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Camera rumors in 2022: what cameras are coming, officially and otherwise!

Canon EOS R5 chassis
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With 2022 well underway, the camera rumors have started to hit high gear once again – even though the ongoing component shortage means that many of the rumored models are taking longer to actually hit the market. 

We've already seen plenty of the big camera rumors come to fruition – not least in the form of the Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9, new flagship-standard bodies launched to compete with the elite-level Sony A1

It wasn't just the full frame sphere that saw the breadcrumbs lead to a bounty of new cameras, as the APS-C Fujifilm X-T30 II and medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S both proved that the rumors were true. All we need now are for the Panasonic GH6 to finally launch (after failing to hit its promised 2021 window) and OM Digital Solutions to release the first post-Olympus body, and Micro Four Thirds will be represented as well. 

We’ve rounded up all the reports and rumors that have been doing the rounds recently – take a healthy pinch of salt with each of them, but also be conscious that there is very often fire where there's smoke!

Canon rumors 2022

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Canon is always the subject of more camera rumors than any other manufacturer, in large part because it has been the most prolific photographic patenter for 35 consecutive years.

Last year saw some of its most innovative products ever, with the launch of the 30fps, stacked sensor, eye-control AF Canon EOS R3, the "personal family photographer" Canon PowerShot Px, and the radical camera that looks like a Pixar character, the Canon Posture Fit. Not to mention its first venture into 3D VR, with the EOS VR System and the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens.

What we're seeing from Canon in the new RF-mount era is a dynamic, daring, convention-defying company – a far cry from the conservative, careful, iterative company of a few years prior. So what is the biggest camera manufacturer in the world beavering away on right now? 

Canon Komoko

Teased at CES 2022, Canon is working on a new virtual reality video system named Kokomo, which enables users to make face-to-face, real-time "ImmersiveCall" video calls in an experiential 3D environment. The in-development Kokomo software is described by Canon as an "exciting new way of connecting" and "an innovation in virtual reality that combines the 3D experience of beautiful and life-like VR destinations with video calling.

The system will require a VR headset, and will be powered by Canon cameras along with a newly designed app for your smartphone. As you might expect, the system will ultimately accommodate the innovative Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens – a specifically 3D optic designed to deliver immersive 8K VR content for the Canon EOS R5.

You can read more about the technology here.

Canon EOS R5C

Ever since the Canon EOS R5 was released, it faced endless criticism for its overheating issues and limited operating times when shooting 4K High Quality and 8K video. Apparently the manufacturer has taken heed, and is working on a sister version of the camera that features an active cooling system: the Canon EOS R5C. 

The "C" seems to stand for "cinema", is this appears to be a video-tailored camera that also features the much-requested Canon Log 2 as well as a full-size HDMI connection. All these changes would result in a truly uncompromising 4K and 8K powerhouse – and according to reports, we could see it in early 2022. 

Canon EOS R1

With the R5 and R6 now firmly established, respectively replacing the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II, it looks like the next DSLR to be succeeded by a mirrorless model will be none other than the flagship sports camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Now, you'll need to take this with such a huge grain of salt that it's dangerous for your sodium levels, but here are some leaked Canon EOS R1 specs: it will supposedly boast an 85MP global shutter sensor, capable of continuous 20fps bursts at the full 85MP resolution 40fps when cropped to 21MP, with Quad Pixel AF, in-body image stabilization capable of up to 9 stops, along with 15.5 stops of dynamic range with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 1.6 million. 

Sound too good to be true? It probably is. But then again, the specs of the R5 sounded too good to be true when they first leaked, too…

Canon EOS R7

While the scuttlebutt suggested that Canon had no intention of introducing an APS-C body that makes use of the new RF mount (since that would seem to conflict with M-series cameras, such as the Canon EOS M6 Mark II), Nikon pressed ahead with a very successful ASP-C iteration of its Z-system – the Nikon Z50

Whether or not Nikon's success had any bearing, we're now hearing rumblings that Canon is doing likewise – and that the Canon EOS R7, effectively replacing the 7D line, might be on the way. Which, given that the manufacturer is now definitively moving away from DSLR-first development, makes perfect sense.

Recently, we've heard tell that the EOS R7 is probably going to be coming in the second half of 2021. It's expected to be the smallest member of the EOS R family, pitched at sports shooters and videographers, and while there are no current plans for dedicated RF-S lenses, there will be lenses that suit both this smaller camera and its larger brethren.

Canon EOS RS

Not to be confused with the EOS R5, Canon is rumored to be developing a high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera to compete with the likes of the 61MP Sony A7R IV. In fact, we've even seen some reports suggesting that a medium format-rivaling 100MP EOS R is being worked on.

The latest rumblings come in the form of a list of purported specs for what has been dubbed the Canon EOS RS – a nod to the Canon EOS 5DS, which is the 50MP high-res DSLR that the mirrorless version would effectively replace. 

According to these claims, we can expect an 80MP sensor, with a slightly larger body than the EOS R that comprises a bigger grip, LCD and EVF. Additionally, it is claimed that the "viewfinder" (it is unclear whether this is the EVF or the LCD) can be tilted up and down, and that the camera possesses a "new style" of joystick (potentially the Smart Controller from the 1D X Mark III that also features on the R3) along with dual SD card slots. 

Canon EOS RP replacement and 'big brother'

The Canon EOS RP was one of the first EOS R cameras out of the gate, so it makes sense that it would be due a refresh. We understand that it's getting a replacement which – happily – is expected to be cheaper than the original.

The other half of this picture is that the EOS RP is expected to get a 'bigger brother' camera, to fill the sizeable gap that will occur between the entry-level replacement and its next-nearest cousin, the EOS R6. Details are scant on this camera right now, though we know it won't be an 'EOS R Mark II'. 

Canon EOS C50 and C90

Also expected to join the party in 2021 are the Canon EOS C50 and C90, two more cinema cameras with RF lens mounts. While we don't know much at present, we're hoping we won't have long to wait, as these cameras are expected to make their debuts around the midpoint of the year.

Canon EOS-M vlogging camera

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The future of Canon's EOS M series of mirrorless cameras remains a popular talking point, particularly with the Canon EOS M50 Mark II offering but minor upgrades to the line. 

Intriguingly, though, the future of Canon's APS-C system might lie in this – a vlogging camera that's essentially an interchangeable lens version of the DJI Osmo Pocket / DJI Pocket 2

A handheld vlogging camera with a built-in gimbal, making use of the best Canon EF-M lenses, would be an ingenious implementation of Canon's APS-C system. And given that it has already been the subject of around nine patents, it certainly feels like a product that's likely to be realized…

The Canon verdict

What we think: Canon seems to have gone all in on mirrorless, but not just in the sense of traditional camera bodies – more and more we're seeing it stretch the boundaries of photo products, with concept cameras like the PowerShot Pick and Posture Fit. Sony has fought fire with napalm in responding to the EOS R5 with the Sony A1, and Canon has returned a ferocious salvo of its own in the form of the 30fps, eye-controlled Canon EOS R3 – which may also spell the beginning of the end for mechanical shutters. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Phot0: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.