The EOS R10 could spell the end for Canon’s EOS M cameras.
Only a day after we learned that the Canon EOS R7 could be unveiled in June or July, a new story on a Japanese website indicates that the Canon EOS R7 would be unveiled on May 24.
This is fantastic news for Canon enthusiasts who have been waiting for the company to expand its RF-mount body lineup. The crucial word here is ‘options,’ as the same rumour suggests that the Canon EOS R10, as well as two RF-S lenses, might be launched at the same time.
A separate rumour from reliable leaker Canon Rumors indicates that the pair of cameras and lenses will be announced on May 24, and lists a few likely specs for the EOS R10.
If Canon Rumors is correct, the EOS R10 will be the more cheaper of the two, with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor (as opposed to the EOS R7’s alleged 32.5MP resolution) and top burst speeds of 15fps with the mechanical shutter and 23fps with the electronic shutter (compared to 15fps/30fps for the R7). The speculation that it will only have one UHS-II speed SD card slot is another indicator that it will be inexpensive.
The RF-S 18-45mm IS and RF-S 18-150mm IS lenses are believed to be coming with the new bodies, and it’s probable that both cameras may be sold as kits with one or both lenses.
Analysis: Is the EOS M line coming to an end?
When it comes to Canon’s mirrorless camera systems, the fact that there are now six R-series bodies (all of which are full frame) and just three M-series models is telling.
When Canon released the EOS M6 Mark II in 2019, there were speculations of an EOS M5 Mark II, but the latter never materialised. And now there’s conjecture that Canon has also discontinued the latter (despite the fact that it’s still available on Canon websites and at dealers in numerous areas), fueling the fire that the EOS M range is being phased out.
Given the popularity of Canon’s EOS R cameras, we wouldn’t be surprised if the M series was discontinued. None of the M cameras will be able to match the performance of the future APS-C RF-mount bodies if the EOS R7 and R10 cameras inherit the amazingly accurate focusing mechanism found on Canon’s full frames, and if the reported specs are to be trusted.
The M cameras’ draw was their low price – they’re great for hobbyists on a budget. If the RF-mount APS-C cameras are reasonably priced, Canon might see a flood of upgrades from existing M-series users, as well as new fans switching companies. Although both are capable in their own way, the EOS M50 Mark II was a touch disappointing, considering it wasn’t a great leap from the first-gen model, and the EOS M200 isn’t much better. The EOS M6 II, on the other hand, is the M-series flagship and was, for a long time, one of our best compact camera and best travel camera recommendations.
Canon may be prioritising the EOS R because of the ongoing parts shortage.
Whatever Canon’s current strategy is, the M series’ future remains uncertain, but it’s evident that the corporation is hedging its bets on the RF mount.
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