Canon has already heard the screams from our wallets this year and has launched the EOS R7 and EOS R10 at tempting prices. And now, according to the latest rumors, it plans to do the same for its full-frame mirrorless cameras with a successor to the original EOS R.
the reliable Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) says that this new full-frame camera, which will have a larger sensor than the EOS R7 and EOS R10, “will be something of a replacement for the original Canon EOS R, but it will not be called the Canon EOS R Mark II”. That’s potentially music to the ears of those who can’t afford Canon’s current full-frame models.
When the Canon EOS R launched in 2018, it was an all-rounder for all types of photography – and Canon Rumors says its successor “will fall below the Canon EOS R6”, meaning it should be priced much lower than that. $2,499 / £2,499 / AU$4,499 model.
Exactly how much lower is still unclear, but a price tag below $2,000 is certainly possible. The Canon EOS R is currently available for $1,799 / £1,699 / AU$2,199 and it looks like Canon isn’t readying a successor to the budget Canon EOS RP just yet. Sadly, Canon Rumors says that “rising supply chain costs may have delayed or vetoed the $899 full-frame R-series camera,” meaning an EOS R sequel would have an important role to play.
It would be a shame if this ultra-affordable full-frame camera didn’t see the light of day. But a temptingly priced successor to the EOS R is just what Canon’s lineup (and keen photographers) needs right now. We’re big fans of the Canon EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS R3, but they all come at a premium that becomes quite prohibitive when you invest in some of the best canon lenses.
The original EOS R and EOS RP are currently fulfilling ‘entry-level’ roles in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup. But with the EOS R close to celebrating its fourth anniversary (which, in camera years, is around 60 years old) and the EOS RP not far behind, it’s definitely time for some new all-rounders that penniless hobbyists can really justify.
Fortunately, it looks like we shouldn’t wait too long, at least for one of them. Canon Rumors says that “we were told the new camera could be announced in late 2022 or early 2023, with a Q1 2023 delivery date.” And it probably won’t be the only affordable Canon camera we’ll see this year.
Bridging the accessibility gap
We’ve already seen rumors that Canon’s next RF mount camera, an APS-C vlogging model, will arrive before November. But there’s no doubt that full-frame has special appeal for photographers and videographers, and not just because it’s the same size as a frame of 35mm film.
In recent years, full-frame cameras have seen all the investment when it comes to lenses. And yet, during this period, the bodies themselves were predominantly expensive and professionally oriented.
There are few exceptions. 2020 saw the launch of the Nikon Z5, Panasonic Lumix S5 and Sony A7C, all of which are impressive entry-level full-frame cameras in different ways. But since then, there’s been a dearth of budget full-frame options, and Canon has continued to push the original EOS R and EOS RP as its cheapest offerings, despite the latter offering a paltry 4fps burst mode.
But it looks like Canon is finally ready to inject some much-needed life into this important space in the camera world. The question is exactly how affordable its successor EOS R can be and how it can achieve that.
There are currently no specs rumors for the camera. But given its fuller billing, we’d expect its sensor to offer a resolution of 30MP or higher (to differentiate it from the EOS R6) and be paired with a Digic X processor. This could unlock some improved burst shooting speeds (perhaps 15 fps, instead of the EOS R’s 8 fps) and autofocus performance, with Dual Pixel CMOS AF II and subject recognition (for humans, animals and vehicles), both likely candidates.
What the EOS R would likely lack, to keep the price down, is a second card slot and in-body image stabilization (IBIS). Add in some improved video specs (like 10-bit color sampling) and you have a very attractive all-round camera for those who want the full-frame benefits (like dynamic range and high ISO image quality) over speed and size advantages. of APS-C models like the EOS R7.
Is this what we’ll see from Canon? It’s all speculation at the moment, but rumors and general camera trends are pointing in that direction. All we need now is for Canon’s rivals to respond with some updated full-frame rivals.