I agree for the most part, but for some reason I doubt that they would risk not putting in an EVF. It seems they use different qualities of EVF. If the M50 has one, I don't see why this one wouldn't as well. I just think this will be establishing that standard, and finally transition from consumer DSLRs to mirrorless. The Rebel R.This will be a camera for the big box stores to sell to new photographers just as the digital rebel was. Its not going to be loaded with bells and whistles or super sensor or even a EVF. That does not mean it won't do a good job in the right hands, but everything possible will be cut out to get the price down. The cost to manufacture a camera is not even close to the selling price. There are so many hidden costs that bump the price up to that big figure. I think Canon would like to get a FF camera / lens kit into big box stores for <$1000.