Are these the specs for the Canon EOS R7 or the Canon EOS M5 Mark II?

Canon EOS R7

UPDATE: Are these specs for the Canon EOS R7 or the Canon EOS M5 Mark II? Canon is working on an APS-C mirrorless camera with a 32.5MP sensor, uncropped 4K 60p video and 14fps continuous shooting – the question is whether it will be for the manufacturer's R or M system. 

These specifications were initially thought to be for a successor to the Canon EOS M5, formerly the flagship APS-C mirrorless camera. (It was briefly thought that they could be the specs for the surprise-announced Canon EOS M50 Mark II, but that turned out not to be the case.) 

Since then, word has broken that an APS-C RF-mount camera is on the way next year – which would almost certainly be the Canon EOS R7. It was stressed that this would be a sports-focused camera, suggesting that it would have a fast frame-rate – and 14fps would certainly meet that requirement.

At this stage of the game, and with so little innovation put into the M50 Mark II, all signs point towards these being the specs for the R7. The inclusion of Dual Pixel AF II would be consistent with the latest R models, as the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 are the only cameras to feature the new autofocus technology. 

Likewise, the single card slot and lack of in-body image stabilization would place it neatly beneath the R5 and R6 in the lineup, so our Spidey Sense tells us that we're probably looking at details for the R7… 

We think these specs (if accurate) are likely to be for the Canon EOS R7 (here's our artist's rendition)

STORY UPDATED (05 October): Shortly after the Canon EOS M50 Mark II was added to product lists sent to retailers, specs have been leaked for the imminent APS-C camera – which will have a 32.5MP sensor, uncropped 4K video up to 60fps, the latest Dual Pixel AF II system and a new Digic X sensor – but it will not have in-body image stabilization.

Of course, that 32.5MP sensor is the same one that appeared in the Canon EOS M6 Mark II – as are the 14fps burst rate and single card slot that have also appeared on the leaked specifications. However, the addition of 4K 60p (which hopefully isn't subject to record limits) and Dual Pixel AF II are a big deal in a world that is increasingly interested in hybrid cameras with sharp video features.

It is believed that the manufacturer is working on two new APS-C bodies, though initial reports stated that a successor to the former flagship Canon EOS M5 would arrive first, followed by a replacement for the original Canon EOS M50. While the lack of IBIS here is notable, it seems that stabilization is being saved for the flagship M5 Mark II – which will differentiate it from Canon's other APS-C bodies.

Here are the leaked Canon EOS M50 Mark II specs, as shared by Canon Rumors: 

• 32.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor
• Digic X (maybe a new version)
• 14fps
• 4K @ 60p no crop
• Similar EVF resolution as the EOS R6
• Single SD card slot

The specs definitely aren't for the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, which was announced in October (Image credit: Canon)

ORIGINAL STORY (28 February): The Canon EOS M5 Mark II, the replacement for the current outdated flagship EOS M body, is set to arrive in October – and it will, as rumored, possesses in-body-image stabilization (IBIS) as well as 4K video. 

That's according to a new report, which clarifies Canon's plans for its APS-C mirrorless range. In addition to the Canon EOS M5 Mark II, we can also apparently expect a slew of new EF-M optics – and the Canon EOS M60, which will replace the hugely popular Canon EOS M50, is reputedly set to arrive in early 2021. 

With its impressive specs, including a 32.5MP sensor and uncropped 4K video, the  Canon EOS M6 Mark II became the de facto flagship M-series camera last year and leapfrogged the original Canon EOS M5

The M5 Mark II, however, looks set to reclaim its throne with largely equal specs to the M6 Mark II, but the addition of IBIS, superior build quality, as well as the M5's electronic viewfinder (thanks, Canon Rumors). 

This looks to confirm our previous story that the Canon EOS M5 Mark II will have IBIS. It would be the second Canon camera to do so, and the first APS-C model, following the recently announced Canon EOS R5 – a full-frame pro-grade camera that features stabilization as well as 8K video. 

Accompanying the M5 Mark II could be a pair of new EF-M mount lenses. According to Canon Rumors, the Canon EF-M 52mm f/2 STM lens and Canon EF-M 18-45mm f/2-4 IS STM could be launched alongside it – the latter being a likely candidate for a new kit lens.

Scheduled for early 2021 release, according to the same reports, is a similar sequel to the most popular M-series camera. No details are yet known about the Canon EOS M60 (a replacement for the M50), though it is said that a new Canon EF-M 100-300mm f/5.6-8mm IS STM lens might be released with it.

We love the fact that Canon seems to be getting serious again about its EOS M line – new cameras are always welcome, but the prospect of new native EF-M glass is most definitely music to our ears!

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a 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 like 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, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. 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.