Finally, some keenly-priced Canon cameras for hobbyists.
The Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 have finally arrived after weeks of leaks and rumors – and the two mirrorless cameras are the affordable all-rounders that amateur photographers have been waiting for. (Looking to jump to our early verdicts? Check out our hands-on Canon EOS R7 review and our hands-on Canon EOS R10 review).
Unlike the rest of Canon’s EOS R series, the EOS R7 and EOS R10 have APS-C sensors, which are smaller than full-frame sensors. This means they gather about half as much light as cameras like the Canon EOS R6. But the smaller sensors also bring advantages like lower price tags, smaller form factors, and a crop factor that’s often useful for wildlife photography.
Both cameras are, unofficially, the mirrorless successors to some of Canon’s most popular DSLRs. The higher-end Canon EOS R7, which has a 32.5MP APS-C sensor, sits in between the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and mid-range Canon EOS 90D. Canon says the EOS R7 is its new flagship APS-C model and has been designed for sports and wildlife shooters.
But it’s the Canon EOS R10 that will catch the eye of beginner or amateur photographers who’ve previously been priced out of the EOS R system. The EOS R10’s size and specs, which include a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, mean it’s more of a successor to the Canon EOS 80D or Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D (called the EOS 200D Mark II in Australia) from 2019. This means it’s aimed at anyone who’s looking to shoot smartphone-beating family or travel snaps.
One of the biggest upgrades on the EOS R7 and EOS R10, compared to Canon’s older DSLRs, are their autofocus powers. Both cameras include Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, the same autofocus system seen on pricier cameras like the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. This brings benefits like AF coverage across the whole frame and subject-tracking smarts that let the cameras track humans, animals (dogs, cats, birds), and vehicles. For people and animals, the system will track faces and eyes, and can even find heads when neither of those are visible in the frame.
The two cameras also offer pretty rapid continuous shooting speeds of 15fps (when using the mechanical shutter), which is again useful for snapping moving subjects. Switch to the electronic shutter, and the EOS R7 offers slightly faster 30fps burst-shooting speeds than the EOS R10, which maxes out at 23fps.
Your hit-rate will be affected by the conditions and the lenses you’re using, and the cameras’ buffers are a slight bottleneck. At that maximum 15fps rate (with the mechanical shutter), the Canon EOS R7 can shoot raw images for just over three seconds in a single burst, while the EOS R10 is limited to just under two seconds. Still, both cameras can keep going for much longer when shooting JPEGs, and these are promising speeds – particularly for the entry-level EOS R10.