Canon aficionados have been waiting eagerly to find out whether the brand would introduce APS-C sensors to its R-series cameras, and a new rumor takes the potential of a model such as the R7 — which would be ideal for action and wildlife photography — one step closer to reality.

RF-mount camera with an APS-C sensor will be released in the second half of next year, according to Canon Rumors, which claims to have heard from “a reliable source.” This sensor will also be backside-illuminated (BSI), which means that it has the potential to give exceptional speed and decreased rolling shutter performance, comparable to that of the newly introduced EOS R3.

I suggested a few weeks ago that the introduction of the 16mm f/2.8 STM lens may be a hint that Canon is working on an APS-C camera system. This small, reasonably priced lens may be a hint that, rather than dividing its RF lenses into full-frame and APS-C formats as it did with the EF mount, Canon is producing small, compact glass that is as effective on both formats as it did with the EF mount. One of the benefits of switching to mirrorless cameras is that the flange distance (i.e., the space between the rear of the lens and the sensor) is far lower than with DSLR cameras, allowing for more compact lenses according to the laws of physics. It’s probable that Canon has opted to take advantage of this situation and maintain picture circle sizes identical across the board, regardless of whether a lens is built for full-frame or APS-C sensor size.

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