Canon exec says an 8K mirrorless camera is on the ‘EOS R-series roadmap’
In an exclusive interview with Dave Etchells of Imaging Resource Canon's top product-planning executive, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, shared a number of interesting details regarding the future of the Canon R series.
Considering his position in the company, Mizoguchi-san is the foremost expert in terms of understanding where Canon is currently at and where it anticipates on going with the EOS R lineup in the future.
The interview is full of smaller tid-bits regarding the Canon EOS R series, but the stand-out detail from the lengthy interview is the mention of an upcoming EOS R camera that's capable of recording 8K video.
When inquired by Etchells as to how video plays a roll in the EOS R series — both in terms of lenses and cameras — and how important it will be within the product lineup, Mizoguchi-san had the following to say:
Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure. For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap. And we are not just looking at video from a camera perspective, we are also working on how to make RF lenses better for video capture as well. [Emphasis provided by Imaging Resource]
The answer continues on with Mizoguchi-san saying the RF 24-105mm F4L was designed, in part, with Nano USM technology due to its 'silent and smooth autofocus while shooting video.'
Mizoguchi-san wraps up the answer saying 'Paired with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a wide range of Nano USM equipped RF lenses will promise video creators great image quality as well as impressive autofocus together in the R-series.'
As Imaging Resource pointed out in an editorial note underneath this specific question and response, the phrase 'on the roadmap' could mean later this year or within the next decade. However, the fact Mizoguchi-san even mentioned it shows it's very likely a sooner-rather-than-later sort of deal considering how conservative and quiet Canon tends to be when talking about future technologies.
There is plenty to dig into within the full interview, but a few other notable mentions include Mizoguchi-san saying 4K without crop factor, faster frame rates, and in-body image stabilization (IBIS) are all features Canon '[is] aware of and are working on.' Mizoguchi-san also confirms that Canon is very much focused on 'satisfying' both the DSLR and mirrorless market, at least for the time being.
To read the full interview, head on over to Imaging Resource. It's a fantastic dive into the EOS R system and its future with the man who would know best.