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Canon EOS R10 rumours, news, and what we’d like to see

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According to reports, the interesting EOS R10 could be here shortly.

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The Canon EOS R10 is set to be the surprise co-star of a double launch from the camera giant in late May, according to rumours.

While the Canon EOS R7, the second speculated camera from that launch, was initially referenced on rumour sites in 2020, the EOS R10 is more of an unknown quantity.

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It’s believed to be a new entry-level model in the Canon EOS R line, according to Canon Rumors. Its speculated specifications suggest it could be a good upgrade for Canon DSLR owners who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a full-frame camera like the Canon EOS R6.

The Canon EOS R10 is expected to contain an APS-C sensor, which is smaller than a full-frame sensor, similar to the Canon EOS R7. This means it would have less light-gathering power than current EOS R cameras, but it might also offer benefits like a reduced price tag and a crop factor that could be useful for long-range photography.

But what are the expected specs for the EOS R10, which cameras will it replace, and what would we like to see from it? In this handy guide to the Canon EOS R10, we’ve gathered all of the recent leaks as well as our initial views.

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RELEASE DATE AND PRICE OF THE CANON EOS R10

The Canon EOS R10 is scheduled to be released soon, with Canon Rumors forecasting a May 24 announcement. The Canon EOS R7 and two APS-C lenses, the Canon RF-S 18-45mm f/3.5-5.6 and Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3, are also likely to be unveiled at the same time.

We don’t have any leaked pricing for the EOS R10 yet, but given on the rumours thus far, we can make some educated assumptions. While it’s expected to be the entry-level model in Canon’s EOS R series, early Canon Rumors mockups imply it won’t be as affordable as Canon’s smallest EOS M series models, such as the Canon EOS M200.

The EOS R10 appears to be more of a mirrorless successor to Canon’s double-digit or triple-digit EOS DSLRs, which have generally been aimed at hobbyists rather than total beginners, with a design comparable to full-frame models like the Canon EOS R6.

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It could be priced similarly to the Canon EOS 90D (which debuted in 2019 for $1,199 / £1,210 / AU$1,959) or perhaps the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D, depending on its feature set. The latter was released in 2016 for $449 / £440, however given that the EOS R10 is rumoured to include an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and current mirrorless capabilities, it’s unlikely to be as cheap.

Still, at a price tag somewhere between those two iconic DSLRs, it might be a very appealing prospect for photographers and videographers looking to upgrade to a mirrorless body that can use RF-mount lenses.

SPECS, LEAKS, AND FEATURES OF THE CANON EOS R10

We only know a few rumours about the Canon EOS R10 specs so far, but they offer us an idea of what kind of camera it could be.

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The EOS R10 will sport a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, according to Canon Rumors, and will be capable of shooting at astounding burst rates of 15fps with the mechanical shutter and 23fps with the electronic shutter.

Those continuous shooting specs aren’t far off from those for the Canon EOS R7, which will reportedly be able to shoot at 30 frames per second using an electronic shutter. This suggests the EOS R10 could be an RF-mount version of Canon’s EOS 90D DSLR and EOS M6 Mark II cameras.

The fact that the EOS R10 will only have one UHS-II card slot is the clearest indication that it will be a budget-friendly hobbyist camera. Cameras built for serious photographers and professionals usually contain two card slots so that they may back up photographs on the fly in case the card fails. However, this would set it apart from the EOS R7, while the EOS 90D and M6 Mark II both have only one card slot.

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The EOS R10’s final leaked spec, support for the HDR (High Dynamic Range) PQ standard, indicates that it will offer 10-bit video. We don’t yet have any information on frame rates, resolutions, or potential cropping.

As a result, we still have a lot of knowledge gaps about the EOS R10. We don’t know yet if it will include in-body image stabilisation, a viewfinder or a flip-screen, or what type of autofocus mechanism it will have.

It’s tough to say what kind of camera to expect without more information, but an affordable, hobbyist-friendly all-rounder appears to be the most likely scenario.

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The RF mount’s greater size and flange distance mean it won’t be as tiny as any EOS M-series cameras, so we’re curious to see how compact Canon manages to make it, given that this is generally a key part of an entry-level camera’s appeal.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE IN THE CANON EOS R10

The Canon EOS R10 appears to fill one of the largest voids in the Canon EOS R lineup: a cheap model for enthusiasts, especially those wishing to upgrade from an older DSLR.

Some may prefer to wait for the Canon EOS RP’s long-rumored successor, but not everyone requires a full-frame camera. And, based on the speculations thus far, the EOS R10 could well fit the bill for individuals who prefer to shoot in daylight but also want an affordable, high-quality mirrorless camera that can keep up with moving things.

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We’d love to see Canon compete on the price of the EOS R10, possibly offering bundles that include prime lenses like the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM and 50mm f/1.8 STM, as well as the rumoured RF-S kit lenses. This might make it a fun, budget-friendly walkaround camera that can compete with the greatest travel cameras.

For wildlife photography, the EOS R10 could work well with the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM lenses. However, it’s crucial to consider what type of autofocus system this less expensive model will have, as well as what kind of 4K video crop it will have. If those characteristics aren’t overly constrained, the EOS R10 might be a major new APS-C competitor for Sony.

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