Canon Rumors is reporting that the long-anticipated Canon R1 full-frame mirrorless camera may be delayed until the second half of 2023. The potential reason why Canon’s flagship mirrorless camera is delayed comes down to supply chain issues.
With a global chip shortage still causing delays in the fulfillment of parts and processors, shortages of inventory worldwide are causing Canon to advise retailers not to expect the mirrorless camera anytime soon, and perhaps not until late 2023.
The rumored specs for the Canon R1 include a 100 MP CMOS image sensor, with perhaps a global shutter, and a new autofocus system (nicknamed Full Sensor Large Quad Pixel Auto Focus) that will rival that in the R5 and R6.
The camera is also expected to have nearly 16 stops of dynamic range, body image stabilization at up to 9 stops, and a maximum ISO of 1,638,400.
The camera is also expected to be able to shoot 8K video at up to 60 frames per second, and still image bursts at 40 frames per second. But this is part of the rumor specs, mind you, so view that with the grain of salt.
What isn’t viewed with a grain of salt is what Canon plans to do while waiting to announce the development of the R1 next Spring. Insiders are suggesting that in light of announcing a new camera, the company may take the time to expand its RF lens line so that there will be plenty of glass for the R1 when it hits the stores in the latter half of 2023.
The two main lenses that Canon is expected to highlight soon are the RF 135mm f/1.8L USM lens, expected to be shipping by the fall of this year, and an RF 35mm f/1.2L USM lens in late 2022 to early 2023.
When it does arrive next year, Canon Rumors postulates that many professional news agencies and sports photographers who have kept their powder dry rather than invest in the Canon mirrorless platform, will likely surrender their aging 1DX DSLRs and commit to the full-frame mirrorless platform full-time.
But that’s another year away, and greatly dependent on if the global ship shortage will abate sufficiently to enable Canon to stock their inventories with the nearly $9,000 mirrorless camera. So far, there are signs things are improving, but then rumors like this swirl that announcements are being held back, so now it’s just a waiting game.
In the meantime, the Canon R3 will be an alternative when it ships. If one can find it.
[source: Canon Rumors]
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