Canon Announces Development Of Canon EOS R1 Flagship

Canon Eos R1

We expected it, and it came. The development announcement of the Canon EOS R1.

B&H Photo will notify you as soon as it is available for preorder.

Canon press release:

CANON DEVELOPS EOS R1 AS FIRST FLAGSHIP MODEL FOR EOS R SYSTEM

New Image Processing System Further Improves AF and Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 15, 2024 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. announced today that it is currently developing the EOS R1, a full-frame mirrorless camera, as the first flagship model for the EOS R SYSTEM equipped with an RF mount and is aiming for a 2024 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 improve1 the performance of both still images and video 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 large volumes 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.

Going forward, Canon will continue to expand the EOS R SYSTEM lineup of fascinating cameras and RF lenses, thereby continuing to meet the demands of a wide range of users and contribute to the development of photography and video culture.

About Canon U.S.A. Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29.4 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. as of 2023 has ranked in the top-five overall in U.S. patents granted for 38 consecutive years. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To learn more about Canon, visit us at www.usa.canon.com and connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/canonusa.# # #

1 In comparison to EOS R3 (released in November 2021)

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office. Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

Finally: SIGMA Launches Interchangeable Lenses for Canon RF Mount

Sigma

I guess many of us were waiting for this: the possibility to use Sigma’s excellent lenses natively on the EOS R system, i.e. RF mount. Well, it seems we are there.

Control algorithm including AF drive and communication speed optimization has been developed specifically for Canon RF Mount interchangeable lenses. In addition to realizing high-speed AF, the lens also supports AF-C (Continuous AF), in-camera aberration correction and in-camera image stabilization. The mount is rubber-sealed to cater for use in a variety of environments.

Sigma press release:

SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of interchangeable lenses for Canon RF Mount system. This addition allows users to enjoy high performance, and high quality SIGMA lenses in native mount on their Canon RF Mount system.

Lineup

For detailed product information, please refer to the links below.

[ Launch in July 2024 ]

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary

Petal Type Lens Hood (LH582-02) supplied

Product information:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c021_18_50_28/

[ Launch in fall of 2024 and onwards ]

SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary

Push-on Petal Type Lens Hood (LH706-02) supplied

Product information:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c023_10_18_28/

SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Petal Type Lens Hood (LH716-01) supplied

Product information:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c017_16_14/

SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Petal Type Lens Hood (LH554-01) supplied

Product information:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c023_23_14/

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Lens Hood (LH586-01) supplied

Product information:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c016_30_14/

SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Lens Hood (LH582-01) supplied

Product information:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c018_56_14/

* These products are developed, manufactured and sold under license from Canon Inc.

Canon Released A New Specialised Imaging Sensor, The LI5030SA

LI5030SA

Canon has released the LI5030SA, an imaging sensor for industrial and scientific applications, like microscopes, automation, surveillance, machine vision, to name a few.

The Canon LI5030 features a global shutter that simultaneously exposes all 19MP of the sensor’s resolution. Perfect for subject moving with high speed, like propeller blades (seen in countless videos to demonstrate artefacts caused by a rolling shutter). he sensor delivers 5688 x 3334 video resolution at 57.99 fps and 12bit via 24 channels of digital signal output. The LI5030SA family has these siblings: LI5030SAC (color), LI5030SAI (RGBIR, raffic monitoring cameras and industrial cameras that can simultaneously capture visible and near infrared areas), LI5030SAM (monochrome), and LI5030SAN (Naked, no microlens or color filter for electron microscopes and X-ray detection cameras).

Element structureimage size35mm full size
Effective number of pixels5688(H)×3336(V)
pixel size6.4μm×6.4μm
package182pin ceramic LCC
filter typeRGB, Mono, RGB-IR, Naked
Basic drive modeEffective pixel readout5688 (H) × 3336 (V) 12bit 57.99fps

New Canon Firmware For Five Telephoto Lenses (1200mm, 800mm, 600mm, 400mm, 100-300mm)

RF 1200mm F/8L

Canon released firmware updates for five telephoto lenses. Here they are.

Please note: we linked Canon Japan (machine translated) because they are the first to publish the firmware updates.

Have fun…