The recent launch of Canon’s mid-range EOS R7 and EOS R10 was great news for those of us who can’t afford to splash out on full-frame flagships – and it looks like the camera giant may follow suit with another temptingly affordable model. .
Reliable canon rumours (opens in new tab) claims that “Canon’s next RF-mount camera is in the field” and will be announced “before November 2022”. Like Canon’s two recent releases, the camera will apparently be another APS-C model and “a small form-factor vlogger” camera that will likely compete with the new Nikon Z30. That means it could also be the long-rumored Canon EOS R100.
Cameras with APS-C sensors are generally more affordable than their full-frame equivalents So the introduction of a third such RF-mount camera following the Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 would mark a major shift in Canon’s strategy. And a very welcome one in today’s tough financial climate.
Even if you’re not in the market for a vlogging camera, the arrival of another APS-C model will be a good sign for affordable Canon cameras. As our Canon EOS R7 review explains, one of the camera’s few problems is its lack of native lenses. Right now, there are only two RF-S lenses, an 18-150mm and an 18-45mm.
With the launch of an APS-C vlogging model, you might expect that Canon plans to further develop these lenses, particularly some affordable wide-angle primes that will pair nicely with its rumored Nikon Z30 rival.
But there is no guarantee. The recent arrival of the first RF-mount camera with an APS-C sensor echoes the Canon EOS M series, which landed nearly ten years ago.
Back in 2012, we had high hopes that Canon would produce a small, compact mirrorless system that would be ideal for amateur photographers. What happened in the next decade? Canon has launched more cameras than lenses for the EOS M series, with the system getting just eight lenses in total.
Small price to pay
An affordable camera system for photographers and vloggers doesn’t require dozens of external lenses – after all, the whole point is that it’s relatively cheap and easy. It’s also true that some full-frame RF lenses, such as the Canon RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM, will pair very nicely with Canon’s APS-C cameras.
But today’s rumor of another Canon APS-C mirrorless camera has us all feeling hopeful again that the camera giant will produce a small, affordable system that can fulfill the potential of the EOS M series. In the current financial climate, it’s arguably a must-have for Canon and camera fans alike.
Canon’s new small-sensor RF-mount cameras have another slight hurdle to overcome. Because the RF mount’s flange distance – the distance between lens and sensor – is slightly larger than the EOS M series (20mm, compared to 18mm), they probably won’t be as attractively compact as the now-defunct range.
Still, according to Canon Rumors (opens in new tab), the rumored vlogging camera will be “closer to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II in design”, which is promising. The EOS M6 Mark II is one of the best travel cameras you can buy, although it suffers from the same problem as the EOS R7 and EOS R10 – the lack of a native lens.
The camera will apparently use “a different type of vari-angle LCD screen,” which can be flipped instead of facing the camera. A Canon EOS R100, if it’s finally called for, would give Canon the license to be a bit more sporty and innovative with its design than more serious full-frame cameras.
Canon may not have the resources or fanbase it had when it launched the EOS M series in 2012 But it’s now laser-focused on mirrorless cameras and a camera mount Even if mirrorless cameras never become as affordable as the best beginner DSLRs, let’s hope the EOS R series really starts to offer as many options for amateur photographers as it does for pros.