Canon exec confirms 8K EOS R mirrorless camera is in development

While cameras were a no-show at CES 2019, a Canon executive dropped a small bombshell when speaking to photography publication Imaging Resources in an exclusive interview.

According to Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, the top product-planning man at Canon Inc, video recording is playing a major role in future development of the new EOS R system. With that in mind, “an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap,” Mr Mizoguchi said.

“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. For example, the RF 24-105mm f/4L was the first L-series lens with Nano USM technology, which contributes to silent and smooth autofocus while shooting video,” he added.

The past and the future

While most camera manufacturers made 4K video capture the norm in their mirrorless systems, Canon bided its time. The first Canon mirrorless camera to feature high resolution video recording was the EOS M50 which launched in early 2018.

And, although the new Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera does feature 4K shooting, users have complained that it's crippled by an 1.8x crop and maximum frame rate of only 30fps. 

However, if what Mizoguchi has teased us with is true, Canon could be one of the first imaging companies to launch an 8K full-frame mirrorless camera.

This could mean there’s a sea change taking place within the company, with Canon now eager to take Sony head-on in the innovation front.

During the interview, Mizoguchi also mentioned that Canon will continue to develop new DSLRs as there was a “very strong demand” for the snappers like the 5D Mark IV, the 6D Mark II and the EOS 80D over the Christmas shopping period. That’s good news as we are expecting to see the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III arrive some time this year.

When the 8K EOS R camera will be announced, though, is anyone’s guess.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing camera kits or the latest in e-paper tablets, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She's also the Australian Managing Editor of Digital Camera World and, if that wasn't enough, she contributes to T3 and Tom's Guide, while also working on two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under.