Medium format buster: 100MP Canon EOS R with IBIS incoming?

Canon's medium format buster: 100MP EOS R with IBIS incoming?

Following confirmation that a Canon EOS R 8K camera (opens in new tab) is on its roadmap, rumours are ablaze that the company has a 100MP model in the pipeline – one with in-body image stabilisation (IBIS).

Sources for Canon Rumors and Northlight Images corroborate that Canon is hard at work on a professional grade version of the EOS R (opens in new tab) with a medium format-level megapixel count and, importantly, IBIS – a much criticised omission from the debut model. This could make it the best Canon camera (opens in new tab) so far for professional users who need the highest levels of resolution.

Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) notes that EOS R prototypes with stabilisation were being tested, but that the system wasn't ready for the initial launch. The site also says that Canon has ceased working on a new EOS 5DS/R (opens in new tab), as its next high megapixel model will be a mirrorless EOS R body – though it may not materialise until 2020.

Intriguingly, these rumblings coincide with a report that Canon has ceased development on a medium format cameras.

According to Northlight Images (opens in new tab), "there is no longer any active work on medium format ‘as a product line’ going on at Canon," because "the market size continues to rule it out as a viable system (for Canon)… All the key work is now directed towards EOS R and the 100MP barrier will be broken with an EOS R model with IBIS."

Earlier this week, we had confirmation (opens in new tab) that the Canon EOS R series will include an 8K model at some point in the future – which would quadruple the current video resolution.

With the Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab) already packing IBIS, and the upcoming Fujifilm GFX 100S (opens in new tab) set to deliver 100MP, is Canon gunning for the full-frame and medium format mirrorless crowns? It's all getting a bit Game of Thrones in here…

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James Artaius

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.