In an interview with Fujio Mitarai, CEO of Canon, the company’s chairman has announced that the Canon EOS-1D X Mark3 will be the last flagship DSLR the company ever makes. In an interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, Fujio Mitarai stated that he would end the development and production of his flagship camera model citing market changes.
“The market needs are acceleratingly shifting to mirrorless cameras. In line with this, we are steadily shifting people,” said Mitarai in an interview. While this may mark the end of production from the company for its flagship models, Mitarai cited that they would continue to produce and develop their DSLR models for beginner/intermediate users.
Flagship Canon DSLR’s were not the first the reach end of life
Earlier this year, Sony stopped production of their line of DSLR cameras, which was an indication that it was the begging of the slow end of the DSLR era. Sony for their part in this story while they haven’t made a formal announcement, Sony hasn’t released any new DSLR models since 2016 and have since stopped selling those. So safely put, it’s over for Sony too.
The DSLR which was first introduced to the consumer market in 2000 by Fujifilm with the S1 Pro, has seen a lot of evolution over the years. Manufacturers came and went, then a few major ones held on. In the glory days of the DSLR, you could pick one up from Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma and the legendary Kodak amongst others. Keep up with our coverage here.