Canon’s head production-planning executive has said in an interview that a 8K EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is in the works.
Video will play a huge role in the future EOS R System
Dave Etchells interviewed Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi — the head production-planning executive for the Canon in Japan — for a piece published by Imaging Resource. Yoshiyuki is one of the highest ranking people within Canon. He is one of the people that would know what Canon is planning for the foreseeable future.
Etchells asked how video will factor into the future of the EOS R system. Yoshiyuki said that it would play a huge role in the system:
“Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure,” Yoshiyuki revealed. “For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap.
You heard it from Canon’s production-planning executive. Canon is working towards 8K. But that’s not it. Yoshiyuki also said Canon’s working to improve the RF lenses for video:
“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.”
“We are looking to further extend the Nano USM-equipped RF lens lineup,” Yoshiyuki said. “Paired with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a wide range of Nano USM equipped RF lenses will promise video creators great image quality as well as impressive autofocus together in the R-series.”
When should we expect to see this Canon 8K
Now, there are no specific about how far along this camera is. While it’s on the roadmap, the camera could be ready this year or in a few years. Yet, it seems like the camera will be coming sometime in the near future.
“Given Canon’s generally cautious nature when it comes to talking about coming tech, the fact that Mizoguchi-san chose to mention it at all suggests to me that it’s going to be a more near-term sort of thing,” said Canon.