Upcoming Canon EOS R1 to ONLY feature 21MP sensor?

Upcoming Canon EOS R1 to ONLY feature 21MP sensor?
(Image credit: Canon)

We've heard a few exciting rumors about the upcoming Canon EOS R1 recently – but this could be one of the most significant tidbits of information leaked so far. Apparently, Canon has developed a brand new sensor for this high-end upcoming camera. However, it will reportedly only offer 21MP.

In a world where beefy megapixel counts are increasingly commonplace, this might initially seem like a misstep. However, when you consider that the Canon EOS R1 is apparently mean to be a mirrorless equivalent of the Canon EOS-1D X line, then the diminutive megapixel count begins to make a little more sense.

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