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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Canon EOS R1 and EOS R7 mirrorless cameras coming in 2021

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. I have returned from a wildlife photo tour of the Pantanal in Brazil over the weekend. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on

Throughout the decades, I have owned and/or used all the EOS camera lines. I bought my first EOS 1 back in 1989 as my main camera and have upgraded to every model since. Now the EOS-1D X Mark III is my primary body and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV are my backup cameras and occasionally I use the EOS-7D Mark II for far away wildlife shots.

As you know I am not enamored with mirrorless cameras. When the EOS R was first introduced, I was invited to a VIP preview but found the camera wanting. The latest EOS R5 and R6 are great improvement over the original EOS R but they are not there yet and not wildlife centric cameras.

My biggest dislike of mirrorless camera is their small ergonomic size,  limited battery life and 'slow' EVF as compared to the real time sensation of SLR cameras. The EOS R5's BG-R10 grip solves the battery life problem but I do not like the look of addon grips.

The EOS R1 will have a comfortable grip sculptured into the camera body and holds a robust single battery. With the expected first-in-class EVF performance, hopefully with practically no latency and IBIS mated to a mid 20+MP state-of-the-art sensor, this new camera will most probably make a buyer out of me. 

The second mirrorless body that may interest me will be the EOS R7, a APS-C mirrorless camera. It should have the same 1.6X crop factor that all Canon APS-C cameras have. This body will be designed for wildlife photographers who like to have the extra reach for certain circumstances. I expect the EOS R7 to come with an addon grip and use the same LP-E6NH battery as the EOS R5 and EOS R6.

However, I will not be buying any RF lenses. My complement of EF lenses have served me well and I do not need another series of lenses to clutter my equipment bags.

Stay tune as I get the latest leaks and information concerning the upcoming EOS R1 and EOS R7. If the Japanese government is serious about hosting the Summer Olympics on July 23, 2021, Canon is likely to have a development announcement in early 2021 and possible limited delivery for both cameras in time for the Olympics. 

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