Is Canon announcing a new flagship EOS-M7 APS-C mirrorless camera in 2020?

Aug 6, 2020

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Is Canon announcing a new flagship EOS-M7 APS-C mirrorless camera in 2020?

Aug 6, 2020

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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With 2020 rapidly approaching Q4, there isn’t much time left for manufacturers to announce new cameras this year. But with the pace at which new ones have been announced over the last few months, it wouldn’t surprise me if there were a few more yet to come. And according to a report on Canon Rumors, it looks like there are.

CR says that they’ve received multiple reports over the last few months that a pair of EOS M cameras are coming in 2020, and recently they’ve received some information on what these cameras may be. According to the rumour, we can expect the EOS-M50 Mark II and a new EOS-M7 flagship model.

CR says that they haven’t been able to confirm the reports, but at least the EOS-M7 makes a lot of sense. It’s been a while since Canon’s 7D DSLR line was declared dead, and there’s really no other Canon APS-C camera of any type that can replace the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – which was already pretty much obsolete as soon as the Nikon D500 was announced.

So, an EOS-M7 to fill the 7D gap in Canon’s APS-C mirrorless lineup does fit. It’s pretty clear that Canon won’t be making any APS-C RF mount cameras (and why should they?), so it’s the logical direction to go.

According to the report, the EOS M7 would become the new flagship speed demon containing “all the bells and whistles”, including the 32.5-megapixel sensor of the EOS M6 Mark II, IBIS and dual card slots. It’s set to be announced at some point during Q4, if the rumours are accurate.

After the EOS M7 announcement, Canon is now also expected to announce the EOS M50 Mark II – the follow up to 2018’s ridiculously popular EOS M50. Rumours of a Mark II have been around for a little while now – going all the way back to November last year. But last month rumours were refuelled.

The EOS M50 Mark II is also expected to have a 32.5-megapixel sensor, capable of shooting 4K UHD video (presumably 30p), 1080p @ 120fps and of course, it will have the usual 3″ flippy out LCD.

Initially, it was suggested that an EOS M50 Mark II might be announced next month, in September. But now an announcement is expected to come in Q4, and it would come after an EOS M7 announcement. That being said, the September announcement prediction was supposed to be for Japan only. Perhaps Q4 is when the rest of the world will see it.

[via Canon Rumors]

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25 responses to “Is Canon announcing a new flagship EOS-M7 APS-C mirrorless camera in 2020?”

  1. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    I’t think so, because all the pro lenses are in the RF line.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      There’s nothing to stop Canon releasing EF-M ones, now that they’ve pretty much ditched EF/EF-S.

    2. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      RF Glass is too heavy and expensive to “waste” on an APS-C sensor.

      I know there’s going to be an APS-C oriented 100-400 for the new 7D mirrorless replacement that’ll be significantly cheaper than the RF 100-500

    3. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      And a pro using $10,000 lenses isn’t going to want an APS-C camera body anyway when RF bodies can do APS-C crop on full frame. Once we get the rumoured high-res sensor (80mpx or whatver), the crop will be just as good as on an APS-C camera. One camera for all your needs.

    4. Michael Estwik Avatar
      Michael Estwik

      You mean a pro body with shitty glass.

  2. adrian Avatar
    adrian

    what would be the advantage between the proposed m7 and the m50 mk2 if they are both 32mp?
    is one gonna be full frame?? #iwish :)

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Probably speed, build quality, durability, weather sealing, versatility, etc. Essentially the same advantages the 7D Mark II had when it was released over the 70D.

      It won’t be full frame. EF-M lenses are 1.6x crop APS-C.

      1. adrian Avatar
        adrian

        yeah your points are fair enough….kinda makes you wonder why canon only put 20mp in the new R6 then, yet they are prepared to put 32mp in an eos-m…..seems like an oversight to me…the r6 would be an absolute winner otherwise. and for the price, it should have had better IMO. my thoughts anyhow.

  3. adrian Avatar
    adrian

    do you think the M7 will have the new animal eye detect that is in the R5 & R6?

  4. Myles Formby Avatar
    Myles Formby

    I’d love to see a 45MP that doesn’t do video. I’ve never used video on my camera and don’t like paying for all the video features I don’t use.

    1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      Not this again! Canon haven’t done a EOS camera without video for ten years. Video adds almost nothing to the cost of a camera. You want 45MP at 20fps? Then you get 8K video essentially for free because that’s the same bandwidth out of the sensor.

      The sales of the camera to people who do want to use the video functions help increase the volume sold and therefore reduce the overall unit cost.

      The video isn’t making your camera more expensive, it’s making it cheaper.

      1. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
        Chainsaw Charlie

        So, why does the R5 cost $4000? Because of the slightly better AF and 1 additional stop of DR?

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          It’s $3,900. The 5D Mark IV was $3500 at launch, and that was several years ago. Any 5D Mark IV replacement today would cost around $3,900, whether it was this or another DSLR (regardless of whether or not it had video capabilities).

          1. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
            Chainsaw Charlie

            Again, why, if the video isn’t making it more expensive, it’s making it cheaper? Because of the slightly better AF and 1 additional stop of DR?

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            So don’t get one. What’s your problem?

          3. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
            Chainsaw Charlie

            My problem is that you’ve claimed that it’s normal that the prices are higher and higher with every new generation, as a reply to my question to the OP why the prices are going up, if the video capabilities should make them cheaper. Do you have any logical reply, or all you got is “What’s your problem?”?

          4. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            Because it *IS* normal. Forget video. Look at BEFORE video. Nikon D100 vs D200 vs D300. Each more expensive than the last. D2h vs D3 vs D3s. Each more expensive than the last.

            The price of everything in this world goes up each year. Fuel goes up, taxes go up, costs to run a business and develop a camera go up.

            Hence asking what your problem is. I assumed this common fact was known by everybody. Perhaps actual real-world logic and common sense escapes you.

            Again, if you’ve got a problem with the price, don’t buy one. It’s pretty simple, really. How’s that for logical?

          5. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
            Chainsaw Charlie

            At this point the question should be “What is YOUR problem?”. It’s 2020, dude, you can find everything on the net. I assumed this common fact was known by everybody. Even the price of cameras like the D100, D200 and D300. $1999 for the D100 kit, $1849 for the D200 body only, and $1800 for the D300 body only. Perhaps actual real-world logic and common sense escapes you. LOL

            Keep embarrassing yourself, dude, it’s known that you’re good at that discipline.

          6. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            Uh huh, ok. Well, having actually bought all three of those models (I still have them), the price definitely went up with each generation. But ok, you do you. You rant and complain and moan about cameras you won’t buy.

            My only problem “at this point” is you. I’m about to solve that problem. :)

          7. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
            Chainsaw Charlie

            I’m not complaining. Where did you see me complaining? I just asked why the R5 price is $4000 if the video is making it cheaper. But you had to stick your nose where it doesn’t belong (again), you wanted to sound smart (again), and now you’re but.hurted (again). So, yeah, i guess i am a problem for you. Go ahead, solve it. Let’s see what will happen. LOL

  • Myles Formby Avatar
    Myles Formby

    Jolyon Ralph no need to get your knickers in a twist. And what about the R&D costs of video development? And I find it hard to believe video is making the camera cheaper, canon 5D has gotten progressively more expensive with each generation.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      “what about the R&D costs of video development?”

      More than compensated for by the volume they will sell. If they had to do R&D on two virtually identical cameras (one with video and one without) which do you think they’d sell more of? Your camera without video would cost MORE than the one with video do to lower quantities of them being sold.

      ALL cameras contain features that not everybody (or even most people) will use. :)

      Also, you do realise that without video, stills cameras wouldn’t have the throughput to shoot at the speeds and resolutions they do, right? Because it’s video that REQUIRES that kind of speed. It’s not just “nice to have”, it literally requires it. :)

  • Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Canon already do a specialist variant camera, the EOS Ra for astrophotography. Even this camera still has video because it’s just as cheap for Canon to leave it in as it would be to take it out.

    So, no, you won’t see a stills-only camera.

    Actually, the R5 is pretty close to this. See how everyone who wanted it for doing video is complaining about the overheating?

    That’s because of the IBIS (which floats the sensor and makes it much harder to keep cool) and the serious Canon weathersealing that photographers demand.

    There is no compromising the R5 for photographers by adding the video in this camera. Canon made the R5 for photographers, not videographers.

    The R5 is about in line with the increase in costs with the 5x range since the 5D mark 1 came out considering the gradual increase in complexity and function of the cameras of which video is just a small part.

    I’m sure if you wait a year or 18 months you’ll see a sensible price drop in the R5 body, as is normal.

  • steakandeggs Avatar
    steakandeggs

    To the electronics inside your camera there is no difference between photo and video, whether it’s sampling 2MP at 40fps or 20MP at 4fps it’s the same challenge. Outside of consumer cameras, like in machine vision or scientific imaging we don’t make a distinction, it’s just a camera. Pixel binning, skipping, oversampling, compression, nitrates, etc confuse this reality for consumers but not for anyone else. Even more bluntly we can blame your confusion on the limitations of the human brain/optical system… sorry, it is you

  • billss Avatar
    billss

    Myles, the way cameras are mass produced to bring costs down, it would probably cost MORE to delete the video features than just leave them in place.