Canon’s EOS R7 and EOS R10 are the first EOS R cameras with a crop sensor

Canon has launched its first framing sensor EOS R APS-C cameras, the 32-megapixel EOS R7 and the 24-megapixel EOS R10. The new models combine Canon’s APS-C series and full-frame RF, so that the lenses can finally be used interchangeably, similar to the EF and EF-S DSLRs. More importantly, they have impressive specs such as mechanical shutter speeds of 15fps, 4K video up to 60fps, and Canon’s impressive Dual Pixel autofocus. Both are reasonably priced as well.

Canon EOS R7

Canon

The R7 is a high-end option and has a brand new body with some design features we haven’t seen on any camera before. Instead of the typical two dials at the top and one at the rear, it only has two. The second knob is on the back but at the top, wrapping around the focus point joystick. It looks like it might work, but Canon has had mixed success as it toyed with camera layouts – for example, the Touch Bar on the EOS R wasn’t a popular feature.

It has a decent grip and weighs 612 grams (21.6 ounces), a little more than the 503 grams Sony A6600. Vloggers get a fully articulated 3-inch display with 1.62 million dots and 2.36 million dots OLED EVF, which is lower than 3.69 million dots on Fujifilm’s competing X-T4. The R7 offers 5-axis body stabilization up to 7 degrees, the best in its category. Other key features include two UHS-II card slots as well as microphone and headphone ports. It uses the same LP-E6NH batteries as the R6 and R5, and Canon promises excellent 660 shots per charge with EVF on.

Canon EOS R7 mirrorless camera

Canon

The R7 has a 32-megapixel sensor that is neither stacked nor backlit. However, it is new and not the same as in other Canon APS-C cameras such as the M6 ​​Mark II. Like this model, it allows for really fast shooting, with 30fps in electronic shutter mode and a brilliant 15fps in mechanical shutter mode – all with continuous autofocus and automatic exposure on. You can take compressed RAW photos for about six seconds (100 photos) before filling the buffer in mechanical shutter mode or 65 photos at 30fps in electronic mode.

Autofocus is powered by Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel system for both photos and videos. Canon says it has inherited the system from its flagship R3, including new subject, eye and face tracking features (but no Eye AF tracking option). This means you should see autofocus performance on par with Sony’s offering and better than Nikon and Fujifilm’s systems.

As for video, you can record 4K to 30p using the full area of ​​the 7K matrix, which should allow extremely sharp video, although recording time is limited to 30 minutes due to thermal constraints. It can also handle 4K sub-samples (with line skipping) at 60fps, or do the same with significant 1.81x clipping, with no overheating time issues. It can record 1080p at up to 120 fps.

You can record HDR PQ video if you want to create HDR content, or capture 10-bit footage in the C-Log 3 profile for additional editing flexibility and color correction. This feature, combined with a retractable display, body stabilization and 4K modes, make the R7 one of the most powerful APS-C cameras for video or vlogging.

Canon EOS R10

Canon's EOS R7 and EOS R10 are the first cameras to feature an RF-mount framing sensor

Canon

The EOS R10 chooses a function that is somewhat removed from the R7, but it is still a very capable mirrorless camera. The biggest difference is in resolution as the R10 offers 24 megapixels instead of 32. It also lacks body stabilization, so you’ll have to rely on stabilized lenses. And while it has a retractable display like the R7, the resolution is lower at 1.04 million points (also 2.36 million OLED EVF points).

As with the R7, it can shoot continuously at speeds up to 15fps with a mechanical shutter or 23fps in a silent electronic mode. However, the buffer will fill up faster, allowing only about 30 shots in mechanical mode or about 26 shots in silent mode.

Canon's EOS R7 and EOS R10 are the first cameras to feature an RF-mount framing sensor

Canon

The body structure is different, with the more typical two-disc layout on top. It is much smaller than the R7, weighing just 426 grams (15 ounces). The handle is slightly smaller, and there is less space for your hand between the handle and the lens.

When it comes to video, you don’t give up too much. It can also record 4K video with oversampling at 30fps at full sensor width or 4K 60p video with 1.56x clipping. It can capture 10-bit video in HDR PQ mode, but doesn’t offer any log settings. It comes with a microphone port but no headphone jack.

Prices, lenses, availability

Canon's EOS R7 and EOS R10 are the first cameras to feature an RF-mount framing sensor

Canon

Thanks to the use of an excellent RF mount, the new cameras make Canon’s offer less confusing and should help it better compete with the APS-C models from Nikon and Sony. However, the question is what it plans to do with its current EF-M APS-C mirrorless cameras. Given the more versatile and future-proof EOS R, it’s hard to imagine it will hold both.

Canon launched its first RF-S lenses along with new cameras optimized for the smaller APS-C sensor size. These are entry-level lenses that won’t ignite the camera world, but you can use full-frame RF lenses or even EF lenses with an adapter. The two new models are the $ 300 RF-S18-45mm f / 4.5-6.3 IS STM and the $ 480 RF-S18-150mm IS STM, with a 35mm field of view of 29-72mm and 29-240mm respectively. Both can be used on full-frame EOS R models, albeit with a 1.5x crop.

The EOS R10 will cost $ 980 for the body alone or $ 1,100 with the RF-S18-45mm lens and $ 1,380 with the RF-S18-150mm lens. Meanwhile, the R7 will sell for $ 1,500 for the body alone, or $ 1,900 with the S18-150mm lens. Both cameras and lenses will arrive at the end of 2022.

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