Canon currently offers repair services for a wide array of cameras and lenses, including most of its EOS M lineup, dozens of DSLRs, and, of course, its EOS R series models. But according to Canon Rumors, this may not last.
CR points to Canon Japan’s website, which lists repair-support end dates for the company’s entire set of camera products – and while most of Canon’s EOS R cameras will remain serviceable for the foreseeable future, the imaging company apparently plans to end repairs for various M series models and DSLRs over the next handful of years. (What about items not on the list? These apparently “cannot be repaired,” though several products, such as the EOS M50 Mark II, are conspicuously absent and are undoubtedly still supported.)
Here are just a few support end dates for Canon’s cameras:
- EOS 5D Mark III: March 2024
- EOS M3: July 2024
- EOS M10: September 2024
- EOS 6D: September 2025
- EOS M5: February 2026
- EOS M100: November 2026
- EOS 7D Mark II: January 2027
- EOS M6: March 2027
- EOS 5Ds: May 2027
- EOS 80D: October 2027
- EOS 5Ds R: August 2028
- EOS M6 Mark II: March 2029
- EOS R: November 2029
Note that many of Canon’s newest DSLRs (such as the EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 6D Mark II) and nearly all of the EOS R lineup are listed as “TBD,” which presumably means repairs will be supported at least through the end of 2029 and potentially far longer. But the bulk of Canon’s older DSLRs will lose support before the decade is out, as will most of the company’s EOS M cameras.
In a sense, this isn’t a surprise. Canon hasn’t released a new DSLR or EOS M camera in several years, and the success of the EOS R lineup – including its recent APS-C models – has likely been the nail in the coffin for the company’s DSLRs and dedicated APS-C mirrorless series. But it’s a powerful reminder of the practical effects of Canon’s push toward a single mirrorless system, and it will undoubtedly frustrate photographers who hoped to stick with Canon’s older products.
Fortunately, if you do wish to use your DSLR or EOS M camera past its support end date, you can still solicit repairs from non-Canon services. Many photographers, however, only trust Canon to fix equipment – so when their gear finally does break down, they’ll be forced to upgrade.
Now over to you:
What do you think about Canon’s decision to end support for many of its older cameras? Share your thoughts in the comments below!