Canon aims to dramatically expand its camera lineup over the next 12 months, according to Canon Rumors, prompting a name for 2022: “The Year of the Camera Body.”
Expect Canon to drop at least four new models in 2022, and potentially more. But which cameras will be unveiled over the next year?
The Canon EOS R5c will come first; it’ll be a video-centric version of the Canon EOS R5 that aims to correct the overheating issues plaguing R5 users. The R5c “is expected to be announced in mid-January,” so keep an eye out for news over the next two weeks.
The Canon EOS R and the Canon EOS RP will both get successors – not a huge surprise, given that these were Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, but certainly welcome news. The Canon EOS R debuted over 3 years ago, and has since been upstaged by the EOS R5, R6, and R3; a new EOS R should pack plenty of technology present in Canon’s later cameras, such as in-body image stabilization and top-notch autofocusing algorithms.
Interestingly, Canon Rumors warns readers not to expect a “direct replacement” for the EOS R and EOS RP. “Instead, we’ll get two new affordable full-frame cameras to fit below the Canon EOS R6.” In other words, we won’t see a Canon EOS R Mark II or RP Mark II; the successors will be in spirit, not in name.
(What will Canon call the RP and R replacements? Your guess is as good as mine. There are plenty of options: the EOS R4, R8, R9, R10, R50, R100…the list goes on!)
Canon Rumors has hinted repeatedly at the release of a crop-sensor RF-mount model. This camera is often referred to as the EOS R7, in reference to the Canon 7D series, a pair of high-level APS-C DSLRs geared toward serious action and wildlife photographers, and CR does promise “at least one APS-C RF-mount camera” in 2022.
As for additional cameras, Canon Rumors mentions a few uncertain possibilities:
- A “high-megapixel RF-mount camera”
- The Canon EOS R1, Canon’s upcoming flagship mirrorless model (though CR cautions readers not to expect anything “until the 4th quarter of 2022 at the earliest”)
Regardless, 2022 should certainly present plenty of exciting new cameras to consider – so if you’ve been waiting to upgrade your gear, now might be the time.
Over to you:
Which Canon cameras do you anticipate in 2022? Which cameras do you want to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below!