It has been long rumoured that Canon would develop a high-megapixel camera to the lineup. There have been a lot of reports and wishes for something like a Canon EOS R5s.
Yesterday we posted what to expect from Canon, which lead to some new information about Canon's plans.
We have been told that Canon is indeed going to release a full-frame RF mount camera with 100+ megapixels some time in the first half of 2023. The announcement could come later in 2022.
The Canon EOS R7 had been rumoured for years, and it has finally been announced, so if you're in the market for 100+ megapixels, hang tight, you will be taken care of.
(Canon currently makes a 120MP industrial sensor, but it's APS-H size.)
I doubt we'll ever see another APS-H ILC. But the reason APS-H existed in the first place was that it was the largest sensor that could be made with a single lithography pass (FF sensors need three passes), so using APS-H for sensor technology development makes sense.
I said it in the R7 post, but I think Canon is in a position to give professionals more options for reach/cropping in the form of the R5s for wildlife photographers who need pro features, a fully pro build, and lots of reach.
A 120mp full frame camera that could crop to 45mp at 20 fps could definitely make a lot of people happy. Especially when you consider the need to save on as much space as possible for air travel, you'd have both a super-high-res landscape/full frame camera, and a super-high-res crop camera both in the same body.
It's one of my favorite features of my R5--I'm not personally ever in the market for a crop camera, but the 17mp 1.6x crop mode is more than adequate for my uses when I can't get close to a subject and need to turn the crop mode on. 45mp in the crop mode would be a whole different story.
400% crops and viewing billboards for detail 5' away would be a good use. When is enough, enough?
Why should they take the publics focus of one camera by introducing two at one time? Canons marketing would not let that happen.