Canon working on an sub-$800 full-frame mirrorless camera for release in 2022?

Jul 15, 2021

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Canon working on an sub-$800 full-frame mirrorless camera for release in 2022?

Jul 15, 2021

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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If this is true, it’ll certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons. According to a report on Canon Rumors, Canon is working on a full-frame RF mount mirrorless camera with an intended price point of less than $800 (presumably $799). This sounds pretty extreme, given the average cost of full-frame mirrorless cameras today, but is it really?

The Canon EOS RP was $1,299 when it was initially launched and was, at the time, the cheapest full-frame mirrorless camera you could buy. Now that it’s dropped to $999 it matches the current new price of the Sony A7 II. So, it kind of makes sense that Canon wants to target a more entry-level full-frame market.

There are obviously no specifications for the hypothetical new camera, but I think we can probably expect something along similar lines to the two cameras already mentioned above but with the more recent Canon autofocus system, with decent Eye AF. It’s possible that IBIS might not be included in order to keep the costs down and it’ll probably have lower-end processors that won’t be able to handle uncropped 4K video, but still, it should be a pretty sweet deal for many would-be customers.

CR says that the camera is expected to come at some point during 2022, but they also say that it’s likely at least a year away, so we’re probably talking the latter half of the year and not the first.

[via Canon Rumors]

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John Aldred

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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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6 responses to “Canon working on an sub-$800 full-frame mirrorless camera for release in 2022?”

  1. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    “set the cat amongst the pigeons”: As an American, I had to google that one.

  2. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    What kind of specs? 20 MP and 1 fps C-AF and 1080p 30 fps?

    1. BlueBomberTurbo Avatar
      BlueBomberTurbo

      Sounds like a Canon to me…

  3. Richard Jackson Avatar
    Richard Jackson

    What’s the current cheapest FF on offer new?

    1. jaxphotocat Avatar
      jaxphotocat

      I just searched B&H Photo and you can get a Sony a7II for $947 (part of a sale, and some items included) but normal is about $999 for a Sony or a Canon. I do not think it is so shocking there be a FF body at $800. In fact, it is a bit overdue.
      @jaxphotocat

      1. Richard Jackson Avatar
        Richard Jackson

        Agree. Short of Covid price increases, that doesn’t seem unrealistic at all to produce something basic for that sort of price.