Did Canon just confirm the EOS R1's release date for the first time?

Canon slide published in Nikkei interview
(Image credit: Nihon Keizai Shimbun)

We all know that the Canon EOS R1 is being released in 2024. But this is the first time that it has seemingly been confirmed by Canon itself. 

An interview with Canon chairman, CEO and president, Fujio Mitarai, was accompanied by a slide stating that the "first mirrorless flagship model" would launch in 2024. Which, in effect, is the first official confirmation of the Canon EOS R1's release date. 

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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.