Could a Canon EOS R8 be the next successor to the EOS R?

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Speculation and rumor have suggested that Canon's very first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R could finally have a successor coming soon, and there's even a possibility that it could be named the Canon EOS R8!

While all rumors surrounding camera launches should be taken with a big pinch of salt, many drip-fed details on upcoming flagships that are leaked to camera rumor sites have often proven to be pretty true and reliable. 

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It was considered for a long time that we would never see a direct replacement or full-frame successor for the now discontinued Canon EOS R, especially as the Canon EOS RP was launched as a popular and more affordable alternative to this model.

This latest unconfirmed rumor involving the Canon EOS R8 derives from an original post that was shared to the Chinese social media platform, Weibo (as first spotted by CanonRumors), that suggests we won't see a 'Canon EOS R Mark II' as such but it will actually be named as the Canon EOS R8. 

With that said, in 2020 Canon launched its Canon EOS R6 mirrorless offering that is still a powerhouse of a camera and popular among professionals, though also rumored to be facing an early replacement in the form of the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. 

Is there a chance that this proposed EOS R successor might be even greater than the EOS R6, maybe even an R6 killer? It's safe to say that we have a lot of questions about the future of Canon's mirrorless lineup of cameras, including if the Canon EOS R6 Mark II might be coming soon.

The rumor posted on Weibo also proposed some specifications of the potential Canon EOS R8 that included a 30.3MP Full-Frame Sensor, a DIGIC X processor, with 5-axis in-body stabilization and full-pixel dual-core autofocus. It also suggested that the camera could be capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps (uncropped), and 4K footage at 60fps (cropped), while fitted with a DF/ CF Express dual card slot.

We have previously reported on our Camera Rumors hub that the Canon EOS RP successor was initially speculated to have a full-frame design and a price tag worth US$899, but as a result of the ongoing global supply chain issues and chip shortages, plus rising manufacture costs, that this release would have at least been heavily delayed, or if not shelved outright and overtaken by an EOS R6 successor instead.

In addition, confusion over where the new successor of the EOS R might situate in Canon's R system lineup has resulted in speculation that it could likely sit below the Canon EOS R6, but above the Canon EOS RP, and we can assume (but not completely dismiss) that this successor won't be called the EOS R Mark II.

You might also be interested in the best Canon cameras, as well as the best full frame mirrorless cameras, and the differences between the Canon EOS R vs RP, and check out the latest best cheap mirrorless cameras.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.