Canon's next full-frame mirrorless camera will be a high resolution version of the Canon EOS R – and, according to the latest report, it will have a megapixel count "way beyond the Sony A7R IV".
That would mean Canon's next R-system camera has a resolution higher than the 61MP of the A7R IV – giving credence to the rumors that it could be in the region of 70MP… or even higher.
Canon Watch's report (opens in new tab) about the upcoming camera, still expected to be revealed this year, jives with earlier stories about a 70MP Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) with image stabilization, and potentially even a rumored 100MP Canon EOS R (opens in new tab).
Indeed, if we're to take that quote as our reference, 100MP certainly seems more "way beyond" the A7R IV's 61MP than 70MP does – though we still firmly expect that a 70 or 75MP sensor is far more likely.
A megapixel war has been brewing ever since the Sony A7R IV (opens in new tab) was announced in mid-July, followed by the news that Nikon had agreed to buy the very same Sony sensor for a 61MP Nikon Z8 (opens in new tab).
This puts the resolution of the next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras in the same ball park as medium format cameras. In fact, the A7R IV and Nikon Z8 outmuscle every medium format body except for the 64MP Leica S3 (opens in new tab), the 100MP Fujifilm GFX 100 (opens in new tab) and the 150MP Phase One IQ4 (opens in new tab).
We already know that Canon produces both a 63 megapixel (opens in new tab) and a 120 megapixel (opens in new tab) full-frame sensor; while neither are for consumer use, it demonstrates that the company is already adept at producing ridiculously high-resolution image sensors.
With the camera giant still set to release the final three lenses on the Canon RF lens roadmap (opens in new tab) that it promised for 2019, it could be saving the big reveal of its new powerhouse EOS R to coincide with one of the big new lenses.
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