It appears Canon is indeed going to release an EOS R with APS-C sensor. Or at least with an RF mount.
Canon Rumors is rather confident that Canon will release a mirrorless camera with APS-C sensor in the EOS R lineup in the second half of 2021. While no specifications have been suggested so far, the camera will aim at sport photographers (as the EOS 7D lineup did) and videographers. Moreover, it seems it will be the smallest unit in the EOS R lineup. A newly developed imaging sensor with Dual Pixel AF II is also mentioned.
So, RF-S lenses also on Canon’s radar? Not clear for the time being. The rumor states that “there will be lenses that will suit both the APS-C and full-frame shooter” but also says “that there aren’t any plans for RF-S lenses“.
Just to be clear: the rumored sensor is not a 2/3″ sensor but it is based on a 2/3 inch sensor.
So, the question here is: might this sensor come with the Canon EOS R1? Maybe. The EOS R1 is said to be equivalent to the EOS-1D X lineup, and it is rumored to get released in 2021. Will a 21MP full frame sensor still be good enough for a sport-oriented, professional mirrorless camera in 2021? Let me know what you think.
A Japanese site interviewed a Canon exec. When asked about a possible Canon EOS R7 camera, the Canon executive did not deny it. He didn’t confirm it either.
DC Watch interviewed Mr. Tsuyoshi Tokura, General Manager of Image Communication Business Headquarters at Canon. Here are some excerpts from the interview. Please note: the quoted text below is machine translated.
We have released two models this time, but the R series lineup is not yet complete. Of course, I’m thinking of expanding it in the future as a strategy, but I can’t say yet whether it will be EOS R7. However, there is no doubt that the lineup will be expanded, so please look forward to it.
Not sure if something got lost (or added) in translation, but Mr. Tokura seems to suggest the Canon EOS R6 sensor is derived from the EOS-1D X Mark III (has a 20MP sensor like the R6). That’s the answer (I guess) to a question about the sensor resolution of the EOS R5 and R6. If someone can read Japanese I’d appreciate a help on this one.
[Canon] wanted to make the most of the CMOS sensor on the EOS-1D X Mark III. It is burdensome to develop two models at the same time, so by making good use of them, you can create them in parallel. Since the EOS R5 is a high-pixel model with about 45 million pixels and performance that can meet professional needs, the EOS R6, which can be said to be a brother machine, should be a model with a better overall balance than the number of pixels.
It’s said that [it is untypical for] Canon, but it’s welcome that isn’t like Canon. It means how much you can make a surprise. When it comes to the new RF mount lens series, we have to do what we couldn’t do with the EF mount. The 600mm and 800mm lenses, which are quite affordable for super-telephoto lenses, are the popular versions of DO lenses. You can simply fix 600mm and 800mm to F11, so even if it is said that you can make it at this size and price, you can not make it unless various elemental technologies are catching up. The RF system and the technology, experience, and know-how cultivated in EF have been well matched, and we were able to commercialize it at this timing.
We got a rumor from a new source about a possible Canon EOS R5C (or R3C) video camera and a Canon EOS R5S (or R3S) camera with a high resolution sensor.
The Canon EOS R5C/R3C and the EOS R5S/R3S are said to share the same camera body form factor. Here is what else got suggested:
R5C/R3C has the same sensor technology as the EOS R5 but with half resolution
R5C/R3C records 4K/120P with no crop
R5C/R3C does 2.8K supersampling in super35 mode
Both have a newly developed heat sink
R5S/R3S has “double-width resolution sensor of EOS R6“
R5S/R3S does 12fps
Dual Pixel AF performance in low light better than EOS R5 and EOS R6.
R5S/R3S “high resolution monster being hybrid for quality and speed“
To be honest we have some doubts about this rumor. Besides the moniker uncertainty there is more that makes us wonder. Even if something might have got lost in translation, we wonder what “double-width resolution” exactly means.
A new rumor about the high resolution EOS R showed up, and it seems it sums up everything that was rumored in the past. The source claims that a small group of selected photographers is already testing this camera. The rumored resolution is 90MP, which fits pretty well with the resolution we were tipped last year. There is also a Canon patent that seems to confirm what our sources told us.
All in all there is nothing new coming with this rumor. Sometimes the interweb just recycles what is already there, and easily gets forgotten. That’s how the rumor industry works. Take it or leave it. The only new information coming with this rumor concerns the EVF (Electric ViewFinder), said to be larger than on actual models.
That’s all. So far no specifications nor an announcement date have been suggested.
Some rumor are surprisingly smart when it comes to the perfect timing. The long running and now-and-then surfacing rumor about a Canon EOS R with APS-C sensor seems to belong to this category.
Just a few days after someone suggested Canon might kill the EOS M lineup, someone else suggests that Canon will release an EOS R model with crop sensor.
We always had a hard time to buy this rumor, independently of the source. The Canon EOS M lineup is well established, has a fond user base, and is a best seller with the EOS M50. So why the hell should Canon kill the EOS M lineup? And why should they come up with an EOS R camera with APS-C sensor? Wouldn’t even further fragment their offering?
However, the EOS R with with a crop sensor gets shifted fro year to year. It’s now rumored for 2021 but I bet in 8 or 10 months it will be rumored for 2022. I migth be wrong but I call the EOS-R-with-APS-C nothing but a fantasy (or bs, your mileage may vary). If someone has a compelling argument for such a camera, I’m listening.