Canon 7D Mark II mirrorless successor, the Canon EOS R7, rumoured to be announcing in late 2022

Apr 26, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon 7D Mark II mirrorless successor, the Canon EOS R7, rumoured to be announcing in late 2022

Apr 26, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, it’s been a minute or two since we last heard about Canon finally creating a follow-up to their popular Canon EOS 7D Mark II, the APS-C sports and wildlife shooter announced in 2014 and reportedly discontinued in 2019. There were reports at the end of 2020 that an “EOS R7” was spotted out in the wild, with many expecting an imminent announcement. It never came.

APS-C RF mount rumours started to hot back up again last September, though, but since then it’s basically been radio silence – except for a vague mention of an APS-C RF mount camera coming this year. Now, though, Canon Rumors is reporting that the Canon EOS R7 (they say they’ve confirmed that this is what it’ll be called) is going to be announced later during 2022, with Q4 being the most likely timeframe.

There are no specifications as of yet on anything. Even the sensor size. But given the hype over a hypothetical EOS R7 over the last couple of years and Canon’s current mirrorless lineup having pretty solid full-frame representation with the EOS R3, EOS R5 and EOS R6 (and an EOS R1 probably coming at some point), it seems logical that if Canon is going to expand the RF mount to cover APS-C and kill off EOS M then the EOS R7 would be the way to do it.

And Canon Rumors says they have confirmed that the camera is indeed going to be named the EOS R7, so if it’s not a 7D Mark II replacement, I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed. The only question now is, given the nature of what Canon’s 7D DSLR line offered, which features might it inherit from the EOS R3? I’m thinking mostly of Eye Control AF. Will Canon really go all out with this one for those who prefer the “extra reach” of APS-C in a fast-paced environment?

Only time will tell, but this is probably the Canon mirrorless camera I’ve been most excited to hear an announcement for (and I’m saying that as a Nikon shooter for the past two decades). And if it offers at least a 25-megapixel sensor, 4K 120fps video and at least a dozen frames per second, I might finally be tempted to make the switch. I mean, given Nikon’s history with their pro-level APS-C bodies (D400 anybody?) it might be a while before we see a decent mirrorless D500 replacement.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

[via Canon Rumors]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Canon 7D Mark II mirrorless successor, the Canon EOS R7, rumoured to be announcing in late 2022”

  1. Arjun T Murukesh Avatar
    Arjun T Murukesh

    John, your speculations are pretty much similar to the Fuji XT4. Why dont you switch right away?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Because there isn’t much of an ecosystem outside of that camera that I’d want to expand into that really provides me with any real benefit over what I have now and when it comes time for certain cameras to die and be replaced, Fuji offers no viable choices.

      Edit: Not seeing 4K 120fps on the X-T4, though.

      1. Arjun T Murukesh Avatar
        Arjun T Murukesh

        Oh, my comment was thinking that you use a Nikon Camera now. So switching brand will anyway need you to change most of your gear and there wont be much of a benefit.

        Why do you think that Fuji doesnt give you any upgrade choices? They have upgraded their cameras regularly. Dont know how many of us would use the 120fps in 4k at all. May be initially after we get the camera. But later on :(

        I sold my Canon gear last month to upgrade to Fuji ecosystem thinking of buying the xs10, but knowing that it doesnt come with weather sealing put a hold on to it. Now waiting for the extra funds to get the XT4.

        What do you think about this choice?

        I see that Sony A7iii is now a choice, given that its price has come down after A7iv.

        1. Philip Thomas Avatar
          Philip Thomas

          Wish the crop factor is standardized to 1. 5xlike Nikon & Sony

        2. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          I am still using Nikon, but I have like… 15 Nikon bodies for various uses and I’ve lost track of how many lenses. Fuji doesn’t offer all of the features in its range that those bodies currently satisfy and will need to satisfy as these die off and need replacing, so if I bought a Fuji for one, I’d still be buying into another brand besides Fuji to replace the rest.

          I also bought half a dozen Panasonic MFT mirrorless bodies over the last two years just for video. 4K 120 isn’t something I’d want all the time, but it’s something I want for when I need it. I use 1080p at 120/180fps fairly often on the GH5 (everybody has different needs), but being able to get that in 4K would be much nicer.

          Sticking with Nikon would be my ideal goal, but if I have to switch to Canon then so be it. I can still adapt all my Nikon F mount glass to RF if needed (albeit with certain limitations) and I’d be able to adapt any new EF glass I get to RF and to my Panasonics (the way I do now with F mount and M42 lenses). Fuji glass I couldn’t really adapt to anything.

          If Fuji works for you, then awesome, but for me, it doesn’t.