Canon Complacency Gone? 8K EOS R Camera on Roadmap

Canon 8K EOS R camera

Good news Canon fans. It took a while for the company to join the mirrorless train, but now that the EOS R is out in the wild, Canon is full speed ahead. Imaging Resource scored an exclusive interview with Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, a top product-planning executive back at Canon HQ and he had more than a bit of news to break.

Hybrid shooters can rest easy because video is a major focus of the EOS R system moving forward. “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.”

The obvious question is what does he mean by Canon’s roadmap? Are we talking years or something around the corner? Imaging Resource correctly points out the company usually is extremely cautious when talking about upcoming hardware and the fact they were willing to go on record with the comments point to something which is more than likely already in development versus a long-term plan.

Also on the video front, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi praised the new RF lenses. “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 F4L was the first L-series lens with Nano USM technology, which contributes to silent and smooth autofocus while shooting video.”

Considering the sudden rush to unveil 8K video cameras at CES, we shouldn’t be surprised it’ll appear on a Canon body. Though it did take until early 2018 for a mirrorless body to feature 4K on the M50. Here’s hoping it’s a signal of Canon’s increased engagement as it tries to claw mirrorless market share away from Sony.

Head over to Imaging Resource to read the full interview.

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