New year, new camera rumors! And some of the same rumors from last year, too, though with a bit more meat and a lot less gristle on the bone in most cases.
Yes, as Panasonic shakes up the world of full frame mirrorless cameras (opens in new tab) by finally bringing phase-detect autofocus to the party with the Panasonic S5II (opens in new tab) and Panasonic S5IIx (opens in new tab), there are plenty of other camera rumors and rumblings going on.
Canon rumors are a familiar fixture, of course, with the ever-expanding EOS R system potentially expanding in new and exciting ways, and Panasonic's autofocus epiphany raises questions about when that might trickle down to its Micro Four Thirds cameras (opens in new tab).
So, here we’re breaking down all the camera rumors that have been banded about. Make sure to take a healthy pinch of salt with each of them, but also be aware that where there's smoke, there's very often fire!
Canon rumors 2023
Canon EOS R8
Rumblings suggest that the Canon EOS R8 (opens in new tab) could be revealed at CP+ – the industry's biggest camera and photography expo, taking place in Japan from February 23-26. There is not a lot of information just yet, but based on its nomenclature we can safely assume that it will sit between the Canon EOS R7 (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R10 (opens in new tab) – which would suggest an APS-C sensor.
Indeed, the Canon EOS R8 is expected to share the same 24MP APS-C sensor as the R10, which we rated very highly in our review (opens in new tab), so we should hopefully expect the same image quality. It has also been suggested that the camera will feature a brand new type of "flippy screen", which sounds intriguing…
Canon EOS R replacement
The latest word is that Canon's next full-frame camera will be a replacement for the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) (its first-ever full-frame mirrorless body) and could be announced by year's end. However, it won't be called the EOS R Mark II.
There is currently some debate over what the camera will be called, particularly with the R7 being the point in the naming nomenclature that models become APS-C bodies rather than full frame. Much as we saw the Canon EOS RP (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS Ra (opens in new tab) carve out their own naming niches, could we see something like a Canon EOS RN or RT (just to pull out random letter suffixes)?
This latest unconfirmed rumor derives from an original post that was shared to the Chinese social media platform, Weibo (opens in new tab) (as first spotted by (opens in new tab) CanonRumors), which suggests that we won't see a 'Canon EOS R Mark II' as such – though it cited that the camera will actually be named the Canon EOS R8. Which invites confusion, given the latest R8 rumors above!
The post from Weibo also proposed some specs for the camera, including the same 30.3MP full frame sensor, but with 5-axis in-body stabilization plus uncropped 4K 30p and cropped 4K 60p.
Canon EOS R50
After months of speculation, it looks like Canon’s RF mount replacement for the Canon EOS M50 is set to launch in the first quarter of 2023.
According to Canon rumors, the newly rumored camera, expected to be given the nomenclature Canon EOS R50, is likely to be the spiritual successor to the Canon EOS M50 II (pictured above), one of Canon's most popular cameras of all time. Given Canon's recent push into making RF mount APS-C cameras, with the EOS R7 and EOS R10, it is unsurprising that we are starting to see rumors that the M50 is going to follow the trend and make the jump to RF.
Given Canon's usual naming structure, it is expected that an R50 would sit below the recently announced Canon R10 in terms of price and features. The EOS R10 is the current entry-level camera in Canon's mirrorless range. The R10 currently retails at around $879/£899, with the M50 costing around $599/£589 (both body only) at the time of writing.
There is no word yet on camera features, if Canon might strip out certain features and functionality to meet a lower price point, or if the design is set to get a more radical overhaul from recent EOS R cameras to make it more relative in size to its M50 predecessor.
Canon EOS R100 (vlogging camera)
Immediately after Nikon released the Z30 rumors started flying around about a rival vlogging camera from Canon. "Nikon announced the Nikon Z 30 Z-mount camera targeting vloggers and people that want a small camera body. Canon will be releasing a similar camera sometime this year," reported (opens in new tab) Canon Rumors.
Touted as (opens in new tab) the Canon EOS R100, is sounds as if Canon is getting ready to release an RF-mount APS-C camera with a similar form factor as the Canon EOS M6 Mark II (opens in new tab) – but with the vlogging market in mind. This makes sense, as the the M6 Mark II already seems to be discontinued (opens in new tab) in a number of territories as Canon adjusts its strategy with the EOS M line.
If there was a replacement for the M6 Mark II, it would likely enable Canon to create a more popular product that arguably never found an audience with the EF-M mount. It would also introduce a specifically vlogging-oriented body – which is very much lacking – to the EOS R ecosystem.
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 (opens in new tab).
Last year saw some of its most innovative products ever, with the launch of the 30fps, stacked sensor, eye-control AF Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab), the "personal family photographer" Canon PowerShot Pick (opens in new tab), and the radical camera that looks like a Pixar character, the Canon Posture Fit (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab) lens.
In other words, 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?
In March 2022 Canon submitted an application for a patent for a product that is a drive device, an electronic device and an image pickup device with a mobile body.
From the illustrative diagrams included in the application, it looks like the design of the camera unit could be very similar to that of the Canon Powershot Pick (opens in new tab) – an AI-powered camera capable of recording both video and stills. It automatically detects movement, can track a subject and can be controlled using voice commands.
The Powershot Pick features an 11.7MP camera, has advanced face recognition, connects to a purpose-made app and is compact, lightweight and portable – all of which are features that would be desirable on a drone camera.
Teased at CES 2022 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) – a specifically 3D optic designed to deliver immersive 8K VR content for the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab).
You can read more about the technology here (opens in new tab).
In other news, the speculation about a new Canon APS-C mirrorless camera was well founded. In fact, as we know, Canon launched not only the EOS R7, which we already predicted, but a lower-end EOS R10 too.
There's plenty more to look forward to from Canon, though...
Canon EOS R1
With the R5 and R6 now firmly established, respectively replacing the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS 6D Mark II (opens in new tab), and the R3 resurrecting the 3-series pro product line, 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 (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab): 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 RS
Not to be confused with the EOS R5, rumors persist that Canon is developing a high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera to compete with the likes of the 61MP Sony A7R IV (opens in new tab). In fact, we've even seen some reports suggesting that a medium format-rivaling 100MP EOS R (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) – 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 (opens in new tab) that also features on the R3) along with dual SD card slots.
Canon EOS C50 and C90
Also expected to join the party in 2022 are the Canon EOS C50 (opens in new tab) 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
The future of Canon's EOS M series of mirrorless cameras remains a popular talking point, particularly with the Canon EOS M50 Mark II (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) / DJI Pocket 2 (opens in new tab).
A handheld vlogging camera with a built-in gimbal, making use of the best Canon EF-M lenses (opens in new tab), 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…
HOWEVER, the launch of the APS-C EOS R7 and R10 have left a big cloud of doubt over the whole EOS M line-up, especially since the top model, the EOS M6 II has now been discontinued.
Sadly, patents and rumors don't always lead to actual products.
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. It has also finally brought APS-C bodies to the EOS R system – though this makes things feel increasingly precarious for the EOS M product line.