Replace: Canon CEO confirms the 1DX Mark III would be the firm’s final flagship DSLR: Digital Images Evaluate

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Replace (Tuesday, December 28): Canon offered a press release to DPReview concerning Fujio Mitarai’s remark. We have now added it to the underside of the article.


In an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, a significant newspaper in Japan, Canon CEO, President and Chairman, Fujio Mitarai, confirmed the EOS-1D X Mark III would be the firm’s final flagship DSLR digicam as the corporate continues its transition to mirrorless techniques.

The interview, which was first noticed by Y.M.Cinema Journal, was a part of an extended article concerning the general state of the digicam market and its fast change to mirrorless applied sciences. However in it, we get a reasonably clear take a look at Canon’s present mindset concerning its shift to mirrorless. In keeping with Yomiuri Shimbun, ‘[Mitarai] revealed that the corporate will finish the event and manufacturing of its flagship digital SLR digicam fashions in a couple of years and “think about mirrorless cameras.”

Mitarai is later quoted as saying ‘the wants of the market are shifting to mirrorless cameras at an accelerating tempo […] and we’re shifting increasingly more folks to fulfill this development,’ concerning the event pipeline for Canon digicam techniques. Yomiuri Shimbun additionally says Mitarai ‘expressed his intention to launch a higher-end mannequin with even larger efficiency.’

A picture of the EOS-1, Canon’s first EOS-1 sequence digicam, launched in 1989. Photograph by Morio used beneath CC BY-SA 4.0

The story of the EOS-1 SLR sequence began again in 1989 with the unique EOS-1. 5 years later, Canon would go on to launch the EOS-1N, which was adopted six years later by the up to date EOS-1V. From there, Canon made the change to digital, with the primary DSLR being its EOS-1D, which was successfully an EOS-1V with a 4.1MP APS-H CCD sensor inside. Since then, Canon has launched 11 different digital EOS-1 digicam techniques, with the most recent being its EOS-1D X Mark III, introduced on January 7, 2020.

Whereas Canon’s EOS-1 lineup will probably proceed in some type with its mirrorless cameras, the mirrored days of the historic lineup look like over as far as Canon is worried. It’s upward and onward to the mirrorless future. As for smaller DSLR cameras, Mitarai would not particularly point out whether or not or not we will count on *new* DSLRs, however does say ‘Demand for newbie and intermediate SLR cameras is robust abroad, so we plan to proceed growth and manufacturing in the interim.’

Canon offered DPReview with the next assertion concerning the remark from Fujio Mitarai:

The broad particulars of Mr. Mitarai’s interview as described within the article are true. Nevertheless, whereas estimated as “inside a couple of years,” actual dates will not be confirmed for the conclusion of growth/termination of manufacturing for a flagship DSLR digicam.’

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