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I have discussed an RF mount camera with an APS-C sensor many times in the past. I haven’t received any information that I would call definitive about such a camera, but more and more information from unknown sources has been coming in over the last little while.
I have been told by an anonymous source that there will be three APS-C equipped RF mount cameras coming in the future. If this is true, this should be the death knell for the EOS M system.
The first APS-C RF mount camera that is rumoured to be announced is the EOS R7. I am told that the announcement for this camera could come as soon as Q4 this year, or Q1 in 2022.
The second APS-C RF mount camera will be the EOS R8, this camera will be designed for vloggers and other types of social media creators.
The third APS-C RF mount camera will be the EOS R9, and this will be the entry-level camera to the EOS R system.
If all of this turns out to be true, it would definitely be the end of the EOS M system.
The EOS M system has a few models that have sold quite well over the last few years, as such those customers need to be retained. Keeping the EOS M system alive alongside the EOS R system probably doesn’t make a lot of economical sense.
If all three cameras sported the same image sensor, Canon could definitely keep engineering and manufacturing costs down. Ergonomics would probably be the big difference between the rumoured EOS R7 and EOS R8.
What about EF-M lenses you ask? They may not natively work on the RF mount, but there are always solutions to these sorts of problems. We have seen patents in the past that show Canon moving the image sensor inside the camera body. I’m not saying that’s going to happen, but that sort of engineering could keep your EF-M lenses usable on the RF mount.
For now, this is a [CR1] rating, so please treat this information accordingly.
More to come…