Canon has already listened to the cries of our wallets this 12 months and launched the temptingly-priced EOS R7 and EOS R10. And now, in response to the most recent 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 digicam, which could have a bigger sensor than the EOS R7 and EOS R10, “can be a substitute of types for the unique Canon EOS R, but it surely received’t be known as the Canon EOS R Mark II”. That’s doubtlessly 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 pictures – and Canon Rumors says that its successor “will sit under the Canon EOS R6”, which suggests it ought to have a a lot cheaper price 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 attainable. The Canon EOS R is presently out there for $1,799 / £1,699 / AU$2,199 and it appears Canon isn’t but making ready a successor to the price range 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 digicam”, which suggests an EOS R sequel would have an vital function to fill.
It will be a disgrace if that ultra-affordable full-frame digicam didn’t see the sunshine of day. However an EOS R successor with a tempting price ticket is precisely what Canon’s lineup (and eager photographers) want proper now. We’re enormous 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 among the finest Canon lenses.
The unique EOS R and EOS RP are presently fulfilling the ‘entry-level’ roles in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup. However with the EOS R near celebrating its fourth birthday (which, in digicam years, is about 60 years previous) and the EOS RP not far behind, it’s positively time for some new all-rounders that cash-strapped hobbyists can really justify.
Fortuitously, it appears like we shouldn’t have to attend lengthy, for one in every of them not less than. Canon Rumors says “we have now been instructed that the brand new digicam may very well be introduced in late 2022 or in early 2023, with a ship date coming in Q1 of 2023”. And it seemingly received’t be the one reasonably priced Canon digicam we see this 12 months.
Filling the affordability hole
We’ve already seen rumors that Canon’s subsequent RF-mount digicam, an APS-C vlogging mannequin, can be arriving someday earlier than November. However there’s little doubt that full-frame holds a particular attraction for photographers and videographers, and never simply because it’s the identical measurement as a body of 35mm movie.
Over the previous few years, full-frame cameras have seen all the funding relating to lenses. And but throughout that interval, the our bodies themselves have predominantly been costly, professional-oriented ones.
There are a number 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 several methods. However since then, there’s been a dearth of price range 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 vital area within the digicam world. The query is precisely how reasonably priced its EOS R successor is likely to be, and the way it would possibly obtain that.
Proper now, there are presently no rumored specs for the digicam. However given its all-rounder billing, we’d anticipate 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, fairly 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 maintain the worth down, is a second card slot and in-body picture stabilization (IBIS). Throw in some improved video specs (like 10-bit shade sampling) and also you’d have a really compelling all-rounder digicam for many who need the advantages of full-frame (like dynamic vary and excessive ISO picture high quality) over the velocity and measurement 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 digicam traits are pointing in that path. All we want now could be for Canon’s rivals to reply with some up to date full-frame rivals of their very own.