Canon has said it will develop a new full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot 8K video. In an interview with Imaging Resource senior product planning manager Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi confirmed that “an 8K video-managed camera already exists in our itinerary EOS R series”, referring to the company’s new full frame mirror-free line.
Such a product may still be something, but the comments are noteworthy because Canon is generally considered to have been overthrown by its support for 4K despite its launching full HD video recording with 5D Mark II 2008. In 2016, the company released 4K capable 5D Mark IV and 1
D X Mark II DSLR, but it took last year for the company to adopt mirror-free 4K with the EOS M50. And while the new EOS R shoots 4K, it is far from ideal for the task; A 1.8x crop factor makes it very difficult to get wide shoots.
Video features aside, the first EOS R is a solid mid-range full frame camera and Canon says it wants future models to occupy positions below and below it in the setup. “We are developing several EOS R cameras now, but due to different levels of preferred features, we are likely to launch an amateur model next to letting a large group of customers rise up and enjoy full-picture image quality,” says Mizoguchi. “There is no doubt that a professional model will come, but perhaps it may not be the next model we present.”