Over the past few months, a handful of Canon gear announcements and rumors have made waves in the photography community – including reports of an upcoming EOS R5 Mark II and EOS R50 – and earlier this week, Canon Rumors revealed yet another tidbit for Canon fans to appreciate.
According to CR, Canon is developing a mirrorless camera that will sit “between the EOS R7 and EOS R10…from a price standpoint.” And while CR can’t offer any confirmed specs, the rumor site believes that the “EOS R8/EOS R9…will have a different form factor and could possibly see the omission of a built-in viewfinder.” CR also suggests that the R8/R9 will pack an APS-C sensor, presumably based on its position between the (crop-sensor) EOS R7 and EOS R10.
To my mind, however, the sensor type is far from certain. The EOS R10 currently costs $980, body only, while you can grab the EOS R7 body for $1499. And while I could certainly imagine another APS-C body that falls in that $1000-$1500 price bracket, the camera could just as easily be an entry-level model à la the $999 Canon EOS RP. After all, the EOS RP is nearly four years old – it was released in March of 2019 – and is due a replacement (in spirit, if not in name).
Personally, I’d expect that any camera falling between the EOS R7 and EOS R10 would feature an electronic viewfinder; after all, the EOS R10 contains one. I could imagine an exception in the case of a very vlog- or video-centric compact model (like an upgraded Nikon Z30), but I’m not confident Canon would make such a move.
We don’t have a release timeline for the EOS R8/R9, so keep an eye out for additional news. And in the meantime, head down into the comments and let us know:
What do you think about a Canon EOS R8 or R9? Do you have any spec predictions? Would you buy such a camera?