Canon will release four full-frame cameras in 2020, new rumors suggest

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When we said it's going to be a rather busy year for Canon, we didn't quite expect it to be this busy. According to a new report from Canon Rumors, a reliable camera leaks and news publication, the Japanese manufacturer is set to deliver a grand total of four new full-frame shooters this year.

That number can, of course, change as Canon Rumors arrived at this figure by piecing together information from "a few different sources [...] mixed with a little bit of common-sense".

One of those, however, is a given, with the EOS 1D X Mark III pro-level sports DSLR already announced and will be on shelves in February. The others, according to Canon Rumors' roadmap, are full-frame mirrorless options.

Three is not a crowd

We've already heard plenty of rumors about Canon refreshing the EOS R range in 2020 with two more full-frame mirrorless snappers – the ultra-high res EOS Rs (that was all but confirmed by Canon execs last year) and the second iteration of the EOS R itself.

The EOS Rs (which is its unofficial name) is expected to be revealed during the CP+ photography and imaging show in February, while the EOS R Mark II is rumored to have a May 2020 launch date.

However, mystery still shrouds the EOS R Mark II camera. There are whispers of one Canon camera being a "sports/speed body, perhaps with a lower megapixel sensor" to give the Sony A7S range some competition, while there's also talk of an entry-level and cheaper version of the EOS RP that has been unofficially dubbed the EOS Rm.

Whether these are two separate cameras – and thus taking the total body count of full-frame mirrorless snappers to three – or it's just speculation with only one other shooter in the pipeline is anyone's guess, but offering a cheaper version of the EOS RP might prove to be a good move for Canon. It might force Canon to make more affordable glass for the R mount as well, thus giving users the option to expand their full-frame mirrorless kit without burning a hole in their pocket.

That said, it's only the start of 2020 and we'll just have to wait patiently to see what the camera maker has in store for us.

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.