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Report: Canon EOS R1 will not arrive until 2023!

Canon EOS R1

Those eagerly awaiting the release of Canon's latest flagship camera could still have a long wait in front of them, as a new rumor indicates that the Canon EOS R1 will not materialize until the second half of 2023. 

While Canon has been busy developing the other end of its EOS R ecosystem, launching both the Canon EOS R7 (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R10 (opens in new tab) recently, it has yet to fully expand the top of the platform's range with the Canon EOS R1 – set to be the mirrorless flagship and a replacement for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab)

However, that expansion doesn't look set to happen for at least another year, according to website Canon Rumors. The site reports (opens in new tab) that a retailer was told the R1 would not be arriving anytime soon, and would expect it in the second half of 2023.

The manufacturer's unconfirmed but inevitable 1-series mirrorless camera will follow in the footsteps – and have to be wary of cannibalizing sales – of the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab). However, with both the Sony A1 (opens in new tab) and the new Nikon Z9 (opens in new tab) out-speccing the R3 in numerous areas, the industry is now waiting, and wanting to see what the R1 will do.

We originally reported (opens in new tab) that the Canon EOS R1 could set a new pro resolution record, thanks to rumored specs including an 85MP global shutter sensor, capable of continuous 20fps bursts at the full 85MP resolution and a crazy 40fps when cropped to 21MP.

In addition, the Canon EOS R1 will apparently possess Quad Pixel AF, an in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system capable of up to 9 stops of compensation, along with 15.5 stops of dynamic range with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 1.6 million!

All these spec are yet to be confirmed by any Canon official, but where there is smoke, there's fire and tough some of this spec list might not make it, it does get us all thinking of what the specs could be or what we would like to see on this new flagship Canon EOS camera.

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Sebastian Oakley
Sebastian Oakley

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.