UPDATE: A Canon EOS R with an APS-C sensor – potentially the Canon EOS R7 – will be released in the second half of 2021, but Canon has no plans to release any dedicated RF-S lenses.
That's according to the latest report on the long-rumored crop sensor EOS R, which states that the new camera will be the smallest R-system body ever and will be focused on sports shooting. This suggests that it could be the spiritual successor to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (opens in new tab), so our money is on it being the Canon EOS R7.
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"After months upon months of speculation, I have finally confirmed that an APS-C RF mount camera is coming, and it’s planned to be launched in the 2nd half of 2021," says the story (opens in new tab) by Canon Rumors. "As for anything product-wise during the pandemic, these announcements are a moving target.
"My source has confirmed that it will be the smallest EOS R system camera, but will pack a punch for both sports shooters and videographers. I will note that “smallest” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be all that much smaller than the EOS RP (opens in new tab). The same source also said that there aren’t any plans for RF-S lenses, but that there will be lenses that will suit both the APS-C and full-frame shooter."
This stands in contrast to Nikon, which has already released a pair of DX (APS-C) lenses to accompany its crop sensor Nikon Z50 (opens in new tab), with plans for more. Reading between the lines, this could be Canon's attempt to distinguish the APS-C EOS R series from the existing EOS M bodies and lenses.
At the same time, with lackluster products like the Canon EOS M50 Mark II (opens in new tab), the EOS M line might have a tough time if something like the R7 does make it to market…
ORIGINAL STORY (02 September): Rumors are starting to heat up once more that a Canon EOS R featuring an APS-C sensor will be released, with a reported launch window of the second half of 2021.
Ever since the launch of the original Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) back in 2018, there was chatter that an APS-C version would eventually see the light of day. And while that talk gave way to hype about the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab), the focus has returned to an APS-C model now that both full-frame cameras have launched.
At this stage, the rumor mill only alludes to the camera's existence; it is too early for any speculation on specifications. However, the limited information available suggests that this will be a higher tier product rather than a low-spec system.
"I was told that it was not going to be an entry-level product, but a higher margin camera built around speed and a smaller footprint than the EOS R5 and EOS R6," says the report (opens in new tab) on Canon Rumors.
"The APS-C RF mount camera was initially slated to be announced in early 2021, but has been pushed back to the second half of 2021."
What we appear to be looking at, then, is a different tack to the one Nikon took with the Nikon Z50 (opens in new tab), its own APS-C mirrorless camera that was geared towards lower end use. Rather, Canon seems to want to squeeze the power of its full-frame cameras into a smaller form factor.
So where, then, does this leave Canon's existing APS-C mirrorless system? The company enjoys massive sales success with cameras like the Canon EOS M50 (opens in new tab), and we've literally just seen purported specs leaked for the new M-series flagship, the Canon EOS M7 (opens in new tab).
Could it be that what has been reported as the M7 – with its 32MP sensor, 4K 60fps, 1080p 120fps, IBIS, dual SD card slots and CLog – isn't actually an EOS M body at all, but is actually the new EOS R camera that features an APS-C sensor?
More as we have it…