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Canon EOS R7 coming in March? First of 3 potential R cameras coming this year

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UPDATE: A new report states that the Canon EOS R7 looks set to be the next camera released by the world's biggest imaging company, with the official announcement coming as soon as March.

This comes as an update to an earlier story (below) claiming that Canon may release three new EOS R bodies in 2022, though the launch of a long-rumored Canon EOS R7  (featuring an APS-C sensor) would also implicate the launch of a new series of smaller APS-C optics.

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Indeed, as alluded below, Canon has patented at least one RF-S lens, giving further weight to the rumors that an R7 is incoming.

"The Canon EOS R7 is likely the next camera to be announced," wrote Canon Rumors in its latest story (opens in new tab). "The announcement I have been told could come as early as March of this year. No specifications or other details are currently known, but I’m hoping more will come in the next little while."

Could the Canon EOS R7 be arriving this year, to replace the ageing EOS 7D DSLR line? (Image credit: Canon)

ORIGINAL STORY (31 Jan 2002): Canon might be releasing three new EOS R series bodies in 2022, according to the latest reports – and one of them could be an APS-C camera using the RF mount, which obviously raises the question of what happens to the EOS M system.

While January saw the launch of the Canon EOS R5 C (opens in new tab), a Cinema EOS version of the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) tailored to videography, it appears that we might see three more RF bodies released this year.

According to the report (opens in new tab), by outlet Canon Rumors, the manufacturer will launch three new EOS R cameras in the second half of 2022. The first will reportedly be a new APS-C camera, which is widely expected to be the Canon EOS R7 (opens in new tab), and will replace the Canon EOS 7D (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS 7D Mark II (opens in new tab) DSLRs – which seems like a logical move, seeing as Canon has already announced that it is moving to mirrorless-first development.

This rumor has been speculated for some time – and, in October, Canon registered two new camera bodies, which added further fuel to the fire. In January a patent was spotted for a Canon RF-S 16-55mm f/2.8 lens (thanks, Canon Watch (opens in new tab)), which echoes the nomenclature for the manufacturer's EF-S APS-C lenses.

It would seem very strange to make an RF-S lens for a full-frame system, so the scuttlebutt certainly suggests that an APS-C body is in the works. "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," stated the report (opens in new tab).  

Further reports suggest that the other two new bodies are a new entry level full frame camera (arguably a replacement for or a successor to the Canon EOS RP (opens in new tab)) and a camera that sits between Canon’s EOS R5 and the entry level body. 

The speculation over the new entry level system suggests that it will use the same 20.1MP image sensor from the Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab). Rumors persist that one of the three models will not feature an EVF – and it feels that this might suit a smartphone-friendly starter camera, for users who aren't used to using a viewfinder. 

There's never a dull moment when it comes to Canon rumors (opens in new tab) – and history has taught us that some of these reports end up being fairly accurate, so 2022 looks set to be an interesting year!

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Sebastian Oakley
Sebastian Oakley

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.

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