Canon’s recent release of the mid-range EOS R7 and EOS R10 was great news for those of us who can’t afford to invest in full-frame flagships – and it looks like the camera giant could follow suit. with another temptingly affordable model.
the reliable Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) stated that “Canon’s next RF mount camera is in the field” and will be announced “before November 2022”. Like Canon’s two most recent releases, the camera will apparently be another APS-C model and “will be a small form factor vlogger camera” that will likely compete with the new Nikon Z30. That means it could also be the Canon EOS R100.
Cameras with APS-C sensors are generally much more affordable than their full-frame counterparts. So the launch of a third RF-mount camera – following the Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 – would confirm a major shift in Canon’s strategy. And also very welcome in today’s difficult financial climate.
Even if you’re not in the market for a vlog camera, the arrival of another APS-C model would bode well for affordable Canon cameras. As our review of the Canon EOS R7 explains, one of the few issues with the camera is the lack of native lenses. There are currently only two RF-S lenses, an 18-150mm and an 18-45mm.
The release of an APS-C vlogging model would, you’d hope, signal that Canon is planning to develop more of these lenses, particularly some affordable wide-angle primes that pair very well with its rival Nikon Z30.
But there are also no guarantees. The recent arrival of the first RF-mount cameras with APS-C sensors echoes the Canon EOS M series, which arrived almost exactly ten years ago.
In 2012, we had high hopes that Canon would develop a small, compact mirrorless system ideal for amateur photographers. What happened in the next decade? Canon has released more cameras for the EOS M series than lenses, with the system getting just eight lenses in total.
small price to pay
An affordable camera system for photographers and vloggers doesn’t need dozens of exotic lenses – after all, the bottom line is that it’s relatively cheap and simple. It’s also true that some full-frame RF lenses, like the Canon RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM, pair very well with Canon’s APS-C cameras.
But today’s rumors about another Canon APS-C mirrorless camera have us optimistic again that the camera giant will build a small, affordable system that could fulfill the earlier potential of the EOS M series. In the current financial climate, that’s no doubt. a must for Canon and camera fans.
Canon’s new small sensor RF mount cameras have another small hurdle to overcome. As the distance from the RF mount flange – the gap between the lens and the sensor – is slightly longer than that of the EOS M series (20mm, compared to 18mm), they will likely never be as charming and compact as this one. band now apparently extinct.
Still, according Canon Rumors (opens in new tab), the alleged vlogging camera “will be close to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II in design”, which is promising. The EOS M6 Mark II remains one of the best travel cameras you can buy, although it suffers from the same problem as the EOS R7 and EOS R10 – lack of native lenses.
The camera will also apparently use “a different type of vari-angle LCD screen”, which can flip the camera over instead of swiveling to the side. A Canon EOS R100, if that’s what it’s called, would give Canon license to be a little more fun and innovative with its designs than its more serious full-frame cameras.
Canon may not have the resources or fan base it had at the start of the EOS M series in 2012. But it’s now focused on mirrorless cameras and a camera mount. Even though mirrorless cameras are never as affordable as the best entry-level DSLRs, let’s hope the EOS R series really starts to offer as many options for amateur photographers as it does for professionals.