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New Canon EOS R due in 2019 with 70MP sensor, IBIS, dual card slots

Canon EOS R: next model due in 2019 with 70MP sensor, IBIS, dual card slots

Ever since the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) was revealed last year, it's been the centre of more gossip than a high school water cooler. There have been more camera rumors (opens in new tab) about the R system than any in recent memory – and the rumblings continued with reports of a 70MP model, due to be unveiled this year, with in-body image stabilization (IBIS), dual card slots and a joystick. If true, this could make it the best Canon camera (opens in new tab) yet.

"That Canon’s next R model will be a High Megapixel camera is 100% certain," wrote Mirrorless Rumors (opens in new tab), with Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) noting that, "IBIS is definitely going to be featured in the camera".

This now marks a third potential R model that is in development, following previous reports of "an 8K video capable camera (opens in new tab)" that is already on Canon's roadmap, as well as a 100MP EOS R with IBIS (opens in new tab). Given the similarity of the rumor, it is possible that the 70MP could be an iteration of the latter; it is also possible that it might be an amalgamation of both. 

What's for sure is that Canon is fully behind developing the R system. Not content with releasing the new Canon EOS RP (opens in new tab) and six new RF-mount lenses (opens in new tab) in 2019, the company has stated in recent corporate reports that it plans on expanding the line-up. That being the case, the idea of this new high-res EOS R being revealed by the end of the year makes sense. 

You can get hands-on with both the Canon EOS R and RP at The Photography Show 2019 (opens in new tab), taking place from 16-19 March at the NEC in Birmingham.

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Canon EOS R review (opens in new tab)

The best Canon camera lenses in 2019 (opens in new tab)

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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.