Canon introduces its first compact hybrids with RF bayonet

Canon has just passed the milestone by unifying its RF mount. Already offered on its full-frame cameras, it now equips two APS-C cameras from the Japanese manufacturer, the new Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10.

The Canon EOS R7 // Source: Canon

And three! After the Canon EF and Canon M mounts, the Japanese camera manufacturer announced on Tuesday the arrival of a new mount for its APS-C sensor cameras: the RF mount.

This will not be entirely unfamiliar to users of housings and full-frame cameras, having been used by the manufacturer’s 24×36 hybrid cameras since 2018. In concrete terms, this means that the two new boxes that Canon unveiled on Tuesday can work with the optical RF fleet that the manufacturer has already introduced over the last four years. As a reminder, the company already offered 23 lenses with the RF mount, a number that will now rise to 25 when the two optics are presented alongside the two new APS-C bodies. We’ll come back to that. This turning point also marks a break point for the manufacturer’s EOS M series and the M bayonet, which has so far been dedicated to APS-C hybrid cameras.

As for the new boxes, Canon therefore presents two new mirrorless cameras with APS-C photo sensor, the Canon EOS R10 and the Canon EOS R7. However, if these two devices use full-frame device nomenclature, they are actually boxes with an APS-C sensor, more compact and accessible than the EOS R6, EOS R5 or EOS R3.

An accessible Canon EOS R10

The Canon EOS R10 is now Canon’s entry-level model in the interchangeable lens segment, replacing the old EOS 70D and EOS 80D SLR cameras. It has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor without stabilization, Digic-X image processor, 23 fps burst mode with electronic shutter, sensitivity from 100 to 32,000 ISO (51,000 ISO in extended mode ) and a shutter speed that can go up to 4000th second. For videos, the EOS R10 offers a recording mode in 4K at 30p without crop or in 4K 60p with crop. Also note that the device can work in the video without any time limit.

Canon EOS R10
The Canon EOS R10 // Source: Canon

The Canon EOS R10 is characterized above all by its featherweight at 429 grams on the scales, battery and SD card included. In terms of ergonomics, it also benefits from a 280-degree screen with 1.02 million dots. We also find a small retractable flash and a microphone input – no headphone output. Crucially, Canon added a dedicated focus method button – to toggle between manual focus and autofocus. However, unlike the other keys, this key is not programmable.

An action-oriented Canon EOS R7

The Canon EOS R7, for its part, wants to be a little more upscale and aims to succeed the Canon EOS 7D. The body is equipped with a better defined APS-C sensor with 32.5 million pixels and up to 8 stops of sensor stabilization. Canon also offers an original feature, the automatic level. Specifically, the device is able to take advantage of the sensor’s mechanical stabilization to level the shot by a few degrees if it detects that the case is slightly tilted at the time of the shot.

In terms of body characteristics, the EOS R7 is more efficient than its cousin when it comes to sports or wildlife photography. It therefore benefits from a shutter speed that can go up to 1/16000s in electronic mode and 1/8000s with the mechanical shutter. For videos, this time it offers a 4K 60p mode without cropping, as well as recording in C-Log 3 format.

Canon EOS R7 liquid
The Canon EOS R7 screen // Source: Canon

In terms of ergonomics, this time the Canon EOS R7 offers a headphone output, a double SD UHS-II card slot and a 1.62 million pixel pivoting screen in addition to the microphone jack.

Two APS-C RF mount lenses

In addition to these two lenses, Canon is launching its first RF mount optics designed for APS-C sensors. These are two variable aperture zooms, an 18-45mm (f/4.5-6.3) lens – 29-72mm equivalent – and an 18-150mm (f/3.5-6) ​​lens ,3) – 29-240mm equivalent.

These two lenses can of course be used with the new EOS R7 and EOS R10, but also with Canon’s full-frame cameras if the image is cropped. The manufacturer’s previous lenses can also be used with the new cameras, but again with a 1.6x crop.

Canon EOS R10 lens 18-45 and 18-150
The Canon R10 and the 18-45 and 18-150 lenses // Source: Canon

The Canon EOS R10 will be available at the end of July, priced at €979 without a lens, €1099 with the 18-45mm zoom and €1379 with the 18-150mm. For its part, the Canon EOS R7 will be available at the end of June for €1499, or €1899 with the 18-150mm lens. Additionally, Canon will offer an EF-RF adapter ring at the launch of the two cameras to allow APS-C DSLR users to use their own lenses.

In terms of lenses, the RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM will be available from the end of June for 349 euros. The RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Zoom will be available in the same period, priced at €569.


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