As one of the giants of the camera manufacturing world, Canon needs little introduction. But having a major bite of the pie doesn’t stop them from being innovative. In the past couple of months, we have seen two brand new mirrorless cameras launched, plus at least four new lenses.
Canon introduced their two mirrorless APS-C mirrorless cameras in July 2022, and they haven’t disappointed. DIYP spoke to Justin Botha from Canon to discover more about the EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras, and to see what the rest of 2022 has in store for Canon.
The EOS R7 body is aimed at the higher-end enthusiast level and is basically the mirrorless RF version of the EOS 7D DSLR. It’s much higher spec than that however and raises the APS-C to the mirrorless ecosystem. Of course, it has much-improved autofocus, a touch screen and many other great features.
The EOS R7 pairs really well with avid sports photographers or hobbyist wildlife photographers. The crop sensor is actually quite beneficial for these genres, giving you the effect of being closer to the subject. It would also pair well as a spare body for EOS R3 shooters who just need a backup.
The EOS R10 updates the 850D again to the mirrorless system. Like the EOS R7, the internal specs exceed expectations and deliver much higher quality than any of us expected. In a word, these cameras offer pretty amazing value in terms of image quality and price. The R10 is perfect for people starting out in photography or for using as a vlogging camera.
These are both clearly hybrid cameras, meaning that they are more than capable of shooting both stills and video to a high standard.
Canon also launched two new RF-S lenses recently. The RF-S 18-45mm is a standard kit lens that comes with both cameras as an option. It basically replaces the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens that came standard with Canon DSLR bodies. The other lens is the RF-S 18-150mm which is being sold as the ultimate travel zoom lens to cover a wide variety of needs. On a crop sensor that can cover a lot of ground.
Canon has also released two new full-frame lenses. “The RF 24mm f/1.8 macro lens is a lovely bright wide-angle lens,” says Justin. “We also have the RF 15-30mm variable aperture lens, which is much smaller than the L series equivalent,” Justin explains. “This makes it really great for carrying around,” he adds. Both lenses have optical Image Stabilisation built in giving several stops more light for greater opportunities for hand holding.
The R7 and R10 both have hot shoe updates that allow you to mount accessories without the additional need for a cable. For example, you can mount a phone cradle, flash trigger or microphone to further help with vlogging capabilities. The camera can actually power these devices via the hot shoe.