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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Canon EOS R7 APS-C mirrorless camera coming in second half of 2021

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My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. 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 new body will be very similar to the EOS R6 but designed for wildlife photographers who like to have the extra reach for certain circumstances. I expect the EOS R7 to come with the following features :

  • Dimension and weight similar to EOS R6
  • Mid 20 to 30+MP dual pixel CMOS sensor
  • Dual SD memory card slots
  • May use the same battery grip BG-R10 as the EOS R6
  • Uses the same LP-E6NH battery as the EOS R6.
  • IBIS and AF similar or perhaps identical to EOS R6
  • Video capabilities similar or perhaps slightly below the EOS R6
  • List price slightly below EOS R6 

I will not be buying any RF lenses. The marginal advantages of some RF lenses over their EF counterpart is not compelling enough for me. 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. Both cameras' prototypes are out in the wild now for field testing. If the Japanese government is serious about hosting the Summer Olympics on July 23, 2021, and Canon is not adversely impacted by further Covid pandemic delays, it is likely to have a development announcement in the first half of 2021 and possible limited delivery for both cameras in time for the Olympics. Otherwise, the announcement and delivery of both cameras will fall into the second half or late 2021.

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