As camera makers feel the effects of global stock-outs with everyone else, it's no surprise that the much-anticipated Canon EOS R1, expected to be the company's most premium flagship mirrorless model, isn't making an appearance any time soon.
According to the generally well-informed CanonRumors (opens in a new tab), retailers have been warned not to expect R1 until the second half of 2023, which means it could be at least a year before we see what could happen. be an exceptionally exciting camera.
The EOS R1, if it's called that, is sure to be seen as a mirrorless replacement or equivalent to the long-running flagship DSLR models in the Canon EOS 1DX series. Many professionals still use these cameras, especially given the continuing difficulties in obtaining the Canon EOS R3, the current leader of Canon's mirrorless line.
As a result, agencies that equip their entire staff have been reluctant to fully commit to mirrorless technology if there are problems acquiring the technology they need.
Analysis: Mirrorless uncertainty keeps high-end DSLRs alive — for now
While the Canon EOS R3 is undoubtedly one of the best mirrorless cameras, and certainly one of the best professional cameras you can buy right now, getting your hands on one isn't always easy.
Supply issues in the electronics industry have even led to a surge in DSLR sales, as those who don't want or can't wait for a mirrorless counterpart to become available stick with old stock.
If such issues didn't exist, it would be reasonable to hope that we've already seen an R1, or at least some sort of development announcement to whet your appetite.
On the other hand, one could argue that Canon would be better off prioritizing the replacement of its early mirrorless models, such as the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP, as conventional models are more widely sold and attract more photographers. The Canon ecosystem.
Supply issues aside, it would also make sense for Canon to spend more time developing its line of mirrorless lenses, so professionals can be sure they have a complete system to purchase once they're ready.
An improved entry-level full-frame model below the price of the Canon EOS R6 would likely be very popular, so we wouldn't be surprised to see such a camera appear long before a class leader like the R1.