The Canon EOS R8 will be a new full-frame mirrorless camera that will take the place of the Canon EOS R. The EOS R is no longer made, but the EOS R8 would not be a direct replacement. The EOS R8 should sit just below the EOS R6.
The rumour is pretty vague and not clear. It started via the Chinese website Weibo, where it is suggested that the camera could also be called Canon EOS R Mark II or EOS R9.
What sources like Weibo and Canon Rumors do agree on are the possible specifications of the Canon EOS R8:
- 30.3mp Full Frame Sensor
- DIGIC X processor
- 5-axis in-body stabilization
- 12fps with mechanical shutter
- 4K 30p (Without Crop)
- 4K 60p (Cropped)
- CFexpress/SD Dual Card Slots
Now these specifications don’t say much about the actual quality of the camera and at the moment we don’t see any technological steps forwards. Whether these specifications are impressive or not mainly depends on the price, which we don’t know yet.
Many Canon EOS R models, without 3rd party lenses
Canon has an interesting strategy by launching many EOS R models and not too many (affordable) lenses. Recently, the APS-C sensor cameras EOS R7 and EOS R10 have been released, while there are rumours about the Canon EOS R100, which will target beginning vloggers. This EOS R100 might compete with the freshly released Sony ZV-1F.
The best-known model is the Canon EOS R5 with 8K film capabilities and the Canon EOS R6, which is a good full-frame all-rounder. The possible new Canon EOS R8 should then become the cheapest full-frame model with modern technology.
Canon continues to release new models and also wants to focus on photographers with a smaller budget. However, the RF lenses are not cheap and may only be produced by Canon itself. For a long time, there was hope that Sigma would produce (more affordable) lenses for the RF mount, but Canon forbids it. This ensures that Canon maintains their monopoly and can set prices themselves. RF lenses are pricey, and the question is how the Japanese company wants to reach the people with a smaller budget. Of course, the RF-s mount for the EOS R APS-C cameras was created, but so far, you can only choose from two lenses. It might be good for Canon to focus on affordable lenses, instead of yet another camera body.
Availability Canon EOS R8
A new Canon camera will probably be released in 2022. But, it will probably be an APS-C model. The earliest could see the new full-frame camera, would be sometime in 2023.