Canon has officially launched two RF-mount crop-sensor cameras, the EOS R7 and the EOS R10. Both will “be available in late 2022.”
The cameras are the first of their kind, combining Canon’s mirrorless RF-mount technology – originally designed for full-frame products like the EOS R, EOS RP, and EOS R5 – with APS-C sensors.
While Canon has produced APS-C mirrorless cameras in the past, those models used the smaller EF-M mount and were not compatible with Canon’s full-frame lenses. The EOS R7 and R10, in contrast, are fully compatible with pro-level RF-mount lenses; they can also be used with two just-announced Canon lenses, the RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and the RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM.
Action-ready APS-C: The Canon EOS R7
According to Canon, the R7 “is the quintessential camera to take your photography to the next level” and “a powerful camera choice for those seeking an upgrade to their travel and vacation photos.” A careful look at the specs, however, suggests the R7 is a high-end APS-C camera designed for action photography.
In addition to a 32 MP sensor and powerful autofocus capabilities, the R7 features 15 frames-per-second shooting via the mechanical shutter and shoots a whopping 30 frames per second via the electronic shutter; this is faster than even the R3, Canon’s pro-level action camera, which offers 30 FPS with the electronic shutter but only 12 FPS with the mechanical shutter. Bird photographers will have more than enough speed to capture outstanding birds-in-flight shots, while sports photographers can consistently nail those once-in-a-lifetime moments.
The R7 also boasts image stabilization for sharper handheld photography in low light, a robust body for easier outdoor shooting, and dual card slots for extra storage (or redundancy).
Videographers and hybrid shooters will also find much to love about the EOS R7. The camera records uncropped 4K/60p footage, and Canon claims that you can “[r]ecord each clip over thirty minutes.”
But what makes the EOS R7 special is not any single specification. Rather, it’s the combination of Canon’s APS-C crop factor, access to top telephoto lenses, and fast-action shooting capabilities. Wildlife, bird, and sports photographers can mount lenses like the RF 400mm f/2.8 and capture beautiful files at 640mm – and then, thanks to the high-resolution sensor, apply significant crops. It’s a set of Canon capabilities not seen since the release of the Canon 7D Mark II way back in 2014, so the R7 should fill a substantial gap in Canon’s mirrorless lineup.
A capable budget model: The Canon EOS R10
The Canon EOS R10 is the more basic of the two APS-C cameras, but don’t let that fool you; it still packs plenty of high-level capabilities, such as:
- A top-notch AF system (including “subject detection inherited from the EOS R3”)
- 15 frames-per-second continuous shooting via the mechanical shutter (and 23 FPS via the electronic shutter)
- A 24 MP sensor
- A 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
- Uncropped 4K/30p footage (4K/60p, too, but with a crop)
Canon promises a camera “perfect for content creators looking…to capture high-quality action videos and images of sports, wildlife, and motorsports,” which speaks to the EOS R10’s autofocus and continuous shooting prowess. Yet the EOS R10 will undoubtedly work well for walkaround photography, street photography, travel photography, and more, especially given the compact design and fully articulating viewfinder.
Plus, EOS R10 users will gain access to Canon’s entire set of RF lenses (in addition to the RF-S lenses listed above).
How much will the EOS R7 and EOS R10 cost?
For two high-quality mirrorless cameras, the R7 and R10 are surprisingly cheap.
You can currently preorder the EOS R7 for around $1500 ($1900 with the 18-150mm kit lens).
And you can grab the EOS R10 for just $980 (or $1100 with the 18-45mm kit lens).
While Canon has not unveiled a release timeline for either camera, B&H lists a June 23rd estimated shipping date for the R7 and a July 28th estimated shipping date for the R10 – so if you’re interested in either of the cameras, grab them before they sell out!
Now over to you:
Will you buy the EOS R7? How about the EOS R10? Share your thoughts in the comments below!