Canon is currently paying more attention to full frame RF mount mirrorless bodies, including the Canon EOS R3, Canon EOS R1, Canon EOS R5S, and two new “affordable” entry-level full frame camera bodies to replace the the Canon EOS R and the Canon EOS RP.
In addition, I’ve heard that Canon is actively doing market research with select professional photographers and others to see if there is a real demand for RF mount APS-C cameras. And we already reported in June that Canon is planning to announce three new APS-C format RF mount mirrorless cameras in the next 1-2 years.
Canon EOS R7: The first Canon RF mount camera with an APS-C image sensor. It is already undergoing testing in the field by a select group of photographers. The official announcement will come as soon as Q4 of 2021, or Q1 in 2022. The source claims that the Canon EOS R7 APS-C RF mount camera will be “directly aimed at sports, wildlife and videography”, to replace the Canon EOS 7D Mark II? And this Canon EOS R7 is rumored to have a 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC X Image Processor, 5-Axis IBIS and UHD 4K60p & Full HD 120p video and more.
Canon EOS R8: The second Canon APS-C RF mount mirrorless camera. This camera will be designed for vloggers and other types of social media creators.
Canon EOS R9: The third Canon APS-C RF mount mirrorless camera. This will be the entry-level camera to the EOS R system.
I do believe the Canon APS-C RF mount mirrorless camera will be announced someday although I don’t know the exact announcement timeline. I have reported several times that Canon will give up spending more resources developing the Canon EOS M series cameras, and 2021 will probably be the last year for the Canon EOS M lineup. The Canon EOS M system has some models that have sold quite well in the last few years (including Canon EOS M50 Mark II, EOS M6 Mark II), so we need to keep those customers. Keeping the EOS M and EOS R alive may not make sense from an economic point of view.
The EF-M lens doesn’t support RF mounts, but there is a solution to this problem. In the past, I’ve seen a patent that Canon moves the sensor inside the body. I’m not saying that this patent will be commercialized, but such technology could allow EF-M lenses to be used with RF mounts. This info is still NOT confirmed by trusted sources, so just treat this information accordingly.
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