Canon will continue to be aggressive with product launches throughout 2022. They don't appear to be slowing down due to the global semiconductor shortage. I think after all of this time, Canon may have found some solutions to the problem internally and will continue to plan on the shortages to continue through most of 2022.
There are now 3 EOS R system cameras currently on the roadmap for the second half of 2022, and a very good source has finally chimed in on what we can expect.
There will definitely be an APS-C RF mount camera announced during 2022. While specifications and all of that are obviously not known, the source did mention it is a true hybrid camera. “Maybe a little M50 mixed with some 7D” is how it was described.
A new entry-level full-frame RF mount camera will be announced. It will use the image sensor for the EOS R6, but nothing beyond that is known.
Between the new entry-level camera and the Canon EOS R6 will be a body with a new image sensor, but a lower pixel count than the Canon EOS R5.
The source also said that the EVF may be removed from at least one of these cameras, with the entry-level camera being the obvious guess. I wouldn't be surprised to see it removed from more cameras in the future as the younger shooters don't use them as often as us old folks.
I was told not to give it the [CR3] stamp for the moment. I'm not sure that has any meaning anymore anyway. :)
More to come…
"Hope is a dangerous thing." - Red
Most of those here who want the crop sensor are using big whites anyway, unless I misread things.
I am still hoping for a less action-/video-centric RII with new ~30MP sensor, R6 ergonomics/buttons (+ shoulder display!) at $2000.
30-35 MP would have been my "sweet spot." But I didn't want 20 more than I didn't need 45...so I got the R5 not the R6. Perhaps this new camera will be a better fit for me; it depends on what features are missing; and it will be missing some or it wouldn't be priced at an R level.
If we see how tiny they can build lenses for the FF RF cameras (50mm 1,8 or the tiny 16mm f2,8) it would be very interesting to see, how small they can build lenses for an APS-C camera with the RF mount =)
But other than for compact models, demand for APS-C has waned over the years. How much smaller can an R mount body be? The entire point of that mount was to get it as big as Canon thought practical, much bigger than really needed for APS-C.
I can see an APS-C model that looks, with a large lens on it like a lens with two small grips for the lens sticking out at the rear.