The Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras have finally arrived after weeks of leaks and rumors – and the mirrorless cameras are the cameras aficionados have been waiting for. (Looking to jump into our early judgments? Canon EOS R7 Review and our operation Canon EOS R10 Camera Review).
Unlike the rest of Canon’s EOS R series, the EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras have APS-C sensors, which are smaller than full-frame sensors. This means that they collect almost half as much light as cameras like Canon EOS R6. But smaller sensors also offer advantages such as lower price tags, smaller form factors, and a crop factor that is often useful for wildlife photography.
Both cameras are, unofficially, the invisible successors to some of Canon’s most popular DSLRs. The Canon EOS R7, which has a 32.5MP APS-C sensor, is located between Canon EOS 7D Mark II and mid-range Canon EOS 90D. Canon says the EOS R7 is its new flagship APS-C model and is designed for both sports and wildlife shooters.
But it’s the Canon EOS R10 that will catch the eye of novice or amateur photographers previously left out of the EOS R system. The size and specs of the EOS R10, which includes a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, means it’s more than a successor to the Canon EOS 80D or Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D (called the EOS 200D Mark II in Australia) as of 2019. That means it’s aimed at anyone looking to take family photos out of smartphones or travel shots.
One of the biggest upgrades on the EOS R7 and EOS R10, compared to older Canon DSLRs, is the autofocus powers. Both cameras feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, the same autofocus system seen in more expensive cameras like the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. This brings benefits such as AF coverage across the entire frame and subject tracking intelligence that allows cameras to track humans, animals (dogs, cats, birds) and vehicles. For people and animals, the system will track faces and eyes, and can even find heads when neither is visible in the frame.
Both cameras also offer very fast continuous shooting speeds of 15fps (when using a mechanical shutter), which again is useful for capturing moving subjects. Switch to the electronic shutter, and the EOS R7 will deliver burst shooting speeds that are 30 fps faster than the EOS R10, which reaches a maximum of 23 fps.
Your rate will be affected by the conditions and lenses you use, and camera buffers form a simple bottleneck. At this maximum rate of 15 fps (with mechanical shutter), the Canon EOS R7 can capture raw images for just over three seconds in one go, while the EOS R10 is limited to under two seconds. However, both cameras can last longer when shooting JPEGs, and those are promising speeds – especially for the entry-level EOS R10.
The EOS R7 offers many features that the EOS R10 lacks. This includes in-body image stabilization (IBIS), weather resistance (same level as the EOS 90D), two UHS-II card slots (the R10 has only one), and a 32.5MP HD sensor, useful if you like to crop your photos a lot when Editing. The EOS R7 is also a more powerful video tool, offering the ability to shoot uncut 4K/60P video (cropped on the R10) and a headphone jack to match the microphone input.
Naturally, these differences are reflected in the price tags of the cameras. You can pre-order the Canon EOS R7, before expected shipment in June, for $1,499 / £1,349 / AU$2,349 (body only) or $1,899/£1,699 / AU$2,899 with the new RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5- 6.3 IS STM kit lens that was announced along with the cameras. This price tag makes it a potentially solid alternative to the similarly priced Fujifilm X-T4.
Meanwhile, the Canon EOS R10 is available to pre-order for $979 / £899 / AU$1,499 (body only) or $1,379/£1,249 / AU$2,049 with the RF-S 18-150mm kit lens With shipment expected in July. For vloggers or those who simply want a smaller, wider group lens, the EOS R10 is also available in a group with the RF-S 18-45mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, which costs $1099 / £999 / AU$1649.
Analysis: The end of Canon amateur DSLRs?
The Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 aren’t exactly new cameras, with the giant camera instead combining sensors, body designs and features seen on previous models to create some much-needed sensible options for the EOS R range.
“The new sensors share some components with existing sensors, but are redesigned with new micro-lens and circuitry,” Canon says. This means that the EOS R7 will likely be based on the 32.5MP sensor we saw in the Canon EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II, while the 24.2MP EOS R10 sensor will be similar to the one in the Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3.
This is common Canon practice and both new cameras benefit from the new Digic X processor, which unlocks those improvements to autofocus and continuous shooting speeds. But what’s particularly interesting about them, other than the fact that they are the first RF-mount cameras with APS-C sensors, is that they are the spiritual successors to some of Canon’s classic DSLRs.
Canon hobbyist DSLR cameras usually get updated every three years, and their latest new models – the Canon EOS 90D and Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D – are back in 2019. Given the specifications and pricing of the EOS R7 and EOS R10, it looks just like those new cameras Take the torch from Canon’s older DSLRs into a new era that doesn’t just have mirrors.
What they won’t necessarily do, however, is the end of Canon’s EOS M series. This unparalleled older system, which is based on an EF-M mount rather than Canon’s newer RF mount, has not been discontinued despite a lack of development in the past few years. And while the Canon EOS R7 and EOS M10 target a similar audience, the EOS M series will likely remain (for now) as smaller, more affordable options for entry-level models.
However, one thing is for sure – these two new mirrorless cameras show Canon’s focus is largely on its EOS R system, which is why they’re now open to non-professionals.