Canon brings EOS-R cameras with smaller sensor
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Canon brings EOS-R cameras with smaller sensor

David Lee
Zurich, on 24.05.2022

The mirrorless R system is no longer reserved for full-frame. This summer, Canon is launching two quite ambitious APS-C cameras and two matching lenses.

Canon changes something fundamental with the two new cameras. Until now, the EOS R system was for full-frame cameras. Cameras with the smaller APS-C sensor fall into the EOS M system. From now on, there are also EOS R cameras with an APS-C sensor.

The EOS M system will not be discontinued because of this. The two new cameras are not successors of EOS M models, but are placed above them. This means that the EOS R is for ambitious photographers, regardless of the sensor size, and the EOS M is more for beginners and casual photographers.

Canon is also introducing two new lenses at the same time as the new cameras.

Canon EOS R7

With the R7, there will finally be another really ambitious APS-C camera for sports, action and wildlife photography from June 2022. In other words, a camera with the same purpose as the SLR EOS 7D, which is out of date even in its second generation.

EOS R7 Kit (32.50 Mpx, APS-C / DX)
Canon EOS R7 Kit (32.50 Mpx, APS-C / DX)

The EOS R7 has autofocus with subject detection for humans, birds and other animals as well as vehicles. So it's the same as the R3, but without the eye tracking. The continuous shooting function reaches 15 photos per second with mechanical shutter and 30 with electronic shutter. It can hold this speed for 51 RAW images or 224 JPEGs with the mechanical shutter, and 42 RAW photos or 126 JPEGs purely electronically.

The built-in image stabilizer compensates for up to 8 stops of exposure, according to the manufacturer. The sensor's resolution is 32.5 megapixels.

The R7 doesn't let itself down in the video area either. 4K at 30 fps is downsampled from 7K, which should result in very sharp pictures. 4K at 60 fps is also available, without cropping, but also without 7K downsampling. Canon specifies 6 hours as the maximum recording time. This camera offers headphone and microphone ports and the Canon-Log 3 profile for post-processing color and tone (color grading).

Oh yes: If you still want a crop, for example to get a bird even bigger on the picture, you can activate it at 4K. The camera then simply processes the middle 3840×2160 pixels of the sensor.

The screen with 540,000 pixels can be folded out to the side and then rotated by 170 degrees. The OLED viewfinder offers a resolution of 1024×768 pixels and a frame rate of either 60 or 120 frames per second.

Canon EOS R10

The R10, available in July 2022, can do less than the R7, but is cheaper. The resolution is only 24 megapixels, the built-in image stabilizer and the second card slot are missing. However, the R10 is also fast: 15 frames per second with a mechanical shutter and 23 with an electronic shutter. These figures are to be understood with tracked autofocus - which means that the autofocus is also fast. It offers the same scene recognition as the R7. A burst mode delivers 30 frames and records before you even press the shutter button, so you don't miss the decisive moment.

4K video can be downsampled from 6K by the R10, again only at 30 fps. At 4K with 60 fps, you have to accept a crop with this camera. The maximum runtime is two hours, according to the manufacturer.

EOS R10 Kit (24.20 Mpx, APS-C / DX)
Canon EOS R10 Kit (24.20 Mpx, APS-C / DX)

The screen has the same movement as the R7, but a lower resolution of about 350,000 pixels. The viewfinder is the same.


The following lenses can be connected to the APS-C cameras of the R system:

  • Via the included adapter, all EF and EF-S lenses, i.e. the lenses for Canon SLR cameras.
  • RF lenses. The field of view is narrowed by a factor of 1.5. This is especially practical for wildlife photography. The RF 800mm has the image section of a 1200mm lens on an APS-C camera.
  • RF-S lenses. These are lenses for the R system that are specially tailored to the small sensor size. They are lighter and smaller. Until now, they simply didn't exist because there were no corresponding cameras. With the two new cameras, this is now changing - Canon is introducing the first two RF-S lenses.

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

Both lenses are also available in a kit with the R7 or R10.

Of course, these two lenses do not cover every application by far. More RF-S lenses are urgently desired. Canon has not yet shown a roadmap.

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