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There may be a higher-end APS-C mirrorless announced in late 2020, early 2021 [CR2]

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I have been told that Canon has plans to announce a “high-end” APS-C camera in late 2020 or early 2021. Product launches are obviously affected by the current global landscape.

What I cannot figure out from the bits of information that I have received is whether or not this camera has an EF-M mount or an RF mount.

One source claims the new APS-C camera will basically be an “EOS R6 with a small sensor”, but the source hasn’t responded for clarification about what mount the camera would be equipped with.

Canon will also likely release an RF 18-45mm IS STM lens in the first half of 2021, which hasn’t historically been a focal range for a full-frame camera. I am not suggesting that there will be an RF-S mount, but something relatively inexpensive to stick to the front of an APS-C equipped EOS R camera makes some sense, but I’m just hypothesizing here.

One thing multiple sources seem to agree with is that we are going to get some kind of EOS 7D Mark II replacement in mirrorless camera form, and no offense to the EOS M6 Mark II and EOS R6, neither of those cameras truly fit the heritage of Canon’s popular high-end APS-C camera.

More to come…

Sep 5, 2018
If they are doing this, why not give it the R5 body and weather sealing. Forgive me is I am mistaken, but a high end APS-C body would mostly be for wildlife guys with a 100-500mm lens permanently attached and having a wee wade through a humid environment or even a swamp.

I would be happy taking a 7dII or 1D body into the wild, but one with (in Canon's words suggesting inferior) 6 series weather/environmental sealing.


EOS R3, R5
CR Pro
Apr 1, 2020
Wasn't there a rumor a while back about a new M-series camera placed above the M6II? Maybe this is it. Honestly the M6II is great in actual use. Two things missing that make it lackluster and unsuitable as a replacement for the 7DII - not the most robust build (don't mean size), and more importantly the lack of tracking options/cases to make it suitable for tough situations like BIF.


I'm New Here
Nov 27, 2013
I was hoping for a higher end EOS-M camera, but I think it will not come - for pricing reasons. It would probably cost around $1500 witch is already a fullframe territory. It would also require better lenses. Canon prioritizes RF mount, so I think it makes more sense to spend that money on an RF camera.


CR Pro
Sep 4, 2012
Eastern Shore
So maybe Canon is listening and will issue an R67. I have trouble believing there will be more than one or two telephoto zooms made for R mount APS-C size, but that would satisfy the small sensor bif crowd.
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CR Pro
Dec 26, 2015
Turku, Finland
How much MP can we expect? A new 24MP would be sweet! But maybe they will use the 30MP of the 90D/6MII?

The 32MP is an excellent sensor, gives a nice amount of croppability, and Canon's new tech should be plenty fast enough for wildlife/sports—after all, the M6II already shoots at 14fps with the mechanical shutter, handily beating the 7D2!
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Mar 4, 2020
I'm cancelling my pre-order. I can wait another year with my existing 7Dii to get a camera that better meets my needs. R5 sounds great, but really a lot for what I need.

I could see an APS-C R7 style costing well over $2,000, but that is better than $3,900 for R5.


Mar 4, 2020
Seams weird to do a high end APS-C camera as an M camera as the native lens options are limited. M line up is saved by the Sigma primes.
RF mount sounds more likely given the lens selection. Yes, I know you can adapt on the EF-M mount, but still.
I agree. For what they would want to charge for it and the size to make it weather sealed, rugged, etc., it really doesn't "fit" the M Series line very well. I can see it as an R series and few or NO APS-C lenses in RF mount ever made for it. Just assume owners will use full frame RF mount lenses or adapt older APS-c lenses.

Many of the lenses I use on my 7Dii (and all of the better glass such as 100-400L, 70-200L, 300L) are full frame.


Particular Member
Aug 16, 2012
The $64,000 question: will they follow suit with Nikon and Sony and make smaller/lighter/cheaper APS-C sized RF lenses to go with it?

If they don't, it's Canon's way of saying 'FINE. Here's your damn 7D3, you guys never stop asking for it!' but birders/wildlifers lose their mirrors.

If they do, yowza -- it would mark the beginning of the end for both EF-M *and EF-S* mount bodies.

- A


EOS M6 Mark II
Sep 18, 2018
I'm cancelling my pre-order. I can wait another year with my existing 7Dii to get a camera that better meets my needs. R5 sounds great, but really a lot for what I need.

I could see an APS-C R7 style costing well over $2,000, but that is better than $3,900 for R5.

I've got a 7D II also, and I didn't place any preorders. I'd thought about the R6, but I need more pixels.
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Jan 26, 2017
I kind of wonder what this means for EF APS-C. I figured Canon would continue that because it draws a lot of customers, but if APS-C on RF mount or in R body style becomes a thing, maybe Canon is considering a larger pivot to mirrorless. The EF-M transition pathway to RF is obviously much more clunky than EF-S to EF was, so there is reason to consider that path.
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