CanonRumors trusts an anonymous source indicating Canon is indeed planning a crop camera offering for late 2021 (which, in Canon years, means 2022). Canon 7D Mark II lovers shouldn’t get their hopes up too high just yet, though, as the camera is rumored to be smaller than even the EOS RP and have some focus on video. Sounds perfect for vlogging… and for enraging the 7-series fans looking for 5-series ergos and weatherproofing.
Interestingly, the rumor comes with a note that the camera giant has no plans to make RF crop glass, but rather that “there will be lenses that will suit both the APS-C and the full frame shooter.” That could be taken to mean that there is planned a new set of lenses designed to be smaller and cheaper. Or it could be read to mean Canon will do something clever with some lenses – as it has with the 800mm and 600mm small aperture DO lenses it recently launched. It is notable that those DO lenses have autofocus capabilities only in the crop area of the sensor.
Forum dwellers will enjoy at least one year of speculating on integrated speed boosters in front of the sensors, and even more radical ideas, as Canon is proving to be less predictable in the age of RF.