Canon has already listened to the cries of our wallets this yr and launched the temptingly-priced EOS R7 and EOS R10. And now, based on the newest rumors, it’s planning on doing the identical for its full-frame mirrorless cameras with a successor to the unique EOS R.
The dependable Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) says that this new full-frame digital camera, which can have a bigger sensor than the EOS R7 and EOS R10, “shall be a alternative of types for the unique Canon EOS R, however it gained’t be known as the Canon EOS R Mark II”. That’s probably music to the ears of those that can’t afford Canon’s present full-frame fashions.
When the Canon EOS R launched in 2018, it was an all-rounder for all types of images – and Canon Rumors says that its successor “will sit under the Canon EOS R6”, which suggests it ought to have a a lot lower cost tag than that $2,499 / £2,499 / AU$4,499 mannequin.
Precisely how a lot decrease isn’t but clear, however a sub-$2,000 price ticket is actually potential. The Canon EOS R is at present out there for $1,799 / £1,699 / AU$2,199 and it appears Canon isn’t but making ready a successor to the funds Canon EOS RP. Sadly, Canon Rumors says that “rising prices within the provide chain might have delayed or nixed the rumored $899 full-frame R collection digital camera”, which suggests an EOS R sequel would have an necessary function to fill.
It could be a disgrace if that ultra-affordable full-frame digital camera didn’t see the sunshine of day. However an EOS R successor with a tempting price ticket is strictly what Canon’s lineup (and eager photographers) want proper now. We’re large followers of the Canon EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS R3, however all of them command a premium that turns into fairly prohibitive when you’ve invested in a number of the finest Canon lenses.
The unique EOS R and EOS RP are at present fulfilling the ‘entry-level’ roles in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup. However with the EOS R near celebrating its fourth birthday (which, in digital camera years, is about 60 years outdated) and the EOS RP not far behind, it’s positively time for some new all-rounders that cash-strapped hobbyists can really justify.
Thankfully, it appears like we shouldn’t have to attend lengthy, for considered one of them a minimum of. Canon Rumors says “we’ve got been informed that the brand new digital camera might be introduced in late 2022 or in early 2023, with a ship date coming in Q1 of 2023”. And it seemingly gained’t be the one reasonably priced Canon digital camera we see this yr.
Filling the affordability hole
We’ve already seen rumors that Canon’s subsequent RF-mount digital camera, an APS-C vlogging mannequin, shall be arriving someday earlier than November. However there’s little doubt that full-frame holds a particular enchantment for photographers and videographers, and never simply because it’s the identical dimension as a body of 35mm movie.
Over the previous few years, full-frame cameras have seen all the funding in terms of lenses. And but throughout that interval, the our bodies themselves have predominantly been costly, professional-oriented ones.
There are a couple of exceptions. In 2020, we noticed the discharge of the Nikon Z5, Panasonic Lumix S5 and Sony A7C, all of that are spectacular entry-level full-frame cameras in numerous methods. However since then, there’s been a dearth of funds full-frame choices, and Canon has continued to push the unique EOS R and EOS RP as its cheaper choices, regardless of the latter providing a paltry 4fps burst mode.
However it appears like Canon is lastly able to inject some much-needed life into this necessary house within the digital camera world. The query is strictly how reasonably priced its EOS R successor is likely to be, and the way it would possibly obtain that.
Proper now, there are at present no rumored specs for the digital camera. However given its all-rounder billing, we’d count on its sensor to supply a 30MP or increased decision (to distinguish it from the EOS R6) and be paired with a Digic X processor. This might unlock some improved burst taking pictures speeds (maybe 15fps, quite than the EOS R’s 8fps) and autofocus efficiency, with Twin Pixel CMOS AF II and subject-recognition (for people, animals and autos) each seemingly candidates.
What the EOS R would seemingly lack, in an effort to preserve the value down, is a second card slot and in-body picture stabilization (IBIS). Throw in some improved video specs (like 10-bit coloration sampling) and also you’d have a really compelling all-rounder digital camera for many who need the advantages of full-frame (like dynamic vary and excessive ISO picture high quality) over the velocity and dimension benefits of APS-C fashions just like the EOS R7.
Is that this what we’ll see from Canon? It’s all hypothesis proper now, however the rumors and common digital camera tendencies are pointing in that path. All we’d like now could be for Canon’s rivals to reply with some up to date full-frame rivals of their very own.