2019 is set to be a great year for 8K cameras. Although Sony's 8K plans have yet to be unveiled, we are sure they are imminent, and Sharp has shown its own 8K camera prototype at CES 2019.
It is now Canon that has released confirmation that it is actually working on an 8K camera and that it is currently "in its script".
Speaking exclusively for Imaging Resource, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive of ICB Product Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon, revealed that an 8K Canon EOS R was indeed on the cards and that video would be the big order of the day.
In the in-depth interview, Mizoguchi notes that video was very important, not only from the point of view of the camera body, but also from the lens.
Huge role for the video
"Video will play a big part in the EOS R system, for sure," said Mizoguchi. "For example, an 8K camera is already on our EOS R series roadmap."
"And we're not just looking at video from a camera perspective, we're also working on how to make RF lenses better for video capture as well.
"For example, the RF 24-105mm F4L was the first L-series lens with Nano USM technology, which contributes to quiet and smooth autofocus during video recording.We are looking to further extend the Nano USM-equipped RF lens line .
"In conjunction with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a wide range of Nano USM-equipped RF lenses will promise video creators superb image quality as well as impressive autofocus focusing in the R-series."
"In the script" is a phrase that could mean this year or the next five, but if it is being discussed now, then we hope to see it in the near future.
There is clearly a large margin for the EOS R range and if you read the entire interview – and we also advise you – of course feedback is critical for Canon to make sure you are developing the right cameras for the right people.
Here's hoping, then, that you're busy trying to fix your current 4K feature, which is ruined by a 1.8x cut and limited to 30fps.