We have been told not to expect the Canon EOS R1 “anytime soon”, as a retailer was told not to expect it until the second half of 2023.
With Canon and other manufacturers still suffering from inventory shortages, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. We also believe Canon wants to round out the lens lineup further before the EOS R1.
The Canon EOS R1 will probably be the camera body that moves EOS-1DX series professionals to mirrorless full-time. Some will have already moved to the Canon EOS R3, but since that camera body has been difficult to acquire, a lot of news agencies haven't purchased Canon mirrorless cameras yet.
It probably makes better financial sense to address the EOS RP and EOS R replacements first, as well as rounding out the L and non-L lens lineup.
More to come…
I'm calling triple card slots.
I still hope for an R1 dev announcement end of this year, with release/shipping in 2nd half 2023.
Wonder when the R5mkII will hit the streets? Could be around that same time. Or they may push it to 2024.
I'd take an R6ii under 2k if they fixed all the problems and restraints it had.
What you call ‘restrictions’, Canon calls market segmentation. It means that if you want R3 features, you need to pay for an R3.
But good luck with your wishing…
On another note - I've always lusted after the 1 series cameras. With the R6 performance being what it is, I can't imagine what more a one series could really give me that would make it worth 2-3x the cost. Though I may do one as a mid-life crisis gift to myself anyway :). The only two 'limits' I see on the R6 that I might find benefit from removing are 1) stacked sensor and 2) larger battery. A few more MP would be OK, but I could get that from an R5. In fact, if R5vII has a stacked sensor and remains below about 50mp that may be a 'last/forever' camera for me. A battery grip could solve the battery issue. I suspect QPAF could be in the next gen as well, and while DPAF has never really let me down I'm sure there will be an improvement with QPAF. I wouldn't upgrade for just that.
The R5 has plenty of life left in it and is still one of the best cameras on the market (OK, I'm biased as I've got one)..
Budget "R100" will probably be next, followed by the hi-res R5S, then the R1.
But what I would like to see, in order to keep the camera current and improve usability, are a few firmware "feature" upgrades e.g:
eye-AF and tracking using smaller zones as a start point
low/medium/high fps options with electronic shutter
exposure bracketing with electronic shutter
button assignment to toggle between single-shot and burst
I believe that all or most of the above could easily be implemented in firmware upgrades, without affecting sales of R3 or R7, which are differentiated by many other features.
It's not a body I could ever justify buying, but my interest will be the feature set (including advances on the R3) because those are features that will likely (over time) filter down in some form into models aimed at the likes of me.