Canon registers two new cameras – is one of them the Canon EOS R7?

Canon EOS R7 mockup
(Canon EOS R7 mockup) (Image credit: James Artaius)

Has the Canon EOS R7 just been registered overseas? Speculation is running rife, after it was spotted that Canon submitted two unreleased new cameras to a certification body in Russia. 

While obviously subject to plenty of interpretation, these kinds of registrations – made with the standards authorities on a country by country basis – are often our first sign that a new camera is on the way. And in this case, there are signs that the oft-discussed Canon EOS R7 could be one of the two cameras in question.

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The first sign came in the form of the registrations themselves, shared by ever-reliable leak outlet Nokishita. 

"Canon's unreleased digital cameras "DS126841" and "DS126842" have been registered with overseas certification bodies," tweeted (opens in new tab) the outlet, along with a screenshot of the registration, which also lists model DS126801 – which, Nokishita points out, is the ID number of the Canon EOS 90D.

Speculation soon followed that this meant the cameras may, like the 90D, possess an APS-C image sensor – but why would this point to the EOS R7, rather than another DSLR?

This is where another, separate, rumor comes into play. Independent of the registration, Canon Rumors reported that an EOS R body with an APS-C sensor is due to be released next year – with a back side illuminated sensor (opens in new tab) that will be used in more than one camera.

"I have now been told by a good source that Canon will definitely be bringing an APS-C RF mount camera equipped with a backside-illuminated sensor in the second half of 2022," wrote the site (opens in new tab).

"I have also been told that this new BSI APS-C sensor will appear in more than one camera. The resolution of the sensor is unknown at this time, but I think something in the area of 28MP-32MP is quite likely."

Rumors of an APS-C sensor EOS R camera have been circulating for years, and there is nothing to say they are any more true now than they have been up to this point. However, in conjunction with the Russian registrations, it does feel like there is smoke to this fire…

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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 Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.