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Canon Rumored to be Working on 100MP Mirrorless with IBIS

By Jay Henington on January 23rd 2019

Canon is rumored to be developing a 100MP mirrorless sequel to the Canon EOS R with IBIS (in-body image stabilization) according to Canon Rumors. It’s unclear if this pixel-packing behemoth is the anticipated “pro” version of the Canon EOS R, or as seems more likely a mirrorless counterpart to the 5DS.

Is Canon Innovating?

If Canon is planning for their new “pro” mirrorless camera to offer a 100MP sensor and IBIS, it’s a very interesting move by a company that is generally fairly conservative with their upgrades. Those 100MP will mean incredible resolution and detail, but at what cost? The files are certain to be enormous and the increased resolution will probably mean Canon will want to charge more. But how much more?

My Take

It’s a welcome sight to hear inklings of Canon doing something bold and innovative. While a lot of people will ask, “Who needs 100 megapixels?” they should remember that people also said the same about 15, 20, and 30 megapixels, etc. The reality is this: more megapixels means larger files, but also more detail, and—most importantly—options.

I’m sure some landscape photographers out there are salivating right now. As a wedding photographer myself, will I need 100MP for most images? No, probably not. But man, would I love the choice. As for IBIS, I wish Canon would have introduced it on the EOS R, but they didn’t. It’ll be a late but welcome addition to the mirrorless body, and at this point, it really should just be on all mirrorless cameras.

As a Canon shooter, I’m cautiously optimistic about the future right now and I’m excited to see what else they have up their sleeve.


What do you think? Are you excited about Canon possibly delivering a 100MP mirrorless camera with IBIS?

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I’m a Chicago-based photographer and co-owner of Henington Photography. I photograph weddings with my better half, Larissa. When I’m not taking pictures, I’m most likely playing with our two boys, editing, eating chips and salsa, or writing for SLR Lounge.

Website: Henington Photography/Larissa Boudoir
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Tim Driman

    You are going to have to wait until 1st April for that….!

    Just like you are going to have to wait for ever, to have Canon do such a thing, especially in mirrorless!

    Being rational: Canon needs to make money, and coming out with something which only a tiny sector of the market would even contemplate buying, especially at the sort of prices Canon likes to charge, simply does not make any logical or financial sense.

    You make a good point about Canon being conservative. Nothing has changed, so while this kind of headline elicits a great talking point, the mere fact that Canon’s performance in the mirrorless world has been underwhelming at best!

    For mirrorless to really work effectively, it has to provide compatible mirrorless lenses to match mirrorless bodies for the best overall results…. Messing around with adaptors is just expensive, a royal pain, and really only a compromise at best! *The only reason why Canon has gone that route of adaptors, is because of their conservative attitude, trying to accommodate their customers, so they can still use all their old, existing  glass! I hasten to add that there is nothing wrong with their glass, its great glass, but on a mirrorless body, it is really, only a compromise!

    For Canon to make a serious effort to compete in the mirrorless arena, it would mean that Canon would have to either shut down certain plants which produce DSLR equipment, and retool with  mirrorless building machinery, or build new plants to specifically produce mirrorless equipment…. Using old plants would cost too much in loss of production (Loss of revenue, even though DSLR sales of all brands are diminishing)

    Canon came out with their “earth-shattering” EOS-R, which at US 2,300.00 +  cost of additional adaptors, and still didn’t have half the  features of the SONY A7iii, which cost just less than US$2,000.00 – All-up, ready to go!

    CANON are “in between a rock and a hard place”….. Do they make a meaningful run at the modern mirrorless renaissance, and stop fooling around with things like their latest half offering EOS-R etc, or do they start to compete seriously on a one-on-one basis?

    Personally, I believe that CANON’s management are split with half of them not really believing that mirrorless technology is actually  the future of photography, and the other half panicking about sales…… 

    With all that said, the market really doesn’t need to lose a big name like Canon. We need healthy competition for advancement of technology at  competitive rates.

    I guess time will tell.

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    • Boudewijn J.M. Kegels

      You think building a plant is cheap? How many of these too expensive cameras do they need to sell?
      Be reasonable. This is just plain bullshit. I expect their pro version to be 39 megapixel – good for 8K- but it will be downsampled 4K, hopefully, but rather pixelbinned couse they like to keep their processors cool (see what 5DIII suddenly delivers with Magic Lantern).

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  2. Michael Ma

    This is a camera for very specific type of photography that is usually done with medium format.  With the right lenses they can fill the needa of that market.  And also a camera for gearheads who want to brag but dont understand photography at all.  You know the people who buy the A7R3 and Zeiss lenses.  I’m guessing they want to shoot cats and zoom in on the whiskers and irises. 

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  3. Kyle Stauffer

    Canon shooters are going to be able to shoot an entire wedding with a wide angle and have the ability to crop to 300mm lol. Just think of the possibilities for candid’s…. take one wide angle shot of the room and create 20 different images of social interaction with zero camera awareness. 

    Other than wanting crazy digital zoom or the ability to print really really big, who is this for? I’d buy medium format if the latter is my clientele. 

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  4. Marius Pavel

    They are obligated to release such a sensor, if they want to remain in the mirrorless market. It would also curcial to have 2 card slots and some new lenses that resolve this huge resolution.

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    • Rajinder Shukla

      If Canon is really daring to go for this big resolution mirrorless camera it’s obvious they  have to offer two slots for fast read and write cards like CFexpress or atleast XQD media cards and get divorced from CF and SD cards. Also such a camera should offer twin resolution facilities shiftable from 100 megapix to 50 magapix without a cropsenser factor, meaning using full senser in both resolutions. 

      As lenses are concerned for R system mirrorless camera I insist for an Ultrwide RF12-35mm f2.8L IS USM ,  a midrange Telezoom RF24-240mm f2L IS USM, and an Ultra Zoom RF200-600mm f4-5.6L IS USM lenses. Another commonly desired lens could be a RF80-400mm  f4L IS USM lens.

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