedly feature an 80MP sensor, dual SD card, a larger LCD screen, a new joystick design and potentially a tilting electronic viewfinder, among other additions.

While obviously these details need to be taken with a pinch of salt, they do at least corroborate a patent disclosing an 83MP Canon sensor (opens in new tab); given that a sensor's gross megapixel count is higher than the effective megapixel count (the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab), for example, has 31.7MP in total but an effective 30.3MP), it is likely that the 80MP and 83MP reports relate to the same sensor.

The latest details of the Canon EOS RS – the name we're assuming Canon will use for the high-resolution model, as it will effectively replace the Canon EOS 5DS – come courtesy of a story (opens in new tab) by Canon Rumors, citing a source who has been using a prototype of the new camera: 

• A slightly larger body and grip than the EOS R
• 80MP full-frame image sensor
• A “new style” of joystick
• Larger LCD than the EOS R
• Larger viewfinder than the EOS R
• The “viewfinder” can be tilted up and down (We’re not sure if this was the LCD screen or the EVF, we have reached out for some clarification)
• Dual SD card slots
• No video specifications are known

The 80MP sensor and dual SD slots alone would make the Canon EOS RS worth the upgrade

The 80MP sensor and dual SD slots alone would make the Canon EOS RS worth the upgrade (Image credit: Canon)

Dual memory card slots is obviously a big deal, as it has been perhaps the single biggest criticism of the EOS R since it launched. Also of note is that the M-Fn touchbar appears to be history, along with the top OLED screen. 

The addition of a new joystick of some sort is interesting – could Canon be experimenting with a similar touch-sensitive input to the M-Fn bar, but in joystick form? The suggestion of a tiltable EVF is also fascinating, and would certainly make sense as the Canon EOS 5DS line was marketed to landscape photographers.

Canon has also apparently revised the timetable for the announcement of the EOS RS. Initially believed to be announced by the end of 2019, sources now anticipate that it will appear in the first half of 2020.

We expect this camera out in early 2020, with both Photokina and CP+ being the two main dates to plan around, however, this could slip to Canon Expo in August / September as well," wrote Canon News (opens in new tab)

One thing's for sure: it's never dull where the Canon EOS R is concerned!

Read more:

Canon EOS R review (opens in new tab)
Canon discloses 83MP sensor… is this for the new, hi-res Canon EOS R? (opens in new tab)
Camera rumors (opens in new tab) 2019: what new cameras are coming out this year?

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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.