8K Canon EOS R Reportedly Already in Development

8K Canon EOS R
Canon executive teases that 8K video is on the “EOS R-series roadmap” - whatever that means.

While Canon’s biggest news so far at CES 2019 has been the introduction of some new VIXIA consumer camcorders, they’ve also been teasing updates to their new mirrorless EOS R line with reports of a “lower end” offering which will do away with the maligned touch bar.

However, in a new interview with Dave Etchells at Imaging-Resource, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive, ICB Products Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon Inc. has dropped some pretty not-so subtle hints about the Canon EOS R’s 8K future. (Read more 8K camera news and rumors here.)

8K Video on the EOS R-series Roadmap

Canon EOS R 8K
The big news from the interview for filmmakers by far is this teaser of 8K video from a future Canon EOS R camera. Mizoguchi doesn’t go into many exact details of what this 8K capable camera might look like or cost, but it definitely sounds like it’s a realized part of Canon’s future.

“Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure. For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap.” -Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi

When pressed for when this 8K-capable EOS R might actually come to fruition though, Mizoguchi laughs at revealing any year or timeline.

The Future of Canon DSLRs

Another big part of the interview with Mizoguchi focuses on Canon’s future plans for research and development into their storied DSLR cameras. While Mizoguchi appears to dance around giving a clear indication of the DSLR’s future, he does mention that “it’s a bit too early to make that decision” and doesn’t give any clear indication of future DSLR development.

Canon EOS R Improvements

If anything, Mizoguchi seems to give the impression that Canon is very aware of the EOS R’s feedback (and obviously its sales numbers). While photography reviews have been a little more positive, video reviews haven’t been great.

“And of course, we are aware of customers asking for higher end R-series models and better specs such as faster continuous shooting speed, in-body image stabilization, better video capability and dual card slots.” - Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi

Stay tuned as CES 2019 continues as we’ll be on the lookout for any more Canon video camera news or updates (as well as big news from other brands - like these updates from Nikon).     

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From my understanding, every R lens is focus by wire. I don't know a single person in video that would want to use a lens that focuses that way for video, and that right there kills the R series video aspects for me.

January 9, 2019 at 8:58AM

Daniel Waghorne
Cinematographer/Drone Pilot

You also forgot to mention that the 4k is SO soft Im fairly sure its upscaled 1080p. Just looking at Caleb's video in 4k you can definitely see the softness.

January 9, 2019 at 11:06AM


What's wrong with focus by wire? I don't mean theoretically. I mean operationally with the RF lenses relative to EF lenses. Is it the 360 degree focus throw that bugs you? Or is the fact that all of the zooms are programmed to be parfocal? Maybe your actual problem is the other electronic ring on the RF lenses. The ring that gives you nearly continuously variable control of the aperture?

January 10, 2019 at 7:47PM

Casey Preston

The 360 is a big issue if you're using a follow focus system.

January 11, 2019 at 10:45AM

Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
Director of Photography & Producer

8K with Canon Crop Factor... Yeah... :(

January 9, 2019 at 3:05PM


Considering how Canon 4K looks like upsampled 1080p, the idea of Canon 8K isn't that exciting.

It's like having someone promise to enter the Tour de France before they've even taken off their training wheels.

January 9, 2019 at 3:58PM

Artist / Photographer / Scenic

So technically, it will be a true 1080p resolution camera, once you factor out the upscale.

January 9, 2019 at 10:15PM

Vincent Gortho

They can't even do 4k no crop, how will they do 8k? Ridiculous probably a 3x crop factor. I had a C200 for 4 weeks and the camera was blowing so much heat and making so much noise from the fans, it's pretty obvious they're behind in sensor technology and can't fit a proper 4k sensor in a normal mirrorless.

January 10, 2019 at 6:07AM

You voted '-1'.

8K on Eos r roadmap.....hmmm how about firmware update the existing to include DPAF on 120fps and make that 1080p too. and how about make that 4k crop factor 1.000000000000000?

8K? yes yes whatever. whenever they tease or release something, it's like having cake, and not get to eat it.

January 10, 2019 at 12:56PM


An anonymous source of mine said it is on the roadmap as well - but it won't roll out for another 12 years.

Awesome to see Canon isn't giving up completely. Even if they're at the back of the pack with the whole 4k race...

Props to Canon for jumping on the hype-train though! For the millions of dollars they spend on promotion, simply saying it's "on the roadmap" they can bring attention back to Canon which more than makes up the salary of whatever employee came up with this press release idea.

When Canon can't even do full-frame 4k because of processing power or overheating (or protecting their higher end product line?). When they can't even autofocus with slow motion... Why would someone take this seriously?

PS. I love canon colors and own multiple canon cameras along with Black Magic, Panasonic, and Sony. They are all great tools - but this "hype" is hilarious to get a similar shout out to Sharp.

January 11, 2019 at 10:54AM

Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
Director of Photography & Producer

First as of now Canon don't have any of his Cinema Camera offering 8K, even not the C700 Full Frame!
Secondly, just look at what they did in the 1st EOS R with the 4K, to avoid shadowing the 1DX Mk2, C100 or even the C200 (the only thing will then have been that the C200 can shoot 4K RAW)!
So 8K on a EOS R, let say.... Yes! Now 2 questions:
1. When? Because they said in the roadmap but they're not able to even say in which year!
2. Is that going to be in a EOS R Photo body or a EOS R Cine body?
I have no doubt one day in the future to see a Canon 8K on the market, but they will eventually start with the Cine body of the EOS R system, or 8K in burst mode (a few second) in the FF photo body and this without crop!
If they do release 8K in a photo body, then what should we expect? 15 fps? 2x crop? of course DPAF deactivated? Recording time limited to 10 minutes?
But anyway no matter what Canon will release, you'll find many to say how people how wrong, or are good the 8K is (even you have to mount M43 lenses) or any other thing that will be ok for Canon but not for other brand! And the whole youtube sphere and the whole internet will have eyes only for this new thing! It's Canon, so it doesn't matter!!!

PS: I'm multi brand shooter, using Sony, Fuji, Nikon and mainly Canon lenses no matter what system, because they're making awesome glass!

January 11, 2019 at 12:50PM, Edited January 11, 12:58PM

Laurent Chindeko
Content Creator