2024 Release for Canon EOS R1 Flagship Camera

May 15, 2024 | Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera | Comment |

Canon have confirmed today that the long-rumoured EOS R1 flagship full-frame mirrorless camera is currently in development and will be launched in 2024.

Aimed predominantly at sports and news photographers and videographers, Canon claim that the EOS R1 will deliver much better stills and video performance than the EOS R3 model thanks to a new CMOS sensor and the implementation of dual processors.

For the very first time, the Canon R1 will feature the brand new DIGIC Accelerator image processor alongside the pre-existing DIGIC X processor.

This will enable the camera to quickly process large volumes of data whilst providing brand new Auto Focus functions, including the “Action Priority” AF mode which can detect when a sports player is performing a specific action and automatically focus on them.

Currently being tested out in the field, the EOS R1 will also be present at international sporting events throughout this year.

Canon UK Press Release

Canon develops EOS R1 as first flagship model for EOS R SYSTEM

New image processing system further improves AF and image quality

London, UK, 15 May 2024 – Canon Inc. announces today that it is currently developing the EOS R1, a full-frame mirrorless camera, as the first flagship model for the EOS R SYSTEM equipped with RF mount, launching in 2024.

The EOS R1 is a mirrorless camera geared toward professionals that brings together Canon’s cutting-edge technology and combines top-class performance with the strong durability and high reliability sought in a flagship model. This camera will dramatically improve the performance of both still images and video (in comparison to the EOS R3) and meet the high requirements of professionals on the frontlines of a wide range of fields including sports, news reporting, and video production.

This camera employs the newly developed image processor DIGIC Accelerator in addition to the pre-existing processor DIGIC X. The new image processing system, composed of these processors and a new CMOS sensor, enables a large volume of data to be processed at high speeds and delivers never-before-seen advancements in Auto Focus (AF) and other functions.

By combining the new image processing system and deep learning technology to an advanced degree, Canon has achieved high-speed and high-accuracy subject recognition. For example, subject tracking accuracy has been improved so that in team sporting events where multiple subjects intersect, the target subject can continually be tracked even if another player passes directly in front of them. In addition, the AF “Action Priority” function recognises subject movement by rapidly analysing the subject’s status. In moments during a sports game when it is difficult to predict what will happen next, this function automatically determines the player performing a certain action, such as shooting a ball, as the main subject and instantly shifts the AF frame, thereby helping to capture decisive moments of gameplay.

The combination of the new image processing system and deep learning technology will help to improve image quality. Canon implements the image noise reduction function, which has been previously developed and improved as part of the software for PCs, as a camera function to further improve image quality and contribute to user creativity.

Canon is working on field tests for this camera and will support capturing definitive and impactful moments at international sporting events to be held in the future.

Going forward, Canon will continue to expand the EOS R SYSTEM lineup of cameras and RF lenses, thereby continuing to meet the demands of a wide range of users and contribute to the development of photography and video culture.

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