May 15 • Pratik Naik

Canon EOS R1: The Ultimate Professional Mirrorless Camera

Canon's recent press release (below) about the upcoming EOS R1 has sparked considerable excitement among professional photographers and videographers. With the promise of dramatically improved performance for both still images and video, the R1 is set to be a game-changer in the mirrorless camera market. While the press release provides an overview of some groundbreaking features, let's delve into speculative possibilities after that about the future of this flagship model.
Press Release: 

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 recognizes subject movement by rapidly analyzing 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.


They clearly did not release much, however let’s speculate what it might have! 

Global Shutter: Redefining Motion Capture

One of the most anticipated advancements that Canon might integrate into the EOS R1 is a global shutter. Unlike traditional rolling shutters, a global shutter can capture all pixels simultaneously, eliminating the dreaded "jello effect" and motion distortion that occur when shooting fast-moving subjects. This would be particularly beneficial for sports photographers and videographers who require impeccable clarity and precision in every frame.

Imagine capturing a soccer player mid-kick or a race car zooming past with zero distortion. The global shutter would ensure that every detail is crisp and accurate, making the EOS R1 an indispensable tool for professionals who rely on capturing split-second moments.

Dual Processing Power: Unmatched Speed and Efficiency

The press release mentions the new Digic Accelerator working in tandem with the existing Digic X processor, hinting at unprecedented processing power. This dual processing system could revolutionize the camera's performance, enabling it to handle immense data volumes with ease.

The dual processors could allow the EOS R1 to achieve incredibly fast burst shooting rates, perhaps exceeding 30 frames per second with full autofocus and auto exposure tracking. This would be a significant leap forward from the EOS R3 and would set a new benchmark for professional mirrorless cameras. Additionally, the enhanced processing power could improve the camera's ability to handle high-resolution video, potentially supporting 8K recording at higher frame rates without overheating or buffering issues.

Megapixel Marvel: Unparalleled Image Detail

While Canon has yet to reveal the exact megapixel count of the EOS R1, we can speculate that it will surpass the capabilities of its predecessors. With the integration of a new CMOS sensor and dual processors, the R1 could feature a sensor with over 50 megapixels. This would allow photographers to capture extraordinary detail, providing more flexibility for cropping and enlarging images without compromising quality.

High megapixel counts are particularly advantageous for landscape, fashion, and commercial photographers who need to produce large, high-resolution prints. Combined with advanced noise reduction technology mentioned in the press release, the EOS R1 could deliver stunning image quality even at high ISO settings, making it versatile for various shooting conditions.

Price Expectations

As anticipation builds for the release of the Canon EOS R1, many industry insiders are speculating about its price. We know it will be higher than the Canon R3. Accordingly, estimates could place the R1's cost between $7,000 and $9,000, reflecting its position as Canon's flagship mirrorless camera. This price range positions it significantly higher than the already premium Canon EOS R3, which retails for over $5,000. The substantial cost is justified by the R1's cutting-edge features, including advanced autofocus, high-resolution video capabilities, and a state-of-the-art electronic viewfinder,


The Canon EOS R1 is poised to redefine what professionals can expect from a mirrorless camera. With the potential inclusion of a global shutter, dual processing power, and a high-megapixel sensor, the R1 could offer unparalleled performance and versatility. While we await the official specifications and release, it's clear that Canon's dedication to innovation will make the EOS R1 a formidable tool for capturing the world's most definitive and impactful moments. Stay tuned for more updates as Canon continues to push the boundaries of imaging technology.

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Pratik Naik

Pratik Naik is a leading visionary in retouching and photography who inspires and mentors professionals worldwide. As the founder of Infinite Color, he simplifies complex editing processes with innovative Photoshop plugins and tools. He shares his knowledge and expertise through workshops and online education, nurturing the next generation of creative minds.
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