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Buyer's Guide

What we recommend and why

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Announcement date February 1st 2016

Days Since Last Release
661
Average Days Between Releases
1,147
Days Between Previous Releases
EOS-1D X: Announced Oct 8, 2011
1,577

EOS-1D Mark IV: Announced Oct 20, 2009
718


Buy Now? Yes
We do not expect a replacement for the EOS-1D X Mark II until 2019 at the earliest. This camera will remain the Canon DSLR flagship for the foreseeable future.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Announcement date August 25th 2016

Days Since Last Release
455
Average Days Between Releases
1,340
Days Between Previous Releases
EOS 5D Mark III: Announced Mar 2, 2012
1,637
EOS 5D Mark II: Announced Sep 17, 2008
1,262

EOS 5D: Announced Aug 2, 2005
1,122


Buy Now? Yes
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a safe buy, as we do not expect a direct replacement until 2020 at the earliest. Previous iterations have run on a 3-4 year product cycle.

Canon EOS 5DS R

Announcement date February 6th 2015

Days Since Last Release
1,021


Buy Now? Maybe
If you absolutely need the highest resolution possible, then the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R are your only Canon branded options. We’ve heard that there could be a replacement for these cameras sooner-than-expected, but we cannot confirm this. Canon has showcased higher resolution sensors in the last couple of years and we expect a camera near 100mp sometime between 2018-2020.

Canon EOS 5DS

Announcement date February 6th 2015

Days Since Last Release
1,021


Buy Now? Maybe
If you absolutely need the highest resolution possible, then the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R are your only Canon branded options. We’ve heard that there could be a replacement for these cameras sooner-than-expected, but we cannot confirm this. Canon has showcased higher resolution sensors in the last couple of years and we expect a camera near 100mp sometime between 2018-2020.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Announcement date June 29th 2017

Days Since Last Release
147

Days Between Previous Releases
EOS 6D: Announced Sep 17, 2012
1,746


Buy Now? Yes
This is Canon’s entry level full frame DSLR and it should stick around for quite some time. We’re hoping that the EOS 6D series moves to a quicker product cycle than the very long 4 years and 9 months between the EOS 6D and EOS 6D Mark II.

Canon EOS 6D

Announcement date September 17th 2012

Days Since Last Release
1,893


Buy Now? No
The 5 year old Canon EOS 6D has been replaced by the EOS 6D Mark II. If you want the latest and greatest, grab one of those. Look for some additional discounts on the EOS 6D body in the coming months as retailers get rid of remaining stock.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Announcement date September 15th 2014

Days Since Last Release
1,165

Days Between Previous Releases
EOS 7D: Announced Sep 1, 2009
1,637


Buy Now? Maybe
While the EOS 7D Mark II will not be replaced in 2017, we think it’s very possible we see a replacement later in 2018 ahead of Photokina. The 5 year wait between Mark 1 and Mark II likely won’t repeat itself.

If you need the best APS-C camera Canon has to offer today, then you can’t go wrong with the EOS 7D Mark II.

Canon EOS 80D

Announcement date February 17th 2016

Days Since Last Release
644
Average Days Between Releases
677
Days Between Previous Releases
EOS 70D: Announced Jul 2, 2013
961
EOS 60D: Announced Aug 26, 2010
1,041
EOS 50D: Announced Oct 6, 2008
689
EOS 40D: Announced Aug 20, 2007
413
EOS 30D: Announced Feb 21, 2006
545
EOS 20D: Announced Aug 19, 2004
551

EOS 10D: Announced Feb 27, 2003
539


Buy Now? Maybe
We expect to see a replacement to the EOS 80D some time in the first half of 2018. The EOS 80D is one of Canon’s best selling DSLRs and will suit you well today, especially with the low prices that can be had through rebates, sales and Canon’s refurbished store.

We think the EOS 80D is a better buy than the recently announced EOS 77D, but you may have a different opinion.

Canon EOS 77D

Announcement date February 14th 2017

Days Since Last Release
282

Days Between Previous Releases
EOS Rebel T6s: Feb 6, 2015
739


Buy Now? Yes
The EOS 77D may have a polarizing name, but in the end it’s a “super Rebel” and will likely run on an 18-24 month product cycle. That said, we’re not sure we’ll ever see a direct replacement for this camera or if this is some kind of hold over while Canon rethinks the xxD line.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D/X9i

Announcement date February 14th 2017

Days Since Last Release
282
Average Days Between Releases
480
Days Between Previous Releases
EOS Rebel T6i: Announced Feb 6, 2015
739
EOS Rebel T5i: Announced Mar 21, 2013
687
EOS Rebel T4i: Announced Jun 15, 2012
279
EOS Rebel T3i: Announced Feb 7, 2011
494
EOS Rebel T2i: Announced Feb 28, 2010
344

EOS Rebel T1i: Announced Mar 25, 2009
340


Buy Now? Yes
The EOS Rebel Txi/xxxD/Xxi line seems to be running on a 2 year product cycle, as such we don’t expect to see an EOS Rebel T8i until CP+ in 2019.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D/X9

Announcement date June 29th 2017

Days Since Last Release
147

Days Between Previous Releases
EOS Rebel SL1: Announced Mar 21, 2013
1,561


Buy Now? Yes
The smallest DSLR in the Canon lineup is a great camera for travel or if you’re not quite ready to move to a mirrorless system.