After a quiet few months, the Canon EOS R7 rumors are starting to pick up steam – with new speculation giving us a good idea of the specs of the incoming camera.
The Canon EOS R7 was designed to be Canon’s first RF-mount camera with an APS-C sensor, which should make it more affordable than its current full-frame models. And Canon’s reliable rumors have now predicted that the camera will pair a 32MP APS-C BSI (back-illuminated) sensor with a Digic X processor.
If true, that would be a powerful combo that should make the EOS R7 capable of fast burst shooting speeds and video frame rates, and that’s backed up by other leaked specs. Canon Rumors says the camera will shoot at 20fps (matching the speedy Canon EOS R6) and record video at 4K/60p (or 1080/240p).
It looks like the EOS R7 will be more towards the higher end of APS-C cameras, as it’s also been designed to have two card slots: one for CFExpress-friendly cards and the other for more SD cards. standard. It’s also rumored to be getting Canon’s latest multi-function hot shoe (as seen on the Canon EOS R3), meaning it’ll be able to power accessories like external microphones.
What will the EOS R7 look like? Canon Rumors predicts “a combination of EOS R6 and EOS R5 ergonomics”. These two cameras are quite similar in terms of handling, so this could refer to the EOS R6’s more user-friendly PASM dial (program, aperture, shutter, manual) or the R5’s more robust construction.
On paper, the EOS R7 is shaping up to be the spiritual mirrorless successor to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which we called its “best APS-C model yet” when it landed in 2014. would make it something of a dream animal camera, assuming Canon includes its latest autofocus algorithms like Animal Eye Detection AF. With an announcement expected in August 2022, we shouldn’t wait too long to find out.
Analysis: The leaked specs make perfect sense
Canon’s EOS R mirrorless cameras are understandably popular among professional photographers, but the system is sorely lacking in amateur-friendly options – and the Canon EOS R7 seems to be able to fill that gap.
The inclusion of an APS-C sensor should make it a little more affordable than the EOS R5 and EOS R6, although it’s also unlikely to be as cheap as the aging Canon EOS RP. The EOS 7D Mark II, for example, was $1,799 / £1,599 when it arrived eight years ago, and the EOS R7 will include upgraded (and likely more expensive) specs.
But not everyone needs a full-frame sensor, and APS-C cameras are particularly well suited to sports, action and wildlife for several reasons. First, the size of the sensor effectively acts as a 1.6x multiplier on the focal length of any lens you attach, which means greater reach with smaller lenses. A smaller sensor also means less data to digitize, which can bring benefits for burst shooting, autofocus, and rolling shutter.
Combining the supposed specs of the EOS R7 with Canon’s latest autofocus powers, which we found extremely impressive for wildlife photography on the EOS R5, will be tantalizing to photographers who can’t quite justify Canon’s flagship mirrorless cameras. Canon already has its EOS M system with APS-C cameras, but those models have apparently been left behind.
A potential downside is that Canon is notorious for segmenting its camera lines by capping certain features, so it remains to be seen how much of it will hold back the EOS R7 and where those limitations might seep.