Canon Chairman and CEO Tomio Mitarai has confirmed that Canon will not develop a new flagship DSLR in the future. Released in 2020, the EOS 1D X Mark III will be the brand’s last flagship DSLR with an incredibly successful 20-year run.
Interview to finish everything … Camera development
In an interview with a Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun About the state of the camera market-and first discovered YM Cinema Magazine— Mr. Mitai states that the development and production of the flagship model of digital SLR cameras will be completed in “a few years”.
“The market needs are rapidly shifting to mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras,” he said, highlighting some of the benefits of high-end mirrorless cameras and for Canon to develop mirrorless cameras instead of DSLRs. I have confirmed that I am moving resources.
In a statement Popular photography, Canon USA said:
The rough details of Mr. Mitai’s interview in the article are true. However, although estimated to be “within a few years,” the exact date of development / discontinuation of the flagship DSLR camera has not been confirmed. “
DSLR = not dead yet
Obviously, this is a big announcement that casually stops in a newspaper interview, but it’s not a completely deadly blow to the DSLR.
First, this only applies to Canon’s flagship DSLRs like the 1D X Mark III. Mr. Mitai said, “Overseas, there is strong demand for beginner and intermediate SLR cameras, and we plan to continue development and production for the time being.”
And second, the exact date has not been announced For one of these (as Canon USA immediately pointed out). What we are likely to see is the announcement of the mirrorless flagship and the phasing out of production of the EOS-1D X as more professionals move to the latest models.
Mitarai basically confirms that professional photographers who want the best cameras that Canon offers may have to move to mirrorless models the next time they upgrade. But what about regular hobby photographers and professionals who don’t need much gear?
Canon says it will continue to “develop” beginner and intermediate SLRs, Mr. Mitai further states that development is likely to take place in the form of “small iterative updates, which may add new sensors developed for mirrorless cameras.” So don’t expect many key technologies to “trickle down” to future DSLR models. The brand has a clear focus on advancing the mirrorless lineup. Also, there are many things you can do with the new format. New lenses, wider apertures, faster bursts, etc. can’t be done with a DSLR.
That said, Canon has the potential to continue producing some models of DSLRs for extended periods of time. The Canon EOS-1V film SLR was launched in 2000 and production did not stop until 2018. At that speed, Canon has the potential to continue making DSLRs until the 2040s. Firmware support has changed since the 1990s.
(If I make a bet, I think the EOS 5D Mark IV and Rebel T8i are most likely to stick together for the longest time.)