Canon takes the R mount APS-C with the new EOS R7 and R10

Canon takes the R mount APS-C with the new EOS R7 and R10

Canon have finally answered the question many of our customers have been asking for a while now, will canon make an R-mount APS-C version of the legendary EOS 7D and 7D mkII? The answer is a resounding YES!


Canon have announced not one, but two new R-mount camera bodies, both with APS-C sensors. They are the R7 and R10. Two new cameras that add a new degree of flexibility and reach to the R-mount system, with the APS-C sensor giving a 1.6x telephoto crop factor to the current line-up of R-mount lenses getting you that bit closer to your subject. A win for any wildlife or sport photographer.

Pre-order the EOS R7 Body Only

Pre-order the EOS R10 Body Only

Pre-order the EOS R10 Mirrorless Camera with RF-S 18-45mm lens

Sporting the latest technologies from Canon, these two cameras share some features whilst also having some significant differences. Shared specs between the two cameras are as follows:

  • 15fps continuous shutter – the fastest mechanical shutter of any APS-C camera to date, that also contains noise suppression, not to scare the wildlife.
  • All new in-camera panorama mode where the camera combines a sweep of images as you pan and shoot, merging them together to create the final panoramic image. You can shoot up, down, left, or right, it works in all directions, and you can use any lens, although lenses with in-built IS will give a better result.
  • Multi-function hot-shoe so advanced accessories can be used, such as dedicated audio interfaces for video production.
  • Both units also share Canon’s incredible Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology, paired with DIGIC-X processors. Believe me when I say, the AF performance of these cameras is incredible, in-fact it’s the same as you’ll find in the R5, R6 and even the R3. All the advanced autofocus features are present, with the cameras recognising and locking onto people, animals and vehicles.
  • Both cameras also are well connected with the ability to upload straight to the canon.image cloud with Wi-Fi or connect to your smartphone to share images on social media. 


So, what are the differences between the two cameras? Let’s look at each model in detail.


Canon EOS R7

Continuing the legacy of the 7D series cameras, the R7 is an all-out speed machine, dedicated to shooting fast moving, distant subjects. But in its mirrorless guise, the R7 takes things further and offers high-resolution photography to the mix.

The R7 sports an all new 32-megapixel APS-C sensor which not only offers the reach loved by Canon’s crop sensor shooters, but high-resolution, speed and great low-light ability. It offers up to ISO 32,000 in stills mode and up to ISO 25,000 when shooting video. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF operates in up to 651 autofocus zones with virtually 100% coverage of the frame. Continuous shooting reaches speed of up to 30 frames per second with its electronic shutter. 

With regards to the design of the body, it is made from a very tough composite material with a metal alloy chassis inside. It offers weather sealing and sports a large handgrip, thanks to the use of the LP6N battery that you will find in many of Canon’s other cameras including the R5 and R6. The rear articulating screen is a particularly high-quality 1.62million dots hi-res TFT unit that looked bright and sharp, even in strong sunlight.

One feature that I particularly liked is the redesigned Jog dial wheel/Joystick arrangement which has combined these two essential controls found on many Canon cameras. It is positioned immediately next to the view finder and the AF-ON button meaning all the primary controls are arranged perfectly for your thumb to navigate controls quickly and efficiently without you having to take your eye away from the viewfinder.

The R7 also has up to 8 stops of in-built image stabilisation with its in-camera 5-axis system working with RF lenses that have IS to prevent camera shake. It also works well with lenses with no in-built IS. Another great feature that arises from the in-built IS is the auto-level horizon which eliminates wonky horizons. It works when shooting vertically or horizontally and works with the mechanical and electronic shutters. The in-built IS also works with the Panoramic mode.

On the video front, Canon has not disappointed there either. Shooting 4K 30p oversampled from 6K sensor data, 4K 60p and Full-HD 120p slow motion video is also included. There is a 6-hour record limit (thermal) which should be plenty for anyone shooting video on this camera, and footage can be captured in C-Log 3. There is also HDR PQ support with headphone and microphone ports. Storage isn’t a problem with Dual SD card slots.


Canon EOS R10

This surprised me at the launch, I hadn’t expected this new addition to the range at all. It is designed to sit somewhere between the 850D and 90D in DSLR terms, so an advanced enthusiast’s camera and I really enjoyed using it. 

The small, lightweight body allowed for comfortable prolonged shooting, with a logical layout of buttons and controls. When compared to a 250D, the R10 is 25% lighter and 12% shorter but it still has a nice chunky grip meaning even when sitting in my bear-claw like hands it still felt solid and secure and didn’t feel like it was too small at any-time.

The R10 has the 24.2-megapixel sensor used by a few other models in Canon’s range but it has been redesigned for this R-mount mirrorless application. The R10 has the DIGIC-X processor that allows shooting up to ISO 32,000 in low light at a rate of up to 23fps using its electronic shutter.

Video-wise the R10 is very well catered for with similar specs to the R7. 4K 30p oversampled from 6K sensor data, 4K60p and Full-HD 120fps slow motion recording with a 2-hour record limit (thermal) which is a good step up from the days of 29 minutes and 59 seconds of older models.


Two new APS-C specific RF-S lenses have also released to compliment the EOS R7 and R10

Firstly, there is the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, which is a great every day, all-rounder. It has a short-focus distance of just 15cm and has a useful 4 stops of in-built image stabilisation. 

Secondly, there is the RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM, which provides up to 240mm of focal length in 35mm terms making it ideal for wide range of subjects from landscapes, wildlife, sports, travel, and its small lightweight design makes it easy to store in your kit bag.

So, when can you get your hands on the new products? You can pre-order all the new products now, with the first batch of EOS R7’s expected end of June, the first batch of EOS R10’s end of July and the lenses available end of June.



There are a few kits to choose from as follows


Canon EOS R7 Body Only:  £1349

Canon EOS R7 Mirrorless Camera with RF-S 18-150MM F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens:  £1699


Canon EOS R10 Body Only:  £899

Canon EOS R10 Mirrorless Camera with RF-S 18-45MM F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens: £999

Canon EOS R10 Mirrorless Camera with RF-S 18-150MM F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens:  £1249


Canon RF-S 18-45MM F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens:  £319

Canon RF-S 18-150MM F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens:  £519

Posted by Graham Fry
24th May 2022

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