The Canon EOS R7 has topped our controversial guide to the most exciting cameras of 2022, and now new rumors have given us a possible mirrorless camera release date.
Usually reliable Canon rumors claim that it has been confirmed that the camera will definitely be called the Canon EOS R7, and that “we have been told that the Canon EOS R7 is now slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2022”.
Confusingly, the site says that “this is in line with the usual late August/early September announcements that Canon is known for,” even though the fourth quarter traditionally covers the period from October to December. But either way, the camera is expected to land later this year in time for the holiday season.
At the moment, there are very few leaked or confirmed specifications of the Canon EOS R7 camera. But the reason for its exciting launch is that it is expected to be the first camera in Canon’s EOS R system to feature an APS-C sensor.
APS-C sensors are smaller than the full-frame sensors on current models such as the Canon EOS R5, which offers some advantages. First, APS-C cameras like the ones from Fujifilm tend to be cheaper than full-frame alternatives, which will be a big part of the EOS R7’s allure given how expensive Canon’s current range is.
Other bonuses are that APS-C cameras typically allow for smaller lens designs and also double the focal length of any lens you attach to them by 1.6x, making them popular in wildlife and sports. That’s why APS-C DSLR cameras like the Canon EOS 90D, for example, rank highly in our guide to the best wildlife photography cameras.
The Canon EOS R7 is expected to be a spiritual successor to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera, potentially marking the end of Canon’s EOS-M series. The latter, which has spawned popular models like the Canon EOS M50, has seen very little development in the past few years, and it looks like Canon may instead adopt Sony’s simple, single-mount strategy for both its full-frame and APS-C cameras.
Analysis: One of the many Canon releases?
The Canon EOS R7 is the most awaited camera of this year because of its importance, but it probably won’t be the only new camera from this year’s giants.
Earlier this year, Canon was set to release three mirrorless cameras in 2022 at more affordable price tags than the current EOS R range. Among them was the Canon EOS R7, the successor to the full-frame Canon EOS RP, and a third, more obscure model that could do without an electronic viewfinder.
It remains to be seen how much chip shortages and supply chain issues, which continue to affect the stock and release of mirrorless cameras, will make it into those plans, but it’s reassuring to hear rumors from a trusted source that the EOS R7 is still on track to get on the 2022 edition.
The only real question mark, or potential weakness, of the Canon EOS R7 will be the current lack of original lenses. Using full-frame lenses in APS-C cameras is perfectly fine, but the downside is that they tend to be heavier and more expensive than APS-C lenses. A wide range of original APS-C lenses is what makes Fujifilm’s X-series so popular among hobbyists and professional landscape photographers.
Of course, Canon can work on a few high-quality APS-C lenses to go along with the EOS R7. If so, it could be one of their famous cameras, and a major competitor to Micro Four Thirds cameras like the OM System OM-1.