Barely a day after we learned the Canon EOS R7 could be announced in June or July, a new report a Japanese site claims an announcement could come on April 24.
This is exciting news for Canon fans who have been eagerly awaiting the camera maker to add more options to its RF mount housings. And “options” is the operative word here, as the same report claims that the Canon EOS R10 could be announced alongside two RF-S lenses at the same time.
A separate report from a reliable leaker Canon Rumors also gives May 24th as the announcement date for the pair of cameras and lenses, while also listing some possible specs for the EOS R10.
If what Canon rumors have revealed is true, then it looks like the EOS R10 will be the more affordable of the two, possibly sporting a 24.2MP APS-C sensor (as opposed to the rumored 32 .5 MP resolution of the EOS R7) and is capable of top burst speeds of 15fps with the mechanical shutter and 23fps with the electronic shutter (compared to 15fps/30fps on the R7). Another giveaway that it’s likely to be affordable is the rumor that it’ll only have a single UHS-II speed SD card slot.
The lenses due to arrive with the new bodies are the RF-S 18-45mm IS and RF-S 18-150mm IS, and it’s possible that both cameras will be available as kits with either or both lenses .
Analysis: Are we saying goodbye to the EOS M line?
When it comes to Canon’s mirrorless camera systems, it’s quite telling that there are now six R-series bodies (currently all full-frame), while there are only three in the M-series.
There were rumors of an EOS M5 Mark II back in 2019 when Canon launched the EOS M6 Mark II, but the former never materialized. And now there is speculation that the camera maker has also discontinued the latter (although it’s still listed on Canon websites and at retailers in several markets), adding even more fuel to the fiery theory that Canon is finally retiring the EOS M line.
Given how popular its EOS R cameras are, we really wouldn’t be too surprised if Canon were to discontinue its M series. If the EOS R7 and R10 cameras inherit the amazingly accurate autofocus system Canon has in its full-frame cameras, and if the leaked specs are to be believed, then none of the M cameras will be able to match the performance of the upcoming APS C RF to achieve – mount body.
The appeal of the M cameras was their price – they’re inexpensive buys for the hobbyist. If the RF-mount APS-C cameras are priced right, Canon could see a flood of upgrades from its existing M-series users and possibly even new fans jumping brands. The EOS M50 Mark II was a little disappointing considering it wasn’t a huge leap from the first-gen model, and the EOS M200 isn’t much special either, although both are capable in their own right. However, the EOS M6 II is the flagship of the M series and has long been one of our picks for best compact camera and best travel camera.
The ongoing parts shortage could also be a reason why Canon is prioritizing the EOS R system.
Whatever the company’s strategy at the moment, the future of the M series is still undecided, but it’s clear that Canon is hedging its bets on the RF mount.
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