Next Canon EOS R will be "amateur model"

Pro model is coming, but entry level EOS R will arrive first – plus "ambitious concept lenses"

Over the past week, reports have ramped up about high-end models of Canon's full-frame mirrorless camera. First came news that an 8K Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) is on the roadmap, then that a 100MP model with IBIS (opens in new tab) is in development.

However, neither of those will be the next version of the camera hit the market; the next iteration of the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) will be an entry level "amateur model".

That's according to Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive, ICB Products Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon Inc, in an interview published on Imaging Resource (opens in new tab)

"We recognised that a lot of amateur customers are very interested in stepping up to full-frame through customer feedback," he stated. "We are developing multiple EOS R cameras now but due to varying levels of preferred features we are likely to launch an amateur model next to let a large group of customers step up and enjoy full-frame image quality." 

Surprisingly, the manufacturer is also working on specific amateur lenses as well. "In addition, we are developing not just high end lenses such as the RF 28-70mm F2 but also very ambitious concept lenses for amateur customers as well, but I am unable to share more details today."

Mizoguchi was keen to reassure consumers that a pro EOS R is on the way, but also stressed that it wouldn't be arriving imminently. "Have no doubt that a professional model is coming… We promise we are working on this but it might take some time to introduce."

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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.