New Canon APS-C Mirrorless Cameras (First In The “R” Lineup)

The new Canon APS-C mirrorless camera for the EOS R lineup was first rumored in Q4 of last year.

The news broke out around November last year when CanonRumors stated that a new RF mount for the APS-C system will be launched early this year.

True enough…

Two new models, the very first APS-C format for the R series (which is likely to succeed the EOS M APS-C range) were announced last month, May 2022.

Before this launch, the Canon EOS R series are only built for the Full-Frame system.

Now that Canon has added APS-C to the EOS R lineup… it makes more sense, as RF lenses cannot be used in the EOS M range and vice-versa, even with a mount adapter.

In simple words, RF lenses are not compatible with EOS M mirrorless cameras.

So, let’s find out what are the two new APS-C formats under the EOS R lineup!

New Canon APS-C Mirrorless Lineup

The two new Canon APS-C Mirrorless cameras recently launched under the EOS R family are; 1) Canon EOS R7 is a 32.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor targeted at enthusiasts and considered best for sports and wildlife, and 2) Canon EOS R10 with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor designed as a standard or as an entry-level type of mirrorless camera in this range. Both are using the AF Technology of EOS R3, the deep-learning technology that enhanced subject detection and tracking capabilities.

1. Canon EOS R7

Targeted at enthusiasts and more advanced shooters, the Canon EOS R7 mirrorless camera boasts impressive specs any avid Canon user would want to have in an APS-C format.

And R7 is considered best for sports and wildlife.

It features a sensor-shift 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization. The EOS R7 also possesses excellent video recording capabilities… it can record 4K60p uncropped and supports Canon Log 3.

The body is lightweight and more compact optimizing portability, it is as well weather-sealed.

While the focus has Canon’s latest Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system.

For other key features, see below.

Featured key specs:

TypeMirrorless (with support for interchangeable lens) Lens MountCanon RF mount (supported native lenses RF, RF-S)
SensorAPS-C (CMOS sensor, 22.3×14.8 mm )WiFiYes (built-in)
Effective Pixel32.5MPBluetoothYes
Image ProcessorDIGIC XHDMI portYes (micro-HDMI)
Image StabilizationYes (Sensor-shift)USB portYes (USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type C)
ISO sensitivity100 ~ 32000 (Expanded: 51200)Mic portYes
Exposure compensation±3 (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)Headphone portYes
Burst speed15.0fpsFlashExternal flash via hot shoe
Still Image formatRAW/ C-RAW, JPEG/ HEIFStorage media2 card slots SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
VideoMOV, MPEG-4BatteryLP-E6NH Lithium-ion
Video formatMPEG4 AVC/H.264, H.265/HEVCBattery life770 shots (power saving mode)
LCD/TFT Monitor2.95” vari-angle Touchscreen (1.62M dots)Approx. dimension132.0 x 90.4 x 91.7 mm
View FinderOLED EVF (2.36M dots)Approx. weight612g (including battery)

Notable reviews:

ProsCons
✅ Delivers good image quality and fast autofocus❎ No built-in flash
✅ Smaller, lighter, and cheaper than full-frame R series ❎ Viewfinder is the same as the average existing EVF
✅ Utilizing a bigger battery similar to full-frame models❎ Not enough native lenses currently

2. Canon EOS R10

More suited for beginners and content creators.

The EOS R10 does not have In-body image stabilization and the Canon Log profile is not supported.

While R10 does include a built-in flash and vloggers and content creators should love the Youtube Live Streaming function.

It has almost similar features as the more expensive R7.

Therefore, this would be an affordable option for Canon shooters or even for beginners who are looking for a compact and lightweight APS-C mirrorless camera with higher specifications to boot.

Featured key specs:

TypeMirrorless (with support for interchangeable lens) Lens MountCanon RF mount (supported native lenses RF, RF-S)
SensorAPS-C (CMOS sensor, 22.3×14.9 mm )WiFiYes (built-in)
Effective Pixel24.2MPBluetoothYes
Image ProcessorDIGIC XHDMI portYes (micro-HDMI)
Image StabilizationNoUSB portYes (USB 2.0, Type C)
ISO sensitivity100 ~ 32000 (Expanded: 51200)Mic portYes
Exposure compensation±3 (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)Headphone portNo
Burst speed15.0fpsFlashBuilt-in (support external flash via hot shoe)
Still Image formatRAW/ C-RAW, JPEG/ HEIFStorage media1 card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
VideoMOV, MPEG-4BatteryLP-E17 Lithium-ion
Video formatMPEG4 AVC/H.264, H.265/HEVCBattery life~430 shots (CIPA)
LCD/TFT Monitor2.95” vari-angle Touchscreen (1.04M dots)Approx. dimension122.5 x 87.8 x 83.4mm
View FinderOLED EVF (2.36M dots)Approx. weight429g (including battery)

Notable reviews:

ProsCons
✅ Compact, lightweight, fast autofocus❎ No In-body image stabilization
✅ Affordable with higher specs❎ No headphone terminal
✅ User-friendly interface❎ Not enough native lenses currently

3. Native Lenses for Canon APS-C R series

During the launching of Canon EOS R7 and R10, two native lenses for RF mount were also announced, the RF-S kit lens.

They are;

  • RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
  • RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

These two lenses were designed to be optimized for the APS-C system’s R lineup. Where one of these lenses may end up as a kit lens for both R7 and R10 camera bodies.

Likewise, existing RF lenses can also be utilized without the need of a lens mount adapter as they belong to one mount group… which is the RF mount.

Existing EF and EF-S lenses however need to be mounted using an EF-EOS R lens mount adapter.

Final Thoughts

We have identified the new Canon APS-C mirrorless cameras and their native lenses for the EOS R lineup!

Again, they are the following;

  • Canon EOS R7
  • Canon EOS R10
  • RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
  • RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

With this Canon’s introduction of RF mount for the APS-C system, will the rumored discontinuation of EOS M have finally arrived?

What do you think…

So there you have it folks, once again thank you for reading. If you find this article helpful or you have some questions please leave a comment and I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge.


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